With the trade deadline just one week away, the San Francisco Giants don’t have much time left to prove this team can make the playoffs this year.
The fact is, the San Francisco Giants are not contenders right now, and they need to win some games this week to force the front office to buy and not sell.
Coming into Tuesday’s game against the Mariners they are 5.5 back in the NL West and in fourth place, three games back of the third-place Colorado Rockies.
They are five games back of a wild-card spot with three teams ahead of them, and two teams right behind them.
Needless to say, it’s an uphill climb for the Giants with so many teams ahead of them in the standings, but it’s not an insurmountable hill to climb with so few games between them.
Still, if the front office is going to make any upgrades, they need this team to has to show them why they should.
That will difficult with two games against the Mariners and four against the Milwaukee Brewers. They also play the San Diego Padres before the trade deadline, but it might be too late to make a decision at that point. It really comes down to these six games against the Mariners and Brewers.
If the San Francisco Giants can somehow go 4-2 in that stretch, I think the front office makes a move before the July 31 deadline.
However, if they go 2-4 in that stretch and fall under .500, I think the front should quickly turn to sellers.
At some point you have to be realistic. Could this team sneak into the players this year? Yes. Once in the playoffs, can this team win the World Series? No
I know anything can happen in baseball. And the Giants have one of the best postseason pitchers of all-time in Madison Bumgarner, but it’s hard to imagine this mediocre team beating the top dogs in the American League.
If you don’t think this team can win the World Series, and the odds of making the playoffs this year aren’t great, they might as well move a few assets to set them up for next year.
Whatever the case may be, we’ll know a lot after these next six games.