With playoff aspirations, the last thing the San Francisco Giants needed were injuries. They had an abysmal 2017, going 64-98, good for last in the National League Central. New stars such as Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen planned on having indispensable roles in success. Now, just days before the regular season starts, Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija have gone down with injuries.
Bumgarner, who suffered a fractured left hand (his pitching hand) could return before the All-Star break, but that is if plans go well. As for Samardzija, he will miss a month at most with a pectoral strain.
Having won three World Series championships this decade, the Giants’ championship window was bound to close eventually. They kept their aging stars in Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford, they acquired aging stars in McCutchen and Longoria. However, with these two injuries, that window that was supposed to stay open until October might need closing sooner than later.
Aside from the two injured stars, the Giants pitching staff includes Johnny Cueto, Derek Holland, and Chris Stratton, among others. In a division that sent three teams to the playoffs last year – the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks – there can be no time lost waiting for the recovery of their injured pitchers. Even if Samardzija comes back as soon as possible, they can certainly put themselves in a tough situation without him.With injuries to Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija, the season might be over before it starts for the @SFGiants.Click To Tweet
In 2017, San Francisco was below average in both ERA (16th), walks (22nd) and opponent batting average against (22nd.) Their offense did not help them much; they were 23rd in batting average and 30th, good for last in baseball, in home runs last season. They tried fixing their offense and pitching over the offseason, but now they are right back where they started because of spring training injuries.
The Giants’ season can go any direction, all depending on the ability of Bumgarner and Samardzija’s arms. Right now, do not place any bets on San Francisco, anything can happen.