AP Photo: Jack Dempsey
Back on August 26th, I said on the podcast that the Giants should stop thinking about the NL West and focus on winning 88 games.
I felt 88 wins would get at the very least the second Wild Card spot and would make the season a success. They were coming off a 1 run loss to the Rockies and looked frustrated.
They needed to go 19-12 in their final 31 games to pull that off.
Since that loss? The Giants are 7-1, with the one loss being a blown lead in Colorado. And they made up for that last night in a game where they trailed 6-0 after 3 innings. Buster Posey and company went absolutely ape and took the game 12-7.
Keeping the eye on the ball, winning 88 games for the Giants would require them going 12-11 the rest of the way… a modest goal.
But look at the Dodgers. In a night where Clayton Kershaw was his typical dominant self, L.A. merely held their ground which is 2 games.
The Giants are in control of the Wild Card. If they play 3 games better than the Dodgers over the final 23, they would win the West.
Who saw THAT coming?
Time to update the Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.
An explanation of what this is all about can be found HERE.
GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
The Rockies jumped ahead to a 6-0 lead. But Buster Posey led a charge where the Giants scored 3 in the 6th and 6th in the 7th and pulled ahead to a 12-7 victory. DODGED BULLET
52 Dodged Bullets 47 Teeth Grinders
A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
The A’s fell behind early 6-0, but they rallied including a ground rule double by Craig Gentry. But the Mariners held on for dear life to win 6-5. TEETH GRINDER
49 Dodged Bullets 46 Teeth Grinders
RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
The Red Sox took an early 7-1 lead but the Yankees rallied in the 5th. A strange baserunning mistake kept the Yankees from scoring more and ultimately the Red Sox won a 9-4 laugher. DODGED BULLET
Dodged Bullets 59 Teeth Grinders 71
Giants have passed the A’s in Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder. Who would have thought that?