Colorado Rockies and a look at the National League West
San Francisco Giants
Clayton Kershaw. Rich Hill. Alex Wood. Hyun-Jin Ryu. Robbie Ray. Patrick Corbin. Tyler Anderson. Kyle Freeland. Clayton Richard. Is it just me, or does the National League West have a load of above-average to outstanding left-handed pitchers?
It appears that the San Francisco Giants noticed that, as well, by bringing in Evan Longoria, Andrew McCutchen, and Austin Jackson. After enduring their worst season in 31 years, the Giants clearly improved their offensive by adding these right-handed bats to help combat all those tough lefties. Albeit Longoria, McCutchen and Jackson are in the twilight of their respective careers, they should provide some improvement and protection around Buster Posey.
Coupled with an improved offense, we really shouldn’t be surprised to see this Giants pitching staff string together a decent amount of wins this coming season. Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto, who battled health issues and off-field issues respectively, will revert back to their career norms of eating innings and putting together quality starts. Hey, Bumgarner even fed us with the ol’ spring training cliche of being in the best shape of his life already, according to Bill Baer of NBC Sports. That’s always a good sign for a team some analysts and writers are suggesting might compete for a Wild Card spot this season.