Four Myths About Why the Giants Have Stumbled in 2013

Make no mistake about it. There isn't a team in the National League West that believes the 2013 San Francisco Giants are toast. Or even partially broasted. That would include the three teams ahead of the tied-for-last-place 39-45 Giants in the NL West standings (Arizona, Colorado, and Los Angeles), as well as the unpredictable San […]

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SF Giants June Highlights: Management Mistakes and Hark! A Wake-Up Call!

A lesser man would point out that a warning I issued in late May about Giant pitching went unheeded and is now costing the team games. The message in that warning was simple: trying to replace injured starter Ryan Vogelsong with bullpen long man Chad Gaudin would be a mistake. Such a move, a) would […]

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Giants Scramble to Survive Sandoval Injury, Replace Vogelsong

This is not a drill. The San Francisco Giants are in emergency mode and the goal is not to just hold ground in the National League West, but to find some new momentum. On one side the injury to third baseman Pablo Sandoval is a huge blow to an offense that has struggled for consistency […]

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The Giants Have Time to Adjust: Part 2 — Offense

Believe me, I understand. The mainstream sports media needs an angle about the 2013 San Francisco Giants, so they've made it all about the problems the Giants' starting staff has experienced in April and May. It's irresistible because these are virtually the same pitchers who led San Francisco to World Championships in 2010 and 2012. […]

The Giants Have Time to Adjust: Part 1 — Pitching

I believe it was John Madden who said, "Well, you got your, ah… , your numbers, all that stuff, you know, the stats thing…  then you got, umgh…  ah…  your, you know, results." Or maybe it was President Eisenhower. No matter. The 2013 season has been a serious challenge to the talents (and patience) of […]

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Colorado Series Becomes First Pivotal Moment in 2013

Every MLB team seems to have two or three regular season series that end up defining their season. Those games can happen early in a season or during the final week; they can be played against really good teams or teams going nowhere. In reality, these season-defining match-ups are almost always clearly identified only after […]

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Vogelsong’s Injury a Precursor to 2014 Changes for Giants

This was the season the San Francisco Giants planned to give the 2012 World Championship team a chance to repeat the magic in 2013. Other than improving the bullpen (Chad Gaudin for Guillermo Mota), changing back-up catchers (Guillermo Quiroz for Hector Sanchez) and back-up infielders (Nick Noonan for Ryan Theriot), this season's squad was the […]

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The National League West Race: Notes and Comments

The 2013 National League West simply will not stand still and cooperate. And it's annoying to the national sports media who are scrambling to do their best to write this season's pre-packaged NL West story– i.e., which team will finish ahead of the San Francisco Giants. Most pre-season predictions about the NL West are disappearing […]

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Giants Get Serious About Offense– Call Up Francisco Peguero

In a move reported by San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Henry Schulman, the Giants have called up outfielder Francisco Peguero from Triple-A Fresno, where he was batting .415 and scorching the baseball. To make room on the roster San Francisco optioned their #3 catcher, Hector Sanchez, to Fresno. The 23 year old Sanchez was Buster […]

Giants Stumble in April– But Here’s Why It’s Temporary

The San Francisco Giants had no idea the Dog Days of August would make an ugly guest appearance in late April. A promising 13-7 record kicked off the 2013 season but that delicious ice cream cake quickly melted into a sticky 13-12 mess, courtesy of the Giants' current 5 game losing streak. For diehard fans, […]

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Five MLB Teams I Want to See Succeed in 2013– Five Other Teams Not So Much

I recently got an email query from Bryan O'Connor of the Replacement Level Baseball Blog. Bryan was asking members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) to answer the following question about the 2013 MLB season: "What five baseball teams would you most like to see succeed in 2013, and which five teams would you most […]

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