Found April 29, 2013 on
SF Lunatic Fringe:
Just to be clear, I’m picking more on the Warriors’ history rather than this Warriors team. They don’t need any help against Denver. Against the Spurs, though…well, they might.
As far as the Giants go, however, they need help no matter who they’re playing. They just got swept by San Diego. In San Diego, which is as close to a home away from home as the Giants get outside of the Bay Area.
To be fair, it hasn’t been as long since the Giants got swept by the Padres as I’d thought. The last time it happened was in 2010. It happened twice, once there and once in San Francisco. And that season turned out fairly decently.
But what’s more disturbing is how the Giants are losing. They are simply awful right now.
That’s a little unfair to everyone. Pablo Sandoval’s been hot. Brandon Crawford’s cooled off a little. Posey and Belt have heated up. And there’s Madison Bumgarner. But that’s just been enough to keep things close, and interesting.
And not win.
Marco Scutaro seems to have caught the ire of Giants fans lately. But he’s not the only one whose play has been dragging. Pagan’s gone cool. Andres Torres has had some moments of good, but many more moments of bad. Joaquin Arias hasn’t exactly been lighting things up off the bench.
And the rotation not nicknamed MadBum has been bad and worse most of the time, even if only just long enough to ruin games, and then look better once they are safely behind in the score.
What’s wrong with these guys?
Beats me. They’re just playing far below their level. People might say that Scutaro and Vogelsong are just reverting to their normal selves, but everyone has had a hand in playing poorly. It’s the big things, like giving up home runs, and it’s the small things, like getting the ball back to the infield after a hit to allow an extra base. It’s ill-timed errors that everyone knows about.
They just need to start playing better. I doubt a trip to the desert will help things. Maybe a home series against the Dodgers will help…
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While the Giants turn to Madison Bumgarner as he tries to continue his strong start, they also hope star third baseman Pablo Sandoval has not aggravated an injury that nagged him during spring training.
With Sandoval's status uncertain, Bumgarner will try to help the visiting Giants build on their first victory in a week when he takes the mound Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks...
The San Francisco Giants have placed left-hander Jose Mijares on bereavement leave and recalled right-hander Sandy Rosario from Triple-A Fresno.
Mijares flew to Venezuela on Monday after his grandmother died of a heart attack last weekend. He was raised by her after his parents were killed in a car crash.
Mijares has a 2.57 ERA in 10 games for the Giants this season. He can be...
It's pretty clear to this guy that the 2013 Giants are another crazy squad full of comebacks and torture. There's just something in the water over at the Cove that makes this team simultaneously maddening and magical.
We're still in April, so that's why no one should be freaking out. We've seen this team go through pretty bad stretches of baseball en route to...
Episode 101: Voyager Was a Lazy Show is out!
In the hundred-and-first episode, Thomas and Danny hang with Dan Szymborski to talk about Giants ZiPS, Brandon Crawford, a few Giants pitchers, and the Rockies.
Click on the image below to find it on iTunes: You can also find it on the RSS feed, or by clicking on the play button below. We look forward to your feedback, either by...
Brandon Belt hit a two-run single in the eighth inning, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 Monday night to end a five-game losing streak.
Belt also had a solo homer in the second inning against Ian Kennedy. The first baseman broke a 4-all tie in the eighth after Brad Ziegler (1-1) gave up a leadoff double to Nick Noonan and walked two.
Pitching, pitching, and more pitching. That was supposed to be the key to success for the San Francisco Giants this season. Since the post-Bonds renaissance began in 2009, an era that has already brought the city of San Francisco two world titles, the team’s calling card has been pitching and defense first. In the last four seasons, two of which saw the team win the World Series...
The Diamondbacks are playing some of their best baseball and the Giants are playing some of their worst as the teams meet for the second time in a week in a three-game series that begins Monday at Chase Field.
Sparked by extra-inning victories in the final two games of the previous series at AT&T Park, Arizona has won five of its last six games to pull into a tie for first place...
PHOENIX (AP) -- Brandon Belt hit a two-run single in the eighth inning, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 Monday night to end a five-game losing streak.
Belt also had a solo homer in the second inning against Ian Kennedy. The first baseman broke a 4-all tie in the eighth after Brad Ziegler (1-1) gave up a leadoff double to Nick Noonan and walked...
These are not your World Champion San Francisco Giants. The last few days have been much more reminiscent of the mid 1990’s Giants, replete with inconsistent pitching and shaky defense. It is frequently said that to win any given game a team needs two of the three staples of any game, pitching, hitting and defense. While the Giants’ offense managed seven runs and eleven hits...
Yonder Alonso scored the winning run when San Francisco second baseman Marco Scutaro couldn't come up with Nick Hundley's grounder, lifting the San Diego Padres to an 8-7 victory in 12 innings over the Giants on Saturday night.
Alonso reached base with his third double of the game, went to third on Jedd Gyorko's single and scored on Scutaro's miscue. The loss is...
While Matt Cain is looking to end his longest season-opening drought in five years, the San Francisco Giants are trying to avoid their longest losing streak in almost three.
That might be a difficult task against Ian Kennedy, who hasn't lost to the Giants in nine straight starts.
Cain and the defending World Series champs will try to snap a five-game losing streak on Monday...
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...
Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer with one out in the top of the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Arizona starter Trevor Cahill left after allowing a leadoff single to Angel Pagan, the Giants' fourth hit against the right-hander. J.J. Putz (2-1) came on for Arizona and struck out Marco Scutaro, and quickly...
PHOENIX The Diamondbacks spent the offseason fortifying their bullpen, which has made its early struggles even more mystifying.
The D-backs suffered their major league-high 10th failed save conversion when closer J.J. Putz gave up a two-run home run to Pablo Sandoval for a 2-1 San Francisco victory at Chase Field on Tuesday.
Sandoval hit a split-finger pitch that stayed up in...
While the San Francisco Giants were able to manage a 6-4 win in Arizona against the Diamondbacks Monday night, it was reliever Jean Machi who earned his first win of 2013, instead of the Giant’s starter and resident staff ace Matt Cain.
Once again Cain wasn’t a factor in