Happy Friday, have some links to go with your day.
- I recently noticed the Giants’ motherpage has a neat non-roster invitee section that lists all the NRIs for the coming camp. It’s your normal mix of prospects with journeymen-type players looking for another shot at the majors.
- The always interesting Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times has an article up on Randy Winn and his half-court shooting skills. Randy Winn, so classy.
- I really enjoyed this giganto-list-post from Bill James at Grantland titled ‘The 100 Best Pitchers’ Duels of 2011’. The Giants make the list at spots #3, #5, #6, #11, #14, #18, #27, #32, #41, #44, #50, #53, #80, #88, #93, #94, and #96. Tim Lincecum made the list nine times; Matt Cain four times; Madison Bumgarner two times; and, Ryan Vogelsong once. Hmm, that’s weird. I wonder if Mr. James knows that he left out Barry Zito? Surely a mistake was made. I’ll go ahead and email him.
- David Schoenfield, our Sweet Spot Blog master, has a new blog post up on the five best rotations in baseball – shockingly, the Giants fail to make the cut; though, Dave does make mention of the Giants’ rotation. If I had to quibble, and this is the Internet so why not, I’d move the Giants into the top five while bumping out the D-Backs. I love Kennedy and Hudson, but Cahill is good, not great, and the back-end of Collmenter and Saunders isn’t terrible, but it’s also not very good, either. Though, as Dave notes, the D-Backs have the Giants beat on depth, I’m just not sure about talent.
UPDATE: I’ll go ahead and tack this on: Andrew Baggardly tweets that the Giants and Sergio Romo have agreed to a one-year deal. Hooray for more sliders!