Fansided
SF Giants History

San Francisco Giants 60 Seasons from Worst To Greatest: 40-35

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 27: Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants walks to the dugout after striking out swining Andy Dirks #12 of the Detroit Tigers to end the eighth inning during Game Three of the Major League Baseball World Series at Comerica Park on October 27, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 27: Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants walks to the dugout after striking out swining Andy Dirks #12 of the Detroit Tigers to end the eighth inning during Game Three of the Major League Baseball World Series at Comerica Park on October 27, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
2 of 5
SAN FRANCISCO – 1979: Vida Blue #14 of the San Francisco Giants winds up a pitch during a 1979 game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO – 1979: Vida Blue #14 of the San Francisco Giants winds up a pitch during a 1979 game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Getty Images) /

39: [1981, 27-32, 5th NL West/29-23, 3rd NL West]

By June 1981, the Giants were poised to go nowhere, but then they got good news. Well, okay, it was bad news.  Baseball went out on strike, which resulted in a weird split-season format when the players came back in August.

The teams atop of their divisions in the first two and a half months of the season were declared the division winners of the first half, and they would take on the teams that won their respected divisions in the second half.

The Giants went 27-32 in the first half, which meant the Giants had a clean slate when baseball returned on August 10. They took full advantage of the two-month second half, but they fell three and a half games short of the Houston Astros and went 29-23.

If any of the winning seasons would be ranked the worst, it would be the one where there was no baseball for two months and where a completely idiotic playoff system gave the Trolley Dodgers an illegitimate world championship.

Doyle Alexander was a bright spot for the Giants that year with a 2.89 ERA in 152.1 innings pitched. He struck out just 77 batters, which is crazy to think about in this day and time where you have to strike out a batter an inning to be a starter.

facebooktwitterreddit