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The Giants 2021 Hot Start Is Real Yet Nobody Realizes It

Nope, it’s not an even year. Sorry Giants fans. Guess you’ll have to wait till next year possibly if the team fielded can stand up to the Padres or the Dodgers in the division. What many don’t realize is though that the Giants are currently standing in second place in the National League West through 21 games. That’s a mere two games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. That also means they’re in front of the San Diego Padres. The team that everyone said would be fighting for first place. Yet, the San Francisco Giants are quietly doing well under the radar from everyone. In fact, they have the second-best record in the National League. But why?

First off, San Francisco’s pitching is performing exceedingly well. Team ace Kevin Gausman has a 2.14 earned run average with 34 strikeouts and a 0.861 WHIP. Their closer Jake McGee leads the Majors in saves with seven as well as a 2.38 ERA. The rest of the pitching staff and bullpen have a collective 2.94 earned run average which ranks third in the National League currently.

Although their team batting average sits at a lackluster .214, certain players have led the way including some surprises. 35-year-old Third baseman Evan Longoria has a slash line of .291/.391/.582 with four home runs. Veteran catcher Buster Posey sits at .277/.358/.553 with four home runs of his own. Other than that, Donovan Solano was hitting .300 before he went down with a right calf strain. When he comes back, the offense will be possibly even better. A question mark for the team is top prospect catcher Joey Bart. He had a less than desirable 2020 debut but bounced back in this year’s spring training hitting .423/.464/.692 in 14 games. If he can show off his full potential, he may be called up soon if Posey or Belt go down with injuries, and be key to their offense in important games.

Also, let’s not forget that their main source of offense in Alex Dickerson and Mike Yastrzemski have yet to hit their strides at the plate. Yastrzemski has four homers yet is only hitting .208 so far on the year. Dickerson is hitting only .241 with three homers. These are two guys who have 25-30 home run power potential.

Although the success may just be a blip, San Francisco has been able to scrape together a team with a mix of misfits and veterans. Down the line, they’ll probably sink below the high profiled Padres and Dodgers, but regardless, it’s fun to see them stand up to these big market teams.

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