Defending World Series Champs San Francisco Giants Unlikely to Make Playoffs

Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers slides across home plate to score a run as catcher Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants applies a late tag during the third inning of a Cactus League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) With a whittled offense and fragile starting rotation, the San Francisco Giants look unlikely to contend for a playoff...
Via The Sports Journal
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

The top 100 players in baseball: 25-11

As we work our way down the top 100 baseball players of 2015, we find a group of perennial MVP contenders, as well as a World Series superhero along the way. The post The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2015: #25-11 appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants look to end every-other-year championship trend

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants lost Pablo Sandoval to big money and the Boston Red Sox. They missed out paying big money to left-hander Jon Lester, who instead signed with the Chicago Cubs. While the reigning World Series champions are ready to shed that every-other-year title trend, plenty of people wonder whether general manager Brian Sabean and his staff did enough...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Madison Bumgarner Channels Paul Bunyan

Not since Jim Thome have we seen a Major Leaguer so adept at channeling Paul Bunyan. And while Madison Bumgarner has a long way to go to become the Hall of Fame-caliber player Thome is (he’s got the suspenders and flannel down pat)…he’s doing alright in the axe-wielding department. The 2014 World Series MVP got all choppy in a recent commercial for Carhartt and while I’ve...
Via Hall of Very Good
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Madison Bumgarner swings an ax as well as a baseball bat

Last year Madison Bumgarner won the Silver Slugger award as a pitcher -- hitting .258 with four home runs and 15 RBIs. To understand why Bumgarner may be such a good hitter, we turn to the great Ted Williams. InThe Science of Hitting, Williams explains that hitting a baseball happens with "the wrists square and unbroken, as they would be at impact when an ax is swung on a tree."...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: Bumgarner goes 6, Pujols homers in Angels' win over Giants

Madison Bumgarner allowed only one hit, an Albert Pujols home run, over six innings, but the Los Angeles Angels rallied Sunday for a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Matt Duffy and Justin Maxwell each had a homer against Angels' starter C.J. Wilson, who allowed three hits over 4 1/3 innings, walked four and struck out two. Scratched from two previous scheduled starts, Wilson...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Bumgarner goes 6, Pujols homers in Angels' win over Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Madison Bumgarner allowed only one hit, an Albert Pujols home run, over six innings, but the Los Angeles Angels rallied Sunday for a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Matt Duffy and Justin Maxwell each had a homer against Angels' starter C.J. Wilson, who allowed three hits over 4 1/3 innings, walked four and struck out two. Scratched from two previous...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

LEADING OFF: Bumgarner hoping for better; Sabathia vs Harvey

A look at the highlights of what's happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona on Sunday: --- A BUM BEGINNING Giants ace Madison Bumgarner makes his fifth start this spring, taking an 8.64 ERA into the game vs. the Angels. The World Series MVP threw 270 innings last season, prompting some to wonder whether that heavy workload would affect him this year. HEALTHY MATCHUP...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants Title Defense Starts in Phoenix With Just $14 Tickets

The San Francisco Giants have turned into a bit of a dynasty. With three World Series titles since 2010, the Giants are one of the top powerhouse teams in all of baseball and could very well contend for yet another title in 2015. Not bad for a team that hadn’t won it all since 1954, huh? Despite going 88-74 a year ago, the Giants were still mild surprises to win it all, and finished...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants 2015 Preview: 3 Up and 3 Down

The San Francisco Giants defied the odds once again in 2014 to win the World Series. Winning their third title in five seasons solidified them as a mini-dynasty. The Giants, despite injuries to Matt Cain, Angel Pagan and Brandon Belt, were able to continue along their odd-even trend. The Giants offense for much of the season was really good. They had power with Michael Morse, Hunter...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

How Good is the San Francisco Giants Rotation?

View image | With the start of the MLB regular season right around the corner, TopSportsReport thought it was time to ramp up our baseball coverage.  In order to jump start our coverage, we decided it would be smart for us to have an article where we could share some opinions about each team.  In order to do so, we decided to put out a power rankings article...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Collmenter, D-Backs top Bumgarner, Giants in opener preview

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Josh Collmenter outpitched Madison Bumgarner in a preview of their opening-night matchup, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 10-0 Tuesday. Bumgarner, the reigning World Series MVP, and Collmenter are the scheduled starters when the Giants visit Arizona on April 6 to begin the regular season. Bumgarner gave up one run and three hits...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Ishikawa homers, Bumgarner solid as Giants beat White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Will Ferrell got all the attention. The San Francisco Giants liked what they saw from Travis Ishikawa and Madison Bumgarner, too. Travis Ishikawa hit his first home run of the spring and Madison Bumgarner improved on his first two spring outings, allowing one earned run to help the Giants beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 on Thursday night. Brandon Hicks also homered...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Hisashi Iwakuma and the Other Road to Elite

Hisashi Iwakuma is perhaps the most underrated pitcher in baseball. Since his debut in 2012, he has posted an xFIP of 3.24: good for 12th-best among qualified starters, and bracketed on either side by Max Scherzer and Madison Bumgarner. The former of that duo just signed a well-publicized seven-year, $210 million dollar contract; Iwakuma is on […]
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Pablo Sandoval: Leaving Giants was ‘not hard at all’

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports Pablo Sandoval says he knew he wouldn’t be with the San Francisco Giants past last season after the team aborted contract talks on an extension in spring training in 2014. “I knew early in spring training last year I was going to leave,” Sandoval told Scott Miller of Bleacher Report. “They didn’t respect my agent. Contract talks, everything...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants' Madison Bumgarner takes loss in Padres 7-6 win

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner gave up two runs and four hits as the San Francisco Giants fell to the San Diego Padres 7-6 on Saturday. James Shields, who matched up with Bumgarner in games one and five of the World Series, made his first appearance in a Padres uniform. He threw a scoreless inning. The Padres got contributions from several of their offseason...
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: J.B. Shuck makes first highlight reel catch of Spring

It’s been a while, people.  A long while.  Since Madison Bumgarner broke the hearts of Kansas City Royals fans in Game 7 of the World Series, we have not had live baseball.  Until this week.  Let the great plays begin!  Here is a gem from Chicago White Sox outfielder J.B. Shuck who robs Scott Schebler (he plays for the Dodgers) of a hit with a diving catch (via Your...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Rough Up Bumgarner in Cactus League Opener

Okay, Giants fans. You have permission to begin overreacting. Madison Bumgarner, coming off of a season in which he threw 270 innings in the regular season and postseason combined, was roughed up by the cross-bay rival Oakland A’s in yesterday afternoon’s Cactus League opener. The Giants’ ace was knocked out of the second inning after surrendering four runs on five hits, including...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Bumgarner hit hard in spring debut, A's beat Giants 9-4

MESA, Ariz. (AP) World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner was roughed up in his exhibition debut, and Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs as the Oakland Athletics opened their new spring training home by beating the champion San Francisco Giants 9-4 Tuesday. Bumgarner gave up four runs in 1 2-3 innings, allowing Semien's two-run shot in the first. The tall lefty was tagged for five...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #25: Madison Bumgarner | SP | SF

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide and Draft Pack, with two great draft day tools, are here! Get your copies today! By ERA and WHIP, Madison Bumgarner was his usual, dominant self last season. In fact, by those two measures he actually regressed a little from a 2.77 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 2013 to a 2.98 ERA and 1.09 WHIP last year. By most other measures, though, Bumgarner...
Via Baseball Professor
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Social Media Roundup: Madison Bumgarner in His Element Posing with an Ox

Each week, with the help of Rouse Social, STACK scours the social accounts of the world's best athletes to bring you their most interesting posts. Scroll down to check out Nick Moody at
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

October Ace: Madison Bumgarner Makes Postseason History

A little more than two weeks before Madison Bumgarner strong-armed the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 of the World Series, before he took the ball on...
Via Athlon Sports
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants have high expectations of new-look, healthy outfield

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Nori Aoki has reconsidered his original plan to wrestle big ace Madison Bumgarner. ''Maybe after practice,'' he cracked, chuckling while sitting at his locker before the San Francisco Giants hit the field for their first full-squad workout. A few hours later after seeing Bumgarner in person, he had changed his tune completely. No way, not happening. Shortstop...
Via AP on Fox
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

As A-Rod shows up early to itensify attention, Madison Bumgarner shows up as Paul Bunyan

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner as Paul Bunyan....complete with Bull. #BusterPosey might be the #FaceOfMLB but MadBum is the Face of GMag issue1— #BusterPosey (@SFGiants) February 23, 2015Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return home for Top sports news.
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Madison Bumgarner looking like Paul Bunyan

Madison Bumgarner is as country as it gets, and we mean that in a good way. This dude can rock tight jeans, a flannel, suspenders and ax with the best of ‘em. Does anyone look more perfect alongside an ox all Paul Bunyan-style than this guy? It’s a great fit. Photo via @SFGiants
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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