Buster Posey

San Francisco Giants:Possible Opening Day Lineup Explodes

By Gary Oversen
Mar 16, 2016; Peoria, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Denard Span (2) singles in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2016; Peoria, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Denard Span (2) singles in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /
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The San Francisco Giants were able to trot out what could be their opening lineup for tonight’s game against the San Diego Padres. If the offensive results are a glimpse into the future, the team will be in great shape in the 2016 season. Giants win 15-6!

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Tonight’s game was similar to the Stephen Curry show with the Golden State Warriors. The team wanted to see their possible opening day lineup get a few at-bats and then get out of there. Like the Warriors do on most nights, the Giants offense was able to put together a night that gave their starters 3 or 4 plate appearances and still get off the field by the sixth inning. Curry usually doesn’t play the fourth quarter.

Top to bottom, the lineup looked sharp. Every starter got at least one hit, including Matt Cain, who got two while hitting in the eighth slot. Bruce Bochy may stick with this moving forward. His thinking is that the team essentially has two leadoff hitters hitting back to back. Not a bad reason, and it also gives Angel Pagan RBI opportunities after a successful sac bunt by the pitcher. But who are we kidding, the Giants pitchers are going to lead the league in hitting this year anyway right?

Denard Span had a home run and a triple while driving in four in four trips to the plate, moving well while running the bases. Buster Posey (3-3, 3 runs driven in and 3 runs scored), Hunter Pence (2-4, 2 runs scored and 2 runs driven in), and Brandon Crawford (2-3, 3 runs driven in) all homered.

Cain had his two hits, and scored once and drove in a run, and Pagan was 1-2 out of the ninth spot.

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Speaking of Cain, his outing was strong on a night when the ball was live, he put in a good night’s work facing 16 batters. He is at a point in the spring where tonight’s work is about what they were looking for. He looks like he should be ready for the start of the season.

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