The San Francisco Giants enter today a game above .500 and 2.5 games out of the playoffs. Now that the trade deadline whirlwind is over, Marc Delucchi makes some bold predictions about what lies ahead.
Yes, the trade deadline is over. The months of researching trade guesses and over-analyzing rumors has come to an end. Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith are still in a San Francisco Giants uniform and while rookie president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi made a flurry of moves, the core remains intact.
Let’s take a moment to unpack the season that’s been.
The Giants entered spring training as the consensus pick to finish at the bottom of the NL West. Yangervis Solarte, Gerardo Parra, and Drew Ferguson were competing for roster spots. Connor Joe and Michael Reed started on Opening Day and this team played exactly as predicted.
They were bad and we were already speculating on what sort of prospect packages Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith could bring back before the end of May.
You already know the story. Whether you want to call Alex Dickerson the savior, or credit the clubhouse culture cultivated by future hall of fame manager Bruce Bochy and the team’s veterans, they have turned it around.
San Francisco is now a game above .500 and only 2.5 games out of playoff position. Even with their flaws, they are a legitimate contender.
The Giants players were asking for trust. They wanted the front office to give them a chance to prove they were a worthy contender. Zaidi has given them that opportunity, and now its their turn to prove him right.
Only time will tell whether the Giants are a legitimate contender or pretender, but enjoy my five predictions for what lies ahead.