San Francisco Giants

Manager: Bruce Bochy
Stadium: AT&T Park
2008 Record: 72-90 (4th in NL West)
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LINEUP

'08: Batting | Runs (15th in NL)
PLAYER B POS
Randy Winn B RF
Edgar Renteria R SS
Fred Lewis L LF
Bengie Molina R C
Pablo Sandoval B 3B
Aaron Rowand R CF
Travis Ishikawa L 1B
Emmanuel Burriss B 2B
OFF THE BENCH
Rich Aurilia R INF
Nate Schierholtz L OF

PITCHING

'08: Pitching | ERA (9th in NL)
ROTATION T POS
Tim Lincecum R SP1
Matt Cain R SP2
Randy Johnson L SP3
Barry Zito L SP4
Jonathan Sanchez L SP5
BULLPEN
Bob Howry R Setup
Jeremy Affeldt L Setup
Brian Wilson R Closer
 
The single-season record for games lost when allowing three runs or fewer is 42, set by the 1968 Mets. It won't be broken this season -- 1968, after all, was the year of the pitcher -- but the stat is still relevant. Like the Mets of old, the 2009 Giants have good pitching, a weak lineup and a big home ballpark, all of which gives them a chance to double the 14 games they lost last season when holding foes to three runs or fewer. Don't blame the rotation, which features the reigning Cy Young winner (Tim Lincecum) and two former Cy guys (Randy Johnson, Barry Zito). "With Arizona, I once allowed five runs in four starts and was shut out in all four," says Johnson, who needs five wins to reach 300. "I've told Matt Cain that we'll just have to pitch better." Yes, they will, because the lineup is as bad as the rotation is good. The Giants will open the season with an outfield that hit a grand total of 32 homers last year and with corner infielders (Travis Ishikawa and Pablo Sandoval) who have three career dingers each. So what's the good news? Well, the '68 Mets turned into the '69 Mets.
-- Tim Kurkjian

ESPN The Magazine's Giants preview Insider

PROSPECTS

HITTER TO WATCH:

Emmanuel Burriss should be the utility infielder and could log some defensive-replacement time at short. But the next impact rookie bat for the Giants will be catcher Buster Posey.

PITCHER TO WATCH:

Lefty Alex Hinshaw has big arm strength and is very tough on left-handed hitters, but he is probably limited to specialist duty until he finds a weapon to get righties out.
-- Keith Law, Scouts Inc.

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FANTASY

SLEEPER

A terrific bad-ball hitter, Pablo Sandoval can hit over .300 with power, although he won't do much to help in leagues that use on-base percentage. He'll also likely pick up eligibility at both corners and catcher during the season.

BUST

Aaron Rowand's speed is gone, and his raw power doesn't play well in his home park. Last season's numbers were not just a down year for him -- they are what we can expect again.
-- Jason Grey

INJURIES

Health issues have challenged Noah Lowry in the last few years, most recently wiping out his entire 2008 season. This has to be disheartening for a young pitcher who showed so much promise when he first joined the bigs. Remembering that first season is perhaps why he continues to plod along through each rehab stint. Lowry, shut down last year with compartment syndrome in his left (throwing) forearm followed by elbow surgery, has already been bothered by shoulder pain this spring. A visit to Dr. James Andrews resulted in an injection into what was otherwise termed a structurally sound shoulder. Lowry is still optimistic that he can provide an option for the Giants later this season, but cumulative arm injuries do not historically bode well for pitchers.
-- Stephania Bell

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    3rd in
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  • Tim Kurkjian

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    23rd overall
    3rd in
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  • Buster Olney

    Olney
    21st overall
    2nd in
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  • Rob Neyer

    Neyer
    25th overall
    4th in
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