GIANTS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Walks worsen rough night for Peavy, Giants

The Giants' almost-comical margin of defeat in Friday night's 13-1 loss to the New York Mets indicated that San Francisco never had a chance to win this series opener at Citi Field. More accurately, the Giants didn't give themselves a chance.
Via Giants.com
1 hour ago

Cespedes, Mets wreck Giants with a 12-run third inning

NEW YORK – On a nondescript Tuesday night last June, Chris Heston celebrated the baseball moment of his life when he pitched a series opener at Citi Field and the New York Mets couldn’t muster a single hit. How much the world has changed in 11 months. As the Giants began a series at Citi Field Friday night, Heston was starting a game for Triple-A Sacramento at Salt Lake City...
Via Giants Extra
2 hours ago

Giants unravel as Mets post 12-run inning

A 12-run third inning not only sent the Mets to their seventh straight victory, a 13-1 bludgeoning of the Giants at Citi Field on Friday, but also created a chunk of history in the process.
Via Giants.com
2 hours ago

Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija give Giants three horses in starting rotation

The Giants earned their third World Series trophy in a five-year span by riding the left arm of Madison Bumgarner in the postseason after manager Bruce Bochy sewed together a starting rotation that was able to generate 88 wins and garner the National League’s second wild-card slot. When that patchwork approach to pitching failed to produce a trip to the playoffs in 2015, executive...
Via Today's Knuckleball
3 hours ago

Bochy expects tight division race all season

The Giants' results during their first time through National League West competition didn't surprise manager Bruce Bochy.
Via Giants.com
6 hours ago

In wake of Dee Gordon suspension, Giants union rep Matt Cain says drug penalties are harsh enough

NEW YORK – Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon will be suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a banned substance. He’ll forfeit half a season, which seems like a stiff penalty. Until you think of it this way: Gordon will end up forfeiting less than $1.5 million of the $50 million extension he signed in January. The Gordon suspension was a lively topic in the...
Via Giants Extra
6 hours ago

Giants might need Tim Lincecum after all

I know my Giants coverage has been sporadic so far this season, thanks to the Warriors being the best team on Earth and my realization that no one reads recaps unless they’re written by a guy whose last name rhymes with Frisbee. Weird, staying up until midnight (or later) writing about a game everyone already saw wasn’t a great strategy for my website. Who knew? That doesn...
Via Bay Area Sports Guy
7 hours ago

Frankencatcher: Catcher Targets for Non-Buster Posey Owners

It’s 2016, and that means that most of us will have to make some moves throughout the year to address the catcher position. Long gone are the glory days of 2004 when the top 10 catchers could all be counted on for double digit home runs and an average above .280. In 2004, an already aging Mike Piazza rated as the 10th best catcher with 20 home runs and a .266 average (See: Doping...
Via Razzball
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

SF Giants Minor Lines 4/28

The Giants have a lot of prospect pitchers, but one is really dominating right now, and it's not necessarily one that a lot of fans were expecting. Andrew Suarez continues to dominate for San Jose, and is emerging as yet another top pitching prospect for the Giants. Meanwhile, the schedule makers continue their unbalanced hell that is Sacramento's many games against the Salt Lake...
Via McCovey Chronicles
21 hours ago

Giants Spent Big on Pitching But Hitters are Leading the Way

There was much excitement over the winter when, for the first time in over a decade, the San Francisco Giants spent serious money in the free agent market. (I have always set my “serious money” alarm clock to go off at $220 million.) Specifically the addition of Johnny Cueto for six years at $130 million virtually guaranteed the Giants would have, along with ace Madison Bumgarner...
Via The Giants Cove
1 day ago

The Giants still have 13 pitchers on the roster for some reason

How is the experiment with the overstuffed bullpen going? Just like we should have expected. The Giants spent most of the last few days making us happy, which means it's time to start nitpicking. Why didn't they win all of the games before that? What's up with (utility player averaging an at-bat every other game)? Harumph. Harumph! Apologies in advance, then, but when Mike Broadway...
Via McCovey Chronicles
1 day ago

The Giants are striking out less than any other National League team

And it's not really close. Choose any metric you want, and the Giants are having a fine offensive season. The average National League team has 22 home runs; the Giants have 24. The average team is hitting .255, with a .327 on-base percentage and a .413 slugging percentage; the Giants are at .270/.344/.435. The average team has scored 97 runs; the Giants have scored 118. That's...
Via McCovey Chronicles
1 day ago

Worth every penny: Cueto and Samardzija are keeping the Giants afloat

No team spent as many free agent dollars on their rotation as the Giants did this past winter, and no team had as many questions about their rotation when spring training started either. The guys the Giants spent big for – Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija – both had serious question marks. Talented pitchers, yes, but both were coming off of sub-par years that left doubt as to...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Belt drives in 5, Giants complete sweep of Padres

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Brandon Belt was a homer short of the cycle and drove in five runs, Hunter Pence drove in a pair on three hits and the San Francisco Giants completed a three-game sweep by beating the San Diego Padres 13-9 on Wednesday. Jeff Samardzija (3-1) went 5 2/3 innings and snapped a tie with a two-run single for the Giants, who won their fifth in six games. Joe Panik...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Shields loses 1-0 pitchers' duel to Cueto, Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- James Shields pitched every bit as effectively as his counterpart. However, he made one mistake and it cost him his first victory of the season.Johnny Cueto pitched a seven-hitter for his seventh career shutout and 100th career victory, outworking Shields, who gave up three hits, and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 1-0 on Tuesday night."This...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Johnny Cueto Earns First Shutout with San Francisco Giants

In spite of a rocky spring training that left the franchise questioning his worth, San Francisco Giants’ starting pitcher Jonny Cueto seems to have found his stride on the mound. In his most recent matchup against division rival San Diego Padres, Cueto managed his first shutout game with San Francisco. “It’s a special game as a pitcher you want to throw a shutout,” said Cueto...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Hunter Pence gave Madison Bumgarner a 'Game of Thrones' mask

"Game of Thrones" made its long-awaited return for its sixth season on Sunday night, which sent the Internet into a frenzy -- as expected. It's arguably the most popular show on television right now, boasting a cult-like following from its fans.San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner isn't among them, but his teammate Hunter Pence is. On Monday night, Pence shared a photo of...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants face another tough loss

The San Francisco Giants decided to not take another whooping and proceeded to take two out of three games from the mediocre Miami Marlins. In all three games the Giants looked like the team we knew before they hit their five-game rut. The Giants were able to defeat the Marlins on Friday and Saturday, but were not able to get that last win in today.  The Giants scored first today...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: Jake Peavy electric slides to victory

The crowd was ferociously alive. A sea of black and orange emphatically oohing and ahhing, booing and barking, and euphorically involved in every mid-inning sing-a-long. Game 19 on the season resembled October as right-hander Jake Peavy led the San Francisco Giants to a 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins. Peavy looked strong, durable and eager to chip away at his substandard ERA...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Peavy ends skid, pitches and hits Giants past Marlins, 7-2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jake Peavy pitched seven innings for his first win and added a two-run single off Miami ace Jose Fernandez, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Marlins 7-2 on Saturday night. Gregor Blanco tripled twice and scored two runs while Matt Duffy had three hits and scored for the Giants, who have won two straight following a five-game losing streak. Peavy (1-1)...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants Earn Redemption Thanks to Jeff Samardzija

The San Francisco Giants proved their five-game losing streak was merely a temporary rut, as they managed an 8-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday Apr. 22nd to debut another four-game home series. According to general manager Bruce Bochy in his postgame interview on Thursday night, the Giants were missing life in their rotation, as getting men on base was one of the largest contributing...
Via The Sports Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Buster Posey Returns to San Francisco Giants’ Starting Lineup at First Base

Since he took a foul tip off his foot last week against the Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants’ catcher Buster Posey has been absent from the Giants’ starting lineup. Thankfully his injury was relatively short-lived, as it was announced Tuesday Apr. 19th that Posey was cleared to participate in game two of the Giants’ series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he batted...
Via The Sports Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

As bullpen crumbles, Giants hope new faces can stop the damage

Nobody ever seems to notice the bullpen until things go wrong. That’s been the case with the San Francisco Giants, whose three World Series championships since 2010 had as much to do with their strong ‘pen as they did with Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, or anyone else who grabbed more headlines. But now, things are starting to go wrong. The Giants, expected to...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Giants banned Sandoval from ordering room service

The San Francisco Giants were supposedly so concerned about Pablo Sandoval’s eating habits that they took steps to prevent him from being able to order room service while staying in team hotels. Sean McAdam of CSSNE.com told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich Show” on Friday that Sandoval’s eating disorder is a very real thing. So real, in fact, that the Giants asked...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-trainer: Pablo Sandoval needs babysitter to curb eating problem

A man who once worked with Pablo Sandoval to help the former All-Star lose weight says the third baseman has an eating problem and needs a babysitter to help curb the issue. Ethan Banning, the owner of Triple Threat Performance, says he worked with Sandoval prior to the beleaguered slugger's All-Star seasons with the San Francisco Giants in 2011 and 2012. Banning told The Boston...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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