The San Francisco Giants were defeated by a final score of 2-1 in a winner-take-all game five against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It had its controversies at the end but it was the two best teams in the league playing a win-or-go-home type game in the postseason and it was only separated by one run. Those are the kinds of classic games you dream of as a baseball fan. Former Chicago Cubs superstar Kris Bryant was heavily involved in this game and series.
Leading into the playoffs, Bryant’s numbers with the Giants were slightly below the pace of his numbers with the Cubs in 2021 but they were still really good. San Francisco needed his best and he gave it to them. They just came up one run short to a team that was as equal to them as possible.
In the DS, Bryant slashed .471/.500/.647 for an OPS of 1.147. Those are magnificent numbers for the former Cubs’ MVP. He also had one home run and two RBIs over the course of the five-game series. Nobody in San Francisco is mad that they made this trade because he lived up to it.
Bryant also made some history. He is the first player in MLB history to start the first four games of a playoff series at a different position. He played all three outfield positions and first base. It is honestly amazing how versatile he is when it comes to defensive baseball. It isn’t like he is better at one position over another, he is just great at all of them.
The Chicago Cubs lost a good one when they traded away Kris Bryant.
Unfortunately, Bryant’s season is now done and he is an unrestricted free agent. Obviously, there are fans that want him back on the Cubs but that just isn’t going to happen. He has a better chance of going to the Chicago White Sox because they are contenders who need a player like him.
It might, however, be in his best interest to stay with San Francisco. It looked like he was comfortable there and could play there for a long time. It is surely going to be interesting to see what he decides. There are going to be teams lining up to sign him because of how his regular season and postseason went.
Going into the season, we were unsure how he would play leading into his pending free agency. Well, we just saw how well it went. It is tough that his time with the Cubs has ended but he is thriving in other places.