Not many teams in the MLB this season have been hotter than the San Francisco Giants. The team has won six of their last seven contests, allowing more than three runs just once in that stretch. Overall, the Giants are 8-4 and trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by two games for first in the NL West.
Even though the Giants have been on fire as of late and have one of the better records in the league, not everyone is giving them the respect they deserve. For example, Giants fans may find ESPN's latest MLB power rankings just outright disrespectful.
Giants ESPN MLB Power Rankings
ESPN has the Giants at No. 19 in their latest power rankings, which is just a slight boost from the No. 23 they were at last week. To put that into perspective, only three teams that ESPN ranked over the Giants have the same number of wins or more than them (8).
One thing that could be holding the Giants back is their inability to score runs at a high pace. They're averaging 3.42 runs per game (29th), which may not be good enough to sustain success across the season. At the same time, they're allowing a league-low 2.92 runs per game. If the Giants can keep that average low for the rest of the 2021 season, they shouldn't have to worry about their own run support as much. Still, a little extra offense would be nice.
Either way, the Giants are playing too good to be ignored forever. If they can keep up their recent hot streak, ESPN may have to give them a bigger boost next week.
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