San Francisco Giants Analysis Before 2020 Season Start

San Francisco Giants Analysis Before 2020 Season Start

Written by on March 19, 2020

After winning three World Series titles in the last decade, the once perennially-powerful San Francisco Giants will be desperate to get back to being a winning ballclub once the 2020 MLB regular season gets underway. Following three straight missed playoff appearances, Frisco is hoping to get back to being a legitimate contender this coming campaign. Whether the Giants can pull that off remains to be seen, but let’s find out what likely lies in store for Frisco once the 2020 season does get going. Let’s check the MLB Odds and World Series Odds for the San Francisco Giants 2020 Season.

San Francisco Giants Analysis Before 2020 Season Start

San Francisco Giants 2020 MLB Season Odds

San Francisco Giants Offensive Analysis

San Francisco went 77-85 last season to finish third in the NL West, mostly because they were pitiful offensively. The Giants finished the 2019 campaign ranked a dismal 28th in scoring (4.19 rpg), 27th in team batting average (.239), 28th in OPS (.694), and 26th in home runs (167). San Francisco did find a hidden gem in Mike Yastrzemski, the grandson of legendary Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski. The younger Yaz hit a solid .272 with 21 homers and 55 RBI in just 107 games after finally making it to the majors as a 28-year-old rookie. The bad news is that former veteran superstars Buster Posey and Evan Longoria look nothing like their younger selves after hitting .257 and .254 respectively a year ago. Frisco is hoping for some better production from left fielder Alex Dickerson and young shortstop Mauricio Dubon after the pair hit .276 and .274 respectively last season.

San Francisco Giants Defensive Analysis

While Frisco was absolutely inept offensively, the Giants were a middle-of-the-pack team defensively in 2019 in finishing 15th in team ERA (4.38), 10th in WHIP (1.30), 14th in strikeouts per game (8.86) and 23rd in quality starts (51). Veteran right-hander Johnny Cueto will be looking for a big, bounce-back season after going 1-2 with a 5.06 ERA in just four starts while fellow veteran right-hander Jeff Samardzija will look to build on his 11-12 record with a solid 3.52 ERA, if he can get some run production that is. Right-handers Kevin Gausman and Tyler Beede join lefty Drew Smyly to round out the starting rotation. Veteran lefty Tony Watson is schedule to be the closer one season after the now departed Will Smith recorded 34 saves in the role last season.

San Francisco Giants Offseason Movements

Traded RHP Burch Smith to Oakland for cash. Claimed LHP Jarlin Garcia off waivers from Miami. Agreed to terms with OF Hunter Pence on a one-year contract. Agreed to terms with LHP Drew Smyly on a one-year contract.

San Francisco Giants Prediction

I don’t have a clue what direction San Francisco is heading in as we await the start of the 2020 regular season, but it doesn’t look like the once powerful NL West residents are looking to win right now. The Giants didn’t make any big moves in free agency and they’ve got a ton of question marks with both, their position players and pitchers. Not only that, but the Giants’ hire of former Phillies managed Gabe Kapler was a bit of a stunner after seeing how miserably he failed in Philly with a pretty good roster. With former staff ace Madison Bumgarner bolting, the 2020 Giants are clearly starting over. I wouldn’t expect the Giants to reach the .500 mark in 2020 simply because they don’t have enough talent.