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San Francisco Giants: Why June Will Define the Fate of this Team

Jake Mastroianni
DENVER, CO - MAY 28: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants slides across home plate for a first inning run against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 28, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MAY 28: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants slides across home plate for a first inning run against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 28, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Through the first two months of the season, the San Francisco Giants are currently in fourth place. Here is why June will determine the fate of this 2018 season.

I honestly feel the San Francisco Giants have missed a golden opportunity in the National League West. Yes, I know the Giants have been banged up in the starting rotation, but so have the Diamondbacks and Dodgers.

Now the Dodgers are starting to round into shape and have actually passed the Giants in the standings. The Diamondbacks had a terrible month of May, but you have to figure they’ll get going eventually.

And the Rockies have been steady all year, but you know they’re going to hit their stride at some point.

The Giants had a great opportunity to gain some ground of these guys but couldn’t. Instead, we will most like enter the month of June in fourth place and four or five games back of first place.

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So in my eyes, the month of June will determine the fate of this team. Going back to last year, I was all for blowing this thing up and rebuilding. But the front office obviously didn’t feel that way and decided to go for it all by adding some aging veterans.

With 11 games against the Diamondbacks, Rockies, and Dodgers in June, they have to start showing some improvement before July.

Madison Bumgarner should come back sometime in June, which will obviously give the starting rotation a boost.

If the Giants want to prove to me and others that they are a legitimate playoff contender this year, they need to get back to .500 by the end of June.

Let’s say we split the next two with the Rockies, that makes us 26-30 going into June. That means the Giants would have to go 16-12 next month to get back to .500.

They have seven games against the Marlins and have to win five of those, and four with the Padres at home, which needs to be at least three wins. That should be eight sure wins for the month of June.

Of those 11 games against division opponents, they need to go at least 6-4, which would give them 14 wins.

And they also have three against the Phillies and three against the Nationals. Even if they just go 3-3 in those games that would give them 17 wins for the month.

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It’s certainly do-able for the Giants to get back to .500 or even better before July. But one thing is for certain, they can’t have another 11-16 month (assuming they split these last two games with the Rockies).

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