Go ahead. Raise your hand if you thought a team from the NL West would have the league’s best record at the All-Star break. Plenty of hands would be raised, as both the Los Angeles Dodgers, the defending World Series champs, and the San Diego Padres, who spent big-time money in the offseason, are in the division. But it’s neither of them that have Major League Baseball’s highest winning percentage at the break. Instead, the team in front of that category is San Francisco.
The Giants have been fantastic, and they closed out the ‘first half of the season with a fourth straight win (and seventh from their last ten) on Sunday when they downed the Washington Nationals 3-1 at home to bring their record to 57-32 thus far, good enough for a .640 winning %. The offense came entirely from the bat of Curt Casali, who hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the second to propel them along with six fine innings from starter Kevin Gausman. Gausman gave up just one run, on a fielder’s choice, and had nine strikeouts in the outing. The Giants, as a result, will go into the break with a 2.5 game edge over the Dodgers and will have a further three-and-a-half over the Padres in what many believe is still an open division given the depth of the three clubs.