8/15/2014 9:16 P.M. ET
Schedules mostly even for playoff hopefuls
By Ryan Hood / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Entering play Friday, the Giants sat 5 1/2 games behind the National League West-leading Dodgers, a half-game behind the Cardinals for the first Wild Card spot and a half-game behind the Pirates for the second Wild Card.
Including Friday's game vs. the Phillies, the Giants have 42 regular-season games left. Of those, 20 are at AT&T Park, where they've lost 14 of their last 21. They have 15 games left against teams above .500 (Washington, Milwaukee, Detroit, Los Angeles Dodgers), including six against the Dodgers (three away, three home).
How's that remaining degree of difficulty stack up with the other squads jockeying for a position in October?
Of the 39 remaining games for the Dodgers, 12 are against teams above .500 (Milwaukee, Washington, San Francisco) and 24 are at home, though they've been better on the road (40-26).
The Cardinals have 13 games left against teams above .500 (Pittsburgh, Milwaukee) and play 22 of their remaining 42 games at Busch Stadium.
The Pirates have 19 games left against teams above .500 (Atlanta, Milwaukee, St. Louis). They've been drastically better at home, but 23 of their remaining 41 games are on the road.
Belt to get another opinion on concussion
SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt won't be taking the field for the Giants anytime soon.
Manager Bruce Bochy said concussion specialist Michael "Micky" Collins in Pittsburgh will evaluate Belt next week while the Giants are in Chicago for a three-game set against the Cubs.
"He's about the same," Bochy said when asked if Belt has progressed in the last couple of days. "We think it's important that he's able to get another opinion and we'll see where we're at."
According to Bochy, Belt doesn't feel good no matter what the circumstances; even when resting, the first baseman feels something wrong. Bochy said Belt had an MRI earlier this week.
• Hunter Pence was given the Heart and Hustle Award prior to Friday night's game. The award is given annually to honor players who demonstrate passion for the game and best embody baseball's values, spirit and tradition. Pence was this year's Giants recipient.
"That's a no-brainer," Bochy said when asked about Pence winning the award. "Whether it's defense, swinging the bat, running the bases, routine two-hopper, you just enjoy and appreciate the effort he gives day in and day out.
"I don't see how this would've gone to anybody else. He takes it up another notch every day."
• Back spasms forced Hector Sanchez, on a rehab assignment following a concussion, to leave Triple-A Fresno's game early Thursday night. Bochy anticipated he'd be fine to catch Friday night.
Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanhood19. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.