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Bryan Murphy

Monday BP, 6/17

The Giants’s next off day is the 4th of July. They’re already three games into this 17-game stretch and are 2-1. Let’s consider this the most critical chunk of the season. Not only will they be playing just the NL West — four in LA, four in Arizona, at home for three against the Rockies, then four against the Diamondbacks, then three in San Diego — they’ll likely be changing up the roster quite a bit, if the recent rumors become true.

Tyler Beede and Shaun Anderson will get...

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Kevin J. Cunningham

The SF Giants Prospect Roundup - The 2nd Half Begins

The first All-Star Games and Short-Season Games are here

The Second Half is Starting with Salem-Keizer and the AZL

It’s that time of year again. The short-season leagues are kicking in, and the first halves for the Single-A teams ended on Sunday, which gives us the semi-official second half of the minor league seasons.

Short-season A-Ball started on Friday, with Salem-Keizer kicking things off with extra inning wins in each of their first two games. Today (Monday), the Arizona League will...

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Bryan Murphy

Two possible reasons why Derek Holland is one of the five worst pitchers in baseball

It’s a bad look for us to look at how bad Derek Holland has been, but he’s been so bad that it’s worth discussing.

Derek Holland has given up 15 home runs in 18 appearances. That’s 15 home runs in 51.2 IP. That’s a 2.54 HR/9. That’s bad. Really bad. Not the worst in baseball bad, but in the top five:

Dan Straily - BAL (3.77) Drew Smyly - TEX (3.00) David Hess - BAL (2.77) Mike Foltynewicz - ATL (2.74) Derek Holland - SF (2.54)

These five have had disastrous seasons....

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Bryan Murphy

Charlie Blackmon, the Rockies, and the Padres just made history at Coors Field

How does the record for runs and hits in a four-game series explode?

After Kirby Yates struck out Nolan Arenado to clinch the Padres’ come from behind 14-13 win, Rockies broadcaster Drew Goodman solemnly declared, “Well, we just watched it and I still can’t believe it. If you thought Friday was awful, I don’t know how to describe what just transpired in the last twenty minutes.”

The Rockies blew a 13-10 lead by allowing four runs in the top of the ninth inning. Wade Davis came in...

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Bryan Murphy

The two Bumgarner trade rumors

The Twins are said to be in, the Yankees have made a move to suggest they could be in — which is right? Does it matter?

Last night, Minnesota reporter Darren Wolfson of Channel 5 KTSP Eyewitness News responded to a segment of sports columnist Charley Walters’ latest column:

I have no doubt that @Charley_Walters received this information from someone very plugged in. Can add late tonight that someone very plugged in says this is premature. But I also have no doubt that it's worth...

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TJ Macías

Giants unable to complete sweep, fall to Brewers 5-3

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life, and the hideousness of a Father’s Day baseball cap.” — Socrates, probably?

It’s Father’s Day, a day that Major League Baseball identifies with love, admiration, and some really funky, sky-blue baseball caps that look like something a distressed cloud vomited up.

But you know what else it means? Some really weird plays that made us say, “wait, wtf just happened?” These plays included:

A baseball channeling its inner Felicia while it...

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Bryan Murphy

Giants vs. Brewers, 6/16

Samardzija (3-5, 4.64 FIP) vs. Anderson (3-1, 4.58 FIP)

Happy Father’s Day to the dads and the people who have relationships with their dads out there. There’s not really a dad-theme with today’s game, so be sure to check out TJ’s post from Thursday ranking the most “Dad” Giants player.

Meanwhile, the Giants will be going for a sweep — yes, a sweep — against what should be the best team in the NL Central, but for now is merely tied with the Cubs.

CF — Ben Gamel
RF —...

Yardbarker: San Francisco Giants

Brandon Belt now owns the longest on-base streak by a Giant this year

Over the last three weeks, Belt is walking more often than Mike Trout. It’s been easy to overlook, but Brandon Belt is on an absolute tear right now. Belt has missed a little bit of time with tummy troubles and a sore neck, but when he’s been on the field, he’s been an on-base machine. He currently owns an 18-game on-base streak which just edged out Joe Panik for the longest such streak by a Giant this year. In these 18 games, Belt is hitting .310/.474/.466. He only has five extra-base...

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The Giants are a good June team

San Francisco starts winning in June. Why? Ahh, June. We all have connotations with it. Perhaps you associate it with school getting out - the beginning of freedom. Perhaps you associate it with school getting out for others and suddenly dealing with endless numbers of kids everywhere the eye can see. There’s Father’s Day, warm weather, the NBA Finals, good movie releases, and so much more. And for the San Francisco Giants, there’s winning baseball. Here are the Giants months since the...

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Kevin J. Cunningham

SF Giants Minor Lines 6/15/19: Extra Inning Fun

Free Baseball goes around the system for some fun wins

Victory fireworks. pic.twitter.com/8KjIsfxswo

— San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) June 16, 2019

Don’t worry, these fireworks weren’t waking anyone up near midnight like last night in Keizer, Oregon…well, maybe they woke someone up. But a couple of nice extra-inning wins today for the system.

Highlights: Connor Menez struck out 10 for Sacramento; Jacob Lopez threw five perfect innings for S-K; San Jose scored 10 runs in an easy...

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Watch: Mike Yastrzemski saves game with great diving catch

Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski won seven Gold Gloves during his Hall of Fame career that spanned three different decades. While his grandson, Mike, likely won’t accomplish the same feats with the San Francisco Giants, he made his kin proud Saturday afternoon. With San Francisco up 8-7 and two outs in the bottom of the ninth against the Milwaukee Brewers, Yastrzemski went all out to save the game. Check out this diving catch the outfielder made. If that ball off the bat of Yasmani Grandal...

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Bryan Murphy

Stephen Vogt and the Giants hit and hustle past the Brewers for fourth-straight win

The backup catcher hit two stand up triples.

The 100th percentile projection for any backup catcher is above average defense and the possibility that he runs into a pitch that starts or sustains a rally. Anything else is sort of beyond the scope of the position and beyond the requirements of the organization. Stephen Vogt went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and two stand up triples.

He played maybe a hair above average defense today, but he still exceeded that 100th percentile projection for a backup...

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Brady Klopfer

Shohei Ohtani and Jake Bauers hit cycles on back-to-back days

It was a good week for people who like stuffed box scores.

Baseball loves its clean, semi-arbitrary marks of success. It loves hitters who sport an average of .300, even though that doesn’t really tell us much (but is irrefutably a good thing). It loves pitchers who keep their ERA under 3.00, even though the same aforementioned qualifier applies.

It loves no-hitters, which are a sign of greatness, even though it often passes over much greater performances in the process, because they...

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Bryan Murphy

Giants vs. Brewers, 6/15

Bumgarner (3-6, 3.89 FIP) vs. Jimmy Nelson (0-1, 9.16 FIP)

A win today would give the Giants their first 4-game winning streak of 2019. They had four 4-game winnings streaks and one 5-game winning streak last year which seems almost impossible in hindsight.

This is definitely the team’s best shot right now. Not because of the Brewers’ lineup —

CF — Lorenzo Cain
RF — Christian Yelich
LF — Ryan Braun
1B — Yasmani Grandal
3B — Mike Moustakas
2B — Hernan Perez
3B — Orlando Arcia

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Bryan Murphy

Happy 35th Birthday, Tim Lincecum!

The Freak should be forever young.

It’s the 35th birthday of Timothy LeRoy Lincecum, the de facto ace of the Giants staff during their championship era. Others have come and gone, Matt Cain pitched a perfect game, and Madison Bumgarner became a baseball legend in 2014, but Tim Lincecum was unique: he was the only ace who equaled the industry’s results of an ace but with the personality and energy that could only work in San Francisco.

He last pitched for the Giants four years ago, but...

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Kenny Kelly

Who has hit the cheapest home run at Oracle Park?

Sometimes, the stars align and a routine fly ball turns into a home run.

We know that Oracle Park is the single most difficult park to hit a home run in. It’s also one of the fields where the fewest cheap home runs are hit. Only Marlins Park and Busch Stadium have had fewer balls that weren’t barreled or hit solidly go over the fence. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t cheapies that just sneak over the fence. This year, there have been two home runs hit in San Francisco that had...

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SF Giants Minor Lines 6/14/19: Gregory Santos returns!

And a crazy finish in Sally gives Augusta control of destiny.

Smells like Summer ?? pic.twitter.com/VcG6J4VAme

— Nick Krupke (@NickKrupke) June 15, 2019

Another affiliate season starts, and that means that one of the youngest phenoms in the organization has started their pro career:


— S-K Volcanoes ? (@SKVolcanoes) June 15, 2019

Hey let’s face it....the Giants are going to need some young talent coming up in the announcer’s booth sometime...

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Kenny Kelly

Giants outhomer Brewers because nothing makes sense

Drew Pomeranz had another perfectly fine start, and the Giants hit three home runs at home for the first time all year.

With tonight’s victory over the Brewers, the Giants haven’t lost since Sunday. They’ve only played three games in the last five days, but hey, even three game winning streaks have been hard to come by this year. This is just their fourth all season. With a win tomorrow, they’ll have their longest winning streak since August 28. Things sure were different then....

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Bryan Murphy

Giants vs. Brewers, 6/14

Pomeranz (1-6, 5.84 FIP) vs. Davies (7-0, 4.01 FIP)

It doesn’t feel great going from the Warriors to this weekend’s series against the Brewers, just from a “watching competitive sporting events” standpoint. The Brewers figure to roll over the Giants. The inherent unpredictability of baseball might stop that, but then again, here’s a fun pre-game note:

Half of the players making up the #Brewers everyday lineup are on pace to set a career-high for home runs in a season.


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Bryan Murphy

FanPulse Week 12: The Giants have given the voters hope

A 6-4 start to June has got the fanbase hyped.

Want to influence the conversation? CLICK HERE to become a Giants FanPulse voter.

After winning a series against the Orioles and playing the Dodgers tough, FanPulse voters were practically euphoric, awarding the team with a two-point bump from 38% to 40% confidence in the team’s direction.

Or maybe the voters really responded to the trade for Alex Dickerson earlier in the week.

In any case, fan confidence has risen 13% in just the past two...

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