The San Francisco Giants have won three of the last five World Series titles. All three were in even numbered years, 2010, 2012, and 2014. In the odd seasons, they really weren’t even a contender in 2011 or 2013. But after a terrible spring training and a slow first couple of months in 2015, the Giants have turned it around. They trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by only a game and a half in the National League West and if the playoffs began today, they would have the second National League Wild Card spot. They won the World Series from that very same position a year ago.
Are they safely in the playoffs? Absolutely not. The Chicago Cubs are right on their heels for the second Wild Card position. So there will be nothing but huge series for the Giants the rest of the regular season in their attempt to repeat as champions and win their fourth World Series in six seasons.
The San Francisco Giants August schedule starts off on the road at the Texas Rangers this weekend, the Atlanta Braves for four games and the Chicago Cubs for a huge series at Wrigley Field August 6-9. On August 11th, the Giants return home to AT&T Park to face the American League West leading Houston Astros for two games and the National League East leading Washington Nationals for four games August 13-16. They will then face the National League Central leading St. Louis Cardinals August 17-19 on the road and then go to the N. L. Wild Card leading Pittsburgh Pirates for four games.
They return to AT&T Park for another series with a playoff contender, the Chicago Cubs August 25-27 before the Cardinals come in for three games on the 28th through the 30th. That’s an entire month of series with playoff implications for both teams involving the defending champions.
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The San Francisco Giants September schedule kicks off with their arch rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers for three games at Dodger Stadium and four games with the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks for the three games. When they return home to AT&T Park they face the San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks three games each from the 11th through the 20th.
They go back on the road to face the Padres and Oakland A’s three games each before coming back home to end the month with a huge four game series with the Dodgers the 28th through October first before ending the regular season with three games at home against the Rockies.
The Giants are a team with plenty of postseason experience so if there is a team ready for this brutal two-month long schedule, it is them. Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and the rest of the Giants will be up to the challenge. The Giants acquired pitcher Mike Leake from the Reds to bolster the pitching staff.
The Giants are led by Posey with.324 average and Joe Panik with a .308 average and Matt Duffy at .303. Not too many teams these days have three .300 hitters. Brandon Crawford leads them with 16 homers and Posey leads with 67 RBIs.
AT&T Park will be the place to be in the Bay Area for the next couple of months. This area has had plenty to celebrate lately with the Giants championship last season and the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA championship in June. Could another celebration be on the horizon?
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