After missing out on the postseason for the second straight year, fans have to be wondering when the San Francisco Giants might be a part of the MLB Postseason again.
The San Francisco Giants appeared to have a legit chance of making the postseason deep into the season this year — or at least deeper than 2017. So some may feel they are not that far away from being back in the MLB postseason.
If things went my way, it would be several years before the Giants reach the postseason again, because I believe a rebuild is necessary to win championships again.
Based on the state of the National League West, now would be a great time for the Giants to rebuild.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have an influx of young talent and a lot of money, so you know they are going to be near the top for years to come.
In Colorado they finally have some stud, young pitching to go along with a perennial offensive lineup.
Arizona is a team that I could see taking some steps back over the next couple of years.
Meanwhile, San Diego has maybe the best farm system in all of baseball, so you have to figure they’re going to at least be competitive in a couple of years.
With the two Wild Card spots, that is always within grasp of the San Francisco Giants.
I obviously have no way of knowing what the front office will want to do, or what direction the new GM will want to go, so I’ll play out both scenarios.
If they decide to continue to try and reload until this core of Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, and Brandon Belt fade away, then I think the Giants will make a Wild Card game in either 2019 or 2020.
I don’t see this team having the ability to make enough moves to compete for the division title.
But the process of retooling has proved effective enough before for a team to reach the postseason, but I don’t think this group will ever be good enough again to win a Wolrd Series — or even a division title.
Harsh, I know, but it’s hard to say any different based on what we’ve seen the last two years.
If they decide to rebuild, then obviously it will be quite a while before the San Francisco Giants are in the postseason again.
I do believe it’s a lot easier for a team like the Giants to rebuild because of their financial situation. But even so, I don’t see them making the playoffs until at least 2022 if they decide to rebuild.
It’s not a pretty picture, but it appears this run of success for the San Francisco Giants is over. My hope is that they rebuild and hope for another run of success starting around 2022.