Tuesday, 27 March 2012

2012 Previews: San Francisco Giants


The Majors
Well, Brian Sabean's insane, there's no denying that.  He pretty much refuses to let Brandon Belt play, opting instead for Aubrey Huff.  He also went ahead and traded his top prospect for 2 months of Carlos Beltran last year, only to go ahead and practically beg Beltran to sign elsewhere.

With all that nonsense, however, comes some good stuff.  Basically, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner, Pablo Sandoval, and Buster Posey make this team watchable, and clearly have them entrenched as the best of a hilarious situation in the NL West this year.  Basically, the team is mediocre, which should be all they'll need in this division.

It will be interesting to see what they get from Buster Posey, coming back from a broken leg, and from Tim Lincecum, coming off of two consecutive years of decline.  If they happen to be out of the running by the trade deadline, and don't have him signed to an extension yet, look for them to deal Matt Cain.

The bullpen looks pretty fantastic, to be quite honest.  Wilson, Romo, Affeldt, and Mota have been very solid for the last few years, and should continue to crush late.

The Minors
There's not much there, especially when Brian Sabean is running the show and moving his best prospect for two months of Carlos Beltran.  Not surprisingly, when said best prospect projects as a mid-rotation/back-of-the-bullpen guy, the system can't be that deep.

The Verdict
Meh, best in the NL West doesn't really mean a ton.  Then again, STL won the world series as a wild card.

Projection: 90-72, 1st in the NL West

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