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Five Biggest “What-Ifs” of the SF Giants 2020 Season

A dejected Austin Slater after striking out to end the SF Giants season. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
A dejected Austin Slater after striking out to end the SF Giants season. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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Lorenzo Cain helped the Milwaukee Brewers lead an improbable comeback against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Had the Brewers lost that game, the SF Giants would’ve likely reached the postseason. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

Five Biggest “What-Ifs” of the SF Giants 2020 Season
3. Brewers comeback on Opening Day

What’s a Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates game on July 27th doing on this list? Well, a quick check at the standings should answer those questions. Sure one more Giants win could have put them over the top. However, one more Brewers loss could have done the same thing.

Looking back on their regular season, the Brewers most unlikely comeback came in their fourth game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. While the Bucs would easily be one of the worst teams in baseball, they had a 99% chance of winning the game, according to nearly every win probability formula.

Colin Moran blasted a two-run homer early and Steven Brault paired with Chad Kuhl to throw 5.2 innings of shutout baseball. The offense managed a couple more rallies and the bullpen continued holding things together into the 9th inning with a 5-1 lead.

Then the Brewers rallied against Michael Feliz for an unexpected four-run 9th inning. The game went to extra innings and Milwaukee ended up pulling out their 2nd victory of the season. At the time, Giants fans probably didn’t bat an eye. However, had the Pirates managed to get those final three outs, the Giants may have very well reached the playoffs.

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