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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 of Buster Posey, whose recovery from injury isn’t completely convincing yet. In addition, you’ve got Eli Whiteside as one of the two, a somewhat popular guy for being the backup from the World Series run (that’ll be a running theme). There was some early drama that the Royals might be interested in either Whiteside or Stewart after they lost their starting catcher Salvy Perez to injury for half the season. However, the Royals made a trade on Tuesday to fix that hole.
• Middle Infield – Mike Fontenot was one of those World Series clutch run guys. Ryan Theriot is his longtime teammate/foil. How many silent ‘T’s are there in baseball? Then there’s Emmanuel Burriss, the guy who was drafted just a couple of dozen picks after Tim Lincecum. And Burriss is the one who’s playing the best.
• First Base/Outfield – Why are these two connected? Because there’s no where else to put the non-first basemen. Sure, the Giants claim that they are fine with Melky in left, Angel in center and Nate in right. But lately, Hank Schulman has been picking on Nate’s ticky-tacky injuries like a wife of 20 years on an imperfect husband. Would the Giants sit their defensive specialist just to allow Aubrey Huff or Brandon Belt or Brett Pill to play out there in left? Sure they would. And it’ll be a train wreck. The Giants need to figure out first base, for good. That won’t happen for months, at least.
And again, these are all pretty much backups. But these backups, possible platoons and more will probably play a big part in the Giants’ fortunes. Too many players got injured last year, and are going into this season imperfect. And at least one of these guys, and probably two, may be regular starters by the end of the season.
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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...
Matt Cain will be a free agent at the end of this season. He’s been in serious negotiations with the Giants for months on a new contract. He’s set an Opening Day deadline for those negotiations. Here’s why Cain and the Giants need to get a deal done now.
Cain debuted with the Giants late in 2005 but pitched his first full season the following year. By 2007, he was pitching...
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...
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...
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...
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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...
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 (12-6-3) head over to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick tonight to take on a Colorado Rockies (9-8) split squad. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. (PT).
RHP Tim Lincecum (2-0, 4.50) will make his fifth spring start. LHP Jamie Moyer (1-0, 1.80) is on the hill for the Rox.
Fifteen days ago, these same two teams—and same two pitchers—squared off at Scottsdale...
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.
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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A year removed from a World Series Championship, the Giants (86-76) fielded a team with plenty of arms, but still suffered from having no offense. In fact, they were the lowest scoring team in the NL. However, when a team has the likes of Tom Lincecum (13-14, 2.74), Matt Cain (12-11, 2.88 ERA), Madison Bumgarner
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...