It all comes down to today’s game. Well that and the Brewers/Cardinals game.
San Francisco plays San Diego in the final regular-season game in this COVID-abbreviated 60-game 2020 season.
The Giants entered the weekend (and really their final homestand) with a chance to improve their division record and overall record which could secure their first postseason appearance since 2016.
Despite close games, the Giants suffered heartbreaking losses which means they no longer control their own destiny when it comes to securing the 8th and final playoff spot. The Giants had a chance to win the 7th spot in the National League as soon as last night if they could have won (and the Brewers had lost).
Now the Giants can clinch their first Postseason berth today with a win over the Padres and a Brewers loss to the Cardinals
Last night, the Giants were within one run and it felt as if they had a chance, but Mauricio Dubon was thrown out trying to steal third in what he called a “dumb baseball play” after the game.
Today LHP Drew Smyly will make his 5th start of the season but don’t him to go long if he struggles early. Kapler mentioned last night that we wants to win today’s game and that all options are on the table. Kevin Gausman (3.68 ERA in 58.1 IP, 77:16 K:BB), Logan Webb (2.35 ERA in two July starts) and Jarlin Garcia (0.51 ERA in 17.2 IP) are candiates to come into this game.
WHAT 2 WATCH 4: San Francisco has posted a 28-13 (.683) record when they score four-or-more runs in a game, compared to a 1-17 (.056) record when they score three-or-fewer runs