After plummeting to the bottom of the National League West standings, the SF Giants looked destined to be sellers. Now that they’ve won their last 6 games, they find themselves in the playoff picture. As the August 31st trade deadline approaches, ATF’s Marc Delucchi examines their options.
While the circumstances around the season are far different for the SF Giants, the actual arc of their 2020 season has followed a very similar trajectory to their previous campaign.
Last year, after getting off to a terrible start, a mid-summer surge put them right in the thick of the playoff race as the MLB trade deadline approached. It made for a difficult series of choices.
The SF Giants are in a similar predicament this year. An uninspiring start to the season has been answered by a six-game winning streak. In just a 60-game season with an expanded playoff, the team has vaulted up in the standings all the way into the playoffs. That’s right. If the regular season ended today, the SF Giants would be in the playoffs.
Of course, how this should impact the SF Giants approach to the deadline is a much murkier question to answer. Roger Munter at There R Giants dove into all the added complications created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, even in a normal season, the decision would not be straightforward.
It’s worth looking into the logic behind buying, selling, and some unique alternatives that the SF Giants could take advantage of in the leadup to the deadline on August 31st.