The odd recent history of the Giants and defense-second center fielders

Considering the huge outfield of AT&T Park, how do the Giants keep ending up with merely adequate center fielders, at best? Denard Span was alright in 2016. Pretend I’m making a crunched-up Robert DeNiro face while typing that. He was fine, really. A .331 on-base percentage isn’t great or anything, but he wasn’t a total drag at the plate or in the field. I liked the guy...
Via McCovey Chronicles
58 minutes ago

SF Giants’ Bold Plan for 2017: Take a Big Step Back

After two consecutive underperforming and very dull seasons in 2015 and 2016, the San Francisco Giants braintrust called a press conference last week to do some explaining. Actually, Chief Operating Office Larry Baer, team President Brian Sabean, and General Manager Bobby Evans didn’t so much explain what happened as much as they praised each other for a job well done. To paraphrase...
Via The Sports Daily
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Giants reliever Josh Osich has procedure on left knee

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants reliever Josh Osich underwent a procedure on his left knee Tuesday in Los Angeles. San Francisco general manager Bobby Evans says Dr. Steve Yoon performed the minor surgery to remove scar tissue. Osich was scheduled to return home Wednesday. The 28-year-old Osich went 1-3 with a 4.71 ERA in 59 appearances and 36 1/3 innings during his second major league...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

It looks like Gregor Blanco is moving on

Which means it’s a good time to appreciate what he did for the Giants. It’s more than he got credit for. Gregor Blanco has appeared in more Giants games than Kevin Mitchell, Bill Mueller, or Jesus Alou. More than Candy Maldonado, Royce Clayton, or Nate Schierholtz. More than Matty Alou, Angel Pagan, or Omar Vizquel. More than Jose Vizcaino, Edgar Renteria, and Freddy Sanchez...
Via McCovey Chronicles
1 day ago

Giants likely to be active, fill needs via free agency

The Giants' list of anticipated changes for the 2017 season will be relatively short but highly significant.
2 days ago

It’ll be harder for the Giants to revamp the bullpen than you think

The Giants have a clear mission this offseason. That doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed to get it done, though. Welcome to day three of a 145-day series about the Giants’ bullpen. If you want a list of free agent relievers, you can find that here. If you want to see how much the Giants can spend, you can find that here. But none of this makes any difference if the free agent...
Via McCovey Chronicles
3 days ago

San Francisco Giants Rumors: Bullpen Edition

Now that the essence of Even-Year-Bull-S*** was all used up on unsung heroes, the San Francisco Giants no longer have to rely on strange unseen powers that were instilled inside Conor Gillaspie for wins in the postseason. The San Francisco Giants have one thing on their mind this offseason. The bullpen. Calm yourselves Giants fans, I know that “bullpen” is a trigger word for...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants have to address closer’s role this offseason

For the San Francisco Giants, their offseason mission is clear: They must make adjustments to the bullpen if they wish to make another deep run through the postseason. The San Francisco bullpen had hiccups in the 2016 season, but late in the season is when the issues became more prominent. The team coughed up multiple late-game leads and Santiago Casilla lost his grip on the closer’s...
Via Today's Knuckleball
3 days ago

Giants endure uneven '16, highlighted by 'pen

The Giants' even-numbered-year magic wore off throughout an extremely uneven season.
5 days ago

Giants not planning to overhaul bullpen

The Giants do not feel compelled to make widespread personnel changes in the bullpen that struggled throughout the 2016 season, though obtaining a closer or naming one from within the organization is an apparent priority.
6 days ago

Giants ready to talk new contract with Bumgarner when he is

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Giants want to make sure Madison Bumgarner never goes elsewhere. San Francisco general manager Bobby Evans spoke with Bumgarner and reached out to the ace left-hander's representatives to let them all know the Giants are ready to begin discussions on a new contract whenever they are. Bumgarner signed a $35.56 million, six-year deal through 2017 that includes...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants CEO Larry Baer missed elimination for Yom Kippur

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Larry Baer left the ballpark in the sixth inning, and he remembers the exact moment because of the Kiss Cam on the scoreboard. The Giants CEO needed to get to Yom Kippur services at his synagogue by sundown Tuesday night, and San Francisco led the Cubs 5-2 at that point. He listened on the radio as he drove 15 minutes from AT&T Park: scoreless seventh, then...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Santiago Casilla ‘weeps’ after getting passed over during Giants ninth-inning collapse

Santiago Casilla wasn’t a happy camper after being passed over during the San Francisco Giants season-ending meltdown in Game 4 of the NLDS. The Giants entered the ninth inning on Tuesday with a 5-2 lead. San Francisco opted to use relievers Derek Law, Javier Lopez, Sergio Romo, Will Smith, and Hunter Strickland as Casilla sat on the bench. Those relievers combined to allow four...
Via The Comeback
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Santiago Casilla in tears, unhappy at not being called in

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy used five different pitchers to unsuccessfully attempt to navigate the 9th inning against the Chicago Cubs Tuesday. Notably, a man who served as his closer for much of the season was not one of them. Santiago Casilla, who was the Giants’ closer all the way up through September 17, was not even called upon to warm up as the Giants’ bullpen...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Baez explains why he stared at Strickland after go-ahead hit

Javier Baez delivered the go-ahead hit for the Chicago Cubs in their NLDS-clinching win Tuesday night, and you may have noticed how he blatantly stared down San Francisco Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland after he rounded first base. Apparently there was a reason for that. When asked about the icy stare after the game, Baez offered a simple response: Baez on why he celebrated...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs changed the whole script with one exhilarating inning

SAN FRANCISCO — Game 5, couldn’t you just see it happening?Johnny Cueto starting for the Giants, against a Cubs team that he dominates. Madison Bumgarner stomping out of the bullpen, the way he did in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. The entire city of Chicago babbling about curses, staging a massive freakout at Wrigley Field.“It would have been really tense, to put it mildly...
Via FOX Sports
8 days ago

The One Way I’ll Second Guess Bruce Bochy

This probably has to be said up front; Bruce Bochy has historically done a masterful job of running his pitching staff in the postseason. It’s one of the main reasons — well, along Madison Bumgarner anyway — that he has three world series championships, and is almost certainly going into the Hall of Fame someday. Over the long run, I don’t think bullpen management has been...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Arrieta's home run off Bumgarner sends Cubs dugout into hysteria

San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has established himself as one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the postseason. That fact made it all the more ironic that fellow ace Jake Arrieta hit a three-run home run in Game 3 of the NLDS off MadBum. Both Arrieta and Bumgarner are known for their hitting prowess in the ninth slot in the batting order in addition to being...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Johnny Cueto Is Also a Giants Ace

The appeal of lists and rankings, whatever its cause, is very real. That thing you like? Sure, it’s good, but is it better than this other thing?! We’ve seen this carry over into baseball presumably since the sport began. Williams or DiMaggio? Aaron or Mays? Garciaparra or Jeter or Rodriguez? We’ve even clung to “Trout or Harper?” for as long as we possibly can. Whether...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Some Chicago Cubs fans won’t be able to watch tonight’s playoff game

Chicago Cubs fans have been waiting 108 years to watch their team win the World Series. For at least one portion of that playoff push, they might not actually be able to watch what happens. While game one of the NLDS series between the Cubs and San Francisco Giants was televised on FS1, tonight’s game two will be broadcast by the MLB Network. That’s a problem for some because...
Via Awful Announcing
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Battle-tested Giants have faced long postseason odds before

Cockroaches are notoriously hard to kill. Their tough, rugged exteriors combined with an unmatched ability to squeeze through tight spaces has made them the one creature on earth synonymous with survival. If a nuclear bomb hits, chances are there will still be cockroaches running around after the fallout. The San Francisco Giants have been compared to cockroaches before. But this...
Via The Outside Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild win sends San Francisco Giants back to the NLDS

It was a straight pitchers duel in Citi Field on a cool 60 degree night. Both Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard were dealing through seven innings. Syndergaard was raking up the strike outs early on, while Bumgarner was getting lots of swings and misses from his wicked slider. The game continued to be a scoreless duel heading into the ninth. The Mets were looking to keep the...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Wednesday’s Giants-Mets playoff was ESPN’s highest-rated MLB Wild Card Game ever

Plenty of viewers tuned in for ESPN’s telecast of the National League Wild Card Game between the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets Wednesday night. Actually, more people tuned in for the broadcast than any other ESPN MLB Wild Card Game that the network previously carried. According to Nielsen, the NL Wild Card Game drew a 5.8 overnight rating, surpassing the 5.7 mark that...
Via Awful Announcing
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Madison Bumgarner had great reaction to Conor Gillaspie HR

San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has an uncanny ability to keep his composure even under the most chaotic conditions, so his reaction to Conor Gillaspie’s home run on Wednesday night really comes as no surprise. Gillaspie’s three-run bomb off of New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia in the ninth inning was more than enough run support for Bumgarner to send his team to...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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