Hello and happy Friday. This Friday is brought to your courtesy of SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in San Francisco Giants fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. It’s fun, and comes with an automatic one-month free trial to MCC Premium.
The San Francisco Giants are playing good baseball. You don’t need me to tell you that.
Last night’s win over the Chicago Cubs was one of the team’s best all year. Not because of the cool stuff in it — and there was some cool stuff in it — but because the thing that the Cubs had done immediately before facing the Giants was sweep the Padres, which allowed the Giants to regain first place in the NL West.
Watching a team help you out in a big way, and then thanking them by mashing dingers in their face and poking them in the eye? Hell yeah. Emphatically here for that. We’re bringing that energy this summer.
Anyway, we’re past the two-month mark of the season and the Giants are leading a division that had the two preseason favorites in it. That’s reason for confidence, and according to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 93% of Giants fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s up from 87% last week, and the highest mark of the entire season.
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Old, random MCC article for you to read
Wait a minute, the Giants are ... fun? (July 4, 2019 — Brady Klopfer)
- Podcast: Roger Munter talks Giants prospects with Fangraphs’ Eric Longenhagen (There R Giants)
- Grant Brisbee on how you can tell the story of the season by looking at the homers the Giants have hit at home and on the road (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Susan Slusser on Kevin Gausman’s strong All-Star case (SF Chronicle)
- Mark W. Sanchez on how Steven Duggar recovered from an awful season in 2020 (KNBR)
- Alex Pavlovic on how former Giant Matt Duffy is having a strong comeback year with the Cubs (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Devan Fink looks at home run rates across ballparks (Fangraphs)
What time do the Giants play today?
The Giants play the Cubs tonight at 6:45 p.m. PT.
Have a wonderful Friday, friends.