Monday, September 27, 2021

Kurtenbach: How the SF Giants Made All Baseball Look Like Fools

San Francisco – 2021 The San Francisco Giants are the best kind of great team:


At the start of the season, in the early days of spring training in Arizona, the concept of the Giants making the playoffs was a distant fantasy to the most minded and optimistic San Francisco fan.

Now, with 18 games to play, they are playing – with over half of the final month of the regular season playing, they have secured a spot in the post-season.

The Giants are the first team in baseball to stamp their tickets for October, and it was only fitting that they beat the Padres—a division rival and so many teams around baseball, including myself—initially called the “Super Team.” “Was judged as to the weather – on Monday night, to it.


How, exactly, did the Giants do this?

After all, these giants aren’t the best team money can buy. Most of their payroll, the tenth-highest in baseball, is tied at four out of five players signed in San Francisco under the previous front-office regime.

They have a team that costs 60 percent of their blue-clad rivals. His rivals wearing brown clothes are also spending more than him.

Yet both see platooning, bullpening and downright old veterans in the standings.

What is that all about?

After all, giants don’t even have the best pitchers.

His bullpen has been strong, no doubt, but there are no big names or superstars out there – his two best receivers are a submarine tosser and a man who only throws a pitch but is not Mariano Rivera.

The team is currently dealing with only three starting pitchers. Luckily the trio has been strong this season, with young Logan Webb – dropped from the rotation at the start of the year – becoming this team’s ace over the past few weeks. But two out of every five games are bullpened, including Monday’s clinch.

And the Giants hitters aren’t going to sell too many jerseys outside of San Francisco. There is no Fernando Tatis Jr. on the roster.

But may I interest you in Lamonte Wade Jr.?

It’s a viable conversation these days. I couldn’t tell you who Lamonte Wade Jr. was in April.

And who did you expect Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt and Buster Posey to drink from the fountain of youth this season? This season was going to be about the aging and exiting phase of that trio. He even seemed surprised by his success. But both Crawford and Posey have flirted with the MVP candidacy, while Belt — the team’s new self-appointed captain — has been the model hitter every veteran teammate emulates. Plus, he finally hit 20 homers this season.

Every night, the Giants’ lineup is different – tailor-made for the opposing team to stir, stir and mash. By the time you figure out who is in the diamonds and batting order, San Francisco is usually ahead in the game.

So, seriously, how did this all happen?

Kurtenbach: How the SF Giants Made All Baseball Look Like Fools
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