The San Francisco Giants finished the 2021 Major League Baseball season with the best record in the league. The club went 107-55 to win the NL West. Despite their record, the Giants were not a runaway winner in that division, as the Los Angeles Dodgers, one of only two other teams to win more than 100 games in the majors, had a 106-56 record.
The Giants did not have a successful playoff run. They lost in the first round of the 2021 postseason, dropping their series to the Dodgers three games to two.
San Francisco has not been nearly as dominant in 2022 as the team was in 2021. The Giants are currently in third place in the NL West with a record of 44-42. They trail the division leading Dodgers by 12 games. San Francisco is also behind the San Diego Padres, who have a record of 50-39.
If the playoffs were to start today, the Giants would miss the National League Wild Card. Those three spots are currently held by the Atlanta Braves (53-36), Padres and St. Louis Cardinals (48-42). The Philadelphia Phillies are next in line with a 46-42 record and then the Giants check in.
San Francisco Giants to make the 2022 MLB Playoffs picks
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One would have to drill down pretty far into the National League batting average leaders before encountering a Giants’ player. Thairo Estrada ranks 32nd in the NL in average at .259. He is leading San Francisco in that department in 2022. He had a career high batting average of .273 last season. Wilmer Flores is next in line in batting average at .252. He leads the team in RBIs (49), hits (71) and OBP (.337). Flores is on track to have a career year in several offensive categories, including home runs and RBIs. Overall, the Giants need to improve at the plate of they hope to make the playoffs.
San Francisco is fifth in the NL in runs for with 412.
San Francisco is getting good results from Carlos Rodon and Logan Webb this season. Webb has started 18 games and has an 8-3 record. He has thrown 111.2 innings with an ERA of 2.82. Rodon has 17 starts and a 8-5 record. His ERA of 2.70 is the best on the team. Rodon also leads the Giants in strikeouts with 124 in 100 innings thrown.
San Francisco has allowed 369 runs, which gives them a run differential of +43 on the season. Eight NL teams have allowed fewer runs than the Giants.
Gabe Kapler has been the manager of the Giants since 2020. He is looked at as one of the smartest managers in MLB and as someone who is changing the culture of major league baseball. He was named NL Manager of the Year in 2021 and the Giants have him under contract through the 2024 season.
The Giants are 7-14 in their past 21 games. That run includes a season-worst six-game losing skid where they lost one game to the Detroit Tigers, three to the Chicago White Sox and two the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Giants are 4-3 since that losing stretch.
Our Pick: The San Francisco Giants will miss the 2022 MLB Playoffs.
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