The San Francisco Giants head into the 2021 season as a team to keep an eye on. In the NL West, there have already proven to be two strong teams, but the Giants could establish themselves as No. 3. With a few key additions and finding a way to close out games, the Giants could be formidable. They have a group of strong hitters and weren’t the worst pitching team last season. If they can put the pieces together, they should be a solid team to trust at the sportsbook.
The Giants finished the 2020 season with a 29-31 record. In a division that hosts the World Series Champion LA Dodgers, the Giants did fairly well. The record might not show it but the Giants were a good team in 2020; they just lacked the ability to close.That’s something they’ve tried to remedy.They nearly missed the postseason, being edged by the Milwaukee Brewers, who finished with the same record.The fact remains, though, that the Giants were one of the best hitting teams in the league in 2020. If they continue that success, we will see a much better team in 2021.
The San Francisco Giants did well picking up key people. A notable signing for depth in the bullpen is LHP Jose Alvarez. Alvarez was signed in early March 2021, after departing from the Philadelphia Phillies. In 2020, Alvarez was struck by a line drive hit that left him unable to finish the season. Up until that point, however, Alvarez had not allowed an earned run. A blockbuster signing was the pickup of infielder Tommy La Stella, the American League’s hardest player to strikeout. That signing brings another strong hitter to the Giants already powerful batting lineup.
The San Francisco Giants have done well to keep their core group intact.Instead of losing players to free agency, they’ve been able to re-sign players and make a few key acquisitions. They have had to put RHP Dedniel Nunez on the 60-day injured list due to a right elbow sprain, but that shouldn’t hurt the team much.The good news for San Francisco is most of the team will be returning. Keeping the core group and the few additions they’ve made, the Giants are in good shape.
Johnny Cueto led the team in 2020 in most innings pitched and had the best ERA at 5.40. The signing of Alvarez should do wonders for the Giants pitching group, which struggled to close in 2020. They finished 18th in the league in earned run average and 24th in strikeouts. With a few tweaks to the bullpen, we should see much better pitching. Also, with less pressure on Cueto, we should see an elevation in his game as well. SP Kevin Gausman should see a larger role this year, considering he led the team in strikeouts in 2020.
San Francisco Giants Offense
The most electrifying part of the San Francisco Giants team in 2020 was their ability to get on base. That’s why with the signing of La Stella, we’ll not only see an improvement in their fielding but their batting as well. The Giants finished third in the league in on-base percentage and twelfth in batting average. That alone is good for a team that finished with an under .500 record. This is a potent offense that was thirteenth in runs, and we should expect even more from them in 2021. With the addition of La Stella, look for the Giants’ offense to improve exponentially in 2021.
3 Key Players
This starts at the pitching position. If the Giants want to be a formidable opponent in the NL West, they’ll need to close games out. BetUS has them at +4000 odds to win the division, which is second to last for the division. However, if Alvarez and Gausman perform, we could see a jump in those odds. La Stella is also another key player, brought in to boost an already potent offense. They’ll also need more output from their home run leader, second baseman Wilmer Flores, who hit only 12 in 2020.
The Giants are in a tough division to begin with, but they start their season with a favorable matchup. They set off on Opening Day against the Seattle Mariners, a team that finished the 2020 season with a 27-33 record. However, the test of their strength comes after that series when they have a three-game road stretch against the San Diego Padres. The Giants are longshots to win the World Series, with BetUS having them at +9000. BetUS also has them at 75.5 regular-season wins, which would place them second to last in the division. If you are new to sports betting, please check out our MLB betting hub page to get started. Look for the Giants to go over 75.5 wins and closer to 82, giving them the third-best record in the division.