Part one of our post-2018 autopsy of the Giants will involve an overly simplistic view of the offense. We all know the lineup lacked punch, but when you compare it to the playoff teams, using two simple measures, things look even more bleak.
Consider: Team Leaders in Home Runs, and
Number of Players Equaling Giants’ Team Leader in Home Runs.
Here we go:
Giants Team Leader in HRs: Evan Longoria, 16
- Red Sox: JD Martinez, 43; # of players with 16+ HRS=5
- Indians: Jose Ramirez, 39; # of players w/ 16+=7
- Astros: Alex Bregman, 31; # w/ 16+=5
- Yankees: Giancarlo Stanton, 38: # w/ 16+=7 (Yanks had 6 different guys hit at least 24+!!!)
- A’s: Khris Davis, 48; # w/ 16+=5
- Braves: Ronald Acuna, 26; # w/ 16+=4
- Cubs: Javy Baez, 34; # w/ 16+=3
- Rockies: Nolan Arenado, 38; # w/ 16+=6
- Dodgers: Max Muncy 35; # w/ 16+=8 (This actually jumps to an astonishing 10, if you consider that Manny Machado and Brian Dozier both hit more than 16 when you take into account their pre-trade numbers)
- Brewers: Christian Yelich, 36; # w/ 16+=5
Again, this is a very simplistic model, and we all know the Giants need to hit more home runs, but this is a startling view of reality. Not only do the Giants not have anywhere near the top end power that most good teams have (remember no Giant has hit 30+ home runs since Barry Bonds), but they also lack the depth (the Cubs, the closest team to the Giants in this measure, had a guy named Kris Bryant only hit 15 home runs in a season shortened by injury…he’s capable of 40+ any normal year).
Part of what is worrisome about the Giants entering 2019 is not that they lack top-end power and can go get it in the form of Bryce Harper, nice though that may be, they simply don’t have the depth of power to compare to other good teams. In other words, they could use a power upgrade at nearly every position on the field, and that’s probably not going to change dramatically any time soon.