With the San Francisco Giants beginning their final series of 2017 on Friday night, we’ll look at what I want to see from the team this weekend.
A disappointing season will come to end on Sunday, but there are still things to look forward to in this series.
I know a lot of players, mainly the veterans, probably just want the season to be over. However, I believe every time you take the field you have the opportunity to get better.
For many players, these three games will be an audition for next year. The San Francisco Giants should make a lot of moves this offseason, so this is the last chance to prove you belong on this team.
Outside of the Matt Cain retirement party, here are a few things I want see from the San Francisco Giants this weekend:
- Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker: Assuming Williamson’s hand is OK and he’s ready to go, these two need to play in all three games. This was the year we were supposed to find out if either of these guys can be full-time outfielders. Injuries derailed both seasons and we are no closer now to knowing what these guys can do in a full season. I think at least one, or both, are gone this offseason. Please give them one last chance to prove what they can do, or can’t do, with regular playing time.
- Chris Stratton: Stratton gets his final start of the season Friday night. One last look before the offseason to determine if he has a future in the San Francisco Giants rotation, or if he belongs in the bullpen. Four of his nine starts have been quality starts. Five of 10 would look a lot better.
- Wins: We’re already going to finish in last place in the National League West, but this is one last chance to prove we’re better than the San Diego Padres. Even if the Giants sweep this weekend, they’ll be 8-11 overall against the Padres this year — that’s just hard to take in. Hopefully the Giants can end the season on a good note with three wins, and then let us begin what should be an eventful offseason.
As I’ve been saying, please take advantage of every opportunity to watch your favorite team. After this weekend it begins a long, cold process until spring training.