Sunday, April 3, 2016

The San Francisco Giants Open the 2016 Season!

Madison Bumgarner, L
At 26, already rates as greatest SF southpaw of all time 
Johnny Cueto, R
Anything and everything possible with his level of talent 
Jeff Samardzija, R
Bochy, Righetti think the "Shark" can "pull a Schmidt" here 
Jake Peavy, R
Famed for lousy spring numbers, he needs to stay healthy
Matt Cain, R
It's all about the pain, or, more importantly, the lack of it
Chris Heston, R 
Last season proved he can step in as consistent starter
Santiago Casilla, R
Won't keep the closer job long unless he regains 2014 form
Hunter Strickland, R 
Likely being groomed as "closer of the near future" 
George Kontos, R
A key component to the continuation of bullpen "Core Four"
Sergio Romo, R 
Longest-tenured Giant is at a career crossroads
Javier Lopez, L
He's been so automatic, any dropoff comes as a shock
Josh Osich, L
Is he the new "Jeremy Affeldt?" Giants hope so
Cory Gearrin, R
"Mr Irrelevant" is 30 and for now, Bochy's 13th pitcher 

Buster Posey, c
Decision soon on his long-term future behind plate? 
Hunter Pence, rf  
Pence in the lineup means runs on the scoreboard
Brandon Crawford, ss
Has established himself as one of the best in the game
Denard Span, cf
Giants gambling on a bounce-back year from this veteran
Matt Duffy, 3b
May be team's steadiest player despite relative inexperience
Joe Panik, 2b
Says his health is 100%; we all know his game is
Brandon Belt, 1b 
Let's hope, again, a full season brings out his best 
Angel Pagan, lf
We all hope the move to left will yield 120 or so starts
Kelby Tomlinson, if
"Clark Kent" gives Giants super-powered infield depth
Gregor Blanco, of
If he starts fewer than 80 games, we'll have a great outfield
Ehire Adrianza, if
Earned the job by hitting over .300 this spring
Trevor Brown, c
Clearly outplayed Susac, who may be trade bait come summer 

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