Found April 26, 2013 on The Sports Post:
When the Atlanta Braves were racking up first-place finishes in the National League East, they relied on a trio of starting pitchers: Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz. When the Moneyball Oakland A’s were in their prime, they followed a similar strategy, building a team around a core of Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, and Barry Zito. The San Francisco Giants the past few years? Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, and Madison Bumgarner. And, at the back of the rotation, Barry Zito. After the 2011 season, Lincecum was one year removed from back-to-back Cy Young awards and Zito had pitched 821.2 innings of 4.55 ERA baseball since joining the Giants five years earlier. It was clear who was the ace and who belonged at the back of the rotation. But is it still? The Vet Barry Zito signed a seven-year $126 million deal with the Giants after a 2006 season that was arguably the worst of his career. The lefty, known for his sweeping curveball, put up his third highest ERA, highest WHIP, second highes...

SF Giants Rumors: Crawford Is Hot, Scutaro Is Not, Etc.

Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors Yesterday the San Francisco Giants were trailing again in the bottom of the 9th inning, and once again pulled off a magical comeback. This time it was a solo homer by Brandon Crawford to tie the game at 2-2. However, the ending wasn’t what Giants fans were hoping for. They ended up losing in extra innings to lose the series to the D-Backs...

Giants reliever fields live ball while warming up

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Santiago Casilla's interference gives Eric Hinske ground rule double (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Santiago Casilla had a brain spasm while warming up in the bullpen as he picked up a live ball during Wednesday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and it arguably cost the Giants the game. In the eighth inning with the Giants up 1-0, Casilla was warming up on the mound in left field foul territory...

Tim Lincecum Shows Former Cy Young Form, But Giants Lose 2-1

Pitching in the friendly confines of Petco Park in San Diego, Tim Lincecum was masterful Friday night but still wound up on the losing end of a 2-1 decision to the San Diego Padres. The loss drops Lincecum’s record to 2-1 on the season. Actually, the Padres brought in the fences this season at Petco in an attempt to counter the marine air in San Diego. It was not a factor Friday...

SF Giants Rumors: Giants To Play In Their San Diego Home, Standings, Leaders, and Join Our Staff

Photo Courtesy of Steven Robles After falling to the D-Backs, the San Francisco Giants start a three game series against the Padres in San Diego tonight. The Giants are 26-9 against the Padres since July 6, 2011. This series couldn’t be coming at a more perfect time. Let’s hope this gets the G-men back on track after dropping a series to the D-Backs. NL West Standings Rockies...

Giants-Padres Preview

Tim Lincecum has shown signs of returning to his dominant form, and the San Francisco Giants hope the right-hander can help get them back on track. San Francisco will send the two-time Cy Young Award winner to the mound as it seeks its fifth straight win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night in the opener of a six-game road trip. After winning four straight - including a three...

Giants Snake-Bitten in Extra Innings, Lose Series to D’Backs

It appeared as if the batters were swinging whiffle ball bats for the first six innings of Wednesday afternoon’s pitchers duel between Madison Bumgarner and Ian Kennedy, however timely hitting and a defensive blunder propelled Arizona past San Francisco in extra innings. For the second day in a row the Giants tied the game with a home run in the bottom of the ninth only to have...

Hot or Not: Posey, Belt get going

by Nathan Mendelowitz Buster Posey – Hot Buster Posey had a rough start to the season. Bad hitting, didn’t get his first RBI until the seventh game of the season and didn’t get his first homer until the 17th game. However, he finally has found his rhythm. In Posey’s last six games, he’s batting .400 while slugging .833 with two homers. He’s also making the most of his...

Padres 2, Giants 1

Andrew Cashner pitched six effective innings and contributed a big hit at the plate, helping the San Diego Padres beat Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Friday night. Cashner (1-1) allowed one run and five hits, struck out five and walked one. He retired the last 12 batters he faced, avenging a 2-0 loss to Lincecum and the Giants last Saturday. Cashner also picked...
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