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Renteria Update

Hope everyone had a nice New Years. Just wanted to pass the update to Giants fans that Edgar Renteria has started talking to the Giants again. To get more insights on this post. Check out SF Giants Rumors – Renteria Back In The Mix?

 

Also wanted to let you know that SF Giants Rumors has an Adroid App. It’s an easy way to keep yourself updated with all the latest SF Giants Rumors right to your phone!

 

~King of Cali

Sandoval Hits a Walk-Off Home Run!

The Giants win again. They had a 5-1 lead over the Nationals going into the 7th inning. Nick Johnson hit a 3 run home run off of Matt Cain to make it a 5-4 ball game. Then the Nationals added 3 more runs in the top of the 8th
SandovalwalkoffHR.jpginning to make it 7-5 Nationals. Bengie Molina hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 8th to make it 7-6 Nationals. Then the Giants come up in the bottom of the 9th inning down by 1 run. Joe Beimel got the first 2 Giants players out. He just couldn’t get the last out to end the game. Emmanuel Burriss hit a single to centerfield. Then Beimel tried to pick him off at first and threw the ball away, so the tying run is now at 2nd base. Edgar Renteria steps to the plate, and he’s been clutch with guys on base or when the Giants need a big him. Renteria ended up walking to set up 1st and 2nd for Pablo Sandoval. Beimel did have 2 strikes on Sandoval and then Pablo got a pitch that he liked and hit a line drive home run over the left field walk for a walk off 3 run home run! Giants win 9-7… All that started with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. The Giants are finding ways to win. They haven’t lost a series in 9 straight series. They have either split or won the series.
 
~ King of Cali

Giants Weekend In Arizona (Recap)

Friday Night
 
The Giants had a very nice weekend in Arizona. Lincecum look really good on Friday night. He got his first win of the season. Lincecum struck out 12 D-Backs and a total of 25 in his last 2 starts (both against the D-Backs). In the 2 games Lincecum only gave up 1 run in 16 innings against the D-Backs. The Giants won the Friday night game 5-1.
 
Saturday
 
Saturday the Giants sent Randy Johnson to the mound. He was struggling and walked 7 guys. That’s the most guys he’s walked since July 25th 2000. He only lasted 3 1/3 innings. The Giants picked up Johnson and managed to still get the win. The Giants won 5-3 over the D-Backs.
 
Sunday
 
The Giants were going for the 3 game sweep on Sunday. They sent Matt Cain to the mound. Cain has had the best start out of the 5 Giants starting pitchers. Cain pitched 7 innings only allowing 1 run. Pablo Sandoval hit a 3 run home run in the top of the 8th inning to give the Giants a 4-1 lead. Cain was in line to get the win. The Giants bring in closer Brian Wilson to close the game out. Didn’t look like Wilson was able to locate his pitches where he wanted to. Wilson gave up 3 runs in the 9th inning and 2 came off a game-tying two run home run by Justin Upton. We did let a sweep slip away, but still a very good weekend overall. Giants lost in the 12th inning 4-5. Giants fans are happy with being able to take 2 out of 3 from the D-Backs in Arizona. I’m sure Wilson will be ready to go against the Dodgers.
 
~ King of Cali

Giants 2009 Spring Training Stats

    Games                        
24 – A. Torres               
23 – J. Bowker
22 – S. McClain   
 
      AB
57 – K. Frandsen
55 – T. Ishikawa
54 – E. Burriss
 
    Runs
15 – A. Torres
12 – E. Velez
11 – E. Burriss
 
     Hits
22 – E. Burriss
20 – P. Sandoval
20 – A. Torres
 
      2B
8 – J. Guzman
5 – K. Frandsen
5 – E. Renteria
 
      3B
3 – F. Lewis
2 – A. Torres
2 – E. Velez
 
      HR
5 – T. Ishikawa
4 – J. Guzman
4 – R.. Rohlinger
 
      RBI
14 – J. Guzman
11 – B. Molina
11 – R. Rohlinger
 
     AVG (players with more than 20 AB’s)
.455 – A. Torres
.417 – P. Sandoval
.407 – E. Burriss

Giants vs. Cubs recap.. Today in Baseball History

Today’s line up for the Giants might possibly be their opening day starting line up. The big question right now is who will win the starting 2nd base job. It will either be Burriss or Frandsen.
 
Randy Winn
Edgar Renteria
Fred Lewis
Bengie Molina
Pablo Sandoval
Travis Ishikawa
Aaron Rowand
Emmanuel Burriss
Tim Lincecum
 
Ryan Dempster gets the start for the Cubs and Tim Lincecum for the Giants. Randy Winn starts the game off with a single. Fred Lewis who is making his first back to back start of the spring then walks. Giants now have runners on 1st and 2nd. Bengie Molina helps the Cubs get out of the inning by hitting into a double play. Lincecum’s first pitched is hit for a home run by Alfonso (on my fantasy team) Soriano. That’s the first home run or any run for that matter that Lincecum has given up so far this spring. Lincecum then walks the next guy on 5 pitches. This is his 2nd walk of the spring. Doesn’t seem like a typical Lincecum start. Lincecum also walked the next batter Ramirez. Bengie Molina got the first out of the inning by throwing out Theriot who was trying to steal 3rd base. Hoffpauir the Cubs first baseman hit a RBI triple. Fontenot then followed that up with a RBI single up the middle giving the Cubs a 3 run lead. The Giants go 3 up and 3 down in the top of the 2nd inning. Lincecum starts the bottom of the 2nd off by walking the first guy he faces. In the game against Japan Lincecum did walk 3 guys, but those stats do not count on the spring stats. Soriano did get another hit off of Lincecum, but he did get thrown out by Bengie Molina trying to steal 2nd base. No runs scored for the Cubs.
 
Burriss does lead the top of the 3rd inning with a single and moves up to 2nd on a Lincecum sacrifice bunt. Dempster then got the next two guys out to keep the Giants scoreless. Lincecum holds the Cubs scoreless in the 3rd. Sandoval gets a single in the 4th but no other excitement in the inning for the Giants. The Cubs knock Lincecum out of the game in the 4th inning. The did score one more run off of him. Making the score 4-0 Cubs. The Cubs get one more run in the bottom of the 5th. The Giants finally get on the scoreboard in the top of the 6th inning. Bocock and Lewis score for the Giants to cut into the lead. Going into the bottom of the 6th it’s the Cubs 5 and the Giants 2.
 
In the 7th inning the Giants would tack on another run. Jesus Guzman is as hot as they get and doesn’t seem to be cooling off. He hit a solo shot to make the score 5-3 Cubs. Nothing for the Cubs in the bottom of the 7th inning. No runs for the Giants or Cubs in the 8th inning. Velez does hit a ball off the wall to get the speedy Velez a triple. Uribe comes in to pinch hit. He gets a RBI single scoring Velez. Torres gets a single to set up runners at 1st and 2nd for pinch hitter Buster Posey. Posey did get hit by the pitch and now bases are loaded for 19 year old Nick Noonan. Nick Noonan has given the Giants an 8-5 lead with a grand slam with 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning. The Cubs start a rally in the bottom of the 9th, but were only able to get 1 run out of it. Ending the game with bases loaded. The final score is Giants 8 and the Cubs 6.
 
The Giants get 8 runs on 11 hits and 0 errors. The Cubs get 6 runs on 13 hits and 0 errors.
 
Highlights
 
The only Giants player to have a multi hit game is the hot hitting Jesus Guzman. This guy is forcing the Giants to find him a spot on the opening day roster. Guzman went 2-3 with a home run, 1 RBI and scoring 1 run.
 
Tim Lincecum went 3.2 IP, 7 hits, 4 runs, 4 walks and 6 strike outs.
 
Side Notes
 
Cubs announce the #31 will be retired on May 3rd. It’s being retired for two former Cubs players Maddux and Jenkins.
 
Randy Johnson had an MRI and it shows that the his arm is fine. He’s only going to miss one start. Johnson is expected to make his next start Monday against Seattle.
 
Today in Baseball History
 
1985 – Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. The two Hall of Famers had been banned from associating with major league baseball due to their employment with Atlantic City casinos.
 
~ King of Cali

Giants edge out the Brew Crew

The Giants faced the Brew Crew today. Edgar Renteria got his first 2 RBI’s by hitting a 2 run double. In the 6th inning Juan Uribe hit a home run to give the Giants a 3-2 lead. Bowker then followed up with a home run to go back to back to give the Giants a 4-2 lead. The Giants would blow the lead and enter the bottom of the ninth down 6-5.

 
Ryan Rohlinger hit a 3 run home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to get the Giants the 8-6 win over the Brewers. The Giants who need a guy with pop have hit a home run in every single Cactus League game so far. They have 23 home runs and Ryan Rohlinger leads them with 3 home runs. Rohlinger isn’t expected to make the team at the start of the season.
 
Barry Zito did get the start for the Giants and he gave up 2 runs in 4 innings.  Howry did pitch 2 innings giving up 0 runs and his spring ERA this so far is 0.00. The only player with multiple hits for the Giants was Velez who went 2-3 pushing his AVG up to .276.
 
 
Today in Baseball History
 
With a vote of 28-0, the major league owners admit two new teams, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The teams will be assigned leagues in January of 1997.
 
~King of Cali

Thoughts on Giants 10-7 spring win 2/25/09

Renteria got a double in his first AB (finishing 1-3), Sandoval followed him with a hit (1-3 with a walk) and then Travis Ishikawa got a 2 out RBI single. The Giants put up one run in the first inning. Lincecum gave up one hit to Peralta and got one strike out (Sizemore) in the bottom of the first inning facing 4 batters.
 
I know this is only spring training and these games don’t mean anything. It’s just nice to see the Giants able to put up some runs. After 6 innings and they already have 7 runs. The really good thing is they have 3 home runs so far. That’s from a team that hardly ever had multiple home runs in a game. Travis Ishikawa is projected to be the starting first baseman for the Giants unless Bowker can beat him out for the job. Ishikawa is off to a great start. He went 3-3 with two home runs and 4 RBI’s. Giants fan love to see someone in the lineup with some pop. The Giants will have more pop in the lineup this year by having Pablo Sandoval and Travis Ishikawa in the lineup for a full season.
 
The Giants now have 10 runs after 8 innings. Frandsen and Velez also got an RBI each. The very fast Velez has also stolen a base for the Giants. The Giants scored 3 runs off of Vinnie Chulk in 2 innings. Chulk was with the Giants last season.
 
Spring Training game one for the Giants is in the bag. The Giants beat the Indians 10-7. I really don’t care about wins during the spring. It’s just being able to see what players do what. For example a guy on the Giants Pichardo gave up 3 runs and I never heard of the guy. Although Yabu gave up 3 runs too and that’s kind of scary cause he’s in our bullpen. I only see him pitching in games to eat up innings in the middle. Not during close games. I will be watching MLB Network tonight to catch up on all the highlights from today. Just an FYI A-Rod did hit a home run today too.
 
~King of Cali

Giants, Edgar Renteria status

Heyyyy fellow bloggers. Just wanted to keep you guys updated on Edgar Renteria. I got some good news for those of you out there that care. Renteria hasn’t done anything on the field for the Giants yet, but did try on
Thumbnail image for edgar_renteria.jpgsome uniform pants. Then a reporter asked him about his weight. He said he did lose at least 10 pounds. He then tugged at the waist of his pants to show off the two to three inches of excess room. Renteria then said “You can tell.” That shows that Renteria took his off-season seriously to get himself in good shape again. Giants fans would love to see Renteria get his bat back to his 2007 season with the Braves when he hit .332 with the Braves.
 
Jim Leyland the Tigers manager thinks Renteria will be a good player for the Giants. Bruce Bochy has studied videotape of Renteria and doesn’t have any concerns. Renteria still thinks he can play. He said “I always say that if one day I wake up and I feel like I can’t play anymore, I’ll quit, no matter how much money I’m making.”
 
We all know he’s no Omar Vizquel, but we don’t need him to fill those shoes. We just need him to make the plays he should make. We signed him to be an offense upgrade at the shortstop position. I’m sure Edgar will do his job 2nd in the lineup. He can move runners over and he will get on base for Sandoval and Molina.
 

Today in Baseball History – February 18th
 
1999 – The Blue Jays trade Roger Clemens to the Yankees for David Wells, Graeme Lloyd, and Homer Bush.
 
~King of Cali

Giants Mailbag 2/17/09

This is a start of a weekly blog that I would like to post. I will answer any questions that you have for me. I look forward to receiving your questions. 🙂
 
Giants Mailbag 2/17/09
 
Do you think players should be allowed to use HGH or steroids when recovering from a surgery/injury?  It may allow the player to heal quicker.  I know this would be a tricky issue, but it’s a thought considering all the talk around AROD right now.

 
Ron
 
 
Wow now that is a tricky issue alright. I would have to say no. There shouldn’t be anything that can be grey. It should be black or white. You either can use it or you can’t, so if baseball doesn’t want players to use HGH or steroids. Then no one should be able to take it even if it’s just to help recover.

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How do fans in SF feel about Bonds and the steroid issue?

Will Zito bounce back in 2009?

Where will the power come from in 2009? Will Sandoval make an impact?

Nathan (Foul Tip)

It seems like half the people care what happens to Bonds and the other half don’t. Now that he’s no longer in a Giants uniform it seems like fans don’t really care. I’m sure the Bonds fans like myself still care. I just think the whole steroid issue needs to end. Okay a lot of players took them. Now lets clean the game up now and move on. We can’t change the past.


Look below to the question from Jane/She-Fan to read my insight on Zito.


I really don’t see much power again this year. Our only home run pop is Bengie and he only gave us 16 home runs last season. Sandoval will have a few home runs here and there, but I don’t expect him to lead the team. I do see him as a great hitter and to have his bat in the lineup all year will add to the offense. The Giants still need to add another bat with pop. I’m hoping they will get Ramirez or Crede. They just need another guy to produce some runs.

 
 
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Assuming Manny Ramirez re-signs with the Los Angeles Dodgers do you find it somewhat odd that Brian Sabean and the Giants improved the ball club by adding Jeremy Affeldt, Bob Howry, Edgar Renteria, and Randy Johnson but did not add a big offensive piece, which seemed to be their major need going into the off-season, that would have made them favorites to win the NL West? Unless Aaron Rowand, Randy Winn, and the youngster Pablo Sandoval are going to have all-star caliber seasons I do not see them having enough offense even with the strong pitching staff. I say sign Joe Crede to play 3B and swoop in and steal Manny from the Dodgers and really go for it.
 
 
Well I must say it seems like you and I are kind of thinking alike. If Manny signs with the Dodgers. Then I don’t know why the Giants would pay so much for Renteria to come play short. Just have one of the young guys play short that are battling for 2nd base. We have Frandsen, Burriss and Velez trying to win the 2nd base job. One of them can play short if you’re not trying to win and just develop young players.
 
Why would you sign Randy Johnson if you’re not trying to win this year? We have Lowry and Sanchez fighting for the 5th spot. They wouldn’t have had to fight for it if Johnson wasn’t signed. I can see signing Affeldt and Howry either way. The bullpen needed some help to get the ball to Wilson in the 9th inning. Johnson and Renteria just don’t make sense to me if they are not trying to win this year.
 
I do think the Giants will have a better offense this year with or without Ramirez. They will have Sandoval for a whole season. This is a guy who can flat out hit. He’s not Ramirez but he will get his hits and get on base for Bengie to drive in. I didn’t think Crede would be a good signing for this club, but now that everyone else is gone. I say go for it. Crede will give some pop in the lineup. Then Sandoval can move to play first base. Rather than using an unproven player at first base.
 
With the moves that Sabean has made this off-season. They should just go out and sign Manny and got for it this year. With Manny they will be the favorite to win the NL West. Then with the starting rotation they have. It would be scary to face them in the playoffs.
 
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AT&T Park is breathtaking.  Tops on my list to see…maybe as early as this summer.  What are some tips for visiting the park?  Must eat food?  Best places to sit?
 
Kathy

http://redbirdchatter.mlblogs.com

I love this park! It’s just so beautiful to look at the scoreboard and see the Bay Bridge in the background. Just to see the boats in the bay right behind right field. It’s way better than going to to the A’s stadium across the bay. Every time I go to a game the first thing I have to get is the “Gilroy Garlic Fries”. I love them! Another really good place to eat there is “Orlando’s”. It’s the home of the Baby Bull Tri-Tip Sandwich and the Cha Cha Bowl. The Cha Cha bowl is really good! There is a bunch of other foods, but those are my two top choices. =)  

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I’ve read a lot of places that some Giants fans think Aaron Rowand isn’t worth the contract he was given. (5 years/$60 million, I think) Is this the general consensus among Giants fans or do they like Rowand? And do you think Rowand is worth that contract?

Jen

http://ajroxmywhitesox.mlblogs.com

I have heard fans say they are not happy with the amount the Giants paid him to come here. The Giants have had problems getting big name free agents to come here because it’s a pitchers park. The Giants always seem to have to over pay to get someone decent in here. I like Rowand but he’s not the big bat that the Giants fans wanted when we got him. He is a good player to have on your team. I just would have used that money on someone else. Fans expected him to come here and be an elite player.

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Is Tim Lincecum in danger of major injury this year? He pitched so many innings last season and has that violent delivery…What’s the inside word?
Ellen
 
It’s not earth shattering, but it’s a question
 
Tim Lincecum has a very strange delivery. His dad showed him how to pitch when he was a kid. He’s a small guy so his dad tweaked his pitching style to get every little bit of strength as he could out of that little body. Lincecum has pitched so good with that style that his dad wouldn’t let anyone tweak with it. Seems to work, so if it’s broke then don’t try to fix it! There has been no injuries reported for Lincecum, so lets keep our fingers crossed!
 
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I’ve got a question for you, King….

What kind of a season do you expect Barry Zito to have? Has he finally shaken off the pressure from the big contract? Is he healthy? I haven’t been following his career since he joined the Giants, so fill me in please.

Thanks.

Jane/She-Fan
http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

 
I honestly believe Zito is going to have a good year. I mean don’t expect him to be in the running for the Cy Young Award. He knows Tim Lincecum is the man now and the Ace. Plus they have signed Randy Johnson, so Zito isn’t feeling all the pressure anymore. He’s also moving from the Ace of the staff to the #4 starter this season. I think in that 4th spot is really going to help him. He’s not going to be facing other teams Ace’s night in and night out.
 
Zito is going into the season in really good shape. He has had Brian Wilson (the Giants closer) stay with him this off-season. Wilson has had Zito doing his workout and eating right. I’m actually really excited to see how good Zito will be this year.
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Hi King,
 
Here’s my question – the Giants seem to have pinned a lot of hope on Edgar Renteria filling in at SS.  There had been issues about his weight & general physical condition last season in Detroit.  Do you think he can over come those issues and be effective for the Giants?
 
Julia
 
 
I think Edgar Renteria is a good pick up. I think he’s overpaid for this off-season market. He is a decent bat to put in the #2 spot. Renteria is a big upgrade with the bat compared to Omar. He’s not going to make all the great plays that Omar made on “D” but he will make the plays he should make. His range isn’t as good either, but the Giants need offense so that’s why this move was good. I have heard that Edgar is going into spring training in better shape. I guess we have to wait and see when he reports this spring.
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It’s Brian from Fish Bites  I read how the commissioner is debating whether to reinstate Hammerin’ Hank as the home run king. I’m sure as a Giants fan, the organization is upset about this, and I can see why. I guess I’m wondering what your take is as a possible fan of Barry Bonds and since you were lucky enough to watch him for so long.

Hope this idea catches on with the other bloggers.
Brian
http://florida.mlblogs.com/ 

 
I don’t think there is any way he will reinstate Hammerin Hank. He can’t just take away everyone’s stats from this steroid era. Plus no one even really knows who did take steroids during this era. Hank has already came out and said the record is Bonds.
 
Even with all of the steroid issues it was awesome to watch the Home Run Chase! No matter where I was at I knew when Bonds was coming up. I was either in front of a TV or listening to every at bat. A lot of people don’t know this but Bonds just didn’t go up there hacking. He only would swing at strikes. He could be 0-2 and still walk cause pitchers wouldn’t want to come back over the plate. Barry was the man and I’m glad he was playing in this era cause I think it was really a treat to everyone who got to really see him play day and day out.
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-Who will win the N.L. West the Dodgers, D-Backs, the Giants, or whoever gets Manny.
-Where will Manny go?
-What you think about pitcher and catchers reporting (is it overrated, underrated, stupid to have pitchers and catcher be there before position, players etc.)

 
 
It all depends where Manny (he will end up a Dodger) goes as to how the NL West will go. If Manny signs with the Dodgers this is what I think. Dodgers, Giants, D-Backs, Rockies and Padres.
 
If Manny signs with the Giants…. Giants, D-Backs, Dodgers, Rockies and Padres.
 
Now If Manny doesn’t sign with either Giants or Dodgers.  It’s really a toss up with the D-Backs and Giants. I think it will probably be Giants, D-Backs, Dodgers, Rockies and Padres.
 
The Giants already made it known if they are in it they will make a move at the trading deadline. I’m sure this will be enough to win the NL West.
 
I think it’s cool that Pitchers and Catchers report early. Just gets baseball started a little earlier than waiting longer for position players. It’s also cool to see what position players show up early. Just shows who’s committed to the team. I love the smell of Spring Training in the air!
 
 
Thank you for your questions. I would like to do this weekly. Please send me any questions that you would like me to answer for you.
 
~King of Cali

What’s the Giants next move?

I keep reading and hearing about the Giants and possibilities. Seems like the
JoeCrede.jpgGiants are rumored with any and every free agent. The Giants needed so much so pretty much any player addition was a good fit for the Giants. Early on in the “Hot Stove” the Giants were linked to have interest in Rafael Furcal who would have been a great addition at shortstop. They ended up with Edgar Renteria. I don’t think that’s a bad move. Saves some money and Edgar is still an upgrade at shortstop. I think the move is fine if the Giants get another good player. If no other moves are made. Then I don’t see a point. Just let the young guys play. I just think this NL West division is so weak this year. That it’s there for the Giants to just take it. The starting rotation is really solid and the bullpen has been improved with the addition of Jeremy Affeldt and Bob Howry.
 
Giants fan have also heard the Giants name with free agents such as Orlando Hudson, Adam Dunn, Pat Burrell, Manny Ramirez, Ty Wigginton, Joe Crede, C.C. Sabathia and now Bobby Abreu. I’m sure I left a few other names out.
 
We all know where CC ended up at. He’s went with the money and signed with the Yankees. You can’t blame a guy for wanting to get paid. Giants fans just hoped CC we take a hometown discount to play for the Giants. It was like a fantasy for Giants fans. It just wouldn’t have made much sense to pay him a huge salary and not get a bat with that money. Well we didn’t get him but where’s the big bat?
 

MannyRamirezredsox.jpgWe no longer would need Orlando Hudson if we have 3 players who are trying to fight for our 2nd base position. To me it was either Hudson or a shortstop and we already got the shortstop. Pat Burrell who is from the Bay Area didn’t seem like a good fit to me either. He’s just not the big bat I think the Giants should add. It’s known they want a first or third baseman. Ty Wigginton and Joe Crede seem like they would be okay, but they are not the big bat that the Giants need. Adam Dunn sounds okay to me even though he’s not great on “D” and strikes out a lot. I’m just trying to get any bat in a Giants uniform. I would have never said I want Dunn before today. I did also see the Giants were interested in Bobby Abreu and a cheaper alternative to Manny Ramirez. I just can’t see the Giants bringing him. He’s a good player but he’s on the decline with his power numbers.
 
If anyone from the Giants front office ever reads this blog. Please let us Giants fans know if you want to win or just put an okay team out there to get your $$$ rolling in. Giants fans have been waiting a long time to win it all. I’m not saying this is the team to do it, but if we had a bat like Manny’s then we would have a great shot at winning the NL West. Then once you get in the playoffs it’s a crap shoot. Well I like our chances in a crap shoot with the starting rotation we would take into a playoff series.
 
~King of Cali