Jeff Samardzija is re-establishing himself by the Bay

Don't call it a comeback, but Jeff Samardzija is experiencing a nice bounce back season with the San Francisco Giants, as he returns to his old ways of doing things. I recently saw an article, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune, that featured the word "resurrects" in the headline. This, of course, indicated that Jeff Samardzija's career had experienced some sort of resurrection, as...
Via Beyond The Box Score
1 hour ago

In a pinch, Giants get stunner from Pence

This is how well things are going for the Giants these days: Hunter Pence began Monday's series opener against the San Diego Padres resting his strained right hamstring, then finished it by launching a harmless-looking popup that turned out to be the game-winning hit.
11 hours ago

Pagan to have MRI on hamstring after early exit

Giants outfielder Angel Pagan exited Monday's 1-0 victory over the Padres after the eighth inning when he tweaked his left hamstring and will undergo an MRI on Tuesday, according to manager Bruce Bochy.
12 hours ago

Giants win another 1-0 game, party like it's 1968

Johnny Cueto has allowed one run to the Padres in 27 innings in three complete games this season. That's pretty good. Business idea: Candy necklaces with the date of a hilariously fortuitous win printed on them. After a game like Monday's, you order the necklace, and you wear it around your neck until the next ultra-miserable loss. When it happens, you take the necklace off and eat...
Via McCovey Chronicles
12 hours ago

Johnny Cueto goes the distance, Giants win 1-0 when Hunter Pence's fly ball falls in ninth

SAN FRANCISCO – You will excuse the poor San Diego Padres if they did not weep for the end of the Tim Lincecum era in Giants history. He no-hit them twice, after all.   You will also excuse the Padres if they weep when they contemplate the Johnny Cueto era in Giants history.   Cueto made his third start of the season against the Padres Monday night. For the third time, he went...
Via Giants Extra
13 hours ago

Romo progresses with Minors rehab assignment

Giants reliever Sergio Romo was expected to begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Monday and could rejoin the team in Atlanta for next week's four-game series against the Braves barring any setbacks, manager Bruce Bochy said Monday.
16 hours ago

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
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jake Peavy is staying in the rotation

If you were hoping for changes, they aren't coming. Yet. I wonder if, buried way, way down in his subconscious, there's a teeny tiny part of Jake Peavy that's slightly annoyed with Matt Cain right now. Whereas the Giants used to have two struggling starting pitchers, throwing one right after the other, absorbing all of the criticism together, now they have one. All eyes on Jake...
Via McCovey Chronicles
23 hours ago

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...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

SF Giants Minor Lines, 5/22

Just a perfect day, drink sangria in the park. I had a whole bit worked up about my mock outrage that Brute got to cover Richmond finally breaking their losing streak and then I came back to yet another loss, and then all of a sudden the Squirrels scored 4 runs in their final at bat to win! Take THAT, rough draft! Discussion topic: does the development of Austin Slater and/or...
Via McCovey Chronicles
1 day ago

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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Giants’ RHP Sergio Romo to pitch an inning for Triple-A Sacramento

According to a report from Alex Pavlovic of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, San Francisco Giants’ relief pitcher Sergio Romo will toss an inning for Triple-A Sacramento on Monday.  Landing on the club’s 15-day disabled list back on April 14, Romo appears to be close to making his return to the Giants as he continues to progress in his minor league rehab assignment. The veteran right...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

The Woes of Jake Peavy Snap San Francisco Giants Winning Streak

The San Francisco Giants have been on fire thanks to their bullpen. Starters Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, and Jeff Samardzija have all found reasonable strides since season opener, and it’s almost expected the Giants can scrape a win with one of these three on the mound. However, the Giants have been suffering at the back end of their pitching rotation, due to the painful mediocrity...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the San Francisco Giants Maintain their Winning Streak?

Despite a slow start to the season, the San Francisco Giants look like they’ve found their stride as World Series contenders for this even-ending season. After completing an on-the-road sweep of their division rival Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres respectively, the Giants lead the NL West with a 25-18 record and .581 PCT, thanks to a truly talented bullpen. Starting ace...
Via The Sports Journal
3 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
6 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
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Tim Lincecum, Angels close to deal

Tim Lincecum will likely not be out of baseball for much longer. Jon Heyman of the MLB Network is reporting that the two-time Cy Young Award winner is close to signing a deal with the Los Angeles Angels. Jeff Passan later added that the deal will be a Major League contract. It’s likely that the opportunity to start factored into his decision, as other interested teams were not...
Via Sportsnaut
7 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: Where’d the Giants bullpen go?

The National League West is the San Francisco Giants division to win or lose. They are the most talented team in the division and despite all their problems are tied for first in the West. The problems have been pitching, as expected. The question marks starting the season for the Giants were the back-end of the rotation. Jake Peavy and Matt Cain have had rough starts to the season...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants Santiago Casilla throws a fit

Right hand reliever for the San Francisco Giants Santiago Casilla was not happy Thursday night after getting pulled in the ninth inning. Casilla came into the ninth inning to relieve Cory Gearrin and managed to almost bring the Arizona Diamondbacks back into the game. The Giants were leading 4-2 in the ninth inning when Casilla came in and gave up a single, a double and issued a...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs look to be latest team to pound Giants' Peavy

There's no sugarcoating it -- Jake Peavy has been mostly bad. And even when San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy says he pitched well enough, Peavy's numbers still aren't very good.The veteran tries to end a three-start losing streak and help the visiting Giants win a season-high fourth in a row when he faces the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.Peavy (1-4, 8.47 ERA) has...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Santiago Casilla was furious Bruce Bochy pulled him in 9th

San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla has blown three saves already this season, and manager Bruce Bochy was not about to give him a chance to blow a fourth on Thursday night. When Casilla got himself into another 9th-inning jam, Bochy pulled him. You can imagine how the right-hander felt about it. With the bases loaded and the Giants leading 4-2, Bochy turned to left-handed...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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