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Reasons for Optimism

Opening day is tomorrow. We Baseball fans acknowledge it as a National Holiday, and rightly so. For the Giants heading into 2024 there is reason for optimism. Between the late Spring acquisitions of Blake Snell and Matt Chapman and the addition of a new Manager in Bob Melvin, I am excited about the orange and black. I would also add the potential for young homegrown stars like Patrick Bailey, Casey Schmitt, Kyle Harrison and others to break out in 2024.

Farhan Zaidi was a busy boy in the Spring, successfully luring two prized players to San Francisco in Blake Snell and Matt Chapman. The Giants committed over $320 million to six free agents — Jung Hoo Lee, Blake Snell, Matt Chapman, Jorge Soler, Jordan Hicks and Tom Murphy — and took on an additional $74 million by acquiring Robbie Ray from Seattle, resulting in a roster that looks far more impressive than last season’s squad that went 81-81.

We could make a strong case that the National League West is the toughest division in baseball, or at least one of the most competitive. With the Dodgers adding Shohei “I don’t gamble” Ohtani and other key players, they are the favorites to win the NL West. The Diamondbacks will be tough, more experienced and perhaps even better with the addition of Jordan Montgomery. The Padres still have some fantastic ballplayers and may make a run in the postseason. I see the Giants ceiling as second place, assuming the DBacks and the Padres falter. It’s quite possible, with the expanded postseason, that the NL West could send four clubs into October’s playoffs.

I think the Giants will have two keys this season: the health of their starting pitchers and the quality of their lineup. I think their defense will improve from “No, that did not just happen!” to mediocre if not even better than mediocre. The bullpen is one of the question marks to some degree, particularly the middle relief options for Bob Melvin.

There is another reason to be excited about the Giants: They will hopefully become fun again. No more pinch-hitting in the third inning. No more Joc Pederson in the outfield. No more relievers starting games. Can you tell I am happy the Giants have a new Manager? Particularly one with as much respect and knowledge for the game like Bob Melvin?!

My Giants Predictions

I see the Giants going 87-75 and making a Wild Card appearance. I see that record good for third place in the Division.

Giants MVP: Blake Snell
Willie Mac Award Winner: Patrick Bailey
Top Rookie: Kyle Harrison

My MLB Predictions

NL West Champs: Dodgers
NL Central Champs: Cubs
NL East Champs: Braves
NL Champs: Braves

AL West Champs: Rangers
AL Central Champs: Indians
AL East Champs: Orioles
AL Champs: Rangers

World Series Prediction: Rangers over Braves in seven games.

Opening Day

Opening Day for the Giants is in San Diego this season. That magical first game is tomorrow at 1:10 PM Pacific with Logan Webb facing Yu Darvish. Keep in mind the Padres have played two games already and are 1-1. They played the Dodgers in Korea to open their regular season.