PITTSBURGH Giants manager Bruce Bochy and pitching coachDave Righetti have settled on a rotation alignment for the second half.
The names will not change. But the order will.
Bochy said he would wait until Saturday to make thealignment public because he hasnt spoken to his starting pitchers yet. Butpresumably, he wont have Matt Cain starting the first game out of the breaksince he might throw multiple innings in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
For giggles, Ill speculate that Madison Bumgarner, who wouldhave the longest layoff among the starters, will open the second half againstthe Houston Astros. Cain could follow, and the Giants might be tempted to slideTim Lincecum into the No. 3 spot. That way, he would face the Astros in theshort homestand at AT&T Park instead of pitching in the sweltering heat atAtlanta.
If the Giants pitch Barry Zito fourth and Ryan Vogelsongfifth, they could keep their left-handers split up. And Vogelsong, who hasworked hard while pitching deep in every game, would get extra time to rest andrecuperate.
Thats just my hunch, anyway. Well have the official order tomorrow. And keep in mind: This has almost nothing to do with "prestige" and is more about what makes sense in context of the schedule.
With that in mind, how would you line em up, and why?
TOKYO — Former Detroit Tigers infielder Casey McGehee has agreed to a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League worth $1.7 million.
The Giants announced the signing on their official website on Sunday.
McGehee played in 30 games for the Tigers in 2016 posting a .228 batting average.
This will be McGehee's second stint in Japan. In 2013, he batted .292 with 28 home runs and 93 RBI while helping the Rakuten Eagles of the Pacific League win the Japan Series.
The 34-year-old can play either first or third base.
While the Giants aggressively pursue a new closer, they haven't been aggressive for a new left fielder.
Angel Pagan is a free agent and isn't likely to come back. That leaves talented, but unproven youngsters Mac Williams and Jarrett Parker.
And for GM Bobby Evans, who is always looking for ways to improve the roster, it appears he is content going into the 2017 with Williamson and Parker filling the void in left field.
"Our mindset has been to keep an open mind in any way we can improve the club offensively. But that said, I feel like we've got a starting lineup today that we don't have to adjust or improve upon. I'd always like to find ways to improve it. I think there are some big market options, but we've got two young guys that we want to get a good evaluation on, and you can't really do that until they get major league at-bats. That's Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker and both of them are really in-waiting for an opportunity to get everyday playing time and show what they can do," Evans told ESPN's Buster Olney on Friday.
But Evans is keeping an open mind regarding acquiring a left fielder.
"That said, I also have to make sure that if we have an opportunity to improve or solidify our lineup in some way, I want to take advantage of it. But I can't lose sight of the benefit of developing our own guys and giving them a chance and not locking ourselves into keeping them from playing time in the next two to three years" Evans said.