What San Francisco Giants Need to do the Rest of April
By Jake Mastroianni
The San Francisco Giants are 10-12 through their first 22 games of the 2018 season. We’ll look at what needs to happen to have a successful finish to April.
Things didn’t get off to a great start, but it looks like the San Francisco Giants are starting to turn the corner. Evan Longoria is finally hitting, and Mac Williamson has given the lineup a spark.
That’s helped the Giants win four of their past six games.
With seven games left in the month of April, there is still a chance for the Giants to have a successful first month.
When the season started with injuries to our top two pitchers, I think a lot of us thought that a .500 month would be sufficient. I still believe that’s the case, especially with the competition they’ve played.
The Padres series still hurts because that’s the worst team we’ve played so far this season, and they took three-of-four.
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By the end of this month they will have played the Dodgers 10 times already. Fortunately, the Dodgers are off to an even worst start than the Giants with Justin Turner in the middle of their lineup.
The Giants are 3-3 in their first six matchups against the Dodgers, with four games left coming up this weekend to close out the month.
Even if the Giants split that series and go 5-5 against them this month, that would be just fine.
But if the Giants want to have a successful first month, they need to split the next two games against the Washington Nationals to win the series, take three-of-four from the Dodgers, and then get a win over the Padres.
That would make them 6-4 against the Dodgers on the season, and give them a winning record overall at 15-14.
Going 5-2 the rest of the month of Aprils seems like hoping for a lot, especially with six of those games coming against the Nationals and Dodgers.
I think at the very least though, the Giants need to go 4-3 the rest of the month, which would make them 14-15.
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No matter what, the Giants have done enough to make sure they are still in this thing through the first month without Madison Bumgarner.