Very quietly, the San Francisco Giants are playing great baseball out by the bay and are leading the NL West division. With the majority of the publicity within the division directed toward the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Giants are the team on top as the first month of the season comes to an end. With this early success, could the Giants be bound for another trip to the World Series?
Based on San Francisco’s finishes the last few years, a strong season could be in store for the Giants this season. In 2010, the Giants finished with a 92-70 record, won their division and the World Series. The following year, they finished in second place and missed the playoffs. In 2012, San Fran finished with a 94-68 record, again winning their division and being crowned Fall Classic champions. Last season, again the Giants followed that up by missing the postseason and finished third in the division. If the last four seasons are any indication, 2014 could be big for Bruce Bochy‘s bunch.
Buster Posey is one of several Giants off to a great start this season. Posey is the Giants’ team-leader and a MVP-worthy candidate. The All-Star backstop is also getting help around him as well. Brandon Belt has belted seven home runs in April. Michael Morse is having a resurgence now healthy with 19 RBIs and a batting average over .300. Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence also continue to be pests for the opposition as well.
But, like past San Francisco clubs, the team is led by pitching. Madison Bumgarner is developing into an ace, and the veteran Tim Hudson is also off to a good start. At the back end of games, Sergio Romo has closed out games effectively to this point, which is proving to be a difficult task in some cities around the league.
With April nearly complete, the Giants own the fourth best record in the league. Bay area baseball is certainly looking promising on both sides of the bridge early on this year. For the Giants, could it be leading to something bigger as their recent track record might suggest?
Nick Schaeflein is a Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.