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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Giants tie pitching record in 15-inning win over Red Sox at Fenway Park

Caught in the Mike Yastrzemski mania at Fenway Park on Tuesday night was a Ferris wheel of pitchers taking their turn in the Giants’ 7-6 win over the Red Sox in 15 innings.

Around and around they went.

Logan Webb started on the hill for the Giants and went five innings before Andrew Suarez took over. Nathan Eovaldi was the first man up for Boston before they went with Colten Brewer. And that was just the start to the marathon of pitchers stepping on and off the mound.

In total, the Giants and Red Sox combined to use 24 pitchers, tying an MLB record, according to ESPN Stats and Info. The Giants broke their franchise record by using 13 pitchers in one game, which tied an MLB record as well.

Hopefully, the pitching conga line will start to slow down, but I have my doubts…..

 

QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 01:22 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pitchers, red sox

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Barry Zito reveals why he rooted against Giants in 2010 World Series

Imagine rooting against your employer after they paid you $18.5 million.

That’s the story Barry Zito is telling.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, Zito revealed in a new memoir that he rooted against the Giants in the 2010 World Series because they left him off the playoff roster.

“It was really hard to admit,” Zito told The Chronicle’s Ann Killion.

“Yes, my regular-season record was below-average, but what’s that got to do with anything?”

 

QLE Posted: September 17, 2019 at 12:52 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: barry zito, giants, world series

Carl Yastrzemski’s Grandson Mike to Make Fenway Park Debut

Giants rookie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski will play on the same field his grandfather played on during his 23-year career when the Giants face the Red Sox this week at Fenway Park.

Yastrzemski, who is the grandson of Red Sox Hall of Famer and 1967 AL MVP Carl, got his first Big League action in late May. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Mike will play all three games of the series that starts Tuesday, according to Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle.

He is batting .265 for the season with 19 home runs and 51 RBIs.

A little squib, for those of us interested in family lineages…..

QLE Posted: September 17, 2019 at 12:35 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: carl yastrzemski, family, fenway park, giants, mike yastrzemski

Friday, September 13, 2019

Giants’ Buster Posey aware of his slumping numbers, lack of confidence

We all held out hope once the news sank in Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey would undergo hip surgery at the end of last season.

The hope was, finger-crossing, Posey would return to his former self. Something he also had faith in as he told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic during spring training.

“That’s the reason you do the surgery,” Posey said. “To try to get back to where you previously were before the damage.”

That didn’t happen, unfortunately. But he remains aware of that as he told MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell.

A crying shame, if the end is approaching for him.

 

QLE Posted: September 13, 2019 at 12:18 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants, slump

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Giants fire eight pro scouts, including some key to World Series title runs

Big changes are inevitable in a regime change, and the Giants are no exception.

In the first of what could be many such moves, the Giants fired eight of their 20 pro scouts Tuesday, including some who have been with the organization for more than two decades and provided invaluable information during the club’s three World Series title runs.

The most recognizable names are Brian Johnson, of 1997 home run fame, and Steve Balboni, both of whom served as pro scouts for the past 10 seasons and were relied on heavily during the 2010, 2012 and 2014 postseasons.

Johnson lives in Detroit and saw the Tigers a lot in 2012. Giants officials credited the intelligence he provided with helping them sweep Detroit in the World Series.

This news does explain why the scouts I’ve gotten used to seeing at the local minor-league games have been strangely absent lately….

 

QLE Posted: September 11, 2019 at 04:27 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brian johnson, firings, giants, scouts, steve balboni

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Barry Zito reveals he nearly retired from Giants before 2012 season

SAN FRANCISCO—The memories have come flooding back for Bruce Bochy this season, and as the Giants’ manager walked into Busch Stadium on Monday, he might have spent a few minutes looking back at one of the most stunning performances of the three-title era.

In Game 5 of the 2012 NLCS, Barry Zito threw 7 2/3 shutout innings to keep the Giants alive. Five days later he would beat Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the World Series, and the Giants would cruise to a second title.

It’s a moment Zito’s teammates, coaches and fans will never forget, but as Zito thinks about those professional highs, he has a different perspective. This month he’s releasing “Curveball,” a book in which the former big league star writes honestly about the struggles he had finding true happiness.

That 2012 run was the peak of Zito’s professional career, but as he looks back on it, he remembers it almost not even happening. Before the season, Zito considered retiring.

For a reminder of just how strong the Giants Magic Pixie Dust was in 2012, check Zito’s W-L record with the rest of his statistical line.

QLE Posted: September 04, 2019 at 01:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: barry zito, giants, magic pixie dust

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Who’s Going to Win the Chaotic NL Wild-Card Race?

The National League wild-card race is a big stupid mess. With Sunday’s games in the books, six teams are within five games of the second spot, with Washington and St. Louis hanging onto postseason positions for dear life. How long they can dig their fingernails into the cliff for the next six-plus weeks depends on whether the group behind them can put together a run. The Mets are the latest of those clubs to get red-hot, but even that blazing stretch has only put them in the thick of the race instead of at the top of the heap.

Is there a favorite, though, in that stew of squads? To find out, let’s dive into each of the eight teams still vying for the two wild-card spots and decide which pair are the better bets to play on into October. The playoff odds below originate from FanGraphs’ projection.

Son, at the rate it’s going, there will be no winners of the NL Wild Card race- only survivors.

 

QLE Posted: August 13, 2019 at 05:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, diamondbacks, giants, mets, nationals, phillies, reds

Monday, August 12, 2019

Giants reveal they’ll retire Will Clark’s No. 22 jersey next season

SAN FRANCISCO—The Giants have kept some numbers on the “unofficially retired” list over the years and have tried to quietly nudge players away from wearing certain ones, but on Sunday they made it official for one of the most important players in franchise history.

Beginning next season, no Giants player will ever wear Will Clark’s No. 22 again.

The announcement was made Sunday as the Giants honored the 1989 team that went to the World Series in large part because of Clark’s contributions. A Giant for eight years, Clark was a five-time All-Star and finished in the top five in MVP voting four times.

He was the star of the late 80’s clubs and a player who helped a new generation fall in love with the Giants. In recent years, Clark has been a special advisor for the club and a regular at Oracle Park. He has always been open about what the honor would mean to him.

QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, retired numbers, will clark

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Giants acquire Scooter Gennett from Reds

The Giants acquired second baseman Scooter Gennett from the Reds in exchange for cash considerations, per Jon Heyman.

Gennett, 29, has played in only 20 games this season due to a severe groin strain. He came off of the disabled list in late June but has only mustered a .489 OPS in 69 plate appearances.

On the plus side, it enables the Giants to stockpile more nicknames, in a sport running alarmingly low on them….

 

QLE Posted: August 01, 2019 at 03:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, reds, scooter gennett, trades

Madison Bumgarner never expected Giants to trade him, ready to work

PHILADELPHIA—The trades came quickly, sending shockwaves throughout the sport and delivering a couple of body blows to the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. Madison Bumgarner briefly looked up at a clubhouse TV at 4:10 p.m. and then walked to his locker and grabbed his glove, running outside for a quick game of catch before the rain came.

Bumgarner had work to do, and he had to do it for the Giants.

After months of trade rumors and a frantic final hour, the Giants ultimately decided to hold their ace.

“I never expected to be somewhere else until that happened,” Bumgarner said. “Nothing has changed for me. I don’t look at it as being past a hurdle. I’ve got a job to do and I’m going to do it.”

Well, why should the dominant team in one of the largest- and richest- markets in all of North America raise the white flag, especially with the National League as unsettled as it is?

 

QLE Posted: August 01, 2019 at 03:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, trade rumors

Monday, July 22, 2019

Giants’ relievers have fueled playoff push, but also are valuable trade assets

SAN FRANCISCO – The strength of this San Francisco Giants roster that has kept them in the NL wild-card race is also what makes them such an appealing trade partner.

The Giants’ bullpen, anchored by Will Smith, Tony Watson and Sam Dyson, entered Sunday with the second-best ERA in the National League.

That stout collection of relievers has made up for a poor offense and inconsistent starting pitching, and has them within 2 1/2 games of a wild-card spot.

Yet, those three standout relievers represent a chance for the Giants to infuse talent into a system that needs help.

The Giants are about as close to reaching the playoffs as the Red Sox are- but no one will ever run an article suggesting that they should trade Mookie Betts in preparation for their future….

 

QLE Posted: July 22, 2019 at 04:12 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, relievers, trade talk

Monday, June 03, 2019

Zaidi set to embark on first Draft with Giants

In about 50 words
This will be a pivotal Draft for the Giants, who are looking to restock their farm system and improve their organizational depth after losing 187 games over the last two years. While the Giants rode a core of homegrown stars to three World Series championships in the first half of this decade, they have traded away recent top Draft picks and missed on others, drying up the flow of impact talent in their pipeline.

What they’re saying
Holmes had served as the A’s assistant scouting director since 2009 and will take over for John Barr, the man responsible for drafting franchise star Buster Posey with the fifth overall pick in 2008. Barr remains in the Giants’ front office, and he will be available as a resource to Holmes and the rest of the amateur scouting department this year.

“Michael, I’ve been in 10 draft rooms with him,” Zaidi said at the Winter Meetings. “A lot of successful A’s Drafts, I know how important he was to those. I think for him to inherit a staff that’s produced many big leaguers, many guys that were key members of the world championship teams, for him to have John’s counsel going forward is going to be a huge asset for him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, giants

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Giants, Marlins battle for NL’s worst record

The Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants—the two teams with the worst records in the National League—will open a three-game series on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

Miami just closed a 4-3 road trip with a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over at Washington on Sunday. The Nationals had won the series’ first three games.

The Giants, who have lost five consecutive games, did not play on Monday, using it as a cross-country travel day.

Marlins first baseman Neil Walker, who went 3-for-5 with an RBI on Sunday, believes his team is in a good place.

Interesting match-up to consider, given the very different directions both teams took to get into this position.

QLE Posted: May 28, 2019 at 05:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: celler-dwellers, giants, marlins, worst team in baseball

Monday, May 27, 2019

Giants must alter evaluation approach due to changes in minor leagues | NBCS Bay Area

The league has always been offense-crazy, but this season has seen new levels of production. The PCL started using MLB balls and lineups have taken off in a league where altitude was already an issue for pitchers. Teams are averaging 5.62 runs per game and an OPS of .816, and the league-wide ERA is 5.29.

“It’s a little bit like playing in Coors Field everywhere you go,” Suarez said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2019 at 08:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, juiced baseballs, minor leagues

Friday, May 24, 2019

Giants’ Farhan Zaidi expresses thoughts on WAR, Buster Posey’s value

Ever since the Giants hired Farhan Zaidi as their president of baseball operations this past offseason, there have been battles between talking heads arguing on the basis of traditional baseball stats and advanced metrics.

Zaidi, who earned his bachelor of science degree at MIT and his PhD at Cal Berkeley, is widely seen as a baseball mind that leans on analytics. So-called baseball fans who don’t want the game to evolve argue that he’s using too many numbers to try and change the game. At the same time, Zaidi has help lead highly successful teams with the A’s and Dodgers.

So, what are his thought on WAR (Wins Above Replacement)?

“Yeah, I think it’s a good measure on how a guy has produced in the past,” Zaidi said Wednesday on KNBR. “I think it’s a nice, valuable back of the envelope calculation for how much value a specific player brought you.”

Problem is, said value for Posey more or less requires him to stay as a catcher- at this point, his value above replacement level is chiefly connected with his defensive play and position.

 

QLE Posted: May 24, 2019 at 07:29 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, farhan zaidi, giants, war

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Strange Dynasty Of The San Francisco Giants Is Over. (Yes, It Was A Dynasty.)

Over the course of the past decade, the San Francisco Giants put together one of the strangest dynasties in baseball history. And now it is officially coming to an end.

The Giants still have five players left over from their 2014 championship season, but the returns have diminished greatly since then. The team is in last place in the National League West; the FiveThirtyEight model currently predicts it to finish 70-92, which would be one of the worst records in franchise history.1 And it could get worse by season’s end, with ace Madison Bumgarner (among others) on the trade block.

The Giants got here in part by trying to extend the dynasty past its expiration date. But who can blame them? When a team’s initial successes defy the odds, it can be especially difficult to know when a downturn is permanent or just a detour along the road to another title. This is especially true of San Francisco, which sandwiched two mediocre nonplayoff seasons in between World Series titles. But we come here not to bury the Giants’ dynasty but to praise it — and imagine how Farhan Zaidi, the new president of baseball operations, might construct another one where the original once stood.

So what makes the Giants’ dynasty of the 2010s — and yes, it was a bona fide dynasty — maybe the most interesting ever?

Some commentary on the team so many people here have loved to hate.

QLE Posted: May 22, 2019 at 08:00 AM | 123 comment(s)
  Beats: dynasties, giants

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Nick Vincent to be used by Giants as opener vs. Blue Jays on Tuesday

SAN FRANCISCO—Farhan Zaidi made waves at the Winter Meetings in December when he told a group of beat writers that the Giants could use an opener during the upcoming season. Just 41 games into the Zaidi era, the Giants will actually try it.

Nick Vincent will start Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the team announced Monday. Vincent has served as the bullpen’s de facto long reliever this season, but he has not recorded more than nine outs in an appearance. Vincent has made 366 appearances in his career but started just once, going two innings last season as the Seattle Mariners tried the opener.

The Giants originally had slated Tyler Beede to start Tuesday’s game, but they now are listing Vincent and leaving Wednesday open. Beede could in theory pitch the bulk of Tuesday’s game, although openers traditionally have been used to exploit platoons, so lefty Derek Holland, recently moved to the bullpen, could be a better fit to carry a heavy load Tuesday.

And the bullpen parade begins….

QLE Posted: May 14, 2019 at 04:01 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, nick vincent, opener

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Holland rips Giants’ front office, says he faked injury

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants pitcher Derek Holland has criticized San Francisco’s front office and claims he faked an injury that led to a recent stint on the injured list.

Holland was demoted to the bullpen following a 5-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night, then said he has “no idea what they’re doing” in the front office.

The veteran left-hander allowed seven runs in 2 2/3 innings Thursday during a 12-11 loss to Colorado, his first outing after going on the IL with a left index finger bone bruise.

Isn’t this the sort of behavior most likely to lead to the exact opposite of whatever Holland is trying to accomplish?

QLE Posted: May 12, 2019 at 04:00 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: derek holland, fake injury, front office, giants

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Report: Bumgarner submits 8-team no-trade list

Leverage to do what? If he doesn’t sign in SF, it’s clearly in his best interest to get traded.

Now, the fact that those teams are on Bumgarner’s list doesn’t necessarily mean he wants to avoid them. Rather, it’s a way for Bumgarner to gain some leverage over his situation, as the eight teams are all contenders that could be interested in acquiring him before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

As Rosenthal notes, Bumgarner will likely be motivated to approve a trade because players who are dealt during the season are not eligible to receive a qualifying offer in free agency the following offseason.

Up until the next year’s MLB Draft, teams need to forfeit one or more picks to sign a free agent who rejected a qualifying offer, which can sometimes put a damper on a player’s free-agent value. That is believed to be one of the reasons why Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel remain unsigned, as both players rejected qualifying offers. The market for each player is expected to pick up once the Draft passes June 3-5.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2019 at 10:43 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Bees Invade Giants-Reds Game

When it comes to bees, they get what they want. Today, they wanted to be at the Cincinnati Reds’ stadium as the team was getting ready to play against the Giants

The bees swarmed the field just as the Reds were taking the field for the scheduled 12:35 start. The umpires ordered the players off the field, and everyone just sort of stood around and watched the bees for a little bit.

NO! NOT THE BEES!!!

 

QLE Posted: May 07, 2019 at 03:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bees, giants, reds

Monday, May 06, 2019

Reds become first team in 12 years to homer on three straight pitches

After hitting eight combined homers in their first two games against the San Francisco Giants, the Cincinnati Reds did not need much to time Sunday to make it nine homers for the series.

It took them even less time to make it No. 10 and No. 11.

Eugenio Suárez, Jesse Winker and Derek Dietrich all hit back-to-back-to-back homers for the Reds in the first inning on Sunday, pouncing on Giants starter Jeff Samardzija for an early 4-0 lead.

Unfortunately for the Reds, they turned back into the Reds after the first inning….


Sunday, May 05, 2019

Madison Bumgarner is forcing contenders to consider trade with Giants

Madison Bumgarner did not get off to the strongest start to 2019. But don’t look now, because the Giants ace just might be finding the form that made him one of the top pitchers in the game.

Bumgarner is coming off his best performance of the still-young season, giving up only one run in six innings to the NL West rival Dodgers on Wednesday. That prompted catcher Buster Posey to say the left-hander displayed “the best stuff he’s had all year.”

As it turns out, Posey wasn’t blowing smoke. Bumgarner was ... or was throwing it, rather.

As ESPN’s Buster Olney points out, Bumgarner’s average fastball velocity in the Giants’ win was 91.9 mph—essentially the same as it was in 2015, when the lefty arguably had his best season as a pro. He also generated 18 missed swings, his most in any start since September 2016 (also against the Dodgers). All 18 missed swings came on fastballs.

Mind you, this sort of trade talk is really only meaningful if there’s any sense of what the Giants could get in return….

 

QLE Posted: May 05, 2019 at 04:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, trade talk, trade value

Saturday, May 04, 2019

MLB roundup: Giants dig out of 8-0 hole to beat Reds

Evan Longoria belted a homer to lead off the 11th inning, and the visiting San Francisco Giants overcame an eight-run deficit to post a 12-11 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

After striking out a pair of batters in a scoreless 10th inning, Jared Hughes (2-1) saw his 0-1 slider to Longoria deposited just inside the left field foul pole to begin the 11th.

The blast capped San Francisco’s comeback from an 8-0 deficit, highlighted by Stephen Vogt’s game-tying homer off closer Raisel Iglesias with two outs in the ninth inning.

Joe Panik launched a two-run homer, and Steven Duggar and Brandon Belt each had a two-run single for the Giants, who overcame a pair of three-run homers by Derek Dietrich to snap a seven-game losing streak in Cincinnati.

The last time the Giants came back from such a deficit? 1989- also against the Reds.

Something to make fans of both teams feel better: The Giants reached the World Series that year, and the Reds won the World Series the year afterwards.

 

QLE Posted: May 04, 2019 at 04:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, giants, reds

Friday, May 03, 2019

Smash Mouth calls Phillies’ Bryce Harper a ‘jackass’ for spurning Giants

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper is a money-hungry “jackass” who deserves the boos he received at Citizens Bank Park the other night, according to 90s rock band Smash Mouth.

The Giants’ offer was shunned. Bryce might as well be walkin’ on the sun.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: May 03, 2019 at 06:14 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, giants, phillies, smash mouth

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Exclusive: Giants acknowledge it’s finally time to explore moving in the fences at Oracle Park – The Athletic

The problem isn’t the park; it’s the players the Giants are playing. .

One of the owners, making casual conversation, asked whether the time has come for the Giants to reconfigure their beauty of a ballpark on the shores of McCovey Cove. Should they remove the hazard of bullpens in foul territory? And if so, should they seize that moment as an opportunity to reassess whether their pitcher-friendly ballpark has shifted from charming and idiosyncratic to disadvantageous and extreme?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:42 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pay site

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