San Francisco Giants: Stick a Fork in ‘Em
By Jake Mastroianni
For those who were hanging onto hope like a Star Wars rebel, it’s time to let go. The San Francisco Giants are toast in 2018 — so let’s move on.
There are those who saw a glimmer of hope once again after the San Francisco Giants took two-of-three against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
That hope quickly faded over the weekend as they were embarrassed by the lowly Cincinnati Reds, getting outscored 20-6 in the series.
They are now three games under .500 and eight games back in the National League West with 37 games to play. Things aren’t much better in the Wild Card as they are seven-and-a-half games back with five teams ahead of them.
So while it’s not out of the realm of possibility, I’ve given up on this Giants team, and so should you.
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There is nothing this team has shown us over the course of the season that screams postseason contender. At best, this is a .500 team.
So what can we look forward to the rest of the season?
We still have two of the best players in the game in Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey. Anytime one or both of them is in the lineup, it’s a treat.
While he isn’t getting the national love he deserves, Dereck Rodriguez should be right there for the Rookie of the Year voting.
He has a 2.25 ERA in 80 innings pitched (12 games, 10 starts) with 65 strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP. Enjoy watching this rookie pitch the rest of the season as we could be seeing a staple of the future starting rotation.
How the outfield shakes up will be very interesting. I expect Andrew McCutchen to get traded soon, which would open up more playing time for the likes of Steven Duggar and Austin Slater.
I hope that’s the case so we can find out if they have what it takes to be every day major league outfielders, or if we’ll need to revamp the outfield once again in the offseason.
And then I know it’s not exciting to some fans, but the Giants will play spoiler the rest of the way.
The Diamondbacks, Rockies, and Dodgers are all fighting for either the division or Wild Card spots. We have three left against Arizona, six against Colorado, and thee against Los Angeles.
While it may not be what we were hoping for, the Giants will have a say in who makes the postseason, or hopefully who doesn’t make the postseason.