San Francisco Giants eliminated from NL Wild Card race

Sep 27, 2023, 8:16 AM

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Juan Soto #22 of the San Diego Padres is tagged out by Pa...

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The San Francisco Giants will watch the MLB Playoffs from home for the second straight season.

Following the Giants’ 4-0 loss to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night, San Francisco (78-80) was eliminated from the National League Wild Card race after falling 4.5 games behind the third and final spot with four games remaining in the regular season.

After an 8-16 start to September, the writing was on the wall for the Giants as San Francisco couldn’t continue its solid play from May and June (35-20).

“Coming to terms with the fact that we’re not going to the postseason is pretty [terrible],” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said following Tuesday’s loss. “It’s not a fun thing to be thinking about. It’s disappointing. Every step along the way, we expected to go to the postseason. That never changed. It’s certainly frustrating.”

While San Francisco’s season has come to a disappointing conclusion, there is still plenty of chaos surrounding the NL Wild Card race.

What is the current state of the NL Wild Card standings?

The Philadelphia Phillies clinched the top NL Wild Card spot on Tuesday, giving the reigning National League Champions its tickets to October baseball.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are keeping pace in the second Wild Card spot following Tuesday’s 15-4 win over the Chicago White Sox. Arizona will finish its season against the Houston Astros, who are in a similar spot in the AL Wild Card race, as both teams will be playing for their postseason lives to open up the weekend.

After jumping out to a 5-0 lead over the powerhouse Atlanta Braves, the Chicago Cubs suffered a devastating 7-6 loss on Tuesday after outfielder Seiya Suzuki dropped a ball in the outfield during the bottom of the eighth inning that allowed two runs to score.

Chicago and the Miami Marlins, who will play a doubleheader on Wednesday against the New York Mets, are separated by one half-game in the standings with five games remaining.

The Cincinnati Reds are lurking in the race, sitting just 1.5 games behind Chicago for the NL’s final postseason spot.

San Diego will be eliminated from postseason contention if one of the following happens on Wednesday:

  • They lose to San Francisco
  • The Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves
  • The Reds beat the Guardians
  • The Marlins win both games of their doubleheader against the Mets

Upcoming San Francisco Giants Schedule

  • Monday, September 25th-Wednesday, September 27th – vs. San Diego Padres
  • Friday, September 29th-Sunday, October 1st – vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

End of MLB regular season

MLB Playoffs Schedule

  • Wild Card Round – October 3rd-5th
  • Division Series – October 7th-14th
  • Championship Series – October 15th-24th
  • World Series – October 27th-November 4th

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