The San Francisco Giants makes the playoffs as the Wild Card and then knocks off the NL East champion Braves in a thrilling five-game series to advance to the National League Championship Series. The San Francisco Giants shock the Central champ Cardinals by winning the first two games in St. Louis, eventually winning the pennant in five games to earn a berth in their first World Series in 13 years. They can't hold a late five-run lead in Game 6 vs. the Angels, losing that game and then Game 7.
Under new manager Felipe Alou, the San Francisco Giants become the ninth team in Major League history to lead their division from start to finish, posting 100 wins to capture the NL West. The Wild Card Marlins upstage the San Francisco Giants, however, winning their National League Division Series three games to one en route to winning their second world championship.
The San Francisco Giants slog out to a dismal start, sitting eight games under .500 and behind the league leaders on May 18. But after Jason Schmidt's one-hit shutout of the Cubs that day, the San Francisco Giants rip off the fourth-best record in the Majors and put themselves squarely in playoff contention. The Dodgers hold off the San Francisco Giants for the division title, and only a scorching run by Houston keeps the San Francisco Giants out of the Wild Card slot.