SF Giants: Three reasons the team can come back and repeat as NL West Champions in 2022
3. Current standing in the division
There is no doubt about it that the first few months of the season have been a roller coaster ride of emotions.
With all of that being said, this team is still over .500 on the season and sitting in prime position for a playoff spot as it is. The majority of the metrics point to the Giants being a team that is in the thick of things, which is the case here. When it comes to run differential, they sit with the ninth-best in the league and the sixth-best in the National League. They also have been pitching fairly well since they have the 9th best ERA in the NL.
However, those numbers are all meaningless in the grand scheme of things. After all, the main numbers that matter in all of this are the record and the games back in the standings. As of now, the Giants are 5.5 games back in the NL West and just a half-game out from a Wild Card spot. Basically, this means they are right there as they approach the halfway point of the season.
When it comes to facing winning teams, the Giants could most definitely do better. But they currently sit with an 18-18 record against winning teams, which is comparable to many other teams. They have shown moments where they can play with contenders and moments where they look lost against them, which has led them to an even record against those teams. If they could just start sealing some series, this could lead to great things from the club. July will be a month for the Giants to prove themselves since they face the Padres, Brewers, and Dodgers.
The cause for concern here comes with the fact that they are 9-14 in one-run games. Yet, they are 4-2 in extra-inning games.
On the flip side of the coin, the Giants have also been doing well against teams they should beat. They are 20-13 on the season against teams that aren’t winning many games, which means they will likely stay in position to compete for the division title.
So what does all of that mean? It’s a stretch to say the Giants won’t win the National League West at this point.