Giants and Braves

Happy Birthday Jake, Hope it’s a great night in the office for you. Jake’s last outing has gotten his ERA down to 7.26. Fingers crossed for another great out, his slider and fast ball are working and he can go 7 strong innings. Bottom of 1st – Jake had a good first inning, getting settled in. Bottom of 2nd – Thanks to Hunter Pence, Jake has kept the Braves hitless. Bottom...
Via In The Neutral Zone
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Suarez faces Braves in first Major League start

As the Braves' top outfield prospect, Mallex Smith turned heads in the Minors with his blazing speed. But since joining the team in April, the 23-year-old has shown early on that he can do more than run. He'll go up against Giants right-hander Albert Suarez on Wednesday.
2 hours ago

Span helps Peavy enjoy stellar birthday

Jake Peavy celebrated his 35th birthday by completing his most impressive start of the season and setting the stage for Denard Span to deliver a triple that proved decisive for the Giants during Tuesday night's 4-0 win over the Braves at Turner Field.
3 hours ago

Giants notes: A setback for Sergio Romo, a trio of birthdays, plus injury updates on Matt Duffy, Matt Cain, Angel Pagan, etc.

San Francisco Giants' Sergio Romo (54) is photographed in the second inning of their spring training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Sunday, March 6, 2016. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group) ATLANTA – Sergio Romo’s return to the Giants bullpen is no longer right around the corner.   The veteran right-handed reliever had a setback...
Via Giants Extra
6 hours ago

San Francisco Giants ask for tax breaks on AT&T Park due to dropping stadium value

The San Francisco Giants are hoping they can get a break on their property taxes. AT&T Park is still a fine venue in the baseball world, but the Giants claim the value of their home has fallen below the $200 million the team paid to construct the stadium by the bay. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Giants have asked the city of San Francisco to cut property taxes in...
Via The Comeback
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Which Giants deserve an All-Star vote?

That is, which Giants deserve an All-Star vote if you're pretending to be impartial? Start with the obvious: There's nothing wrong with being a shameless homer. I like Matt Duffy better than Nolan Arenado. His cat, his attitude, his non-annoying face ... it's the complete package that puts him over the top, really. So if that makes me cast an All-Star vote for Duffy, that's my prerogative...
Via McCovey Chronicles
7 hours ago

Giants pitching prospects dominate on Memorial Day

San Francisco Giants pitching prospects dominated at every Minor League level on Memorial Day as Phil Bickford, Clayton Blackburn, Sam Coonrod and Adalberto Mejia combined to allow two earned runs on 14 hits while piling up 32 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings.
1 day ago

Matt Duffy leaves in sixth inning as Giants trail at Atlanta

ATLANTA – Giants third baseman Matt Duffy exited Monday’s game in the sixth inning after getting struck on the left hand by a pitch.   Duffy briefly remained in the game after getting checked by Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner. But Kelby Tomlinson entered on a double-switch to play third base in the bottom of the inning.   Duffy was struck by a 96 mph fastball...
Via Giants Extra
1 day ago

San Francisco Giants: A deep bench

One of the strengths of the San Francisco Giants these past few years that has often been overlooked is their bench. In the outfield, a veteran Gregor Blanco, along with a slough of padawan learners including Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker have the future of the Giants in good hands. In the infield, although not as deep, still has the likes of Conor Gillaspie and the (turning...
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San Francisco Giants’ Matt Cain Placed on 15 Day DL

Matt Cain’s hamstring MRI results are back and he’s expected to be on the DL for the next 15 games. Right-hander Chris Stratton was called up from the Sacramento AAA to take his place until his return. Stratton has so far thrown for a 6.02 ERA with 36 strikeouts in his nine games of the 2016 season. “It’s been kind of a whirlwind month,” said Stratton. “I felt I showed...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants positioning themselves for another World Series run

It’s an even-numbered year and the San Francisco Giants are contenders again. What else did you expect? In all seriousness, it isn’t numerology that’s making them great. A mixture of established talent and a couple of free agent pick-ups are fueling this club’s rise to the top of a National League West (at 31-20) that is available for the taking. The face of the franchise...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Have we seen enough of Giants backup catcher Trevor Brown?

It’s hard enough for most players to maintain a decent average throughout the course of a 162-game season. It’s even harder when you only play once or twice a week. But that’s exactly what Trevor Brown intends to do with his limited playing time on the San Francisco Giants. As the backup catcher to three-time All-Star Buster Posey, Brown mostly takes a backseat, hopping...
Via The Sports Quotient
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the San Francisco Giants need rotation help to win the title?

As presently constructed, can the San Francisco Giants win the World Series? This is a tricky question, as there seems to be two different answers. If the High God of Baseball himself came down and told us that the Giants will not make any moves but will still make the playoffs, then the answer is yes. This Giants team is well built for winning in the playoffs. One would be hard...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Giants’ Big Three are Off to a Historically Good Start

The San Francisco Giants went into the offseason with a desire to improve their starting pitching. Bobby Evans went out and signed Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto to help shore up a staff that had trouble pitching deep into games. When asked about why the team signed the two right-handed pitchers, both were labeled as “innings eaters.” Cueto and Samardzija have done much more...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants get the Sweep Behind Second Walk-Off in two Days

The allure of the walk off is vibrantly pure, full of a euphoric flush through bodies mobbing to greet the triumphant victor. To do it in front of your home crowd only further illuminates the treasured tale. To do it twice in two days, well, that’s a whole new degree of special. Punch the teams ticket to a divisional matchup sweep with the walk-off? Sure, add it aboard. Tight ball...
Via The Sports Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Let’s Watch Jeff Samardzija Tip Some Pitches

An interesting nugget from a recent edition of the always-excellent Ken Rosenthal notebook: White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper accepted responsibility for Jeff Samardzija‘s struggles last season, telling reporters, “Man, I failed.” Samardzija, with the benefit of hindsight, takes a more magnanimous view, saying that Cooper only was trying to help him. As it turns out, the...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants' Hunter Pence delivers perhaps the season's most bizarre walk-off hit

The San Francisco Giants appear to have the even-year magic working in their favor.They won their third consecutive game Monday night -- their 11th win in their past 12 games -- and did it in rather bizarre fashion.Locked in a scoreless pitchers' duel against the San Diego Padres, Hunter Pence pinch-hit in the ninth inning with Brandon Belt on first base and two outs. Pence sent...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants Injury Report — Hunter Pence and Sergio Romo

The Giants head into a divisional series with fierce momentum, but will again do it without one of their biggest weapons, right-fielder Hunter Pence. The exuberant slugger who provides an uncanny spark has missed the past two games with tightness behind his right knee. “He had an MRI,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “He will take BP and can go into the line up today.” Pence,...
Via The Sports Journal
8 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: Who needs a bullpen?

If this past week has shown anything, it’s that the San Francisco Giants only need a closer in the bullpen. Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardjiza, and Matt Cain have all pitched at least 7 innings in their most recent starts and were dominant in those starts. It really shows that the Giants are in good hands for the rest of the year. Easing many anxieties about the exorbitant...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Madison Bumgarner does it all as the Giants take 2 of 3 from Cubs

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner pitched 7 2/3 dominant innings and doubled in a run in the fifth to lift the San Francisco Giants over the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on Sunday night.The Giants won for the 11th time in 12 games and took two of three from a Cubs team with the best record in baseball.Bumgarner (6-2) struck out six and allowed three hits and two walks while winning his fifth...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Bonds upset over ‘racism’ at daughter’s school

Officials at a private school in California are investigating a video that students shared on social media that features offensive language, and the incident has hit close to home for former MLB slugger Barry Bonds. Bonds, whose daughter attends Brentwood School, sent a tweet on Tuesday condemning the racist language used by a group of students: I am sad that i had to see this...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Bonds: Bryce Harper needs to steal more bases

Barry Bonds is one of the greatest hitters in baseball history (whether or not his performance was enhanced), and that hitting prowess led to him getting intentionally walked a fair bit. His 688 career intentional free passes are more than twice as many as the player in second place on the all-time list, Albert Pujols (who has *just* 297). Bryce Harper got the Bonds treatment in...
Via The Comeback
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Tim Lincecum is on the verge of joining the Anaheim

The Tim Lincecum Showcase Showdown looks to finally be over, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have bid closest to his actual retail price without going over. They get Lincecum, a set of kitchen appliances, and a new TV. Actually, they only get Lincecum, but that’s enough of a prize for the pitching-starved Angels. According to Yahoo Sports, Lincecum and Anaheim are closing...
Via The Comeback
15 days ago  |  Discuss

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