With exactly one week to go until Opening Day, the San Francisco Giants still have 39 players in camp. That list will need to be whittled down to 25, which means Giants manager Bruce Bochy has some tough decisions to make. Enter 22gigantes.
I'm here to help Boch make the final cuts. Of course, there are the obvious ones like Matt Downs and Waldis Joaquin. But it gets kinda tough after that. Let’s take a look at what the Giants’ roster will look like on April 5.
The outfield (7)
Your Opening Day starters will be Mark DeRosa (LF), Aaron Rowand (CF) and Nate Schierholtz (RF), although John Bowker has been making a big push in spring training and could force Schierholtz into a straight platoon. Either way, Bowker is in. Andres Torres, Fred Lewis and Eugenio Velez will also make the team.
The infield (5)
First base belongs to Aubrey Huff. Utilityman Juan Uribe will be your starting second baseman. Edgar Renteria is the shortstop and Pablo Sandoval will be the Opening Day third baseman. 2B Freddy Sanchez will start the season on the disabled list, so don’t count him on your 25-man roster. Do count Travis Ishikawa, who will back up Huff at first (Huff’s sub-stellar glove demands that Ishikawa remains in San Francisco primarily as a late-inning defensive replacement). The nice thing about having Velez and DeRosa on the roster is that both players can play the infield (and, in particular, second base) to give the everyday guys (read: Uribe) the occasional rest. It’s like having seven infielders for the price of five.
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