2010 San Francisco Giants Baseball Preview
The San Francisco Giants (88-74) seem to have survived the forever fallout from the Barry Bonds era and are back on track. The pitching staff is good and there are some good hitters in the lineup. In 2009, the team notched a .500-win-mark for the first time in years. They should be able to do it again this season.
The one-two guys in the rotation can be dominant. Righty Tim Lincecum (15-7, 2.48 BA, 261 SO) comes from over-the-top. He throws two- and four-seam fastballs that range from 89 to 95-mph. He’s a true strikeout pitcher. Number two starter Matt Cain (14- 8, 2.89 ERA, 171 SO) cuts his 90 to 94-mph fastball, creating a late slide that’s sharp. He can run up high pitch counts but has improved his change.
Two lefties, Jonathan Sanchez (8-12, 4.85 ERA, 177 SO) and Barry Zito (10-13, 4.03 ERA, 154 SO), are the three and four guys. Cain and Zito are both good flyball pitchers. Upcoming lefty Madison Bumgarner (0-0, 1.80 ERA, 10 SO) could be the team’s fifth starter. He’s seen limited MLB action. In AA Connecticut last season he posted a 1.93 ERA.
Righty Brian Wilson (5-6, 2.74 ERA, 38 SV, 83 SO) is a power pitcher who can blow hitters out of the box with his 97-mph fastball. His delivery can inconsistent and that can get him into trouble. Jeremy Affeldt (2-2, 1.73 ERA, 55 SO) is an excellent setup man who can pitch multiple innings.
Aaron Rowand (.261 BA, 15 HR, 64 RBI) strikes out more than one would like. In center field, Rowand tracks down balls and releases them quickly. Freddy Sanchez (293 BA, 7 HR, 41 RBI) struggled with injuries all last season. He’s an aggressive hitter. In the field, the second baseman is adept at turning the double play. Pablo Sandoval (.330 BA, 25 HR, 90 RBI) was one of the team’s primary offensive catalysts last season. He’s a pure hitter with an aggressive approach.
The catching duties are up on the air as is the rest of the offense. Infielder Juan Uribe (.286 BA, 16 HR, 55 RBI) offers potential clout. He’s an aggressive fastball hitter. Mark DeRosa (.250 BA, 23 HR, 78 RBI), a free agent from Saint Louis, can hit to any field with power. Of late, he has had problems with a wrist injury and in October he had surgery.
The 16-game improvement last season certainly helped the fate of GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy. Both were in the final year of their contracts and earned two-year extensions on their contract with an option in 2012. Sabean needs to get some hitters on board for the team to succeed.
This is a good club with some excellent pitching but lack of run support. If they can create some runs, make the post-season and go all the to the World Series and win it, the Giants will have won their first championship since 1954. A breakout performance by a hitter or two will go a long way to ensuring this team’s success.
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