Unsurprisingly, national media think SF won't win World Series


Unsurprisingly, national media think SF won't win World Series

The NL West Champion San Francisco Giants pose on the pitching mound after their game against the San Diego Padres on Oct. 3, 2021, at Oracle Park in San Francisco.

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Whether it was MLB's overly enthusiastic "First Place in the NL West" Dodgers graphic in September, or ESPN's pre-season projection of a 70-win San Francisco season, Giants fans have been trolling the national media at every turn of the team's 107-win season — the most in the 138-year history of the franchise.

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No one saw this season coming, certainly not the "baseball experts," who are now doubling down on their postseason predictions against a team that just rewrote the record books.

No one from The Athletic has the Giants winning it all.

No one from Sporting News has the Giants winning it all.

No one from FOX Sports has the Giants winning it all.

No one from Sports Illustrated even has the Giants making the World Series, let alone winning it.

none of us are picking the Giants to even reach the World Series. San Francisco has gotta be the most underestimated 107-win team in history. https://t.co/VI70v6RMmK

— Will Laws (@WillLaws) October 4, 2021

That's 22 national pundits — from Tom Verducci to Jayson Stark — who aren't picking the best team in baseball to win the title.

Of the 16 predictions logged by CBS and MLB.com, just four of them have the Giants parading down Market Street.

Ironically enough, the outlet that gave the Giants the worst projection for 2021 also gave them the most World Series nods: 5 of ESPN's 36 "MLB experts" picked the Giants to raise the Commissioner's Trophy. Although, to be fair, one of them was Giants play-by-play announcer Dave Flemming.

Not that it probably matters much to the Giants.

"We all knew what the projections were and what the industry thought of us as a club," Giants manager Gabe Kapler said in a speech to fans after S.F. won the National League West.

The Giants open postseason play Friday at Oracle Park at 6:37 p.m. against either the Los Angeles Dodgers or St. Louis Cardinals, who will face off in an NL Wild Card affair Wednesday at 5:10 p.m.