In the following slide show, I will highlight all 25 players on your San Francisco Giants roster, and explain what role they have played in the Giants quick rise to success this year.
I will also explain how they can help the Giants reach the playoffs and what they can bring to the table when in the playoffs. This is the 25 man roster as current as 8/3/2009
Affeldt has been one of the biggest surprises for the Giants in there bullpen, boasting a 1.52 ERA on his way to the top of the list in holds in the national league. He has been the most reliable relief pitcher to turn to late in innings.
Matt Cain is having a Cy Young caliber season with a 12-2 record and a 2.12 ERA leading the national league.
He has gone from the tough luck starter of a year ago to the go to pitcher this year and he is performing how we all knew he had the potential to.
Howry has proved that you can't rely on him late in a game with his 0-5 record, however he is useful if the starter has to leave early and you need to eat up some innings. Howry also has been a decent middle relief man if he throws strikes.
Waldis Joaquin has just been called up and is filling the roster spot of Ryan Sadowski, Joaquin is yet to make an appearance in a game, but maybe down the road i can see potential with judging by his big hard throwing body type.
"The Freak" is having another Cy Young season, boasting a 2.18 ERA, 12-3 record, and leading the league in K's with 191... enough said.
Along with Affeldt, Medders has been one of the the biggest suprises in the bullpen, being a reliable arm for bochy. He has a 2.76 ERA and has come in and thrown strikes and gotten outs.
Justin Miller has been a solid long reliever sporting a 2.11 ERA and coming out of the pen and throwing really good innings. Another surprise in a solid pen.
Since coming off the DL, Romo has been a good addition to the back end of games as a right handed set up man along side affeldt. Although he has been touched up in a couple outings so he still has stuff to improve on.
Jonathan Sanchez has shown flashes of brilliance this season, such as throwing a no hitter the first start after he was demoted to the bullpen.
As long as he can keep his command and keep his head screwed on straight i think he can have electric stuff.
Merkin Valdez is a hard throwing flamethrower, but at times his command is very sporadic and his junk is not honed yet, such as his tight slider that he has trouble throwing for a strike.
Merkin has though shown flashes of what could be like when he blew Ryan Howard away on three fastballs, the last one 98mph.
Brian Wilson again is having a solid season with 27 saves, second in the national league. All though he can make the ninth inning more than no he will get the job done, as he only has four blown saves.
Wilson has an electric fastball ranging from 96mph to 100 mph and a tight slider much like Rob Nen.
Barry Zito is one of the most important pitchers on the 2009 Giants staff believe it or not. With his success the giants have the best 1,2,3 punch in all of baseball and provide quite a tough task in a series.
Barry will have those starts where he implodes, but of lately he has been on, locating his fastball changing speeds and throwing his wicked hook.
Bengi was once the center piece of the Giants offense, and started the 2009 season of fire hitting home runs and batting in the .300's. But of late, Bengi's numbers have plummeted, his average dropping down to .258 and he has only slugged 11 home runs.
Bengi though is still the giants clean up hitter and the man they look to for a big RBI. The Giants will need him for their playoff run.
Eli is an average fielder and below average hitter, and he is on the team just to give Molina a day off usually on day games after a night game.
Eli can really be a boost to the team and the bottom of the lineup if he can contribute at least a hit when hes in the order.
Ryan Garko, the first acquisition the giants made neat the trade deadline was brought over here to be the everyday first baseman and hit high in the lineup. Garko kills left handed pitching and last year had 14 home runs and 90 RBI.
The Giants are hoping he can be an RBI man for then, but he has only 2 hits in 5 games for them so far.
Even with the Garko deal, Ishikawa wont be the forgotten man Bochy implied. Ishikawa is a left handed bat with some pop so he can pinch hit and make some starts vs right handed pitching.
Travis also is very skilled with the glove so as we have already seen a couple times, he can come into the games late as a defensive sub.
Renteria has struggled with the bat this year only batting .253, but he has come up with hits in some big situations and has a good glove at shortstop.
Renteria can be a decent bat low in the lineup adding a consistency up and down the order.
Freddy Sanchez has already made an immediate impact on the Giants in his first game going 2-4 with a single double and a big 2 out 2 RBI hit. Sanchez is a huge pick up for the giants adding stability and a good glove at second.
He addresses the need of a bat even though he doesn't have power. He is a proven career .300 hitter and should help propel the giants to the postseason.
"The Kungfu Panda" is having an all star year even though he got snubbed from the all star game. He has been the Giants saving grace on offense batting a solid .329 and slugging 16 home runs and 63 RBI!
He has consistently been the Giants best hitter, and at 22 years old has a bright, bright future as a star in the MLB.
Without Sandoval who knows where the Giants would be right now, i doubt they would be fighting for a playoff birth.
Uribe has been a solid addition. He provided a spark in the middle of the year filling in a second, short, and third. With the addition of Freddy Sanchez Uribe moves to the bench and now is a solid pinch hitter and can give Sanchez, Renteria, and Sandoval a rest.
He should still get a good share of starts and ab's even though he lost his everyday job.
Eugenio Velez has been a spark plug for the Giants since being called up! He has hit safely in 7 straight games, collected 7 RBI in those games and blasted one home run. He's versatile and can play all three outfield positions and second base.
As long as Velez keeps contributing at this torrid pace, he cant be sent back down. This is exactly what the Giants offense was looking for.
John Bowker has been able to tear it up on the Fresno Grizzlies, the Giants Triple A affiliates, he has blasted double digit home run totals but when he has been called up to the Giants this year he has just one home run and is batting .156.
The Giants could really benefit if Bowker could turn it on for them and supply the the pop that their lineup is missing.
Before the 2009 season, Fred Lewis showed a lot of potential and was written in as a big piece for the 2009 season but he has upset.
Fred has again shown that he is a liability in left field and this year he has not hit like he has in his previous years.
Fred has lost his job but can still contribute to the team if he can turn it on at the end like we know he can.
Aaron Rowand has turned in a pretty solid 2009 campaign. After his move to the lead off this tough guy turned it on.
He's batting .280 with 9 home runs, but where he really proves his wealth is in the field where he crashes into walls and covers a lot of ground even though he may not look that fast.
Rowand will really be key on the road to the play offs because of his experience on the White Sox when the won the world Series.
Winn is the true professional, and even though he isn't turning in the kind of season he had last year when he batted .306, but Randy is still coming up with big hits, using his speed to steal 10 bags, and he is one of the best if not the best right fielder in the game.
Every day you can rely on him to go out and do his job and during the stressful games in September, he is the veteran leader the Giants need.