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Pop quiz time. Who was the last National League catcher to win the MVP award? Mike Piazza? Gary Carter? Nope....you have to go all the way back to 1972 when Johnny Bench won his second award in three seasons. And how about the last National League catcher to win the batting title? Get Piazza's name out of your head, everyone, you have to go all the way back before World War II to find that player: former Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Ernie Lombardi (Joe Torre had the highest batting average in 1971, but the former catcher was a third baseman at that time in his career).
How is any of this relevant to the 2012 season in the National League? Well, two of the top contenders for the NL MVP award are catchers: Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, and Yadier Molina of the St Louis Cardinals. Posey also leads the NL in batting average (Melky Cabrera kerfluffle aside) by one point over Andrew McCutchen.
Catching in the National League has been in a lull for years. Since Piazza fell from...
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The regular season is slowly coming to an end, and the final home game of the regular season was played today at AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants.
Pitcher Barry Zito picked up his 14th win of the season, and the Giants have now won the last 10 Zito starts. I would say he’s going to be the number 4 starter in the playoffs, with Ryan Vogelsong being ready to come out...
Buster Posey may have lost his voice, but he won't lose playing time. The San Francisco Giants catcher was hit in the throat by a pitch that battery-mate Ryan Vogelsong bounced in the dirt last night. Posey remained in the game and says he will play today.
The incident happened in the second inning of last night's game against the San Diego Padres and was a scary...
by Hannah Miller, special to 22gigantes.com
It might be a bit hard to think that a two-time Cy Young Award winner still in his 20s might not be an integral part of a team’s playoff push. However, Tim Lincecum has had an overall rough 2012 campaign. In fact, during the first half of the season, he was one of the worst starting pitchers in all of baseball.
Even though he has turned...
Yadier Molina has always been an amazing defensive catcher, but like most amazing defensive catchers, he hasn’t always been a very good hitter. In fact, for the first three years of his career, he was a pretty terrible hitter, and then he spent four years as an average-ish hitter before his breakout season last year. Well, we thought last year was his breakout season anyway....
After being left off the postseason roster for the San Francisco Giants' 2010 World Series run, Barry Zito will be included on this year's playoff team.
Bruce Bochy has yet to announce his postseason rotation, but if Zito continues to pitch like he has over the past few weeks, a playoff start seems probable.
In the Giants' final home game before the NL division series...
The San Francisco Giants have already clinched the National League West division in 2012, signaling that they are going back to the postseason after taking one year off from the Major League Baseball Playoffs. Clinching the division instead of a wild card berth guarantees they will play more than just one game. And if they go past the first round and play more than five...
ST. LOUIS -- The defending World Series champion Cardinals believe they could be a very dangerous team in the playoffs should they clinch the second wild card spot like it appears they will in the next few days.
And if their struggling offense comes to life like it did Friday night, they might become unstoppable.
The Cardinals awoke from a somewhat lengthy offensive drought Friday...
ST. LOUIS Cardinals manager Mike Matheny elected to intentionally walk a guy hitting .186 in his last 21 games to face a guy batting .409 in his last six games in the tenth inning of a tie game Saturday night. It didn't work.
Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki lined a two-out, two-run double into the gap in left center off reliever Fernando Salas after the Cardinals decided not...
49 years ago today, on September 29, 1963, Stan Musial played in the final game of his 22-year, Hall of Fame career. In his 3,026th and last contest, Musial and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium by a 3-2 score in 14 innings.
“The Man” had two hits in his three at-bats before being removed for a pinch runner following his sixth-inning RBI single...
Kyle Lohse could be the most underrated pitcher in the National League, if not all of baseball. Granted, he does not have stand-out stuff and is not an eccentric character.
He plays for the St. Louis Cardinals, so he could be overshadowed by true “aces” in Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter. He blends in with the rest of the league. Over his 12-year career, Lohse has been mediocre...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese missed his fourth straight start with a sprained right ankle, but felt good enough to take pregame batting practice.
Freese, who has had ankle woes in the past, was encouraged by how well he felt before Friday night's game against the Washington Nationals.
"The way it is, it kind of shows my ankle is pretty...
Midseason acquisitions Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro each hit two-run homers in the second inning to back Barry Zito, and the NL West champion San Francisco Giants beat Arizona 7-3 Thursday in their regular-season home finale.
Zito (14-8) won his fourth straight start and sixth consecutive decision since a loss Aug. 2. The 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner with Oakland has his most...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Midseason acquisitions Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro each hit two-run homers in the second inning to back Barry Zito, and the NL West champion San Francisco Giants beat Arizona 7-3 Thursday in their regular-season home finale.
Zito (14-8) won his fourth straight start and sixth consecutive decision since a loss Aug. 2. The 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner with...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Allen Craig matched his career best with four hits to go with two RBIs, Yadier Molina hit a two-run home run and the St. Louis Cardinals punished Edwin Jackson and the Washington Nationals early in a 12-2 victory Friday night to win a matchup of teams on the cusp of clinchers.
Roger Bernadina homered for Washington, which had its magic number for wrapping up the...
Knowing that they control their own destiny, the St. Louis Cardinals sent Adam Wainwright to the hill against the Washington Nationals hoping to maintain their lead over their Wild Card lead.
Wainwright impressed on the hill and the Cardinals offense exploded for nine runs in the first two innings off of former Cardinals starter Edwin Jackson to coast to an easy 12-2 victory....