Giants drop series to bad team, feel bad

The Reds were just too good. Think about that sentence on a loop until the next game. Before settling down to think about that game, that series, it’s worth remembering just how bad the Reds are. They’re 40-61, but they’ve been a little lucky, according to Pythagorean record. They’ve allowed 170 home runs this season — more than the average team allowed in 2015, even though...
Via McCovey Chronicles
13 hours ago

UPDATED: Angel Pagan's error, lack of offense undermines Bumgarner in Giants' loss to Reds

  Updated from version posted at the final out. -AB SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants rotation continues to give up a worrisome number of home runs since the All-Star break.   But it wasn’t Jay Bruce’s shot into the right field arcade – his fourth of the three-game series at AT&T Park -- that wholly undermined Madison Bumgarner’s effort in the Giants’ 2-1 loss to the Cincinnati...
Via Giants Extra
14 hours ago

Bumgarner's strong start goes unsupported

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has been excellent this season, but he can't do it all on his own. Despite his eight innings with two runs allowed, it was still enough to be overcome by the Reds, who left town with a 2-1 victory and two of three games in the series. San Francisco has lost nine of 11 games since the All-Star break.
14 hours ago

Giants won't rush Pence back from rehab

According to the stat sheet, it would seem Hunter Pence is right at the doorstep of a return to the San Francisco Giants. But manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that the right fielder's output at the plate will have no effect on when the club chooses to activate him.
16 hours ago

Joe Panik and Hunter Pence making progress on rehab

The Reno Aces hosted the Sacramento River Cats Tuesday night in from of what was expected to be a sold out crowd. Familiar faces that once filled Greater Nevada Field when former two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum made a rehab appearance were reunited to watch Hunter Pence and Joe Panik take on the hometown […] The post Joe Panik and Hunter Pence making progress on rehab...
Via Today's Knuckleball
20 hours ago

Believe It or Not Matt Cain Sparked the San Francisco Giants’ Offense

The San Francisco Giants’ road funk appeared to have followed them home when they lost to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday July 25th. The Reds hold the fourth-worst record in the league at 39-61, but they put up a good fight to premiere the series with a 7-5 win. For game two, Giants’ right hander Matt Cain took the mound at AT&T for the first time since May 21st. With his hamstring...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Buster Posey has become a master thief in the night -- six steals!

Stop the presses. Forget the standings. Never mind that the Giants not only got a win Tuesday night (despite giving up four more jimmyjacks), but Matt Cain got a W by his name that didn't translate to Wretched. Wash my horse in champagne, indeed. No, something takes precedent over all that seemingly important stuff right now, and perhaps supercedes the USA Basketball Team beating...
Via Giants Extra
1 day ago

Who are the Giants going to send down for Joe Panik?

Probably not Brandon Crawford. Just a guess. The bad news is that at this very moment, the Giants are playing so badly that the term “garbage fire” has been determined to be a cliche, and if you stare at them too long they’ll climb through your TV and haunt you for the rest of your days. Even happens if you see them in person. Pretty neat trick, really. The good news is that...
Via McCovey Chronicles
1 day ago

Rehab Returns on the Horizon for San Francisco Giants

It happened. The nervousness, the lingering phrase “How long will this last?” in the minds of many while the Giants stormed into the All-Star break, evolved into into a gut-punch reality. Not that anyone on the team has produced much of anything since returning from the All-Star break, where the team owns a dismal 1-7 record (MLB-worst) through their first eight road games. But...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants Trade Rumors: Relief Pitchers

The San Francisco Giants have struggled since returning from All-Star break, but even with the recent woes, they continue to show they are one of the best teams in the league. The Giants still have questions about staying healthy, with key injuries to Hunter Pence, Joe Panik, and Matt Duffy. Regardless of the amount of injuries the San Francisco Giants have endured, their bullpen...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Williamson, Giants beat Yanks 2-1 in 12 innings, stop skid

NEW YORK (AP) Mac Williamson had crossed paths with Ivan Nova before. ''Fun fact about Nova. I had TJ the same day he did,'' the San Francisco Giants rookie said, thinking back to their visit to Dr. James Andrews for Tommy John surgery on April 29, 2014. ''How many guys face each other after you have surgery, the same day, the same surgeon? That's kind of cool.'' Williamson started...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Royals didn't invite Johnny Cueto to White House visit

Johnny Cueto was only a Royal for a few months. But that doesn’t mean he deserves this kind of shade. Cueto, who won the World Series with Kansas City last year, was not invited by the Royals on their recent trip to the White House despite having both an off day and a desire to attend, according to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area. The All-Star right-hander was acquired by the Royals...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants flip: Cueto starts Saturday, Samardzija on Sunday

NEW YORK (AP) The San Francisco Giants have flipped their starting pitchers for the final two games of their weekend series against the New York Yankees. Johnny Cueto, the NL's All-Star starter, was moved up a day in the rotation and will open Saturday's game. Jeff Samardzija was pushed back until Sunday. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy made the decision with his first-place...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants catcher Posey fouls ball off foot, later leaves game

NEW YORK (AP) San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey left Friday night's game at Yankee Stadium a couple innings after fouling a ball off his right foot. X-rays were negative and Posey was listed as day to day. Posey nicked himself in the second inning and exited in the fourth. He had walked and singled before Trevor Brown replaced him against New York. Posey is a four-time...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Samardzija on Giving Up a Gopher to Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp took Jeff Samardzija deep on Saturday. In the third inning of a game played at Petco Park, the San Diego Padres outfielder deposited a slider from the San Francisco Giants righty over the left field wall. According to ESPN Home Run Tracker, the blast traveled 398 feet. As you might expect, Samardzija wasn’t pleased with the pitch. He doesn’t feel the location was terrible...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: Bullpen an area of need

On the heels of a San Diego Padre sweep, the San Francisco Giants were exposed and showed where they need improvement.  The bullpen is an area the Giants need to improve in, and after the San Diego series it was very clear. With Cory Gearrin still on the disabled list, the Giants do not have that many intriguing pieces in their bullpen, and many have been struggling.  Santiago...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: disabled list slowly getting smaller

The San Francisco Giants have been a bit of a surprise in 2016. The bane of any sports club paid a visit to the Giants in 2015. Injuries are what many blame for a poor 2015 and the lack of October baseball in the city by bay, 2016 is making us possibly rethink that position. Matt Duffy, Joe Panik, Matt Cain, and Hunter Pence are the four big pieces that have ended up on the disabled...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants Lose it by a Balk

The San Francisco Giants looked on it last week when they swept their division rival Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game home series. Injuries aside, the Giants looked like a team that could easy keep on their stride with the best record in the National League. But since the Giants hit the road to take on the San Diego Padres, they’ve looked less polished. Pitching ace Madison...
Via The Sports Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

This girl is the most passionate San Francisco Giants fan

The Giants and Padres played a wild exta-innings game in San Diego Saturday night, and television cameras spent a long time documenting the reactions of this very expressive Giants fan.Once she found out she was on television, she needed two phones to respond to what was likely an avalanche of texts and tweets. Buster Posey drilled a go-ahead home run in the top of the 10th, and...
Via FOX Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres beat Giants in a 10th inning walk-off balk

There are some bad ways to lose a baseball game and then there’s this. The San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres were tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 10th inning. With runners on the corners, closer Santiago Casilla was looking to close out the inning and get the Giants a chance to take the lead. Instead, Casilla tripped on the windup, threw the ball and committed a balk, allowing...
Via The Comeback
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Reasons Why The San Francisco Giants Are World Series Favorites

The San Francisco Giants have the best record in baseball and currently sit atop the NL West with a 5.5 game cushion. Not bad for a team that missed the postseason last year.  The Chicago Cubs have started to cool off, and the Giants have taken advantage, passing them by winning eight of their last 11 games. Their meteoric rise can be explained in three words: pitching and defense...
Via The Sports Quotient
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Hunter Pence is lonely during the All-Star break

Hunter Pence was not named a National League All-Star. But four of Pence’s teammates were named All-Stars and the rest are probably enjoying their four days off. Instead of playing in the All-Star game or enjoying his time off, Pence is relaxing lonely in the San Francisco Giants’ clubhouse at AT&T Park. All-Star break #ASG — Hunter Pence...
Via The Comeback
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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