In a season where the SF Giants witnessed a lot of positives and nearly snuck into the playoffs, there were not many major disappointments.
With that being said, if a couple of key players had performed better in 2020, the SF Giants may have very well made their first playoff appearance since 2016. On most nights, the Giants offense gave the pitching staff the run support it needed. After watching pitchers get Cained for years, that is an odd sentence to write.
The Giants offense boasted a .785 OPS and a 114 wRC+, with both figures being the fifth-best mark in the National League. It is also some of the better offensive production the Giants have seen in over a decade.
Furthermore, the Giants hit for much more power than they had in recent seasons. They finished the year with 81 home runs, which was in the middle of the pack compared to the rest of the league. However, the rate at which they hit home runs was surprising:
To put it plainly, the Giants bats were the biggest surprise of the season.
However, the pitching staff struggled to get length from its starters and close games from its relievers. As a team, the Giants struggled to the tune of a 4.64 ERA, which was the eighth-best mark in the National League.
They did get some good individual performances, including strong seasons from Kevin Gausman, Drew Smyly, and Jarlin Garcia. However, as a whole, they struggled and they were several key players who performed below expectations. Only players who finished the season will be reviewed, so Jeff Samardzija, Hunter Pence, and Pablo Sandoval will not make the list.