Is The Kung-Fu Panda Coming East To Boston?

(Photo: DreamWorks Animation)Almost every review of the off-season needs of the last-place Red Sox includes talk of a left-handed-hitting third baseman. Of course, implicit in this discussion is the notion that Will Middlebrooks is history—something the team steadfastly refutes. Nevertheless, Boston needs another left-handed bat to augment David Ortiz in a heavily right-handed...
Via FenwayNation
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

The 2014 National League Wild Card Game: There’s not much left to say

Now that it’s time to write a game preview for this game, I sort of feel talked out. I’ve said my piece about Edinson Volquez and about the Pirate offense and about the historical precedent between the Pirates and Giants and the nature of these one-game playoffs. I haven’t talked about the Giants much, but most of what I have to say can be boiled down into a couple of sentences...
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Last Giants hurrah for Pablo Sandoval?

I have been sitting here anticipating tonight's contest between the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the wild card game in Pittsburgh. And during those random thoughts, Pablo Sandoval crossed my mind. And that led me to start wondering what the future holds for Sandoval and the Giants.That future could be colored by what happens not only tonight but moving...
Via The Flagrant Fan
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Our 10 Best Hitter Projections of 2014

I’m not a huge fan of the fantasy sports life cycle: October-March: Make a billion claims and projections about what will happen April-September: Watch that stuff happen or not happen (mostly not) Repeat Where’s the part where we fess up to the stuff we botched from October-March? More importantly, where’s the part where we get to brag! To an extent we do the fessing/bragging...
Via Baseball Professor
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Giants close regular season on high note with win over Padres

The Giants still cheer wildly for Tim Lincecum even when he’s coming out of the bullpen in a blowout loss. So a Lincecum victory seemed appropriate enough on Fan Appreciation Day, as the Giants wrapped up an 88-74 regular season with a 9-3 victory over the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park. Lincecum pitched two scoreless innings to pick up his second relief win in this series...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

End of Season Fantasy Baseball Third Base Rankings

Miguel Cabrera took 31 ABs while playing 3B for the Tigers this season.  Rendon moved to third permantly, after Ryan Zimmerman's annual injury and his eventual shift to LF.  Matt Carpenter conintued to be a table setter atop the Cardinals lineup, and finds himself in the top 5 3B, after shifting over from 2B.  We were worried that his lack of power would hurt his value...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking at the Red Sox future at shortstop and 3rd base

Peter Aiken/USA Today SportsConor Frederick (@C_Frederick1016)Contributing WriterThe Red Sox have some decisions to make regarding the left side of the infield. 3rd base in particular has been a problem, at least on the offensive side of the ball. Since the start of last season, the Red Sox have gotten a slash of .247/.303/.366 according to Over the Monster. It seems like WIll Middlebrooks...
Via RedSoxLife
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Pablo Sandoval the guy we need?

As Red Sox chairman Tom Werner made an appearance on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan Show a few weeks ago, he made it clear he was on a mission this offseason. “I wouldn’t say that we have endless money,” Werner said, “but we’ve got a lot of money to spend and we’re determined to go into the free agent market and improve the team.”Sandoval could be the other left handed...
Via RedSoxLife
7 days ago  |  Discuss

DraftKings – Clayton the Smack Down

Like the end of anything that was good, there is only one thing left to do as the MLB regular season comes to a close: lay it down really hard. Finish strong, as they say. Earn your season-long awards. Kershaw is possibly making his last case for a seemingly deserved MVP as a starting pitcher tonight and he has the added motivation to embarrass his team’s greatest rival and...
Via Razzball
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball: Everyday hitters that should be benched

With the final week of regular season baseball, fantasy owners in the championship round face many interesting dilemmas; it is certainly the most difficult week to manage a team. Owners need to pay attention to which teams have clinched a playoff spot, teams that have been eliminated, and teams that still have work to do. Depending on a team’s situation, it can result in benching...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: Red Sox, Marlins may pursue Giants' Pablo Sandoval this offseason

The San Francisco Giants have talked to third baseman Pablo Sandoval about a contract extension, but with Sandoval reportedly seeking a deal for five-years and worth $90 million deal, it isn't going to happen.#455291496 / gettyimages.comSandoval is scheduled to hit the free agent market at the end of the season and he is going to draw interest from a "bunch of teams,"...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
11 days ago  |  Discuss

NL Wild Card Game Could Be Sandoval’s Last

Let’s make a couple of Del Maguey Vida Mezcal margaritas and take a close look at several logical end-of-the-season givens. The first given is that Los Angeles Dodgers will hold off the San Francisco Giants and take the National League West title. A logical second given is the Giants will continue their superglue hold on an NL Wild Card slot and grab a place in the postseason....
Via The Giants Cove
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Off Season pick ups that could go wrong

The Boston Red Sox are in need of a consistent thirdbase men. The question is who? They have some players within the system that they could work from within and save some money for their pitching rotation. The players that could possibly fit at third are Brock Holt and Mookie Betts. If the Red Sox move  Betts to third it'd be a stretch, because he played second base for the...
Via RedSoxLife
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants planning to offer Pablo Sandoval three years?

Over at ESPN, Buster Olney broke down the pending free agents to guess at which ones were going to get a qualifying offer. Players who get the qualifying offer can accept a one-year deal from the team at the average value of the top 125 salaries in baseball -- around $15 million or so. The ones who refuse will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. Olney thinks...
Via Pro Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants Injury Update: Angel Pagan, Brandon Belt, Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse

Monday night's 6-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks sank the San Francisco Giants to four games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the NL West, but the Giants still have a 2.5 game lead over the other NL Wild Card contenders. As for injuries to key players that could affect regular and postseason results, there is good news and bad news, as we see below.First baseman...
Via MLB Injury News
15 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: Key in winning the West?

Injuries have been a major factor in the San Francisco Giants’ 2014 campaign and while they may have thrown a monkey wrench in the Giants’ World Series aspirations, they have also provided the opportunity for players like Joe Panik and Andrew Susac to emerge and prove they could be a big part of both the ball club’s present and future. Having just 157 career major league AB’s...
August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Yusmeiro Petit retires 46th straight to set MLB record

Your browser does not support iframes. San Francisco Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit set a major league record Thursday by retiring 46 consecutive batters. Petit set down the first eight Colorado Rockies hitters he faced, setting the record by striking out Charlie Culberson. He broke the mark held by Mark Buehrle of 45 in a row for the Chicago White Sox in 2009. “I’m...
Via Sports-Glory
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Pablo Sandoval Borrows Fan’s Phone And Takes Epic Selfie (Photo)

This selfie is actually pretty cool.  Rain delays take a toll on everyone in the stadium. Pablo Sandoval made light of the situation and took this opportunity to take a great selfie with a fan. Everyone looks in harmony and so happy to be a at rain delay. Maybe more rain delays should happen, said no one ever. [NIS] The post Pablo Sandoval Borrows Fan’s Phone And Takes Epic Selfie...
Via Geeks and Cleats
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Pablo Sandoval uses fan's phone for great selfie during rain delay

Remember the disastrous rain delay during Tuesday’s Cubs-Giants game in Chicago? Well, it was good for one thing – an awesome Pablo Sandoval selfie. According to a fan on Reddit, the Panda borrowed the phone from the female fan pictured in the backwards hat and snapped this great picture: This might be one of the better quality selfies I’ve ever seen, even if Tim Lincecum...
Via Next Impulse Sports
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: Is the Dodgers’ lead too much to overcome?

The San Francisco Giants sit just five games behind divisional rival Los Angeles but with no signs of turnaround in sight, is the deficit too big for the Giants to overcome? In order to overcome a deficit such as this one, a team has to be clicking on all cylinders and the San Francisco Giants haven’t shown such signs since early June.  In fact, the Giants have been in a nose...
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants Rumors: San Francisco, Pablo Sandoval haven't discussed extension 'in months'

Earlier this season, the San Francisco Giants and third baseman Pablo Sandoval were discussing a contract extension, but talks were tabled. He was said to be seeking a deal worth roughly $90-100 million over five-years. The Giants wisely balked at the asking price and offered him a three-year, $40 million extension, but that was also turned down.Months later, the two sides still...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants, Sandoval willing partners in contract dance

Aside from passing pleasantries, there haven’t been any conversations between the Giants and the agent for third baseman Pablo Sandoval in months. But Gustavo Vasquez said he remains on good terms with the team, and his camp remains open minded. As you might recall, Vasquez said in the spring, after turning down the Giants’ three-year, $40 million offer, that Sandoval would...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

To Extend or Not To Extend – The Tough Decision of The Kung Fu Panda

This off season contract extensions talks between the San Francisco Giants and their third baseman Pablo Sandoval feel apart. Brian Sabean waited last year till last minute to resign Hunter Pence and Tim Lincecum. Heyman said that he was looking for a 5-year $100 million dollar contract during spring training but since he has had a good season thus far he may ask for more. Can the...
Via TopSportsReport
August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pablo Sandoval Dilemma

The San Francisco Giants currently sit comfortably in a playoff spot in the National League. They are but 3.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West race. Only two teams in the NL have more wins than the Giants’ 62. And yet, the Giants are probably not a great team. They project […]
Via Fangraphs
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Sandoval, Morse lead Giants past Brewers

Before Ryan Vogelsong threw a pitch Wednesday night at Miller Park, he knew that he’d have no right to complain about a lack of run support. And not only because the Giants scored three for him in the top of the first. Vogelsong ended that rally because he didn’t run out a soft, spinning ground ball to shortstop Jean Segura. When Brandon Crawford beat the force at second, base...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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