Joe Panik’s breakthrough season

After being called up as a last resort in June of last year, the Giants were just hoping to get some league average production out of the second base slot, and Joe Panik did that. He was the two-hole hitter on a World Series team while slashing .305/.343/.368 with a 107 wRC+. With middle of the pack defense he was a huge improvement from Brandon Hicks, Ehire Adrianza, and Dan Uggla...
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13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Score six and the Royals are golden

It makes sense that when you score six runs, you'll win most of the time. And in the case of the Kansas City Royals, whose solid starting pitching is supported by baseball's best bullpen, it should be almost automatic. Well, for the last year, it has been. Coming off an 8-2 win over the Mariners, the Royals have not lost a single game over the last year when scoring at least six...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

While I Was (Day) Drinking 2015 Game 75 (SD at SF)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending the afternoon at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach with your former roommate and his wife visiting San Diego on their honeymoon. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while I was (day) drinking. The Padres (35-40) scored fewer runs than the San Francisco Giants (40-33), 13-8, yesterday in the final game of three at...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Triples Help Giants Out-Slug Padres

Four San Francisco triples helped the Giants cling to a nail-biting 13-8 win over the Padres and earn their first series win at AT&T Park in over a month. San Francisco’s offense jumped all over James Shields in the bottom of the first. Angel Pagan continued to heat up with a lead-off double, and Joe Panik’s RBI single made it 1-0. With two outs, Belt’s first triple of...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies manager Weiss supports 2B LeMahieu for All-Star Game

Despite being among the leading second baseman in the National League in several offensive categories, the Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu is not among the top-five vote-getters for the All-Star game. Teammates and fellow infielders Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado may have more national name-recognition, but LeMahieu might be just as worthy to be in the All-Star game as these two. Rockies...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Joe Panik the best 2nd baseman in the National League?

Ask a serious baseball fan his opinion on the best second baseman in the game, and you will likely hear the names Jason Kipnis, Brian Dozier and Jose Altuve.  Personally, I think Kipnis is king.  A compelling case for the Cleveland Indians star can be found here. But what about the National League?  Dee Gordon seems the obvious choice.  He’s having a career year for the Miami...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the San Francisco Giants have enough offense?

Even in their three World Series championship years, the San Francisco Giants have never been considered an offensive juggernaut; rather, they’ve been thought of as a team that gets just enough offense to back up their stellar pitching. But that’s not an entirely accurate portrayal of the Giants. They’ve fielded dangerous lineups in all of their championship years, even...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Giants have enough offense?

Even in their three World Series championship years, the San Francisco Giants have never been considered an offensive juggernaut; rather, they’ve been thought of as a team that gets just enough offense to back up their stellar pitching. But that’s not an entirely accurate portrayal of the Giants. They’ve fielded dangerous lineups in all of their championship years, even if...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the San Francisco Giants be Worried About Hunter Pence?

San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik, left, and Hunter Pence celebrate after scoring against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in San Francisco. Both scored on a double by Giants’ Buster Posey. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) As the San Francisco Giants flounder offensively, scoring just seven runs during their current five game losing...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: All Star edition

The San Francisco Giants have established themselves as one of the best organizations in baseball. Even though they are in the midst of an up and down first half, they have plenty of players who are and should be in All Star consideration. Who are they, and will Bruce Bochy decide to play favorites and reward his men. Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner are the only two Giants who...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants' minor league affiliate giving out 'Panik' buttons

San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain was fortunate to be rehabbing with the Richmond Flying Squirrels recently. The Giants’ Double A affiliate is giving out “Panik” buttons in honor of former Flying Squirrel and current Giants second baseman, Joe Panik. Cain picked one up. Rather than sounding an alarm though, you hear Joe Panik’s voice when you press it. Imagine a stadium...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Gut Reaction: Mets 5 Giants 4

It was a long time coming. Michael Cuddyer hadn’t had a walkoff hit since 2006. This one couldn’t have come at a better time. Cuddyer hit a soft liner past a diving Joe Panik and Curtis Granderson waltzed home with the winning run, ending a taut, terrific ballgame. Jon Niese squared off against Tim Lincecum. This game started as every game in the series did: with the Giants...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Giants 8, Mets 5

Matt Harvey is struggling. It looks like the “dead arm” that has been haunting Matt Harvey over the past few weeks has finally caught up to him. Tonight, he gave up a career-high seven runs in six innings as the Mets (31-29) were defeated by the Giants (34-26) 8-5 at Citi Field. The Giants got on the board early against Harvey, with Joe Panik, the second batter of the game,...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants continue to lead the majors in hits

The San Francisco Giants arguably have had the best lineup from top to bottom in Major League Baseball this season. The reigning World Series Champions currently lead the majors with 564 hits and boast a .274 team batting average on the season. There seems to not be a single soft spot in their lineup as almost every starting player is batting at least .280 this season Here are the...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Gut Reaction: Giants 5, Mets 0 (6/9/15)

Wow, what a night it was for Giants rookie Chris Heston. The young righty had two hits and drove in two runs as he dominated the Mets offense the entire night, and held them to zero hits. San Francisco took the first game of the series 5-0. Noah Syndergaard struggled tonight, going six innings, allowing 10 hits, four runs, and only struck out two hitters. Growing pains are expected...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants feature homegrown starting infield for first time in decades

With the MLB Draft taking place today through Wednesday, Giants fans have reason to be optimistic about the scouting department and the talent that has filtered its way to AT&T Park through recent Drafts. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News points out that the Giants have a homegrown infield for the first time in decades. It’s a good one too. Writing about second baseman...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: The 2015 MLB Draft is here

As is the tradition every year, the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft comes around the three days of June 8,9 and 10. The San Francisco Giants have struck gold in their most recent drafts. How will this one play out? Looking at this current Giants team, it’s easy to go down the list of players drafted by the team. Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants Snap Losing Streak by Skin of their Teeth

Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants is hit by a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 5, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Mandatory Credit: Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images) After a phenomenal month of May that ended with a 21-9 record, the San Francisco Giants saw a five game slide marred by late inning runs...
Via The Sports Journal
24 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants look to end losing streak against Philadelphia Phillies

The San Francisco Giants will continue their Pennsylvania roadtrip against the Philadelphia Phillies Friday night. Both sides are on the opposite end of the standings but it’s the Giants that are looking to end a rough losing streak. The Giants come into this series 30-25 and sit just 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West division. They have also...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Another Blown Lead, Another Loss for Giants

The Giants couldn’t hold on to another early lead, and they couldn’t take advantage of a quality start from Tim Hudson, as they fell to the Pirates 5-2. It’s the first time Pittsburgh has swept at AT&T Park since 2007. San Francisco got on the board first with some two-out magic in the bottom of the third. Hudson broke up Francisco Liriano’s no-hitter with a single...
Via BaySportsNet
27 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik is Hitting for Power

Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants hits a two run homer in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 27, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Mandatory Credit: Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) Last year, in 287 plate appearances, Joe Panik hit one home run. Panik’s slugging was firmly middle-of-the-pack for rookie second basemen in 2014, and the general...
Via The Sports Journal
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik Forming a Dynamic Duo for San Francisco

Apr 21, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) flips the ball to second baseman Joe Panik (12) who completes a double play against Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik grew up on opposite ends of the country...
Via The Sports Journal
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Panik: The Other Brandon Crawford

Strictly based on WAR, the top middle-infield tandem so far has been playing half the time in Miami. The season hasn’t been a complete disaster for the Marlins, because they’ve observed steps forward by Dee Gordon and Adeiny Hechavarria, and that bodes well for the future, if the present is a little bit shot. Also […]
Via Fangraphs
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Home Runs From Panik And The Brandons Not Enough, Giants Lose 7-5 After Ninth Inning Collapse

Back-to-back Brandon blasts and a seventh inning home run from Joe Panik wasn’t enough as a ninth-inning collapse cost the San Francisco Giants in their 7-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon. The Giants’ first two hits left the park, as consecutive home runs to right-center from Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford gave San Francisco an early lead. It was the seventh...
Via BaySportsNet
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Working the Waiver Wire 5.30.15

  Editor’s Note: Be sure to check out our DraftKings and FanDuel Cheat Sheets!   Bats Joe Panik was solid last season as he posted a .305 average in 73 games for the Gaints. Thus  Full Article »
Via The Fake Baseball
May 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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