World Series preview: Will Giants or Royals win it all?

Well, this wasn’t supposed to happen. The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals will square off in the 110th World Series beginning Tuesday. The matchup is one of the most improbable in history, as both teams won less than 90 games during the regular season and needed to win a winner-take-all wild card game. Perhaps fighting for their playoff lives from the onset benefitted...
Via NESN.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

BASTA: Resurgent Giants Come From Behind, Take 3-1 Series Lead

((HT: BASTA/Ben Leonard))Early on, nothing was going the Giants’ way. Ryan Vogelsong was rocked early, giving up four runs in three shaky innings, possibly his last as a Giant. Vogelsong simply could not get ahead of hitters, leaving the Cardinals’ hitters in advantageous counts. While Vogelsong struggled, the Giants’ offense hit starter Shelby Miller hard early, but only got...
Via Online Sports Guys
4 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Game Picks - Wednesday: October 15, 2014

I obviously have no clue this post season. The Royals have me dumbstruck. And it just goes to show you how much of a crap shoot the playoffs are. It just takes a team getting hot at the right time and riding a wave of invincible feelings all the way through. My friend, JD Mathewson has written a series of posts giving day to day odds based on results. And it's great stuff and...
Via The Flagrant Fan
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Miller's solution for Giants' spacious park should keep Cards' infield busy

History notes that when Ryan Vogelsong pitches in the postseason, the San Francisco Giants come out with a victory. After a bizarre ending to Game 3 of the NLCS, Vogelsong has a chance to help the Giants take a 3-1 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night at AT&T Park. The Giants won each of Vogelsong's four starts in their run to the 2012 World Series title,...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals-Giants Preview

History notes that when Ryan Vogelsong pitches in the postseason, the San Francisco Giants come out with a victory. After a bizarre ending to Game 3 of the NLCS, Vogelsong has a chance to help the Giants take a 3-1 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night at AT&T Park. The Giants won each of Vogelsong's four starts in their run to the 2012 World Series title,...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants and Cardinals Turn NLCS Into Five Game Grudge Match

After splitting the first two National League Championship games in St. Louis the Giants and Cardinals will get busy with three at AT&T Park and potentially two additional contests at Busch Stadium. This series has been a battle of home runs (Cards) versus starting pitching (Gigantes), but that will change over the next three days. The pitching match-ups seem about even this...
Via The Giants Cove
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants get major contribution from oft-maligned farm system

When the debate turns to the best farm system in baseball, nobody can go wrong championing the Cardinals. Year after year, the Giants’ foe in the National League Championship Series churns out quality homegrown players. As it should. After all, the Cardinals invented the modern farm system in the 1920s under Branch Rickey. They have a legacy to maintain. No playoff team this...
Via Pro Sports Daily
10 days ago  |  Discuss

For Giants in need of heroics, it's same old Vogelsong

  Ryan Vogelsong refused to let the San Francisco Giants lose in the playoffs. Even though the Washington Nationals hammered the 37-year-old right-hander this season — nine earned runs on 13 hits in 11 1/3 innings — Vogelsong said after Monday's crushing Game 3 loss that he was "excited" about starting a game that could send San Francisco to a third League Championship...
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg: Game Four Relief Ace?

With a 4-1 victory over the Giants last night, the Nationals breathed a little life into their hopes of advancing past the NDLS. Tonight, they look to win another game in San Francisco, and the pitching match-up certainly looks to be in their favor, as Gio Gonzalez takes on Ryan Vogelsong. Gonzalez, however, is not […]
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants lose chance of hosting wild-card game with loss to Padres

Ryan Vogelsong was not a lucky pitcher in 2014. Bad fortune followed him to his final regular-season pitch in Friday night’s 4-1 loss to the Padres, which assured the Giants will hit the road for Wednesday’s wild-card playoff game. Vogelsong sawed Rene Rivera’s bat in half, but the ball floated into short left field for a two-run single. That gave Vogelsong three earned runs...
Via Pro Sports Daily
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Vogelsong Earns 13th Loss of Season

The San Francisco Giants (86-74) clinched a Wild Card spot officially yesterday afternoon after a Milwaukee Brewers’ loss with only one question left to answer… Where is this game going to be played? With a Pittsburgh Pirates win tonight, the Giants’ backs were suddenly against the wall and were fighting for the home field advantage in the Wild Card game. The second game in...
Via BaySportsNet
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Unable to muster any offense, Giants swept by Padres

  The San Francisco Giants are reeling, having lost six of eight games, a streak in which they've scored only 14 runs. And yet they're still inching toward a playoff berth, thanks to the fact there are two wild-card spots. The Giants managed just six hits off Ian Kennedy and three relievers, losing 8-2 to the San Diego Padres on Sunday to fall 4-1/2 games behind the Los...
Via AP on Fox
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Sabean’s Underated Moves

Resigning Ryan Vogelsong #455505328 / gettyimages.com Resigned last off season for a one-year $5 million, this is starting to look like a bargain. I don’t think anyone will argue that he has hasn’t been a solid fifth starter. ( 8-10, 3.90 ERA and 1.26 WHIP). Especially with Matt Cain splitting time between the DL and being terrible his signing was invaluable. Otherwise Sabean...
Via TopSportsReport
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Vogelsong, Giants grind out win over D'Backs

Major League Baseball is a results-oriented business, like any other professional sport. Ryan Vogelsong constantly wrestles with the often unexplainable divide between process and numbers. It goes both ways. In mid-March, Vogelsong allowed nine runs and 11 hits over 2 2/3 innings in a Spring Training start against the Cleveland Indians. Many thought Vogelsong's chances of contributing...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockies rip four home runs to win series finale against Giants

Ryan Vogelsong sailed along through four innings on a hot, sunny and nearly cloudless Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field. In other words, he was in deep trouble, especially with young Rockies sluggers Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado swinging hot bats. With 90-degree temperatures juicing the baseball, the Rockies smashed four homers off the San Francisco Giants right-hander en...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockies Take Vogelsong Deep, Take Season Series

Coors Field strikes again, as the Rockies defeat the Giants 9-2 to take the season series. San Francisco drew first blood when Gregor Blanco and Joe Panik led off the game with back-to-back singles and Buster Posey hit a sacrifice fly to right to make it 1-0. Hunter Pence followed that up with a single to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. He now has scored 100 runs and collected...
Via BaySportsNet
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Posey Goes 5-For-5, Vogelsong Finally Gets Support In Giants’ 13-2 Win

In a surprising offensive outburst, the San Francisco Giants were finally able to provide run support for Ryan Vogelsong, as they overpowered the Milwaukee Brewers 13-2 on Friday night. After coming off a strong series against the Colorado Rockies, the Giants hoped to continue their success behind Vogelsong. It had been a while since this particular starter had seen any sort of run...
Via BaySportsNet
August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Two Quality Starts, Two No-Decisions As Giants Fall 3-2 To White Sox In Extras

Two strong outings from opposing pitchers resulted in two no-decisions, but the Chicago White Sox were able to push one more one across in extras as the Giants lost 3-2 on Tuesday night. There’s a good chance your team could be headed towards a win if your starting pitcher gives up just three hits through seven innings, but unfortunately for Ryan Vogelsong, the Giants’ starter...
Via BaySportsNet
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants Pitching Preview vs White Sox

Credit: Justeen Ferguson Giants Tickets Down 15% For Series Vs White Sox The San Francisco Giants have lost four straight and are now five games out in the NL West. They’re even behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the final wild card spot in the National League. Now there is an interleague game on the Giants schedule, with a two-game set against the Chicago White Sox. The White...
Via San Francisco Giants Baseball (SF Giants Rumors)
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Vogelsong: Rebound

For all that he did during the magical 2012 World Series run Ryan Vogelsong seems to be the forgotten hero of the World Champions. Who would have thought that Vogelsong, someone who had washed out of the NPB two years before would only allow 3 earned runs during four starts. That’s sorta been his career story, the comeback kid, the mound round of rebound. After his horrible 2013...
Via TopSportsReport
August 10, 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

'Just one of those days' for Brewers pitching

MILWAUKEE -- Inning by inning on Wednesday, the Milwaukee Brewers made loud outs, spraying line drives and deep fly balls all over the place with only one run to show for it through six innings. The offense eventually got to Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco bullpen for four runs, but a big inning early and another one late helped the Giants to a 7-4 victory over the Brewers at...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers fall short against Giants' Vogelsong

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Michael Morse and Pablo Sandoval each drove in three runs to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 7-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night. Ryan Vogelsong (7-8) gave up one run on seven hits in six innings for the Giants to win consecutive starts for the first time since May. On Friday, the right-hander allowed two hits in a complete game against...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Duffy's debut helps make winner of Vogelsong, Giants over Mets

Someday, when Matt Duffy admires the framed box score from his major-league debut, his gaze will shift from his hit and RBI to the bottom of the page and he will say, "Really, I played in a game that was over in 2 hours, 6 minutes?" A rat-a-tat 5-1 victory against the Mets on Friday night ended one of the more fascinating, stunning and ultimately satisfying days for the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Vogelsong Is As Strong As Ever In First Full Complete Game Win

Ryan Vogelsong did everything the Giants could hope for as he threw his first nine-inning complete game in San Francisco’s 5-1 win over the New York Mets on Friday evening. Vogelsong took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but even as Juan Lagares got on base with the first Mets hit of the game, the Giants’ starter quickly induced a double play to head back to the dugout. Vogelsong...
Via BaySportsNet
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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