Found February 13, 2012 on
Two Guys, a Glove and a Coke Bottle:
People who throw things for a living (quarterbacks, pitchers, Russell Crowe) don’t check under their beds for the boogeyman- they look for Dr. James Andrews, whose very mention conjures images of torn ligaments and career-ending injuries. Giants closer Brian Wilson has crossed paths with The Good Doctor twice- once for Tommy John surgery at LSU and once last August for elbow inflammation. Though the prognosis wasn’t serious and no surgery was required, The Bearded One faced just five batters in the remaining six weeks of the season. The Chronicle reported last month that Wilson’s rehab will have him ready for most of spring training, but questions remain about how effective and healthy the three-time All-Star will be. The answer to these questions, in my mind, is one of dismissal: the Giants don’t need Brian Wilson.
With all the offseason nonsense of Carlos Beltran this, Ryan Theriot that, and Buster Fever in full effect, it is easy to forget that Wilson struggled with both injury a...
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Spring Training is right around the corner. Pitchers and catchers are reporting on February 18, and most of the bullpen roles are already filled. The San Francisco Giants have lost one key arm in the bullpen and that’s reliever Ramon Ramirez (traded to Mets). His arm will be missed, and this trade prompted the Giants to go out and sign Clay Hensley. Hensley should be the replacement...
There are just 5 days remaining until pitchers and catchers report to spring training and 50 days until Opening Day.
On this date in Giants history…
1968: The Los Angeles Dodgers trade infielders Ron Hunt and Nate Oliver to the San Francisco Giants for catcher Tom Haller and pitcher Frank Kasheta. Haller will hit .285 as the Dodgers’ regular catcher this season. This...
Forgive the overused cliche, but there are three certainties in life: death, taxes and Matt Cain outperforming his peripherals. It’s gotten to the point where anyone who doubts Cain just looks foolish. He’s finished five straight seasons with ERAs noticeably lower than his FIPs, and in each of those five seasons he’s pitched at least 200 innings. His walk rate has settled around...
ROSTER BREAKDOWNRotation: RHP Tim Lincecum, RHP Matt Cain, LHP Madison Bumgarner, RHP Ryan Vogelsong, LHP Barry ZitoLincecum and Cain form the Giants' best 1-2 punch since Hall of Famers Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry.
KEY DATESPitchers and catchers report: SaturdayRest of squad reports: Feb. 24Exhibition opener: March 3 vs.
Although Giant fans believe that their team will return to the playoffs this season, the Giants appear to have the same offensive problems. The Giants look like they are headed for a mediocre season unless their general manager, Brian Sabean, pulls a last-minute trick to improve the offense.
GIANTS FAN ESSENTIALSWhere: Home games are played at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road.Practices: The Giants work out daily at Scottsdale Stadium.
This spring, the Giants are moving from Showtime to go time.No more reality TV crews. No more talk of defending their title.