By Chandler Guadagnin
Spring Training has come to an end and the Regular Season is right around the corner. So, just how did the Giants do this Spring?
As a whole, San Francisco finished the preseason with a record of 15-16-2. On the Spring, the Orange and Black, hit for an average of .296, slugged .496, posted a .360 on-base percentage, smashed 49 home runs, tallied 194 RBIs and stole 30 bases.
In all seven statistical categories mentioned, the Giants ranked 6th or higher in each one. Overall, the Giants ranked first in all of Major League Baseball, at the plate during Spring.
On the pitching side of the ball, San Francisco posted a 4.91 ERA, allowing 190 runs, issuing 112 walks, surrendering 41 home runs and amassing 285 strikeouts over 293 innings pitched.
On the mound overall, the Giants ranked 13th out of 30 Big League clubs.
Following the Giants 3-0 shutout of the Athletics to close out the spring, The Giants shaved their roster down to 25 in preparation for tomorrow’s season opener against the Dodgers.
The Giants will carry a total of 12 pitchers, 2 catchers, 6 infielders and 5 outfielders. The active roster does not include the four pitchers who are currently on the disabled list. Here is a complete breakdown of the roster:
Pitchers (12): SP Ty Blach (50) SP Johnny Cueto (47) SP Derek Holland (45) SP Chris Stratton (34) RP Pierce Johnson (58) RP Roberto Gomez (67) RP Sam Dyson (49) RP Cory Gearrin (26) RP Josh Osich (61) RP Hunter Strickland (60) RP Tony Watson (56) CP Mark Melancon (41) Infielders (8) C Buster Posey (28) C Nick Hundley (5) 1B Brandon Belt (9) 2B Joe Panik (12) 3B Evan Longoria (10) SS Brandon Crawford (35) INF Kelby Tomlinson (37) INF Pablo Sandoval (48) Outfielders (5) LF Hunter Pence (8) RF Andrew McCutchen (22) CF Austin Jackson (16) OF Gregor Blanco (1) OF Georkys Hernandez (7)
There are currently four Giants on the Disabled List, and a fifth that may join them. Coincidentally, the four players on the DL are all pitchers: Madison Bumgarner, Jeff Samardzija, Julian Fernandez and Will Smith.
The possibility of Mark Melancon joining the Disabled List came about after a report that Giants manager, Bruce Bochy, was not willing to commit to the closer’s health status.
Madison Bumgarner was placed on the Disabled List after he sustained a broken left pinkie after being hit by a liner on his pitching hand. He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
Jeff Samardzija found his way onto the DL a day prior to Bumgarner, after he strained his right pectoral muscle in a minor league outing. He was reportedly scheduled to play catch on Wednesday.
Julian Fernandez is on the DL because he is a Rule 5 Draftee from the Cubs organization and must stay on the 25-man roster; otherwise, he would have to be offered back to Chicago, per draft rules.
Will Smith was on the DL for the entirety of the 2017 season, as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. He is expected to miss the first month or so of the season as he rehabs.
Catch the Giants first game of the 2018 season on ESPN or listen on KNBR 680, when they visit the Dodgers at 4:08PM PT. Ty Blach will take the mound for San Francisco. He will be opposed by Los Angeles’ ace, Clayton Kershaw. Log onto kpaysports.com, following the contest, for postgame analysis.
Statistics courtesy of www.foxsports.com and www.mlb.com