We continue looking at the 30 MLB teams as they head into the 2021 season. And on this piece, we examine The State of the San Francisco Giants.
Jake McGee & Jose Alvarez Signings
The San Francisco Giants were a busy team this offseason signing multiple players. San Francisco would sign relievers Jake McGee and Jose Alvarez. Signing these relievers was a smart move by the Giants. Both left-handlers are going to be extremely valuable going against the tough lefty bats in the NL West. And both McGee and Alvarez are veteran pitchers that understand their roles. Jake McGee will likely be at the back end of the bullpen. Simultaneously, Alvarez will put out fires in the middle and setup innings of the game. These relievers make the San Francisco bullpen much stronger than it would otherwise be in 2021.
Alex Wood, Aaron Sanchez, & Anthony DeSclafani Signings
The signings of Anthony DeSclafani, Aaron Sanchez, and Alex Wood are all intriguing signs. Because all three pitchers can either start or relieve. And their roles on this San Francisco Giants team could change and evolve as the season progresses. The ability to add this level of versatility from a pitching perspective is paramount for a team that will be battling uphill in order to secure a hopeful postseason birth. Adding these three pitchers can help the Giants manage their overall staff workload and still win ballgames. These signings may turn out to be extremely underrated moves. And if the Giants find themselves out of contention by the trading deadline, they then have three desirable commodities to move.
Tommy La Stella Signing
The signing of Tommy La Stella was a great under-the-radar move. La Stella is not seen as a major threat, but he is a great complimentary piece to a competing team. However, La Stella will likely take over the starting second base job after Evan Longoria’s return. Tommy adds a good offense bat to a Giants’ lineup, which should help them score some runs.
State of the Rotation
The San Francisco Giants rotation will be an interesting slew of veteran starters. Pitchers like Johnny Cueto, the aforementioned DeSclafani, Sanchez, and Wood, as well as Kevin Gausman, will likely make up five of the probable six starters the Giants will employ in 2021. When examining the National League West Division, it’s hard to picture the Giant overtaking the Dodgers or Padres. However, their rotation could be an underratedly good staff.
State of the Bullpen
Factoring in the aforementioned McGee and Alvarez, this Giants bullpen could hold some leads for the Giants. San Francisco’s bullpen has a good mix of arms capable of bringing the heat and pitching ability. There’s little doubt that a good bullpen can save teams a lot of wear and tear on the rotation and the lineup. And if the Giants’ relievers can have some career years, then San Francisco could be a fun team to watch in 2021.
State of the Offense
When it comes to the San Francisco Giants’ offense, they will be lead by Buster Posey and his heir apparent Joey Bart. Bart struggled a bit in the strange 2020 campaign and will likely start as the backup to Buster Posey. The rest of the Giants’ offense will have a very familiar name in Brandon Belt and new favorites Mike Yastrzemski, Alex Dickerson, and Donovan Solano. San Francisco will need a great offensive season from many of their players if they hope to make the postseason in 2021.
State of the Franchise
When the 2021 season begins, the San Francisco Giants will be fighting an uphill and somewhat losing battle. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres are far better teams than those of the San Francisco Giants. For the Giants to have any success at all, they will need to have outstanding seasons from more than half of their roster. They will also need to play flawless baseball, something that is impossible to count on in baseball. San Francisco will likely compete with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the third-best team in the division. But they will likely falter in their postseason aspirations.