With the addition of pitchers, Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto, the San Francisco Giants are not only one of the favorites to win the World Series, but they have a win total of 89.5 wins on the MLB odds board.
That win total on the MLB odds board appears to be a lot after the very disappointing season that they had last season. Can the Giants bounce back with some much needed help is the question?
Pitching Has Won the Giants Multiple World Series in the Past
This is the case and the Giants are hoping that this will hold true for this season. With Zack Greinke moving on from the Los Angeles Dodgers, this certainly improves the Giants chances of being a much better team, but my initial thoughts on the win total betting is that it's listed very high.If you're looking to take the over, you basically expecting the Giants to do a 360 from last season and I don't think that their new pitching acquisitions are elite although they've had success in the National League in the past.
Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija
If you had told this to me a few seasons ago, I would've told you that the Giants would have a chance at 100 wins as they fared much better in the National League than they did in the American League.Repeatedly, Samardzija used to lose 2-1 and 1-0 games in which the Chicago Cubs couldn't provide him run support and Johnny Cueto was a flatout beast with the Reds.
Once both of these players moved to the hard hitting American League, they weren't as successful Although Cueto had a monster game in the playoffs to help the Kansas City Royals win the World Series, he had a disappointing regular season at 11-13 with a 3.44 ERA in 2015.
As for Samardzija, he had a season where he gave up 10 runs in just one inning and that's certainly not the Samardzija that fans knew in Chicago.
Last season, Samardzija was also 11-13 with a 4.96 ERA. A lot of the Giants success will depend on these two player despite Madison Bumgarner being the ace of the staff. In my opinion, both players will have improved seasons, but not as good as their original stints in the NL.
The Giants picked up former leadoff centerfielder, Denard Span, from the Washington Nationals and he's the perfect fit for this team. I can see Span getting on base often and the collective speed and ability to make contact on this team will allow him to score a ton of runs.
In just 246 at-bats in 2015, Span collected 11 SB to go along with his .301 batting average, 5 home runs, and 22 runs batted in. With guys such as Hunter Pence, Joe Panik (8 HR, 37 RBI, .312), and Buster Posey (19 HR, 95 RBI, .318 BA) to knock Span in.I'm expecting a ton of runs and production from the Giants offense. 3rd basemen, Matt Duffy, also fits into that small ball mold as he had 12 HR, 77 RBI, and a .295 BA in 2015. There simply is no let up in this offense. The only negatives are injuries and lack of power.
There's no doubt that the Giants will contend for the National League West competition, but they're coming off of a rotten season, and competition is steep. The Giants will have a successful season, but I don't see them getting 90 wins in the regular season. Although it will be close, take the UNDER 89.5 Wins with your MLB picks with confidence.
MLB Pick: San Francisco Giants Under 89.5 (-115) Wins at Bovada