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5 Ridiculous Overreactions to the San Francisco Giants’ Early Action

5 Ridiculous Overreactions to the San Francisco Giants' Early Action

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The San Francisco Giants were a popular Wild Card pick among fans and pundits before the 2014 season officially began over a week ago. The Giants are off to one of the best starts in baseball, winning five of their first seven games while exploding for a league-leading 11 home runs and plating a total of 40 runs. The Giants' offense appears to be a strength in the early-going, but their pitching staff has mostly struggled.

5. Jeremy Affeldt is Done

Jeremy Affeldt San Francisco Giants
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5. Jeremy Affeldt is Done

Jeremy Affeldt San Francisco Giants
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Left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt is a crucial component at the back end of the Giants' bullpen. Affeldt began the season on the disabled list with a right knee sprain, rehabbing his injury at triple-A Fresno where he's struggled. The 34-year-old veteran setup man has been solid in four full seasons with the Giants, but some have begun to question his durability. He made just 39 appearances in 2013 but is going to rebound when fully healthy.

4. Marco Scutaro Won't Overcome Injury

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4. Marco Scutaro Won't Overcome Injury

Marco Scutaro San Francisco Giants
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Marco Scutaro remains distant from participating in extensive baseball activities, raising the concern that he could spend a majority of the season on the disabled list. While there isn't a timetable for Scutaro's concern, Giants' coaches and trainers are taking the right approach to helping their starting second baseman regain full mobility. Scutaro is a table-setter for the Giants and will help propel a playoff push when fully healthy.

3. Hunter Pence Won't Live Up to Big Contract

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3. Hunter Pence Won't Live Up to Big Contract

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Hunter Pence signed a lofty five-year, million deal in the offseason after a career year in 2013. He's one of the most durable players in baseball, starting 177 consecutive regular season games. While Pence tallied just four hits in his first 29 official at-bats, he's starting to come alive. Pence has now recorded three extra-base hits, including a home run, in his last nine at-bats, showcasing why he's worthy of a big contract.

2. Ryan Vogelsong Can't Survive Five Innings

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2. Ryan Vogelsong Can't Survive Five Innngs

Ryan Vogelsong San Francisco Giants
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No. 5 starter Ryan Vogelsong looked stellar through three innings in what should have been a blowout win over the arch-rival Los Angeles Dodgers in his first start of the season. Vogelsong noticeably struggled the second time through the lineup and was ultimately unable to qualify for a win, allowing four runs in four innings. His inconsistencies are a problem, but Vogelsong is a battle-tested pitcher who will eventually right the ship.

1. Matt Cain Will Never Be the Same

Matt Cain San Francisco Giants
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1. Matt Cain Will Never Be the Same

Matt Cain San Francisco Giants
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Matt Cain had been the Giants' "ace" until the emergence of southpaw Madison Bumgarner, who could contend for the Cy Young Award in the National League this season. The Giants have lost two games so far in 2014, and both have come with Cain on the mound. He gave up three home runs in his most recent start and looked especially vulnerable when placing pitches near the zone. Expect Cain to make needed adjustments, nevertheless.