MLB Betting: The SF Giants: 2016 World Series Champions?
The San Francisco Giants won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014. In 2011, 2013 and 2015, they didn’t even make the playoffs. However, they should finish over .500. The positive energy from that sort of season could make the Giants contenders again in 2016 for the thrill of their MLB betting fans. What’s their secret for rebounding every other year? There’s no magic, but there are some reasons why you should fear them again in their next #EvenYear.
MLB Betting: The San Francisco Giants: 2016 World Series Champions?
— Matt Goldman (@TheOriginalBull) September 11, 2015
Let’s look at the existing major league roster. The infield consists of Matt Duffy, Brandon Crawford, Joe Panik and Brandon Belt. It’s hard to imagine a better four-man infield in all of baseball, especially if you include catcher Buster Posey, who is always a candidate to come away with an MVP trophy.
Of course, these players do have their flaws. Panik has missed a ton of time with his lower back injuries and is likely done for the season. Belt and Duffy have gone cold in the last month, just hitting one home run and 16 extra-base hits during the last month. However, Posey is still one of the best defensive catchers in the game, and Belt is a huge threat to get on base. Duffy and Cameron are two of the best left-side infielders in all of baseball. The whole infield will be under 30 in 2016 – and Panik and Duffy will only be turning 25). The whole crew is under team control through the 2017 season.
It’s not just the infielders who are impressive, though. Rookie Chris Heston has already thrown a no-hitter. He doesn’t have the sort of stuff that batters swing and miss. Instead, he has an amazing ground ball rate that should help him out when he’s not pitching at home. Hunter Strickland, who found his own house of horrors in the 2014 postseason, is now one of the league’s very best relievers.
Then, there’s Madison Bumgarner, who threw 270 innings and basically picked up the Giants and carried them by himself past the Royals to win last year’s World Series in seven games. Some other veterans still under team control next year include Sergio Romo, Gregor Blanco, Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence. This is a great roster with plenty of hitting, terrific defense and a pitching staff that could be special.
It is worth pointing out that the rotation gets extremely shaky after you roll Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum out there. Lincecum’s season is over thanks to a hip injury, but all 15 of his starts this seasonw ere adventures. Cain has been on the disabled list for most of 2015 thanks to elbow and injury problems. When he did make his 10 starts, he put up a 6.15 ERA, and he does not seem to be approaching the great heights he conquered in years past.
There are some arms coming up who will strengthen the rotation, though. The Giants picked Tyler Beede with the #14 pick in the 2014 draft, and he is already up to Double-A Richmond. He needs to work on controlling his stuff, though. In college he could nail 99 on the radar gun, but the Giants have told him to pull back a little bit on the speed, and now he hangs around in the low 90s, throwing up cutters and sinkers to get ground ball after ground ball. Kyle Crick is a terrific prospect for the bullpen, with a heater that hits 99 on the gun and a primo slider.