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Course of the Horse: Cain reflects on career

During the 13 seasons that Matt Cain has worn a jersey with San Francisco written across his chest, The City steadily has crept into his heart.

McCovey Chronicles

Grant Brisbee

The Giants claimed Pierce Johnson off waivers and took advantage of the worst record in baseball

There aren’t a lot of benefits to having the worst record in baseball. But there is at least one.

The Giants selected Pierce Johnson, right-handed reliever and complete sentence, off waivers from the Cubs on Wednesday. He was added to the 40-man roster, and the team officially ended Brandon Belt’s season by putting him on the 60-day DL to make room. This is the second waiver claim in a week for the Giants, who also added Engelb Vielma on a claim from the Twins.

The Giants are futzing...

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The Giants claimed Pierce Johnson off waivers and took advantage of the worst record in baseball

There aren’t a lot of benefits to having the worst record in baseball. But there is at least one. The Giants selected Pierce Johnson, right-handed reliever and complete sentence, off waivers from the Cubs on Wednesday. He was added to the 40-man roster, and the team officially ended Brandon Belt’s season by putting him on the 60-day DL to make room. This is the second waiver claim in a week for the Giants, who also added Engelb Vielma on a claim from the Twins. The Giants are futzing...

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What do the Giants have to aim for?

Or, let’s find some round numbers and see what it take to get there Yesterday, in his recap, Grant noted that the possibility of Joe Panik getting to .300 on the year will be a fun thing to root for. And it’s true! Like in everything the Giants have done this year, we should expect disappointment, of course, but it’s still nice to see a Giants player’s statistic hit an arbitrary round number. So what other Giants could make their numbers look better over the last nine games of the...

McCovey Chronicles

Doug Bruzzone

What do the Giants have to aim for?

Or, let’s find some round numbers and see what it take to get there

Yesterday, in his recap, Grant noted that the possibility of Joe Panik getting to .300 on the year will be a fun thing to root for. And it’s true! Like in everything the Giants have done this year, we should expect disappointment, of course, but it’s still nice to see a Giants player’s statistic hit an arbitrary round number. So what other Giants could make their numbers look better over the last nine games of the...

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Panik continues torrid hitting against Rockies

Joe Panik, the ultimate team player, was anticipating a rare opportunity to be properly selfish.

McCovey Chronicles

Grant Brisbee

Giants shut out Rockies, complete two-game sweep

If I were the Rockies, I’d feel really bad about losing to the Giants.

The Giants couldn’t ruin the Rockies season. It just wasn’t possible. They couldn’t make the entire Rockies team sit forlornly at their lockers, head down, thinking about the exact moment they knew they wouldn’t win the 2017 World Series. The Joe Morgan game was special because of the Giants’ inability to create their own franchise moments organically, but it was also special because of the finality.

This...

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Moore, bullpen solid as Giants shut out Rox

Should the Colorado Rockies miss qualifying for the postseason, their season-ending tale of woe likely will include their 4-0 loss Wednesday to the San Francisco Giants. The outcome sealed a two-game series win for the Giants, who hampered the Rockies' bid to secure the National League's second Wild Card.

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Belt, out with concussion, takes part in drills

First baseman Brandon Belt, who has undergone most of his recovery from concussion symptoms in private, ran light sprints and performed agility exercises in short left field at AT&T Park before Wednesday's game.

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Giants Claim Pierce Johnson Off Waivers, Transfer Brandon Belt To 60-Day DL

The Cubs announced to reporters that right-hander Pierce Johnson, who was designated for assignment last week, has been claimed off waivers by the Giants. The Giants have transferred first baseman Brandon Belt to the 60-day DL to clear a spot for Johnson, per Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area (Twitter link), which definitively puts an end to Belt’s 2017 season. Now 26 years of age, Johnson once ranked as one of the Cubs’ very best pitching prospects and was considered the game’s No. 87...

McCovey Chronicles

Grant Brisbee

Brian Sabean still believes in clutch hitting

Which is fine. But there’s a quick misconception that I’d like to clear up.

Brian Sabean was an underrated GM the whole time, it turns out. While I was making fun of him acquiring Rey Sanchez, it turns out that WAR was going to prove him right retroactively. Same with Jose Vizcaino. And it would have told us that Jeff Kent was as valuable as Matt Williams in 1996, except he was younger, cheaper, and playing a tougher position on the defensive spectrum. He was ahead of his time.

But...

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Brian Sabean still believes in clutch hitting

Which is fine. But there’s a quick misconception that I’d like to clear up. Brian Sabean was an underrated GM the whole time, it turns out. While I was making fun of him acquiring Rey Sanchez, it turns out that WAR was going to prove him right retroactively. Same with Jose Vizcaino. And it would have told us that Jeff Kent was as valuable as Matt Williams in 1996, except he was younger, cheaper, and playing a tougher position on the defensive spectrum. He was ahead of his time. But...

McCovey Chronicles

Grant Brisbee

Giants walk off against Rockies, 4-3

I’ve seen this game between these two teams before. And that’s what made it so fun.

There is a natural order to things when it comes to the Giants and Rockies. The Giants go to Coors Field and lose 9-8 after a five-run Rockies rally in the late innings. The Rockies come to AT&T Park and score three runs or fewer, only to lose on a bunch of infield singles.

Violations of this natural order lead to some weird consequences. In 2010, the Rockies had a three-game winning streak at AT&T...

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Pence helps Giants hurt Rox's Wild Card hopes

The Colorado Rockies' grip on a postseason berth slipped somewhat Tuesday night as Hunter Pence's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the ninth inning lifted the San Francisco Giants to a 4-3 victory. Colorado's fourth loss in six games trimmed its lead to a game over Milwaukee, a 1-0 winner over Pittsburgh, for the National League's second Wild Card spot.

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Giants walk off against Rockies, 4-3

I’ve seen this game between these two teams before. And that’s what made it so fun. There is a natural order to things when it comes to the Giants and Rockies. The Giants go to Coors Field and lose 9-8 after a five-run Rockies rally in the late innings. The Rockies come to AT&T Park and score three runs or fewer, only to lose on a bunch of infield singles. Violations of this natural order lead to some weird consequences. In 2010, the Rockies had a three-game winning streak at AT&T...

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Melancon plans to return strong next season

Giants right-hander Mark Melancon expects to experience a relatively typical offseason despite undergoing surgery on his valuable throwing arm.

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LIVE Color Feed: Rockies vs. Giants

Video highlights, Statcast info, analysis, tweets, key updates, the latest news and more from the Gameday Color Feed.

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What it will take for the Giants to avoid 100 losses

Five wins out of 11 games. Doesn’t sound bad when you put it like that, right? Right? I’m fond of mentioning the 2008 Giants around here. It’s my scarecrow, a bogeyman to remind you youngsters of just how bad teams can get. Jose Castillo started at third base. The Giants decided they didn’t need a proper backup for their 41-year-old shortstop, which means they were caught off guard when Brian Bocock was the Opening Day starter. They employed Eugenio Velez, Emmanuel Burriss, and Ivan...

McCovey Chronicles

Grant Brisbee

What it will take for the Giants to avoid 100 losses

Five wins out of 11 games. Doesn’t sound bad when you put it like that, right? Right?

I’m fond of mentioning the 2008 Giants around here. It’s my scarecrow, a bogeyman to remind you youngsters of just how bad teams can get. Jose Castillo started at third base. The Giants decided they didn’t need a proper backup for their 41-year-old shortstop, which means they were caught off guard when Brian Bocock was the Opening Day starter. They employed Eugenio Velez, Emmanuel Burriss, and Ivan...

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The Giants have evenly spread out their complete and total collapse

It’s not that the Giants are getting disappointing performances from their top players. Everyone is to blame. Over at FanGraphs last week, Jeff Sullivan wrote about the different makeups of teams around baseball. The Cardinals have a lot of players in the middle of successful seasons, but they don’t have anyone threatening to win the MVP. The Angels have Mike Trout, who is somehow getting better, but they don’t have a lot of support behind him. To do this, Sullivan looked at three...

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