The San Francisco Giants have become the third team in the National League to punch their postseason ticket, beating the San Diego Padres 8-4, clinching the NL West. The Division title is the Giants third since 2010.
There was doubt cast over the Giants season a month ago when they lost All-Star MVP Melky Cabrera to a 50-game suspension after he tested positive for PEDs. But the Giants have stood strong behind solid pitching and efficient hitting to secure yet another playoff trip, and they are looking to continue their streak well into October.
As of right now, the Giants sit three games behind the Nationals and Reds for the best record in the National League and are in line to secure the third seed in the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Giants, that third seed is looking to give them an intense matchup with the Cincinnati Reds, who also clinched a division title today, winning the NL Central.
The work is clearly far from over for the Giants, as the last thing they want is a tough matchup against the Reds to open the playoffs. It’s not an un-winnable series, but San Francisco would much rather hone their playoff skill (and bide time for Cabrera to come back) against the Braves or Cardinals who are duking it out for the Wild card spot.
So although there is celebrating in San Francisco, this is nothing the Giants haven’t experienced before. They’re just two years removed from their World Series title and anything less than that is a failure for this team — largely intact from that World Series win. With 10 games left in their season, the Giants have work cut out for them, and achieving the NL’s best record is not out of reach.