The San Francisco Giants have the best record in baseball so far and you would not even know it unless you are a fan of the Giants. I am not sure how the team with the best record in baseball and two World Series titles in the last four years is flying under the radar. They also have the biggest division lead to date at 7.5 games over the heavily favorite Los Angeles Dodgers.
The writers are not even mentioning the Giants in discussion with the top teams so far and you rarely here much about them outside of the bay area; even in the bay area they still being put behind the Oakland A’s. The Giants have one of the deepest lineups in baseball from top to bottom. Can I also remind people that they are playing without second baseman Marco Scutaro who has yet to suit up this year fighting a back injury? First baseman Brandon Belt who got off one of the hottest starts in baseball in now also on the DL with a broken thumb, yet the Giants have not missed a beat.
Leadoff hitter Angel Pagan is back to full strength and he is the spark plug to the Giants offense. Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey are all starting to hit their stride and they all look poised to make a run at a third title in five years. New left fielder Michael Morse is the biggest surprise to date. He has already put up better numbers then the Giants left fielders combined all of last year and we are only in June. Health will be the key to the offensive success, keep the current roster healthy and bring back the key members from the DL and you better watch out.
Not to mention they have added the long ball to their arsenal? They are fourth in baseball in team homerun. The Giants are also getting clutch hits with two outs, where they lead the league in runs scored with two outs.
Now let me talk about the pitching (the Giants strength over the past few years)
Tim Hudson has the second lowest ERA in baseball and is off to a great start with his 6-2 record. Last years ace Madison Bumgarner caught his stride in may going 5-0 and improving his record to 7-3 overall. Matt Cain was starting to gain his form of the past before he was placed on the 15 day DL.
Ryan Volgesong is improving on his season last year and his trying to get back to the dominant pitcher he was two years ago keying the world series run. Lincecum is the wild card and me personally thinks he has lost his touch and should be moved to the bullpen where he was more dominant than ever during the world series run two years ago. Sergio Romo is tied for the league lead in baseball with 17 saves.
The bullpen is also among the leaders in baseball with the lowest ERA after the sixth inning.
So I am here to put the baseball world on notice, the Giants are back and they are serious. Missing out on the playoffs last year the team is back focused and looking to make a push in October. If everyone stays healthy and the starting rotation gets back to that dominant form can we say three rings in 5 years?? I think so…..
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