ASA’s 2020 San Francisco Giants Preview



RECORD – 77 wins / 85 losses

OVERALL MONEY +$710 (based on $100 wagered per game)


HOME RECORD – 35 wins / 46 losses (-$1280)

ROAD RECORD – 42 wins / 39 losses (+$1990)

RECORD AS FAVORITE – 23 wins / 23 losses (-$610)

RECORD AS UNDERDOG – 54 wins / 62 losses (+$1320)

OVER/UNDER RECORD – 81 Overs / 74 Unders / 7 Ties


BATTING AVERAGE – .239 (27th in the Majors)

OPS (on base + slugging) – .694 (28th)

HOME RUNS – 167 (26th)

RUNS PER GAME – 4.19 (28th)


ERA – 4.38 (15th)

FIP (fielding independent pitching) – 4.55 (18th)

WHIP (walk + hits allowed per inning) – 1.30 (10th)

STRIKEOUT to WALK RATIO – 2.64 (15th)


ASA SAN FRANCISCO ANALYSIS – Things will look different in San Francisco this year as manager Bruce Bochy has retired after 13 seasons with the Giants.  His last 3 seasons with the team were less than spectacular with a combined record of 214-272.  In steps Gabe Kapler who was fired by the Phillies after last season with a sub .500 record in his 2 years as manager there.  Kapler will have to deal with a pitching staff that took a few huge hits in the off-season.  Top starter Madison Bumgarner and closer Will Smith, the Giants lone All-Star last season, both left via free agency.  Smith’s 34 saves season was a main reason that San Fran was 38-16 in close games (1-run games).  Even with that, they still finished 8 games under .500 which is actually hard to fathom.  Jeff Samardzija is a solid #2 starter (3.52 ERA last year) and they are hoping Johnny Cueto can return to his old form after missing most of last season after Tommy John surgery in August of 2018.  The Giants plan on moving Tony Watson from starter to closer this season.  Too many unknowns on the pitching staff this year for this team.  The offense was poor last year with very little power.  In fact, not a single player on the roster hit more than 21 HR’s last season.  We get that half their games were played at Oracle Park which is a pitcher’s venue but those numbers are still disturbing.  The only offensive player they added of any significance this season with OF Hunter Pence, who played with the Giants from 2012 – 2018, then left last year for Texas where he hit .297 with 18 HR’s.  Now he is back with San Fran in hopes of giving them some life offensively.  With their lack of offense and their key losses in the pitching staff, we see this team finishing last in the NL West.