Giants Fans Will Hate ESPN's First-Half Grades

San Francisco Giants fans will hate ESPN's first-half grades.
San Francisco Giants fans will hate ESPN's first-half grades. / AP Photos/Jeff Chiu

The 2022 MLB season has crossed the midway mark and it's starting to become clear which teams are contenders and which teams are pretenders. The San Francisco Giants have overcome some injuries to be in the thick of the Wild Card race, but their fans will still hate ESPN's first-half grades.

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David Schoenfield gave the Giants a C, which ranked well below a couple of divisional rivals in the Los Angeles Dodgers (A) and San Diego Padres (B). The Dodgers are the cream of the crop in the NL West. However, the Giants sit only 2.5 games back of the Padres with a 48-43 record on the year.

It was always going to be hard for San Francisco to live up to expectations after racking up 107 wins last season. It's not like the Giants have looked horrible, though. They own the eighth-best run differential in baseball (+51) and entered the All-Star break winning seven of their last 10 games.

Their pitching staff has also remained one of the league's best despite losing Anthony DeSclafani to a season-ending ankle injury. San Francisco is tied for the fifth-best starting rotation ERA in baseball (3.57). Both Logan Webb and Carlos Rodon own ERAs under 2.85 and have won at least eight games.

At the plate, the Giants average 4.80 runs per game, which is the second-best mark in the National League. It's the bullpen that has failed San Francisco so far (4.19 ERA). But, it's important to keep in mind that relievers are expected to be available in heaps at the upcoming trade deadline, though.

Manager Gabe Kapler's team has odds set at +6000 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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