Hello and happy Monday. Welcome to the last week of the year before the baseball season starts.
The San Francisco Giants don’t project to be a particularly good team, but they do have the appearance of a deep team. Opening Night is a week and a half away, but there are still a lot of questions about who will be on the Opening Day roster, and what role they’ll play.
So I want to play a game. Who will lead the Giants in innings played at each position? By my count, there are three locks, health and trades permitting: Buster Posey at catcher, Brandon Belt at first base, and Brandon Crawford at shortstop.
But after that it feels like chaos. Alex Dickerson feels like a lock in left field, health permitting, but the “health permitting” qualifier feels a lot more important than it did for Posey, Belt, or Crawford (which is really saying something). Evan Longoria’s been an everyday player for a long time, but might be a platoon option now. Mike Yastrzemski is the clear favorite to lead the team in innings played, but will he play predominantly in right field or center field, or split time there? Is it Wilmer Flores at second base, or Donovan Solano? Or maybe Tommy La Stella? And where does Mauricio Dubón fit into all of this?
Well don’t look at me. I clearly don’t have the answers.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
The best and worst road teams in San Francisco Giants history (May 31, 2013 — Grant Brisbee)
How many days until Opening Day?
There are 10 days until Opening Day. We’ve reached the final 10!
Have a stellar Monday, folks.