Monday, April 6, 2015

The San Francisco Giants Open the 2015 Season!

Madison Bumgarner, L
"Mr October" is only 25, and who says he won't get even better?
Matt Cain, R
No question Giants' chances depend on his regaining top form
Tim Lincecum, R
Tore down and rebuilt himself over the winter; now it's showtime
Tim Hudson, R
Finished spring with encouraging start against his old team
Jake Peavy, R
Has been lit up throughout the spring and may be on short leash
Ryan Vogelsong, R 
Can't argue with team's 7-0 record in his postseason starts
Yusmeiro Petit, R
At some point he needs to take over as a starting pitcher
Jeremy Affeldt, L 
Within his role, as valuable as any Giant over last 5 years
Santiago Casilla, R
Last year's closer has the job and the tools to keep it
Sergio Romo, R 
He and his slider have been through the highs and the lows
Javier Lopez, L
Forget the Game Three loss; he's one of the not-so-secret Big Four
Jean Machi, R
It's not that he can't pitch, it's that he's so rarely needed
George Kontos, R
Stays on active roster for now as Strickland's off to Sacramento

Buster Posey, c
The Three-Ring Man is team's unquestioned on-field leader
Angel Pagan, cf
His presence in the lineup will be absolutely vital
Brandon Belt, 1b 
Let's hope a full season brings out his best game
Brandon Crawford, ss
Winning teams tend to be strong "up the middle"
Casey McGehee, 3b
On the spot as this grinder replaces colorful, controversial "Panda"
Joe Panik, 2b
We all loved last year's breakout. Now it's time to do it regularly
Nori Aoki, of
His Punch-and-Judy style may suit the 'Bell's wide-open spaces
Gregor Blanco, of
Tabbed as starting right fielder until Pence returns
Matt Duffy, if
Expect he'll be groomed to start somewhere beginning in 2016
Joaquin Arias, if
A versatile PMLV will always have value on this ballclub
Justin Maxwell, of
Great spring got him here; may split RF spot with Blanco for now
Hector Sanchez, c
Choosing him over Andrew Susac was no easy decision
Hunter Pence, rf (DL)
Everyone's anxiously awaiting his return sometime in May
Travis Ishikawa, ut (DL)
NLCS hero will likely send the extra pitcher down when he returns
Marco Scutaro, 2b (DFA)
A last shout-out to a Giant hero who may never play again

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