Giants announce spring schedule


Giants announce spring schedule

The Giants will play 33 games in Arizona this spring, opening the schedule against Colorado in Scottsdale on March 3.

The club will cap the spring schedule with three games back in the Bay Area, two at AT&T Park and one in Oakland (April 2-4).

The Giants will host each of the Cactus League clubs at least once, including five games against Colorado (March 3, 4, 7, 22, 24) and four games against Milwaukee (March 4, 5, 10 and April 1) and the A's (March 17, April 2-4).

The Giants drew 160,574 fans last spring, an average of 10,036 per game. It will be the 30th spring training at Scottsdale Stadium.
March 3 -- Colorado Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 4 -- Colorado ScottsdaleSalt River TBD Milwaukee Maryvale TBD
March 5 -- Milwaukee Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 6 -- Los Angeles-NL Glendale TBD
March 7 -- Colorado Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 8 -- San Diego Peoria TBD
March 9 -- Cincinnati (ss) Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 10 -- Milwaukee Scottsdale 1:05 pm Los Angeles-AL Tempe TBD
March 11 -- Seattle Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 12 -- Kansas City Surprise TBD
March 13 -- Chicago-NL Scottsdale 7:05 pm
March 14 -- Cleveland Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 15 -- Seattle Peoria TBD
March 16 -- Chicago-NL Mesa TBD
March 17 -- Oakland (ss) Scottsdale 1:05 pm Los Angeles-NL Glendale 7:05 pm
March 18 -- San Diego Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 19 -- OFF DAY
March 20 -- Arizona ScottsdaleSalt River TBD
March 21 -- Cleveland Goodyear TBD
March 22 -- Colorado ScottsdaleSalt River TBD
March 23 -- Texas Scottsdale 7:05 pm
March 24 -- Colorado Scottsdale 1:05 pm Cincinnati Goodyear TBD
March 25 -- Chicago-AL Glendale TBD
March 26 -- Kansas City Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 27 -- Los Angeles-AL Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 28 -- Los Angeles-NL Scottsdale 1:05 pm
March 29 -- Texas Surprise TBD
March 30 -- San Diego Peoria TBD
March 31 -- Cincinnati Scottsdale 3:05 pm
April 1 -- Milwaukee Maryvale TBD
Exhibition Games in Bay Area
April 2 -- Oakland AT&T Park TBD
April 3 -- Oakland Coliseum TBD
April 4 -- Oakland AT&T Park TBD

Projection system loves Giancarlo Stanton at AT&T Park


Projection system loves Giancarlo Stanton at AT&T Park

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have made a habit in recent winters of “kicking the tires,” so to speak, on as many free agents as possible. General manager Bobby Evans is committed to being thorough, but at times there is probably no need. 

Hitters have made no secret of the fact that they prefer friendlier confines, and if you’re a power hitter, you’re going to ask Evans for a significantly larger check to play 81 of your games at the harshest power park in the majors. That’s what makes Giancarlo Stanton, readily available via trade, so intriguing. But would Stanton be fully immune to the realities of AT&T Park?

The numbers, at least in a small sample, suggest he would. Stanton has played 27 games in San Francisco and taken 108 at-bats. He has nine homers, 11 doubles and a triple. His .676 slugging percentage at AT&T Park isn’t far off his mark at Coors Field (.714), and his 1.048 OPS is higher than his OPS during the 2017 season, when he hit 59 homers. 

The damage has been done in limited time, but the Giants clearly believe it’s fully sustainable, and a recent study done by ESPN’s Dan Szymborski backs that up. Szymborski ran his ZiPS projection system to estimate Stanton’s stats over the next 10 years for a variety of suitors. The numbers in orange and black are overwhelming. 

The projections have Stanton at 46.2 WAR over the next 10 seasons, including 7.1 in 2018 and 6.8 in 2019, the two seasons the organization should be focused on given Madison Bumgarner’s contract situation. ZiPS projects Stanton at 46 homers next season if he plays for the Giants, followed by 43, 42, 39, 35 over the following four years. For comparison’s sake, Brandon Belt led the Giants in homers each of the last two seasons and he has 35 total during that span. 

Any sort of projection system needs to be taken with a huge grain of salt, especially with a player who has had injury issues in the past. But ZiPS believes Stanton -- who plays in a huge park already -- is a rarity, the kind of power hitter who can keep crushing well into his 30’s and put up huge numbers even if he is limited by the realities of getting older and getting hurt. Szymborski’s projections have Stanton playing just 102 games in 2025, but he’s still projected to hit 23 homers, 20 doubles and post an OPS+ of 121. Even in the 10th year of the projections, ZiPS has Stanton down for 16 homers. 

There are no sure things in this game, but as Evans continues to chase a blockbuster deal, he can be confident that Stanton is one player who should be able to provide power for years to come, no matter what AT&T Park does to hold hitters down. 

Former A's slugger Gomes offers Ohtani scouting report: 'Big fan of the dude'


Former A's slugger Gomes offers Ohtani scouting report: 'Big fan of the dude'

Former A's left fielder/DH and Bay Area native, Jonny Gomes, last played Major League Baseball in 2015. The next year, Gomes looked to continue his career in Japan with the Rakuten Golden Eagles. 

Gomes struggled in Japan, batting just .169 in 18 games. While in Japan though, Gomes saw firsthand the two-way talent of Shohei Ohtani. 

"The dude throws 100 miles per hour consistently," Gomes said Tuesday to MLB Network Radio. "That plays."

With MLB, the Players Association, and the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization agreeing to a new posting system, Ohtani should soon be available as a free agent to MLB teams. Gomes was adamant that Ohtani will live up to the hype. 

"If you have the arm speed to throw 100 miles per hour, guess what your slider's gonna do -- yikes. And he also has a split, which is yikes with that arm speed. And he also has a changeup, and he also has a curveball. You're talking about five plus, plus, plus pitches.

"If he was in the draft, I think it would be a no-brainer right now that he'd be No. 1 overall," Gomes said. 

Since turning pro as an 18-year-old, Ohtani has been a dominant force on the mound. The 6-foot-3 right-hander owns a 42-15 career record with a 2.52 ERA and 1.076 WHIP. 

What makes Ohtani, 23, so intriguing is that he's not only the best pitcher in Japan, he may be the best hitter too. In 2017, Ohtani hit .332 with eight home runs in 65 games. The left fielder/DH owns a .286/.358/.500 career slash line with 48 home runs. 

"Now hitting wise, is it gonna transfer, is it not? I've seen the dude hit a fly ball that hit the roof of the Tokyo Dome," Gomes remembers. "So, what does that tell you? That bat speed's there, that power's there, that he's generating a lot out front.

"To be able to hit the roof of the Tokyo Dome is way more impressive than hitting any other roof in the states. It would be like hitting the roof in Seattle when it was closed, it's way up there."

Everyone knows about Ohtani off-the-charts talent. The stats are there. What we don't know as much about is his personality. Gomes does and he believes his leadership will make him be a star in the states. 

"I'm a big fan of the dude," Gomes says. "I saw his work ethic, I saw how players treated him, I saw how respectful he was. Over there it's all about seniority. Granted he was the biggest star on the field at any given moment, but still gave the utmost respect to seniority guys on his ball club."