Apr 6, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chalk flies as San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner uses a rosin bag on the pitchers mound in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks during opening day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Starting Pitcher-@MadisonBumgarner: #SaveaHorseRideaCowboy
I know all of these awkward, flirtatious hashtags are starting to get weird. By this hashtag, I mean San Francisco is able to ride Madison Bumgarner through his innings and know that every time he takes the mound they have a chance to win. Simply put, Bumgarner is the man.
Starting Pitcher-@Hesto23: #WhoDat?
Chris Heston came out of nowhere to fill in for Matt Cain and now has cemented his name into the rotation. To top it off, Heston through a no-hitter against the New York Mets in June, which was a remarkable moment for the young man.
Starting Pitcher-@MattCain: #OctoberLife
I don’t think that the importance of Matt Cain will show until the postseason. Thus far, Matt Cain has been so-so since coming off the DL in July, but his veteran presence and big-game dominance will prove to be priceless in October baseball.
April 17, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Starting Pitcher-@JakePeavy_44: #WhySoSerious?
Every team needs that guy who is the first guy on the top step after a guy scores to give him a tap on the butt, and also is the leader who gets in a player’s face when he is down on himself. Jake Peavy is that guy and he is quite the scene on the mound when he pitches.
Starting Pitcher-Mike Leake: #WhatYaGotHomeBoy
Newly acquired Mike Leake is said to have been a San Francisco Giant-type player his whole career. We will see if that is true or not as the season unfolds.
Starting Pitcher-Tim Hudson(*15-day DL): #TrueVeteran
Similar to Casey McGehee, Tim Hudson is a true veteran in that he knows the business and he knows what is best for the team. After the Giants traded for Mike Leake, Hudson knew that his time in the rotation and possibly his career was over. What was his response? He praised the Giants for making the trade and agreed that it was best for the team. True veteran!
Starting Pitcher-@timlincecum (*15-day DL): #AdiosMuchacho
With the overflowing amount of pitchers on the roster, it is time for the Tim Lincecum time to end. The fans love him for good reason, but his stuff is not their anymore. It is a wonder what San Francisco will do when he rehabilitates and pitches his maximum amount of rehab innings in AAA Sacramento.
Starting/Relief Pitcher-@RyanVogelsong: #YesCoach
Ryan Vogelsong is one of my favorites because he is willing to do whatever the manager asks of him without any questions. Now in the bullpen, Vogelsong has had a crazy route in his career, but his perseverance and work ethic is respected throughout the clubhouse.
Relief Pitcher-@YPetit52: #LocationLocationLocation
Hitters seem to have figured Yusmeiro Petit out a bit this year. Petit is known for locating the ball on the black and pitching to contact. Location mistakes have hurt Petit this year as his ERA is a career high 4.08 ERA.
Oct 25, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Relief Pitcher-@JeremyAffeldt: #AgeCatchingUp
Jeremy Affeldt has been a good Giant for a long time (7 years). However, the 36-year old Affeldt has struggled this year, and the movement and location has not been consistent. Look for the Giants to pick up a left-handed reliever via waiver-claim sooner than later.
Relief Pitcher-@G_Kontos: #StrandedWithoutWater
To start the season, George Kontos stranded the first 26 runners inherited. That is incredible. That means he came into the game with 26 runners on base, and not one of those 26 scored. Kontos has become a complete pitcher in 2015.
Relief Pitcher-@JavierLopez: #LifeofaLeftySpecialist
What a career for Javier Lopez. Lopez comes into the game and pitches to one or two hitters at the most and gets relieved by a right-handed pitcher. Definition of a lefty-specialist. What has doing this done for Lopez? Well, just take a look at his hand as 4 World Series rings sit nice and tight on it. Must be nice.
Relief Pitcher-@SergioRomo54: #YouScaredBro?
Sergio Romo was quoted on the Murph and Mac Radio show saying, “Hitters aren’t afraid of me anymore.” If hitters aren’t afraid of you, you must be afraid. It is all in Romo’s head as he has posted his second-worst ERA of his career (3.89). If Romo can retain his confidence and get his mind right, he has won half the battle.
Relief Pitcher-@HStrickland60: #TakeaSeatMeat
Hunter Strickland has been terrific this year as he has added a change-up to his arsenal and utilized his off-speed pitches more. Strickland has definitely been the biggest surprise of the bullpen this year.
Santiago Casilla has been a successful relief man for many years, and has been a successful closer for the Giants for the past 2 years. But, the inconsistency and the fact that he does not scare any hitter is a concern. If the Giants want to win the NL West and reach the World Series for the fourth time in six years, the Giants need to target a new closer during the waiver period.
Well, there you have it. Hashtags for the 2015 San Francisco Giants. With that being said, shouldn’t the entire team have one hashtag to rally on? Okay well here you go:
Oct 29, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Many may say that San Francisco has already achieved the title of a “dynasty.” However, I am not totally convinced. Dynasty is a strong word, and I might regret this when I say that they need to win one more title within the next few years to earn the word “dynasty.” They are certainly set up for another good postseason run. It looks like we will just have to wait and see what these last couple months have in store for us.
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