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Key Stats: Matt Cain threw less fastballs than he’s ever thrown last season. He threw fastballs 8.5% less fastballs than he had in 2010. The result was a career high number of groundballs and a career low number of fly balls against him. In the end his strikeout and walk rates didn’t change too significantly, but his ERA was as low as it has ever been.
Skeptics Say: The pitch that Cain turned to most frequently in lieu of the fastball was his slider. The last time Cain threw the slider for such a high percentage of his overall pitches was in 2007. He followed that season up with the worst WHIP of his career (1.36). Although the number of sliders wasn’t alarmingly high, it was more than the norm and the stress it puts on a pitchers arm is difficult to measure over the long term. For as great as he’s been at making 30-plus starts every season, it’s always something worth watching.
Peer Comparison: CBS has Cain ranked as the 27th best starting pitcher, so I’m not even going to go...
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Giants president and COO Larry Baer affirmed Saturday that signing Matt Cain is a top priority. Cain said his agents are listening to any offers that they consider to be "fair value."
Two days after having a bullpen session scratched, San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum was back to normal Thursday.
Lincecum threw for about 10 minutes in the bullpen Thursday and said he felt "great."
The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner was unable to throw Tuesday due to lower back stiffness.
"You wouldn't know that he tweaked his back or whatever...
San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson had a solid bullpen session Thursday.
Wilson had to be shut down at the end of last season because of recurring elbow soreness.
"It's getting better each time," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's what you're looking for."
Wilson went 6-4 with a 3.11 ERA and 36 saves in 41 opportunities last season....
With everybody in camp, the San Francisco Giants conducted their first full-team workout today at Scottsdale Stadium.
Most of the workout was broadcast live on the Giants website, while Marty Lurie and a couple of the production dudes from SFG Live provided commentary and interviews with players. The Giants debuted two “SFG Shorts” with one featuring Sergio Romo driving his Beamer...
Improvement was the theme of manager Bruce Bochy's address to the Giants before their initial full-squad workout Friday.
, Ariz. - Second baseman Freddy Sanchez is the first to acknowledge he will not know how his surgically repaired right shoulder will feel when he makes a long throw to first on a double play or dives for a grounder....
Second baseman pain-free hitting, taking ground balls
Tim Lincecum dispelled any lingering worries about his health by throwing comfortably off a bullpen mound Thursday. The Giants right-hander was scratched from a similar session Tuesday with a stiff lower back.
San Francisco Giants president and CEO Larry Baer hinted Saturday there might not be a swift resolution regarding his club's territorial rights in the South Bay and whether the Oakland Athletics will be allowed to relocate to San Jose.
San Francisco Giants president and CEO Larry Baer has hinted there might not be a swift resolution regarding his club's territorial rights in the South Bay and whether the Oakland Athletics will be allowed to relocate to San Jose.
This comic came around from this tweet via @SFGiants:
Signed, Sealed, and De-twitt-ered
Holy heck!!! That is way too many signatures! My hand hurts after I write just half a page these days.
When I was a kid, my father ran into both Joe Montana and Jim Plunkett (look it up, kids) on the same day at SFO. He got their signatures on the back of a single business card. I was...
While Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain appear destined for $100 million contracts, it might be unwise for the Giants to sign either to a nine-figure deal. Historically speaking, that is. The success rate of $100 million...