What the Giants Opening Day Starting Lineup Should Be

Trying to predict the San Francisco Giants lineup is easier said than done. Manager Bruce Bochy drew up 126 different lineups in 2010 and even more ugly ones in 2011. What’s the point? Bochy says he mixes and matches because he likes to play the “hot hand” but the reality is that most Giants position players aren’t very good. In fact, most aren’t anything better than replacement level if you look at their WARs (Wins Above Replacement). This inconvenient truth must be acknowledged. There’s a reason the Giants were trotting out scrubs like Miguel Tejada, Aaron Rowand & Orlando Cabrera: desperation.

But it’s a new year! And that means the Giants are going to win the World Series again improve a lot. Last season the Giants offense was a punch-line around the league. Pairing the lowest on-base percentage in Major League Baseball with virtually no speed on the base paths equated to one ugly season for the Giants in 2011. The good news is that the Giants got faster with the outfield acquisitions of Melky Cabrera, Angel Pagan and reserve Gregor Blanco. There’s nowhere to go but up for the offense.

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The State of the 49ers and the Rest of the NFL

You thought the 49ers were going to place Alex Smith on an iceberg and send him adrift didn’t you? And act like his 13-3 season never happened? So did I. With Peyton Manning under center for the Red & Gold it was hard not to put my feet up, crack open a cold one and let the visions of glorious grandeur take me to my happy place. However that’s not the way the cookie crumbled. Unfortunately for Peyton Manning, he wanted more money to play for an inferior football team led by an unproven GM. His loss. But that’s neither here nor there.

What I’d like to get across is that the 49ers have never looked better. They haven’t been in this good of shape in a decade, maybe longer. After the dust settled with 2012’s NFL free agency, San Francisco has emerged with all 11 of its defensive starters plus a more dynamic offense. And Wall Street stock brokers are screaming at you to “BUY! BUY! BUY!” some Alexander Douglas Smith shares.

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Previewing the Giants’ Starting Rotation

The first thing that comes to mind when you look at the San Francisco Giants is their phenomenal pitching staff. As quite a motley crew, the rotation is entering their prime as a collective unit. Most of the buzz surrounds perennial Cy Young candidates Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, but what truly makes the Giants’ staff so remarkable is their consistent dominance in the face of virtually no run support. Oh yeah, and this man-child named Madison Bumgarner.

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Ryan Braun Cheated, Therefore He’s Innocent

Let me start by saying that Ryan Braun is one of my favorite players in Major League Baseball: a fresh-faced smooth swinging outfielder that can hit for average and power, coupled with a flat-out gun from left field. I’ll have what he’s having. Where can I get me one of those? I have nothing against the guy. Which is why his current situation is shameful for both he and Major League Baseball. Dig this.

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The 49er Blueprint for Free Agency

Remember me? Yeah, it’s been awhile. I’ve been in hiding. That NFC Championship really took the wind out of my sails, thus the one-month hiatus from sports related blogging.

Since the last time we spoke a lot has happened: Whitney Houston = dunski (too soon?), Chris Brown & Rihanna made some duets (apparently they didn’t think it was too soon), and New York is both clinically Linsane and Super Bowl Champions (definitely too soon). I also turned 24. I’m older than Steph Curry? Wait what?

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Sunday Morning Speculation and Songs

Let me start off by saying that ESPN and NFL.com are not only contributing to the inevitable East Coast bias, but they’re also lazy journalists. The 49ers haven’t beaten anyone, Jim Harbaugh deserves “all the credit”, and my personal favorite: Alex Smith is a game manager. All of these are claims are just plain lazy. There is far more than meets the eye with the Red & God. Let’s refresh ourselves:

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No Brees at Candlestick

Can you believe it? Somebody pinch me. The 49ers are hosting the NFC Championship for the first time in 20 years. And the future couldn’t look any brighter.

Saturday’s Divisional Game against the New Orleans Saints was an instant classic. In fact, that was the best 49ers game I’ve ever seen. It had everything you could possibly ask for in a playoff game:

Memories of Montana’s magic.

Whispers of Walsh’s wisdom.

Echoes of the Eighties exaltations.

Candlestick was shaking harder than the ’89 World Series earthquake. And this nostalgia never felt so good.

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