San Francisco Giants fans can’t complain (but that doesn’t stop them). It’s been a good season so far for the Giants.
Entering Monday’s game against the Brewers, the Giants are 38-26 and hold a five-game lead over the Dodgers in the National League West.
But can I make one little suggestion?
Dear Giants, how about a nice, six-run victory every once in a while?
The Giants have supplied their fans with a lot of excitement in 2016. Maybe too much for our blood pressure.
- The Giants’ win over the Dodgers on Sunday night was their 15th one-run win of the season, tying the Phillies for the most in the majors.
- It was the 22nd one-run game the Giants have been involved in this season, putting them fourth in the majors behind the Reds (24), Astros (23) and Padres (23).
- Saturday’s win over the Dodgers was the Giants’ fifth extra-inning win of the season, second-most in the majors behind the Astros (6).
- Saturday’s win was also the Giants’ sixth walk-off win of the season, most in the majors this season.
- In fact, the Giants have won just three of their last seven games – all three wins were by one-run, including two 2-1 victories.
So, either you can say the Giants are clutch or fortuitous.
Their +3 record against their pythagorean record might indicate that latter.
But there could be good news ahead.
Starting with Monday’s game against the Brewers, the Giants will play 21 of their 25 games against teams currently with a losing record.
The Giants are 24-13 against teams with a losing record this season. Of course, if you removed the Padres from that, the Giants are just 15-13.
So there’s a chance for the Giants to actually pad their lead in the NL West, while they wait for injured players like Hunter Pence and Sergio Romo to return.