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SF Giants: What could be their downfall this season?

Nick San Miguel
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 15: Jake McGee #17 of the San Francisco Giants walks off the field after giving up a home run in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 15, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 15: Jake McGee #17 of the San Francisco Giants walks off the field after giving up a home run in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 15, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – MAY 26: Darin Ruf #33 of the San Francisco Giants is helped off the field after getting injured rounding first base against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field on May 26, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

SF Giants: What could be their downfall this season?

2. Injuries

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.

Consider the first base position where the Giants have lost their top two options in Brandon Belt and Darin Ruf. Both may be back soon, but the lineup will miss the power that both provide.

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.

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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.

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