At 48-43, the SF Giants are comfortably in the playoff picture. However, it feels like they could have a better record after some frustrating games. What were three of the biggest disappointments from the first half of 2022?
SF Giants: The 3 biggest disappointments from the first half of 2022
It has been said before but it bears repeating. The Giants were not going to win 107 games like they did last season. That said, fans had expectations of a playoff team heading into this season.
The front office rebuilt the rotation and worked to bolster the lineup by reeling in outfielder Joc Pederson on a one-year, $6 million pact. However, many fans wanted the Giants to make a bigger splash, especially considering that they are currently sitting approximately $55 million below the Competitive Balance Tax (CBT).
It felt like San Francisco did enough to keep the team competitive but they have regressed in many ways compared to last season.
1. The bullpen
The Giants bullpen posted a 2.99 ERA in 2021, which was the best mark in baseball. They bet on continuity and that is often a losing proposition given how volatile relievers can be.
During the championship run, the Giants relied heavily on a core of relievers including Santiago Casilla, Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt, and Javier López. That type of stability is the exception, not the rule.
Many of the same Giants reliever from last year are not performing at nearly the same level as last season. Jake McGee, Tyler Rogers, and José Álvarez have struggled badly in 2022. McGee struggled to the tune of a 7.17 ERA in 24 appearances before being designated for assignment, whereas Álvarez posted a 5.28 ERA before hitting the injured list with elbow inflammation.
It has not been the same bullpen as it has posted a 4.19 ERA in 2022, which ranks as the eighth-worst mark in baseball. On the bright side, both Camilo Doval and John Brebbia have had strong seasons while Jarlín García
continues to be an effective option.