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Pablo Sandoval cleared to start Opening Day

Pablo Sandoval has officially been given the green light to man third despite soreness in his elbow.
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

So Apparently There Was Baseball Today

Right about here would be where I wax poetic about Opening Day finally arriving. I’d probably say something about the smell of freshly cut grass, quote Ted Williams, wave an American flag around, and call it a day. Instead I guess I should talk about what just transpired at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) In case anyone hasn’t been watching baseball the last three or so...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

The Giants Win the Pennant? The Giants Win the Pennant. The Giants Win the Pennant!

There are a few things that absolutely require commentary. Perfect games. Miracle comebacks. Winning the pennant. These are all things that merit at the very least a passing mention. Tonight falls under this umbrella of “Holy mother of Christ how can you not say something about this?” American Hero and NLCS MVP, Marco Scutaro (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) I’m going to be honest...
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Matt Cain and the Story of the Perfect Game

After a momentous occasion such as a perfect game or a World Series, everyone has their own “Where Were You When…” story to tell.  Oftentimes they tell of randomly receiving tickets to what appeared to be an ordinary game only to witness something that will be remembered forever.  Well this is not one of those stories.  No, this story is of a Giants fan living in Seattle...
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June 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Giants Win, Never Have to Go Back to Cincinnati Again (Hopefully)

Well this was a game that had a little bit of everything.  The Giants went down 2-0 early only to come back and score two runs of their own.  Then they went down 4-2 and scratched and clawed to get back within one run.  Then Scott Rolen,  he of the sub-Mendoza Line batting average in late April homered for the second time in the series and things felt like they’d been Cincinnati’d...
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April 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Aubrey Huff Placed on 15-Day DL

First baseman Aubrey Huff has been placed on the disabled list with “anxiety,” with details of the condition unknown. SS Joaquin Arias called up to replace him.
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April 26, 2012  |  Discuss

The Baseball Gods Giveth, and They Taketh Away As Giants Drop Another

It figures that right after I spit out 500+ words about how good the Giants offense has been, they score a combined four runs in two games in one of the best hitters parks in all of baseball.  But hey, thems the breaks and baseball is a weird sport.  Barry Zito continues to surprise while the offense continues to be nigh unwatchable with runners in scoring position.  Let’s fight...
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April 26, 2012  |  Discuss

And Then The Giants Did Say, “Let There Be Offense”

Hello again everyone, I’ve returned from my brief vacation and found that I’ve missed some strange goings-on.  I leave the state for four days and Aubrey Huff plays second base, Brandon Belt gets to play, Barry Zito is still amazing somehow, and the Giants managed to win on the road in New York.  All that still wasn’t as surprising to me though as one thing that caught my...
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April 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Giants Win in Extra Innings in Pitching Duel for the Ages

That was one of the most impressive pitching duels I’ve ever witnessed.  It was billed as such in all the pregame chatter, but this one exceeded everyone’s expectations and then some.  Matt Cain, he of the perpetual no decision, went nine innings without surrendering a run and could have pitched the tenth had he been called upon.  Cliff Lee, who’s dominated the Giants in...
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April 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Fun With Giant Small Sample Sizes

I’ve made a point on this site to worship at the altar of the large statistical sample.  I won’t worry about Tim Lincecum after three starts.  Brandon Belt’s ten at-bats in Arizona mean absolutely nothing.  I’ve had one burrito for dinner this week.  All of these things are not indicative of a trend and can’t be until they occur over a longer period of time (burrito...
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April 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Phillies Take Game One, Giants Get Worked By Roy Halladay

Before I say anything, I’ll reiterate what I said in my series preview: I’m not worried about Tim Lincecum and today did nothing to change that. He’s not walking guys, he’s still getting swing-throughs, and today he was victimized by some God-awful defense behind him. So with that out of the way, let’s talk about the game. I refuse to worry until May, and I stand by that...
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April 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Brian Wilson to Miss the Rest of the Season

Bearded wonder Brian Wilson has suffered a torn UCL and will likely miss the remainder of the 2012 season to Tommy John surgery.
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April 16, 2012  |  Discuss

The Phillies Are Coming, the Phillies Are Coming!

There was a time when the Phillies were a scary team.  They had the hitting.  They had the pitching.  They had the everything, and quite frankly it was annoying.  Here on the west coast all we knew about their fans was that they booed Santa Claus, threw up on children, and were generally an obnoxious bunch of people made more obnoxious by their team’s winning.  Charlie Manuel...
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April 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Giants Fall to Pirates in Series Finale

Somehow that game didn’t feel all that painful given the missed opportunities that seemed to pop up left and right.  The Giants continued the trend of not hitting with runners in scoring position as they fell to the Pirates 4-1.  Ryan Vogelsong made his return to the rotation and for the most part pitched well despite some early struggles.  Bruce Bochy send his B-team bullpen...
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April 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Giants Beat Pirates As the Voodoo Continues

This game had a little bit of everything.  First we had the news of Brian Wilson and his elbow troubles.  This was followed by the usual raging about Brandon Belt being out of the lineup once again.  Then we had Barry Zito continuing to pitch well, albeit against an anemic Pirates offense.  Finally there was great defense followed by horrible defense followed by great defense...
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April 15, 2012  |  Discuss

With Brian Wilson Out, Who Gets to Close?

Bad news today for the Giants, Brian Wilson may be headed for surgery, which may end his season early. The reduced velocity we saw in Colorado was apparently the result of a bum elbow, and now we find ourselves in something of a bullpen mire. Discuss amongst yourselves. In terms of pure stuff, the logical choice to close would be Sergio Romo. The only problem is that Bochy...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Yet Another Argument About Why Brandon Belt Should Play

Let me tell you all a story about a player I’ve talked about pretty frequently.  It’s a story about a young player struggling to hit at the Major League level.  He came in as a much-talked about prospect that many agreed should play every day.  But opposing pitchers quickly figured him out.  One could even say they were exploiting a hole in his swing.  In his first fifteen...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Giants Win 5-0, Matt Cain Is Still Better Than You

There’s a general consensus that Matt Cain is better than all of us.  I’m not one to buy into groupthink, but based on how that game went, I’m inclined to agree.  And now thanks to Cain, we’ve reached a point where we can stop panicking about the terrifying hypothetical of “What if our pitching really isn’t that good?” Dear Matt Cain, Keep doing that thing where you...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Oh, Those Giants.

Finally, the Giants team we all came to know and have heart attacks over decided to show up, making the universe feel just a little more in balance.  Barry Zito is still technically our best pitcher, but Madison Bumgarner looks like he’s ready to give him a run for his massive stockpiles of money in throwing a no-hitter through 5+ innings the day after the Giants surrendered two...
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April 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Giants Lose, Universe Continues to Make No Sense

Well.  That was weird.  Tim Lincecum got lit up in the Coors-iest Coors game that ever did Coors.  The Giants briefly overcame a six run deficit.  Brandon Belt was benched twice in one game.  Brett Pill’s two errors in one play reduced the official scorer to weeping pile of jelly.  And most importantly, our much-lauded pitching staff once again didn’t earn their lauds,...
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April 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Buster Posey Out With Shingles

Posey will be available to pinch hit tonight and has said he hopes to start tomorrow.  Hector Sanchez will start in his place.
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April 11, 2012  |  Discuss

The Logic of Bruce Bochy (Or Lack Thereof)

I can never pretend to understand the mind of Bruce Bochy.  From a managerial standpoint, the guy is rooted in old-timey gritty hard-nosed nicknamey baseball of the past.  He’s often referred to as a “player’s manager,” sticking with his “proven” veterans against the tide of public pressure no matter how poorly they play.  His complete aversion to playing anyone under...
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April 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Breaking: Barry Zito Pitches Shutout, Hell Freezes Over

We have confirmed reports right now that every level of hell is indeed freezing over.  This is of course pushing hellfolk refugees riding on the back of Cthuhlu to the surface world where they have been quoted as hoping to “bring a new age of darkness to Earth.”  All this took place after an event which many apocalypse theorists claim is the “harbringer of doom to the world...
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April 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Offseason Wishlist: Digging Through the Rubble

After the whole Willie Bloomquist almost-debacle, the collective exhale from relieved Giants fans could be felt all over the West Coast.  This was then followed by panic, when everyone realized that “fixing the hole at at shortstop” consisted of signing Willie Bloomquist.  With him taken off the market, the options are now scarce.  Unless you’re interested in seeing Rafael...
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November 12, 2011  |  Discuss

Pat Burrell Calling It Quits

After trying to play through a foot injury in 2010, Burrell has said his return to MLB is doubtful.
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November 10, 2011  |  Discuss
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