The San Francisco Giants start spring training games on Friday, so we’ll look at a few things to keep an eye on throughout the spring.
There has been a lot of turnover this offseason, so I’m excited to see how things are going to shake out during spring training.
- Team Chemistry: I know a lot of sabermetric people aren’t believers in team chemistry, but I am. And anyone who watched this team sulk and give up last year knows that team chemistry is real. I hope to see a more energetic, enthusiastic group this spring that’s hungry to win baseball games.
- Veterans Performing: Usually veterans come into camp and go through the motions because they know their roster spot is locked up. However, I don’t think that will, nor should it, be the case for many Giants vets this year. A lot of these players under performed last year, and I want to see them begin to gain some confidence back this spring.
- 4th and 5th Starter: With the team wanting to stay under the luxury tax, it’s left a big hole in the back of our rotation. A lot of attention will be on those who are competing for the last two spots in the rotation. I’m really hoping to see a couple of guys step and and stand out as a starting pitcher this spring.
- The Outfield: There will be a lot of new faces in the outfield this spring, and I’m interested to see who is going to fit where. Some players will be shifting to new positions, and while the outfield is the outfield, it can still be an adjustment. Most importantly, I want to see what the center field position is going to look like, and whether or not a young prospect will force the organization to play them now.
I for one love the start of spring training. There is so much hope and optimism, but there are also so many unknowns to make a “meaningless” game very meaningful.
That’s certainly the case for the San Francisco Giants this offseason. And the points I’ve mentioned are just a few. There will be plenty to talk about over the next month and a half about the Giants, and we look forward to having those discussions with you.