Giants Have a Window to Begin Rebooting for 2015

The clock is running on the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline and inside the San Francisco Giants front office that ticking noise must sound like thunder. And well it should. The Giants have a rare opportunity, right now, not only to improve their 25 man roster on the off chance they grab a Wild Card […]

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Giants Now On Minus End of NL West and Wild Card Math

That the San Francisco Giants 2014 season has taken a major nosedive isn’t surprising. When we look back on this season, the surprising thing is that this team went 36-20 in March/April/May, and specifically had a remarkable 19-9 May. One of the strangest things we see when an MLB team over-performs in the first two […]

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At the Game: Tim Lincecum Throws a Workingman’s No Hitter

A highlight of every March is a frenzied series of emails, phone calls and at least one meeting that determines an important series of events over the next six months. It’s the distribution of the San Francisco Giants season tickets my seat partner and I have had since 1989. My recollection of 1989 is that […]

Lack of Depth Haunts the Giants’ Current Tailspin

That the San Francisco Giants have hit their first serious pile of bovine pie on the 2014 season trail is not really breaking news. Good teams, bad teams, mediocre teams– all MLB teams will have nosedives and any number of consecutive losses in a given season. The keys are, how deeply is a team built […]

Three June Snapshots: 2014 Giants vs. Their Championship Seasons

With the San Francisco Giants leading the Majors in wins with 42, and with 40% of the Giants’ 2014 season in the books as of June 10th, it’s instructive to check where the franchise was at in their previous three championship seasons. After losing the 2002 World Series to the (now) LA Angels in Game […]

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Numbers Adding Up For Giants to Make NL Playoffs

Baseball is a game defined by numbers created by individual and team performance. No other professional sport is as deeply measured, tracked, and deconstructed on a daily basis as Major League Baseball, because the more you know the more the game shines and gives back. With over a third of the 2014 season in the […]

Injuries Finally Find Giants (with an assist from Bochy)

In 2013 San Francisco Giants fans were happy to believe two big myths about Major League Baseball injuries. First, that a contending baseball team needs to avoid injuries in order to succeed. That’s a myth because every team, every season has to deal with player injures. Talented players going on the Disabled List isn’t an […]

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Giants Stand Pat While Division Foes Improve

The San Francisco Giants are looking down from Mount NL West, surveying the territory from 1st place with 27 wins in their first 42 games this season. For the Giants front office the goal from this point on should be to make the adjustments a proactive MLB franchise would make make to stay on top […]

NL West Stories Rage Under the Media’s Nose

I get it, I really do. When the season started, the Milwaukee Brewers were the consensus pick to finish the 2014 MLB season in fourth place in the National League Central Division. Now it turns out the Brewers’ have 22 wins, tied with Colorado for the most in baseball, and they are four games ahead […]

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Giants Braintrust Ponders Rearrangement of Deck Chairs

Whenever a large, extremely valuable piece of property runs full speed into a huge iceberg the first reaction of those in charge is to try and make things look better. In the case of the early season stumblings of the San Francisco Giants, a quick look around the old ship shows the best the front […]

In Baseball All Wins Are Created Equal (Even When They’re Not)

Contrary to how it feels to baseball fans, wins in April are as important as wins in September. Seems they count all the games played each season to determine the final total, even though wins in the early Fall seem so much more important. With 90% of the current baseball season left to play the […]

Reality Check Follows Giants’ Promising Start

The San Francisco Giants 5-1 start to the 2014 season had fans delirious and Bay Area sports writers cautiously optimistic. Local sportstalk radio, where those shunned by society always have a voice, bubbled over with reckless enthusiasm and bold predictions about playing baseball in October. Things took an analytical turn when a number of program […]

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San Francisco Tentatively Transitions to Having an Offense

The core identity of some MLB teams is fluid– certain franchises are adept at quickly and creatively reinventing themselves when needed. Think Atlanta Braves, who from 1991 to 2001 were known for the dominant pitching that put them in the post season 10 out of those 11 years. Now it’s the Braves’ powerful offense getting […]

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