San Francisco Giants Unlikely Path to the 2018 Postseason

By Jake Mastroianni
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates his first inning two run home run against the New York Mets in the dugout with his teammates at Citi Field on August 21, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates his first inning two run home run against the New York Mets in the dugout with his teammates at Citi Field on August 21, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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For those who are still hanging on to hope in 2018, here is the San Francisco Giants very unlikely path to the postseason this year.

I’ve written a lot of doom-and-gloom articles here lately, so I thought I’d try to bring some positivity back to the site and give San Francisco Giants fans some hope.

At the writing of this article, the San Francisco Giants are three games under .500, nine games back in the NL West, and eight games back in the Wild Card.

I know, it seems impossible for the Giants to make up that kind of ground with 33 games left to play, and you’re right.

But for those who aren’t ready to give up yet, here what the Giants need to do to make the playoffs in 2018.

Eighty-seven wins has gotten you into the NL Wild Card game the past two years, so that’s the number we’ll shoot for with the Giants.

Quick math will tell you that they have to go 24-9 the rest of the way to reach 87 wins. That doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room, but it’s not impossible.

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So let’s map out the Giants schedule and pick out there nine losses, which should be easier than picking out their 24 wins.

We’ll chalk up a loss to Patrick Corbin on August 27 and one apiece at Colorado and Milwaukee. Will take one more to the chin in a six-game stretch at home against Atlanta and Colorado.

Then one loss at St. Louis and one loss against the Dodgers to end the season. That leaves us with three other losses we can endure.

The winning has to start this weekend against Texas. That has to be a sweep, along with an upcoming three-game set at home with the Mets where it looks like we might avoid Jacob DeGrom.

We’ll need to win five-of-six against the Padres towards the end of September.

This is a halfway sarcastic article, but as I put it on paper it certainly seems pretty simple.

The Giants can maybe afford to lose one or two more series the rest of the way, but certainly can’t get swept.

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So if you’re a Giants fan not ready to give up on your team just yet, there is your path to the postseason in 2018 with 33 games left to play.

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