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They Are Who We Thought They Were (in 2021)

Hard to do, I know, but let's pretend 2021 never happened. Or, maybe an easier exercise, let's go back to the beginning of the 2021 season. Remember those times? The Giants were predicted to be several games under .500 in the prognostications. They were targeted for a 3rd or 4th place finish behind the NL West dominating Dodgers and the upstart, flashy Padres. They had just had an offseason where they signed guys like Alex Wood, Anthony DeSclafani, and Dom Leone. Logan Webb was an unknown. He was either going to be a rotation stalwart for years to come if he could harness his stuff or he could become an effective reliever. Kevin Gausman was the hands down ace but no one was sure if 2020 was a fluke or not. The bats? Pshhh. They picked up some scrub named LaMonte Wade Jr., otherwise the big offensive move was Buster Posey coming back after a year off. Oh, and Curt Casali would back him up after Joey Bart whiffed on his 2020 audition. That was it. Those were the big moves. The Gi

What to Make of These 2022 Giants at the All Star Break

Joc Pederson. All Star. Carlos Rodon. All Star.  That's it? At the beginning of the 2022 season, would Giants fans be surprised only two guys off the roster would make the All Star team? I've tried to ask myself that question and I can't come up with an answer. I think if I answered honestly, I would have hoped that some pitchers would have made it. Rodon, for certain. And definitely Logan Webb after his tear through the NL in 2021 and the assumption he'd be the ace of the staff in 2022 and for years after. But who else would I have expected to be an All Star? Maybe Brandon Belt, coming off a year where he hit 29 homers and looked to have taken it up a notch? Maybe he would finally be on his way to that 30 homer season and earn an All Star berth. Maybe even Camilo Doval would make it as the heir apparent to the closer's role for a contending team. But aside from guys from the pitching staff, did any Giants fan think any position player would be an All Star? With the

MLB Predictions 2022

Despite the fear we baseball fans were going to be subjected to a completely unnecessary 2nd shortened season in 3 years, MLB and the Player's Union decided to play nice long enough to ensure we get a full 162 game schedule for the second season in a row. Sure, Opening Day should have been on 3/31 but I guess we'll settle for an Opening Day in early April and a full slate of games.  My predictions were not so great last season, you can view them here , but I also didn't have really huge misses. My biggest miss, ironically, was calling the Giants a borderline wildcard team and picking them 3rd in the division while having the Padres (!!) not only winners of the NL West, but also the NL pennant and World Series championship! Oopsie. Lesson learned. Never believe in the Padres until they actually win something. Overall, I got three division winners correct (White Sox, Brewers, Braves) and 6 out of 10 playoff teams (White Sox, Brewers, Braves, Yankees, Dodgers, Astros). I whiff