The Giants’ attempt to rekindle their even year magic began with a move in late December.
It took four players, but San Francisco netted themselves Rays All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria before the calendar flipped to 2018. That wasn’t all the Giants did. Less than a month later, they acquired a second All-Star in Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Four weeks, two All-Stars. The Giants were in business.
Now, we are about halfway into the 2018 season. In a competitive NL West division, the Giants look like they are the third best team. The Giants are 41-39, 4.5 games behind the division-leading Diamondbacks. According to FanGraphs’ playoff odds, their chances of sniffing even the Wild Card Game are down at a measly 14.0 percent. Even still, the team has played worse than their record shows. That is, their -23 run differential and 37-43 Pythagorean record suggest that they have four more wins than they should.
Their offseason additions haven’t really been all that impactful.
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