The San Francisco Giants did their job over the weekend in hurting the Rockies and Dodgers by making sure they were swept by the Cardinals.
It’s never fun losing, but it helps a little when you know it’s going to hurt your division rivals. I’m sure that’s exactly why the San Francisco Giants laid an egg over the weekend against the Red Birds.
The Dodgers currently hold a slim 1.5 game lead over the Rockies for the division, while the Cardinals hold the exact same lead over the Rockies for the second Wild Card spot.
Letting the Cardinals sweep us certainly helped keep the Rockies out of the playoff picture for the moment.
The ultimate goal though is to knock the Dodgers not only out of the division lead, but out of the playoffs altogether.
Our rivals have made that tough though as they’re 9-2 in their last 11 games. But even after that stretch, they are just 1.5 games up on the Rockies.
Colorado finishes with four against a sinking ship in the Philadelphia Phillies, and they will not face Aaron Nola who pitched on Sunday. Then they finish with three against the Washington Nationals, who are also out of the playoff picture. All seven of those games will be at Coors Field.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers travel to Arizona for three games. The Diamondbacks are reeling, but hopefully they can find some pride and win a couple of games.
And then it’s the big showdown in San Francisco between the Giants and Dodgers. While other teams not in the hunt might not put up much of fight, you better believe the Giants and their fans will do everything to beat up the Dodgers in that series.
Right now Madison Bumgarner is scheduled to pitch the last game of the Padres series, but I would L-I-V-I-D if he is not pushed back to start game one against the Dodgers.
Clayton Kershaw is in line to pitch the last game of that series, and boy that would be a lot of fun if it came down to that game.
There hasn’t been much to get excited about when comes to San Francisco Giants baseball over the last month or so, but if you can’t get pumped up for the opportunity to knock your division rivals out of the playoffs, something is wrong with you.