After winning the World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014, the San Francisco Giants will attempt to continue the trend in this even year by winning their franchise’s 9th title, and after a busy off-season, manager Bruce Bochy believes his front office put him in a good position to do so.
“I love this team. I think Bobby Evans did a great job going out, filling some needs. He added depth to this pitching staff, to the outfield. We stay healthy, we should be fine,” Bochy told The Jim Rome Show. “I think more than anything is really to look around and see the talent with this ball club, the front office did their job and now it’s time for us to set the tone, and it starts right now.”
The Giants invested $220 million on two free agent pitchers in particular, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. Both of whom are starters Bochy believes will fit in nicely behind ace Madison Bumgarner in the team’s rotation.
“It’s just gives us, again, so much depth and two guys that are consistent at pitching deep into the games. They will give us innings, not just innings, quality innings,” Bochy said.
Bochy isn’t concerned about either player’s 2015 seasons, where Cueto was inconsistent after being traded to the Kansas City Royals and Samardzija recorded his worst year as a starter with the Chicago White Sox.
“I mean if you look at Cueto’s numbers the last 3 or 4 years, they match up with just about anybody. That’s how good he’s been. He had one little hiccup there with Kansas City, but you take 3 or 4 starts there and he had a tremendous year, which he did anyway. Especially the way he finished up pitching in the postseason,” Bochy said. “Samardzija is a guy, obviously we think a lot of, I look at his makeup, I mean, he just fits in here so well. He’s just got so much personality, and the stuff, he’s a guy that throws 95-96. He’s got a cutter, slider, and a changeup that works. We just think last year was a down year for him, but he’s primed to break into a zone. So we got two guys now behind Bumgarner that will give us a good quality start, I think, on a consistent basis and now we can cover [Jake] Peavy, who we’re not looking to get us deep into games, and we think Matt Cain’s going to do the same.”
With Spring Training here, the Giants skipper says it’s now time to start putting the team together.
“There’s no question we have the talent here. So it’s not about capabilities. We know they’re capable,” Bochy said.
Bochy admitted that he’s been a part of many less fortunate teams, but trusts that this Giants team isn’t one of them. “You go into spring training that, if you’re realistic, you really don’t have a shot to get to the postseason and hopefully further than that,” Bochy said. “But you know, you look at this club and we have the talent to do that.”
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