After disappointing year, fans eager for 2014
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
The Giants closed out a disappointing season in front of huge, wildly cheering crowds, savoring the magnificent nothingness of it all. Forget the third-place finish and the bittersweet taste of regression; they're already assembling next year's roster in their minds. Heath Hembree showed the presence, command and lights-out stuff of a quality relief pitcher, quite possibly the last right-hander in a close ballgame before Sergio Romo's grand entrance. Bring back Lopez alongside a healthy Jeremy Affeldt, and there's your answer to Adrian Gonzalez, Pedro Alvarez, Freddie Freeman, Bryce Harper, Joey Votto and the rest of the league's left-handed threats in the late innings. A larger chunk of the plan will be based on faith: that Pablo Sandoval will show up 30 pounds lighter, that Marco Scutaro has a pain-free season, that Brandon Belt's new grip/approach will enable him to handle those nasty right-handed sliders down and in, that shortstop Brandon Crawford realizes it's a brand-new d...
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