SF Giants News
8-20-14: Back in early June, the Giants looked like the best team in baseball at 42-21 and holding a 9.5 game lead in the NL West. They are just 25-37 in 62 games since and are trying to salvage a once promising season. They’re clinging onto a 0.5 game lead in the second NL wildcard spot. If there starting pitching doesn’t get it going quick, the Giants will be on the outside looking in come October.
8-19-14: The San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has once again stated that he would be willing to talk with the club about a contract extension but told reporters that the two sides have not spoken in months. Sandoval has steadily improved defensively at third base over the years and is slashing .283/.330/.438 with 14 home runs through 463 at bats. The playoffs may be enough to entice Sandoval to return to San Francisco but the team currently sits 3.5 games behind the first place Los Angeles Dodgers with a 65-58 record. The deficit has come down some in recent days as the Dodgers lost three straight games to end the week while the Giants won two straight games bringing both teams record to 4-6 in their last 10 games.
8-13-14: The Giants went just 1-5 last week, as they dropped two out of three to the Brewers in Milwaukee before being swept by the Royals in Kansas City over the weekend. Now, they have dropped two straight to the White Sox that leaves them 6 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West and a half-game back for the second NL wild-card spot. After their series with the White Sox, the Giants play the Phillies at home and then the Cubs on the road, so they have a prime opportunity to make up some ground on the Dodgers.
8-12-14: The San Francisco Giants have
lost their ace Matt Cain to season ending elbow surgery at the worst possible time. The team is in the middle of a dogfight with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West division title and are slipping in the standings behind LA. Last week the Giants lost two more of their players when they designated Dan Uggla and Tyler Colvin for assignment. Uggla has since been released and Colvin has been assigned to Triple-A on an outright assignment. Colvin accepted his assignment and will spend the rest of the season in the minor leagues.
8-6-14: A safe call at first base that was overturned proved to be the difference for the Giants as they were defeated by the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Tuesday night. With two outs in the ninth inning, Brewers closer Frankie Rodriguez walked Hunter Pence. Joe Panik hit a ball to second baseman Rickie Weeks, who was shielded on the play by Pence before making his throw to first. Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke challenged the safe call, which was overturned after review. The Giants are 2.5 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West and tied with St. Louis atop the NL wildcard standings.
8-5-14: The San Francisco Giants received some terrible news to start this week as Matt Cain and his ailing elbow were sent to Dr. James Andrews for an examination. We all know Andrews is best known for bring the bearer or bad news regarding Tommy John surgery. Cain has been battling some inflammation in the right elbow but received some encouraging news that he is battling bone chips and not a torn ulnar collateral ligament. The Giants and Cain weighed their options of whether they should go ahead and get the cleanup surgery on his right elbow or try and pitch through it for the rest of the season. If Cain has the surgery now he will be out for the rest of the 2014 season but if he opts for postseason surgery he will likely be ready for Spring Training 2015. In the end Cain opted for the surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. The Giants are in a dogfight in the NL West with the Los Angeles Dodgers and for one of the two Wild Card slots so losing Cain is likely to hurt the team’s chances this summer.
7-30-14: The San Francisco Giants have added ace starting pitcher Matt Cain to the disabled list for the second time this season. This time Cain is battling elbow issues and this injury may force Brian Sabean’s hand and make him acquire a starting pitcher at the trading deadline. Jake Peavy of the Boston Red Sox is a move that seemingly makes sense on paper and could come cheap for the Giants leaving options left to acquire a right handed outfielder and/or a second baseman. The Giants called up Dan Uggla this week and immediately plugged him in at second base and batted him seventh in the lineup.
7-28-14: The Giants only lost one game each to the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies, as they continue to fight with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the top spot of the National League West. Hunter Pence’s clutch three-run double in the ninth inning helped San Francisco to Wednesday’s 3-1 victory. The Giants, who lost on Thursday and Friday, signed Dan Uggla and placed Marco Scutaro on the disabled list this past week.
7-24-14: Brandon Crawford hit a bases-clearing double to break a 14th-inning tie and Tim Lincecum earned his first career save as the Giants beat the Phillies 9-6 on Tuesday night in Philadelphia. Crawford snapped a 2-for-22 skid with his hit off the wall in left-center field and finished with four RBI for the game. The Giants, who are one game up on the Dodgers atop the NL West, improved to 8-2 in extra-inning games and 6-0 on the road this season.
7-21-14: The San Francisco Giants were said to be interested in bringing in the recently released Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla. The Giants ended the week by making the signing official with a minor league deal with the second baseman. The Braves will be on the hook for his salary this season and next and the Giants would roughly be obligated to pay Uggla roughly around $750K for parts of two seasons. The Giants are worried about Marco Scutaro and his health and wonder if he can return to his pre-injury performance. Any Uggla signing would be a huge low risk and high reward type signing as Uggla has proven he has 20-30 home run power to go with his 150-200 strikeouts a season.
7-19-14: The Giants’ final game before the All-Star break made Major League Baseball history with Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner becoming the first pitcher and catcher on the same team to hit grand slams in the same game as San Francisco defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-4. Although the Giants did not hit any grand slams on Friday, they beat the Miami Marlins, 9-1.
7-17-14: Through the first 63 games of the season, the Giants looked like the best team in baseball. The wheels have fallen off since, as they are just 10-22 in their last 32 games. They haven’t won more than two games in a row over that span. Just how important is Angel Pagan to this team? Last season, the Giants were 39-32 with him in the lineup and just 37-54 without him. This year, they are 37-25 with him and 15-18 without him. His return from injury will be a welcomed addition.
7-15-14: The San Francisco Giants boat is taking on some water and General Manager Brian Sabean has made any and all of his players available. The Giants are still in the thick of things in the National League West division with a 52-43 record and a one game deficit behind the Los Angeles Dodgers at the break. The problem is we all know the Dodgers will make trades and will add pieces at the deadline to improve the team. In response Sabean states that the Giants don’t have an untouchable player on their roster or in their organization although some will obviously be tougher and more expensive to get than others. The Giants did add another future trade piece when they signed their first round pick from the 2014 MLB draft in Tyler Beede from Vanderbilt. Beede received the full slot recommendation of $2,613,200 with an additional $36K in college tuition for next year.
7-14-14: The Giants have been playing only .500 baseball recently, but they are fortunate that the Los Angeles Dodgers have as well. San Francisco returned home a few days ago and has looked a little better at AT&T Park. The Giants dropped their two games in Oakland and then split their two home games with the Athletics. Then on Friday, Tim Lincecum won his fourth consecutive start as he shut down the Arizona Diamondbacks for seven scoreless innings.
7-10-14: The San Francisco Giants avoided being shut out in consecutive games for the first time since July 28-29 of 2012. With that being said, they lost for the 11th time in their past 13 games in Oakland dating to the year 2010. A’s starter Sonny Gray was outstanding as he shutdown the Giants offense for a 6-1 victory. The Giants are one game back of the Dodgers for first-place in the NL West.
7-7-14: The Giants have struggled mightily over the past few weeks. They are currently on a three-game losing streak and are officially out of first place in the National League West after having almost a double-digit game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers less than a month ago. The offense has failed this team recently, as they have been shutout three times in last five contests.
7-3-14: Tim Lincecum followed his second career no-hitter with another stellar performance, pitching eight innings to lead the San Francisco Giants past the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 on Tuesday night. He allowed four hits and struck out six, while walking just two. The Giants entered the game 1-6 on their homestand, including four straight losses to Cincinnati. It was the first time San Francisco had been swept in a four-game series at home in nearly 14 years. The Giants hold a slim ½ game lead on the Dodgers in NL West play.
7-2-14: The San Francisco Giants Tim Lincecum threw a no hitter this week against the San Diego Padres. This is the second time in two seasons Lincecum has thrown a no hitter against the Padres. Lincecum himself even had two hits and a walk in the contest to add insult to injury for the Friars. The Giants needed the big time pitching outing and the victory as the team has been struggling as of late with a 3-7 record in their last 10 games. With the slide the Giants have lost the best record in the National League to the Milwaukee Brewers and only lead the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division by one game. The Giants had the Dodgers buried just two weeks ago and now it’s looking like it will be a long and fun summer out west this season.
6-30-14: Before winning the final two games of their series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Giants had been going through a difficult stretch. Then, after San Francisco dropped two homes games to the San Diego Padres, Tim Lincecum threw the second no-hitter of his career on Wednesday. He struck out six Padres and gave up just one walk. However, the Giants placed Angel Pagan on the disabled list and dropped the first two games of their series with the Cincinnati Reds.
6-26-14: Tim Hudson lost for the first time at home this season, allowing six runs, four of them earned, on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings of work as Giants fell to San Diego 7-2 Tuesday night. San Fran has now loss 12 of their past 15 games played. Angel Pagan took batting practice and was to be re-evaluated to determine whether he’ll in the lineup or put on the DL. He has missed eight consecutive games with back tightness. The Giants have a slim three game lead atop the NL West over the surging Dodgers.
6-24-14: The San Francisco Giants have won the Daniel Carbonell sweepstakes after signing the Cuban defecting outfielder for $3.5 million for four seasons including a $1 million signing bonus. The Giants do not expect Carbonell to reach the majors in 2014 and are not comparing him to the likes of Yoenis Cespedes or Yasiel Puig, Carbonell is more of a project at this point in his career. The Giants are also said to be in on the Jeff Samardzija and David Price sweepstakes after sustaining an extended losing streak this week with the pitching struggling mightily.
6-18-14: Hunter Pence went 2-for-4 with a home run for the Giants, but it wasn’t enough as San Fran fell to the White Sox 8-2 Tuesday night. The Giants have now dropped four straight and seven of their last eight. Giants starter Matt Cain fell to 1-5 on the year and allowed eight runs, seven earned, and 10 hits in five innings. Yikes! It’s not panic time yet in the Bay Area as the Giants still hold a comfortable five game lead on the Dodgers in the NL West.
6-17-14: The San Francisco Giants may be looking to add some depth at second base this trading deadline but are not said to be interested in adding any starting pitching. The reason for this is San Francisco seems unwilling to make starting pitcher Tim Lincecum a $17 million relief pitcher again, and really who could blame them. Speaking of the Giants bullpen they designated David Huff for assignment and promptly traded him to the New York Yankees for cash considerations. The Giants are also said to have the most interest in acquiring the Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija which could make this a scary pitching staff if they acquire the ERA leader and young right hander. The Giants are also said to be very interested in the Phillies second basemen Chase Utley but it seems unlikely that Utley would waive his ten and five trade rights to accommodate any trade out of Philadelphia.
6-10-14: The San Francisco Giants took Tyler Beede from Vanderbilt University with the 14th overall pick in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft on Thursday. The Giants also designated left handed starting pitcher David Huff for assignment to make room for Matt Cain to finally come off the disabled list. Huff lost his roster spot with the New York Yankees to Masahiro Tanaka and will now look elsewhere for a roster spot after posting a 6.30 ERA this season in San Francisco. The Giants are still the best team in all of the major leagues with a 41-21 record and are absolutely running away with their division leading the second place Dodgers by 9.5 games heading into this week.
6-3-14: The San Francisco Giants almost had another no hitter when Tim Lincecum had a no hitter going through five innings before being lifted due to a high pitch count. The Giants had the no hitter going into the seventh inning when Jeremy Affeldt gave up a hit to end the bid for history. The Giants are still working internally at signing Pablo Sandoval to a contract extension before his current deal runs out at the end of 2014 and speculation states that the deal could get done by the All Star Break. The Giants need Sandoval back as the third base market is incredibly thin this offseason and more importantly Sandoval is an incredibly popular player with the fans.
5-28-14: The San Francisco Giants have taken the best record in baseball away from the Milwaukee Brewers and have kept on rolling putting some distance between themselves and the rest of the National League West division. There has been a committee formed to find the new commissioner of Major League Baseball to replace current commissioner Bud Selig and the Giants President Larry Baer could be a candidate. No word on whether the home town San Franciscan would want to give up his current job with his favorite team but it’s not often you get the shot at being the commissioner of baseball so that may be enough to change his mind. The Giants took Matt Cain out of his last start with an injury and will skip his next start because of the hamstring injury.
5-21-14: The San Francisco Giants have already lost their best hitter in Brandon Belt to a thumb injury and are now dealing with catcher Buster Posey being listed as day to day with a nerve irritation in his lower back. Back injuries and catchers are never a great match so the Giants will be extra cautious with Posey while he deals with this injury. All told the Giants have taken the best record in the National League from the Milwaukee Brewers and continue to be the best team in the major leagues that nobody ever talks about. The Giants tried to get even better by hiring Tony LaRussa but San Francisco was said to be happy with the guys calling the shots in their baseball operations and told reporters that LaRussa was not interested in an advisory role only. Either way the Giants look primed for another deep October run and may put the rest of the National League on notice before it’s all said and done.
5-15-14: The San Francisco Giants have the best record in Major League Baseball through two weeks of May and nobody outside of California probably knows it. The Giants are one of the most underrated and not talked about teams in all of baseball. The Giants have done it with pitching, even though they recently lost ace starting pitcher Matt Cain to an injury, and with hitting, even though their first basemen Brandon Belt is on the disabled list, for a total team effort. The Giants have been doing all their winning without much help from their third basemen, and soon to be free agent, Pablo Sandoval who started the season hitting just .191/.262/.294 through his first 194 plate appearances. The Giants and Sandoval were said to be in discussions for a contract extension but those talks have been put on hold and do not look likely to be brought back up until after the season. The Giants still, against all odds, are trying to run away with the National League West division.
5-7-14: The San Francisco Giants may be the best team in all of baseball that nobody is talking about right now after an impressive first month of the season. The Giants find themselves in first place in the National League West division and are leading the Colorado Rockies and the heavy spending Los Angeles Dodgers by a comfortable margin after the first 30 games of the 2014 season. The Giants are leading all of baseball in home runs and hitting in one of the biggest and most pitcher friendly parks in all of Major League Baseball. The Giants have been on a hot streak as of late that included winning nine of their last ten games including six in a row to take control of the division. You have to take the good with the bad though and the Giants recently lost one of their top prospects to Tommy John surgery although it wasn't a pitcher, it was top hitting prospect Mac Williamson. Williamson is the Giants fifth best prospect and was ranked 8th overall by MLB.com and will miss the rest of the 2014 season with the injury.
4-28-14: The San Francisco Giants are sitting at the top of the National League West division at the time of this writing on the backs and the bat of Brandon Belt who is tearing up the league while playing first base in San Francisco. The Giants worry about distractions though as their third baseman Pablo Sandoval is set to be a free agent after the 2014 season and is in the middle of a contract extension discussion with the team. Sandoval was recently looking at a contract in the neighborhood of five years and $90-$100 million but recent reports have stated Sandoval's price has increased. The Giants started the discussion at three years and $40 million so these two are far apart in talks that could last all season long. Voting has opened up for the 2014 MLB All Star Game for this July so remember to vote your favorite San Francisco Giants into the game.
4-14-14: The San Francisco Giants nearly had their second walk-off, inside-the-park home run against the Colorado Rockies in as many years on Sunday, as Gregor Blanco was gunned-down at the plate in the nick of time. Fortunately, Brandon Crawford was able to pick him up, crushing a solo shot into the bay in the 10th to give San Francisco a 5-4 win. Madison Bumgarner was shaky on the mound on Friday, but picked himself up with his performance at the plate. He knocked-in five of the Giants’ six runs on the day, including a grand slam in the 4th for his third career home run.
4-7-14: The San Francisco Giants played spoiler very well against their rivals over the weekend, taking two of three from the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. Madison Bumgarner was untouchable in his start Saturday, limiting the Dodgers to just two runs on eight hits as he fanned 10 in 6.1 innings. San Francisco (5-2) have already scored 40 runs on the season, which is a welcome sign for a team that struggled to push runs across a year ago. Brandon Belt and Angel Pagan have been leading the way, with a combined five home runs and 15 RBI in seven games.
4-1-14: Madison Bumgarner’s first start of the season did not go as planned, as the San Francisco Giants’ phenom lasted just four innings, allowing four runs on six hits. However, San Francisco’s offense was up to the task, as they countered with five runs of their own off of Arizona’s starter, Brandon McCarthy. Buster Posey busted the 7-7 tie with a two-run shot in the 9th that proved to be the difference as the Giants hung on to win it, 9-8.
3-27-14: The San Francisco Giants are inching closer to finalizing their 25 and 40 man rosters as they requested release waivers for Tony Abreu and his 40 man roster spot. The Giants would only be on the hook for a quarter of his $745K salary for 2014. The release of Abreu has made the last week of spring training interesting in the competition for the last bench spot on the team between Ehire Adrianza and non-roster invitee Brandon Hicks. Adrianza is getting a long look this spring because he is out of options and the Giants run the risk of losing him if he does not make the roster out of spring camp. The Giants have one more piece of business to take care of before Opening Day as Pablo Sandoval wants an extension before the 2014 season begins. The Giants offered the Panda a three year deal in the $40 million range which was rejected immediately. Sandoval wants a Hunter Pence type extension, which was in the five years and $90 million range, so things could be really interesting all season long out in San Francisco in 2014.
3-20-14: The San Francisco Giants have had a quiet offseason and that may not be a bad thing for them. Buster Posey is being Buster Posey this spring knocking the cover off the ball and playing gold glove defense behind the dish. Posey may be the happiest of all players when it comes to MLB basically banning home plate collisions as he lost a bulk of a season due to a knee injury caused by a home plate collision. The Giants are quietly above .500 in the Cactus League this season but are only 4-6 in their last 10 games, losing four straight games. Barry Bonds was also back in Giants spring training camp for the first time since the PED and steroid allegations caused a collusion of Bonds as a free agent and forced the All-Time home run king into retirement. Matt Cain will start on Opening Day for the Giants when San Francisco tries to take back the National League West crown from their rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
3-13-14: The San Francisco Giants are an exciting team to watch right now, especially if you are a Barry Bonds fan. Bonds made his return to baseball this spring training as a guest instructor for the Giants. The Giants are young and stacked with starting pitching but the problem with the Giants this spring is the same problem they have been plagued with the past three seasons or so, they do not score enough runs. You don't worry about allowing more runs in the spring then you score, especially when you have a winning record, but offense sells tickets and chicks dig the long ball. Maybe the addition of Mike Morse and the emergence of Brandon Belt the Giants can get back to the Bonds days of slugging the ball and filling the seats.
3-5-14: The San Francisco Giants have named Madison Bumgarner start opening day. The choice between he and Matt Cain but manager Bruce Boche said that he chose Bumgarner to award the young pitcher for his outstanding 2013 campaign. In other news the Giants and first baseman Brandon belt avoided arbitration as both sides came to terms on a one year deal worth $2.9 million.
1-24-14: In 2014 the San Francisco will welcome back former MVP Buster Posey who will provide a much needed spark which was missing all last year for the Giants. Madison Bumgarner was able to be the best pitcher on a staff that already had two time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum and All-Star Matt Cain giving them one of the best rotations in the leagues.
1-7-14: Last month the San Francisco Giants agreed to terms on a one-year deal with outfielder Michael Morse worth a reported $6 million. The Giants are also in talks to extend two of their current players in Pablo Sandoval and starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong.
12-9-13: The San Francisco Giants had an off year last year despite having many of the same faces in uniform that led them to the World Series just a couple years back. Recently the Giants re-signed picture Ryan Foglesong to a one-year deal with $5 million. The Giants are also in talks with outfielder Jeff Francore who just underwent LASIK surgery is hoping to join the team as a backup outfielder. Last season the Giants won only 76 games overall, but were able to post a 44-32 record against a weak divsion. The Giants also finished 8th overall in the Major Leagues in terms of team batting average. Despite rumors of moving first baseman Brandon belt into the outfield the Giants have come out and said that that will not happen and he will remain at first base.
8/21/13 - After contending for the last couple of years and winning last year's World Series San Francisco Giants find themselves in unfamiliar territory. At 13 games under .500 they are 17 games out of the division and in fourth place. Last night the Giants walked off against the Red Sox when Marco Scudero to the bases on balls forcing in the winning run In the bottom of the ninth inning. Catcher Buster Posey was 0-3 With one RBI and one strike out. After the Boston series the Giants will remain home for a four-game weekend wraparound series with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
8/6/13 - Much to everyone’s surprise the San Francisco Giants are still in last place with a record of 50-61. They are only 4-6 in their last 10 games and currently 12 games out of first place in the division. This week they will host the Milwaukee Brewers in a four-game set.
7/19/13 - San Francisco Giants have followed up the World Series title with a disappointing season after. At 43 – 51 they’re in fourth-place NL West division. The Giants are 6.5 games out of first place the division and a full 9.5 games out of the National League wildcard race. Offensively they are led by 26-year-old catcher Buster Posey who is batting .325. After the All-Star break the Giants will face the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Giants have the seventh best team batting average in baseball hitting .264. Madison Bumgarner Leads the pitching staff with a record of 10 – 5 and an ERA of 3.02.
7/7/13 - Three San Francisco Giants were chosen for the 2013 National League all-stars. Left-hand pitcher Madison Bumgarner will make his first appearance, catcher Buster Posey will make his third appearance, and Marco Scutaro will also be making his first ASG appearance.
6/12/13 - After winning the World Series in sweeping fashion over the Tigers The San Francisco Giants currently find themselves in third place. This week they'll embark on a road trip against the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves. Pitching is always been the staple of the Giant's success however uncharacteristically this season they have a team ERA of 4.14. Tim Lincicum is averaging 9.16 strikeouts per nine innings. The San Francisco Giants are a team that can get hot at any point in the season and make a serious playoff push.