San Francisco Giants: What if this is it?
By Jake Mastroianni
Here we take a look at the possibility that the San Francisco Giants are finished for the offseason and we go into the regular season with the roster we currently have.
I certainly don’t think the Giants are done this offseason. While I don’t think they are going to make all of the moves I hope they make, I get the feeling they are at least going to make a minor move for center field.
But what if this is it? Or what if we only add a minimal outfielder? Is this team ready to win a championship?
My initial response is, no.
As much as I love the acquisitions of Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen this offseason, I’m still not a believer. Maybe I’m too hung up on the 98 loses from last year, but I just don’t see this team winning a World Series.
There are too many ‘what ifs’ with the players we have returning. I fee like we’re putting all our hope on players to have bounce-back seasons, and that’s not a good place to be.
While this team is full of veterans, that also means it’s full of old guys. There aren’t enough hungry youngsters on this team to fuel the fire.
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But with my negativity out of the way, I will not be surprised to see this team make the postseason in 2018.
I was calling for this team to win the National League West last year, and most of that core talent remains.
Even still, I don’t trust anyone in the starting rotation right now outside of Madison Bumgarner. And I don’t trust anyone coming out of the bullpen in a playoff game.
So do I think this team can bounce back to win 86 games and sneak into a playoff spot? Yes.
But as this team stands right now, its hard for me to even imagine them winning the division and making it to a World Series.
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So if you just want to see your team compete in 2018 and possibly get into the playoffs as a wild card, you’re in luck. But if your expectations are much higher, then you’re hoping this offseason isn’t over for the San Francisco Giants.