Dodgers: Sizing Up the NL West Competition- Giants
This article is part five of a five-part series in which I will break down the Dodgers’ competition in the NL West for the 2018 season. The articles will feature the teams’ offseason additions and subtractions, a pitcher to watch out for, a batter to watch out for, and a season expectation.
The San Francisco Giants: last in the division, last in this series of articles, and last in a Dodger fan’s heart. Love them, hate them, or anything in between the Giants put together a huge offseason overhaul that saw them trade for a lot of big names.
The Giants are coming off of their worst season since 1985. In 2017 they finished with 98 losses, the second most in the team’s history since the MLB moved to a 162 game format in 1965. The season was riddled with injuries and loss after loss the Giants fell quickly to the bottom of the division where they would stay for the year in its entirety.
Most notably, Madison Bumgarner went down with a whole list of injuries suffered not in a baseball game but on a dirtbike and after he missed the majority of the season the Giants’ ship was sunk.