What a difference three weeks can make.
On the morning of Aug. 18, the Giants were just 8-16 after losing their fifth straight game. At that point, FiveThirtyEight gave the Giants just a 3 percent chance of making the NL playoffs this MLB season. Fast forward three weeks later and that number has jumped by 58 points.
Following their 7-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels when closer Trevor Gott blew yet another save the previous night, the Giants went on a seven-game win streak. Entering Wednesday, the Giants are 22-21. FiveThirtyEight now gives San Francisco a 61 percent chance of making the NL playoffs.
As of this publishing, the Giants are the No. 8 seed in the NL and would face the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-game series to start off the playoffs. Despite having three more wins than the Miami Marlins, the Giants are behind them due to win percentage.
The Giants (22-21) have played 43 games this year, while the Marlins (19-18) only are at 37 due to early-season coronavirus issues.
Barring poor air quality, the Giants are set to finish their two-game home set with the Seattle Mariners at Oracle Park on Wednesday. The Giants then travel to San Diego to face the second-place Padres in a critical four-game series. These will be the first of seven games the Giants will play against the Padres in the final month of the season.
Manager Gabe Kapler is pushing every right button and has the Giants rolling. They're one of the biggest surprises in baseball, and very well could make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.