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1 San Francisco Giants
Phil Taylor
April 04, 2005
With its star knee-deep in rehab and turmoil, a contender plays the waiting game
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April 04, 2005

1 San Francisco Giants

With its star knee-deep in rehab and turmoil, a contender plays the waiting game

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Righthander Jason Schmidt's 251 strikeouts last season were the most by a Giants pitcher since Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson had 259 in 1908.

Enemy Lines

an opposing team's scout sizes up the Giants

" Barry Bonds changes the game. His OBP makes his teammates' numbers well above average. He's so physically gifted he'll come out of this knee [rehab] just fine.... Moises Alou is going to have fun adjusting to rightfield, especially in their ballpark. You don't know if the ball is going to hit a chain-link fence or brick--it's a nightmare.... Pedro Feliz is a valuable guy, because he can play first, third, or go into the outfield. With enough at bats, he'll hit 25 home runs.... Mike Matheny adds a lot at catcher. He handles the pitching staff well and is a Gold Glove guy.... People don't understand how good Omar Vizquel is. He has the best hands in the game.... Jason Schmidt pitches well into the eighth inning with a good fastball. Brett Tomko is starting to mature and has the stuff to be successful. Kirk Rueter wins with below-average stuff. Jerome Williams has great command and a good feel for pitching.... Armando Benitez has blown some big games, but he has one of the highest save percentages in baseball. He throws a splitter and a slider at any time. Look for a very good year from him."

The Lineup

projected roster with 2004 statistics

Batting Order

2B Durham

SS Vizquel

1B Snow

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