After contentious discussions, the MLB lockout is over and teams have begun their spring training schedules. Opening Day has been pushed to April 14, which gives teams some extra time to finalize their rosters and rotations. In this series, TGH will be summarizing each team’s 2021 season and predicting their Opening Day pitching rotation. Here is the projected San Francisco Giants pitching rotation for 2022.
The Giants finished the 2021 season one game ahead of the Dodgers in the NL West, earning an automatic bid to the NLDS. They would go on to lose that series in five games. Their 107 wins set a record for the franchise’s best in a season.
San Francisco’s pitchers were some of the MLB’s best, as they led the National League in fewest home runs given up, fewest walks and fewest hit batsmen. Their offense was no slouch, either, earning second place in the NL in runs, RBI, walks and batting average.
A surprise team last year that fell short to a rival will surely be looking to repeat that success. Here is a look at a potential pitching rotation for the 2022 Giants.
1. Logan Webb
2021 was Webb’s third season of MLB service. He pitched just under 150 innings, and had an ERA of 3.03. He also started 26 games, and appeared in 27. His win-loss record stood at an impressive 11-3, partially due to the Giants’ potent offense.
2. Carlos Rodon
Last year, his last as a member of the White Sox, Rodon earned an All Star selection and finished fifth in Cy Young Award voting. In 132 innings, he had an ERA of just 2.37. He also went 13-5 in 26 starts. These were by far the best season of his career, earning him a spot in the Giants’ rotation right away.
3. Anthony DeSclafani
DeSclafani was a Cincinnati Red for five seasons before joining the Giants last year. He spent most of his Reds career walking the line between a relief pitcher and a starter. The Giants put him squarely in a starting role, as he pitched 167 innings, starting 31 games. His ERA was just 3.17.
4. Alex Wood
San Francisco poached Alex Wood from their NL West rivals, the Dodgers, in 2021. He had been in Los Angeles for five seasons, winning the World Series with the team in 2020. Wood managed to go 10-4 in 26 starts, posting a respectable ERA of 3.84.
5. Alex Cobb
Cobb saw the least work out of any pitcher listed here, at under 100 innings. He did start 18 games, though, winning eight of those games. His 3.76 ERA may have been skewed by lower numbers, but are enough to earn him a spot in the rotation in 2022.
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