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Posted on: December 19, 2011 9:55 am
Edited on: December 20, 2011 12:17 am
 

Homegrown Team: San Francisco Giants



By Matt Snyder


What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

On the strength of an incredible -- and mostly homegrown -- pitching staff, the San Francisco Giants won their first World Series in 2010 (yes, the Giants had won the World Series before, but that was as the New York Giants). So when you picture how the Giants would fare in this just-for-fun series, you might think these Giants will be pretty good. If so, you'd be wrong. You'll find a similarity to the real Giants in terms of pitching and offense, but the bad is much, much worse. In fact, it's awful. Don't say we didn't warn you ...

Lineup

1. Brandon Belt, RF
2. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
3. Buster Posey, 1B
4. Nate Schierholtz, CF
5. Yorvit Torrealba, C
6. Brett Pill, LF
7. Matt Downs, 2B
8. Brandon Crawford, SS

Starting Rotation

1. Tim Lincecum
2. Matt Cain
3. Madison Bumgarner
4. Ryan Vogelsong
5. Francisco Liriano

Bullpen

Closer - Brian Wilson
Set up - Joe Nathan, David Aardsma, Sergio Romo, Scott Linebrink, Jason Grilli
Long - Jonathan Sanchez, Kevin Correia

Notable Bench Players

Hector Sanchez, Emmanuel Burriss and Conor Gillaspie.

What's Good?

The pitching staff could be even better than the real-life lock-down staff because you add the upside of Liriano, along with Nathan and Aardsma as setup men for Wilson. Of course, Nathan had a down year while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Liriano was pretty bad and Aardsma missed the entire season with his own injury. But since we're living in a dream world anyway, just picture this staff with everyone at his best. It's amazing, top to bottom.

What's Not?

Pretty much everything else. There is no bench depth at all, which is bad because Torrealba, Pill, Downs and Crawford don't have any business being everyday big-league starters. The Belt-Sandoval-Posey start to the lineup isn't bad, but after that the lineup is brutal. Schierholtz is fine for a six or seven hitter, but definitely not cleanup on a team that wants to be in playoff contention. The presence of Sandoval and Posey probably prevents this from being the worst Homegrown offense, but it's really, really bad. The team speed is lacking, too, so the offense can't exactly hope to put pressure on the defense that way. Oh yeah, the defense. Due to having one true outfielder (I still count Belt as a true first baseman) on the entire roster in addition to that guy being a corner outfielder having to play center, and we have four guys playing out of position. The outfield's range in particular would be crippling to the elite pitching staff in that spacious outfield.

Comparison to real 2011

It's similar in that the pitching is great and the offense is a big problem, but this offense is far worse than the real-life Giants' was -- and that wasn't good enough to make the playoffs. The actual 2011 Giants went 86-76 and were quite fortunate to get there with such a bad offense. This group couldn't possibly get to .500, even with the one of the best pitching staffs in this exercise -- and, again, the defense would make the pitchers look worse. I think it looks like a 75-win team, based purely on the pitching staff, Sandoval and Posey.

Up next: Oakland Athletics

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Posted on: August 10, 2011 3:26 am
 

Astros' Downs wants umpires held accountable

CB BucknorBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Astros infielder Matt Downs vented about the umpires and echoed the thoughts of many fans when he said he wants Major League umpires to be held more accountable for their calls.

"My stats are put in the paper every day, everybody knows if I fail or succeed, and I feel like some kind of action has got to be taken where we realize if a guy's blown a call or not and he's accountable," Downs told Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle.

Downs was frustrated after he felt a 3-1 pitch from Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz was called a strike by umpire CB Bucknor and he felt it was inside. He then struck out swinging on the next pitch for the second out of the ninth inning in an eventual 11-9 Diamondbacks victory.

"I get tired of umpires going back to the hotel and thinking they did a good job on the night and I have to go back to the hotel on a failure night after I feel like I walked 3-1 instead of punching out 3-2," Downs said. "Some kind of action has to be taken on just a bonehead call like that."

Pitch F/X showed the ball was well inside and even Diamondbacks TV announcer Mark Grace was surprised it was called a strike and said, "Oh my goodness, J.J. got a big break there -- and the Diamondbacks. That pitch looked six inches inside. Holy mackerel."

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Posted on: March 26, 2011 11:01 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:33 pm
 

Barmes out 4-6 weeks with broken hand

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Clint BarmesAstros shortstop Clint Barmes will miss anywhere from four to six weeks with a  broken left hand, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Barmes was hit by a pitch from Yankees starter Ivan Nova on Friday and had X-rays that confirmed the non-displaced fracture in the fifth metacarpal bone in his left hand.

Barmes suffered a similar injury in 2002 at Double-A.

The Astros expected Barmes to start at shortstop after acquiring him in November for Felipe Paulino. The team's top backup, Jeff Keppinger, is currently sidelined following toe surgery. The Astros have their shortstop spot open, along with two backup infielder slots. The candidates are Angel Sanchez, Anderson Hernandez, Matt Downs and Oswaldo Navarro.

Barmes was hitting .196/.308/.286 this spring in 56 at-bats.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 2:48 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 2:49 pm
 

Astros claim Giants' Downs on waivers

The Astros have become a beneficiary of the Giants' waiver claim on Cody Ross.

The Giants, who are collecting outfielders like bobblehead dolls, claimed Ross to block the first-place Padres, who need a center fielder. Their bluff got called by the Marlins, who decided to let the Giants pick up the rest of Ross' salary.

In order to make room on their 40-man roster for Ross, the Giants had to designate infielder Matt Downs for assignement, which meant he had to go through waivers. The Astros snatched him up Wednesday. Downs, 26, hasn't done much in limited big-league action, but he's batting .280 with some power at Triple-A. He's mostly a second baseman, but has played everywhere except catcher and center field, making him a solid utility possibility.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 3:07 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 4:37 pm
 

Renteria off DL, but what now?


The Giants activated Edgar Renteria from the disabled list before Wednesday's game against the Orioles, but the question is where will he play?

Renteria started the season off well, but is coming off his second stint on the disabled list. In 23 games, he's hitting .326/.372/.395 wth a home run and 11 RBI. However, since he's been gone, his replacement Juan Uribe has taken that spot. Uribe is hitting .284/.349/.479 with 10 hoe runs and 41 RBI. Uribe has played 44 games at shortstop, 16 at second, one at third and one as the designated hitter.

With Uribe playing so well, Pablo Sandoval at third, Freddy Sanchez at second and Buster Posey at first, there doesn't seem to be too many spots in the lineup for Renteria, 33.

Reteria had been on the disabled list since May 27 with a strained right hamstring. He was also on the DL from May 7-22 with a groin strain. Infield Matt Downs was optioned to Triple-A Fresno to make room for Renteria. Downs was hitting .244/.318/.372 with a home run and seven RBI.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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