At this point in the season, it's safe to say the SF Giants playoff hopes are hanging by one very small thread. Fangraphs agrees since they have the Giants' playoff chances at just 2.7%.
SF Giants: It's time to recall Heliot Ramos along with other minor leaguers with playoffs nothing but a faint dream
For that reason alone, it’s time for the team officially change up the approach for the remainder of the season to just see what happens.
A good way for the Giants to start to prepare for the future and hopefully catch lightning in a bottle to finish above .500 is to bring up some minor leaguers to see what they can give them. It could be the shot in the arm they need to finally get back to the April form, where they looked like the same team as 2021.
Ramos has been up with the Giants for a total of seven games where he hit a mear .154/.214/.368, which is by no means setting the world on fire. The thing is the Giants are already out of the Wild Card race with a month and a half left of the season. Not to mention, this team is in need of a guy who brings some different energy because they are quite stagnant these days.
Then we also have to look at the other high-profile prospect demotion that the team just did, which was with Joey Bart. The 25-year-old backstop has registered a .282/.317/.500 line with five home runs in 78 at-bats since being recalled. Plus, he just looks more comfortable at the plate.
Since Bart came back, he has been a different player and someone that needs to be in the lineup nearly every day, when healthy. Who’s to say that can’t also be the case with Ramos?
It also helps that Luis Gonzalez has emerged as a solid outfielder. In order to know what they have, we just need to see them in game situations.
If Bart and Ramos are going to be the main pieces of the Giants' next great core, then we need to see them on the field together at some point. Rookie mistakes will definitely be made, but it’s also something fans should be curious to know what they have to look forward to.
Of course, there are other rookies I’d like to see again at some point in the final stretch of the season like Sean Hjelle, David Villar, and Will Wilson. The time to start preparing for the 2023 season could start at any time. Who says it has to be when you’re officially eliminated from playoff contention?
Since the Giants won’t be a playoff team, fans need to lower their hopes a little bit as well. At this point, I am just hoping they finish with a winning record.