The greater focus for MLB handicappers this Spring will be on San Fran and their forecast for the upcoming season tackle some Rangers rumors that have surfaced in recent days.
San Francisco – Projected Win Total Un84 wins – 3rd in the NL West
The defending World Series champions are going to get their due just from the fact that most of the principles which have contributed to winning three titles in five seasons are here.
Of course numbers and trend driven, those placing MLB picks will point to this being an odd year for this group and all of San Francisco’s trophies have come in even numbers years (2010-2012-2014).
Above all, Bruce Boche is the best manager is baseball and he and the front office have assembled a group of winners. The Giants will lose their fair share of games, but nobody in baseball comes to the park more ready to play on a daily basis than the guys in black and orange. If you are making MLB picks this is comforting to know every day.
No doubt San Francisco starting pitching is not settled and more than one individual wonders if Madison Bumgarner will come back as strong after all the innings last season, to be the same star he closed the season as. Can Boche depend on Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and a 40-year old Tim Hudson over a 162-game schedule?
The offense should be fine even without Pablo Sandoval, where he will be missed most is in clutch situations and that will matter when those times come up.
In truth, the Giants win total appear correct and if they make their own breaks and the starting pitching ends up being better than it appears, San Fran could go by the MLB odds makers number and finish second again in the NL West and possibly return to the postseason.
Game Notes: Texas Rangers vs. San Francisco Giants
The Giants had a couple chances to score but never got the important hit which would have mattered and was shutout and had just six hits. Peavy’s a veteran and was stretched to four innings. Javier Lopez was San Francisco’s best pitcher on this day, working one inning, striking out three batters and allowing one hit.