After the San Francisco Giants won their third World Series title in five years in 2014 on the shoulders of star pitcher Madison Bumgarner, 2015 was a letdown. Injuries got the best of them and this year they will be going at it with some help in the rotation hoping for a fourth championship parade through the streets of San Francisco since 2010. This offseason, the Giants invested in two new starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto, in the hopes of supplementing a contact-hitting lineup which led the NL in average in 2015. Samardzija inked a guaranteed $90 million over five years while Cueto’s deal is a $130 million contract over six years. Last season, San Francisco’s bullpen was third in ERA in the NL and should prove to better in 2016. Sergio Romo and Javier Lopez are still up there with the best tandems around and with more innings in the rotation should be utilized to get the matchups they need. Left handed specialist Jeff Osich will most likely step into the role left by retired powerhouse Jeremy Affeldt. Second baseman Joe Panik and shortstop Brandon Crawford were the first Giants’ middle infield tandem to make the All Star Game since 2001 and Crawford also won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger. The star shortstop signed a $75 million contract extension back in November so will be around to elevate this Giants team. Matt Duffy exceeded all expectations in 2015 as a rookie with 77 runs, 28 doubles, 12 home runs and 77 RBI’s and will again be a defensive stud
at third base. In the outfield, the Giants expect a solid rebound this year from right-fielder Hunter Pence who suffered several injuries last season and they also signed Denard Span to a three-year deal to play in center.
With a beefed-up pitching rotation along with high level defense and hitting, look for San Francisco to rise to the top of the NL West gauntlet, competing once again for post season glory. Fans will not want to miss any of the 2016 season so be sure to secure all your San Francisco Giants tickets early and enjoy the exciting games this summer.
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