Giants Fans Will Love Latest MLB.com Power Rankings (April 18)
By Larry Rupp
The San Francisco Giants have seemingly picked up right where they left off last season and own a 7-2 record through the first two weeks. Their fan base has to love seeing the team tied atop the National League West and will be even happier when they look at MLB.com's latest power rankings.
Giants Power Rankings
San Francisco checks in at No. 7 overall, which is a two spot jump from their preseason ranking. The Giants only trail two other NL squads, one being the divisional rival Los Angeles Dodgers. On the flip side, they did overtake both the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers due to their blazing hot start.
Manager Gabe Kapler's squad has been carried by a stellar pitching staff. San Francisco allows the fewest runs per game in the majors (2.22) and has given up an opponent batting average of .209 (T-No. 5 in MLB). Logan Webb, Carlos Rodon and Alex Wood all own ERAs under 1.95 through two starts.
At the plate, a mixed group of veterans and young newcomers is getting the job done so far. The Giants rank 10th in runs per game (4.78) and have the third-best run differential in baseball (+23). The emergence of second baseman Thairo Estrada has been a welcome sight (9 runs scored and 8 RBIs).
A four-game series against the New York Mets is on the horizon for the Giants. It'll be an early test to see whether or not the team can live up to the hype. San Francisco has odds set at +1500 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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