There's no denying the San Francisco Giants are one of the hottest teams in baseball to start the 2022 season. They've picked up right where they left off in the 2021 regular season, and that has truly made them a force to be reckoned with.
Baseball fans weren't necessarily buying a repeat performance before the season started, but the Giants are now getting the recognition they deserve. They've jumped from No. 11 last week to No. 3 in ESPN's latest MLB power rankings.
The Giants have dropped two of their last three to the New York Mets, but the Mets also look like they might be the best team in baseball right now. Even with those two losses the Giants still have the fourth-best winning percentage in the majors.
The success has been led by San Fran's stellar performance on the mound. Their 2.33 ERA is the lowest in the MLB, and that's backed by a 2.46 FIP which also ranks No. 1. The two pitchers with three starts have been straight-up dominant, as proven by Logan Webb's 2.55 ERA and Carlos Rodon's 1.06.
If there's room for the Giants to jump even higher in the rankings, that improvement will probably come on offense. They rank below-average in batting average (.224) and on-base percentage (.299) while checking in at 14th in slugging percentage (.372).
Led by Brandon Belt (slashing .282/.404/.615) and Joc Pederson (.333/.371/.636), however, there's no need to be too worried about the Giants' bats.
Despite their hot start, the Giants still aren't getting all the respect they deserve. FanDuel Sportsbook's World Series odds have them in a four-way tie for No. 8 in the majors at +1500.
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