The Giants had a chance to secure an NL wild card spot on Saturday, but they needed the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies to lose, and they also had to beat the San Diego Padres.
They didn’t get the help they needed, and they did each other a disservice when they lost 6-2 to the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park.
Now the battle for last place in the NL playoffs goes back to the last full day of the 2020 regular season and the Giants (29-30) are not in control of their own fate.
In order for the Giants to reach eighth place in the NL playoffs, they have to beat the Padres on Sunday and let the Brewers (29-30) lose to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Brewers own the tiebreaker, based on the division record, over the Giants. So if they win, they̵
The Phillies’ 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday meant that Giants manager Gabe Kapler could have eliminated his former team from the playoffs with a win over the Padres. Instead, the Phillies (28-31) saw another day despite having to win and both the Brewers and Giants losing on Sunday. In this case, the Phillies would secure the playoff spot due to the division record tiebreaker.
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If the Giants and Brewers both win on Sunday, the season will be extended to Monday, with the Cardinals (29-28) playing a double header in Detroit to determine their final record and NL playoff team.
Number 7 is no longer in the game for the Giants, who had to finish with a better record than the Cincinnati Reds (30-29). After the defeat against the Padres on Saturday, this is not possible.
When Giants reach number 8, they travel to Los Angeles to take on rival NL West Dodgers in the best-of-three wild card round.