On Tuesday, I wrote about how the San Francisco Giants have an uphill climb if they want to make the playoffs.
That remains true, but thanks to a 7-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday (which followed a 5-2 win over the Rockies on Tuesday), they also control their fate. They have to control that fate as it climbs a hill, but they control it.
With just five games remaining on the regular season docket, the Giants are officially in postseason position. Technically they’re the first Wild Card, due to winning percentage. But the second Wild Card (the Cincinnati Reds), is a game over .500, just like the Giants; they’ve merely played two more games.
The Giants are not doing well in the tiebreaker department, so they most likely need to hang onto an undisputed spot in the Wild Card race.
Which, again, is where they stand entering Thursday’s games.
Which, again, means they control their fate.
Win out and the Giants are in the postseason, regardless of what their foes do. Winning out is exceptionally difficult when four of those five games are against the San Diego Padres, but still: win out, and they’re in. That is controlling fate.
Going 4-1 likely gets the Giants in as well, and going 3-2 has a pretty decent chance of getting the job done.
One game above .500, needing to perform well in the final games is not the dynastic outcome that you fantasize about, but it’s a lot better than what most people had pegged for the 2020 Giants, even in this upside-down mutated season.
You can count the number of remaining games on one hand, and the Giants are in complete control of their fate.
That’s all you really could have asked for.