Coming into the 2021 MLB season, most of the talk about the National League West hinged around the Los Angeles Dodgers- the perennial champions of the division and defending World Series champs- and the San Diego Padres- their free-spending challengers. Not as many were paying attention to the San Francisco Giants, but perhaps they should be looked at with a little more respect after their start to the season. Following a 10-7 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday evening, they sit at 11-6 thus far.
Not such a bad start, is it? Much of the team’s early success has come via the long ball, and that persisted on this particular evening. They’ve hit 25 home runs in 17 outings, and they got five of them in this one. Buster Posey, their veteran catcher, hit two of them for his first multi-homer display in almost half a decade. His first came in the fifth and was a solo shot to cut the lead to 4-1 and his second reduced their deficit to 6-4 in the top of the sixth. Alex Dickerson hit a three-run shot in the eighth to give them their first lead at 7-6 and that was swiftly followed up by Wilmer Flores hitting his own three-run bomb to put them up 10-6 and put them on course for the victory. It might be early days, but maybe the NL West isn’t the two-horse race it appeared to be.