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Giants Make Huge Jump in Latest ESPN MLB Power Rankings

Larry Rupp
The San Francisco Giants make a huge jump in the latest ESPN MLB power rankings.
The San Francisco Giants make a huge jump in the latest ESPN MLB power rankings. / Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

One MLB team outperforming expectations so far this season is the San Francisco Giants. This squad made up of a mix of young hungry players and veteran competitors is off to an 11-7 start to the year. The Giants' hot start has caused them to jump in ESPN's latest MLB power rankings.

San Francisco came in ranked at No. 23 on Opening Day, but then jumped up to 19 after the first week of play. This team has since continued their rise and come in ranked at No. 12 this week. The Giants currently sit in second place in the National League West division.

Giants Jump in Power Rankings

The Giants have been finding success thanks to a stellar starting rotation. They rank No. 4 in the MLB with a team ERA of 3.09. In fact, four out of their five starting pitchers have an ERA currently under 2.50. That kind of consistency is hard to find in today's game.

On the other side of the ball, San Francisco is getting the job done thanks to the long ball. They are averaging 1.44 home runs per game (T-No. 3 in the MLB) and have 10 different players on the roster with at least one this season. Veterans Evan Longoria and Buster Posey lead the way with 4 home runs each.

The Giants may not be the flashiest team in the league, but they seem to have the right strategy and pieces in place to win some games this year. They could be a sneaky team to watch when it comes to the two NL Wild Card spots.

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