• Jarrett Carlston

Ain't No Rest for the Wicked

It was never a marathon, it was always a sprint and that sprint just got real. As the Giants look around the starting line they see the metaphorical likes of Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson and Usain Bolt lined up next to them. With 12 currently scheduled games remaining, a potential double header with the Padres and flip flopping between the 7th and final albeit made up 8th spot in the National League playoff picture, the hopes are still very much achievable. Between Covid scares and games being moved due to the unfortunate fireball that is the west coast the Giants have 12 scheduled games remaining with no days off starting tonight with the bumped game from Seattle back at home in San Francisco with the Giants playing visitor. If you were hoping to see the announcing crew call an away game in person your odd wish has been granted. Advantage cutouts. To make matters worse we have a bullpen that seems to have struggled all season for any form of continuity and a starting rotation which at best is plug and play at this point moving forward. It looks like a bullet was dodged having Kevin Gausman looking to jump back into the rotation in our only remaining away series across the bridge in Oakland against the new Swingin A's of 2020. Jeff Samardzija is hanging out in Sacramento with a possibility to return and be another tool for the rotation or some much needed bullpen help. The Giants will be relying heavily on some bats to heat back up including everyone's (or so it seems) favorite punching bag Brandon Belt, Yaz, the batting title chasing Donovan Solano, that pop from Wilmer Flores and dare I add error free fielding.

Now for the bad news. According to teamrankings.com without even factoring in the fact that there will be no days off here on out or for F@#*& sake there is another Covid scare the Giants hold the toughest remaining schedule in the majors. Remaining on the docket are 2 games with Seattle, 3 games against Oakland, 4 against Colorado, 3 final games and a TBD makeup game with the Padres to close out the season. I've never been one to root for the Dodgers but lets hope they close out the race and win the NL West for the 8th straight year leaving the Padres with nothing to play for to end the season. Those joining the Giants at the starting gate include the Marlins, Phillies, Cardinals, Reds, Brewers and Rockies. The Marlins have their own hair pulling sprint including two double headers in 3 days with the Nationals and the 4th hardest remaining schedule thus putting them very much in the crosshairs for all that are chasing. Colorado and Philadelphia do not have a cakewalk either being ranked 7th and 9th respectively with the remaining teams ranking 22nd, 25th and 27th overall.

This is going to be a wild finish to an already odd and trying season for the ages. It all starts tonight in San Francisco with the Mariners and Smyly on the mound. Bang goes the starting gun...... and they're off.

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Wed, Sep 16 @Seattle

Thu, Sep 17 @Seattle

Fri, Sep 18 @Oakland

Sat, Sep 19 @Oakland

Sun, Sep 20 @Oakland

Mon, Sep 21 vsColorado

Tue, Sep 22 vsColorado

Wed, Sep 23 vsColorado

Thu, Sep 24 vsColorado

Fri, Sep 25 vsSan Diego

Sat, Sep 26 vsSan Diego

Sun, Sep 27 vsSan Diego

TBD vs San Diego

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