The San Francisco Giants are entering day 10 of Spring Training. As each day passes, more updates on some recovering or injured Giants become readily available to fans.
Santiago Casilla faced hitters for the first time in Spring Training on Thursday, and during his live batting practice session, he got hit near his left ankle by a line drive from Casey McGehee. Casilla fell to the ground and was clearly in pain for about a minute, and he then left the field with a trainer.
The San Francisco Giants have the best record in MLB at 35-19, and they’ve had an incredible start to their 2014 season.
The initial National League ballot figures were released on Wednesday, and the Giants had seven players near the top of the voting for their respective positions. Buster Posey is second at catcher, Brandon Crawford is second at shortstop, Brandon Belt is fourth at first base, Pablo Sandoval is fifth at third base, and Angel Pagan, Michael Morse, and Hunter Pence are eighth, ninth, and 10th for outfielders.
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The 2013 season for the San Francisco Giants has certainly been a disappointment. After winning two World Series titles in three years, the Giants have looked tired this season and are now struggling just to get back to being a .500 team. Going into the All-Star break, the Giants have a 43-51 record, which puts them six and a half games back from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West standings.
One word to sum up the Giants’ season so far: inconsistent. Sometimes, this team looks unstoppable. When the Giants do what got them two World Series titles in the past three years, such as stellar starting pitching, perfect defense, and timely hitting, then they can win a lot of games.
Other times, this team’s effort is laughable. It all starts with the starting pitcher. If the starter gets off to a rough start and gives up some runs, it puts more pressure on the offense and defense, and many times, the Giants can’t recover.
The All-Star break couldn’t come soon enough for the Giants. They could use a break from the long road trips and the mental grind of the game.
Here are the Giants’ midseason grades: