Giants 2016 Season Preview
Ready to check out our 2016 San Francisco predictions? You’ve certainly heard that it’s an even year, so it must be the Giants year. San Francisco looks for it’s 4th World Series Title in the past 8 years as they set for the 2016 season.
MLB Giants Predictions & Handicapping Insight
The Giants have became the center of attention over the even years.
2010, 2012, and 2014 featured the Giants hoisting the World Series trophy. San Francisco added some key parts to their pitching rotation this past off season and addressed what needed to be done offensively to really solidify this roster.
Now, San Francisco will try to take by the NL West, a division that has both Arizona and Los Angeles headlining it.
2016 MLB Team Previews
- Giants National League West Future Odds: +115
- Giants NL Pennant Future Odds: 5/1
- Giants 2016 World Series Future Odds: 8/1
Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Denard Span
That is quite the list to add.
The addition of Johnny Cueto was a bit of a risk for the Giants, but if it pans out things will be so tough on opposing hitters. Cueto was a success with the Reds and dealt at the deadline. While his time with the Royals was a bit of a struggle, if he can come back to be the Cueto of old, having him and Bumgarner back to back is a deadly force.
Samardzija rounds out the impressive staff while Denard Span adds both speed and average to the team.
Mike Leake, Tim Hudson, Ryan Vogelsong, Nori Aoki, Marco Scutaro, Marlon Byrd, Jeremy Affeldt
Multiple players on this list do hurt the team. However, what they gained is far more superior than what they lost. They’ll miss the presence of Nori Aoki and Marlon Byrd, but Denard Span will fill the void as he offers much more speed and more average.
The Giants lost depth and while they may not be able to replace it all, they still have enough talent to cancel that out with their starters.
2016 Giants Predictions – Projected Lineup
- Denard Span
- Joe Panik
- Buster Posey
- Hunter Pence
- Brandon Belt
- Matt Duffy
- Brandon Crawford
- Angel Pagan
This may be one of the deepest lineups in all of baseball.
With the addition of Denard Span, the Giants lineup is complete with speed and power.
The middle of order with Posey-Pence-Belt is one of the best as all three have the ability to change a game with one swing of the bat.
2016 Giants Predictions – Projected Rotation
- Madison Bumgarner
- Johnny Cueto
- Jeff Samardzija
- Jake Peavy
- Matt Cain
Like their lineup, the Giants starting rotation is also one of the deepest in baseball.
With the additions of Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija this past off season, the rotation is solidified and much more talented that last season.
Jake Peavy and Matt Cain both have the ability to be a true 2 or 3 on most teams, giving San Francisco a solid edge.
The key will be seeing the Johnny Cueto of old. Cueto was a mess with the Royals and if he can get back to the Reds’ Johnny Cueto, this team will be such a threat.
2016 Giants Predictions – Projected Bullpen
1. Sergio Romo
2. Santiago Casilla
3. Javier Lopez
The Bullpen has always been a strong suit for the San Francisco Giants.
Sergio Romo has really solidified himself as the closer on this team and he’s continued to be lockdown over the years.
Javier Lopez offers a solid lefty that isn’t just a matchup. Expect Lopez to be in there for both righties and lefties this year.
2016 Giants Predictions
How true is the “every even year” thing for San Francisco?
Well it’s worked 3 straight times, so who says it can’t work for a 4th. The Giants signings this past off season filled holes and made this team extremely talented and deep.
They have a little bit of everything, which will certainly lead them to the top of the NL West as they’ll compete all season long.
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