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53 players have appeared on the active roster this season

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The number grows by the day!

Many moons ago, I wrote about the madhouse that was the early season churn, when the San Francisco Giants had #ForeverGiants like… um… Yangervis Solarte, and… Pat Venditte, and… Aaron Altherr? Wait, when the heck was he on the team?

Anyway, after 42 games, the Giants averaged almost one new player per game. Now, we’re 125 games into the season, and while the Giants haven’t maintained the mad...

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Sami Higgins

Bill Walton is a national treasure

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Walton was tapped for color commentary in Friday night’s White Sox broadcast and it was a treat for the senses.

Bill Walton was tapped to provide color commentary for Friday Night’s Angels vs. White Sox game. For those of you who might not know, Walton is the father of former Warriors assistant coach Luke, and he himself is a former NBA player and has been doing basketball broadcasting ever since.

Walton says he used to have a hard time speaking in...

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Doug Bruzzone

What’s happened with the relievers the Giants traded?

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August’s Giants bullpen is faltering, but what about July’s?

It’s been almost three weeks since the trade deadline and the Giants are still doing their will-they-won’t-they thing with contending. Perhaps someday they’ll achieve the rarefied high of being three games over .500, but for now, the team still has a ways to go in the race, just 3.5 games back of the Cubs for the second wild card spot, but with four teams they need to pass to get there.

The...

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Bryan Murphy

Chroncast #84: Blog Days of August

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Has Farhan Zaidi already met expectations? Also, Bryan and Sami go over the new community guidelines and talk Brandon Belt.

The Giants started off their nine-game road trip with a series win in Arizona. The week that was featured a blistering performance from Mike Yastrzemski and the major league debut of Logan Webb. Has Farhan Zaidi’s standard operating procedure already helped the Giants take off? What other moves might be in store over the season’s...

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Kenny Kelly

What’s the matter with Tony Watson?

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The dependable lefty has been very undependable lately.

In Sunday afternoon’s dull loss to the Diamondbacks, Tony Watson got a “get right” inning. With a four-run deficit, Watson had an opportunity to work whatever had been plaguing him over his previous three outings. In those appearances, Watson had given up nine runs while only retiring three batters. His season ERA exploded up to 4.50 from 2.80.

His outing on Sunday didn’t go great....

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Sami Higgins

Monday BP, 8/19/19

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Good Morning, McCoven!

I wanted to use today’s BP to highlight the achievements of one of our own. ZenPop (aka John Mavroudis in real life) has had his artwork featured in a lot of great places, from the comments here in our community to the cover of Time magazine multiple times. He’s got talent. And we always appreciate when he chooses to share that talent with us. Whether it’s “The Brady and Slapsy Show” artwork, or this incredible...

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Kevin J. Cunningham

The SF Giants Prospect Roundup: How Players Are Responding To Call-Ups

Kevin J. Cunningham

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. Or much good news.

Who has responded to the late call-ups?

The new Farhan Zaidi regime has done a lot of new things, but here in the farm system, one of the most interesting things has been a series of early August callups to top prospects. While a few are not unheard of, the amount of which Zaidi and Kyle Haines did has not been seen for a long time.

Almost all of these callups have been players who have been dominating, and...

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Bryan Murphy

Diamondbacks tame Bumgarner, Giants avoid sweep

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The Giants lost, 6-1. Arizona was not fooled by the Giants’ best starter.

The explanation for all the home runs hit over the past few days and all the runs scored across baseball this month is that it’s August. Okay, it’s August with an altered baseball, but the point remains, that it’s the dog days. In the history of baseball, it’s the time of the year when everybody hits a wall and the offenses lose their minds. The ball jumps because...

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Giants designate Rule 5 pick Travis Bergen for assignment

The Giants have designated left-hander Travis Bergen for assignment and have recalled infielder Abiatal Avelino, according to Maria Guardado of MLB.com. Bergen, 25, was selected by the Giants in last December’s Rule 5 Draft after spending the first four years of his professional career in the Blue Jays organization. If he clears waivers, the Giants will need to offer him back to his former employer — the Blue Jays are not required to accept Bergen back into the fold, in which case the...

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Bryan Murphy

Giants @ Diamondbacks, 8/18

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Bumgarner (8-7, 3.63 ERA) vs. Kelly (8-12, 4.75 ERA)

The Giants have a chance to sweep a four-game series on the road against what was their closest Wild Card opponent heading into the weekend and they’re throwing their best starting pitcher at the problem; so, we know they’ve done all they can in Arizona.

They’ve been helped by Ketel Marte’s absence from the lineup, which continues for a second straight game.

2B — Wilmer Flores
LF —...

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Kenny Kelly

Brandon Belt will be fine

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Belt just had one of his worst stretches, but he’s the same hitter.

Brandon Belt is having himself a fine series in Arizona. Over the last three days, Belt is 5-for-14 with two home runs, a 415-foot double, and eight RBI. Belt, a notoriously streaky hitter, looks like he’s getting hot, and that would be a welcome sign because he’s been ice cold for a while.

Belt is having a down year. If the season were to end today, he’d end with a career...

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ShutUpWesley

What’s the matter with Will Smith?

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The dominant closer’s recent performance hasn’t looked so… Bright.

Going into the 2019 season, the prognosticators told us the bullpen of the San Francisco Giants would be good—and believe it or not, they were right! By fWAR, the Giants have the third-best bullpen in the National League, just behind the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres.

And no one has been better among Giants relievers than #EliteCloser Will Smith. So far this...

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Sami Higgins

Sunday BP, 8/18/19

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Good morning, McCoven!

This is a Brandon Belt grand slam appreciation thread. As I mentioned in the recap last night, I have a vested interest in Brandon Belt grand slams. And after his first one, I will forever have a fear that the Giants will muck it up, going full LOL Belt to lose. But that was not the case last night, thankfully. So let’s breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy watching the magnificent giraffe do his thing.

This was Belt’s first...

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Kevin J. Cunningham

SF Giants Minor Lines 8/17/19: Jaylin Davis homers 2 times

I swear, we can pretty much just C&P that headline at this point...

Congrats to the most recent graduate from the farm, Logan Webb!

Logan Webb has brought the to his #MLB debut.

Check out the first 7? strikeouts of his first start for the @SFGiants. pic.twitter.com/aOFnpKnLTm

— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 18, 2019

Hell of a game, Logan. Hell of a way to bounce back from a rocky first inning, and for that matter, bouncing back from a rocky first half of the season. Impressive...

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Giants' Mike Yastrzemski hits three home runs including a solo homer in the 11th inning to give San Francisco a 10-9 win over the D-backs

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Sami Higgins

Webb shines in debut, Belt has 6 RBI in Giants 11-6 win over D-backs

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Oh, and Kevin Pillar was 5-for-5. Just an abundance of riches tonight.

The Giants handed rookie Logan Webb a win in his debut tonight, thanks in large part to Brandon Belt, Scooter Gennett and Kevin Pillar. Belt had a grand slam on his way to six RBI tonight, Gennett scored three runs, and Pillar also scored three runs and was 5-for-5 on the night, a career high.

Rocklin native Webb had a rough first inning. He struggled with finding the strike zone,...

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Bryan Murphy

Giants @ Diamondbacks, 8/17

Webb (MLB debut) vs. Clarke (4-3, 5.46 ERA)

Logan Webb becomes “the fourth-youngest Giants starter of the last two decades” and the youngest starter to debut since Madison Bumgarner. To make room for him, the Giants optioned Joey Rickard to Triple-A and will opt to go with 14 pitchers (!) at least for tonight.

Speculation-wise, it’s possible that someone could hit the IL within the next couple of days in order to bring Rickard back quickly. Alternatively, we might be on the verge of a...

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Brady Klopfer

The Giants are absolutely, genuinely, honest-to-goodness fun

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It’s kind of hard to believe.

If you chose to spend your Friday evening watching the San Francisco Giants, you probably regretted it almost instantly. The offense was feckless in the top of the first, and it only took one batter in the bottom of the first for the Arizona Diamondbacks to surpass their run total from Thursday night’s 7-0 loss in the series opener.

But, if you stuck with it past those initial moments of regret, you probably came to...

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Kenny Kelly

Austin Slater is being more selective

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He doesn’t just have a new swing. He has a new approach, too.

On Friday, Henry Schulman of the Chronicle and Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area each published stories about Austin Slater’s new approach at the plate. After reaching base five times on Thursday night, Slater recounted something said to him by Barry Bonds. From Schulman’s story:

“I remember something Barry once told us,” Slater said. “Whether it’s true or not, I don’t know....

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Sami Higgins

Saturday BP, 8/17/19

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Johnny Cueto has been inching his way back from Tommy John surgery for the last year and change. He was on schedule to return after a couple more rehab starts, presumably to return at some point in September. However, there has been talk lately that the Giants might be trying to rush him back sooner in order for him to be able to contribute to the hunt for a Wild Card spot.

Personally, and I don’t think I’m alone in this, I don’t know if...

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