3 most disappointing SF Giants players through the first 40 games of the year

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The SF Giants are officially one-fourth of the way through the season. There have been some ups, but plenty of downs as well. At 19-23, the Giants hoped to have a better record at this point in the season, so who have been the biggest disappointments?

3 most disappointing SF Giants players through the first 40 games of the year

The front office spent aggressively this past winter, inking Jung Hoo Lee, Matt Chapman, Jordan Hicks, Jorge Soler, and Blake Snell. They hoped that the team would have a new identity, but that has been slow to develop.

The team's identity should be based around pitching, defense, and timely hitting. That is how the roster was assembled. To a large degree, it is the same identity that led the Giants to three World Series titles in five years.

They are ninth in baseball with +7 Outs Above Average in 2024. That is a solid number, but one that will be tested with the spate of recent injuries. On the other hand, the offense has posted a 97 wRC+ so far, which is tied for 18th in baseball. Plus, they have a 4.43 staff ERA, which is the seventh-worst mark. They just cannot be stuck in the middle when it comes to pitching, so it is not too surprising to see that they are below .500 on the year.

1. Blake Snell

The Giants had hoped that Snell and Logan Webb would form one of the best rotation duos in baseball. Webb has been solid with a 3.38 ERA through nine starts.

However, Snell has struggled to an 11.57 ERA in three starts with San Francisco. He signed very late in the offseason and did not even make a Cactus League appearance with the Giants.

The left-handed hurler had been preparing for the season by throwing bullpens and pitching in simulated games. Those are great ways to get ready, but pitching in live games against hitters that you will see in the regular season is arguably a better feedback loop for pitchers. This could be a cautionary tale for signing pitchers so late in the offseason. Of course, the two-time Cy Young winner was holding out hope for a better deal.

Snell landed on the injured list with an abductor strain after his third outing. The good news is that he is nearing a return after completing his first rehab appearance with the San Jose Giants. There is still plenty of time to turn it around.