Category Archives: NLWest

Gauntlet II: Giants Hit the Road After Suffering Home Series Sweep by White Sox, Open in Arizona Against MadBum and Lose Big; Have Lost Five Straight and Eleven of Last Fourteen

It was just a terrible end to June, as the Giants finished it winning only two of the last eight games in the month. The Giants lost a three game series to the Reds at home and only split a … Continue reading

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La Barrida de la Nemesis, The Giants Sweep the Bums Outta Town in Impressive Fashion, Bullpen Shines

(slow clap) I stand corrected. The Giants are super-crisp on defense and the bullpen is stellar. Or so it would seem. The Giants just swept the Bums at Oracle to take the lead in the season series 3 – 2. … Continue reading

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Giants Step Up and Beat Buehler and Kershaw; Ruf Returns From Bereavement with Big Night; Kapler Manages Giants Bullpen to Dominance Over Bums

Wow! What a bounce back performance by the Giants! After that four-error game against the Rockies Thursday, the week ended with crisp defense, and the bullpen dialed-in. Thairo Estrada, who had two of those four errors on Thursday, was particularly … Continue reading

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Giants Lose Home Series to Rockies, 1- 2; On Outside Looking In One-Third of Way Through Season as Dodgers Come to Town … Beat LA!

The National League West is absurdly stacked with expensive talent on two teams that play in southern California. The Dodgers have outspent every team in baseball the last three seasons. The Padres have climbed to fifth in payroll – $60 … Continue reading

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Wood Embattled Early; Manny Machado Goes Four for Four with Three Doubles and a Triple; Padres Pulverize and Sweep Giants at Oracle to Establish Superiority

The Padres looked a little better than the Giants in every aspect of the game and a lot better at batting. All weekend, their starting pitching was better, their batting was much better, their relievers were better, their fielding was … Continue reading

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Papierski Debuts Replacing Concussed Casali; Belt Scratched, Wade, Jr, Out; Giants Lose Two to Padres

Mike Papierski is the latest sudden inclusion in the ever-shifting personnel of the Kapler/Zaidi system. The 25-year-old catcher came over to the Giants a week ago in the trade with the Houston Astros for Mauricio Dubón. Curt Casali took a … Continue reading

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Who is Jake Junis? They Call him June Bug, and We Need Him All of June

With Disco on the 60-day DL and not due back until late June, the Giants now turn to 29-year-old, former Kansas City Royal, Jakob Benjamin Lee Junis, born and raised in Illinois, where he played baseball and basketball very well. … Continue reading

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Giants Win Series 2 -1 in Colorado But Rare Implosion by Alvarez Costs Webb Victory and Giants Sweep

Jose Alvarez was very good last year and has been good this year as well. In his first ten appearances he gave up only one hit and one earned run – against the Padres. It was an insurance run added … Continue reading

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Giants Bounce Back at Altitude as Casali Homers Twice and Yaz Smashes Game Winner in Ninth; Doval Closes Out Rox for Sixth Save

This was a good game against an inferior team in which we stayed aggressive on the road. This was a bullpen game for the Rockies, and they used seven pitchers. If we had lost I’d have been enraged, because we … Continue reading

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Giants Drop Second Game at Chavez Ravine

Joc Pederson and Mike Yastrzemski were back in the lineup, and Alex Wood kept it close through five, but the Giants lost the bullpen battle in game two of the season series with the Dodgers. For the second night in … Continue reading

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Game One vs. The Nemesis at Chavez Ravine, Carlos Rodón Goes Six But Takes First Loss as Depleted Lineup Can’t Produce Run Support

I always say Win/Loss doesn’t mean much until mid-June, but when it’s against the Nemesis every game counts. That’s how we took the division from them last year: Gabe Kapler and the staff managed to consistently take series wins, from … Continue reading

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Logan Webb v. Sean Manaea, Round One, Giants Win First Series vs Padres; Ace Goes Eight Innings, Small Ball Offense Has No Brandons, No Yaz

The Giants beat the Padres behind the command of the ace of the squad, Logan Webb, who opened the game giving up a double to Manny Machado and an RBI-triple to Jake Cronenworth, Padres 1, Giants 0, but then killed … Continue reading

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Alex Cobb Debut: Five Innings, Four Hits, Two Earned Runs, Two Walks and Ten K’s; Awakened Giants Bats Hit with RISP, for Ten Runs in First Two Innings

The San Diego Padres came into town with the NL West division lead and beat the guys at Oracle on Monday, Padres 4 – Giants, 2 in the first game of the season series. Alex Wood struck out six over … Continue reading

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The Greatest Giants Season Ever Ends Sabermetrically as Moneyball Again Doesn’t Get Past the DS

Let me start by saying Doug Eddings was excellent behind the plate. His strike zone was tight, crisp and fair all night. Despite my concerns, at least the zone was good and the ump behind the plate was fair. Secondly, … Continue reading

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NLDS Game Five, Dodgers at Giants 10/14/2021, Two of the Five WORST Umpires in MLB are Calling This One

Dodgers at Giants Game Five. Julio Urias vs. Logan Webb for all the marbles. Historic, epic game. But let’s talk about the umpires. Because two of the five worst umpires in the game today are on the crew for tonight’s … Continue reading

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NLDS Game Four, Giants at Dodgers 10/12/2021

I knew we weren’t going to win it down there. I mean of course I would have taken it, but these Dodgers, with this salary and their backs against the wall, putting Walker Buehler on the mound on short rest, … Continue reading

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One for the Ages

Yesterday I said Evan Longoria wasn’t scared of Max Scherzer. and that is all it took. This was one for the ages – a National League pitchers duel between the two best teams in the country, played with crisp, stunning, … Continue reading

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NLDS Game Three, Giants at Dodgers 10/11/21

Alex Wood named to start When the Giants signed Alex Wood, one of the most commonly heard praises was that, as a former standout starter for the Dodgers, he’d step up and perform for us against them with an intimate, … Continue reading

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NLDS Game Two: Dodgers at Giants 10/09/2021

The coverage of Urias I refer to is below the video. Julio Urias went for the Dodgers. He had an epic night at Oracle Park back in late May. Not only did he silence the lineup with 10 strikeouts allowing … Continue reading

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