San Francisco Giants: Four reasons they’ll make the playoffs in 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 21: Brandon Crawford
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 21: Brandon Crawford /
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San Francisco Giants
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 21: Brandon Crawford /

The 2017 season was one to forget for the San Francisco Giants. Even though last season didn’t turn out too well for them, things are looking up for the 2018 season.

Since 2010, the San Francisco Giants have been one of the most successful franchises in professional sports. However, 2017 didn’t turn out how the Giants planned and they finished with the worst record in the NL.

San Francisco’s 64-98 record was their worst finish since the 1983 season where the team finished 62-100. Last season was very uncharacteristic for a team that has found much success over the past decade.

The Giants took MLB by surprise in 2010 when they combined a group of young players and misfits and won the World Series. That championship sparked two more by the club in 2012 and 2014.

In that span of time, the San Francisco Giants have made the playoffs four times (also 2016). In 2016, the club faced off against the eventual World Series-winning Chicago Cubs in the NLDS and lost in devasting fashion. The Giants blew a three-run ninth inning Game 4 lead and since then, not much has gone their way.

A combination of injuries, poor play and bad luck factored in the Giants’ losing ways. And with the way the season went, it left a lot of people questioning if this was the end of the Giants’ dynasty, and if so, was it time for a rebuild.

But even though 2017 was not an ideal season for the Giants, this coming season could end up a lot better.

Let’s take a look at four reasons why the Giants will make the playoffs in 2018.