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Madison Bumgarner is almost single-handedly keeping the Giants afloat

August is just about in the books, and the Giants managed to survive a brutal schedule and keep themselves within striking distance of a playoff spot. And while we’re supposed to believe baseball is a team game, they basically have one person to thank for keeping them in contention: Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner had one of the best months any pitcher could have in August. He started...
Via The Outside Corner
21 minutes ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants Likely Need To Win NL West Division To Defend World Series Crown

One thing about a defending World Champion is that it is always entertaining to see that team have the chance to go for back-to-back titles in the following season’s playoffs. Unfortunately for the San Francisco Giants, their title defense is trending towards ending in the regular season unless they can surpass the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West division. Fortunately...
Via The Giants Cove
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: Biggest series of the year

The San Francisco Giants have survived the August gauntlet without falling out of contention. Because they were able to survive August the upcoming three game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers is important. How important? Let’s just say it’s the most important series of the year. It might sound weird to call this series the biggest series of the year, because in essence...
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Byrd Knocks In Four, But Giants Can’t Overcome Heston’s Rough Start In 7-5 Loss

Successful games from Brandon Belt, Buster Posey, and Marlon Byrd weren’t enough to make up for an early deficit from Chris Heston, as the San Francisco Giants fell to the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 on Sunday afternoon. After being optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for Mike Leake, Heston made his return to San Francisco in place of the struggling and injured Matt Cain....
Via BaySportsNet
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Has Tim Lincecum thrown his last pitch for the Giants?

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum’s hip is giving him so much trouble that he might never pitch again for the franchise. Speaking with Andrew Baggerly of, the two-time Cy Young Award winner revealed he is worried any return to the mound this year could cause further damage. And, since he’s a free agent, this could mean his final pitch with the Giants...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Gregor Blanco an Weapon for San Francisco

San Francisco Giants Gregor Blanco, right, scores against the against the Washington Nationals in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, in San Francisco. Blanco scored on a double by Brandon Belt. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Gregor Blanco is going about business as usual—working tough at bats, stealing bases, bunting his way aboard, and playing solid defense...
Via The Sports Journal
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Giants’ rookie Tomlinson blasts a grand slam for first MLB home run

Kelby Tomlinson made a stunning entrance into the majors with a grand slam on Thursday for the San Francisco Giants. Kelby Tomlinson’s first career home run was just grand: — MLB (@MLB) August 27, 2015   Tomlinson received a standing ovation and cheers heard round AT&T park. There were nothing but smiles as he rounded...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Barry Bonds loses collusion case

After pursuing a collusion case against Major League Baseball, an arbitrator has ruled against Barry Bonds, who believed the league owners conspired against him to keep him from playing after the 2007 season. This ruling was first brought to light by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and was later confirmed by Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. Bonds had an outstanding year...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

On the inequity of the 2015 NL Wild Card Game

The Wild Card races in the American and National Leagues could hardly be more different. Over in the AL, only four teams are playing at a level that would normally make them contenders, but the rules require that a fifth team qualify for the postseason, so one team from a remarkably mediocre group is going to get rewarded with a playoff spot even though they may end the year with...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Crawford hopeful he'll avoid DL with oblique injury

As magnetic and inspiring as Hunter Pence is, Brandon Crawford is glad he won't be mimicking Pence this time around. After leaving Tuesday's game with tightness in his left side, Crawford assured Wednesday that he only expects to miss a few games and is optimistic he won't be placed on the disabled list like Pence. "It feels pretty mild," Crawford said. "I've strained my oblique...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Giants shut down Matt Cain?

The Giants have a dilemma on their hands, and it concerns a cornerstone player. Matt Cain, who has delivered for the Giants for over a decade, is struggling mightily and hasn't been able to win games. Starting the season in July due to a flexor tendon injury, the 30-year-old righty is 2-4 with a 6.15 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, and .311 opponent batting average in 10 starts. While Cain produced...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jung-ho Kang's home runs sound even better in Korean

Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang had himself a spectacular game last Saturday, belting two home runs in a 3-2 victory over the Giants. The 28-year-old rookie is having an impressive season after playing the first nine years of his professional baseball career in Korea. But with no disrespect intended toward the Fox Sports 1 broadcast team of Kenny Albert and Sean Casey, nor the...
Via Awful Announcing
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeremy Affeldt hurt his knee playing with his kids

Details on this are still a bit sparse, but it’s tentatively going into the “stupid baseball injury” Hall of Fame. Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt hurt his knee…while he was playing with his kids. I’ll let the AP report take it away. The Giants placed left-hander Jeremy Affeldt on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday after he sustained a left knee subluxation while playing...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

What makes Bruce Bochy and Joe Maddon great?

With the Cubs in San Francisco to face the team just behind them in the wild-card race, it makes sense to compare the two managers. After all, they both ended up within the top five in a recent survey, and their teams have both found success in recent years. Though they were born just a year apart, their styles are different enough that they seem to be a study in contrasts...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Byrd confident, understands role as he joins Giants in pennant chase

Marlon Byrd has played for seven teams in the past four years, which has hardened him to quickly adjust to playing with his latest team, the San Francisco Giants. "I know what I need to do," said Byrd, who is now 37 years old and in his 14th season in the majors. "I know I don't need to come over here and be Superman. I just need to play my game and help this team win games." Ironically...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Should batting receive consideration in Cy Young voting?

10 days ago, I was informed that I will be voting for the National League Cy Young Award this year. This will be my first time voting on the pitcher awards — last year, I was tasked with voting for Manager of the Year and MVP — and so I’ve spent the last week and a half trying to work through what kind of factors I’m going to want to consider in putting my ballot together...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: Marlon Byrd providing a spark

When news broke that right fielder Hunter Pence would be going back on the DL for a third time this season with a moderate oblique strain, it made the San Francisco Giants ramp up their search for finding an outfielder before the waiver deadline. The Giants acquired Marlon Byrd and cash from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for double-A RHP Stephen Johnson. The Giants almost traded...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants hope key contributors carry them to the postseason

Despite the superstition that has developed surrounding the San Francisco Giants’ inability to win a World Series title in seasons of odd ending years, the defending champions are shaping up to advance to postseason baseball this season. The superstition grew alongside the Giants championship titles during their trilogy of wins that occurred in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Coincidentally...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bumgarner had pinch-hit single that led to insurance run

    Madison Bumgarner did not pitch for the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night, but the World Series hero proved he doesn’t need to take the mound to help his team pick up a victory. Dealing with an injured Hunter Pence and an undermanned bench, Giants manager Bruce Bochy decided to call on Bumgarner as a pinch-hitter with two outs in the seventh. Naturally, Bumgarner...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Is 'The Duff' tough enough for NL Rookie of the Year?

The San Francisco Giants drafted Matt Duffy in the 18th round of the 2012 draft. He’s the third-lowest draft pick of all drafted players on the Giants roster.   Yet, in his rookie season, Duffy has been the most unexpectedly valuable player on the Giants. He spent most of his time in the minor leagues at shortstop, but stepped seamlessly into a full-time starting role at...
Via The Sports Quotient
14 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants create wonderful Full House parody

#FullClubhouse Starring @bcraw35 @mm_duffy @JeremyAffeldt @hunterpence Javier Lopez @JoePanik and Bruce Bochy — San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) August 14, 2015 As far as team-produced parody videos, this one is right near the top of the list.  The Giants will be celebrating their San Francisco-based sitcom roots with a Full House night in September...
Via Awful Announcing
16 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants Do Spot-On Cover Of ‘Full House’ Intro Video

San Francisco is synonymous with many things, including the Giants and the hit TV show “Full House.” So why not combine the two things? That’s exactly what the Giants will do Sept. 30 with “Full Clubhouse,” their tribute to the iconic ’80s and ’90s show. To promote that late-season event, the Giants revealed this fantastic parody video Friday, featuring members of the...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants filmed their own 'Full House' intro

At the end of September, the San Francisco Giants will be having a Full House Night at AT&T Park, complete with a Full House snowglobe giveaway. To promote the evening, they filmed this Full House parody intro entitled Full Clubhouse, starring Brandon Crawford, Matt Duffy, Jeremy Affeldt, Hunter Pence, Javier Lopez, Joe Panik, Bruce Bochy, and featuring a cameo former Full...
Via The Outside Corner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Madison Bumgarner heating up at the right time

Last October, San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner went on an insane roll to absolutely dominate the postseason. During the playoffs he went 4-1 with a save, a 1.03 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, two shutouts and 45 strikeouts in 52.2 innings while leading the Giants to a World Series title. Don’t look now, but it appears he’s heating up again. On Tuesday night Bumgarner was absolutely...
Via Rumors and Rants
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants rookie dedicates first hit to memory of Kaiser Carlile

San Francisco Giants rookie Kelby Tomlinson notched his first major league hit in his first career at-bat on Monday night and dedicated his personally noteworthy accomplishment to the memory of Kaiser Carlile, the nine-year-old bat boy who died over the weekend as a result of a tragic on-field accident. Carlile, who served as bat boy for the Liberal Bee Jays, a collegiate summer...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
25 days ago  |  Discuss

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