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San Francisco Giants Biggest Surprises in 2018

Jake Mastroianni
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 01: Nick Hundley #5 (R) of the San Francisco Giants high fives Derek Holland #45 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 1, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 01: Nick Hundley #5 (R) of the San Francisco Giants high fives Derek Holland #45 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 1, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – JULY 01: Nick Hundley #5 (R) of the San Francisco Giants high fives Derek Holland #45 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 1, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – JULY 01: Nick Hundley #5 (R) of the San Francisco Giants high fives Derek Holland #45 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 1, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

A quick look at some of the best surprises from the San Francisco Giants during the 2018 season, and hope for the future.

The word surprise can be a good or bad thing depending on the type of surprise. The San Francisco Giants certainly had a lot of both during the 2018 season, but we’re going to try and focus on the positives in this article.

Last week we looked at the negatives from the 2018 season, and unfortunately, that article was a lot easier to write than this one.

But the San Francisco Giants did receive some very nice surprises in 2018 that will hopefully help set them up for a bright future.

Most of the positives came on the pitching side of things where they finished with the seventh-best ERA in the National League at 3.95.

That’s an incredible feat considering how little Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija pitched for the Giants this year — and Madison Bumgarner missed a significant amount of time as well.

There were a couple of good surprises on the offense as well, mostly coming from the bench players who filled in and did a nice job.

Nick Hundley filled in nicely at catcher hitting 10 home runs, possibly earning himself another contract with the Giants this offseason.

For a team that is on the fence to push for a playoff spot, they need to have a lot of good surprises along the way. Players you weren’t counting on to produce need to give you big time production if you are going to make the playoffs.

Unfortunately, the San Francisco Giants didn’t get a lot of those surprises in 2018, but we will look at the few they did have who gave us something to get excited about during the season.

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