Storylines Abound As Samardzija Leads Giants to 7-2 Win

By Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard What a story. Jeff Samardzija showed Trevor Story that he was the real story to watch on Tuesday, hurling eight sturdy innings to lead the Giants to a 7-2 victory. Story had been the story of the young baseball season, hitting seven home runs in his first six games, a record, but Samardzija dealt him his first hitless game in his MLB career. Talk about storylines….

April 12, 2016
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Cueto Stumbles, Then Stands Tall to Beat Dodgers

By Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard As the Giants showed on Sunday, no lead is too big for them to come back from. Even when Johnny Cueto was knocked around for a five-spot in the first inning, the Giants didn’t back down, rallying behind Cueto to take the series from the Dodgers 9-6. The team that fell behind first in every game this series won, which probably says something about this…

April 10, 2016
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Stripling Almost Makes History, Giants Turn Tables On Magical Night

By Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard SAN FRANCISCO–  With a bagel in the hit column in the eighth inning and the rain pouring down, it wasn’t over for the Giants. Or their fans. Rain wasn’t the only thing showering down onto the field at AT&T Park — boos dumped down onto the field as Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts strutted out to the mound, confident in his decision. As soon as you…

April 9, 2016
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After Davenport Honored, Giants Fight Back to Beat Dodgers

By Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard Somewhere, Jim Davenport is smiling. Fittingly, on the day the Giants’ former standout player, scout, and coach was honored after passing away this offseason, the Giants fittingly rode homegrown talent to a 12-6 comeback win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Davenport was beloved in San Francisco for his character — he will certainly be missed. “He was such a gentleman, such a nice guy,” Giants’ manager…

April 8, 2016
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Samardzija, Giants Can’t Sweep Brewers

By Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard Sorry to break it to all of you 162-0 dreamers: it’s not going to happen. 161-1 is going to happen though. Mark my word. It’s really hard to sweep a team on the road, and the Giants came pretty close to doing it. It would have helped if Jeff Samardzija was on his game — he pitched just okay in his Giants’ debut, and so the…

April 6, 2016
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Cueto Dazzles In Debut, Shuts Down Brewers

By Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard When you sign a $120 million dollar contract, you’re going to be scrutinized. Even though you’ve earned it, it’s hard to convince the public you have. It’s understandable — it’s a lot of money. In his first game under the microscope, Johnny Cueto made a great first impression on Giants fans in his first outing, going seven strong innings to lead the Giants to a…

April 5, 2016
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Bumgarner, Giants Blow Past Brewers to Open Season

April 4, 2016

By Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard There’s nothing like Opening Day. Rejuvenated players, high expectations, optimism, and in the Giants’ case….the flu and snow. Not usually a good combination, unless you like getting pneumonia. Debilitated by the flu, Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner was forced to battle through a blizzard, wind howling and snow pelting, fighting to lead the Giants to a 12-3 win over the Brewers on Opening Day. Well sure, it…

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Our Staff MLB Preview

By Ben Leonard With the MLB season starting Sunday, it forces me to look back on last year’s picks, and remember that I picked the….Miami…..Marlins…..to win it all. They had so much promise — all they had to do was stay afloat until Jose Fernandez came back, and there would be a parade down Miami Beach, probably starting at 2 AM. But Jeffrey Loria happened. Here’s to a better 2016:…

April 3, 2016
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A Letter to Goose Gossage From The Nerds

March 11, 2016

By Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard Dear Mr. Gossage, On behalf of the nerd community, I agree with you —  baseball needs to get its bleeping act together. And it starts with us. We’ve turned the game into a “freaking joke” because we’re running it. Most of us haven’t even played anything close to “rotisserie baseball at Harvard,” so of course we don’t know bleep about bleep. After we got our degrees…

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