Those of us who have sat through the long winter months trying to keep busy with Basketball, Football, Hockey, Soccer, Winter Olympics and whatever else you can to fill the void of the empty days of 9 inning games … We no longer need to wait. It’s like the night before Christmas, except we get to cheer, scream, and go with the roller coaster of the baseball season. It’s the day before OPENING DAY! I don’t know about you all, but I will definitely be bringing out all the baseball shirts, getting my orange and black together, because tomorrow is OPENING DAY! I mean, can you not understand how exciting this is??!!! OPENING DAY. Yes… OPENING DAY has finally arrived.
So during the dark days of no baseball, there was a lot going on. So here are some of the highlights so you know the new faces on the team:
Pitcher- #70 Julian Fernandez
Pitcher – #45 Derek Holland
Pitcher – #56 Tony Watson
Infield – #10 Evan Longoria
Center Field – #16 Austin Jackson
Center Field – #22 Andrew McCutchen
Our first podcast and we talk Tim Lincecum and what’s going on with Timmy. Does he have any shot at returning to the Giants or who else is interested?
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San Francisco Giants Pitching Rotation Preview
It’s March 1st and the first spring training games are about to begin this week and so the possibilities of what the starting pitching line-up might look like. The signing of free-agents Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija into the pitching rotation make for a strong 5 man rotation.
- Madison Bumgarner – Well we all know that Mad Bum is the hero of the bull pen and has helped the team through some amazing game wins!
- Johnny Cueto – If Cueto’s arm stays strong then the team has “..one of the most deadly one-two punches…”
- Jeff Samardizija – he is due to have a great season after last year in the American League, but now that he’s returned to the National League where he saw his best pitching statistics, the Giants will be in good shape having Samardizija as Number 3.
- Jake Peavy– A veteran with already pitching 14 MLB seasons, but he is a strong 4th place pitcher.
- Matt Cain– Cain would have been the number 5 spot, but due to being out with injury, Chris Heston makes the most sense and he’s shown he can step in and pitch a good game.
2016 ZIPS Projections
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Online Sports Book Bovada has their futures bets odds for the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants. Well we do not endorse gambling it’s interesting to look at the Spring Training odds for the local teams. As you can imagine expectations are high for the Giants and not so high for the A’s.
- Giants +800
- Athletics +7500
+800 means bet $100, to win $800, while +7500 reflects winning a whooping $7500 if you bet $100. There is only one team laying worse odds than the Giants because of high expectations to win the World Series, the Chicago Cubs who are +400. Conversely only the Padres and Rockies come in at +10000 and +15000, longer odds than the Oakland A’s.
In summary, High expectation for the Giants, low expectations for the A’s. Not a big surprise.
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Today is the day… FAN FEST. To me it’s like baseball season has officially started. And it being Valentine’s Day… for us that are in LOVE with the Giants, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a day.
So here is a quick run down if you plan on trekking out to the field today.
Fan fest is from 10am to 3pm
The field will be open to walk on, play catch or to just get a view of what the players have. There will be current players and coaches talking about the 2016 season and there will to ask you San Francisco Giants some questions of your own!
And if you haven’t gotten a chance to get your picture taken with the world series trophies, here is you opportunity. They will be on display for your viewing and picture pleasure.
Welcome to the 2016 season!
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Baseball isn’t all about the players and the current roster. Baseball brings about a sense of belonging, being among other people who love the sport and also about the legacy and the great players of the past.
So in August, AT&T Park will unveil a new stature that will stand at the corner of Second St. and King St of Gaylord Perry. As a Giants Pitcher, Perry stared 283 games,, of which he completed 125 of them. Also in 1968 he pitched a no-hitter against the Cardinals.
Perry was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.
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The Giants rung up the cash register for $326 million in the off-season on four players to boost their even year resurgence bid. The team brought in 3 outsiders and locked in a familiar fan favorite in Brandon Crawford.
Here is a breakdown, along with their 2016 ZIPS Projection:
- Jeff Samardzija (Pitcher) 5 year, $90 million contract
- Projection: 196 IP 44 BB 180K 3.31 ERA
- Johnny Cueto (Pitcher) 6 years, $130 million contract
- Projection: 207 IP 50 BB 178K 2.87 ERA
- Brandon Crawford (Infielder) 6 years, $75 million contract
- Projection: 249 AVG/314 SLG/408 OBP 722 OPS
- Denard Span (Outfielder) 3 years, $31 million contract
- Projection: 280 AVG/333 SLG/387 OBP 720 OPS
2015 was a trying season for the Giants but with the team’s recent success fans can’t be too disappointed. Cueto and Samardzija should help boost a starting staff that was plagued by injury in 2015. The 2016 Giants look to be formable with these additions. How do you think 2016 will shake out?generic cialis description
On February 17th, Pitchers and Catchers will report to Scottsdale, Arizona. They will also be sporting a new style in there uniforms. Majestic Athletics new Flex Base technology has designed a new light weight hat and uniform material that the rest of the MLB League has been using. This year the Giants will be sporting the new material in their jerseys and for the first time will have their first spring training specific uniforms using this new lightweight material #FlexBasecialis online new zealand
We learned this week that the Giants signed Denard Span. Bochy hinted that he will play Center Field.
As we go into the 2016 season, Angel Pagan is entering his last year of his 4-year contract with the Giants. Pagan was placed on DL for most of the month of August with right patella tendinitis. In October Pagan had a procedure on his right knee.
Spring Training will determine where Pagan is physically and where he will be placed for the 2016 season; a season that is important contract wise for him.
Let’s not forget what Pagan did in 2012. He hit .288, had 8 homeruns and 56 RBI’s, stole 29 bases and had a league-leading 15 triples. So will a healthy Pagan, will we see some of those numbers again?
Fangraphs Steamer Projection for 2016:
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The Giants have inked a 3 year-deal with Denard Span. Span had a 301/365/431, BA/OBP/SLG, slash line in 275 plate appearances in 2015. He is a career 287/352/395 guy, who has been above average defensively. Span hasn’t been as good defensively his last 2 years but projects to be 2 wins above replacement level and close to an average fielder according to Fangraphs.
Update: Span will get $10.33 million per season and a $31 million guaranteed according to Andrew Baggarly. Baggarly also shared a quote from Bruce Bochy saying, “I like it. Always liked Denard.”
Span hit well last year but also had labrum surgery on his left hip September 1st. The hip problem limited him to 61 games in 2015. This was Span’s 3rd operation in 10 month’s time with the other two being core-muscle surgeries. He posted the following video on Twitter recently to prove his health.
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