Congratulations to the entire SF Giants Organization from Management, to Coaches, to Players, to all other supporting staff members, and to the diehard and loyal fans!!!
It is September 13 and the Giants just won their 94th game with 18 to go. A whopping 44 games above .500. They are the first team to clinch a playoff berth in the 2021 MLB Playoffs.
While watching and listening to the post-game interviews, three things rang loud and clear. 1) This is a happy moment for all Giants as this is what they have worked so hard to achieve. 2) This is a close knit family of friends who support each other, don’t get too high, don’t get too low, and have a lot of fun at work. 3) While getting into the Playoffs is a major achievement they still have a lot of work ahead of them.
The roster is made up of mostly veterans with the core still being Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and the self-proclaimed Captain Brandon Belt. Other vets who have contributed mightily are Longo, Yaz, KB, Flores, and Casali. Then there are the unsung heroes (La Stella, Ruf, Estrada, Duggar, Slater, Wade Jr., Dickerson, and Solano). While the starting pitchers are solid, a new Ace has emerged, Logan Webb. In his last 12 starts, Logan has the best ERA in all of MLB. Gausman has had some issues after the All-Star game but seems to found his footing again. Same with DeSclafani. The wear and tear of the long season has caught up to Wood and Cueto so the Giants have played a number of “Reliever” games with Alvarez, Garcia, Jackson, Littell, Leone, Quintana, Watson, Castro and Doval. Tyler Rodgers is the established 8th inning set-up guy and Jake McGee proved himself as the Closer.
Give a lot of credit to Farhan Zaidi who brought in LaMonte Wade, Jr., Tommy LaStella, and Kris Bryant (KB) and brought back Tony Watson. Lastly, we can’t forget the great job that Gabe Kapler has done. There have been 86 roster moves due to injuries this year and the Giants haven’t missed a beat. Just one example of many came last week when Wilmer Flores was resting his sore hamstring in SF but Kapler flew him out to Chicago for one game. Flores had a monster game getting 3 hits including a HR in a close 6-5 win allowing the Giants to sweep the Cubs and go 6-0 on the road trip. The hitting coaches Donnie Ecker and Justin Viele have done an absolute terrific job. The Giants have hit 217 HR’s this year and have 10 players with 10 or more. The Giants lead the league in pinch hit HR’s and hits due to Kapler’s timely decisions.
As good a season that the Giants have had, they remain focused as the Dodgers are right on their tails. They know that they still have a lot of work to do. The 2021 SF Giants are indeed “Resilient” and are truly Built for October.