You normally wouldn't look much at the standings at the halfway point of the season. But in a 60-game season, it's moving time already, and the Giants are hotter than anyone right now.
Sunday's 6-1 win clinched a sweep over the Arizona Diamondbacks and gave the Giants six straight. At 14-16 halfway through the year, they're poised to take advantage of the late rule change expanding the playoff field. The sweep enabled the Giants to pass the Diamondbacks in the NL West standings, and if the playoffs started today, they would be just ahead of Arizona for the eighth and final spot.
This one was won with two late homers from Mike Yastrzemski and Alex Dickerson and another strong start from a veteran. Here are the things you need to know ...
Trevor Cahill followed Tyler Anderson's complete game with his own dominance. Cahill is still building his pitch count, but he gave the Giants 5 1/3 innings and allowed just one hit and one run. Cahill struck out eight.
The Giants have had a ton of success with the veteran starters they have brought in, with Drew Smyly throwing well before an injury and Kevin Gausman solidifying the spot behind Johnny Cueto. Anderson and Cahill have been especially tough the last couple of weeks, with Cahill allowing just five hits over his first 11 innings this season.
The Giants have been particularly dangerous at Oracle Park, which goes against everything we've learned about the place for two decades. On this day it was a familiar story.
Yastrzemski crushed a low pitch the other way for his seventh homer of the year, and Dickerson put the game away with a three-run blast into the arcade in the seventh. That one was particularly huge, as the Giants already had used Tony Watson in a one-run game and had six outs to record.
Your Daily Bart Update
Joey Bart finally got his first big league single, going the opposite way in the seventh to guarantee that he has a hit in all four big league games. But it was what Bart did on defense that was really special.
He went 83 feet to track down a foul pop-up from Stephen Vogt, showing how well he moves for a catcher his size: