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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

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