SF Giants: What could be their downfall this season?
Injuries can derail any team, and the Giants have had more than their fair share up to this point in the season. Thankfully, the team is built to withstand injuries, especially when it comes to position players. However, the injuries have begun to pile up lately which could put a strain on the team.
Mike Yastrzemski’s injury troubles have also been concerning. He dealt with a hand injury after he was hit by a pitch at the end of Spring Training and hurt his thumb in Tuesday’s game against the Angels. Yaz has yet to heat up this year, but the Giants will need a healthy and productive Yaz if they want to stay in the hunt coming down the stretch.
Where injuries could really kill the team is with the starting rotation. Pitchers like Kevin Gausman, Alex Wood, and Anthony DeSclafani have been exceptional and a lengthy injury to any of those three could be disastrous for the pitching staff.
The Giants do have other starters like Tyler Beede, who could come in to fill a rotation spot, but coming off of an injury himself, the Giants may want to ease him back into the rotation.
Despite these possible factors derailing the Giants’ season, we should still rejoice in the fact that they have exceeded everyone’s expectations this year. Even if they do come up short of the postseason, they have still laid a solid base that they can build upon in 2022 and beyond.