2012 San Francisco Giants Season Preview
The Giants were in first place as late as August 9th before giving way to Arizona’s 25-9 late season run to the division title. In 2012, San Francisco will look to duke it out with the Diamondback pitch-for-pitch as the two of the best rotations in baseball. At only 5’11 and 165 lbs., Tim Lincecum is the smallest heavyweight in the game. Back-to-back Cy Young awards in his first two full seasons, Lincecum has proven to be a strikeout machine, racking up over 220 punch-outs in every season and leading the national league three times. The Washington native tends to pack the house every time he takes the mound, bringing in the gate like few others can. The young up-and-comer in the San Francisco staff is Madison Bumgarner, the big right-hander out of North Carolina. The 22-year old with the southern drawl had a great 2011, but the no-decisions and low run support garnered him only a 13-13 record. While he may not be the main event Lincecum is yet, Bumgarner is worth the price of admission and early on has made good at the promise he showed in the minor leagues. With Lincecum, Bumgarner, Matt Cain, and Ryan Vogelsong, the Giants have a pitching core that can lead the team back to the World Series. The more unknown comes in the batter’s box, where the Giant hitters played undercard to the pitching staff in 2011. Third baseman and super heavyweight Pablo Sandoval, also known as the Kung Fu Panda, was the only Giants only batter to hit over 15 HRs or for over a .290 average. The Gants brass hope the return from injury of phenom Buster Posey will help, as Posey was the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year and has hit .294 in his short time in the major leagues. San Francisco won’t be pulling any punches in 2012, going for more hardware to accompany the trophy the boys from the bay won in 2010. San Francisco opens the season in the desert, facing the Diamondbacks on April 6 before its home opener at AT&T Park on April 13 against the Pirates.
2010 San Francisco Giants World Series Preview
The San Francisco Giants came into the 2010 season with a great starting pitching rotation, but the main question was—would their hitting be up to par? The answer they got was… it got better, from 26th in the league to 17th (compared to their MLB-best pitching staff). It was enough to resuce them in the last weekend of the season from a San Diego Padres team bent on taking the National League West title from them. In the playoffs, the team’s hitting has been the same—just enough to win. Six of their seven wins have come with a one-run margin. Cody Ross, a waiver-wire pickup who only played 33 regular-season games with the team, has been the big bat behind those razor-thin winning scores. The NLCS MVP’s launched four home runs in the post-season, two of which broke up no-hitters, and knocked in the winning runs in two of the Giants' three wins in their first series against the Braves. In the end, however, it’s the pitching staff—led by two-time Cy Young award-winning picther Tim Lincecum and closer Brian Wilson—that’s the team’s saving grace. Will it be enough to overcome a Texas Rangers squad that has won their playoff games with an average of 5.5 wins? We’ll see beginning on Wednesday at 7:57 ET at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
2010 San Francisco Giants Season Preview
Every time ace pitcher Tim Lincecum takes the mound, opposing hitters gasp and fans at AT&T Park are overcome with the feeling that they just might see baseball history in the making. Standing 5'11'' and weighing just 170 pounds, the long-haired, stringy hurler is an absolute spectacle on the diamond as he mows down hitter after hitter. After proving himself with back-to-back Cy Young-winning campaigns over the last two seasons, Lincecum will keep the Giants in the game every time it's his turn to pitch. Luckily, the transcendent pitcher will have some help. The game after batters face Lincecum's crafty pitch sequences, they will have to deal with the blistering fastball of 25-year-old Matt Cain. With starters like The Freak and Cain, just one swing of the bat by slugging third baseman Pablo Sandoval, known as the Kung Fu Panda, could win a game for the 2010 San Francisco Giants.
2009 San Francisco Giants Season Preview
The San Francisco Giants will a team to watch in 2009. The Giants had a few issues in 2008 that kept the team from reaching its full potential. Now San Fran Manager Bruce Bochy must work some magic in '09 to get the Giants back into the National League playoffs. San Francisco will undoubtedly put a lot of their hopes on the talented pitcher, Tim Lincecum, who won the NL Cy Young Award in 2008 after going 18-5. If pitcher Barry Zito can return to form, then Lincecum and Zito will form one of the toughest 1-2 pitching combos in all of Major League Baseball. San Francisco's batting order still seems off without slugger Barry Bonds, but 2009 marks the second full season without the home run leader. The Giants will count on players Aaron Rowand, Edgar Renteria and Bengie Molina to get hits and score runs for the team. If the Giants pitching comes together and they start hitting the ball out of AT&T Park again, then Giants fans may be in for a treat in 2009.
2008 San Francisco Giants Season Preview
The San Francisco Giants are an exciting team to watch this season as the Barry Bonds era has seemingly come to a close, with Bonds not returning next season. Giants fans will see a younger team this season and will get a glimpse into the future of their squad in San Francisco. The team also celebrates its 50th anniversary since moving to the Bay Area, making it an emotional year for many reasons. With talented pitching led by Barry Zito, the Giants will make it tough for other teams in the NL West and have a good shot at a postseason run.