After a 107-win season in 2021, the San Francisco Giants couldn’t follow up with another successful season, as they finished at the .500 mark and missed the postseason in 2022.
So far, their start to the 2023 season has been less than ideal.
However, they may be heating up.
On Wednesday, they completed an impressive three-game sweep over the defending National League champion Philadelphia Phillies to improve their record to 20-23.
The Giants were not expected to be one of the better teams in the National League this season, but currently find themselves with similar records to teams that were.
Giants analyst Ben Kaspick pointed out an interesting trend in the standings that may play into the team’s favor.
At 20-23, the #SFGiants have the same record as the Mets, Phillies, and Padres, three teams expected to be among the best in the league this season. Padres are in danger of falling to 20-24, as they trail Kansas City by a run in the ninth. Baseball is weird, and it's still early.
— Ben Kaspick (@BenKaspick) May 17, 2023
After their win on Wednesday, San Francisco had the same record as the Philles, San Diego Padres, and New York Mets.
The Mets, Padres, and Phillies were expected to be among the powerhouses in the National League this year.
While they are still very much alive in the standings, their seasons haven’t gone according to plan.
The Giants are right in the thick of the Wild Card race with all three teams and now own a 20-23 record.
But with some of the usual powerhouses struggling, the Giants may have a better chance to gain some ground and find a way to sneak into the postseason.
They added Michael Conforto, Mitch Haniger, Sean Manaea, and Ross Stripling to bolster their roster.
There certainly is talent on the Giants roster that could help lead them back to the postseason for the second time in the past three seasons, and taking advantage of struggling teams could be the key to improving.NEXT: A Giants Veteran Is Seeing His Stock Rise