Since 2010, the San Francisco Giants have become an anomaly in the baseball world and an analytic nightmare. The Giants won the World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014, but failed to make the playoffs the seasons after their championship runs, despite retaining mostly the same roster for their three championships.
Due to their failure to make the playoffs the years after they won the World Series, some baseball historians refuse to consider the team to be a dynasty. The Giants don’t care because winning three championships in five years is still very impressive, even if they don’t get the recognition that they feel they deserve.
After winning the World Series in the last three even-numbered years, all eyes are on the Giants again this year as they try to make it four consecutive even-numbered years.
After a slow start to the season, the Giants have turned things around and are now on top of the NL West, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers by 4.5 games. The Giants have won nine of their last 10 games, and now have the second-best record in the National League.
So, do the Giants have what it takes to win the World Series this year? I honestly can’t answer that question. If I could, I would be in Las Vegas putting my life savings on the team.
Once the playoffs begin, anything is possible. I still think the Chicago Cubs are the team to beat in the NL, but then, the Giants were underdogs against the Washington Nationals and Kansas City Royals but found a way to defeat both teams with the help of Madison Bumgarner, who had a great postseason run.
The Giants do have a great chance to win the World Series this year because their starting pitchers have been playing well and could cause problems for their opponents in the playoffs. Bumgarner is 6-2 with a 2.17 ERA in 10 starts, Johnny Cueto, who helped the Royals win the championship last season is 7-1 with a 2.38 ERA in 10 starts, and Jeff Samardzija is 7-2 with a 2.54 ERA in 10 starts.
If their pitchers are healthy and pitching as well as they are right now during the playoffs, the Giants will be tough to defeat.
When it comes to the Giants, the one thing you can be sure about is that this is not a team to underestimate in the playoffs, especially in even-numbered years.