The 2021 MLB season has been full of surprises so far and one of the biggest ones has to be the early success of the San Francisco Giants. They currently lead the NL West with a 20-14 record behind a roster made up of veteran hitters and underrated pitchers.
Giants fans are going to love seeing the team ranked at No. 2 in MLB.com's latest power rankings. That is a massive jump from the No. 8 spot they came in at last week. The Giants only trail the scorching-hot Boston Red Sox in the rankings and are the highest-ranked team in the National League.
Giants Rise in Power Rankings
In a game that is being overtaken by young talent, the Giants are getting the job done on offense behind veteran players like Brandon Belt (19 RBI) and Buster Posey (8 home runs). San Francisco averages 3.88 walks per game (No. 4 in MLB) and has a run differential of +27 on the season (No. 5 in MLB).
However, it is on the pitching side of the game where the Giants really shine. The team boasts a 3.48 ERA, which is the seventh-lowest mark in the league. In fact, ace Kevin Gausman's 1.99 ERA ranks seventh amongst all starting pitchers in the MLB.
The Giants are getting by on veteran leadership and that isn't very common in today's game. They will have a chance to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016. San Francisco currently has odds set at +5500 to win it all, according to MLB future odds posted on FanDuel Sportsbook.
The Giants will look to keep up their winning ways against the Texas Rangers in a short two-game series starting on Monday night.
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