Why Spring Training Standings Don’t Matter For Giants

By Chandler Guadagnin

Many people look at Spring Training as a foreboding to the regular season. However, past seasons have proven that it is not always the case. Take for instance the Spring Camps of the San Francisco Giants.

Beginning in 2010, it has been the opposite for San Francisco.

From 2010-2014, the Giants finished above .500 during Spring Training all 5 years. Of those seasons, San Francisco finished the regular season in first place just two out of the five seasons, or 40% of the time. Furthermore, in each of the Giants’ 3 World Championship runs, the Orange and Black compiled a 23-12 record in 2010. They finished in second place behind Cleveland in the Cactus League. In 2012, San Francisco posted a record of 18-15; slotting them into fifth place behind the Athletics, Mariners, Angels and Padres, respectively. Two years later, the Giants finished at 17-12 and in 4th place in back of Cleveland, the Angels and the Mariners, in order. We all know how each one of those seasons ended.

As an added bonus, were a combined 30-26 (.867), against the Dodgers in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

With Thursday night’s loss to the Padres, the Giants dropped to 10 and 10 on the Spring. That record is currently 10th best in the Cactus League.

So, perhaps, I am hopeful that the Giants will not conclude the Spring in first. Because, as recent history shows, Spring Training mediocrity has, for the Giants, led to regular and postseason superiority.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com and www.baseball-reference.com

Wildcats respond after 15 inning loss……


Some regular season wins are bigger than others and Saturday’s rain-soaked win over Monterey Bay in Seaside would qualify.

One day after losing a gut-wrenching 15 inning nearly five hour game to the Otters in excruciating fashion, the Wildcats responded with an efficient 8-3 win to even the four game set at a game apiece.

Chico banged out 19 hits and blew the game open with a 5-run 4th inning. Chico State starter Hilario Tovar battled his way through 5 innings holding the potent Otters line-up to 2 earned runs and the Chico bullpen continued their stellar weekend on the coast as Dan Beavers   (3 innings) and Anthony Baleto (one inning) combined for four innings of scoreless relief.

The Chico bullpen has now pitched 15.1 innings in the series and has given up only two earned runs.

Designated hitter Alex DeVito went 5-for-5 and drove in three runs for the Cats who have now banged out 36 hits in the two games of the series.

We learned a lot about the mental toughness of the Wildcats on Saturday. The 15-inning loss could send some teams into a tail-spin, instead the Cats played Saturday’s game in stormy weather with great energy and applied pressure throughout the game.

Chico has held reigning CCAA Player of the Week Jacob Tonascia to a 1-for-10 in the series while Myles Hager is only 1-for-13.  The two teams will play a double-header on Sunday to wrap up what has been a tremendously entertaining series. Game time on Sunday is at 12 noon with the Wildcat pre-game at 11:35am

photo courtesy of http://www.chicowildcats.com