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SF Giants: Three Reasons the Playoffs are a Possibility in 2021

September 25, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants designated hitter Wilmer Flores (41) is congratulated by right fielder Austin Slater (13) and second baseman Donovan Solano (7) after hitting a three-run home run against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning of game two of a double header at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
September 25, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants designated hitter Wilmer Flores (41) is congratulated by right fielder Austin Slater (13) and second baseman Donovan Solano (7) after hitting a three-run home run against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning of game two of a double header at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 24: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants looks on during the game against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on September 24, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

Three reasons the SF Giants will make the playoffs

3. Could be the last hoorah for many fan favorites?

The number of players from the three World Series Championship team on the roster dwindles each year. This means that those players want to end their time in San Francisco on a high note.

Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, and Buster Posey are all entering the final year of their respective contracts. While they’ve been great Giants, this is in all likelihood their last dance together.

The thing that makes things even a little tougher is the fact that the Giants could release any of the three if they’re not performing. Last year, we saw how Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence were both released.

Crawford continues to be a solid defensive presence, though he is not the same fielder he was earlier in his career. The Giants have added some potential depth in Mauricio Dubon and Donovan Solano who can give Crawford a much-needed day off. However, The longtime Giants shortstop will need to prove that his career renaissance at the plate in 2020 was not a fluke.

Brandon Belt should be secure. However, a platoon situation is likely given the fact that Wilmer Flores hit left-handed pitching well last year and Belt was solid against right-handers.

Posey is in all likelihood the Opening Day catcher. But he’s now carrying the job of helping the team’s younger catchers learn how to handle a pitching staff. Crazy to think that 11 years ago he was learning from Bengie Molina and now he’s teaching Joey Bart the same things he learned.

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All of this means that the team will want to send out these veterans on a high note with a playoff appearance. Who says it couldn’t happen?

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