A few years back I wrote an article about the SF Giants and SF 49ers wondering whether the Giants could have a quick rebuild the same way the 49ers did in the 2019 NFL season. I said they could, but it would likely take until 2022 before that became realistic. What do I know?
The San Francisco 49ers have made their second NFC Championship Game in the last three seasons. Can the SF Giants follow their lead and become a consistent postseason team?
Now the question is whether the SF Giants can emulate the 49ers and have multiple trips to the postseason. We know that after the 49ers dominated the NFC leading up to their loss to the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, they had an injury-plagued 2020 season in which most of their best players missed a considerable amount of time.
Despite a rough start to the 2021 NFL season, the 49ers turned things around and have fought their way into the NFC Championship game yet again. This proves that when the 49ers are healthy, they are one of the most dangerous teams in the NFC.
A big question for the San Francisco Giants going into 2022 is whether they can be a playoff team again or whether their incredible 2021 season was something of a fluke. Despite losing Kevin Gausman in free agency, the Giants still have basically all of the same players from last year on the team (besides Buster Posey) and there is the potential they could re-sign Kris Bryant.
While it is highly unlikely that the Giants will replicate their 107-win season, they can still take some inspiration from the 49ers. Both the Giants and the 49ers play in really solid divisions. In the NFC West, the 49ers, Rams, and Cardinals all made the postseason this year. In the NL West, the Dodgers are obviously stacked and the San Diego Padres have a roster that simply oozes talent.
While baseball and football are obviously very different, there are similarities between the way the 49ers and Giants have constructed their rosters. Both have a mix of veteran talent and exciting young players which provides balance especially when making postseason runs. Both organizations also have a solid foundation between their coaches and the front office as it seems clear that Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch have a good working relationship the same way that Gabe Kapler and Farhan Zaidi work together well.
In short, the SF Giants are capable of being a consistent postseason presence like the 49ers. Nothing is a given, but if their core talent stays relatively healthy then it seems like there is a good chance they will be at the very least fighting for a postseason chance late in the year.