July 25, 2021

San Francisco Giants fall to Bryan Reynolds and Pirates in hypothetical game (McCovey Chronicles)


With the MLB season suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, there are no baseball games and limited baseball news. So I’m creating a hypothetical season — complete with news and recaps — until baseball resumes. All news and recaps will have the hypothetical tag, so you can at least know when you’re suspending reality. And you can click “hypothetical season” above the headline to see everything that has happened in this “season.”


In 2018 the San Francisco Giants — who were coming off a 64-win season — somehow thought they could win with just a few more pieces. So they swung a trade for a one-year rental: former MVP Andrew McCutchen.

In exchange for McCutchen, the Giants sent the Pittsburgh Pirates $500,000 in international slot money, and two prospects: Bryan Reynolds and Kyle Crick.

It didn’t take long for the trade to look bad. Not only did the Giants predictably struggle in 2018, but Reynolds debuted in 2019. His .880 OPS and 4.1 rWAR both would have led the 2019 Giants, and he finished fourth in Rookie of the Year voting while establishing himself as an everyday player (at a position the Giants have hilariously struggled at in recent years).

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