Mike Yastrzemski knows Giants can carry 2020 success into full season

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Yaz knows Giants can carry 2020 success into full season originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Gabe Kapler said the way his first season as Giants manager ended left him feeling pretty bitter, even after a bit of time went by.

The Giants finished third in the NL West with a 29-31 record, and they could finish in a similar spot in 2021. Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski has a positive outlook for the team.

“I just want to start moving forward as an organization,” Yastrzemski said on KNBR’s "The Hot Stove Show" on Wednesday. “I think we showed what we’re capable of this year and I think we’re definitely capable of playing to that ability for 162 games.

With the possibility of both the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks taking another step back, that could open up the chance for the Giants to make things interesting.

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Relax -- relax -- I’m not saying they’re going to stomp all over the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers, or toss aside the hot San Diego Padres, but they could be that team to, essentially, throw a wrench in the NL West plans.

“And I would just love to, team-wise, make the playoffs and really make a run and keep playing meaningful games and bring some hope to San Francisco on the baseball side because they deserve it,” Yastrzemski added. 

The Giants ended their 2020 run losing three in a row to the Padres. A devastating ending while the team stood on the precipice of the playoffs. 

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They re-signed pitcher Kevin Gausman (3.62 ERA in 2020) this offseason, bringing back an essential piece to build around in the starting rotation

It’s possible the Giants were one of the teams who took advantage of the 60-game, compacted season in 2020, but it does show the team is going in a positive direction.