After things were looking pretty promising for the San Francisco Giants heading into the trade deadline, the month of August has not been kind. With last night's loss to the Braves, they have now lost five straight series during this brutal stretch of their schedule and have gone from firmly a wild card team to having to make up a 1.5 game deficit to even make it to the playoffs.
Some of the credit has to go to the teams the Giants are competing against as those last five series against Texas, Tampa, Atlanta (2x), and Philadelphia are against some really good baseball teams. Plus, other teams in the wild card race like the Cubs and Diamondbacks have been playing really good baseball of late. However, there is no denying that the Giants have played poorly lately and much of that can be traced to missteps the team has made throughout the 2023 season.
Here are 4 mistakes that have cost the SF Giants dearly this season
There are certainly different types of mistakes a team can make. Sometimes, a decision looks great in the moment and can turn into a disaster with the benefit of hindsight. In other cases, mistakes can come from failures to evaluate talent both on and off the roster correctly which is tough to get right at times. There are also the decisions that have been total head-scratchers from the moment they happened and are still hard to understand even now. The Giants have had all of the above happen in 2023 and the team has been lesser for it.
Let's take a look at 4 major mistakes the Giants have made this season that have been very costly in 2023.