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SF clicking early

 No Buster Posey? No Kris Bryant? No Kevin Gausman? So far it's been no problem for the Giants as they've cruised to a 7-2 start and head to New York for their second road series of the season. It's still very early, so it's hard to make any real judgments on the long term potential of this team just yet but as of now, it looks like they haven't missed a beat from that 107 win season a year ago. In fact, I would say there are aspects of this team that are an improvement over last years bunch. First off, of course we have to commend the unit that has propelled this impressive start and that is the starting rotation. Anthony DeSclafini is the only one who's yet to make it out of the fifth inning for his two starts but he looked much better in his second outing on Saturday after getting hit pretty hard by the Marlins at Oracle last week.  Logan Webb and Carlos Rodon have really set the tone atop this rotation though. Webb has gone 14 innings over his two starts, al
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Giants wrap up solid first homestand

With four of the six games to kick off the season being decided by 2 or less runs, it's been a familiar start to 2022 for Giants' fans. I just wanted to give a little assessment of the overall home stand. Everything went pretty well and the big offensive explosion on Tuesday night I think alleviated some of the worry about the teams inability to string together hits and keep rally's alive. They're not always going to be able to hit three home runs a night. They have to really cash in on those opportunities with runners in scoring position and they were able to do that enough to go 4-2 on the homestand. And we can't forget, this team is still missing 1/3 of their regular starting lineup, so things should only get better when the reinforcements return. We also can't overlook the fact that they've faced 6 straight very strong pitchers to start this season. The Marlins threw three guys at them who are all top of rotation talents and it didn't get easier with

Starting pitching, Joey Bart bright spots early

Well, say what you want about the Marlins and their lack of expectations in a loaded NL East, this team has some impressive arms in their starting rotation. The Giants have gotten a first hand look at a couple of them to kick off the season. Sandy Alcantara was hitting 100 with crazy movement on opening day. Luckily for the Giants he was a bit wild, which allowed them to generate some base runners and put a few on the board against him before chasing him out after five. They didn't have that same success Saturday afternoon vs. Pablo Lopez. Lopez's stuff, while maybe not impressive with velocity, was maybe tougher on the Giants hitters because he was pinpointing where he wanted throughout his start. He wasn't walking guys, he was getting ahead of hitters and the Giants were never really able to get anything going against him.  They did manage to get a run around on him a single from Thairo Estrada followed by sort of a bloop RBI double from Steven Duggar.  The Giants were ab

Giants miss out on Story, offense poses questions

After the Giants added Joc Peterson last week, Farhan Zaidi announced that they were content on entering the 2022 season as is, but still would still keep the door "cracked" for possible upgrades.  However, immediately after issuing that statement, it was rumored that the Giants were still in on Trevor Story and were one of four finalists to land the star shortstop. Despite that being floated out there, it just didn't seem like a realistic possibility even if Story was willing to take a short-term deal and hop over to second for a season or two. Apparently the position change idea did not detour him after all, as Story picked Boston and signed a 6 year-deal worth $140 million.  The possibility of adding a player like story was certainly exciting though and it got Giants' twitter going for a few days. No, his home/road splits have not been very good when outside the friendly confines of Coors Field, but you could say the same thing about Nolan Arenado and he ended up b

Current 2022 Giants preview

 We've officially entered 2022 and despite their being no end in sight for this player lockout, spring training workouts are tentatively scheduled to start in 6 weeks. Obviously, the mid-February reporting dates for MLB clubs is in jeopardy of being pushed back if no agreement is made within the next couple weeks, but I'd imagine talks to start heating up here in January. Although the two sides are a ways off in discussions, I don't think anybody wants to risk pushing the season's start date. Once business is back to normal we should expect a flurry of moves similar to what we witnessed at the end of November. The Giants, as they stand now, have at least two big needs that they still would like to address once this thing ends. Those two glaring needs are a top-of-rotation starting pitcher and a middle of the order bat most likely in the form of an outfielder. Of course if the universal DH is brought to the NL like anticipated, it would open up another avenue for them to

Could Giants enter trade market after lockout?

 The Giants made a few crucial signings that barely beat the collective bargaining agreement's expiration at the start of December and they weren't the only ones. We've gotten used big named free-agents waiting things out over the past few years. Bryce Harper didn't pick his new home until a few days before spring training in 2019. This year however, players signed with much more urgency as both organizations and upper-echelon free agents wanted to have as much clarity as possible before the impending work stoppage. Gone are the top free agent starting pitchers, including Max Scherzer, Kevin Gausman, Robbie Ray and Marcus Stroman. Also off the table are many of the premiere offensive talents such as Marcus Semien, Corey Seager, Starling Marte and Javy Baez.  The good thing for teams still looking to improve before the '22 season is that this free agent class entered the offseason as one of the deepest in the sports history. Despite the flurry of expensive signings,

Gausman to Toronto as hot stove heats up

Bucking the trend of slower paced offseasons the MLB has gone through in recent years, this is maybe the busiest couple weeks I've seen in a while. With teams and players both wanting clarity on their future before a potential lockout later this week, we've seen big names sign much quicker than they have in years past.  Unfortunately for the Giants, that has included the departure of their ace over the last two seasons, Kevin Gausman. The 31 year-old inked a 5-year/$110M deal with the Blue Jays on Sunday, which got #SFGiants twitter in a frenzy I was definitely under the impression that the Giants had Gausman as their number one priority this offseason, but I think they became skeptical on matching the length other teams were offering. He's been great since dawning a Giants uniform in 2020, but giving a guy who's on the wrong side of 30 and has just one really good full season under his belt, that kind of deal is a big risk. Gausman's style of pitching doesn't