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Check out the slideshow above to see reactions to the Giants’ sudden resurgence.
After being written off by fans and members of the media as recently as one month ago, the San Francisco Giants now find themselves just three games back from the National League’s second and final Wild Card spot.
The Giants have won 11 of their last 13 games, and now sit just three games under .500 with a record of 46-49. They were 10 games under .500 and in the NL basement as recently as early July.
Because pretty much every other team in the National League seems determined to hover around .500 for whatever reason, the Giants are now squarely in the hunt for either of the two wild card spots.
Here’s a look at the incredibly crowded NL Wild Card race before Wednesday’s games:
1. Washington Nationals 50-43 (8-2 in their last 10 games)
2. Philadelphia Phillies 49-46 (4-6 in their last 10 games)
3. Milwaukee Brewers 49-47, half a game behind (3-7 in their last 10 games)
4. St. Louis Cardinals 47-46, one game behind (6-4 in their last 10 games)
5. Arizona Diamondbacks 48-47, one game behind (5-5 in their last 10 games)
6. San Francisco Giants 46-49, three games behind (8-2 in their last 10 games)
7. Colorado Rockies 46-49, three games behind (2-8 in their last 10 games)
8. Pittsburgh Pirates 45-49, three and a half games behind (4-6 in their last 10 games)
9. San Diego Padres 45-49, three and a half games behind (3-7 in their last 10 games)
10. Cincinnati Reds 43-49, four and a half games behind (5-5 in their last 10 games)
11. New York Mets 43-51, five and a half games behind (6-4 in their last 10 games)
The Giants have the most momentum of any of the teams on the outside looking in, but perspective is also important. Even though the Giants are three games off the Wild Card spot, they’re also three games away from the New York Mets, who have the second-worst record in the NL.
Meanwhile, Giants fans don’t know what to make of their team’s new life after a miserable start to open the season.
“I know it’s not an even year but I feel like the Giants are going to win the Wild Card and then win the World Series somehow,” one fan tweeted. “Because that’s what they do. I’ve just accepted it.”
Others were far more measured.
“Some people are screaming about the second wild card,” another user tweeted. “You have to wait until you’re above .500 for a minute before we can have a serious playoff discussion.”
Some fans even said they’d prefer to see the team go through with plans to trade away Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith, and stay committed to a rebuild.
“Even if they Giants do make the wild card. They will probably have to face MAX SCHERZER in the game,” one fan tweeted. “There’s no shot they do anything if they somehow make it.”
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