Category Archives: Relief Pitching

The Greatest Giants Team Anyone Has Ever Seen Sweep Snakes on a Walkoff and Achieve 105 Wins; Lead NL West by Two with Three Left to Play

It’s official. This is the best Giants team I have ever seen. Having surpassed the 103-win team of the year I moved to the city, the San Francisco Giants have now done something no one alive can say they’ve ever … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, Post Game Blasts, Relief Pitching, SCRBRDWatch, Series Recaps | Leave a comment

The Giants Run the Gauntlet (Game 15 of 16), SF Giants Start with Three Doubles for First Time, Score Eleven in Support of Webb; Rookie Castro Debuts

The Giants are playing sixteen games in sixteen days, without a break. Been live-blogging them here under the category /Gauntlet. Tonight’s the penultimate game, 15 of the 16, still at altitude, in Denver. The Giants came into this one (8-6) … Continue reading

Posted in full games, Gauntlet, Post Game Blasts, Relief Pitching, Road Trips, SCRBRDWatch | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Giants Run the Gauntlet (Game 13 of 16); Giants Win Season Series Against Dodgers Ten Games to Nine

“It’s just no flinch, up and down the lineup, the bullpen – just go about our preparation and every guy pulls their weight. It’s just a lot of fun, it’s a lot of fun to come to the field, strap … Continue reading

Posted in full games, Gauntlet, NLWest, Post Game Blasts, Relief Pitching, SCRBRDWatch, Series Recaps | 1 Comment

The Giants Run the Gauntlet (Game 11 of 16), Dodgers and Giants Flash Brilliant Defenses in an Instant Classic That Goes to Eleven

The Giants are playing sixteen games in sixteen days, without a break. This was Game 11 of the 16, the first game of the last weekend series against the Dodgers. The oldest rivalry in baseball culminates this season in a … Continue reading

Posted in full games, Gauntlet, Mid Series Reports, NLWest, Post Game Blasts, Relief Pitching, SCRBRDWatch | Leave a comment

The Giants Run the Gauntlet (Game 7 of 16), Brewers Come to Town, Cueto Sick! Jose Alvarez Starts a “Bullpen Game”; Wood Tests Positive, Scratched

The Giants are playing sixteen games in sixteen days, without a break. They faced the Mets (3-0) and Braves (1-2) on the road, and are back at home to face the Brewers (Game 1 of 4 tonight) and Dodgers (3), … Continue reading

Posted in Gauntlet, Post Game Blasts, Relief Pitching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brandon Belt Comes Off IR and Smashes Four, Game-Changing Home Runs in Milwaukee; La Stella is Silk; Giants Win Series to End Road Trip, 5 – 2

Wow! B-Craw’s leadoff double in the eighth inning was a thing of beauty. He swatted it inside-out to the bright sunshine in left and bolted – he was going for scoring position all the way – went flying, head-first, horizontally … Continue reading

Posted in Post Game Blasts, Relief Pitching, Series Recaps | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kris Bryant Homers in First Game as a Giant, Giants Win Astros Series at Home 2-1; Split First Two of Four in the Desert

Kris Bryant started his first game for the Giants in a rubber match against the team with the best record in the American League, a viable World Series contender. He announced his presence with authority, when he homered in his … Continue reading

Posted in Mid Series Reports, Post Game Blasts, Relief Pitching | Leave a comment

Giants Re-Take HR Lead in MLB (142) but Bullpen Collapse Culminates in Blown Five-Run Lead, Dodgers Walkoff 8-6

Ugh. This one was reminiscent of gut-wrenching losses we had in April and May, blown by the ‘pen. Alex Wood managed to make it through five innings, Kap turned it over to the parade of guys we’ve been using to … Continue reading

Posted in full games, Mid Series Reports, pitchers, Relief Pitching | Leave a comment

Giants Handle Cubs 3-1 but Sustain Injuries; Longo Out at least a Month; PLUS Sabermetrics/Injury/Trade Report

In the ninth inning of the last game of a series we had already won, in a collision between two excellent veteran infielders going hard for a ball that was of indefinable responsibility (probably because of all the shifting), we … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, GBC Readers, pitchers, Relief Pitching, Series Recaps, SFG Off Day Posts, steals | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Despite Series Loss in Colorado, Giants Remain a Half-Game in First in the NL West; Happy 90th Revolution Around the Sun to Willie Mays

Our greatest weakness now has become glaring: win or lose, we have a terrible ‘pen, likely to give up one or more runs once they’re handed the ball. Bullpen losses are the worst, gut-punching. They un-do all the good of … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, GBC Readers, Relief Pitching, Road Trips, Series Recaps | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Heartbreak in Miami! Jake McGee’s First Blown Save and Giants Rally Twice Only to Fall in Game Two

Here was extra innings: Saturday night’s game was a crazy affair – here was first time the Giants fell behind and the rally of the 7th and here’s the blown save and here’s extra innings and the second rally … … Continue reading

Posted in Commentary, Mid Series Reports, midgame posts, pitchers, Relief Pitching, Road Trips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Zaidi Picks Up ‘Pen Help for Cash, Lays Back on Trade Deadline

So in the end, the trade deadline passed and Farhan Zaidi made no moves of current Giants or prospects but rather, only made one announcement, late in the day, that he paid cash to the Moneyball-Rays for a lefty to … Continue reading

Posted in 2020, Commentary, Relief Pitching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Who will be our Scutaro, Ross, or Peavy This Year?

The Trade Deadline is 11 days away and it is clear the Giants, like many other teams, need a consistent reliever who can close. But I think we also need another bat even though Panik, Pence and Duffy are coming … Continue reading

Posted in Relief Pitching, SFG Off Day Posts | Leave a comment

Lincecum Showcase

It’s been an up and down couple of weeks for the Giants – with Bumgarner, Cueto and Samardzija providing the ups and Peavy, Cain and the batting lineup bringing us down. And of course last Friday brought the highly anticipated … Continue reading

Posted in pitchers, Relief Pitching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Developing Middle Relief – Masterful Bochy Evolves

Last year, forced into it by injuries to staff, Bruce Bochy became masterful at relief by committee and in so doing joined managers of the future who recognize that the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series in 2011 under … Continue reading

Posted in Relief Pitching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment