The SF Giants may have fallen in the series finale on Sunday, but they once again proved their dominance over an NL West rivalry as they won their fourth straight series, taking two-of-three from the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend.
Three takeaways from the SF Giants series win over the Arizona Diamondbacks
With just 3.5 games separating the teams when the series began, this was another opportunity for the Giants to make a statement to the division, the rest of the National League and all of baseball, and while it wasn't easy, they have solidifed themselves as a genuine contender in 2023.
So as the Giants head to their off day before a tough road trip begins on Tuesday in Toronto, let's take a look back at the weekend that was with our three biggest takeaways from the Giants series win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
1. The SF Giants kids are alright
There's been many stories leading the way for this Giants team in 2023, but there's been none more important and exciting to watch than the breakout of their young core, and in this recent series, they showed off in a big way.
Patrick Bailey and Luis Matos came up huge with some big home runs, while Blake Sabol contributed with the bat throughout the series, and with Camilo Doval continuing his dominance out of the bullpen, they're leading the way on this latest Giants run.
With one of the hottest prospect pools in all of baseball as well, the Giants are likely to find another contributor or two before this season is out, and while it's easy to say the future is bright in San Francisco, the present is looking quite good as well.
2. The SF Giants need for starting pitching grows
The Giants managed to come from behind in two of the three games in this series, and while it's good to show that talent, starting games better would help even more, and if this latest series showed us anything, it's that this team desperately needs to land some starting pitching.
While getting Ross Stripling back from the Injured List could certainly help, the Giants have struggled to put together a rotation in recent weeks, and with Alex Wood not pitching at his best, they need to either look to the trade market or the minor league system.
Logan Webb is leading the way with yet another solid start this series, and while sending Ryan Walker, Keaton Winn and others to start games has been working for now, they need length from their starters, so keep an eye on the Giants over the next few weeks.
3. This SF Giants team is incredibly resilient
The SF Giants have been coming up clutch in seemingly every game as of late, and that was once again on full display in this series, as they overcame deficits late in the first two games, eventually winning by scores of 8-5 and 7-6.
Whether it was the shutdown bullpen performances of Camilo Doval or the Rogers boys, or the clutch hitting of Bailey, Matos, Pederson and Sabol, this is a deep Giants team that seems to thrive in the big moments, and that becomes more evident with each passing series.
It's unclear yet whether this team is capable of continuing this level of play and becoming a post-season contender in 2023, but right now, it's clear they're build for pressure packed moments and series, and if that continues, they should stay in the hunt all season long.