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Chroncast #84: Blog Days of August

The Giants started off their nine-game road trip with a series win in Arizona. The week that was featured a blistering performance from Mike Yastrzemski and the major league debut of Logan Webb. Has Farhan Zaidi’s standard operating procedure...

Monday BP, 8/19/19

Good Morning, McCoven! I wanted to use today’s BP to highlight the achievements of one of our own. ZenPop (aka John Mavroudis in real life) has had his artwork featured in a lot of great places, from the comments here...

Diamondbacks tame Bumgarner, Giants avoid sweep

The explanation for all the home runs hit over the past few days and all the runs scored across baseball this month is that it’s August. Okay, it’s August with an altered baseball, but the point remains, that it’s...

Giants @ Diamondbacks, 8/18

The Giants have a chance to sweep a four-game series on the road against what was their closest Wild Card opponent heading into the weekend and they’re throwing their best starting pitcher at the problem; so, we know they’ve...

Brandon Belt will be fine

Brandon Belt is having himself a fine series in Arizona. Over the last three days, Belt is 5-for-14 with two home runs, a 415-foot double, and eight RBI. Belt, a notoriously streaky hitter, looks like he’s getting hot, and...

What’s the matter with Will Smith?

Going into the 2019 season, the prognosticators told us the bullpen of the San Francisco Giants would be good—and believe it or not, they were right! By fWAR, the Giants have the third-best bullpen in the National League, just...

Sunday BP, 8/18/19

Good morning, McCoven! This is a Brandon Belt grand slam appreciation thread. As I mentioned in the recap last night, I have a vested interest in Brandon Belt grand slams. And after his first one, I will forever have a...

Webb shines in debut, Belt has 6 RBI in Giants 11-6 win over D-backs

The Giants handed rookie Logan Webb a win in his debut tonight, thanks in large part to Brandon Belt, Scooter Gennett and Kevin Pillar. Belt had a grand slam on his way to six RBI tonight, Gennett scored three...

Giants @ Diamondbacks, 8/17

Logan Webb becomes “the fourth-youngest Giants starter of the last two decades” and the youngest starter to debut since Madison Bumgarner. To make room for him, the Giants optioned Joey Rickard to Triple-A and will opt to go with...

Giants @ Diamondbacks, 8/17

Logan Webb becomes “the fourth-youngest Giants starter of the last two decades” and the youngest starter to debut since Madison Bumgarner. To make room for him, the Giants optioned Joey Rickard to Triple-A and will opt to go with...

The Giants are absolutely, genuinely, honest-to-goodness fun

If you chose to spend your Friday evening watching the San Francisco Giants, you probably regretted it almost instantly. The offense was feckless in the top of the first, and it only took one batter in the bottom of...

Austin Slater is being more selective

On Friday, Henry Schulman of the Chronicle and Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area each published stories about Austin Slater’s new approach at the plate. After reaching base five times on Thursday night, Slater recounted something said to...

Giants hit, allow six homers and outlast Diamondbacks, 10-9

The Giants combined for six home runs for the first time since 2014. Three of those homers came from Mike Yastrzemski while another two came from Kevin Pillar. At one point, the Giants led by five runs, and at...

Giants @ Diamondbacks, 8/16

This game has been my nightmare ever since the Diamondbacks traded for Mike Leake. In two starts with his new team, Leake has allowed 11 runs (10 earned) in 10.1 innings along with 21 hits. He gave up four...

Logan Webb will debut tomorrow

Earlier this afternoon, Kerry Crowley of the San Jose Mercury News reported that a source told him Logan Webb, the Giants’ top pitching prospect, would make his major league debut this Saturday in Arizona. Just a few minutes ago,...

The balls are juiced, and Giants FanPulse voters couldn’t be happier

Want to influence the conversation? CLICK HERE to become a Giants FanPulse voter. Every so often, the FanPulse computer generates a question for all voters. For the 21st week of FanPulse voting, the computer asked, “Did MLB intentionally ‘juice’ the...

The Giants still need Tyler Beede

I’m not going to pretend to understand the specific pressures faced by ever Major League Baseball player, especially a pitcher. For the purposes of my job, though, I must pretend to understand the publicly available statistical data that measures...

A reminder of just how the Giants got Mike Yastrzemski

Mike Yastrzemski is having an excellent rookie year. In 257 plate appearances, he’s currently hitting .266/.320/.511, which is good for a 112 wRC+. He’s fourth on the team in homers, fourth in RBIs, he might set a Giants home...

Friday BP, 8/16/19

Good morning, McCoven! With all the roster turnover lately, it’s been incredibly hard to keep track of who is on the 25-man roster anymore. Every day, the running of the beat writers takes place on my Twitter feed as they...

Dereck Rodríguez dominates while the offense rolls, Giants win 7-0

The Giants desperately needed one of their non-Bumgarner and non-Samardzija starters to prove they can throw major league innings, and Dereck Rodríguez did more than that tonight. Rodriguez went seven shutout innings without ever allowing a runner to reach...

Giants @ Diamondbacks, 8/15

You might remember Alex Young’s major league debut. It came against the Giants. He allowed one run in five innings and struck out five. He came into the game having posted a 5.96 ERA in Triple-A. He’s had two...