5 Questions San Francisco Giants Must Answer During Bay Bridge Series

What Issues Still Need to be Resolved for the San Francisco Giants?

What Issues Still Need to be Resolved for the San Francisco Giants?
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The San Francisco Giants begin a three-game exhibition series with the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night, their final preseason action before opening up the regular season on Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Here are five issues that they still need to resolve before Opening Day.

5. What is the Status of Michael Morse?

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5. What is the Status of Michael Morse?

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Left fielder Michael Morse has only played three games in the field since suffering a calf strain on March 12. We’ll get a better idea of how this could affect his range when he makes his debut in the spacious outfield of AT&T Park tonight. If Morse struggles defensively, it could make it more important to have reserve outfielders Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez consistently available as late-inning defensive replacements.

4. What Happens with Tyler Colvin?

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4. What Happens with Tyler Colvin?

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After missing a large portion of the spring with back and leg injuries and hitting .194 when healthy, Colvin doesn’t seem likely to be a part of the Opening Day roster. He has an opt-out in his contract that becomes available on March 31, so we’ll find out over the next few days what will happen with him. He could decide to stay with the organization and head to Triple-A Fresno, or he could end up leaving to seek another job.

3. Is Joaquin Arias the Answer at Second Base?

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3. Is Joaquin Arias the Answer at Second Base?

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Marco Scutaro is starting the season on the DL, and Joaquin Arias will get the first shot at filling his position. While Arias has made some great contributions in spot duty over the past two years, he’ll have to hold off defensive whiz Ehire Adrianza and breakout spring training performer Brandon Hicks if he wants to keep the job. Look for each of them to get an opportunity this weekend.

2. Who Will Win the Final Bullpen Job?

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2. Who Will Win the Final Bullpen Job?

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Prospect Derek Law and veteran J.C. Gutierrez will stage an impromptu competition for the final big-league bullpen job after left-hander Jeremy Affeldt suffered a strained MCL that will force him to start the year on the DL. Law’s deceptive mechanics give him great upside, but his lack of any experience above A-Ball may make him more risky than Gutierrez, who has pitched in 203 big-league games and picked up 24 career saves.

1. Who Will be the Number Two Hitter?

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1. Who Will be the Number Two Hitter?

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The Giants still haven’t settled on someone to fill the two-hole in the lineup, traditionally filled by Scutaro. Hunter Pence will get a shot there tonight, and Michael Morse has filled the position recently in spring games. Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, and Joaquin Arias could also be options there. Look for this weekend’s games to be weighed heavily in Bruce Bochy’s decision about the spot.

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