Two Giant Developments: Hitting Shows Signs of Life and Roster Improves

Few things happen in the fan-centric, old school world of the San Francisco Giants. It’s a staid place where players get contracts for being fan favorites or for just being inexpensive, and those fans become extremely upset on the rare occasions when those players are cut or traded. Meanwhile, in the rest of baseball, teams […]

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Rivalry Returns as Giants Host Dodgers At AT&T Park

The top-two teams in the National League West division, not to mention two of the biggest rivals in the NL, will begin a three-game set on Tuesday of this week at AT&T Park. San Francisco Giants tickets are most expensive on Thursday night, May 21, when the average price is $60.95 with a get-in price […]

So Far Giants’ Pitching is Holding Its Own, But Giant Run Scoring is Disappearing

To the casual observer, the San Francisco Giants’ limp start to the 2015 season is all about their pitching. More specifically, it’s about San Francisco not having the kind of outstanding starting pitching around which their celebrated World Series successes were constructed. With the current group of overpaid, lackluster starters following Madison Bumgarner every five […]

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NL West Small Sample Size: DNA or False Positive for 2015?

When the San Francisco Giants took game one of their first series of the season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, it was like a breath of fresh air. The April 21st 6-2 win came at a time when the Giants were 4-10,  their worst start in nine years. With a only a mere 9.26% of […]

Bumgarner’s Bat Only Fourth Best Among Current NL Pitchers

Every once in a while I like to listen to local Bay Area sportstalk radio, where those otherwise asked by society to leave the room always have a voice. One recurring theme I’ve noticed is that the vast majority of sportstalk callers are apparently unaware that actual Major League Baseball facts, statistics, and basic information […]

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World Champion Giants Open Their 2015 Home Slate With Tickets Averaging $165

The reigning World Series Champion San Francisco Giants began their 2015 MLB campaign on a positive note. The first series of the season came against the division rival Arizona Diamondbacks, as the Giants were victorious in the first and third game of a three-game trip to Chase Field. Following their stand in Arizona, San Francisco […]

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Instate Series Between Giants and Padres Sees Ticket Prices Averaging $70+

The San Francisco Giants couldn’t help but let some of the drama from their 2014 World Series title leak into the new season. After taking down the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 in their opening series of the year, the Giants embarked on a four-game journey in San Diego against the division rival Padres. If game one […]

The Handy NL Pocket Guide to the 2015 MLB Season

First let’s put a framework on the complex thought processes brought to bear here. I’m about to say some things about the 2015 Major League season which might create teeth-grinding disagreement and physically debilitating contention. But, as Mary Shelley once said, “That’s just the nature of the beast.” So I want to start off with […]

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SF Giants “Playing Pepper” 2015

The esteemed Daniel Shoptaw wears a number of hats, all of them St. Louis Cardinals red. Daniel is the creator and managing author of C70 At the Bat, a fantastic St. Louis Cardinals blog. And he is also part of the Cardinals Conclave, a group of like-minded bloggers who talk Cardinals baseball and much more, […]

Question: Do Spring Training Records Matter? Well… Yes and No

The true meaning of pre-season baseball in Florida and Arizona is difficult to assess. It’s kind of like trying to figure out if Nicolas Cage’s next film is going to be bad, or historically bad. The short answer is that MLB Spring Training games and their results matter a great deal on some levels and […]

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Giants Title Defense Starts in Phoenix With Just $14 Tickets

The San Francisco Giants have turned into a bit of a dynasty. With three World Series titles since 2010, the Giants are one of the top powerhouse teams in all of baseball and could very well contend for yet another title in 2015. Not bad for a team that hadn’t won it all since 1954, […]

Three Emerging Teams Could Rock the National League in 2015

Three National League teams made bold moves to climb up the MLB food chain this off-season, and it will be fascinating to see if any of them will be seated at baseball’s postseason buffet in mid-October. The Miami Marlins, the San Diego Padres, and the Chicago Cubs spent money and prospects to retool, to add […]

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Pence Injury Pushes Giants Farther Back in the 2015 Pack

Looking at many of the recent 2015 top team projections and power rankings from MLB writers and analysts, it’s striking (and surprising) how many of them put the Giants tantalizingly close to actually contending. FanGraphs listed the Giants as the 16th best MLB team for 2015 (but there were a number of teams tied on […]

New Baseball Commissioner Implements Bold Rule Changes in 2015 to Speed Up the Game

 “These changes represent our efforts to streamline the game and hopefully increase overall baseball revenues for our owners from $9 billion in 2014 to at least $12 billion this year,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a candid statement. Recently sworn in Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has proposed six new rule changes for Major League […]

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Better Sit Down: A Brief Study of the Business of Giants Baseball

So far in 2015, the San Francisco Giants are following their 2014 payroll blueprint. Sign low-end, inexpensive marginal players, then cross your fingers and hope something accidentally happens. And why not? Last season, San Francisco squeaked into the postseason as the #10 team out of ten qualifiers, then proceeded to move through three playoff levels […]

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