Friday, December 18, 2015

So I Guess San Francisco Wins the World Series in 2016, Right?

Well look what we have here, it looks like a pattern developing. The San Francisco Giants have made it a habit of missing the postseason only to win the World Series the next season. It happened in 2010, 2012 and it happened again in 2014. Will it happen again in 2016? Well looking at the free agency signing and the fact that Matt Cain is now you’re fifth starter it looks extremely likely.

First things first, they have to make the postseason. San Francisco should have a much clearer path to the postseason this coming year than in seasons past. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been their biggest obstacle within the division with their one-two punch of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke at the top of the rotation but Greinke is gone and Kershaw was exposed for some not-so-nice comments he made to the team’s GM about right fielder and star player Yasiel Puig. Don Mattingly is gone and I just have a gut feeling that things are going to be a mess in Los Angeles. Especially if the Dodgers want to cut payroll by the $100 million that we have seen thrown around.

The Giants pitching staff is built for the long haul and is built for October baseball. Madison Bumgarner has been the only 200 IP in the San Francisco rotation since Matt Cain did it back in his hay day but this winter the team has seemingly fixed their rotation woes. The team signed Johnny Cueto to a six-year deal and signed Jeff Samardzija to a five-year deal, both perennial 200 IP pitchers, to plug in behind Bumgarner in the rotation. Samardzija and Cueto both pitched in hitter friendly ball parks in 2015, more so Cueto with the Reds than Samardzija in Chicago, and should benefit from the big dimensions and speedy outfielders in San Francisco’s outfield leading to more innings and more victories.

The time for San Francisco and teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks to strike is now and both teams are seemingly going full steam ahead. It shouldn’t matter though if the past is any indicator of the future, the San Francisco Giants missed the postseason completely in 2015 so they are almost a virtual lock for the World Series title in 2016. Right?


Sorry for the Capatcha... Blame the Russians :)