2014 Giants Outlook
The Giants completed one of baseball's more improbable runs in recent memory in 2012, coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the NLCS to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals, before sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. San Francisco, however, won just 76 games in 2013, finishing a distant fourth in the NL West. Despite the poor results in 2013, 3,326,796 fans made their way to AT&T Park last season to watch the Giants -- an average of 41,584 per game. With a more competitive team set to take the field in 2014, Giants tickets should be even tougher to get -- so be sure to buy your Giants tickets today!
Giants general manager Brian Sabean did not make massive changes to the 2013 Giants, and kept most of the roster intact for 2014. Sabean resigned former two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum to a two-year contract worth $35 million. Lincecum struggled in 2013, and ended the season with a 10-14 record, 4.37 ERA, and struck out batters at the lowest rate of his career (8.79 K/9). With a fastball velocity that diminished each of the last three seasons, it remains to be seen whether giving Lincecum $35 million over the next two years is a sound investment for the Giants.
Sabean made two potentially big free agent signings in the winter, signing former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and former Washington Nationals outfielder Mike Morse. Hudson solidifies San Francisco's rotation,and will serve as the Giants' No. 4 starter behind Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain and Lincecum.
Morse adds much-needed power to San Francisco's lineup, and joins Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence in San Franscio's outfield. Morsehad one of the worst seasons of his career in 2013, hitting just .215/.270/.381 for the Nationals and Mariners, but slugged 31 home runs in2011 for the Nationals. Morse signed a modest one-year, $6 million deal -- and represents a good risk for the Giants. Morse joins a lineupanchored by Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence.
2014 Giants Schedule
With two World Series titles since 2010, the Giants aren't short on rivals in the National League -- and especially not the NL West. The Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers have one of the best rivalries in all of sports -- and games between the Giants and Dodgers will be intense this season, as the Dodgers enter the season as the favorites to win the NL West. The Dodgers aren't the only contenders in the NL West, as the Arizona Diamondbacks boast one of baseball's most exciting young teams, and should factor into the 2014 playoff race. Buster Posey and San Francisco's bats always look forward to playing at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies, where the thin air helps turn fly balls into home runs. Led by third baseman Chase Headley, the young San Diego Padres will try to climb back into the playoff race in 2014, and will try to spoil San Francisco's playoff hopes.
2014 Giants Interleague Schedule
In 2014, the Giants will take on AL Central teams in interleague play, beginning in April, when San Francisco hosts the Cleveland IndiansApril 25, April 26 and April 27. San Francisco plays host to the Minnesota Twins May 23, May 24 and May 25,as Giants fans will have a rare opportunity to watch Joe Mauer at AT&T Park. San Francisco will head to Chicago June 17 andJune 18 to take on the White Sox, before hosting the Pale Hose August 12 and August 13.The Giants head out on the road to Kansas City (August 8, August 9, August 10) to take on Eric Hosmer and the Royals, in a rare trip to Kauffman Stadium.The Giants and Giants fans will have happy memories rekindled September 5, September 6 andSeptember 7, when the Giants visit the Tigers at Comerica Park -- where San Francisco clinched the 2012 World Series title.
About AT&T Park
AT&T Park opened in 2000, and is widely regarded as one of the best stadiums in all of professional sports. With a capacity of 41,915, and a sleek design, AT&T Park is one of the best venues in baseball to catch a game. AT&T Park is located right on San Francisco bay, and can be easily seenbeyond the right field wall. Nicknamed McCovey Cove after the former Giants great Willie McCovey, left-handed power hitters have a chance to hit a home run into the San Francisco Bay itself. Fans can be seen throughout the season in kayaks, listening to the game and hoping to catch a waterlogged home run ball.
Since opening, AT&T Park has hosted World Series games in 2002, 2010 and 2012. In addition to hosting playoff baseball, AT&T Park has hosted the Vans Warped Tour, Paul McCartney, Kenny Chesney,and hosts the Fight Hunger Bowl annually.
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