Game 3 of the NL championship series resumed Wednesday night after a 3½-hour rain delay with the St. Louis Cardinals leading the San Francisco Giants 3-1 in the seventh inning.
There were puddles on the warning track when play restarted and the temperature was 57 degrees, down 8 degrees from the first pitch. Read More
Two playoff starts, two mediocre performances.
That’s been the story thus far for the Giants’ Matt Cain, who draws the tough assignment today of trying to shut down the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series in front of their rabid fan base.
After a dazzling effort in 2010 in which he didn’t allow a single earned run in 21¹⁄³ postseason innings — shutting down one potent lineup after another — much was expected of Cain when the calender turned to October.
Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is expected to play Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals after injuring his hip during Game 2 of the NL Championship Series.
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday there is a “good chance” Scutaro will play in Game 3. The best-of-seven series is tied at one apiece. Read More
The most significant story line for the Giants heading into Game 2 of the National League Championship Series was, without question, their heralded starting rotation’s failure to post a “quality start” to that point in the postseason. Read More
Is it possible to decline home-field advantage in the postseason? Read More
When the Giants reached the postseason two years ago, there was not a seat in AT&T Park that wasn’t occupied by a long beard, a mohawk or even a panda as fans cheered on their favorite team of misfits.
In this postseason, the stands have been more toned-down, but some fan favorites could still be spotted. Read More
This time, Carlos Beltran, David Freese and the St. Louis Cardinals took a six-run lead — and held onto it, barely.
Beltran and Freese hit two-run homers and these wild, wild-card Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 6-4 on Sunday night in Game 1 of the NL championship series. Read More
For those who think Carlos Beltran is the Band-Aid to their offensive woes, they should have bought the insurance package, too.
Just ask the Giants.
While Beltran put up good numbers after coming over to San Francisco in a July 28, 2011, trade with the New York Mets for prized pitching prospect Zach Wheeler, he also missed time with nagging injuries that kept the Giants from returning to the playoffs following their 2010 World Series championship. Read More
Lost amongst the euphoria of the Giants’ 2010 World Series championship was Madison Bumgarner’s stellar performance.
Having already logged 193²⁄³ innings between Triple-A and the majors, there was no thought of shutting the rookie down to protect his valuable left arm for the future. All he did in the postseason was post a 2-0 record with a 2.18 ERA in four games (three starts), walking five and striking out 18 in 20²⁄³ innings. Read More
U.K. rag The Sun — OK, not the most reliable source — is reporting that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have reunited, and yes, it feels so good.
Their love is timeless, they can’t live without each other and she has probably run out of his old T-shirts to be seen around town in. Never mind that there are no sources cited in the story, nor has either actor said as much to the press. Read More