Entering Tuesday just 3.5 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West, the San Francisco Giants have a perfect schedule to take over the division.
It’s not outlandish to say that the next two weeks of the season are the two biggest weeks for the San Francisco Giants.
The Giants have tread water with a .500 record through 66 games without some of their best players. With the rest of the division banged up and under-performing, they are in a prime position to take hold of the division.
Madison Bumgarner didn’t get things off to a good start with a loss to the Marlins on Monday, but he’ll get two more starts over this crucial stretch.
Over the next two weeks the San Francisco Giants will play six games against the Marlins, three against the Dodgers and four against the San Diego Padres.
Now the Giants have played a pretty difficult schedule to start the season, and this might be the easiest stretch on paper they’ve had so far.
I know the Dodgers are playing better, but they’re still a very vulnerable team that we can beat. And Bumgarner will get a start against them looking to rebound from Monday’s subpar outing.
In these next 13 games the San Francisco Giants can turn their season around and set them up to win this division.
If the Giants can win 10 games during that stretch that would make them 43-36. At that point, they’d either be in first place in the NL West, or at the most a game or two back.
This is something the Giants really need to do if they want to have any shot of winning the division. The door has been opened for them to take it all year, but they haven’t done so to this point.
With an easy schedule over the next two weeks this is their best chance to pick up a lot of wins and establish themselves as a serious contender in the NL West.