The SF Giants are guaranteed at least three postseason games in 2021, but no matter what happens they have shocked the baseball world yet again.
SF Giants: The 2021 season is a success no matter what
The San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres on Sunday to clinch the National League West for the first time since 2012 and to secure the best regular season record in franchise history. Just what we all expected, right?
I wrote an article seven months ago arguing that the preseason PECOTA wins projection of 75 games for the SF Giants was far too low. I’d love to tell you that I went for it and boldly predicted a 100+ win season for the Giants. However, I was far too modest in my estimates.
Instead, I argued that the Giants could easily win somewhere in the neighborhood of 85 games with their sneaky depth and shrewd offseason additions. I thought I was going out on a bit of a limb, but, like so many others, the 2021 San Francisco Giants proved me wrong.
The Giants have been doubted by the East-coast centered national baseball media plenty of times before, and time and again they proven them wrong. You may remember three pretty notable occasions that occurred in the 11 years.
But even if you surveyed a thousand of the most diehard fans of the team a day before the regular season started, it’s doubtful that any of their predictions would have been even close to what actually happened.
They won 107 games. Let that sink in: 107 games. You, like me, probably watched most of them. They did it through grit, determination, and a never-say-die spirit that resulted in numerous comebacks.
Their reward for this effort is at least three games against a team with a literal All-Star roster, who fell one win shy of the Giants in the NL West.
It’s going to be a tall task, no doubt. But no matter what happens, the San Francisco Giants did it yet again: they shocked the baseball world. If they get swept, it will still be an incredibly successful season. And if we’re being honest, there’s probably a good portion of the East-coast media that thinks they don’t stand a chance this postseason.
The Giants already shocked those people once this year, and it should not surprise any of us if they do it again this October.