This is the time of year when baseball experts, both professional and amateur, make predictions about teams and players, but my thoughts are turning to hopes, not predictions. Matt Cain has been a Giants for a very long time, and as I look forward to his 2017 campaign, I find myself hoping more than expecting. That’s what I told one or two of my Giants-fan friends about Tim Lincecum in 2015, “Hoping more than expecting.” Here, I will run down a few of my other hopes.
I hope he is still on the team in September. I’m not asking the baseball gods for Cy Young award contention. I just want to see him contribute for one more playoff run. Ten wins and an earned-run-average under 4.3 would tell me that the baseball gods heard. I don’t expect Madison Bumgarner-like numbers. Which brings us to:
I would like to see Paul Bunyan win 20 games for the Giants. I have been praying for this for a couple of years now. The Giants have not had a 20-game winner since Billy Swift and John Burkett in 1993. The time has come. A little bit of run support down the stretch in the last year or two and he might have broken through already. Could this be the year? Oh, I hope so. Throw in 8 homers and call it a season.
By show of hands, how many other Giants fans are harboring Hall-of-Fame contender hopes? Me too. To keep that band-wagon rolling, I don’t think I need to see another National League Most-Valuable -Player, but I would really enjoy a .310 batting average, 20 homers, and some clutch RBI’s. On the defensive side, maybe he could throw down a few of the right signs for a Cy Young contender or two.
This one is simple: an All-Star appearance is all I am asking for, and with the defense he plays, I don’t think I am asking for a lot. This one is up to fans in other cities, the baseball gods have already smiled on our hero of the flowing locks.
I have been pulling for this guy since he hit three home-runs in a single, otherwise meaningless, game two seasons ago. He has amazing power. Please baseball gods, grant him the wisdom to leave-off swinging at slop. Bottom line hope: .268 average and 16 home runs. I would love to see him hit .290 with 28 homers, but let’s not go crazy. Right now he’s not even penciled in to play every day.
I’m just hoping he stays healthy, good defense and 20 bombs will follow if he just stays on the field.
Well, of course I’m hoping they win the World Series in 6 games, closing it out in San Francisco against the Red Sox. Hoping, not expecting. We have a long way to go.