The time has finally come — we have baseball games to watch again! The San Francisco Giants will take the field for the first time in 2018 on Friday afternoon.
Today the Giants will take on a split squad of the Milwaukee Brewers in Scottsdale, Ariz.
While we won’t do a preview of every game this spring, I thought it appropriate to at least get us ready for the first game, which will start at 12:05 PST and be broadcast on KNBR 680.
Here is the game one lineup:
Dugger – CF
Tomlinson – SS
McCutchen – RF
Sandoval – 1B
Hundley – C
Parker – DH
Slater – LF
Gomez – 2B
Calixte – 3B
Blach – P
So right out of the gate we get to see a newcomer in Andrew McCutchen. I’m also interested in seeing the two young guys in the outfield as I think that will be a great battle all spring.
Pablo Sandoval at first base is very interesting and something I’ve never given much thought. That might be the only way he makes this team, if he can show the versatility to play both corner infield positions.
The battle for the back-end of the starting rotation begins in game one with Ty Blach taking the mound. He’s probably the favorite right now earn a rotation spot, but that all could change during the spring.
We probably won’t see a lot of the regulars play together until after the weekend. I know a lot of managers are easing their veterans into games because of the early start.
Still, for me at least, spring training is about seeing the young guys and those battling for a spot on the Opening Day roster.
No matter what though, we’re going to get some live baseball games being played, and that’s music to my ears. I can’t wait for the games to begin, and I hope you’re as excited about spring training games starting today as I am!