Three reasons to watch the Giants in 2015
| Rob Neyer
Rotowire: Feb 18 / 10:20a ET
News: Lincecum is expected to begin 2015 in the starting rotation, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: While manager Bruce Bochy didn't discuss the issue directly, he mentioned that the team will stretch out Ryan Vogelsong and Yusmeiro Petit so they can start "if needed," effectively naming Lincecum the fifth starter in the Giants' rotation. Lincecum began last season as a member of the rotation, but his numbers warranted a move to the bullpen in late August, and he struggled through the final month of the regular season in that role as well. He finished the campaign with a 12-9 record, a 4.74 ERA and 1.39 WHIP, but saw another drop in his fastball velocity, dipping below 90 mph on average for the first time in his career. It appears the Giants will give Lincecum another chance at a rotation spot in 2015, but with Vogelsong and Petit likely available to take the spot, his leash probably won't be as long as it was in 2014.
Rotowire: Dec 9 / 11:36a ET
News: Lincecum is currently positioned to begin 2015 as a member of the Giants' rotation, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: In the second-year of a two-year, $35 million deal with the Giants, the trade market is understandably limited for Lincecum at the present time. Further, the Giants' limited depth in the rotation may simple necessitate keeping Lincecum in the mix as a starter, although the team's pursuit of Jon Lester and the potential return of a healthy Matt Cain could ultimately leave Lincecum in a competition with Yusmeiro Petit for the fifth starter role this spring.