With Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija set to come back this week, the San Francisco Giants are in a great place to compete for a playoff spot.
The San Francisco Giants have stayed relevant through all their injuries sustained early in the year. Even after getting swept by the Colorado Rockies, they are two games over .500 and are just three-and-a-half back of the division lead.
Some of that has to do with the competition in the division, and in the National League in general, be very weak. But, the Giants have done exactly what they needed to do, and they are in a prime position to make the postseason.
By no means do I think this team is good enough to win a World Series, but the NL is so bad this year they could certainly make a run in the playoffs if the Giants get in.
And the reason I believe that is because they have the starting pitching for a short series with Madison Bumgarner and Cueto.
While they are four games back of a wild card spot, I’d take my chances with them in a wild card game and Bumgarner on the mound.
Now it is time for the Giants to play like they team we all thought they could be entering the year. They’re as healthy as they’ve been all year, even though key guys like Evan Longoria and Hunter Strickland are still out.
The Giants have 10 games at home before the All-Star break with a great chance to make a run at the division lead.
Over those last 10 games, Cueto, Bumgarner, and Samardzija should each get at least two starts. With an off-day in there, it’s possible Cueto could get a third start, but they may not want to push him coming off an injury.
That’s six or seven games with our big horses on the mound to give us an indication of what we can expect in the second half.