Can they win against the division?
To reach the postseason, the Giants will need to find a way to win against their division. This may not sound like an earth-shattering statement or much of a problem for the Giants, but they happen to be very weak against their NL West counterparts. Sure, the Dodgers aren’t as dominant after losing Zack Greinke to the Diamondbacks this offseason, but they are still one of the favorites in the National League. The Giants rivalry with the Dodgers is well documented, and the Giants actually managed to perform well against the Dodgers last season, going 11-8 against them despite a rough year overall.
The real troublesome records come against the rest of the division. Though they are the better team on paper, the Giants had an 8-11 record against the Rockies last season. The same principle applies to the Diamondbacks, who the Giants had an 8-11 record against last year. The team was solid in San Diego, with an 11-8 record, but a 38-38 divisional record may not be enough next year for the Giants.