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Sunday BP: Donnie Barrels gets his Silver Slugger Award

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What a sight to see.

Hello and happy Sunday. I hope you’re all well.

Programming note: There will not be a recap for today’s game. There will be a gamethread, though.

On Saturday, ahead of the San Francisco Giants exciting win over the Colorado Rockies, something special happened. Second baseman Donovan Solano was presented with his trophy for winning the 2020 Silver Slugger Award.

Now that makes me smile.

What an amazing story Donnie Barrels continues...

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Brandon Crawford again has the go-ahead hit, but this time it clears the fence

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Giants win 4-3!

In the gamethread for Saturday’s contest between the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies, I embedded the following tweet:

Barrel % by team so far this season. #Reds crushing baseballs. pic.twitter.com/eQd2aaxEE8

— Daren Willman (@darenw) April 10, 2021

I also added an anecdote: the Giants are 26th in BABIP on the year.

All of that led to a natural conclusion: even if the Giants don’t start putting together better at-bats, the...

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4/10 Gamethread: Giants vs. Rockies

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Logan Webb vs. Chi Chi González

We’ve got another baseball game already, because it’s the time of year when ... uhh ... baseball games happen all the freaking time.

The San Francisco Giants opened up their first home series of the year in delightful fashion, and now they get to go for a series win on a gorgeous Saturday.

Game #8

Who: San Francisco Giants (4-3) vs. Colorado Rockies (3-5)
Where: Oracle Park, San Francisco, California
When: 1:05 p.m. PT

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Saturday BP: The Padres now have half as many no-hitters as Tim Lincecum has against them

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Joe Musgrove threw the first no-hitter in San Diego’s history on Friday night.

Hello and happy Saturday.

This is kind of a rude article.

On Friday night, San Diego Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove threw a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers. It was a special moment, and not just because it was the Padres first game since playing the San Francisco Giants — thanks for that timing, folks.

It was special because it was the first no-hitter in the history of the...

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Johnny Cueto deals a masterpiece, Giants win home opener

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San Francisco beat Colorado 3-1 in the season’s first game at Oracle Park.

For the first time in more than 550 days, the San Francisco Giants had a crowd at Oracle Park to take in a baseball game. And Johnny Cueto — ever the showman — came ready to entertain.

You could make the case that Cueto is one of the most entertaining pitchers in MLB history. Or at least I could make the case. Scratch that: I would make the case. I will, dang it.

Not today...

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Home opener live chat: Giants vs. Rockies

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Johnny Cueto vs. Austin Gomber.

It’s home opener time! The San Francisco Giants are back where they belong, at Oracle Park, hosting the Colorado Rockies. And we’re trying out a live chat!

Game #7

Who: San Francisco Giants (3-3) vs. Colorado Rockies (2-4)
When: 1:35 p.m. PT
Where: Oracle Park, San Francisco, California
Regional broadcast: NBC Sports Bay Area (available through fuboTV), MLB Network (out of market only)
National broadcast: None
Radio: KNBR 680...

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Preview: Welcome home, Giants

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They’re back at Oracle Park, and taking on the Rockies.

The San Francisco Giants are back at Oracle Park for the first time since Sept. 27, 2020, and have fans there for the first time since Sept. 29, 2019.

And even though they probably feel they should be in better standing entering the first home series, given their massive blown lead on Opening Day, the Giants return from the road .500, which is a pretty solid place to be.

Series details

Who:...

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Friday BP: Happy home opener!

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The first Oracle Park game of the year is here.

Hello and happy Friday.

Before we talk baseball, I want to talk about money. Specifically, I would like to invite you to make some. Vox Media — McCovey Chronicles’ mom — has a survey panel, to gather important survey data.

If you sign up to join said panel, you’ll get paid for every survey you complete (they’re short). It’s a minimum of $1 per survey, redeemable as e-gift cards. You can choose from a...

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Building an MLB team out of ex-Giants on other teams

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There are 28 former Giants playing for other teams. Let’s make a new team out of them.

It’s that time of year, where you look up and realize that the guy on the mound or in the batter’s box for the opposing team used to play for the San Francisco Giants. You might have noticed it on Monday night with Drew Pomeranz. Or on Tuesday night with Mark Melancon. Or on Wednesday afternoon, with both Pomeranz and Melancon.

By “that time of year” I mean...

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Thursday BP: The Giants are actually hitting home runs this year

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What a fun thing to happen.

Hello and happy Thursday.

Darin Ruf’s comical two-run home run on Wednesday propelled the San Francisco Giants to a game and series victory over the San Diego Padres.

It also gave the Giants 11 home runs on the year (all but two of which have been of the solo variety). Here’s how many homers the Giants have hit after five games in the past five years:

2021: 11
2020: 6
2019: 3
2018: 8
2017: 7

Trending in the right direction!

20...

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Giants ponder losing, ultimately decide against it

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San Francisco earned a series win in San Diego after blowing a lead and going to extra innings.

There were a lot of parallels between the San Francisco Giants game on Wednesday, and their season opener six days prior.

Kevin Gausman pitched brilliantly in both games, and gave the Giants a lead to protect.

The Giants used the power of the long ball to get said leads.

The bullpen gave up those leads.

Extra innings arrived, and you remembered how much you hate...

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After one pass through the rotation, the Giants have shown the blueprint

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The Giants have had five successful starts in five games. If they want to compete this year, that will need to continue.

Forget the fact that the San Francisco Giants have a losing record. These things happen, and by the time you get around to reading this article it may no longer be the case anymore.

Instead, I want you to focus on the five following stat lines:

6.2 innings, 2 hits, 2 walks, 1 earned run, 6 strikeouts 5.2 innings, 6 hits, 3 walks, 3...

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4/7 Gamethread: Giants vs. Padres

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Kevin Gausman vs. Blake Snell.

The San Francisco Giants have come out of the gate a little bit slowly, yet with a win today they would end up .500 after their opening road trip. That’s pretty decent!

Also, it’s the first day game of the season, so rejoice or be angry, depending on your opinions and work schedule.

Game #6

Who: San Francisco Giants (2-3) vs. San Diego Padres (4-2)
Where: Petco Park, San Diego, California
When: 1:10 p.m. PT
Regional broadcast:...

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Wednesday BP: What you need to know before attending a game

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You’ll need to provide proof of vaccination, or a negative coronavirus test to get into Oracle Park.

Hello and happy Wednesday. I hope you’re having a lovely day.

The San Francisco Giants home opener is just a few days away. On Friday, the Giants will return home to Oracle Park and host the Colorado Rockies, for game No. 1 out of 81. If you missed the news yesterday, we’ll be trying out a live chat feature for the game.

And...

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Giants play baseball game, but do not win baseball game

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The Padres beat the Giants 3-1 after Victor Caratini hit a go-ahead home run.

There were two interesting things that happened in the San Francisco Giants 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. Two interesting things if you’re invested in the Giants, that is. If you’re a Padres fan, then go home, you’re either drunk or lost, and yes, more than two interesting things happened for you. Good for you. Whoop-de-freaking-doo.

The first interesting...

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4/6 Gamethread: Giants vs. Padres

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Aaron Sanchez vs. Yu Darvish.

The San Francisco Giants took the first game of their three-game set with the San Diego Padres, putting themselves in the driver’s seat to win a road series against one of baseball’s best teams.

To do so, they’ll have to beat a really, really good pitcher, either today or tomorrow.

Why not today?

Game #5

Who: San Francisco Giants (2-2) vs. San Diego Padres (3-2)
Where: Petco Park, San Diego, California
When: 7:10 p.m. PT

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We’re testing a live chat for Friday’s game, come hang out!

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Watch baseball with your friends, but in a slightly new way.

Hey there all you cool cats and kittens.

As you all know, a new San Francisco Giants season is underway, and it’s been fun seeing so many familiar faces talking about baseball. We had more than 400 comments in the Opening Day gamethread, and have had a few hundred for every game since, which officially makes Club McCovey Chronicles the hottest pandemic spot in the country.

So here’s the deal:...

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Tuesday BP: Coors Field expected to host All-Star Game

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The All-Star Game has a new home, and it’s a place the Giants are familiar with.

Hello and happy Tuesday you lovely San Francisco Giants fans. I hope you’re all doing well.

A few days ago, Major League Baseball announced that the 2021 All-Star Game would not take place at Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. Following undemocratic new laws in Georgia that aim to suppress voters, the league decided to pull out of the state and...

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Giants load up on solo dingers, sneak into Winville right as the gates close

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Evan Longoria, Darin Ruf, and Mike Yastrzemski all put balls over the fence.

Despite having played fewer games than most teams, the San Francisco Giants are tied for the MLB lead with nine home runs.

Of those nine, eight have been of the solo variety.

The Giants are doing the most, but they’re also doing the bare minimum. They’re reliant on the most valuable play in baseball, but they refuse to maximize it. They have eight one-run home runs, one two-run...

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Fernando Tatis Jr. exits with apparent arm injury

The severity of the injury is not yet known, although this is obviously the last thing the Padres want to see this early in the season.

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