Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The San Francisco Giants Open the 2013 Season!

Matt Cain, R  
Ace of the staff earns the Opening Day start
Madison Bumgarner, L 
At 23, already one of game's top lefthanders
Tim Lincecum, R  
Will balance of his career go as this season goes?
Ryan Vogelsong, R    
He's 35, and Giants hope he's got another winning campaign left
Barry Zito, L  
The final season of that legendary seven-year contract  
Sergio Romo, R    
Takes over the closer role he earned late last year
Javier Lopez, L            
One of the most effective lefty relievers in baseball
Jeremy Affeldt, L  
Several of these guys comprise Giants' not-so-secret weapon
Santiago Casilla, R  
Could inherit setup role-- if Bochy decides to fill it  
Jose Mijares, L            
Nobody really needs a third southpaw in the 'pen
George Kontos, R  
Few noticed, but his post-season numbers were good
Chad Gaudin, R  
SF tradition of NRIs making the squad continues here

Buster Posey, c            
From team MVP to league MVP to 8 years and $167 million
Pablo Sandoval, 3b  
Now 27, has been with organization for ten years aready  
Angel Pagan, cf      
Let's all hope new-found leadoff skills carry over from 2012
Brandon Belt, 1b  
Looks to have answered all questions and settled in  
Marco Scutaro, 2b  
Postseason hero takes the 'Freddy Sanchez' role 
Brandon Crawford, ss 
Developing into one of NL's top defensive players
Hunter Pence, rf  
Sixth spot the best spot for dedicated free-swinger 
Gregor Blanco, of  
Will open season in left against right-handers
Andres Torres, of  
Welcome back-- for now, he starts in left against lefties 
Joaquin Arias, if  
Showed his versatility and value in last year's NLCS
Nick Noonan, if  
Finally makes big-league roster and hey, he's still only 23 
Hector Sanchez, c  
Expect more playing time as there's no backup first baseman   
Guillermo Quiroz, c    
At 31, has 257 major-league at-bats to his name, all in AL

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