While plenty of questions surround the SF Giants pitching staff, much of the team’s lineup remains intact. That begs the question, what would be the team’s perfect lineup next season?
The SF Giants are coming off a surprisingly competitive campaign. While the expanded playoffs surely helped, the Giants managed to play meaningful baseball until the final game of the season. Had a few things gone differently, they very well could have reached the postseason for the first time since 2016.
Carried by a surprisingly strong offense, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi will aim to build a lineup that can replicate the team’s success in 2020. If he can shore up manager Gabe Kapler’s pitching staff along with it, San Francisco could become a legitimate contender.
Much of the team’s lineup is under team control for next season and is slated to return, but is there an addition (or two) out there that could take them to another level? Here’s how Kapler’s Opening Day lineup card could look if Zaidi gets aggressive.
Perfect SF Giants Lineup In 2021:
Batting Leadoff: Mike Yastrzemski, right field
Mike Yastrzemski may have more power than the typical leadoff hitter, but he finished eighth in MVP voting this season after spending the majority of games at the top of the lineup, there’s no reason to make a change. Yastrzemski will probably regress from his nearly 1.000 OPS performance this season. However, if you combine his numbers since debuting with the Giants in 2019, there’s roughly a full 162-game sample.
In 161 games, Yastrzemski has hit 36 doubles, seven triples, 31 home runs, and posted a strong .281/.357/.535 triple-slash. That kind of pop at the top of the lineup combined with his excellent ability to work counts and get on base would make him the Giants ideal table-setter next season.