Sentimentality Aside, The End Has Come For Matt Cain

August 26, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard I think I’m qualified to speak for Giants fans here: Matt Cain holds a special place in my heart. He’s the guy everyone wants to get behind: the tough-luck horse who never backed down and never took no for an answer. I was an early adopter of his jersey back in the good ‘ole days of 2006 (When Ray Durham was hitting third) and have…


International Champions Cup Makes One Final Stop in Bay Area

July 25, 2015

Follow @joe_lami By: Joe Lami SANTA CLARA, Calif.–The 2015 Guinness International Champions Cup wrapped up it’s trip to the Bay Area on Saturday with a grand matchup between FC Barcelona and Manchester United.  Over 68,000 fans packed Levi’s Stadium to see the two global powers take part in the cup draw. FC Barcelona traveled to the United States without two of their strongest players in Neymar and Messi, known as…


Even Though They Won’t, Giants Need to Acquire Big Time Starter

July 23, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard Brian Sabean and Bobby Evans have proven that they know when the time is right to strike a big deal, and most sources indicate that he will not this year before the trade deadline.  It’s not for lack of supply, however: David Price, Johnny Cueto, and Cole Hamels are just a few of the front-of-the-line rotation guys that are squarely on the market. Even though…


Quakes Clash With World’s Elite Manchester United

July 21, 2015

By: Joe Lami SAN JOSE, Calif.—18,000 fans showed up to Avaya Stadium on Tuesday night to see global megapower’s Manchester United take on the San Jose Earthquakes as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup. It marks the second game for both clubs, as they each have played Club America to start the tournament. San Jose lost 2-1 to Club America a week ago in San Jose. Man U is…


Bryce Harper’s Truly Special 2015

July 19, 2015

By: Simon Westley Bryce Harper is having a great season. Everyone knows that. He has been the talk of the MLB this year. He has whopping numbers: halfway through the season, his slash line is .339 BA/.464 OBP/.704 SLG. He has gotten on base close to half the time, and his slugging is insane (How does one achieve a .365 ISO? 26 HRs, 21 doubles, and a triple in 277…


The Giants’ New Relief Ace

July 15, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard The Giants’ bullpen has been downright awful this season. Jeremy Affeldt was one of the main culprits until he went down with a shoulder injury, the severity of which can be debated. So when he was sidelined, fellow lefty Josh Osich was forced to step up. The former sixth-round pick out of Oregon State looks like the real deal so far, only allowing two baserunners in…


Even After Sweep, It’s Hard To Feel Good About the Giants

July 12, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard Sure, the Giants swept a major league team, in name at least, with their 4-2 win on Sunday. They strung together 48 hits in a three-game series, but does anyone actually buy that the Giants have gotten better, rather than it’s just their competition declining? The Phillies are practically the Cleveland Spiders from back before the turn of the 20th century. They literally won 20…


What Happened to Jean Machi?

July 2, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard Let’s set this straight. After two great seasons, Jean Machi has been downright awful this season, going from a dominant, trusty late-inning righty to being put on the DL because he was so horrifically bad. Even up until last August, he was higher on the pecking order than Sergio Romo. But 2015 has not treated Machi well, and his trip to the DL clearly hasn’t…


It’s Time to Confront the Giants’ Rotation Dilemma

June 19, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard With the returns of Matt Cain and Jake Peavy drawing closer by the minute, it’s starting to be time for the Giants to start weighing their options at starting pitcher. Everyone thought that eventually, things would sort themselves out and a clear decision would be easy when the time came. Wishful thinking. It’s been anything but that, with four guys all having a somewhat legit…


Reality Check: Who Should Start For The NL All-Star Team, And Who Actually Will

June 15, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard As we’ve seen in recent years, there’s a big difference between who should start in the MLB All-Star Game and who ends up taking the field. Derek Jeter started for the AL at shortstop last season, a guy that, when you strip away all the hype, was worth only 0.1 WAR more than Joaquin Arias. Mark Redman made the AL team with a 5.27 ERA in 2006….