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2012 SF Giants

Discussion in 'Team News' started by abolishthefed, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. abolishthefed

    abolishthefed Specializing in mediocrity

    Mar 27, 2010
    Starting Pitching
    Lincecum and Cain anchor this staff. They both go deep into ball games and they will have to be brilliant for the Giants to have a successful season. Bumgarner has crappy ratings on the game, but is pretty good in real life, so we'll see how he pans out. Zito is the 4th starter and we will continue to hope for a career ending injury that stops will make his contract go away. The 5th starter is a stiff named Yusmeiro Petit, who hasn't pitched in the majors since '09.

    Relief Pitching
    Closer Brian Wilson is the closer. Hopefully, his Taco Bell commercials haven't cut into his effectiveness. The rest of the pen is a bunch of 30+ year old stiffs.

    Catcher - Buster Posey tries to recover from his horrific injury last year. He will spend less time blocking the plate this year, as his bat is needed in the lineup.

    First Base - First base is held down by career journeyman Aubrey Huff. He doesn't do anything particularly well, but he may be able to catch lightning in a bottle. Huff is holding down the position until Brandon Belt is ready to be called up from AAA Fresno.

    Second Base - Emmanuel Burris and Ryan Theriot will hold down the position until Freddy Sanchez is back from the DL. None of these players is particularly strong in the field. Burris has the x-factor of blazing speed, while Sanchez is a solid hitter and is probably the best fielder of the 3.

    Shortstop - Brandon Crawford had a rough first year in the majors last year, batting only .204 for the season. However, he's outstanding in the field and has potential to be a great player. Plus, he comes to the Giants relatively cheap.

    Third Base - The Big Panda, Pablo Sandoval holds down third base. Sandoval had an OPS+ of 153 last year, before going down with an injury. He should put up huge numbers, if he is able to stay healthy.

    LF - Recently acquired journeyman Melky Cabrera holds down this position. Cabrera had an OPS+ of 120 last season playing for the Royals.

    CF - Angel Pagan was acquired from the NY Mets. Pagan has speed to burn, but is not an exceptional fielder or hitter.

    RF - Nate Schierholtz is great in the field and had an OPS+ of 112 last season. He should have a decent season, if he can stay healthy.

    Overall, quite a few good things need to happen for the Giants to contend, but the future is bright. The farm system is pretty stacked and the Giants will be looking to deal players, if they get off to a slow start.
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