The San Francisco Giants got off to a rough start this season, but they did the same thing in 2015 and ended up alright. What does that mean for 2019?
If you think the San Francisco Giants got off to a rough start to the 2019 season, harken back to 2015.
That year, the team started off with a 3-9 record, right in line with the 3-8 mark that this year’s team posted to begin the year.
This year’s club is now 8-11, so it has made some incremental progress since that rocky start. How does that compare to the 2015 team?
All things considered, 2015 was a respectable year for the Giants with plenty of memorable moments.
Matt Duffy had a breakout season and finished second in NL Rookie of the Year voting, Chris Heston threw a no-hitter, and the Giants were still in contention for the NL West crown in early September when a sweep on the road at the hands of the rival Los Angeles Dodgers essentially derailed their playoff hopes.
In the end, the 2015 Giants finished 84-78, eight games behind the Dodgers in second in the division standings.
That should provide some hope that even though the Giants may not be playoff bound in 2019, they can still be a respectable and watchable team.
In 2015, the team rebounded in April to finish the month at 9-13, a disappointing but not horrendous showing. If this year’s club can finish the month in a similar fashion, the fan base would have to be relatively pleased.
As long as they can hover around .500, there’s always a chance that they could get hot and build some team chemistry in preparation for an unlikely playoff push.
Truth be told, the Giants are currently playing the same kind of ball that helped them win three championships, with solid pitching and defense leading the way.
Going into the 2015 season, I remember thinking the team would be around .500. Going into this season, I figured they would be a little worse than .500.
I was pleasantly surprised in 2015, and here’s hoping that I’m pleasantly surprised again when the 2019 season comes to a close.