The San Franciso Giants have given their fans a lot to cheer about throughout the 2021 MLB season. For starters, 46-26 record has them in first place of the NL West, 1.5 games ahead of the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers. However, another bright spot has been outfielder and first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr.
The 27-year-old has looked great through his first 26 games in a Giants uniform, however, the team made a big mistake on Monday when they sent Wade back down to Triple-A. The move was done to create room for Alex Dickerson and Darin Ruf, who are both coming off of the injured list. Even then, you can't blame Giants fans for disliking this roster move.
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The Athletic's Andrew Baggarly theorizes that one reason why Wade was sent back to Triple-A is that the Giants could face up to three left-handed starting pitchers this week. Wade, who bats left-handed, has yet to record a hit in 12 at-bats against lefties this season. Even though that's true, it doesn't take away from the fact that demoting him could interrupt any momentum that he has going on.
Through his first 83 at-bats of the season, Wade has recorded 3 doubles, a triple, 4 home runs and 11 RBI. He's also been slashing better than he has in his previous seasons (.265/.344/.470 in 2021 vs .211/.336/.404 over 2019 and 2020). The hope among Giants fans is that he can pick up right from where he left off the moment that the club gives him another look in the majors.
Even though the Giants are one of the best teams in the MLB, they still aren't quite a top-10 team when it comes to World Series odds. San Francisco currently has the 11th-best odds at +2200 to win a championship this year, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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