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San Francisco Giants: How They Can Make the 2011 Playoffs

Miguel LlullContributor IIISeptember 13, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Cody Ross #13 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by third base coach Tim Flannery #1 after he hit a home run in the third inning against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park on September 12, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco Giants buried themselves in a deep hole in August, a hole that they most likely will not be able to get out of.  This is baseball however and anything is possible.  For all you Giants fans who are wondering what it would take for the Giants to make the playoffs, below are several scenarios that put the Giants in the postseason, against all odds.

It is safe to assume that the NL West is Arizona's.  They hold an 8 1/2 game lead over the Giants going into play Tuesday night with only 15 games left on San Francisco's schedule.  For the Giants to overtake the Diamondbacks, Arizona would have to essentially fall off the face of the earth.

The team that has refused to lose for the last six weeks would have to go 5-9 over their final 14 games while the Giants run the table on the season with a perfect 15-0. Possible?  I guess so, but we certainly haven't seen anything this season that would suggest the Giants have a 15 game winning streak in them.  We also haven't seen anything in the second half of the season that suggests that the Diamondbacks have a collapse in them.

The Giants currently sit at 77-70, 6 1/2 games behind the Wild Card leading Atlanta Braves.  The Giants also enter play on Tuesday night two games behind St Louis in the Wild Card standings. It is difficult enough to overtake one team in the standings, two is exponentially more difficult. 

Let's assume that both Atlanta and St Louis finish off the season going .500 over their final 14 and 15 games respectively.

Atlanta plays Florida, New York Mets, Washington and Philadelphia to finish off the season.  If they go 7-7 over those 14 games, they would finish the year with a record of 91-71.

The St Louis Cardinals finish off the season with 15 games against Pittsburgh, Philadelphia (four game road series) New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Houston.  If St Louis finishes off this stretch 7-8, they will end the season with a record of 86-78.

The magic number in wins for the Giants would then be 92.  The Giants, with a record of 77-70 would obviously have to finish off the year on a historical tear going 15-0 against San Diego, Colorado (four game road series) Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona and at home against Colorado.

The task is daunting to say the least.  All that San Francisco can do now is play for next year by starting the rookies at the various positions to see what they can do, which will help the front office make decisions in the winter.  If that strategy somehow, inexplicably carried them into the postseason, we'll all have something pretty interesting to write about.

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