San Francisco Giants: How they can avoid 100 losses

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 26: Manager Bruce Bochy
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 26: Manager Bruce Bochy /

The San Francisco Giants are now 56-89, only eleven losses away from the century mark. Only one other San Francisco Giants team lost that many, the 1985 squad.

The San Francisco Giants need seven wins to avoid the century mark for the second time in franchise history (via play index). They’ll need to go 7-10 over their final 17 games just to guarantee a worst possible record of 63-99.

The Giants final run in will look like this:

  • 6 games vs. Dodgers
  • 6 games vs. Diamondbacks
  • 2 games vs. Rockies
  • 3 games vs. Padres

That doesn’t bode well as the Dodgers are going to try and get something going again. They have been miserable, and it would be fun to see the Giants pile on in that misery. Then they’ll face the red-hot Diamondbacks, who are trying to guarantee a home game in the Wild Card, and maybe even somehow catch the Dodgers. The Rockies are going to be fighting to keep a hold of their second wild card spot so they’ll be tough. The Padres in San Francisco to close the season will probably be the “easiest” series. But even then, we know the Giants can’t handle bad opponents, because they’re worse.

The Giants have been 3-7 in their last ten and leave me with no faith that they’ll actually be able to avoid a 100 loss season. After all, it seems like #tankforBeer is in full affect for the Giants. They certainly have achieved their goal of having a top three draft pick, so that’s a good thing I guess? I don’t know.

All I know is that it would be nice to see the Giants avoid a 100 loss season. My actual worry is that Bobby Evans will sit there and say that this roster could actually be better than that next year if it’s a 98 loss season. Maybe 100 losses will stare him in the face hard enough to realize that the roster he compiled is mainly a dumpster-fire with a few really nice memorabilia pieces burning alive inside it.

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So how can the Giants actually avoid 100 losses? They can start by winning baseball games, scoring runs, pitching well. That’s about it. Seems simple enough right? It’s sad though that many of us doubt they can actually pull that off at this point. They don’t need to go 17-0. They can still lose games if they want to! Just gotta win seven of them to avoid even further embarrassment.