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The San Francisco Giants are coming off their 2nd World Series Championship in the last 3 years and deserve all the credit in the world for it. But, just because they won, it does not mean they should be the favorites to win again this season. However, they have a couple things going right for them as far as chemistry is concerned. Players like Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro, who jelled with this team so perfectly last season, cannot be expected to perform at the same level now that they have signed new contracts.
For example, Scutaro hit .362 with the Giants after he was acquired from the Colorado Rockies. Melky Cabrera, as artificially enhanced as it was, carried the team in the 1st half of the season with his .346 average. Buster Posey (.336, 24, 105) was every bit the MVP we saw last season. Pablo Sandoval (.283, 12, 63) had the 3 HR game in game one of the World Series and is hoping to be healthy this entire season. Hunter Pence struggled in the regular season after he was ac...
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Last night the World Baseball Classic came to an end, as Santiago Casilla and the Dominican Republic beat Angel Pagan and Team Puerto Rico in the championship. SF Giants Rumors would like to congratulate Team Dominican Republic!
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com says (via Twitter) San Francisco Giants trainer Dave Groeschner said Pablo Sandoval had an MRI that showed same bone spur...
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Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says the San Francisco Giants and Buster Posey have quietly begun talks about a possible Mega-Deal. Heyman points out that Posey would like a 10-year deal, and it’s not unreasonable since Posey is only 25, and would be 35 when the contract would end.
It could be a big risk to give a catcher a long deal, but...
As if the San Francisco Giants needed any more help (okay, every team does), Brandon Belt has had a Spring to inject even more expectation in the World Series Champions. Belt has been tearing it up in Scottsdale, batting .469 with 6 Home Runs and 16 RBI in a mere 57 at bats. He hit 7 HR all of 2012 in 400+ at bats. Belt was somewhat rushed to the majors in 2011 after two abbreviated...
The Giants on Friday released both reliever Ramon Ramirez and infielder Wilson Valdez, who both had opt-out clauses in their contracts.
Both players had no chance of making the opening day roster, and the Giants reportedly wanted to give both time to be picked up by teams that provided more favorable situations.
According to Andrew Baggarly, the Giants want to re-sign Ramirez to...
Continuing from this morning's season preview of the Giants...
Did Brian Sabean make the right move by re-signing Marco Scutaro, Angel Pagan, and multiple relievers this offseason?
Sabean has been criticized for years over his "veteran fetish", a tendency that came into focus once again this offseason when he handed multi-year contracts to Scutaro and Pagan...
The Giants won the whole shebang in 2012, their second title in three years, and they did it with one bona fide superstar hitter in Buster Posey. San Francisco's roster was largely filled with veteran hitters and a pretty good pitching staff, destroying the narrative that you need a star-laden, dominant team to win the World Series.
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I'm going to make this very simple. The x-factor for the Giants is a guy that used to be a dominant force, a two-time Cy Young winner, and last year, was just a 1.5 fWAR player at age 28.
My x-factor for the San Francisco Giants in 2013 is Tim Lincecum.
After Lincecum won the Cy Young in 2008 and 2009, signs immediately began to appear that he was starting to lose his...
What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams.
For the third time in four seasons, the San Francisco Giants are World Champions. Brian Sabean's somewhat unorthodox winter will be forgotten once again, as his retention of most...
In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series.
2011 was pretty much a nightmare season for the Giants, a down season sandwiched between a pair of World Championships...
Brandon Belt had two homers among his four hits and four RBIs as the San Francisco Giants roughed up the Colorado Rockies 11-6 on Friday.
Belt went 4 for 4 to raise his spring average to.439. He had a two-run double and a single to go with the pair of long balls.
Hunter Pence, Nick Noonan and Mark Minicozzi also homered for the Giants, who had 15 hits.
It was a bad day for Colorado...
Matt Cain wasn't so worried about the runs. It was a lack of command that bothered him.
The Giants' opening day starter gave up four runs and seven hits, one a two-run homer to Willin Rosario, and the Colorado Rockies went on to beat San Francisco 10-4 Thursday night.
''My stuff was fine, but I made some bad mistakes, location-wise,'' Cain said despite not...
Brandon Crawford had three hits and an RBI, leading a San Francisco Giants split squad to a 6-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.
The Padres hoped starter Andrew Cashner would get into the fourth inning with less that 40 pitches, but he didn't make it through the third - he threw 31 pitches in the first. But Cashner only gave up one run on three hits. He struck...
SCOTTSDALE (AP) -- San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong and Milwaukee's Chris Narveson each pitched six impressive innings Wednesday and the Giants and Brewers played a neat 0-0, 10-inning tie in a game between split squads.
Vogelsong, fresh off a stint with the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic, gave up three hits, walked one and struck out seven. Narveson had his best...
GIANTS 11, ROCKIES 6
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Brandon Belt had two homers among his four hits and finished with four RBIs as the San Francisco Giants roughed up the Colorado Rockies 11-6 on Friday.
Belt went 4 for 4 to raise his spring average to .439. He had a two-run double and a single to go with the pair of long balls.
Hunter Pence, Nick Noonan and Mark Minicozzi also homered...