Giants Being Disrespected by Projected 2022 Win Total
The San Francisco Giants were one of the most surprising teams in 2021 as they cruised into the playoffs with an impressive 107-55 record. Manager Gabe Kapler will aim to keep that magic going in what is a stacked NL West division in 2022. San Francisco has the talent to compete, though.
Unfortunately, projected win totals released on FanDuel Sportsbook don't exactly agree with that statement. The Giants' win total is set at 85.5, which is obviously a significant step back from where they ended last season. San Francisco also has odds set at +550 to earn the NL West title.
San Francisco Giants Projected Win Total
The Giants' win total ranks 13th across the MLB and well behind the World Series favorite Los Angeles Dodgers (98.5). That makes sense, but what doesn't make sense is the fact that San Francisco checks in behind the Padres (88.5). San Diego only racked up 79 wins in 2021.
Yes, this roster doesn't have a superstar that MLB fans tune in to see every night. However, it is one of the most balanced squads in the league. San Francisco ranked among the top 10 teams in statistical categories such as runs per game (4.87), team ERA (3.24) and run differential (+202) in 2021.
The Giants also used their success to draw in free agents like pitcher Carlos Rodon and slugger Joc Pederson. Rodon's 2.37 ERA in 2021 obviously upgrades an already great starting rotation and Pederson's power (148 career home runs) will help make up for the departure of All-Star Kris Bryant.
Seeing a team's record change by over 20 games despite seeing little change in the makeup of the team seems like an unlikely scenario. This is a win total that should be much closer to the 90-win mark. It's about time oddsmakers stop sleeping on San Francisco.
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