SF Giants can get back in race with upcoming series vs. Juan Soto and the Padres

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Suddenly, the San Francisco Giants find themselves in an urgent position. The Padres, losers of four of five in the Juan Soto era, has fallen to third in the wild card standings. That's the position the SF Giants have been chasing, and the timing is good since the Giants are set to begin a three-game series in San Diego on Monday night. If the Giants sweep, they could be as few as 3.5 games back of a playoff spot. If they are swept, they would be 9.5 back. Huge swings are possible one way or the other. Will the Giants be up to the task?

Something else worth watching is what the Giants will do with their roster in order to add Evan Longoria today or tomorrow. Bryce Johnson and Luis González are candidates to be optioned; at some point, both may be optioned if the Giants decide to go back to 13 position players (as opposed to 14 with 12 pitch pitchers). There's a case to be made that the Giants shouldn't option those two, since the team is somewhat playing for 2023 at this point. But while they're still technically alive, perhaps they go with their veterans. Joc Pederson, Brandon Crawford, and Thairo Estrada were added back over the weekend. Dixon Machado was DFA'd and Yermin Mercedes and David Villar were optioned out to make room.

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