Last season marked the first time since 2008 that the San Francisco Giants did not win the World Series in an even year. They did, however, make the playoffs again, keeping their every-other-season playoff streak going.
If they had a good closer, they might have ended up winning the World Series. We’ll never know, but they just needed to get three outs in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the NLDS to send things back to Chicago against the Cubs with a Johnny Cueto-Madison Bumgarner two-headed monster set to do the bulk of the pitching.
Alas, the reality is those Giants just weren’t good enough.