By Jon Weisman
In late July, we talked about how difficult the San Francisco Giants’ schedule would be from August 6-September 2, when they faced 26 consecutive games against winning teams. Aside from a four-game sweep of the Nationals, it didn’t go great.
- August 6-9: at Chicago (0-4)
- August 11-12: vs. Houston (1-1)
- August 13-16: vs. Washington (4-0)
- August 17-19: at St. Louis (1-2)
- August 20-23: at Pittsburgh (1-3)
- August 25-27: vs. Chicago (2-1)
- August 28-30: vs. St. Louis (1-2)
- August 31-September 2: at Los Angeles (0-3)
A three-game sweep of the Dodgers would made the defending World Series champion Giants triumphant — muddied but unbowed tug-o’-war survivors at the state fair. It would have meant a 13-13 run through the gauntlet, cutting the Dodgers’ National League West lead to 1/2 game.
Instead, San Francisco was dragged to a 10-16 crumble through the 26 games, sliding 6 1/2 games behind Los Angeles.
But today’s a new day, September practically a new month, and the Giants do have much easier possibilities for feats of strength in their remaining 29 games — 25 of which are against sub-.500 teams.
Let’s look at the final 32 days of the regular season.