The San Francisco Giants have high expectations this season, but the worst possible scenario has occurred before the season even starts.
The San Francisco Giants made a few offseason moves that put them in contention for a playoff spot this upcoming season.
With the injury to Dodgers’ third baseman Justin Turner, things might have been looking up for the Giants to start the season.
Unfortunately for them, anything that could go wrong has gone wrong for them. On Friday against the Royals, Giants ace Madison Bumgarner broke a bone in his throwing hand in what was scheduled to be his final spring training start.
Bumgarner was hit by a comebacker against the Kansas City Royals, and now he’s looking at potentially being out for the next six to eight weeks. Last year, he had to miss the majority of the season because of a shoulder injury suffered from a four-wheeler accident.
As big of a loss as this is, you would think the Giants would be alright because they have a fairly solid rotation with Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija in the mix. Unfortunately, they’re going to be without Samardzija as well for the next three weeks to a month as well.
The Giants are going to have to score runs to make up for the losses of two of their better pitchers. The only problem is, as we all know, they play in a park that isn’t conducive to scoring at a high clip.
After last season’s abysmal offensive performance, they made some offensive additions in Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria, and now they’ll be relied upon heavily to make up for the losses in their pitching staff.
Don’t be surprised to see the Giants to make a small addition to add depth to their rotation so they can buy time as they await the return of their frontline starters. The pressure will be on Ty Blach, Chris Stratton and Johnny Cueto to shoulder the load.