The Giants have been the most intriguing team in the Majors for the past few weeks, and if their incredible run continues this weekend in San Diego, things could get even more interesting.
According to a source with knowledge of the team’s plans, the Giants are poised to become buyers if they’re still in the thick of the National League Wild Card race come Monday, and it’s all but certain ace lefty Madison Bumgarner will not be traded, regardless of how the weekend goes.
The Giants are 7-5 against the Padres this season, though they’ve won their past five games against their division rivals, including a three-game sweep at Petco Park on July 1-3. Jeff Samardzija, Shaun Anderson and Bumgarner will start the three games in San Diego this weekend.
Less than a month ago, San Francisco had been widely considered to be a near-lock as a seller, with Bumgarner leading the pack of trade candidates. On June 29, the Giants were 35-47, sitting 8 1/2 games out of the NL Wild Card race. In fact, their record was the second worst in the NL, ahead of only the Marlins at the time.