The San Francisco Giants went into the All-Star break with the best record in baseball. They had a 55-game stretch where they were 40-15 and they were finding ways to win with the unlikeliest of call ups and minor-league free agents.
Since the All-Star break, the Giants are 20-35. Historically, this is one of the worst stretches in baseball history for a team that was leading baseball in winning percentage.
#SFGiants since All-Star break: 20-35, a .364 winning percentage. Twins’ winning percentage this season: .372.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) September 14, 2016
On July 12, I wrote an article about how the Giants became the best team in baseball. Now, 55 games later, the Giants are on the verge on missing the playoffs altogether.
The Giants have a slim lead on the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets for one of the two Wild Card spots in the National League.
The Cardinals come to AT&T Park to play the next four games head to head, so we will know much more about the Giants’ playoff chances after the series.
The Giants also have six remaining games against the West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, so they still have some control over their own destiny. However, with only 17 games left and the Giants five games back, there is only a slim chance they can catch the Dodgers.
This is a far cry from July, when the Giants could proclaim themselves the best in baseball. Since then, they have statistically been the worst. There are 17 games left to see which team will show up.