The annual ZiPS projections are out, and if they come to fruition, the San Francisco Giants have some good things to look forward to in 2020.
Developed by long-time baseball writer Dan Szymborski, the ZiPS projections use a players’ last four seasons of stats to predict their outputs for the upcoming season. It is widely regarded to be among the most accurate prediction algorithms in baseball.
With the predictions for the Giants now out, we can take a look at what to prepare for in 2020. Unfortunately, ZiPS is not predicting a major turnaround for the team next season.
The Giants’ lineup does not boast any batting title contenders or massive power threats on a game-to-game basis, but Szymborski is not feeling bearish on the team.
"The Giants’ lineup won’t be mistaken for a great (or even good) one, but it’s not really all that bad."
And his outlook on the pitching staff is similarly pragmatic.
"If the pitching matched the quality of the offense, the team might have a realistic-if-difficult path to a .500 season in 2020… The good news is that even if the pitching isn’t all that good, it’s actually quite deep."
After a 77-85 (.475) season in 2019, the Giants are in full rebuild mode. Yet with the talent they had in-house and the additions they have made this offseason, the team may be able to compete their way to a respectable .500 season while staying competitive in the NL West.
Diving deeper into the ZiPS projections reveal some interesting tidbits that should be of interest to Giants fans.
Take a look at these five notable projections we’ve found, and tell us what you think in the comments.