Belt (concussion) feeling no improvement

Joe Panik has a sprained ankle, Marco Scutaro's back remains balky and Ehire Adrianza might be headed to the disabled list after reinjuring his right hamstring Thursday. Logic suggests the Giants will promote just-signed second baseman Dan Uggla after two games in Fresno, but manager Bruce Bochy said he had not spoken to general manager Brian Sabean about Uggla on Thursday....
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Belt's concussion symptoms aren't improving

Wednesday was not a good day for Brandon Belt. Shortly after he arrived at Citizens Bank Park, he returned to the hotel feeling terrible, his concussion symptoms not improving. Belt clearly will not be returning when eligible to come off the seven-day disabled list Sunday. Instead, he might undergo more elaborate testing in San Francisco. Manager Bruce Bochy noted the "unique...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants Injury Update: Joe Panik exits

Joe Panik of the Giants left Tuesday’s game against the Phillies due to a right sprained ankle, according to Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area. He rolled it on first base when Roberto Hernandez didn’t give him any room to step on the base. Ehire Adrianza replaced Panik at second.Panik sprained his right ankle, Giants say.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) July 23, 2014 #452129706...
Via Sports Injury Alert
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants Open Second Half with Return to Winning Ways

It seems like the All-Star break had no effect on the Giants, as they picked up right where they left off and pounded the Miami Marlins 9-1. San Francisco didn’t waste much time teeing off on Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi. Michael Morse continued to come out of his June slump with a one-out double down the right field line in the second. With two outs, Brandon Crawford battled through...
Via BaySportsNet
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants on Minus End of NL West and Wild Card Math

That the San Francisco Giants 2014 season has taken a major nosedive isn’t surprising. When we look back on this season, the surprising thing is that this team went 36-20 in March/April/May, and specifically had a stunning 19-9 May. One of the strangest things we see when an MLB team over-performs in the first two months of the season is that when they finally begin performing...
Via The Giants Cove
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Ballpark Review - Chase Field

I witnessed a rare thing last Saturday. A Giants win. They've been few and far between these days, so I was thrilled to have seen it in person in Phoenix-- especially after witnessing their 456th loss in a row on Friday. It felt even better to win because I was surrounded by so many Giants fans. It felt like like a home game in many respects.I haven't been to Arizona since...
Via The Dodgerhater
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants Fans, Prepare For a Panik Attack

Get all of your lame puns and Jodie Foster movie references ready, because the Giants have called up middle infield prospect Joe Panik, a player bound to please cheesy headline writers everywhere. Panik was called up this past weekend as the Giants desperately attempt to get some more production from second base. Not one to miss an opportunity for a dramatic entrance, apparently...
Via BaySportsNet
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks’ Martin Prado Smacks Heads With Fan On Foul Ball (Video)

If you’re watching a baseball game and see a foul ball coming your way, you have two options: try to catch it, or get as far away from it as you can. This guy did neither. As Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado ranged toward the seats Sunday to track down a foul off the bat of San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik, one fan instead leaned his head directly into...
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Week 13 Free Agent Fixes

This week’s article is pitcher friendly with a trio highlighted. A pair of American League Central outfielders get the nod as mixed league recommendations, and a catcher/outfield eligible hitter is the AL-only pick this week while a second baseman/shortstop is the NL-only pick. Rubby De La Rosa, Boston Red Sox, SP/RP Ownership: ESPN: 4.1% Yahoo!: 9% CBS: 32% De La Rosa underwent...
Via The Fantasy Fix
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Bumgarner helps Giants top Diamondbacks

Joe Panik's "oh my goodness" moment did not occur when he had his first major-league plate appearance and walked Saturday, nor when he took his position for the first time Sunday, nor even as he stood on base after he singled in the fifth inning for his first big-league hit. It was after the inning, as teammates ran to their positions and one by one patted Panik on...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Martin Prado bumps heads with fan while chasing after foul ball

Your browser does not support iframes.Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado bumped heads with a front row fan while chasing a foul ball during Sunday's game against San Francisco.In the top of the ninth with two outs, Prado chased the ball fouled off towards the third base stands by Giants batter Joe Panik. Prado ran full speed towards the stands and his face smacked...
Via Holdout Sports
June 22, 2014  |  2 Comments

Pence Homers, Panik Debuts and Giants Snap Six-Game Skid With 6-4 Win

Saturday night saw offensive life, a major blast and a rookie’s debut as the San Francisco Giants snapped a six-game losing streak and beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4. The Giants’ offense jumped ahead early, as RBI singles from Pablo Sandoval and Tyler Colvin put three runs on the board in the first inning. Sandoval knocked in San Francisco’s fourth run of the night in the...
Via BaySportsNet
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: No Need to Panik

With the San Francisco Giants purchasing the contract of minor league second baseman Joe Panik Saturday afternoon, they certainly made a statement. The statement was that they aren’t happy with the second base production. Fresno Grizzlies second baseman Joe Panik leaps over Sacramento’s Michael Taylor while turning a double play in the top of the seventh inning of a June 2, 2014...
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants calling up former first-round pick Joe Panik

With still no return date for Marco Scutaro in sight and Giants second basemen hitting a repulsive .170/.262/.296 for the season, the decision was made to call up 2011 first-round pick Joe Panik prior to Saturday’s game against the Diamondbacks. The 23-year-old Panik was having a fine season in Triple-A, hitting .321/.382/.447 with five homers and three steals in 293 at-bats....
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Table-Throwing Time

When will the Giants do something that will fix this team? All in all, a week’s set of games that went badly don’t end a season, particularly when the week started with a huge lead, and ended with a still-sizable one.  But there were a lot of troubling trends to be dealt with.  And a losing streak is normally when changes start to happen.  One has already started to be seen...
Via SF Lunatic Fringe
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: Second Base a Problem

The San Francisco Giants are 43-26 and in first place in the National League West by 6.5 games even after the ninth inning collapse yesterday. The Giants have been winning despite having their second basemen batting sub 200 for most of the season. The Giants experiment with Brandon Hicks should end. He’s given them some surprising power and good defense but he strikes out to much...
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Takeaways From The 2014 MLB Draft

So…the draft happened. The way the Giants are playing, it’s unlikely they’ll have another high draft pick.  So, while every draft matters, I don’t think anyone disagreed that, with the 14th pick this year, they had to hit. I think they did. Let’s take a look at recent Giants first round picks: 2009, #6 overall – Zack Wheeler – Very talented, but traded.  Not having...
Via SF Lunatic Fringe
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

A Perfect Fit

If you want, you’ll be able to find plenty of thoughts about Tyler Beede joining the Giants elsewhere, but the general thought is this: He’s got a lot of natural talent, maybe more than any other pitcher in the draft at that point, but control is a major issue.  However, him getting drafted by the Giants is a perfect situation for him, considering the Giants’ track record...
Via SF Lunatic Fringe
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The Marco Scutaro fallout

The last time we heard about Marco Scutaro, Brian Sabean used the word “confounding” twice to discuss the second baseman’s recovery from a lower back injury (h/t Bay Area Sports Guy). With the very real possibility that Scoots is done for the season and *gasp* his career, let’s examine what the past, present and future hold for the Giants at second base. With Scutaro starting...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Time to Grade the Giants with the Overused Report Card Cliche

I get requests to “grade” the San Francisco Giants from other bloggers, sport talk radio shows and so on who want an assessment of the Giants and every other MLB team going into the 2014 season. What "grade" do the Giants get for their 2013-14 offseason? What about Spring Training? How do they look going into the 2014 season? There's no sugar-coating San Francisco’s...
Via The Giants Cove
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Time to Grade the Giants with the Overused Report Card Cliche

I get requests to “grade” the San Francisco Giants from other bloggers, sport talk radio shows and so on who want an assessment of the Giants and every other MLB team going into the 2014 season. What "grade" do the Giants get for their 2013-14 offseason? What about Spring Training? How do they look going into the 2014 season? There's no sugar-coating San...
Via The Giants Cove
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Top Prospects – Part 2

Giants’ Top 10 lists have been rather intriguing and spread out…at least, after Kyle Crick.  There are varying thoughts about which of the mess of pitchers the Giants have are ahead of the others, there are disagreements about the ceilings of the low-ceiling offensive players, as well as how much to believe in some short-season stats. That’s not going to stop me from entering...
Via SF Lunatic Fringe
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Round-Up 9/21: Birthdays, Prospects & Belt

It's 22 days until P&Cs report. Oh yes, Will Clark days until the beginning of the beginning of summer. Here's the news of the day: Cove Chatter reached number 11 on their top prospects countdown list - Joe Panik. Check out that profile here: The Phillies signed Chad Gaudin to...
Via Nation Orange
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants Left Field Situation

As we’re in the midst of the Winter Meetings, the San Francisco Giants will look to fill the gaping hole they have in left field.   With a weak free agent class and the lack of depth within the Giants minor league system, Brian Sabean will need to be creative if he wants to fill the Giants weakest position. I see the Giants looking for a veteran power hitter who can add some...
Via San Francisco Giants Baseball (SF Giants Rumors)
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Why Doesn’t TJ Rivera Get More Credit?

T.J. Rivera just finished his third season in professional baseball for the New York Mets. Over those three years, Rivera has compiled a .304/.359/.396 offensive stat line. He has also hit 12 homeruns and has 136 RBI—not too shabby for a top-of-the-order guy who plays the middle infield. Most people will look at this year’s numbers at St. Lucie as a regression, but it’s not...
October 29, 2013  |  Discuss
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