It is August 21st. That usually means every team in baseball still has a mathematical chance to win their respective divisions.

That can no longer be said about the San Francisco Giants. With San Francisco’s 5-2 loss against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday afternoon, they had mathematically been eliminated from the National League West.

The Giants currently sit 39 games behind the Dodgers in the National League West, which has been a shocking turn of events for a team that went to the playoffs last season. The Dodgers are putting up once in a generation type numbers as a team, combined with a complete underperformance from the San Francisco Giants, it has left the team up north with one of their most disappointing seasons in franchise history.

NL West
W
L
Pct
GB
Home
Away
L10
Dodgers
87
35
.713
51-14
36-21
8-2
Rockies
68
56
.548
20.0
38-25
30-31
3-7
Diamondbacks
67
57
.540
21.0
39-23
28-34
3-7
Padres
55
69
.444
33.0
33-30
22-39
5-5
Giants
50
76
.397
39.0
29-34
21-42
4-6

The San Diego Padres are not far behind the San Francisco Giants at all. Their elimination number is at seven, which goes down one number after every Dodgers win and every Padres loss. After a sizable gap, you will then see the Arizona Diamondbacks with an elimination number of 19 and the Colorado Rockies with an elimination number of 20.

Eliminating one team from the postseason this early does not mean too much for the players on the Dodgers, but it probably hurts the players of the Giants pretty bad. It is something for the Dodgers to be proud of, and it is one step out of four that they need to do to win the National League West and officially lock themselves a spot in the National League Division Series.

Dodgers claim Jordan Jankowski

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