Entering play Monday, the Giants are sitting at 22-24 and just two games out of the final Wild Card spot in the National League.
The team is following up last year’s 81-81 season with another campaign of mediocrity in the standings, but the feeling is different around the team. Top prospects like infielder Casey Schmitt and catcher Patrick Bailey have been called up lately and injected life into the organization and given fans something to cheer about at Oracle Park.
On 95.7 The Game’s “The Morning Roast” Monday, hosts Joe Shasky and Bonta Hill described the sense of optimism brewing by McCovey Cove.
“I feel like the Giants are in this weird spot right now, Bonta, where I don’t even care if they make the playoffs are not,” Shasky said. “Of course, it’s all about competition and you wanna win the World Series and all that. I get all that. But where they are in their life cycle is so much different than the Warriors and Niners. The Warriors and Niners – you gotta win another one. You feel like the sand is coming out the hour glass. Whereas the Giants, it’s like all house money. I’ve seen all the youngsters. All I’ve wanted is a little taste of some of the youngsters, and I’m getting that little taste.”
While Schmitt has been a constant contributor since being called up, slashing .383/.383/.596 with two homers, nine RBIs and a 169 wRC+ in 12 games, Bailey mashed the first dinger of his career on Sunday.
“Patrick Bailey, I honestly think the bat is nowhere near where it needs to be,” Shasky said. “The fact that they’re playing him? And that all their guys in Triple-A and Double-A re starting to ball out simultaneously? Something about bringing Casey Schmitt up, it like breathed life into the organization. … Casey Schmitt – he looks like he’s a 10-year player. I dunno if he’s ever gonna be an All-Star, but in terms of glove and a little pizzazz when it comes to the plate – he’s got a penchant for flair.”