San Francisco Giants

 

2005 Record: 75-87. 3rd in division.

Anticipated Opening Day Roster:

 

Lineup

1-Randy Winn-CF

2-Ray Durham-2B

3-Omar Vizquel-SS

4-Barry Bonds-LF

5-Moises Alou-RF

6-Pedro Feliz-3B

7-Lance Niekro[i]-1B

8-Mike Matheney-C

Starting Rotation

1-Jason Schmidt-R

2-Matt Morris  -R

3-Noah Lowry -L

4-Matt Cain-R

5-Brad Hennessey[i]-R

Bullpen

Armando Benitez[i]-Closer

Tim Worrel-R-Set up man

Steve Kline-Lefty Specialist

Tyler Walker[i]-R

Jeremy Accardo[i]-R

Jeff Fassero-Lefty/Long Relief

Scott Munter-R

Utility: Jose Vizcaino INF, Mark Sweeney IB/OF, Steve Finley OF, Todd Greene C

 

25th man contenders: Jason Ellison OF, Todd Linden[i] OF, Jack Taschner RP, Jamey Wright SP, Kevin Correia SP

 

Departures: Edgardo Alfonso 3B, JT Snow 1B, Brett Tomko SP, Scott Eyre RP, Latroy Hawkins RP, Kirk Reuter SP, Marquis Grissom OF

 

Additions: Steve Finley OF, Matt Morris SP, Steve Kline RP, Tim Worrell RP, Mark Sweeney 1B/OF, Jose Vizcaino INF

 

Key missing ingredients of 05: Randy Winn, Matt Cain, Armando Benitez, Barry Bonds

 

Strengths: A deep pitching staff, bolstered by the key off season addition of Matt Morris a frontline #2 pitcher and inning eater coupled with the serviceable replacement of Scott Eyre with Steve Kline, leaves bullpen depth overflowing into AAA Fresno in the event of inevitable injury. Stability throughout the lineup.   Having Barry Bonds in the lineup at all is a huge plus, along with acquisition of Steve Finley serving as an everyday backup to the oldest outfield in MLB will add much needed security.

 

Weaknesses: The health insurance premiums on the outfielders roaming the vast grounds of AT&T Park will undoubtedly be high. Even the speedy Randy Winn will not be able to prevent the ageless wonders in the corners from being victimized for extra bases. The loss of Gold Glover JT snow at 1B will be clearly evident. The surrounding Barry Bonds hysteria and steroid fervor will likely mar a record setting season.

 

Foreseen variables: Pedro Feliz has shown glimpses of stardom, in the last year of his contract the Giants are expecting more than a sneak preview.

 

2006 Projection: 2nd in the division. With Barry playing 120+ games; the Western Division Crown could be worn by San Francisco.

 

Referenced Players:

 

San Francisco Giants

 

[i]   Armando Benitez-Very consistent throughout his career, 1.29 ERA .82 WHIP in ‘04

[ii]   Tyler Walker-23 saves in ’05, likely will be traded if Benitez remains healthy

[iii]  Brad Henessey- Missed ’03 because a tumor in his back. Hit 2 Hr’s in 39 AB’s in ‘05

[iv]  Jeremy Accardo-Great stuff, deceptive slinging motion, called up from AA, did well.

[v]   Lance Niekro- uncle is knuckle baler Phil Niekro

[vi]  Todd Linden- Thought out of options, MLB ruled the ‘05 PCL MVP has one year left