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  • SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The way the last two seasons have gone for the San Francisco Giants Nick Williams Jersey , those three World Series titles in 2010, ’12 and ’14 seem so long ago for manager Bruce Bochy’s club.The Giants finished 73-89 following a season during which the biggest names — Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Johnny Cueto, Brandon Belt — were all injured at some point. They traded Andrew McCutchen to the Yankees in late August amid all the disabled list stints.San Francisco struggled to score runs and went a majors-worst 5-21 in September but improved on its last-place 2017 finish of 64-98 by nine wins during a second straight season in which pitchers Bumgarner and Cueto were sidelined for long stretches, and reliable right-hander Jeff Samardzija got hurt, too.Cueto had Tommy John surgery in August, Posey underwent season-ending hip surgery later that month then first baseman Belt underwent season-ending right knee surgery in September.“We’ve been one of those lineups that needed all hands on deck,” said Brian Sabean Tyler Glasnow Jersey , the executive vice president of baseball operations. He didn’t want to speak about how the roster might shape up this winter until new hires are made in the front office.Change is coming. A new general manager is set to be hired to replace Bobby Evans, who will be reassigned after he was dismissed last week.President and CEO Larry Baer said preliminary conversations have begun.“We don’t know who that person is now. But he’s the guy who’ll be making decisions,” Bochy said. “I understand that. Whatever he wants to do, whether on the field, my job is to make it work. I think it’s wait-and-see what we do there.”Here are some things to take from the Giants’ second straight losing season:MADBUM’S FUTUREThe first big blow came when Bumgarner broke the pinkie on his pitching hand when he was hit by a line drive from Kansas City’s Whit Merrifield in his final spring training start. The 2014 World Series MVP had surgery to insert pins into the finger.“Really what’s unfortunate is when he got hurt in spring training,” Bochy said. “I think he’s come back and he’s thrown some really nice games.”Bumgarner is considered one of the Giants’ hardest workers, but his return isn’t a guarantee.In April 2012, Bumgarner signed a $35.56 million, six-year deal through 2017 that included $12 million club options for the 2018 and ’19 seasons.“I don’t know that there’s anything to address just yet Adam Frazier Jersey ,” Bumgarner said after his final start Friday. “We’ll see what happens or what don’t happen. I don’t really know.”Bochy expects his ace to return to top form next season.“No doubt in my mind,” Bochy said.The lefty ace missed nearly three months last year following a dirt bike accident during an off day in Colorado.FINAL WEEKEND BUST NOT A BOOSTBochy hoped a strong showing in the final weekend would provide his group with a boost heading into the offseason.Instead, it was a bust — a 15-0 defeat to the Dodgers on the final day.Still, Bochy noted: “With what we’ve been through and even though we’re a little nicked up and missing some pieces right now, they know they can play with anybody.”PENCE’S FAREWELLOutfielder Hunter Pence is unlikely to return to San Francisco after 6 1/2 seasons in the Bay Area as a fan favorite. He had his farewell day during Sunday’s loss, waving and tipping his clap for multiple standing ovations throughout the game.The 35-year-old Pence plans to play winter ball and reinvent himself with the hopes of playing in 2019.“I still love it and I’m still healthy,” he said.RODRIGUEZ SHINESRookie Dereck Rodriguez (6-4) was a bright spot for a pitching staff that had to overcome struggles by the offense.He was winless over his final seven starts since defeating the Pirates on Aug. 12. Rodriguez’s 2.81 ERA with a minimum of 100 innings pitched ranks lowest in San Francisco history for rookies.The Giants lost his last seven outings and nine of 11.STRICKLAND’S PUNCHGiants closer Hunter Strickland broke his pitching hand punching a door in frustration after blowing the save in a 5-4 June defeat to the Marlins and then required surgery. He never was the same when he returned.IMPROVED FINISHA year ago, San Francisco finished last in the NL West at 64-98, just missing the franchise’s first 100-loss season since 1985.The Giants improved by nine wins despite all the injuries.“It’s not as bad as the perception let’s say of this last 25 games. When you’re virtually having to roll out — I hate to say — a split-squad lineup against playoff teams http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-bell-jersey , that’s what our roster ended up being because of all the attrition,” Sabean said. The Marlins took a 4-1 lead after two innings and held that very same lead heading to the bottom of the ninth.The Rays cut the deficit to 4-2, but were down to their final out.With the bases loaded, Daniel Robertson pinch-hit for Adam Moore and connected on a grand slam, ruining the day for Marlins (+151 and +1.5) and under (8) bettors.It was looking like a relatively uneventful game in Tampa, where less than 12,000 brave souls went to the Trop to watch the mediocre Rays host Derek Jeter’s terrible — but still better than the Mets — Marlins squad.Legal Sports Betting in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago? Outlook for 25 Biggest U.S. CitiesRead nowThe second inning was a spicy one Ivan Nova Jersey , as the Marlins hopped on the board with four runs and the Rays countered with one of their own. The fans were certainly getting their money’s worth at this point, though it doesn’t exactly take much to get $3 worth of fun.After that, nothing happened for hours and hours. Surely the only people who stuck it out were either absolutely loaded or parents of children who would throw a fit if they left before the game ended. Little did they know that they were about to witness an ending of epic proportions.>> Download The Action Network App to get real-time odds, track your bets and follow all of our experts’ picks.The score remained 4-1 as the Rays came up to bat in the bottom of the ninth. Three straight hits made the score 4-2, but Marlins closer Kyle Barraclough wasn’t going to lose it that easily. He would lose it, yes, but it would take a bit more effort.Bear Claw struck out Carlos Gomez and got another out on a fielder’s choice that put runners at the corners with two down. However, he then walked rookie Willy Adames to load the bases. Thirty-four-year-old journeyman catcher Adam Moore and his .540 career OPS were due up, but the Rays wisely decided to pinch-hit for him with Daniel Robertson. You know http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-bell-jersey , because Moore sucks.Good choice.Robertson’s grand slam swung the outcomes of the moneyline (obviously), total and even the spread, all on one swing of the bat. All three helped public bettors, too.68% of bets were on the Rays -16870% of bets were on the Over 874% of bets were on the Rays -1.5 (+125)The moral of the story: Next time you’re in the Tampa Bay area and deciding on whether to buy a couple McChickens or go to a Rays game, think it over long and good.