Madison Bumgarner is not a nominee for Best Actor in a Starting Role in 2017. If there is one sentence that says everything Giants fans need to say to explain how bad 2017 was, it is that. The team’s unquestioned ace missed most of the season after his infamous dirt bike accident and while he put up good numbers when he did pitch, he just had nowhere near the kind of season we are used to seeing from Mad Bum.
Belt had another Belt season, hitting home runs at a higher clip than people give him credit for while not hitting enough home runs to make Giants fans happy. He continued to have a higher on base percentage than a typical first baseman and continued to have a better glove than a typical first baseman. And yet, he was nowhere near what many fans want from their first baseman. That being said, Belt still ended up having a strong year as both a hitter and a fielder and had a concussion not ended his season, he would have ended with career highs in several categories.
Even know his bat was non existent in the first half of the season, his glove never took a day off and still helped lead the Giants on defense. As the second half began, so did Crawford’s bat. He was able to end the season with respectable numbers and that says a lot going into 2018. Had Brandon and the team not struggled so badly before the All-Star break, Crawford could have easily won this award and the team could have been in the hunt for the playoffs.
With Bumgarner out for much of the season and Cueto in and out of the rotation with injuries, Samardzija was the clear rock of the rotation. His strikeout to walk ratios throughout the season were staggering and his success on the mound translated to the strongest season among the starting staff
The face of the franchise had another strong season for the Giants. In a year where the entire lineup struggled, Posey was the one bat that stayed consistent throughout. Posey’s power numbers did drop once again and teams had an easy time pitching around Posey with the rest of the lineup in a free fall.
Posey managed the staff and the middle of the order as best he could and while the wins didn’t come, the consistency did.
Buster Posey is the WINNER of the 2017 Giants Oscar for Best Actor in a Starting Role.