After Thursday's win and the sweep over the Rockies, the Giants are 9.5 games up and facing a magic number of four. They are going to the playoffs, and they are getting hot at the right time.
But Buster Posey, speaking on 95.7 the Game in San Francisco, said recently that he doesn't think anyone on the Giants roster will "take anything for granted" when it comes to pushing hard until the end of the regular season.
"I can honestly say I think that just from the last series’ against Arizona and Colorado that guys are pushing and it doesn’t feel any different," Posey said. "I don’t think we’re really going to take anything for granted, especially last year after you see some of the collapses that baseball had at the end of the year.
"We’re in a great position there’s no doubt about that but you’ve gotta keep going and I think it’s important to take momentum into the playoffs as well."
Posey makes a great point here: momentum is huge going into the playoffs. It doesn't particularly matter what sport you're talking about, either, because getting hot at the right time can often mean much, much more than being the best team over the course of a long season.
When you're involved in a five-game or seven-game series, having a pair of pitchers who are throwing darts is critical to success, because they're going to drastically alter the outcome of said series multiple times.
If you've got a hot hitter who keeps that streak going into the playoffs, that changes the makeup of the series as well.
Posey's a perfect example -- he's playing MVP-level baseball right now, and he's hitting the ball so well that it probably doesn't matter who he faces when he steps up to the plate. If he hits in the playoffs like he has in the regular season, the Giants are going to be a tough out.