If the trends are to be believed “even numbered years” are the San Francisco Giants years to win it all. Since 2010 the Giants have won it all every other year. After a rocky start, the Giants are back on top the National League West leading by 5 games after taking two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend. The Giants are doing it again this year with their typical formula of outstanding pitching (3.51 5th overall) and solid defense (.988 Fielding Percentage 3rd overall). The Giants always seem to struggle with offense and are not different this year ranking 17th of 30 teams. Yet somehow they always find a way to get the job done. Though this year there are some serious contenders in the National League.
If the Giants seek to continue the trend they’ll need to deal with the like of the Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals and New York Mets to make it to the World Series. The Giants need Angel Pagan to come back from the disabled list and stay in the lineup. Kelby Tomlinson has been a nice surprise hitting .289 on the season though has struggled as of late. Buster Posey while doing a great job behind the plate has not been stellar on offense hitting only .251. Madison Bumgaurner has been his stellar self with a 7-2 record and 1.88 era. The Giants will need to have all cylinders firing if they’re to make it back to the World Series.
The Giants are always the team everybody sleeps on. Though the Cubs have dominated headlines let us not forget who has won 3 of the last 5 World Series. The Giants go about their business during the regular season and have veterans who are used to the postseason pressure and continue to win. One things for sure come October, even though things are cooling down in the States baseball will just be heating up.