San Francisco Giants Season Preview and Tickets

The San Francisco Giants finished 2022 with a .500 record of 81 wins and 81 losses. Unfortunately, the Giants are in the same National League West as the 111-game-winning Los Angeles Dodgers and the explosive – and free-spending – San Diego Padres, so progress into the top two spots in the division will be a challenge.

The Giants start the season on the road, facing an old rival in the New York Yankees. After a pit stop in Chicago to face the White Sox, the Giants open their home slate at Oracle Park with the visit of the Kansas City Royals for a four-game series beginning on Friday, April 7. The Giants also have home series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, and St. Louis Cardinals before the end of April.

Here are three questions for the Giants ahead of the 2023 season.

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Three Key Questions

Can the pitching pin down the Dodgers and Padres?

Being in the NL West is a problem that the Giants can’t do anything about. The balanced schedule – that sees all MLB teams play fewer games in their own division and take on all 29 other franchises during the season – helps the Giants as much as any team in the league. Playing against those lineups in LA and San Diego too often can really wear a pitcher down mentally. The Giants have Logan Webb and Alex Cobb as top-of-the-rotation guys, while the pitching depth is more than adequate. Even so, they will have to pitch their way to series wins against the big dogs at some point. Losing Carlos Rodon is huge.

Is there a star to lean on?

Losing Carlos Correa really hurts (his free agency nonsense was some of the weirdest stuff in baseball history), as does not signing a true superstar like Aaron Judge. This lineup is perfectly competent everywhere you look but has no players or positions that particularly stand out. That is fine for the regular season and getting above .500, but pushing on a team requires an X-factor. The stability is nice, but the Giants must add something during the season if they push for a playoff spot.

Can they make the bullpen work less?

The Giants’ bullpen logged the fifth-most innings pitched in the league last season. They averaged over four innings of relief per game, which is really too high for a tea looking to be a contender. Using that many bullpen arms consistently reduces the number of options a manager has, potentially taking key relievers out in crucial situations as they have recently been used. The Giants need to find a way to get their starters to work longer in games, opening up bullpen options later in the year.

Upcoming Giants Home Games (Before the All-Star Break)

Fri, April 7 – Kansas City Royals

Sat, April 8 – Kansas City Royals

Sun, April 9 – Kansas City Royals

Mon, April 10 – Los Angeles Dodgers

Tue, April 11 – Los Angeles Dodgers

Wed, April 12 – Los Angeles Dodgers

Thu, April 20 – New York Mets

Fri, April 21 – New York Mets

Sat, April 22 – New York Mets

Sun, April 23 – New York Mets

Mon, April 24 – St. Louis Cardinals

Tue, April 25 – St. Louis Cardinals

Wed, April 26 – St. Louis Cardinals

Thu, April 27 – St. Louis Cardinals

Fri, May 5 – Milwaukee Brewers

Sat, May 6 – Milwaukee Brewers

Sun, May 7 – Milwaukee Brewers

Mon, May 8 – Washington Nationals

Tue, May 9 – Washington Nationals

Wed, May 10 – Washington Nationals

Mon, May 15 – Philadelphia Phillies

Tue, May 16 – Philadelphia Phillies

Wed, May 17 – Philadelphia Phillies

Fri, May 19 – Miami Marlins

Sat, May 20 – Miami Marlins

Sun, May 21 – Miami Marlins

Mon, May 29 – Pittsburgh Pirates

Tue, May 30 – Pittsburgh Pirates

Wed, May 31 – Pittsburgh Pirates

Fri, June 2 – Baltimore Orioles

Sat, June 3 – Baltimore Orioles

Sun, June 4 – Baltimore Orioles

Fri, June 9 – Chicago Cubs

Sat, June 10 – Chicago Cubs

Sun, June 11 – Chicago Cubs

Mon, June 19 – San Diego Padres

Tue, June 20 – San Diego Padres

Wed, June 21 – San Diego Padres

Thu, June 22 – San Diego Padres

Fri, June 23 – Arizona Diamondbacks

Sat, June 24 – Arizona Diamondbacks

Sun, June 25 – Arizona Diamondbacks

Mon, July 3 – Seattle Mariners

Tue, July 4 – Seattle Mariners

Wed, July 5 – Seattle Mariners

Fri, July 7 – Colorado Rockies

Sat, July 8 – Colorado Rockies

Sun, July 9 – Colorado Rockies

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