We are currently one week away from the postseason of what might just be the strangest season in MLB history. So it is now time to ask, what will the playoffs look like, and who will be in them.
This year, the main trade deadline story lies in the NL West. The NL West has been a strange division all season, with the Dodgers being way out in front, the Diamondbacks behind, and the Rockies, Padres, and Giants battling for 2nd place. In this strange, shortened season, 2nd place in a division is valuable, as it qualifies you for the playoffs. In such a contested division, it is not surprising one of the teams would want to make some moves, and secure 2nd place.
No one expected the San Francisco Giants to be good this year. Ever since their three World Series Championships, the Giants have been in the bottom of their division, reluctant to rebuild, but struggling with older players. At the beginning of the season, they lived up to their low expectations. The Giants started out the season with an 8-16 record, which was not very surprising, but over the past week, they have gone on a 7 game win streak, and are now 15-16, and nearing a .500 winning percentage.
Fernando Tatis Jr. continued his monster of a season Monday night with a whopping 7 RBIs on 2 home runs in the San Diego Padres’ 14-4 rout over the Texas Rangers. Tatis’ highlight of the night came on a 3-0 pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning when he hit a grand slam into the right-field seats.