We’re getting closer and closer to April, and with that signals the arrival of what should be another tremendous baseball season. For the San Francisco Giants, that means once again — for the third time in five years, to be exact — opening up the season as Major League Baseball’s defending champions.
Their title defense will begin against the Colorado Rockies in their home opener on April 13. According to Razorgator, San Francisco Giants tickets are already seeing the average ticket price at approximately $234 for this game. Furthermore, Razorgator details the average get-in price being $116.
Wisely, the Giants kept much of last year’s championship roster intact, hosting the same core of dynamic players that has led them to so much success in recent years. In the lineup, there is still the likes of Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, and emerging star Joe Panik, who really was making a name for himself the last few months of the year in his rookie campaign. The offense should also get a boost from its returning sparkplug Angel Pagan, who is coming off a season-ending injury last September. He’s back and should be ready to go by Opening Day.
San Francisco’s starting pitching was arguably its overriding driving force, led by World Series MVP and perennial NL Cy Young candidate Madison Bumgarner, who enters his seventh season in the big leagues. After Mad Bum, the Giants still have the same cast of starters they possessed last year, and may get an extra boost if Matt Cain is able to return healthy. Plus, Yusmeiro Petit could be a candidate to eventually start as well. In addition, the Giants still have their rock-solid bullpen.
The Rockies, meanwhile, are looking to get back on track after four consecutive losing seasons. They’ve definitely shown flashes of potential, as they’ve raced out of the gate in each of the past two seasons, but ultimately, it was injuries that did them in, losing their two franchise players Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki for a significant amount of time. Both figure to be healthy once Opening Day rolls around, and featuring their other ammunition in the lineup like Justin Morneau and Wilin Rosario, this is a club that never has had any issues hitting.
Pitching is another story, with the Rockies’ starting rotation being decimated by injuries a year ago. When fully healthy, it’s not the most encouraging bunch, but there are some promising youngsters on the staff like Jordan Lyles, Tyler Matzek, David Hale, and Tyler Chatwood, although the latter is set to miss most of the 2015 season while coming back from Tommy John surgery. However, as long as they can stay relatively healthy overall, the Rockies definitely have potential to surprise people, which makes for an intriguing opening series in the NL West to kick off 2015.