4. The Giants will finish in second place in the NL West
I get to pat myself on the back here. Even though I’ve long been skeptical of the Giants playoff chances, I was one of the few people to who didn’t predict them to finish last in the NL West. In fact, I projected them to finish second in the division
Part of my prediction had to do with my skepticism of the rest of the NL West. No roster entered Opening Day without big questions and that remains the case today.
Through all of the ups and downs of the season that is where they stand today. They didn’t move any major pieces at the deadline. On the other hand, their closest competition for second place is the Arizona Diamondbacks and they just sold their best pitcher.
I’ll admit, I didn’t see them finishing in second because of Alex Dickerson. I also had some belief that Drew Pomeranz and/or Derek Holland would actually be solid contributors in the rotation. However, my primary justification was a belief in president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi. I believed that he would find ways to work along the margins to improve this roster and he’s done exactly that.