With the trade deadline behind us and the San Francisco Giants in the basement of the National League West, what do we have to look forward to?
That’s a legitimate question for Giants fans. If you’re a true fan of the team, you’ll watch sink or swim. But I don’t blame the ones who want to put the Giants on in the corner and turn on an impactful game.
I’m a baseball fan above everything, and as October approaches I want to watch the pennant races.
But if you’re a die-hard and want to watch the San Francisco Giants no matter what, there is plenty to see.
- The young guys: When you’re season is toast, the next best thing is to look towards the future. The San Francisco Giants have plenty of young guys who should get playing time the rest of the way. We’ve already seen several get called up this year, and I’m hoping others do as well. We need to know who can be relied on in the big leagues going forward. This is shot for the young guys to prove they belong in a major league lineup. There is no doubt that this is the most important reason to keep watching the Giants.
- Posey and Bumgarner: Even though the team isn’t great, the San Francisco Giants posses two of the best players in baseball. You’re not doing yourself any favors if you miss a Buster Posey at-bat or a pitch from Madison Bumgarner. Posey is having a great year and is close to beating his career high in batting average, and he’s ahead of his career high for on-base-percentage. Even though I’m still mad at MadBum for getting hurt, he’s an incredible pitcher and a joy to watch at the plate as well.
- Spoilers: You never want to be a spoiler, and it’s rare for the San Francisco Giants, but that’s their role the rest of the way. They have three teams in their division fighting for a spot in the playoffs, so there are plenty of opportunities to be a spoiler. They have 12 more games with the Arizona Diamondbacks, six more with the Los Angeles Dodgers and five more with the Colorado Rockies. They also have games with the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals who are all fighting for the National League Central title. As I mentioned, I love watching teams play for playoff spots this time of year, and Giants fans get the chance to do that, while watching their team play.
- Waiver Trades: Even though the non-waiver trade deadline has passed, the San Francisco Giants can still make moves in August. They will send almost all of their veteran players through waivers to see if a contender wants to make a trade and add them to their postseason roster. If Johnny Cueto comes back healthy and effective, I could see a team taking a chance on him through a waiver trade in August. The same can be said for Hunter Pence, Denard Span and Jeff Samardzija. As teams get closer to the playoffs and get hungrier for that division and possible World Series title, they become more desperate in trades. Hopefully the Giants can take advantage with some of their available veterans.
I’m sure there are even more reasons to continue watching the San Francisco Giants. But that should be enough to keep you locked in for the final two months.
Of course, if you’re a true baseball fan you don’t need added motivation to watch a baseball game, but for those San Francisco Giants fans sulking because you’re team is out of it, those are four very good reasons to keep supporting your team.