Giants Remain in NL West Hunt Through July

While the Dodgers and Padres have been battling each other for first place in the NL West, the Giants have been quietly biding their time in the third place position, never straying more than five games back and hoping to make a move if the top two teams happen to implode. With an SP78 won-lost record of 63-42, the Giants’ mark is nearly identical to that of their 1978 counterparts, who were 63-43 and sitting atop the West by the end of July, just a stone’s throw ahead of the Reds and Dodgers. And with six games scheduled against LA during the first half of August, the Giants may find themselves leading the division at some point over the next few weeks.

Keeping the Giants alive in July were their pitching staff, whose team ERA topped the National League with an eye-popping 1.58. Randy Moffitt and Charlie Williams both went 4-0 for the month, and John Montefusco led all starters with a 0.87 mark (only two members of the staff had an ERA higher than 1.89). At the plate, Mike Ivie’s .339 average was tops on the team, and his .389 BA for the season ranks among the league leaders in the NL. Jack Clark leads the squad with 20 home runs and 60 runs batted in through July, while Willie McCovey is still waiting for his elusive 500th career home run; with just three HRs hit this season, he’s still four pokes short of the milestone.

To take a look at how the Giants are doing through July, click here. The boxes for league leaders, team rankings, and award totals have been left blank; these numbers will be added after all NL team statistics have been finalized, and July award winners have been picked.

6 responses to “Giants Remain in NL West Hunt Through July

  1. Kewl stuff Mr. Statistical Wizard you !!
    Go Padres !!

  2. Since the SP78 and actual 78 record for the Giants are almost identical at this point in the season, what place did the Giants end up in 78? Also, what other teams are close to the actual standings for the season, only if you have the stats available? Don’t spend your day off digging through the records when you can be riding your bike to Estrella Mountain Ranch!

    • Trust me, it would take me MUCH longer to ride to Estrella Mountain Ranch, since I can easily find the answer to your standings comparison question on the main page (current standings at the top, real-life towards the bottom, if you want to take a look). The Dodgers, Phillies, and Yankees are leading their divisions in SP78, and would win their divisions in 1978, but the AL West is a bit mixed up: instead of the Royals at the top, it’s been the Twins and Rangers for most of the season. And the Giants, not so surprisingly, wound up in third place at the end of ’78, behind the Dodgers and Reds.

      • I forgot about that, thanks for the reminder and how do you get the daily standings of the 78 season?

      • There’s a site called Baseball Reference that basically supplies me with every bit of statistical information I need from the ’78 season; clicking on any player’s name on my stat pages will take you to that player’s page on the site. Once there, just do a search of ‘1978 Major League’, click the schedules link, then scroll down to find the date you’d like to check out.

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