The narrative stood true. "Every other year" chants still ring in this writer's ear. The San Francisco Giants capped off an up and down year with a strong performance through the postseason and a Championship. There isn't much more you could ask for out of a club. The Giants started off the season great, posting a 16-11 record through April. In May, they went an astonishing 19-9 and were leading the majors for a while. The problem came in June. The Giants went 10-16 in June and 12-14 in July that started a downward shift that let the Dodgers creep into contention for the National League West division. The Giants posted winning records in August and September to secure the 2nd-seed in the NL West and a wild-card berth. They had to get through the Pirates to advance. Madison Bumgarner took the mound and went complete-game to defeat the Pirates and to give the Giants some new hope to a 3 Championship in 5 years. After getting through the Nationals in 4 games and conquering the St. Louis Cardinals in 5, the Giants made it to the World Series. Playing the then undefeated Royals through the postseason, the Giants stole Game 1 to upset the idea at a perfect postseason. The Royals would push this game to 7 games but none other than the Giants bullpen and Madison Bumgarner would finish this game for them. Affeldt came in and secured the win for the game, and Madison Bumgarner pitched 5 shutout innings to get the save. Now, where do the Giants go from here?
Guarenteed Contracts For 2015
Jeremy Affeldt, Joaquin Arias, Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Santiago Casilla, Tim Hudson, Tim Lincecum, Javier Lopez, Angel Pagan, Hunter Pence, Buster Posey, Marco Scutaro
Arb. Elligible Players
Tony Abreu, Brandon Belt, Gregor Blanco, Brandon Crawford, Hector Sanchez, Travis Ishikawa, Yusmeiro Petit
Club Option Players
Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Sergio Romo, Ryan Vogelsong, Tyler Colvin, Tony Abreu, Brandon Hicks
The Giants are at a place where they need to keep their players from their Championship run. Specifically, keeping Sandoval, Morse, and Romo should be the Giants top priority. The Giants could get Vogelsong for a cheap 1-year deal if they'd like to do that again, but Morse and Sandoval have to stay for the Giants otherwise their losing a ton of power hitting. For the future, the Giants are at a good place. Bruce Bochy and Sabean have both done a great job at building a system for their team. Players like Joe Panik and Brandon Crawford are the future for this team and the Giants will have some pitching concerns that will need to be addressed. For the meantime, the Giants are heading in the right direction.