CM – Kurtenbach: How the rivals Dodgers help the SF Giants in September


SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants have to send a thank you to their arch rivals in Los Angeles.

The season could go on for weeks, but San Francisco has already secured a playoff spot thanks to the best record in baseball.

A seat in your hand and all the time before the playoffs? This is a great opportunity to rest.

It’s also a fantastic time to lose your lead as a team – to forget how to do it – before the games really matter.

But the Giants won’t have such a problem in the remaining weeks of the season thanks to the Dodgers.

Regardless of whether you consider it fair or unfair, the reality of the situation is that, for all their successes, the Giants have only won one more game, one elimination game at that. The Dodgers – arguably the second best team in the National League – are hot on the heels of San Francisco in the National League West.

The two teams have no more games on the regular season schedule, but a bad week – maybe even a bad streak – for the Giants could turn the two squads in the table.

The Giants celebrated Monday night, but they know there’s still a lot to do and the battle between them and the Dodgers for the division crown will likely get to the point – maybe even a 163 game.

During teams how the White Sox (plus 12.5 games in the AL Central), Brewers (plus 12 in the NL Central) and Astros (plus 6.5 in the AL West) can drive to the finish line of the regular season, the Giants have on to stay at the top of their game.

San Francisco entered Wednesday’s game with the Padres with a nine-game winning streak – a necessary nine-game winning streak because of the Dodgers.

But that’s a good thing.
Related articles

Kurtenbach: How the SF Giants made the whole baseball look like fools

Playoff-bound! SF Giants hammer padres to punch post-season ticket

SF Giants can make franchise history by beating Padres

SF Giants could see three key players returning to the line-up in the coming days

NL West Watch: SF Giants have the opportunity to create more separation

Giants manager Gabe Kapler is concerned with taking the season “day by day”. Obviously it works too. But the Giants have no choice but to be « day after day » with the Dodgers on their tail.

And the concept of resting players before the playoffs? Let other teams worry about it – the Giants have been reasonable with their playing time all season, filling almost every position every day.

Brandon Crawford and Mike Yastrzemski are the only two Giants to make 500 record appearances this season. Buster Posey, Brandon Belt and LaMonte Wade have 100 more games to play this season.

As the Giants have proven over the past few weeks, tired legs are not a problem.

The Giants were also careful with their starting mugs. Kevin Gausman will lead San Francisco in innings this season but is very unlikely to throw 200 this season. And while the bullpen was used early and often, the load was distributed everywhere – with the exception of the rear end, which contains two jugs that seem impervious to both mental and arm stress, submarine jug Tyler Rogers and closer, who only throws fastballs to Jake McGee.

Yes, quiet is nice, but the Giants have been preparing – consciously or not – for October for months.
Related articles

The SF Giants’ four homers aren’t enough to keep the winning streak alive, with Dodgers gaining ground in NL West

SF Giants face tough decisions with three players on the injured list

SF Giants’ winning streak is unlike any MLB in over 80 years

Photos: The SF Giants win with a 6-1 win against the Padres for ninth place in a row

How the players’ victims turned SF Giants into playoff contenders

They are also in a great position to fight on the track, despite having only carried three starting mugs in the past three weeks.

So whether the Giants win the divisional crown and can go straight to the National League Division Series with five games or whether they fall against the Dodgers and have to play in a playoff with one game on October 6th, the winner of the National League West plays strong baseball.

And isn’t it better to go into the playoffs battle-tested? Playoff baseball is a whole different beast than the regular season – I don’t want to have to find my best game before playing on the biggest stage.

No matter how the season ends, the Giants don’t have to get on their feet before their first playoff game. That gives them an edge when the playoffs begin.

Iron sharpens irons, and while the top two teams in the league playing in a league might be a burden right now, next month it could prove to be a blessing.


San Francisco Giants,San Diego Padres,MLB,Los Angeles Dodgers,San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers,,Alex Dickerson PROFESSIONAL_ATHLETE SPORTS_FIGURE PERSON,Fernando Tatis Jr.,Adam Frazier,Joe Musgrove,Alex Wood,Gabe Kapler,Adam Frazier PROFESSIONAL_ATHLETE SPORTS_FIGURE PERSON,Vincent Velasquez PROFESSIONAL_ATHLETE SPORTS_FIGURE PERSON Blake Snell PROFESSIONAL_ATHLETE SPORTS_FIGURE,Vince Velasquez,Thairo Estrada,Dominic Leone,Kris Bryant,Johnny Cueto PROFESSIONAL_ATHLETE SPORTS_FIGURE,Steven Duggar,Eric Hosmer PROFESSIONAL_ATHLETE,Manny Machado PROFESSIONAL_ATHLETE SPORTS_FIGURE PERSON,Joe Musgrove PROFESSIONAL_ATHLETE SPORTS_FIGURE PERSON,Jurickson Profar,Pierce Johnson,Donovan Solano,Evan Longoria,Manny Machado,Mike Yastrzemski,Kevin Gausman,Johnny Cueto,Shaun Anderson,Brandon Belt,Eric Hosmer,Emilio Pagán,Webb,Alex Dickerson,San Francisco,San Diego,St. Louis,California,North America,United States,El Paso,Solano,Houston,San Diego Padres,Padres-Giants,Los Angeles Dodgers,AP Sports News,NL,NL West,RBI,COVID-19,Philadelphia,Triple-A,Braves,MLB,UP NEXT,Pierce Johnson PROFESSIONAL_ATHLETE SPORTS_FIGURE,Kevin Gausman PROFESSIONAL_ATHLETE SPORTS_FIGURE,PROFESSIONAL_ATHLETE SPORTS_FIGURE,Shaun Anderson PROFESSIONAL_ATHLETE SPORTS_FIGURE,Mike Yastrzemski PROFESSIONAL_ATHLETE SPORTS_FIGURE,Donovan Solano PROFESSIONAL_ATHLETE SPORTS_FIGURE,Steven Duggar PROFESSIONAL_ATHLETE SPORTS_FIGURE,Brandon Belt PROFESSIONAL_ATHLETE SPORTS_FIGURE,California – Sports,Member Choice Sports Option,Member Choice Z Sports Option,S Wire,California – Z Sports Only,COVID,,,AL Cy Young Award,,,Dominic Leone,Jarlín García,Brandon Crawford,Adam Frazier,Garcia,West,José Quintana,Scott Kazmir,Manny Machado,Gabe Kapler,José Álvarez,Tommy Pham,Emilio Pagan,Zack Littell,Kim,Mike Yastrzemski,Jurickson Profar,Kris Bryant,Fernando Tatis Jr.,Eric Hosmer,Walker Buehler,Steven Duggar,Johnny Cueto,Alex Wood,Trent Grisham,Thairo Estrada,Evan Longoria,LaMonte Wade Jr.,Buster Posey,Susan Slusser,San Francisco Giants,Leone,IL,Los Angeles,García,Arizona,Sacramento,San Diego,A,Padres,Dodgers,NL West,RBI,The San Francisco Chronicle,Brandon Belt,Triple-A,Gold Glove,[email protected],Twitter,@susanslusser,,

Donnez votre avis et abonnez-vous pour plus d’infos

Vidéo du jour: