More Concern for San Francisco Giants or Los Angeles Dodgers?
By Jake Mastroianni
Through the first 15 games of the 2018 season, some would be shocked to see the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers at the bottom of the National League West.
Having played one less game, with one less win, the Dodgers are actually in last place at the moment with the Giants just ahead of them.
There are some who might have predicted the Giants finishing this season in fourth place, but certainly no one had the Dodgers finishing last.
As for Giants fans, we certainly were expecting the Giants to finish near the top of the division.
Both teams have started the season with major injuries, but the question remains, which fanbase should be more concerned?
For me, it’s a no-brainier, it’s the Dodgers.
The Giants’ rival looks like a completely different team this year without Justin Turner in that lineup.
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Also, the Dodgers have several players in their lineup that are due to have some regression this year. Guys like Chris Taylor and even Cody Bellinger to an extent, will have down years in 2018.
Alex Wood certainly overachieved in the starting rotation last year and won’t put up those numbers again.
Not to mention, they lost a lot of key pitchers from last year. And right now they have the 17th best ERA in baseball after leading the league last year.
There are some obvious concerns with this team that go beyond injuries. And while no one will be surprised if the Dodgers come back and win the division, there are some real reasons to be concerned.
As fro the Giants, the fans are just going to have to ride this early season wave. We just aren’t really going to know what this team is capable of until they’re fully healthy — if they ever get fully healthy.
We’ve replaced the top two pitchers in the starting rotation with a couple of guys who had no major league experience prior to this year. You have to believe that once Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto are healthy this team will see more wins.
As for the offense, which has been horrible, they need time to gel together. You have guys that haven’t played together a lot, and guys that haven’t faced a lot of National League pitching before.
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I still think there are many reasons to be worried about the Giants after 15 games, but I think there is an even bigger concern right now with the Dodgers.