The Los Ageles Dodgers became the second team to officially clinch a playoff berth, which means that the San Francisco Giants will have to keep their foot on the gas until the end of the season. Giants and Dodgers have gone toe-to-toe throughout the campaign, as both teams look to avoid playing in the first round of the postseason. The San Diego Padres, on the other hand, were the biggest disappointment of the year, as they were expected to challenge the Dodgers for the top spot in the NL West. Instead, they’re pulling out the calculator and hoping their rivals don’t win so they can hang on to a Wild Card spot.
Giants aren’t done yetEven though no one thought they’d be as good as they’ve been thus far, the San Francisco Giants have been a synonym of consistency throughout the year. Not only does their pitching rank among the league’s best but their hitting has been timely and efficient for most of the season. That winning formula has them sitting at the top of Major League Baseball, with the best record in the league despite not having any superstars on their roster.
The Giants are also peaking at the right time. Their pitchers have combined for a 2.65 ERA over the past 15 days, which ranks 2nd in all the Majors. On top of that, they also rank 2nd in OPS (.885) over that span. San Francisco has a well-coached team and more importantly, they’re healthy. They’re a legit threat to win the Commissioner’s Trophy at the end of the year.
Padres hanging on to hopeThere were a lot of good things to say about the San Diego Padres before the start of the season. Before having a young superstar in Fernando Tatis Jr and a terrifying offense with Manny Machado, Jake Cronnenworth, and Tommy Phan, they made a couple of big splashes to bolster their rotation with Yu Darvish and Blake Snell. Needless to say, neither of them was able to live up to the hype and expectations.
The Padres have struggled to stay healthy throughout the whole season. Moreover, they haven’t been the same electric team that orchestrated multiple comebacks last year. They have enough talent and youth on their roster to be a perennial contender out of the National League, but they just don’t seem good enough right now and may not even reach the postseason at all.
- Giants are 4-0 in their last 4 games with the total set at 9.5-10.
- Giants are 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Padres are 9-23 in their past 32 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Padres are 3-13 in their last 16 games during game 3 of a series.