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The Giants announced their Opening Day roster today and, lo and behold, Brandon Belt has made it. That’s not entirely surprising, based on all the signs that had pointed to it, but it’s very exciting. I suppose it remains to be seen how much playing time he’ll actually receive, but it definitely looks like he’ll be getting a full season’s worth of plate appearances — which would be fantastic.
In other news, the Giants aren’t carrying three catchers, as predicted. That’s also good news, as three catchers — even considering Posey’s condition — is excessive. Instead of Chris Stewart taking on the backup catcher role, it will be Hector Sanchez — who turned 22 in November. I was hoping Sanchez would get some more time down in Fresno, where he posted a .655 OPS last season. He hit very well this offseason — both in spring and winter — but I’m still not convinced he’s entirely ready. My main concern, however, stemmed from the belief that he’d be used sparingly, as a late-inning p
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The San Francisco Giants made a bunch of decisions today regarding who will and won’t play on their professional baseball team. The roster moves that are especially interesting regard the Giants’ lineup.
Summary of lineup-related roster news:
Hector Sanchez made the opening day roster over Eli Whiteside and will backup Buster Posey at catcher, which should give Sanchez enough...
The San Francisco Giants have finally committed to Brandon Belt. Now the team has to figure out how to best use him.
After finishing 29th in runs last season, the Giants were in desperate need of some offense. While Belt’s transition to the majors last year wasn’t all that impressive, his .343/.457/.596 line in the minor leagues proved that he’s more than capable of being...
Brian Wilson had a quick 1,2,3 save last night and in the process got three strike outs but even though the results were nice there is still a nagging concern about the Giants closer, where is his mid 90's fastball?
Here is his velocity chart from fangraphs with his last nights outing plotted down at the end with the orange dot:
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It’s been a long offseason, but the 2012 regular season is finally about to begin. The Giants will play their opener on the road, against Arizona; as of now, Tim Lincecum is set to start against Ian Kennedy. The Opening Day roster decisions will be announced tomorrow, prior to the team’s exhibition game against Oakland. Here’s my stab at what it’ll look like:
ESPN just finished up ranking the top 500 players in Major League Baseball. Here is a look at how the Giants and the rest of the NL West fared.
The Giants had 14 players in the top 500 which ranked last in the NL West but of the top 10 players had the highest average ranking of their top 10 players. In addition they had the most player in the top 50 and top 100.
I have to say that for all the complaints we Giants fans may have from time to time, I cannot say that management is incompetent. Cheap? Sometimes. Gunshy of big free agents? Yes. But inept? Absolutely not. With the group that reported to Scottsdale this spring, I really believe the best 24 came back to The City with the team."But Dodgerhater, isn't it a 25 man roster, not...
Because the Arizona Diamondbacks won the NL West in 2011, the road to the division crown in 2012 technically runs through them. But "technically" is about all the Giants, the D-backs' opponent on Opening Day, will concede.
As they await their season opener Friday at Chase Field, the Giants acknowledge the D-backs' place as NL West favorites by default, but they...
In 183 at-bats with the Giants last season, the 29-year-old (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stewach01.shtml) hit .204/.283/.309 with 3 HR and 10 RBI. He also threw out 39% of runners trying to steal. Cervelli threw out just 14% in each of the last two years.
Matt Cain's job stability is now in excellent shape for years to come. On Tuesday night, he pitched with a clear mind.
Cain struck out six in five innings to cap an unbeaten spring, delivering in a 3-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics a day after the two-time All-Star agreed to a $127.5 million, six-year contract that is the richest in baseball history for a right-hander....
Dave Cameron laid out the methodology behind the rankings. Remember that the grading scale for each category is 20-80, with 50 representing league average.
2012 Organizational Rankings
#30 – Baltimore
#29 – Houston
#28 – Oakland
#27 – Pittsburgh
#26 – San Diego
#25 – Minnesota
#24 – Chicago AL
#23 – Seattle
#22 – Kansas City
#21 – Cleveland
#20 – New York...
Two monster MLB contract extensions have been signed in the last 48 hours with key franchise players remaining put. First was Matt Cain reupping with the Giants on a 6 year $27 million contract & ...
That sound you hear is my heart going a pitter patter for Brandon Belt. That sound you might also hear is Bruce Springsteen on my iTunes. He’s singing the September 11th Telethon version of My City Of Ruins. It gives me chills eleven years later. Now to completely sully that beautiful image, I keep hearing, “Now the sweet veils of fantasy… Drift through the evening news…...
It’s about damn time. Why do the Giants have to wait so long to get their opening day? This just means the Giants can’t go wire-to-wire now.
I’m ready. Are you?
Fear the beard!
Not sure why Virgin Airlines would want you to fear traveling on its airplane, but apparently Giants’ closer Brian Wilson was the inspiration for Virgin to paint one of its planes in honor of Wilson and the Giants.