|C||Bengie Molina||SP 1||Tim Lincecum|
|1B||Aubrey Huff||SP 2||Matt Cain|
|2B||Freddy Sanchez||SP 3||Barry Zito|
|3B||Pablo Sandoval||SP 4||Jonathan Sanchez|
|SS||Edgar Renteria||SP 5||Todd Wellemeyer|
|CF||Aaron Rowand||CL||Brian Wilson|
|RF||Nate Schierholtz||RP||Jeremy Affeldt|
|OF||Eugenio Velez||RP||Brandon Medders|
|1B||Travis Ishikawa||RP||Dan Runzier|
Additional roster information can be found at MLB Depth Charts.
|Key Additions||Key Losses|
|1B||Aubrey Huff||Free Agency||SP||Brad Penny||Free Agency|
|OF||Mark DeRosa||Free Agency||SP||Randy Johnson||Retirement|
|C||Bengie Molina||Resigned||SP||Noah Lowry||Free Agency|
Top Prospects: Buster Posey (C), Madison Bumgarner (P), Zack Wheeler (P), Thomas Neal (OF)
The Giants came into 2009 off of a losing season in 2008, and were looking to improve on their performance substantially. The team had been built around their excellent pitching staff, led by 2008 Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. Behind him, they had slotted in multiple Cy Young winner Randy Johnson, Matt Cain, Barry Zito, and Jonathan Sanchez. Unfortunately, the team has been lacking in offense ever since Barry Bonds was not resigned. 2009 would be no different for that topic. The team did perform well overall, posting an 88-74 record, which was unfortunately good for only 3rd place in their division.
On offense, they were led by the Kung Fu Panda, 3B Pablo Sandoval, who posted a .330 batting average with 25 HR and 90 RBI. Not unexpectedly, only 3 other players on the team posted even double-digit homeruns last season besides Sandoval (Molina with 20, Rowand with 15, and Uribe with 16). The pitching staff made up for it, with Tim Lincecum winning his second consecutive Cy Young award behind an excellent season (15-7, 2.48 ERA, 261 strikeouts in 225 innings). Veteran Matt Cain also had probably his best season to date, with a 14-8 record and a 2.89 ERA. Closer Brian Wilson posted 38 saves along with a 2.74 ERA.
Team Outlook for 2010
The Giants are hopeful that the moves they have made in the offseason will help to vault them to the top of the division. They brought in some offense, with the signings of IF/OF Mark DeRosa, who will be slotted in to start in LF this season, but will see some time at 3B, 1B, and 2B potentially as well. 1B Aubrey Huff will also be asked to provide some pop as well. The Giants are looking for Sandoval to continue his torrid hitting from last season, and are looking for rookies Nate Schierholtz and Buster Posey to have impacts during the season as well. The Giants remain dependent on their pitching staff, and with the retirement of Randy Johnson will look for production from free agent signee Todd Wellemeyer. Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Barry Zito will lead a very formidable rotation in 2010, and all three will be requisite to any success the Giants have this year.
Fantasy Outlook for 2010
Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Pablo Sandoval are the class of this group, as all three are top-tier for their positions. Lincecum enters the season as the top pitcher for many rankings. For deeper leagues, I like both Jonathan Sanchez and Mark DeRosa. DeRosa is going to give you position flexibility, and some pop. He’s likely to be a drag for batting average, but in deeper leagues he is a solid play. Sanchez finally began to show some of the promise that was talked about. He has the potential to be a high strikeout, low ratio pitcher, but only if he can keep his control in check. Keeper leagues should take note of both C Buster Posey and P Madison Bumgarner, as both are likely to spend large portions of 2010 with the big club.
Prediction for 2010
The Giants offense is, in my opinion, not strong enough to compete in this division, in spite of the excellent pitching staff they have.
76-86 3rd in the NL West