Giants Roundup: This Is The Year That Richie Will Hit 37 Homers Again!

  • Bruce Jenkins on the depressing state of the NL West: he points out, among other things, that Ryan Howard might have more homers than all NL West cleanup hitters combined. Thus, it is important–nay, imperative–that the Giants get off to a good start. [SFGate]
  • Speaking of good starts, Matt Morris finally had one. That’s the good news. The bad news? It was in a minor league game against the Brewers Class-A team. [Contra Costa Times]
  • Our man Armando Benitez continues to be mentioned in possible trades to Boston and Florida. If the Giants can’t move him, it’s probable that they’ll use this year to groom Brian Wilson for the job. [Baseball Prospectus, last item]
  • Aside from Benitez, there are plenty of roster decisions to be made. Mark Sweeney, Lance Niekro and Jason Ellison may be competing for one spot. [SFGate]
  • Also, Pedro Feliz just might hit some balls to right field. Might. [McCovey Chronicles]
  • A rather depressing reader mailbag is up on the Giants official site, reminding us fans of our dependence on Ray Durham, Russ Ortiz, Ryan Klesko and Rich Aurilia this year. If only it was 2001. [sfgiants]

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