August Schedule Breakdown:
Significant Home-Stand: August 2nd-9th; two vs. Oakland, three vs. Arizona, three vs. Cubs
This home-stand is significant because it’s basically the only home stand in August where they’ll most likely face a postseason contender. The other was Milwaukee and Philadelphia. Philly could potentially put something together, but that could be unlikely. Really, the only argument that should matter for this home stand mentioned is that the Cubs are coming to town. That matters, and that’s significant. The Cubs were the first team to figure out the Giants in the postseason since 2003. Every series the Giants have lost since 2002 in the postseason was to the eventual World Series Champion. This series should be circled by both Giants fans and the players. That’s why this home-stand takes the cake
Significant Road-Trip: August 11th-August 16th; three at Washington, three at Miami
Early August is just like July on the east coast. Six straight games in summer-type humidity against Miami and Washington will be a good test for them. Immediately after playing for more than a month within the state of California, they’re immediately thrown back out east, and against quality opponents. This is probably the hardest stretch of games if you tack on the Cubs series behind this in August.
Overall, the month of August is relatively nice for the Giants, but there is a big nine game stretch right in the middle. That series will probably give you a good glimpse of whether the Giants are really built for a good postseason run in 2017.