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Last year the Giants predictably fell back to earth after their rather improbable run to the 2010 National League Pennant. They doubled down on some flukey years from Cody Ross and Aubrey Huff and brought in the Methuselah-like Miguel Tejeda and pretended that everything would be okay. It was not okay, particularly after Scott Cousins killed poor Buster Posey in a collision at the plate on May 26th. Posey missed the rest of the season and is only now doing important baseball activities like running. In addition manager Bruce Bochy, no doubt with the blessing of GM Brian Sabean, jerked around rookie 1B Brandon Belt all year, never giving him a real shot despite Aubrey Huff showing up to camp in poor shape and, for the most part, playing like ******* in 2011. Eventually they did give up on Tejeda and the corpse of Aaron Rowand but they didn’t really have the players to replace them, and even a midseason trade for Carlos Beltran that I liked wasn’t enough to make them anything like respectable swinging the bats.
Sabean looked at this failure, and, like all great men, he learned from it. He wasn’t going into 2012 with another strong pitching staff doomed to fail because of an anemic offense. He was going to go out and get some help. With the mission clear Sabean fired up the ol’ cell phone and he worked those phones. Was this a difficult process for him because other GM’s don’t appreciate how hard he is to get a hold of? Who can say? What can be said is that the Giants will head into 2012 fortified… by Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera. That sound you just heard was Lincecum inhaling. Pagan had a breakout 2010 (5.5 fWAR) before regressing last year. Melky Cabrera did his own breaking out with the Royals in 2011, so his regression is scheduled for right about now. Both have the potential to do good things (and both figure to be better than Andres Torres, Cody Ross, Rowand, Huff, and the other dregs they sent out to center and left last season) but this isn’t what Giants fans were hoping for. Optimists (re: homers) will point out that the Giants will of course get Buster Posey back (to the chagrin of Eli Whiteside enthusiasts) and that’s “like signing a free agent” (it is not at all like that, ever). In addition Freddy Sanchez is hoping to actually play baseball this year, though news out of Giants camp isn’t encouraging. Sanchez is now 34, coming off two injury plagued years, and was never all that great to begin with, but hey. Finally Brandon Belt might get his opportunity this time. Right now he is ticketed to Fresno or the bench, but people can still say things. There just isn’t a lot of reason to believe this year won’t be a rehash of the 2011, and one has to wonder just why that is.
The answer appears to be that Sabean was saving his pennies for the pricey contract extensions it will presumably take to keep staff aces Tim Lincecum (can walk in 2013) and Matt Cain (this could be his last season by the bay). To make matters more sad emoticon face-like talks between Sabean and Cain’s agent are reportedly not going anywhere meaning that Cain is likely to at least test a market that will likely want to pay him oodles of money for his services. Lincecum has already made vague sounds about his own foray into free agency after signing a contract that bought out his last two arbitration years this offseason, meaning this may have been the last year those two share a rotation. If so Sabean’s decision not to bring in real help will be questioned a lot by the type of people who call talk radio stations. For this year at least the Giants rotation will be beastly, as Madison Bumgarner went and quieted the doubters with a fantastic 2011. He was actually more valuable than either Cain or Lincecum according to fangraphs last year. Ryan Vogelsong’s 2011 was a much bigger surprise, one we shouldn’t expect to continue in 2012. Still at least he wasn’t Barry Zito. Yes, Barry Zito is still here.
Maybe if you squint real hard you can see 3B Pablo Sandoval continue to silence the doubters, you can see SS Brandon Crawford become something other than an offensive black hole, you can see Brian Wilson return to form, in short you can see the Giants sneak into the playoffs and get by on some small sample size fluke offensive performances and dominant pitching to make the World Series. It has happened before. That’s not the kind of thing you want to bet on though, unless you’re Brian Sabean.
Final 2012 Record: 85-77
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Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that manager Bruce Bochy says it’s possible that Freddy Sanchez might not be ready for the San Francisco Giants Opener on April 6. “We’re down to two weeks, and he hasn’t gotten out there yet. We’re still optimistic that we’ll get him out there, but each day that goes by the possibility grows a little bit that he’s...
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle says outfielder Gregor Blanco is as close to a stone-cold lock as any non-roster invitee could be.
“He’s done all he can do to make this club,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “He’s played great. We can’t say anything definite on what’s going to happen. I will say he’s played as good as anyone this spring.”
Blanco has used...
Hey everyone, I’ve been gone for the past few days, anything been going on? Since I assume this site has been getting little-to-no attention the past couple days, I thought it was time for a post!
I don’t want to lose your love, but let’s talk about the outfield.
The Giants outfield has been in a constant state of flux for the better (worse) part of the past decade. Not since 2008...
There’s practically no starting jobs up for grabs this year, other than injury issues like Freddy Sanchez and Ryan Vogelsong. But that leaves a lot of room on the benches.
This year’s battles are a bit more intense than bench contests should be. And it’s all because of emotion.
• Catcher – Obviously, whoever gets this job is all about the guy who backs up the star...
In 2011, Giants fans saw Sergio Romo put up one of the most impressive relief efforts in recent memory. In 2011, the 28th round draft pick pitched in 65 games, allowing just eight earned runs and 34 baserunners in 48 innings. He finished the year with 1.50 ERA and 0.708 WHIP, and even pitched a reliever’s perfect game: between July 6 and August 6, Romo pitched ten perfect innings...
One of the things that has made Brandon Belt a special prospect compared to others that the Giants have had come through their system is that he has excellent plate discipline. Over his minor league career he has consistently posted walk rates north of 15 percent and over his multiple stints in the Majors last year posted a walk rate above 9 percent.
The Giants coaching...
Author: Andrew SwansonThe magical start to Buster Posey’s MLB career came to a screeching halt on May 25, 2011 after a home plate collision with Florida Marlin outfielder Scott Cousins. Posey suffered torn ligaments and a broken left fibula in the gruesome injury and missed the rest of the 2011 season.After eight months of intense rehab, Posey has returned to the field and is primed...
After a day off, the San Francisco Giants (11-5-3) are back in action today and they’ll visit the Arizona Diamondbacks (7-11) at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for their 20th exhibition game of the spring. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT).
Left-hander Barry Zito (2-0, 4.00) goes up against righty Trevor Bauer (1-0, 2.57).
Zito will make his fourth start of the spring...
The final player picks to make the San Francisco Giants' roster out of Spring Training just shifted into sharper focus. Jayson Stark of ESPN, via MLB Trade Rumors, reported that the San Francisco Giants are openly shopping infielders Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot to potential buyers. Theriot was signed for $1.32m in the off-season and Fontenot was extended to the tune of...
I honestly don’t know what to say about Gregor Blanco. Out of nowhere, literally. And at the moment, he’s playing Angel Pagan right out of the starting center field job.
And, honestly, I could not find it listed ANYWHERE who the Kansas City Royals named as the player they got back from the Washington Nationals. Not even in the team transaction lists on MLB.com. Even...
If there is one thing I learned from spending the week talking to media members at Spring Training, it’s that Buster Posey hates answering questions about his ankle.
He shut us up a little bit by getting his first hit of the spring, an opposite-field home run off Tony Sipp in last Wednesday’s exhibition game against the Indians. Still, this type of injury and required rehab...
The Giants got a great start from lefty Eric Surkamp and a majestic three-run blast from Brett Pill to beat the tribe. Final Score: Giants 5, Indians 3.
Beer is baseball. Baseball is beer. A frosty mug, a salty treat, and a ballgame is as American as the resulting obesity. So with real baseball fast approaching, GiantsPod has some fridge-stocking suggestions for the upcoming season.
No game is created equal. AL games run longer, NL games get a little wonky in the late innings with double switches. Getaway day games happen early,...
The San Francisco Giants (11-6-3) take on the Cleveland Indians (5-10) this afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark. LHP Eric Surkamp (2-1, 4.76) will make his third spring start (and fifth appearance overall). RHP Kevin Slowey (0-2, 5.63) is on the hill for the Tribe.
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Gerardo Parra hit a two-run homer off Barry Zito and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Tuesday.
Zito threw 83 pitches in five innings, his longest outing of the spring. He allowed three runs and seven hits while walking four and striking out three.
Three of Arizona's top prospects figured prominently in the game.
Trevor Bauer, drafted No. 3 overall...