The SF Giants are off to a nice start after taking the first two series of the year against the Miami Marlins and the San Diego Padres. They have a 4-2 record heading into the weekend and some early impressions stand out.
SF Giants: Three takeways from the first two series of the season
Catcher Joey Bart looks more polished in his third season with the Giants, whereas fans got a chance to see outfield prospect Heliot Ramos in San Francisco for the first time. Neither one looks overwhelmed, but unfortunately, Ramos was optioned back to Triple-A after yesterday's win against the Padres.
The plan was for Ramos to get a brief cup of coffee with the Giants, so the demotion is not a reflection of his performance. He can still benefit from some additional minor league seasoning.
1. The starting rotation looks to be one of the best in baseball
The Giants had one of the best rotations in baseball last season and they look to be continuing that trend in 2022. It is a mild surprise given that they started the offseason with four rotation vacancies to fill.
They filled these spots by bringing back a couple of familiar faces in Anthony DeSclafani and Alex Wood as well as reeling in Alex Cobb and Carlos Rodón to pair with Logan Webb. Through two starts, Webb is building off of his strong 2021 season where he posted a 3.03 ERA in 26 starts.
The right-handed hurler has registered a 1.29 ERA in his first two starts with 10 strikeouts against only one walk. Rodón and Cobb were electric in their Giants debuts, collecting 12 and 10 strikeouts, respectively.
Rodón and Webb give the Giants one of the more formidable duos in the National League. Whether it is fair or not, the team's success in 2022 will depend in part on how far those two can take them.
Wood and DeSclafani did not have outstanding outings, but each one left the game with a chance to win. As a unit, the starting rotation has posted a 2.53 ERA in 2022, and the expectation is that they will have one of the better and deeper rotations in baseball.