The World Series Champion San Francisco Giants will be having their first spring training game in fifteen days. The defending champs have a bull’s eye on their backs as they’ll return much of their squad from a season ago, but should be primed and ready to go. Here are three stories to follow heading into Arizona:
1. Brian Wilson still unsigned
Although it seemed at the beginning that Brian Wilson would for sure be out of San Francisco, he may still be in the black and orange come April. No team seems to want to take the risk of signing Wilson after his Tommy John Surgery last April. The Mets and Dodgers seemed to be the most interested at the beginning of the offseason; however, neither of them pulled the trigger. Brian Wilson would be a great asset to have back. He not only puts up good numbers, but provides a lot of leadership and moral support in the clubhouse.
2. Returning Starters
Twenty-one of the 25 postseason players are back for another year in San Francisco. This is huge for the Giants. All the experience is there and the only relatively key guy they lost from the playoff roster was Ryan Theriot, who scored the game-winning run to clinch the sweep of Detroit to win the World Series. San Francisco have great experience and depth and should be poised for another playoff run.
3. Tim Lincecum
Just case you haven’t heard yet, Tim did cut his hair. All Giants’ fans are hoping it will somehow change his game, too. Coming off his career-worst pitching season last year, pitching coach Dave Righetti promised change for Lincecum. If he can return to the two-time Cy Young award winner form, it’ll be a major bonus. This pitching staff is the best in the majors when Tim is on his game. The five starting pitchers are Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong, and Barry Zito. The Giants cannot repeat as NL West Division champions unless Tim Lincecum is back on his game.