San Francisco Giants State Of The Union For 2016
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The only real need to upgrade could be at the Outfield level, with either a CF/LF. Angel Pagan is also in the last year of his deal, so maybe signing a guy to man the position beyond this coming year would be an option.
You can say what you want about Cueto’s time in Kansas City not being as effective., but he has played most of his career in Cincinnati – and pitched extremely well at Great American Ball Park.
Funny enough his best years have also come in even years with finishing 4th in NL Cy Young Voting in 2012, and 2nd in 2014, when he led the NL in Innings Pitched with 249.2 – and Strikeouts with 241 for the Reds.
Samardzija still has great stuff, and as a #3 Starter, you could see him bouncing back with a nice year in San Francisco.
That leaves Cueto and Samardzija with distinct advantages over the clubs #2 and #3 Pitchers. This should mean a great record within the Division.
Speaking of the NL West, I believe the top 3 clubs will absolutely speedbag the Rockies and Padres all year long. Those clubs will probably trade away any Veteran or anyone not nailed down, and approach the 100 loss barrier each.
The Giants also have the best lineup 1 – 8 out of those 3 top clubs.
There may not be a guy who hits 30+ HRs, or drives in 100 runs, but Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Joe Panik. Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt and Angel Pagan all bring decent numbers to the party, with Matt Duffy also giving the club a decent season – taking over for the departed Pablo Sandoval.
San Francisco finished 1st in NL Batting Average and On Base Percentage in 2015, and was 4th in Slugging as well. This is an extremely well balanced offense and a Veteran laden pitching staff that will secure wins.
Joe Panik and Matt Duffy have really stabilized the Infield in the last few years with youth after Marco Scutaro couldn’t keep healthy after his 2012 Post season run, and Sandoval having left after the 2014 Championship.
If you buy the theory that San Francisco will move Posey to First Base within a few years, than that would make Duffy, Crawford, Panik and Posey all being under team control until at least the 2021 season’s end.
Here is a major thought. If Baltimore is out of contention to trade for Matt Wieters. Between he and Posey they could manage at First Base and Backstopper, and this would free up Brandon Belt for LF duties.
The only lineup that may present a weakness is when Posey plays First Base and kicks Brandon Belt to LF, and then Andrew Susac or another backup Catcher has to hit.
Angel Pagan has been a quality Centerfielder for the Giants during his tenure with them but one has to wonder if he has really begun to hit a wall at 34 years old? He has missed 186 contests over the last 3 years.
Baseball Reference projects him to have just a .684 OPS in the coming year. This can be withstood if the rest of the club remains healthy.
The team may be tempted to bring in another Outfielder that could play all 3 positions beyond the grass. I present Austin Jackson and Will Venable as viable candidates to bring in as Free Agents. Although they may be better off to do a midseason deal.
Perhaps a Jon Jay, Josh Reddick or Carlos Gomez might be available half way through the season to fill the role. Sabean how shown a pedigree for making a nice deal near the Deadline whenever the club has been in contention over the last several years.
Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy know how to manipulate the rosters. This team may continue to add a little bit here or there as the year wanes on.
The top 5 Bullpen guys all had ERA’s under 3 (Santiago Casilla, Sergio Romo, Hunter Strickland, George Kontos and Javier Lopez. The rest of the Relief Core has left the nest. Guys like Jean Machi, Yusmeiro Petit and Jeremy Affeldt are no longer part of the Bullpen.
Josh Osich also looked great in his 35 games for the club out of his 28.2 IP.
If fully healthy, the club could use Heston as the swingman, this team really just became stronger.
If Sabean were to add another Reliever to the mix, why not at least try to re-sign Lincecum for the role? He was a major part of the 2012 Giants World Series run with his work from the Bullpen.
In fact, he only has given up 1 ER in 11.2 Innings for his post season career as a Reliever. It takes two sides to negotiate this one though. Lincecum may still feel he can Start in the Majors.
Cueto should see his arsenal of pitches work out well in San Francisco. It was still a big risk to ink the guy to a 6 years contract. There is no doubt he will help the Giants out.
These 3 guys should really take the pressure off what is already a great Bullpen. Even with the Dodgers signing Scott Kazmir, they have way too many injury prone pitchers, and with 5 Lefties in the rotation seems kind of weird.
Oddsmakers will still have the Giants favored to win the Division today. They should eclipse the 90 win mark and should have a chance to keep their even year magic going for one more playoff run next campaign.
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