Thursday, September 22, 2016

NL West W L GB
LA 86 66 - It's over-- they'll win it.
GIANTS 80 72 6 Wild-card or bust.
Wild Card W L GB
New York 80 72 - Swept at home by last-place Atlanta.
GIANTS  80 72 - Have lost 6 straight to San Diego.
St Louis 80 72  -   Weekend wrangle at Wrigley.

Giants lost at LA, 9-3.
New York lost their third straight at home to Atlanta, 4-3.
St Louis was routed, 11-1, at Colorado. 

Giants open a four-game series at San Diego, with Jeff Samardzija opposing lefty Christian Friedrich, making his first start against the Giants. 7:10 PDT (10:10 EDT) at Petco Park.
New York hosts Philadelphia, who are not as bad as their record, and who may make things tougher for the suddenly-vulnerable Mets.
St Louis is idle. They open a three-game series at Chicago tomorrow night.
Last Night's Game 
Well, it was over quickly. Matt Moore, who came within one out of a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium a month ago, gave up five first-inning runs as the Dodgers sent ten men to the plate, and was out of there moments later when he opened the second just as badly. His Game Score of 6 rates as the worst of any Giants starter this year. The game having gotten out of hand, we saw both Matt Cain and Jake Peavy hit hard in garbage time, which made rookie Ty Blach's three spotless innings-- nine up, nine down-- about the only highlight of the evening. Scratching for positives, we note Ehire Adrianza's first homer of the year as he filled in for Brandon Crawford, and Brandon Belt's 37th double and 77th RBI.

And so, the division race is over. It really is. Nobody makes up a six-game deficit with ten to play. The Dodgers will win their fourth straight NL West title. But thankfully, both the Cardinals and the Mets have been most obliging during this September-to-forget. Last night St Louis blew their chance to sweep the Rockies, and the Mets, with a golden opportunity to put some distance between themselves and the competition, instead lost three straight at home to last-place Atlanta. So the Three Wannabes remain tied. Few Giants fans can seriously claim that our team is playing well enough these days to claim a post-season berth, but as long as those other guys keep losing and failing to take advantage, the door to the World Series remains open. For now.  The first order of business is, of course, reversing this appalling 0-for-6 streak against San Diego. Starting tonight.

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