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Summing Up Spring Training

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?

Hitting

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.

Pitching

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.

25-Man Roster

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)

 

Disabled List

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

Bumgarner Lands on DL with Broken Pinkie

By Chandler Guadagnin

Thursday was dooms day for the Giants. It was a pure Spring Training nightmare. In Friday’s 9-6 loss to the Royals, a sunny Arizona afternoon, became dark.

Not only did the Giants lose their final game in Arizona, the Giants lost their Opening Day starter to boot. On the first pitch of the third inning, a Whit Merrifield liner caught Madison Bumgarner flush on the left hand, causing a deep silence to fall over the ballpark. Not long after the end of the play, Bumgarner marched off of the mound with head trainer, Dave Groeschner. From that point on, the game broadcast was filled with speculation and nervous anticipation.

After the conclusion of the game, San Francisco released the results of the X-Ray, announcing that Bumgarner, does indeed have a broken pinkie.

This Spring Training, Mad Bum tallied a record of 1-2. In 6 Spring games, Bumgarner posted an ERA of 3.43, striking out 30 and surrendering 18 hits over 21 innings pitched.

Bumgarner is expected to miss the first 6 to 8  weeks of the year.  This news will indeed have a trickle down effect on the Giants season.

Derek Holland, who was battling for a spot in the Giants rotation, now finds himself in the middle of it. In addition, Johnny Cueto will likely start on Opening Day against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

On top of that news, the Giants announced the time table for Jeff Samardzija’s return from injury. Samardzija, who sustained a right pectoral muscle strain, in a Wednesday minor league start, will miss up to one month of the season.

The Giants find themselves in an uncertain situation, to say the least. However, one thing is for sure, San Francisco’s offseason additions will need to  step up more than expected.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

Samardzija To Begin Season on DL

By Chandler Guadagnin

Following a Wednesday Minor League start, Giants’ right-handed pitcher Jeff Samardzija, reported shoulder discomfort. Samardzija, who is San Francisco’s projected number three starter, underwent an MRI on Thursday.

The MRI revealed a strained right pectoral muscle. As a result, Samardzija will begin the regular season on the disabled list. The results of the test also shed light on the reason for Samardzija struggles this Spring.

Overall this Spring, Samardzija has appeared in four games. He has tossed eleven innings posting a 10.64 ERA, striking out 7, surrendering 6 home runs and 7 walks.

In his Wednesday start against the Cubs’ minor leaguers, Samardzija went 3 and a third innings. Over the first two innings, Samardzija was great, but collapsed in the last inning and a third. He surrendered two home runs and seven hits.

It is not yet known when he will return to the mound; however, the injury is not as severe as it could have been.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

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