San Francisco Giants Need a Strong Finish in May
By Jake Mastroianni
After an up-and-down start to the month of May, the San Francisco Giants need to finish out the month strong against a difficult schedule.
The Giants were 19-15 on May 6 after finishing off a sweep of the Atlanta Braves. But a six-game losing streak followed that saw the Giants fall two games under .500.
They seem to have gotten their groove back lately winning three-of-four, but now they face a difficult schedule the rest of the month.
Games against San Diego, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were supposed to help the Giants gain momentum. But as I’ve said on here a lot this year already, sometimes it’s not who you play, but when you play them.
The Phillies and Pirates are both playing a lot better than many people thought to start the year. Still, getting swept in a four-game series against the Phillies was not pretty.
The Giants are still in a good place in the National League West as they are just three games back. Fortunately, the Diamondbacks have been scuffling lately.
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Overall for the month of May the San Francisco Giants are 7-8, so they need a strong finish to have a positive month.
That starts today with a four-game series at home against the Colorado Rockies who are 1.5 games ahead of them in the division.
After that, the Giants finish the month all of the road with two at Houston, three in Chicago against the Cubs, and three in Colorado.
Obviously, all of those teams are playing great baseball and have postseason aspirations, so this will be a huge test for the Giants.
As it stands right now, the Giants are scheduled to face Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole in Houston. Those two have probably been the two best pitchers in baseball all year.
With 12 games left this month, the Giants will need to go 7-5 the rest of the way in order to have a winning month. That would make them 14-13 on the month.
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While that is not ideal, considering the schedule we face over the next two weeks, I would be thrilled if we go 7-5 the rest of May.