Coming into the 2021 season, the expectation for the National League West was that it would be a two-team race between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. Surely, if the NL West were to have two playoff representatives, it would be that pair.
The San Francisco Giants didn't get the memo.
The Giants (94-50) clinched a playoff berth with Monday's 9-1 win over the San Diego Padres, becoming the first team in the majors to secure a postseason spot. It will be the organization's first trip to the postseason since 2016.