In the aftermath of champagne showers and victory laps around the field at AT&T Park, the San Francisco Giants find themselves as the N.L. West Division champions with eight games left in the regular season. While no combination of wins or losses will alter the Giants’ playoff path, there is something to be said for choosing not to coast into the playoffs.
There are matters of choosing the playoff roster, the pitching rotation, and so forth, which all speak to the importance of giving select players more time on the field for observation. But it’s also vital to recall the San Francisco team of 2010, a squad that made the playoffs on the final game of regular season play, and the impact that momentum had on their run to the World Series.
Here are four ways the San Francisco Giants can be sure they stay on edge for the rest of the regular season.