Here we’ll take a look at some of the most compelling spring training games for the San Francisco Giants as games begin this weekend.
We all know spring training games don’t mean anything as far as wins and losses go, but for fans making the trip to watch spring training games, sometimes the matchups are important. Plus, you can also build up a scouting report on other team’s younger players in case you see them during the regular season.
If you are planning on taking a trip to Arizona this spring, here are some of the key matchups you may want to see.
Los Angeles Dodgers
We’ll start with the obvious as any time the Dodgers and Giants meet up it’s a meaningful game. The two teams will only play twice this spring, and both are in the first week of March. The Giants will host the Dodgers on March 1, and then they’ll travel to face the Dodgers on March 6. The March 1 game will actually be a later start for spring training games as it’s set to be played at 5:05 PST.
You’ll have to get out to Arizona early if you want to see the Chicago Cubs as they travel to play the San Francisco Giants on February 25. They don’t play the defending champs again until March 28 when they travel to face the Cubs. However, that game at the end of March could be more like a regular season game, so depending on who is on the mound for each team we could see how well the Giants stack up against the Cubs in that game.
We’ve already crossed off one team from the World Series from last year, now it’s time to see how the San Francisco Giants matchup against the runner-up from 2016. The Cleveland Indians are considered one of the favorites to reach the World Series in 2017, so this will be a chance to see what that team has to offer this year. The Giants host the Indians on March 6 and 10 and travel to their park on March 14.
One of the cool things about this being the year of the World Baseball Classic, is you get to see teams from other countries play against your team. The San Francisco Giants will host Puerto Rico on March 8 as they gear up for the World Baseball Classic. This game is right in the middle of the two Cleveland Indians games, so this would be a great week to go to spring training.
Spring training games are meaningless as far as the outcome, but it’s still a great opportunity to see some of your favorite teams and players. I hope you’re able to enjoy the San Francisco Giants spring training experience this year, and if you do, these are the games you want to see.