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San Francisco Giants Full 2017 Season Preview, and Predictions

Oct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; A general view inside AT&T Park during game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; A general view inside AT&T Park during game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 5, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) throws in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals during a spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /

The Rotation

GUYS! The Giants’ rotation is really stacked. Last year, they broke with Cain and Peavy as the fourth and fifth options. Now they’ve added Matt Moore for a whole season, and this rotation is potentially scary good. Here is how they will roll them out this year:

  1. Madison Bumgarner LHP
  2. Johnny Cueto RHP
  3. Matt Moore LHP
  4. Jeff Samardzija RHP
  5. Matt Cain RHP

That’s good. Actually, that’s really good. Cain showed some signs of promise in his final tune-up start, which is something the Giants really needed to see. For a while in Spring Training, it looked like Cain would not get that starter spot. Instead he seemed to get things working right at the end. If Cain could even be half of the pitcher we saw pre-2013, I’m sure the Giants would be fine with that. Anything after that is a plus

However, if Matt Cain gets hurt, or doesn’t perform well, there are a couple options waiting in the wings. Tyler Beede would be the third option in that hierarchy for the fifth starter spot. Who is second? Well, he’ll be the long man in the bullpen. Speaking of the bullpen, let’s take a look at that unit.

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