2021 San Francisco Giants
2021 San Francisco Giants / Franchise: San Francisco Giants / BR Team Page
Managed by Gabe Kapler
The 2021 San Francisco Giants achieved the unthinkable when they finished the month of April in first place in the NL West with a record of 16-10, one half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Everyone had predicted that the division race would go down as an epic fight between the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres, two teams that had loaded for bear in the off-season, and when the Dodgers started off 13-2, it looked like they would run away leaving everyone else in their dust. However, the Dodgers soon stumbled, and the Giants, who had played steadily well from the start, began to pull closer and eventually passed them on April 30th. The question was whether they could keep this up.
Keep it up they did, even though the Dodgers put up a spirited run while the Padres disappointed. On September 13th, they were the team in the major leagues to clinch a spot in the postseason with a 9-1 win over San Diego. However, they were still not assured of a division title, as the Dodgers were still close and could still conceivably nip them at the finish. What was certain was that one of these two exceptional teams would be forced to play in the Wild Card Game - and then to face the other one if they won that game. The Giants did not back up into the playoffs: their win of September 13th was their 8th straight, and during that stretch they had outscored their opponents, 71-27. They had been the first team to reach 90 wins that season, and were at 94-50, 2 1/2 games in front of Los Angeles at that point.
Awards and Honors
- Maria Guardado: "Giants first to punch postseason ticket", mlb.com, September 14, 2021. 
- Maria Guardado: "How they got here: Deep Giants beat odds", mlb.com, September 14, 2021. 
- Sarah Langs: "Can the surprising Giants keep this up?", mlb.com, July 4, 2021. 
- Mike Petriello: "How 2021's most shocking contender did it: San Francisco is 2nd-biggest overperformer of last 15 years", mlb.com, July 26, 2021. 
- Manny Randhawa: "Here's why Giants' HR pace is unprecedented", mlb.com, August 20, 2021.