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Predicting the Giants starting rotation on Opening Day

Nick San Miguel
SF Giants' starter Johnny Cueto. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
SF Giants' starter Johnny Cueto. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
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Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Spring training is only a month away, so let’s predict what the starting rotation will look like for the San Francisco Giants at the start of the 2020 season.

As the offseason draws to a close, there is arguably no more glaring weakness for the San Francisco Giants than their starting rotation. The departure of Madison Bumgarner has made an already weak rotation look absolutely barren.

The team still has veterans Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, both of whom showed flashes of their younger selves in 2019. But with Cueto turning 34 before Opening Day and Samardzija turning 35 in a week, it is only natural to wonder how much they have left in the tank.

Then there are the young guns who showed some promise in 2019. Tyler Beede and Logan Webb both proved they have the raw stuff to compete at a big league level. The main question for both of them in 2020 is if they can compete with any measure of consistency and be stable pieces of a rotation that is bound to be in flux.

There are also the recent additions made by team president Farhan Zaidi and general manager Scott Harris. The front office brought in some veterans on cheap one-year deals to try to add some viable depth. Tyson Ross and Tyler Anderson could start the season on the injured list given they are both coming off significant injuries from last season. Kevin Gausman, another veteran addition, will likely be in the rotation from the get-go, though he is coming off a rough 2019.

Other in-house options like Andrew Suarez or Dereck Rodriguez could also force themselves into the rotation conversation with a strong spring training.

The rotation to start the year is still very much in the air, but let’s predict who the five starters will be to start the 2020 season for the San Francisco Giants.

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