Five bold predictions for Giants in MLB season's second half
Nobody will hit 20 or more home runs
Yes, for the entire season, fam. But pray I'm wrong on this one because the recent resurgence of the long ball is one of the only things holding MLB together.
With that said, Kevin Pillar and Evan Longoria currently lead the Giants with 12 home runs apiece this season. Pablo Sandoval is close behind at 11.
Austin Slater and Alex Dickerson, who have been hitting the you-know-what out of the ball since as of late, have shown power flashes but likely won't have enough at-bats to get there.
Not going to happen, sorry.
Giants will play .500 ball in second half
Calm down, folks -- we're not expecting 81 wins for the team this year.
But the Giants can possess a .500 record from this point forward.
I know, I know -- we're getting excited with the team that won six of its last seven games heading into the break, but Bochy has finally found a lineup combination that appears to be working.
However, their second-half schedule is no joke -- except when they play the Mets.
Brewers, Rockies at Coors Field, Phillies, Cubs, Dodgers ... it could be tough.
But if anyone can make the Giants rise to the occasion, it'll be Bruce Bochy in his last season as manager.
Pablo Sandoval will pitch two innings
Why? Because we deserve to see the beauty that is Pandoval pitching. That is if he doesn't get traded.
Giants skipper Bruce Bochy believes in him, as much as he doesn't want to be in a position where the 32-year-old will be on the bump. Pablo did pitch a scoreless inning against the Reds this season -- something he's been known to do in the past.
Why not two more? I guess depending on how next couple months go, Sandoval could get those two frames under his belt -- maybe just not all at one time.
Not this year for Joey Bart
Boch has made it quite clear there is no rush to bring up the Giants' No. 2 prospect Joey Bart to the big leagues. He also had a seven-week setback with a fractured hand.
So ... don't get your hopes up that we'll see Bart at Oracle Park the near future. MLB Pipeline has his ETA at 2021, so it may be a while until we see him.
But that doesn't mean you shouldn't be excited about the young talent the team has. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said to pay attention to the young guys -- they'll be the ones making the difference on this team.
Buster Posey will turn season around
I truly believe in Buster Posey despite a not-so-hot first half of the season.
If history repeats itself, Posey tends to have a better second half anyway. Over his career, he tends to improve his average after the break. His OPS tends to stay the same (just ignore that the home runs totals have dropped drastically). Plus, in his last six games heading toward the break, he's been on a tear slashing .381/.435/.476 with eight hits in 21 at-bats.
So while the long ball will not be in his favor, and he may not get as much playing time, Bochy will continue to bat him in the heart of the Giants lineup.