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San Francisco Giants Full 2017 Season Preview, and Predictions

Oct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; A general view inside AT&T Park during game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; A general view inside AT&T Park during game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 29, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner (left) celebrates with catcher Buster Posey (right) after defeating the Kansas City Royals during game seven of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Our 2017 Giants Predictions

We believe that the San Francisco Giants are clearly good enough to win more than 90 games. The big question is can this team stay healthy enough to win 90 games? Only time can tell that answer for us.

PECOTA has the Giants sitting second in the NL West, with only 86 wins. Not sure how they can add one of the best in the game at closing games, shoring up their big issue in 2016, and then be projected to be a win worse than last year. The Giants have a relatively *nice* schedule in 2016.

It’s weird to talk about strength of schedule, but the Giants had to face the AL East last year, which featured four teams over .500. This year, they play the AL Central, which only had two teams over .500 in 2016. Plus, the schedule is relatively kind to them in terms of travel. We broke down their schedule, month by month earlier in the offseason.

We created a strength of schedule method, assigning points to teams who performed at a certain level last year and this is what we came up with:

  1. May: 106
  2. July: 78
  3. August: 78
  4. September/October: 78
  5. April: 69
  6. June: 68

May is the month with the most travel, and against the best teams in the NL from last year. As I said, the schedule is relatively kind to them. So this team could conceivably win more than 90 games if healthy. Will they be better than the Dodgers? Maybe.

Don’t expect the Giants to win the division, although it should be quite close. Our prediction for the Giants in 2017? 93-69 if healthy. 

As far as a postseason prediction for the Giants, don’t be shocked if they made it to the NLCS. As long as they can avoid the Cubs in the divisional round, they should be able to get there. The Giants are an incredibly deep and balanced team. The season is here folks! So get on out to AT&T Park, or pull up NBC Sports Bay Area, and get a look at this year’s San Francisco Giants!

Next: Position By Position Breakdown of the Giants and Dodgers

Here are some of our individual predictions:

  • Bumgarner finishes top three in Cy Young voting
  • Both Belt, and Crawford hit 20+ Homers
  • Nuñez steals 40+ bases
  • Posey, Panik, and Crawford repeat as Gold Glove winners, Belt joins them
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