The San Francisco Giants are no longer contenders, however there may be upsides to this team missing the playoffs.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have not officially clinched the division. However San Francisco is currently 8.5 games out of first place.
They would have to go 16-0 for the rest of the season while the Diamondbacks finished 7-7 in order to tie for the division. Although it’s possible, the Diamondbacks have given us no reason to believe that they are going to stop winning and the Giants have given no indications that they are going to change their fate in such a small window of opportunity.
It is time to forget about 2011, and look forward to 2012.
The final stretch of this season will allow the team to gear up for next year, and the absence of October baseball in San Francisco will give the team an extra month to re-energize for another promising season.
Here are three silver linings to the Giants missing the postseason.