Going into Dodger Stadium on Monday, the Giants were deemed to be dead. After an unconvincing split with the Pirates, where they were either outplayed or when they gained a lead they quickly almost squandered it. They saw themselves sitting one game under .500 and seven games out in the NL West. At this stage in the season, seven games can be insurmountable, especially given the Giants up and down nature. If they wanted to prove something, going into Dodger Stadium and winning some games could maybe flip the script with enough luck. It turns out, their luck has been quite good.
In two consecutive 9th innings, the Giants took advantage of the vulnerable Dodger bullpen, depleted without Kenley Jansen, to consecutive victories. Not only were these games impressive given circumstance, to do all of that when almost everyone has counted you out is incredible. Miraculously, the Giants have managed to gain a game of first place and come to within at most six while also pushing the Dodgers down into third place in the division. Even in the loss, 4-3 last night, the Giants took advantage of the Dodger bullpen, with Andrew McCutchen crushing a game tying three-run homer. Not only did the Giants show tremendous fight in all three games, they proved they can come back from a deficit, no matter how late.
The next seven games against the Reds and Mets are crucial in the Giants’ status for the rest of the year. The Reds and Mets are out of it the Giants must take advantage of games against bottom feeders, especially after taking a series with the Dodgers on the road. If they win both series’, they could be right in the wild card and divisional hunt with a little luck, as well as creating momentum for the following series’.
The pull of .500 is incredibly strong this year. It could be just because the Giants are a .500 team, and to be fair, that would be a tremendous improvement over the 64 win 2017 squad. However, they have showed enough promise to where I still believe that this team could be a playoff team. They have lead me on and played with my emotions so much over the past couple months and it is hard to stay optimistic about this team. However, although troubled, I am still ready to see some more even year magic.