Issue: Early waveringAnalysis: So many were so encouraged when the Giants announced their Opening Day roster. It suggested a long-promised commitment to the youth they’ve developed over the past several years, with Brandon Belt tops among them, having been handed the starting job at first base.Yet here we are, less than a week of games into the regular season, and already Belt has been “given a couple days” off because he started slow and admitted to manager Bruce Bochy that he’s been pressing. Read More
In baseball, it was pointed out correctly, if not grammatically proper, by Hall of Famer Yogi Berra: You don’t know nothing. Or did you think Barry Zito would be a savior after Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain would be, not disasters, but at least disappointments?
To the contrary, one thing we all know is no matter how the A’s do, and that was a brilliant 1-0 win Monday night, they can’t draw beans, not with the kicking and screaming involved in their desperate attempt to flee to San Jose. Read More
Baseball experts? There are none. Not anymore. Not after what Barry Zito did Monday.Nobody is expert enough to have imagined that.After Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain stunk it up in three consecutive losses in Arizona, Zito took the mound in Colorado and not only pitched better than the top three, but he pitched downright amazingly. Read More
PHOENIX — Matt Cain can only hope all future six-run leads will provide nearly as much security as his new monster contract.
On Sunday, though, it seemed he and the Giants invested their money with Bernie Madoff.
Cain, staked to a 6-0 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks, came unglued, and so did his teammates in a 7-6 loss.So the Giants start the season 0-3, the Diamondbacks 3-0. Read More
Arizona scored the go-ahead run when San Francisco catcher Buster Posey failed to touch home plate on a force play to complete a season-opening three-game sweep of the visiting Giants.The Diamondbacks also scored the tying run on a San Francisco defensive miscue earlier in the seventh inning to cap a comeback from a 6-0 deficit and defeat the Giants for the seventh consecutive time.San Francisco put two runners on in the ninth before Bryan Shaw struck out Posey to record his first career save. Read More
When the Giants set their 25-man roster for the regular season Wednesday, it marked a welcome shift in philosophy of which we first caught a glimpse during that magical run to glory in 2010.It was just as dramatic and emphatic back then, but as we found out in the disappointment of 2011, it was temporary.Will it stick this time? All signs suggest it will, and for that the franchise will be healthier than it’s been in a long time. Read More
The Giants open the 2012 season today, and the schedule makers wasted no time in giving them a shot at revenge on the team that overtook them for the National League West crown in 2011.
San Francisco opens the season on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who won last year with an explosive offense and two aces in Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson. They also added Trevor Cahill in a trade with the A’s to give them an upgraded starting rotation. Read More
As the full-blown major league baseball season starts today, the Giants seem headed for consistent success while the A’s are still on the path to nowhere.It’s been a week of good news for the Giants. The Mission Rock development is a positive, not just for them, but for San Francisco. But the signing of Matt Cain to a long-term contract was the really good news for fans. Read More
It took more than three hours, but the Giants and A’s officially finished their preseason schedule Wednesday with an 8-1 A’s victory at AT&T Park. With the Opening Day rosters settled before the game began, all that was left was getting more playing time before the regular season kicks off for the Giants on Friday. The A’s start their home schedule Friday, though they already played two regular-season games in Japan. Read More
The Giants made their final roster moves Wednesday in preparation for Friday’s season opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks and most notable is the presence of a new backup catcher.Hector Sanchez will be counted on to provide some offense off the bench and when filling in for starter Buster Posey, while Eli Whiteside will start the season in Triple-A. Whiteside has been with the Giants since 2009 and played in 82 games last season after taking the majority of the starts following the May 25 injury to Posey. Read More