Giants vs. Rockies lineups: Pomeranz looks to lead Giants to series win

Giants vs. Rockies lineups: Pomeranz looks to lead Giants to series win

After a record-setting day in a doubleheader sweep, the San Francisco Giants will run it back as they try to take down the Colorado Rockies, who currently sit just a game ahead of the Giants in the standings. Drew Pomeranz will take the hill for San Francisco, looking to improve on his last start in which he surrendered four runs as the Giants fell in St. Louis.

The Giants have played themselves right into an intriguing gray area, as fans and media appear split on how the team should proceed with personnel. Coming into this season, general manager Farhan Zaidi was emphatic about the fact that this roster needed a dramatic overhaul and that he wasn't going to deem anyone untouchable. He's already made 14 trades since the calendar year began, and just about everyone believes he still has a few more to make. 

But San Francisco has been as hot as any team in the league over the past few weeks, winning eight of their last ten games and scoring 96 runs in their last 12 games. This effort was punctuated Monday in what was the greatest single-game showing of offense since the Giants moved west. Brandon Crawford had eight RBI by himself, which was more runs than all but four teams in the MLB scored on Monday.

The Rockies will send Peter Lambert to the mound, and the former second-round pick will make his sixth start of his career and the first against the Giants. Most recently, he went five innings allowing four runs in a loss to the Astros on July 3.

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Here are the lineups for tonight's game, with the first pitch scheduled to get for 5:40 p.m. with pregame coverage starting at 4:30 p.m. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams App

San Francisco Giants (45-49)

Brandon Belt, 1B
Buster Posey, C
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Alex Dickerson, LF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Carl Yastrzemski, RF
Kevin Pillar, CF
Joe Panik, 2B
Drew Pomeranz, LHP (2-9, 6.42 ERA)

Colorado Rockies (46-48)

Charlie Blackmon, RF
Trevor Story, SS
Nolan Arenado, 3B
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Ian Desmond, CF
Raimel Tapia, LF
Ryan McMahon, 2B
Chris Iannetta, C
Peter Lambert, RHP (2-1, 6.67 ERA)

How Giants manager Gabe Kapler plans to handle veteran core of lineup

How Giants manager Gabe Kapler plans to handle veteran core of lineup

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gabe Kapler spent the last month talking to Giants employees about why he would be the right fit for the job, and on Wednesday he spent nearly an hour on a podium discussing his past and future. But now Kapler plans to listen.

The new Giants manager is three months from the start of spring training and soon after that he'll have to start putting together lineups. On the Giants Insider Podcast, Kapler said he plans to talk to core players before revealing any preferences. 

"An executive in Los Angeles once said to me: 'Know where they've been, know where they are, know where they're going," Kapler said. "In order to know those three things, I need to be able to ask those questions and hear what's going on in their brains."

The arrival of Kapler -- and general manager Scott Harris -- should lead to big changes even if the Giants aren't able to trade any veterans. Bruce Bochy had too much respect for Buster Posey's past accomplishments to move him out of the heart of the order, but Kapler enters without that history.

Brandon Crawford is coming off a down year and could lose time to Mauricio Dubon or a newcomer. Brandon Belt didn't hit for much power last year, but Bochy hit him leadoff at times because of his ability to have good plate appearances, and Kapler complimented Belt during his press conference Wednesday. 

"I've thought a lot about Brandon Belt (and) how impressive it is to watch him take an at-bat, independent of the outcome of the at-bat," Kapler said. "He tends to look over pitches and make really good swing-or-don't-swing decisions."

It'll now be up to Kapler to figure out the best configuration. He said he already has started digging into his new options, and he's excited about meeting the longtime Giants. 

"In preparing for an interview like this, you start to learn the players: The areas where they've taken off since you might have seen them last, the areas where they might have regressed a little bit," he said. "Before any real lineup decisions are made or any strategic decisions are made, tactical decisions, you have conversations with the players. I think that's a really important part of the process that sometimes gets blown past.

"I don't think it makes any sense for me to come in here and say Brandon Belt is going to lead off for us and Evan Longoria will hit in this spot and Buster Posey is going to play 'X' amount of games. All of those things we have an idea and a feel for, but much more importantly, before I make any decision like that or suggest any decision like that, I'll have a conversation with Buster, have a conversation with Evan, find out where they've been."

The perception in some circles is that Kapler was brought in partly because he can have those conversations before taking lineup suggestions from Zaidi, a close friend. But Kapler said he had autonomy in Philadelphia and doesn't expect a change, although he's happy to have input from the front office.

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"I see it as a plus and a positive that Farhan will be invested in what happens on the field," he said. "That's the way it should be. But it's also important to note that I have a fairly strong personality. I've always shared my opinions. I always will share my opinions. We'll just come to the best decisions that help the San Francisco Giants win baseball games."

For more of Kapler's thoughts on strategy, bullpen usage, developing top prospects, his reunion with Zaidi, and those ice cream urban legends, you can stream the Giants Insider Podcast here or download it on iTunes here.

Click here to watch the full Kapler interview

MLB rumors: Yankees interested in free agent pitcher Madison Bumgarner

MLB rumors: Yankees interested in free agent pitcher Madison Bumgarner

This isn’t exactly breaking news, but Madison Bumgarner will be a hot commodity in MLB free agency.

The Atlanta Braves reportedly are the favorites to land the three-time World Series champion, but now another title contender is hoping in adding Bumgarner's services in 2020, after his 11-year run with the Giants.

“I will definitely talk to Bumgarner’s agency,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman reportedly told The San Francisco Chronicle’s John Shea at the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. “I haven’t. But I will.”

The Yankees' interest is far from a surprise. Not only does the franchise have one of baseball’s most expansive payrolls, but it could use a pitcher who sports a series of dominant playoff performances, considering the Yankees haven’t participated in the Fall Classic since 2009, despite seven postseason appearances in that span.

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It remains to be seen how aggressive the Giants will be in trying to re-sign Bumgarner, but it’s clear they won’t be the only ones after the left-hander this winter.