Several Giants veterans have all struggled in recent years, but how good could they be in a 60-game season?
Every baseball pundit in the world isn’t expecting much from the San Francisco Giants. It’s an understandable sentiment.
The Giants finished a mediocre 77-85 last season and lost their best starter (Madison Bumgarner) and reliever (Will Smith) to free agency without any substantial additions. Injuries have further depleted the pitching rotation of players like Tyler Beede and Reyes Moronta. Of course, Buster Posey’s choice to sit out for the season adds another level of uncertainty to an already unproven lineup.
Still, the pandemic condensed 60-game schedule shouldn’t leave anything out of the question. While all of the experienced veterans on the Giants struggled to find consistent productivity over a 162-game season, what are they capable of doing in a 60-game stretch?
Obviously young players like Jaylin Davis, Austin Slater, and Chadwick Tromp will be key to the Giants success. Mike Yastrzemski building off his breakout 2019 campaign may be the most interesting story of the entire season as well. However, the effectiveness of their lineup will be heavily tied to aging veterans who failed to produce at their peak levels last year.
So it’s worth taking a look at what was the most productive roughly 60-game stretches for Giants veterans in 2019. Even if players don’t necessarily improve if their luck can align, how good could they be?