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The search for answers in the tragic disappearance of the San Francisco Giants ability to win baseball games continues.
Since the start of the 2013 season the local Bay Area sports media has come up with a series of theories in their attempt to explain exactly why the Giantes 2013 season ended faster than Lindsay Lohan's attendance at a rehab class.
Trouble is, the local Bay Area baseball media consists of old school dudes who gave up trying understand advances in Major League Baseball statistical access and analysis about twenty years ago. For them, "sabermetrics" somehow equates to "computers", which then equates to "get off my front lawn you damn kids!"
That's why we have SF Chronicle Giants beat writer Henry Schulman proudly posting the following recently: "You can throw all the stats you want at me to suggest otherwise, but there is something intangible that makes some hitters better in the clutch than others".
BEST OF MAXIM
Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors
Last night infielder Joaquin Arias didn’t let the rain delay game stop him from having a four hit night. However, his monster night wasn’t enough to get the San Francisco Giants in the win column. They fell to the Nationals 4-2.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says (via Twitter) Barry Zito has cleared waivers,...
Photo by Marko Realmonte (GiantsInTheYard.com)
Here’s a few nuggets for all you die-hard San Francisco Giants fans. The G-men will be starting a three game series tonight in Washington against the Nationals.
Catcher Guillermo Quiroz was DFA’d, and has accepted his triple-A assignment and will report to the Fresno Grizzlies today.
Manager Bruce Bochy told Jim Bowden...
Despite his 6-12 record and 4.38 ERA, Tim Lincecum is part of the Giants future and needs to be resigned. His record and ERA look ugly, but upon further examination of his every start, it’s easy to see that he should be a 500 pitcher if given proper run support and good defensive support. Granted, Lincecum has been inconsistent this season, but 8 out of his last 10 starts have...
Sometimes, things happen in this game in which one just cannot wrap their head around.
Case and point: The 2013 San Francisco Giants. Raise your hand if you would’ve guessed the team that has two of the last three World Series Championships would be in last place in August and 14 games under .500.
That’s what I thought.
Madison Bumgarner is tagged out Aug. 13. (AP Photo/Alex...
This is not going to be a popular article. History shows that players who make over 20 Million Dollars per year for multiple years, usually kill franchises in the long run. But the Giants have a big problem in the NL West: The Dodgers. The Dodgers have more money than the federal government, and spend like the federal government too. They can literally buy everybody, and that means...
The San Francisco Giants have some options for next season. Their contract/payroll situation for 2014 looks like this.
I’ve included some scenarios, and my predictions of players next contracts:
Brandon Belt – Minimum (Arbitration)
Brandon Crawford – Minimum (Arbitration)
Tim Lincecum – 20.25 Mil – Expires 2013 – 1 yr qualifying offer – 13 Mil
Barry Zito – 18 Mil...
San Francisco Giants right-hander Sandy Rosario exited last night's contest against the Washington Nationals after being struck on the sternum by a line drive off the bat of Adam LaRoche. Manager Bruce Bochy told reporters -- including Chris Haft of MLB.com -- that, as a result of the comebacker, Rosario could be sidelined for a few days.
The incident occurred in the seventh...
So… here’s something that quietly happened on Tuesday in Giants land:
doesn't seem like a trade candidate at this moment, but Barry Zito has cleared waivers. 7 weeks left on $126M, 7-yr deal.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 14, 2013
MLB’s waiver trade deadline is Aug. 31. But I can’t come up with any scenario where a team would be crazy enough to trade for Zito...
Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez stepped to the plate with one thought in mind against Washington Nationals closer Rafael Soriano: Look for a fastball.
After being on the right side of a borderline call with the game on the line in the top of the ninth, Sanchez was ready for the next one. With a full count, he drove a three-run homer just inside the right field foul pole in the second...
The funniest thing I heard recently was a comment made by a caller on a local San Francisco Giants sports talk radio show. The question was, what to do with a 52-65 team with the 7th worst run differential in baseball (-69), 15.5 games out of first place in the NL West?
The caller emphatically stated that "You can't just blow up this team, the Giants only need some tweaking...
You hear all the high-decibel rips on Hector Sanchez or "Hacktor" as some fans call him. He's never going to hit. He's too fat. No way that ham-fisted catcher can handle a championship-caliber staff.
And you want to yell "For God's sake: He's 23. They brought him to the majors at 22 to back up a soon-to-be Most Valuable Player and he hit .280 on a...
Right in the feels.
Here’s the situation: last night the San Francisco Giants, trailing 6-1 to the Washington Nationals begin to mount a daring and valiant late-inning comeback, scoring three runs in the top of the 8th and one more in the 9th. Hunter “How Is This Guy A Baseball Player?” Pence is at the dish with runners on first and second, two outs.
Little did the Giants know...
Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Thursday.
Down to his last strike, Sanchez connected off Nationals closer Rafael Soriano (2-3) on a full-count pitch. The drive landed just inside the right field foul pole in the second deck.
Sergio Romo worked a scoreless bottom...
It was a soggy victory, but the Washington Nationals’ 4-2 win over the San Francisco Giants was a victory nonetheless, giving them a modest four-game winning streak for just the third time this season.
The Nationals sandwiched nine innings of baseball around a 77-minute rain delay, and kept their offense humming dimly throughout, even after most of the crowd had been...
The San Francisco Giants and Miami Marlins can partially attribute their disappointing seasons to struggling offenses that have scored fewer runs than any other in the NL.
Chad Gaudin and especially Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi are plenty familiar with their team's scoring woes.
Eovaldi hasn't received any run support in his last five starts, and he'll oppose Gaudin...