The San Francisco Giants put an exclamation mark on another disappointing season by getting swept at home by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
There was some excitement coming into the weekend when the San Francisco Giants had a chance to deny their rivals the NL West division title, and possibly keep them out of the playoffs.
Instead, the Giants were dominated at home getting outscored 28-7 in the three-game series.
Fortunately for Giants fans, the Rockies also had a big weekend and the two will play a winner-take-all game on Monday to decide who wins the West.
The only good part about Sunday was that the Giants gave Hunter Pence the send-off he deserves. The other good part is that it’s over.
As of result of their 73-89 season, the San Francisco Giants will receive the 10th pick int he 2019 MLB Draft. A pick that becomes crucial as the Giants try to restock their farm system and hopefully turn this ship around sooner rather than later.
For the second straight season the Giants will miss the playoffs and finish with a losing record.
There was some improvement this year in the win totals, but the offense continued to underwhelm.
They finished next to last in the league in the runs scored as well as home runs. Something they will certainly have to improve on in the offseason if they want to compete in 2019.
On the flip side, the pitching was very solid in 2018 as they finished with the 13th lowest ERA in the league at 3.88.
There were encouraging signs from rookies like Dereck Rodriguez and Andrew Suarez in the starting rotation. Meanwhile, the bullpen seemed to come together towards the end of the season and almost everyone will be back next year.
But even with the slight improvements, this team was just as frustrating to watch as the 2017 version.
A lot of difficult decisions will need to be made in the offseason, starting with who will be the team’s general manager. Here is to hoping for a fun offseason and hope for the future.