(photo: Randy Vazquez/Bay Area News Group)
The Giants beat the Athletics 7-2 in their final Spring Training game of 2021 which was played at Willie Mays Field yesterday. What a difference a year makes. While more and more Americans are getting vaccinated and the mortality rate declines the pandemic is still with us. But this year we had a full Cactus League slate and MLB is ready for Opening Day in 2021 on Thursday in what we all hope will be a full season of games. Yesterday, Logan Webb went six innings and allowed his first and only run of the Spring in a winning effort. Webb, who had a disappointing rookie campaign in 2020 is now going to be on the Opening Day starting rotation. It shows you how important Spring Training can be for certain players on the cusp of the 26-man or 40-man rosters. Wil Wilson homered and Jason Vosler went 2-2. Both Wilson and Vosler are very interesting and inspiring stories for the Giants who had moments of brilliance this Spring.
Yesterday’s was notable for another reason: It had what most believe was the Giants Opening Day lineup and it was a winner.
The last #SFGSpring lineup for 2021 ⬇️
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) March 29, 2021
MLB has the current Giants 40-man and 26-Man rosters listed. The 26-man group is called “active” and contains 14 pitchers and 27 players currently. Presumably the Giants will cut one more pitcher before the start of the season as an MLB roster is limited to a maximum of 13 hurlers.
Yaz Will Be OK
X-Rays were negative on Mike Yastrezmski’s wrist after he was hit by a pitch on his left hand in yesterday’s game and had to leave the game.. Good news in an eerie echo of the Madison Bumgarner injury at the end of a Cactus League season a few years ago. Yaz is day-to-day as they say and is uncertain about playing in time for Thursday’s opener.
The Giants Get Vaccinated
The Giants announced nearly all the players have received their first dose of the vaccine. Gabe Kapler got his shot too.
Alex Pavlovic just wrote a nice story on Alyssa Nakken and her increased responsibilities as a Giants coach. The article gets into very interesting details on the little (and big) ways a Major League baseball coach can impact a game and a player.