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2018 San Francisco Giants End of Season Grades: Outfield

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Alen Hanson #19,Gorkys Hernandez #7 and Andrew McCutchen #22 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate the 2-1 win over the New York Mets in the 13th inning on August 20, 2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: Alen Hanson #19,Gorkys Hernandez #7 and Andrew McCutchen #22 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate the 2-1 win over the New York Mets in the 13th inning on August 20, 2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants salutes the crowd before his first at bat against the Los Angeles Dodgers during their MLB game at AT&T Park on September 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)

As the San Francisco Giants season has come to a close, it’s now time to evaluate their season’s performance. Here are our end of season grades. First up, the outfield.

The San Francisco Giants have had trouble getting an outfield to produce in the past and this year was no different. Different names, same results. The 2017 outfield had the third worst OPS in San Francisco Giants history, and 2018 was even worse.

They had a lower everything when it came to the slash-line. The only thing they improved upon was more home-runs, which was still good for 12th worst since they moved to San Francisco. That’s not good.

Our player grades will be the sole way to evaluate these players, and should not be taken lightly. We are the ultimate experts when it comes to Giants baseball. These grades are universal indictments of the player, and should be taken as such. Also, if you haven’t detected sarcasm by now, then you might want to get your sarcasm reader serviced.

This is just our attempt to look at what each player did this year with a “bigger picture” than just saying whether or not his numbers were bad.

There are a few criteria that will factor into our grades:

  • Time on the DL (if there was any and what happened with said injury)
  • Performance prior to September 1st
  • Performance against expectations
  • Performance against “league average”
  • Player status, such as veteran vs. rookie

So with out much more to say, let’s get started!

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