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Pablo Sandoval has missed significant time in each of the last two seasons, and in the year before that he was underwhelming to say the least. His 2009 campaign, his first year as a full-time starter, was easily his best as Sandoval put up top-50 numbers, and now all fantasy owners really want is a modicum of stability.
I’ve always thought of Sandoval as a switch-hitting version of Vladimir Guerrero. In his prime Guerrero had more speed and more power than Sandoval does, but they have very similar approaches at the plate. Since 2009, Sandoval has swung at 42.2% of pitches outside the strike zone. Data that’s available for Guerrero says he offered at 43.7% of pitches outside the zone. The league average nowadays is between 28-29%. Over that same span, Sandoval has made contact with 77.9% of these swings versus Guerrero’s rate of 72.4%. The league average is between 63-64%. In fact, since 2009 only A.J. Pierzynski and Sandoval have swung at 40%+ of the pitches they see outside the str...
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With all the players that we had access to Friday; here are more notes from San Francisco Giants Media Day.
Ryan Vogelsong believes there has to be a transition period for players to stop focusing on winning the World Series, and focus on the upcoming season.
“Obviously we’re riding high from the World Series, but the one thing...
The San Francisco Giants held their 2013 Fan Fest over the weekend, and as expected the World Series champions seemed to enjoy answering many of the questions they were asked. At one point, Tim Lincecum was asked to do his impression of Hunter Pence, which was captured on the Giants World Series DVD and became an instant hit. Lincecum was shy at first and said he didn’t want to...
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Sergio Romo raced down a tunnel inside AT&T Park on Saturday, slapping hands with a line of supporters chanting his last name during Fan Fest. He danced with some, posed for pictures with others and riled up the rest.
San Francisco's new bearded closer has no trouble in the limelight.
After a dominant and demonstrative performance throughout October, Romo's role for...
Giants fans everywhere were in for a bit of a shock today as their star pitcher revealed that he’s chopped off his signature long locks.
Lincecum is coming off a horrible year, by anyone’s standards, especially his for someone who’s won two Cy Youngs and was apart of the world series winning team.
USA Today posted the pictures of a very sleek-looking Lincecum as he reported...
When Barry Zito signed with the Giants in 2007, it was a coup. Why shouldn’t it be? He was a Cy Young award winner with a curve ball that looked like it was falling off the dinning room table. Zito was in the prime of his career. Big named markets, including New York, courted him. Barry Zito couldn’t be beat. San Francisco had a bright future on its hands.
That future became...
Asking a player how he’s over-performed his peripherals is a tricky thing. I settled on a toe in the water: “Have you ever heard of FanGraphs? WAR? FIP?” From Ryan Vogelsong‘s responses to those inquiries at Giants’ Media day (“No, but Wins Above Replacement I have, all those stats, yeah” he replied), it seemed clear that the right-hander might need a little introduction...
I was thinking of doing this a couple of weeks ago, but with that football Bowl thing going on, it got pushed back. Now that it’s Spring Training time, we’ll kick off the spring with this series.
For those who don’t know, I spent a decade covering the farm system of the San Francisco Giants for SFDugout.com. Along with other writers, we watched the rise of nearly all the...
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt took a shot at the free-spending Los Angeles Dodgers while speaking at the team’s “FanFest” event at AT&T Park Saturday.
According to CSN Bay Area, Belt was asked about the Dodgers spending loads of money over the offseason and responded “All I can say is, you can’t buy chemistry.”
Since purchasing the Dodgers last...
The San Francisco Giants emerged as World Series champions last season after winning four games in a row over the Detroit Tigers.Recently, a rematch of sorts transpired as two opposing players from that series went at it each other once again, but this time the competititon involved Connect 4.The spectacle occurred during an annual event for the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate...