The SF Giants have gotten off to a great start this season. They have the best record in all of MLB and are on top of a competitive NL West. There is still a long way to go for the rest of the season, but the Giants appear to be proving that they are more than a mere fluke.
In the beginning of the season, many believed that the NL West would be a two-horse race between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Here are three reasons the SF Giants will win the NL West.
This was not without good reason as the Dodgers are the defending World Series champions in a pandemic-shortened 2020 and the Padres are extremely talented and played an intense playoff series against the Dodgers last year.
Many assumed, myself included, that the Giants would be a respectable third-place team for most of the year, never truly challenging the Dodgers or Padres for NL West supremacy.
Thus far, the team has exceeded all expectations. While they could still regress as the season goes on due to a number of factors, their recent play provides a great opportunity to be optimistic about the team’s future.
The great start by much of the starting rotation, the resurgence of players like Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey, and the key contributions from players who many figured would not have a large impact on the team have all been instrumental in the great start to the season.
It remains to be seen whether these trends will hold, but the following slides will examine three reasons why we should buy into the fact that the SF Giants can legitimately win the National League West for the first time since 2012.