2010 Previews

San Francisco Giants Preview


Last season, the San Francisco Giants put together their first winning season since 2004, posting an 88-74 record. Unfortunately for them, that was only good enough for third in the suddenly deep National League West.

With the reigning back-to-back Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum heading the front of a very deep rotation, the Giants could be poised to challenge the Dodgers and Rockies atop the West.

The emergence of the “Kung Fu Panda,” Pablo Sandoval made the Giants more than just a one trick pony. Sandoval hit .330 with 25 HR and 90 RBI to finally put a bat in a lineup that has needed one for a very long time. Former Philadelphia fan favorite Aaron Rowand helped contribute to the lineup, but has failed to show the offensive prowess that earned him his big deal in San Francisco.


Matt Cain provides a solid number two that could anchor many staffs in MLB. Coming off a 14-8 season with a 2.89 ERA, imagine if he continues to improve? Behind Cain are Barry Zito, off a rebound season of his own, Jonathan Sanchez, who threw a no-hitter last year, and newly acquired Todd Wellemeyer.

If Zito continues his comeback, the Giants have a top four that goes further than almost anybody in the National League, our Phillies included.

The signing of Mark DeRosa should add a little more pop to SF’s improving lineup as well as some depth as there isn’t a position that he can’t field.

There are a lot of ifs that come with the Giants, including closer Brian Wilson, but what it really comes down to is –  they’ll go as far as Lincecum, Cain and Sandoval can take them.




  1. John

    March 25, 2010 at 9:13 am

    The NL west should be a battle this year. I don’t think the Dodgers will be as good this year. Colorado has a really nice lineup and could be dangerous if they get good pitching. San Fran will have great pitching, but are kind of like Seattle in their lack of firepower in the lineup. Sandoval had a nice year, but he won’t sneak up on anyone this time around. Even Arizona should be improved from last year, especially if Webb comes back in his usual form. If nothing else, there should be a lot of competition in the division, and it wouldn’t be surprising to have the WC come from out west.

    1) Colorado
    2) Dodgers
    3) San Fran
    4) D-Backs
    5) Padres

  2. Chuck

    March 25, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I agree, John. Rockies win division, with the Dodgers and Giants battling for second….and in the Wild Card hunt. Starting pitching could/will be a huge factor.

  3. Don M

    March 25, 2010 at 9:54 am

    San Fran has “VETERANS” in their lineup too though

    guys like Rowand, Edgar Renteria, Freddy Sanchez, Aubrey Huff…

    They’ll be better than last year offensively.. but can their bullpen be as good? And can Cain, and Sanchez continue to improve.. which Barry Zito will show up for them this year?

  4. Chuck

    March 25, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Just looking at the WHIP figures…..it looks like Cain and Sanchez SHOULD improve:

    Cain last four years: 1.28, 1.26, 1.364, 1.18
    Sanchez last two years: 1.449, 1.365

    Zito has flip-flopped with the WHIP:
    last seven seasons for him: 1.183, 1.394, 1.20, 1.403, 1.347, 1.60, 1.354

    That would maybe suggest a year in which he struggles a bit???

    Huff can KILL the ball. Rowand….well, we know what he’s all about!!

    Giants will be tough I think.

  5. Paul

    March 25, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Giants are going to lose a lot of games 1-0, 2-1, etc…

  6. Brooks

    March 25, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Did I read Zolecki correctly?
    I don’t disagree with the 12 pitchers still down south but, I really liked what I saw in Carpenter.
    I also did not see what spots are ‘targeted (anything could happen)’ when Lidge and Romero come back.
    Anyone got a hint?
    I think the Giants are in line to take the NL West. Along with the Panda, I can’t wait to see them come to town

  7. Chuck

    March 25, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I would think that Carpenter starts in AAA….and is waiting in the wings in case of emergency…..someone goes on the DL, or they need an emergency starter or something.

    As for Lidge’s and Romero’s spots…..like was being discussed yesterday, a lot might depend on Herndon and how he does (does he FORCE the Phillies to keep him??)….Moyer, etc.

  8. Brooks

    March 25, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Who is going to be closing until Lidge is back? I have noticed Baez has closed some out – and he looked good doing it.
    We wont bring up the Madson experiment, promise?

  9. Brooks

    March 25, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    To me Chuck, that is part of the beauty of it all – we do have some sweet looking “fallbacks” – Whether its Brown, Francisco, Gload, Kendrick, Carpenter – toss Mayberry in that mix too.
    We’ll probably be seeing these people – and I think it will be a good thing too.
    Go Phils!

  10. Phylan

    March 25, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I wish they would ditch the rigid roles and just use who makes the most sense in a given situation, but if you want a day in/day out closer, use the most effective reliever on the team (Madson).

  11. WFC010

    March 25, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I said it before, but the Giants have quite possibly the best rotation in Baseball right now, possibly even better than Seattle’s.

    While they may lack in offense somewhat, with a pitching staff like that…it may be all that they will need. Assuming that Lincecum and the others pitch as good as in previous years, they could definitely be in the running for the WildCard. Of all the teams that would scare me in the playoffs VS the Phillies, St. Louis and San Francisco may be the top 2.

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