3 takeaways from the SF Giants series win over the Colorado Rockies

SF Giants, Logan Webb, Patrick Bailey
SF Giants, Logan Webb, Patrick Bailey / Jason O. Watson/GettyImages

The SF Giants have officially wrapped up the first half of their 2023 MLB season, ending it in classic Giants style with an exciting 1-0 victory, sealing another division series win, this time against the last placed Colorado Rockies.

The Giants finished the first half of the season with a 49-41 overall record, which places them in third place in the Wild Card standings. They hit a little bit of a rough patch leading into the All-Star break, but will need to get it going as soon as the second half begins.

3 takeaways from the SF Giants series win over the Colorado Rockies

It certainly wasn't the perfect series, but given the Giants struggles over the past few weeks, it was a great bounce back, and with injuries and struggles, having five days off before their next game may be exactly what is needed to continue this impressive run.

With the Dodgers and Diamondbacks leading the way in the NL West, the Giants still have three games between them and first place, so while there's plenty to look forward too in the next few months, we are going to take a moment to look back with three takeaways from the Giants last series win of the first half.

1. The SF Giants offense needs a big boost

During their red-hot run, the SF Giants offense was fantastic, coming up with clutch hits, big innings and consistent scoring, but since their recent road trip, they've faltered and seen a lack of all of the above things.

Sure, injuries play a big part in that, but given the Giants are relying on Patrick Bailey, Casey Schmitt and Luis Matos, all of whom are still adjusting to big league pitching, this slide was expected, but after the break, it can't keep up if they want to compete in the stacked NL West.

It's unclear yet whether or not the boost will come from inside the organization, the Injured List or a trade, but right now, the lineup just isn't producing, as they've scored 10 runs in their past five games, something that can't be sustained with this pitching staff.

2. SF Giants fans saw their ace at his very, very best

While the past few days have seen Giants fans celebrate both Camilo Doval and Alex Cobb for their All-Star appearances, but it was the Giants ace that stood up in the series finale, showing the very best he has to offer.

In a must-win game, Webb stepped up to the plate, throwing a complete game shutout, allowing just 7 hits while striking out 10 hitters, clinching a close 1-0 victory to send the Giants to 49-41 on the season.

He hasn't found his consistent dominance for long stretches of time this year, but Webb has shown he's still capable of dominant highs, and if he can use this to springboard into the second half with success, the Giants have two top line starters capable of being incredible.

3. Despite the offensive struggles, the SF Giants possess plenty of power

In this 2-1 series win, the Giants notched 8 runs, and like we've seen in the past, the majority of that has come from the long ball, with 7 of those 8 runs being scored on home runs by Austin Slater, Michael Conforto, Brandon Crawford and J.D. Davis.

Unfortunately, the lineup isn't producing enough for the home runs to give them the run production we saw over the months of May and June, so they will be hoping that stringing hits together is something they can do in the second half to go along with this pop.

Still, if they can get power from the middle of the lineup at a consistent pace, they'll be able to successful matchup against any pitching rotations down the stretch, so Giants fans should be encouraged by the home run power we've seen as of late.