Much has been made of the differences between the 2010 Giants and the 2012 version. One thing, however, has remained constant.
Both teams were built on pitching and defense, with a foundation of homegrown talent.
The philosophy of bringing up players from within the organization has never been more present than this year, when Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt joined the championship run, and Pablo Sandoval played a significantly bigger role. Read More
Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer and Giants righty Matt Cain didn’t need to know the outcome of Saturday’s World Series game to understand that when they take the mound Sunday the stakes will be high. Both starters couldn’t wait to take advantage of an opportunity to give their team a much-needed — or must-have victory — on tonight in Game 4.
“I absolutely relish it,” Scherzer said.
The Giants took a 3-0 lead in the seven-game series with Saturday’s win. Read More
The Giants have no shortage of postseason veterans on the active roster, though several players who haven’t taken the field have been hanging around the team during this postseason run as well. Read More
Giants manager Bruce Bochy joined in the budding tradition of pregame speeches before Game 5 in St. Louis, which up until that point had been handled by Hunter Pence. The manager said he wasn’t trying to step on the outfielder’s toes, however. Read More
One more win and another bunch of wild-card Cardinals get their chance to repeat.
Adam Wainwright threw seven innings of four-hit ball and St. Louis roughed up Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants in an 8-3 rout Thursday night that gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead in the NL championship series. 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.
While any player making his first appearance in the postseason is bound to get a thrill out of the experience, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has a few extra factors in play during the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Crawford was born in Mountain View and grew up in Pleasanton, and though he has gotten used to playing for the team he rooted for as a kid, having his loved ones close by has made a difference. Read More
Since manager Don Mattingly had a few choice words for his team last week in San Diego, the Los Angeles Dodgers aren't going away quietly.
Elian Herrera singled in the go-ahead run with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Dodgers to a 3-2 victory over the NL West champion San Francisco Giants on Monday night that kept their postseason hopes alive. Read More
Matt Cain tossed seven superb innings en route to his sixth straight win and Pablo Sandoval recorded two hits and two RBIs as the Giants posted their seventh victory in nine games with a 6-0 shutout of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday at AT&T Park.
Buster Posey drove in a run to become the first Giant with 100 RBIs in a season since Barry Bonds in 2004 as the National League West champions improved to 7-2 on their 10-game homestand. Read More
Manager Bruce Bochy’s decision-making will be vital to the Giants’ chances in the playoffs.
That starts with his decisions on starting pitching because, except for Matt Cain, the starters have all had woeful periods. Cain had his own mini-slump, but he’s come out of it and, given decent run support for the first time in his Giants career, he’s won 15 games, one of them a perfect game. It’s a no-brainer to say he should pitch the first game. Read More