Thursday, December 12, 2019
Uncustomed Heroes of 2019: Giants
What a weird year of Giants baseball this was.
The team sucked in April, sucked in September, but was surprisingly great in June and July, confusing the hell out of everyone they had to play against. The big stars of the team weren't the guys who were signed to be the big stars of the team, like Brandon Crawford, Buster Posey and Brandon Belt, but fringe guys like Alex Dickerson, Will Smith and Pablo Sandoval.
Brandon Crawford at least had that 8-RBI game, but that was his only real season highlight. This was Crawford's weakest year since his callup, with a .228 average and only 59 RBIs.
Why Him in 2019: That 8-RBI game.
2020 Prediction: A more consistent year, possibly his last full one in SF.
Why Him in 2019?: Started the most games of any SF Opening Day starter.
2020 Prediction: 25-homer year with less strikeouts.
Why Him in 2019?: Seems to be an answer in the outfield, along with Yaz.
2020 Prediction: Breakout year upon a full season, and will lead the new youth movement in SanFran.
Why Him in 2019?: His arrival signaled a change from ineptitude to brute force in Oracle Park.
2020 Prediction: The magic wears off.
Why Him in 2019?: Proved youth pitching has a place on the Giants
2020 Prediction: Starts the year in the 'pen, moves up and has some nice starts down the stretch.
Why Him in 2019: Rare homegrown, young pitcher fitting right in with Shark and MadBum in the high points of the rotation.
2020 Prediction: Will be a strong, low-rotation presence that might get some spotlight if the bigger guns tank.
Why Him in 2019?: Proved to Giants fans that life at 2nd can do on after Joe Panik's departure.
Why Him in 2019?: Backed up Buster Posey like a pro.
2020 Prediction: Will provide similar power numbers as backup for Carson Kelly in Phoenix.
Why Him in 2019?: Probably the best relief pitching news since Pomeranz, Dyson and Melancon left the bay.
2020 Prediction: Stronger, more consistent relief numbers. In fact, in the wake of Will Smith's departure, Rogers might be looked at for the ninth inning job.
Coming Tonight- They didn't make the playoffs, but they still made for a memorable, resilient 2019 season in Cleveland.