San Francisco Giants: Five Positives Moving Forward

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It’s an Even Year

Sep 25, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman

Matt Duffy

(5) is greeted by econd baseman

Kelby Tomlinson

(37) and first baseman Buster Posey (28) after his two run RBI home run in the first inning of their MLB baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Though the Giants’ players love to discount the notion that there is some truth to the incredible pattern that has seen them claim World Series titles in each of the last three even years, at this point the idea is hard to ignore.

While in 2013, the Giants finished with a losing record of 76-86, this odd year’s group is guaranteed to finish with a winning record — which is no small feat considering all that they have had to overcome throughout the course of the season.

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In addition, the way that they were eliminated this year, brutally at the hands of their bitter rivals with their ace on the mound, will most likely serve as poignant motivation moving forward. It could be just the spark that they need to pull together and make another go of it next season.

In every year between the Giants’ three championships, they have missed the postseason, a remarkable fact that has served to perhaps make them even more hungry going into the following even year. This one will most likely sting more than the others, with the team being eliminated so late in the season and at the hands of the bitterly hated Dodgers. So, this may provide even more inspiration than other years, which bodes well looking to the future.

It was only last year that the Giants got to celebrate a Game seven victory in Kansas City, cementing them as a modern day dynasty and one with remarkable continuity among its core players. While this hasn’t been their year, next year very well might be.

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