Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’

Giant Spoiler?

September 22, 2011

Five and a half games behind the Diamondbacks for the NL West and three and half games behind the Braves for the Wild Card is it improbably but not impossible for the San Francisco Giants to make the playoffs. The Giants have been on a tear, winning nine out of their last ten games due in part to the production of September call ups, Brett Pill, Justin Christian and Brandon Crawford. Check out how these recent additions have preformed over the past week.

Hits (Blue), At-Bats (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

The Giant’s one loss in their past ten games was at the hands of their arch-rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hardly anything could give the struggling Dodgers more pleasure then virtual eliminating the Giants with a victory in tonight’s series and season finale between these two. Compare the offenses of the Giants and Dodgers.

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Stumblin’ Bumblin’ Braves

September 20, 2011

Atlanta’s fantastic Rookie Closer, Craig Kimbrel, has begun to falter, blowing two saves in his last four changes. His second Home Run allowed in as many days was especial devastating, as the Marlins’ Omar Infante’s two Run blast on Florida’s last strike last evening propelled the Fish to a walk off 6-5 victory and robbed the Braves of a much-needed win. Since August 23rd the Braves have gone 9-15. Meanwhile, the Cardinals have won 17 of 24 games and cut Atlanta’s 10.5 game Wild Card lead to two and a half. Over this stretch, Atlanta has been outscored 105 to 81.
Check out how Atlanta’s top batters have performed since August 23rd.

Hits (Blue), At-Bats (Orange) & RBIs (Green)

With the red-hot Cardinals and defending World Series Champions, San Francisco Giants chomping at their tail and eight tough games left against the Marlins, Nationals and Phillies, can the Braves maintain their lead and avoid a collapse of epic proportions?

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Keys to the Game: Giants Vs. Padres, September 7, 2011

September 7, 2011

The San Francisco Giants will need to practically win out their remaining 20 games if they hope to overcome Arizona’s six game divisional lead. Completing a three game sweep of the Padres would certainly help to keep their postseason contention alive. This afternoon the Giant’s Matt Cain (11-9, 2.85) will seek his first win of the season against the Padres. Cain is 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA in three starts versus San Diego. The Friars will counter with their Giant slayer, Aaron Harang (12-5, 3.86 ERA), who is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA against San Francisco in two starts this season. Compare this afternoon’s starters.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The Giant’s late season acquisition, Carlos Beltran, is finally offensively producing as expect. Beltran has been on an extraordinary tear so far this September, batting .765,  with 6 RBIs and a colossal 2.098 OPS!  Check out Beltran’s September numbers.

Hits (Blue), RBIs (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

Can Cain complete the sweep at Petco Park today and help to spark a repeated San Francisco September surge into the playoffs?

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Race To The Finish In The NL West

September 5, 2011

With the Diamondbacks taking two of the three games against the Giants this past weekend, the Giants are struggling to stay afloat in the race for first in the NL West. The Diamondbacks now lead the NL West by seven games with only 22 games left to play. Interestingly, if the Diamondbacks make it to the playoffs, they will be only the third team to do so after losing over 97 games during the previous season (I’m sure D’back fans haven’t forgotten that last place finish last season!). Of course, with 22 games left, the Giants can certainly make an end of the season run for the title. Take a look at how both teams have faired versus their upcoming opponents.

The Diamondbacks begin a three-game series at Colorado.

The Giants begin a three-game series at San Diego.

Both teams have a winning record against their opponent, but the Diamondbacks definitely have a stronger on the road record. With the pressure on, how do you think the teams will perform? Click on the graphs for a closer look at the stats.


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September Showdown: Make It or Break It

September 2, 2011

The Arizona Diamondbacks lead the San Francisco Giants in the NL West by six games. This weekend the two teams will battle it out at AT&T Park for what will be a critical matchup, especially for the Giants. The Giants will likely need to sweep the Diamondbacks to remain a playoff contender. Take a look at how the Giants have played at home this season and how the Diamondbacks have played at AT&T Park. Click on the graphs for a closer look. Do you think the Giants prevail?

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Beltran: Band-Aids Don’t Cure

September 1, 2011

Not too long ago the trade deadline was fast approaching. The first place Giants were hoping for a cure for their ailing offense. Enter Carlos Beltran. Unfortunately for the Giants, trades are not always the cure for everything. The playoff hopefuls, who are now six games out of first in the NL West, have not seen the surge in their offense they were looking for. In the last seven games, Beltran is batting .267. Although it may be easy to blame the new guy, Beltran’s not entirely to blame for the Giants’ decline. During the month of August, the team averaged .231 offensively and are ranked 29th overall in batting average. Click on the charts below to take a closer look at the Giants’ struggling offense. And to my Giant fans out there: Looks like you didn’t strike gold with this trade!

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Awful August

August 31, 2011

The San Francisco Giants have won only a single series and are 10-18 in the month of August. The Giants’ offense has dropped to the bottom of the Majors with only 456 Runs Scored as their three July pick ups of Jeff Keppinger, Orlando Cabrera and Carlos Beltran, have been less than stellar at the plate. The batting averages of all three acquisitions have plummeted since donning a black and orange cap, as Keppinger is batting .285, Cabrera is batting .227 and Beltran is batting .270 compared to batting .307, .244, and .289, respectively for their former teams. Compare the numbers of the three new Giants with San Francisco’s “best” bat, Pabalo Sandoval, for the month of August.

RBIs (Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & Strikeouts (Green)

What’s worse is that these three hitters who were herald as the saviors of the Giants’ offense have only scored 13 out of the 74 Runs Scored in August for an dismal 17%. With heinous hitters, a struggling starting rotation, and a battered bullpen do the Giants have any hope of wining the pennant?

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Unleash the Panda

August 25, 2011

With a dismal offense and in the middle of a heated Pennant race, the San Francisco Giants will need the best from their best bat, Pablo Sandoval, down the stretch. After dropping two out of three to the lowly Astros last week, the Giants looks to redeem themselves tonight when they start a four game series against Houston at AT&T Park. Sandoval hit a game winning two Run Home Run in the 11th on Sunday at the Astro Dome and if the Giants hope to gain some ground on the Diamondbacks, the Panda must produce. How many Extra Base Hits will Pablo Sandoval have against the Astros?

Summary: Click here for some guesses for how many Extra-Base Hits Pablo Sandoval will have against Houston.

Will the Panda’s power hitting propel the Giants to the postseason?

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No Offense Giants

August 24, 2011

With players dropping faster than Hewlett-Packer’s stock price, the defending World Series Champions are extremely fortunate to only be two games back of the NL West leading Arizona Diamondbacks.  The Giants’ offense has been non-existent this year as they average only 3.44 Runs per Game, the lowest in all of the Majors!  The Giants were 52-40 at the All-Star Break and went 26-11 in one-run games.  Since, the Giants are 15-21, have gone 3-7 in one-run games and have been outscored by their opponents 139 to 112.  Compare the Giants’ offensive production with the other playoff contenders since the All-Star Break:

Runs Scored (Blue) & Home Runs (Orange)

The 1964 Dodgers had the lowest Runs per Game of any Playoff team ever with a whopping (compared to the 2011 Giants) 3.74. So it will be historic if the Giants are able to defend their championship this October.

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Should the Giants Go with a Four Man Rotation?

August 12, 2011

The defending World Series Champions have lost 10 out of their last 13 games and have relinquished first place in the NL West to the Arizona Diamondbacks.  While the Giants have one of the best pitching staff in the Majors, second in team ERA (3.20) and WHIP (1.22) and first in K/9 (8.20), they can’t seem to find a reliable 5th starter.  Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong are a combined 35-30 with an average ERA of 2.95.  Johnathan Sanchez and Barry Zito have been consistently unreliable in 2011.  Since returning from the DL, Sanchez has a ERA of 9.64 and Zito has given up nine Home Runs in just nine starts.  Check out each Starter’s ERA and WHIPSee the number of Earned Runs and Home Runs each starter has allowed: (keep in mind Sanchez has started 18 games, compared to Lincecum’s, Cain’s and Bumgarner’s 24 and Zito has only started 9)

ERs (Blue) & HRs (Orange)

The Giants are averaging 3.77 runs per game in 2011 (29th in the Majors) and only 2.08 in their past 13 games.  With such a struggling offense and in the middle of a heated pennant race, how much longer can the Giants afford to send an inadequate arm to the mound every fifth game?

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