The San Francisco Giants have been a solid ballclub so far in 2022: they have a 14-10 record and are tied for second place in the NL West.
However, they don’t look quite as sharp as their 2021 version.
That would be incredibly tough to achieve, as the franchise won 107 games last year and took the NL West division against all odds.
We know fans often don’t want to hear from the players they support that their team’s ceiling is capped, but pitcher Alex Wood recently talked about the 2022 Giants and their potential, compared to last year’s squad.
“Alex Wood: ‘We can’t win 107 games every season.’ Not a concession or a controversial statement whatsoever, but it’s still a bit hard on the ear,” Andrew Baggarly, who covers baseball for The Athletic, tweeted.
Alex Wood: “We can’t win 107 games every season.”
Not a concession or a controversial statement whatsoever, but it’s still a bit hard on the ear.
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) May 5, 2022
Wood Has A Point
Again, it’s probably not what fans like to hear, but Wood is right.
A 107-win season is not something that can be easily replicated, especially considering the Giants lost some players over the offseason.
Yes, they added some, too, but even still, it’s a high bar to clear.
In reality, San Francisco fans should be shooting for an extended postseason run rather than replicating last year’s regular season success.
In 2021, they bested the Los Angeles Dodgers in the standings, but lost to them in the Division Series.
Most Giants fans would surely trade a not-so-dominant regular season for another World Series appearance.
Wood may encounter some criticism for what he said, but in reality, and as Baggarly explained, he didn’t say anything controversial.
It’s just his take on the Giants and how incredibly difficult it is to win over 100 games in MLB in consecutive seasons.