2019 will be… interesting
The Opening Day lineup was… weird. Bruce Bochy is retiring at the end of the season and is spending it under a new front office which values things he does not have a lot of experience with. The homegrown core is aging. There has been great controversy in the higher ups of the organization.
The Giants, as it stands now, seems to be a rudderless ship. Teams today seem to be so set on defining themselves into the “win-now” bucket or “rebuilding” bucket. The Giants have done neither, and took a product that was clearly not good enough last year and added… nothing? The bullpen, a relative strength last season, is still quite good and with some luck could be one of the best in baseball. The young pitching staff provides hope, but they aren’t really sports cars as much as they are a Toyota Corolla.3-opening-day-observations-
The outfield is, honestly, pretty gross. Their one trade piece could either be worth a couple of real top prospects or some mid-tier lottery tickets. 3 World Championships is a decade is incredible and would be hard for any team to accomplish. Mind you, the Yankees have not even won a title since 2009, yet have been self-proclaimed the best team in baseball since the 90s (basically, don’t fact check that).
However, on the heels of two horrible offseasons and some of the worst baseball in the Bay, you get this mishmash we call the 2019 Giants. We can enjoy the ride, but it will come with the same strife as the past two seasons. It is up to Farhan Zaidi to try and turn this team around and bring it back to October. Until then, we can enjoy the Dodgers constant choking then instead.