What San Francisco Giants Fans Can Count on in 2018
By Jake Mastroianni
There is a lot of confusion with the direction of the San Francisco Giants, but here are a few things fans can count on in 2018.
No one really knows where the front office will take this team in the offseason. There is a definite need for power, but that’s not the only weakness on this team.
Before the offseason even begins, a lot of San Francisco Giants fans may have concearns about what they will see in 2018. Let me try to ease some concerns by telling you what you can count on for next season.
- Buster Posey playing at an MVP level: Posey has been selected to the All-Star game in 5-of-9 seasons and five of the last six. He’s one of the best, if not the best, catchers in the game both offensively and defensively. While his runs and RBI totals were down in 2017, his average and on-base-percentage where the best since his MVP season in 2012. He’ll begin the 2018 season at age 31, so he’s still in his prime, and you can count on him playing at a high level once again.
- Madison Bumgarner making 30-plus starts: As long as he doesn’t go riding dirt bikes during the season again, Bumgarner will make 30-plus starts in 2018. He had done it for six consectutive seasons before 2017, and if it weren’t for that biking adventure he would have made it seven. I think he’ll be more determined than ever in 2018 — at just 28 years old — to prove he’s still one of the best. Maybe we even see him win his first Cy Young.
- A better Brandon Crawford: It looked like Crawford was becoming just as good with the bat as the glove in 2016, but he took a major step back in 2017. He only hit .253 with an on-base-percentage of .305. He still has one of the best gloves in baseball, and I think we see him get back to his 2016 numbers offensively. You give me a Brandon Crawford that hits .275 with 15-plus home runs and plays great defense, and I’ll take that all day. Like Posey, he will also play the 2018 season at the age of 31.
- More than 64 wins: I would almost bet the house that we will see more than 64 wins next year. If only for the fact that things can’t be much worse. Even if the front office decided to tear things down and rebuild, they still should win more than 64 games. I still can’t believe that win total, and you can count on seeing more wins in 2018.
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I can’t give you many guarantees for 2018 because we honestly have no idea what will happen this offseason. But those are four things you can count on for 2018.