– Projected Win Total Ov85.5 wins – 2nd in the NL West
In winning two World Series in three years, the Giants M.O. was superior starting pitching, tremendous situational relief pitching and a great closer. Coming into this season, San Francisco will more likely have to rely on its offense because of question marks in the starting staff.
For those making MLB picks, this might not be a bad alternative with the likes Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt in the middle of the order. Even playing in a ballpark which diminishes run production, this contingent should score runs.
But here is what MLB baseball handicappers want to know.
Does Matt Cain return to form after an 8-10 season and throw like an ace?
Does Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong overcome down years and mediocre springs and hold their spots in the rotation?
At 38, does Tim Hudson have enough left to make 30 starts for the Giants?
If healthy the bullpen should return to peak performance, but could they ultimately be undone by the backend of the rotation?
Game Notes –The Giants Madison Bumgarner extended his scoreless streak in the Cactus League to 21 1/3 innings before the Brewers Davis took him into the lawn seats. This started a Milwaukee slugfest as three hitters out of five hit solo shots off Bumgarner, who later said, "There must have been a home run derby I didn't know about,"
Otherwise, Bumgarner was expertly changing speeds and altering the Brewers hitters’ eye-level, moving his pitches up and down the strike zone.
Mike Morse looks to be a fine addition as the Giants everyday leftfielder.
It ended up being a typical Giants game. Down 4-2 in the ninth inning, San Francisco racked Weo-Chung Wang for four hits, scoring three runs and held the Brew Crew scoreless in the bottom of the ninth to win 5-4.
MLB Season Prospects –If San Francisco is to beat the sportsbooks number of 85.5, they will have to do better than 41-40 (-11.6 units) at AT&T Park and play better in the role of favorites than 49-47 (-15.4). I think the total is dead on, with the Giants winning 85 or 86 games and their best chance to beat oddsmakers will be improving on 11-23 mark (-16.9) versus the NL Central.