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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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SF Giants First 13 Games of the 2013 Season: What Have We Learned?

The 2013 season opening schedule for the World Champion San Francisco Giants looked like it was put together during a blind tasting of Walmart brand vodkas. That might explain why the winners of the 2012 World Series, a) opened on the road in Los Angeles (I suppose because Modesto doesn't have an MLB team); b) […]

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Nick Noonan Joins the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Nick Noonan's journey from 1st round pick in the 2007 amateur baseball draft (32nd overall) to getting his first Major League start as a San Francisco Giant this week could be described as circuitous. In the same way that a Barry Zito curve ball drifts up, describes a parabola, then drops through that 17 inch […]

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New Dodgers Handled By the Same Old Giants

The newly purchased Los Angeles Dodgers started the 2013 season by rolling up to their home stadium in a fleet of high end BMWs, Lamborghinis, and Porsches. Three games later the San Francisco Giants had those vehicles tagged, towed and impounded in the 2013 National League West cellar. And while it's not likely the Dodgers […]

Opening Day 2013– Together We Lost Another Opener

It's like stepping in a large pile of deja vu on the sidewalk. All over again. On April 1, 2013, the San Francisco Giants lost their 6th season opener in the last ten years. Will anything get this off my sneakers? Before the Giants met the newly diamond-encrusted, gold leaf festooned Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday […]

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Posey, Verlander, Andrus Mega-Contract Extensions Define Baseball’s New Economics

The economics of Major League Baseball ownership has come a long way. Nothing illustrates this better than the recent contract extensions of the Giants' catcher Buster Posey, pitcher Justin Verlander of the Tigers, and Texas Ranger's shortstop Elvis Andrus. Contract extensions on top of existing multi-year contracts in baseball has become a template for ownership. […]

STOP THE PRESSES! OPENING DAY 2013 NEWS!

OPENING DAY 2013 MLB NEWSPAPER HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE NATION TO AVOID POTENTIAL WAR, U.S. AGREES TO NORTH KOREA’S TOP THREE DEMANDS Tim McCarver to Retire After 2013 Season, Oreos Will Now Have Additional Outside Creme Coating, Houston Astros Moved Back to National League REMAINING NEW YORK YANKEE STARTING PLAYERS INJURED DURING PRESEASON PEPPER GAME […]

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Playing Pepper: SF Giants Bloggers Sound Off

Let's talk 2013 Giants, and let's get some comments and analysis from a number of other Giants' bloggers. Daniel Shoptaw is the former President of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and the creator of the St. Louis Cards blog C70 At The Bat. Each year Daniel asks a number of MLB team bloggers a set of […]

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