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
As the Giants grind out the final days of the season, hoping to make a near impossible rise from the scrap heap, most players quietly say they are just taking care of business one day at a time.
Not future-thinking Carlos Beltran. The free agent-to-be decided the stretch drive of a playoff race is a good time to publicly reveal he would consider returning to San Francisco next season if given assurances that the Giants would make certain improvements. Read More
Here’s a sobering thought for euphorically optimistic Giants fans: Not only could your “Wait till next year” rally cries actually start next week, most of the current regulars won’t even be back in orange and black in 2012.
Unlike a year ago at this time, when the Giants catapulted to the NL West lead thanks to the San Diego Padres’ 10-game losing streak, the Arizona Diamondbacks come to town this weekend with a newfound swagger. Read More
Centuries ago, Sir Isaac Newton wrote that, in science, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Turns out that applies to sports, too. Just ask the Giants.
Everything went right for the Giants in the closing weeks of last season and the postseason. The San Diego Padres, who had been cruising atop the NL West all season and had a 6½-game lead, collapsed with a 10-game losing streak, giving the Giants a chance to win the division. Read More
Maybe playing this “torture” brand of baseball is even more difficult than we thought.
These new-look Giants are certainly struggling to do it.
There is no way it could be labeled as a step backward by adding Carlos Beltran, Orlando Cabrera and Jeff Keppinger to the how-are-they-doing-this roster the Giants were fielding the early parts of July. Read More
Bruce Bochy was as low as I’ve ever seen him when we talked before Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
“The way we’re playing, I don’t think we could beat anybody,” he said — and the Giants then lost another, 2-1 to the Phillies. Read More
Who knew “better on paper” might translate to worse on the field?
Unfortunately, that’s the quandary the Giants found themselves in right after Brian Sabean worked his trade-deadline magic.
But honestly, did you expect it to go any other way for Giants fans? Nothing comes easy in China Basin. Torture begets more torture begets, aw, you know the rest.
You can tell a Giants fan by their fingernails. Or lack there of. Read More
The Giants’ trade for Carlos Beltran, which is apparently done but can’t be announced until Beltran agrees to waive his no-trade clause, is a bold move that gives the team a chance to repeat as World Series champions.Beltran is exactly the kind of middle-of-the-lineup hitter the Giants sorely need, with 15 homers, 30 doubles and 66 RBIs in 98 games. The Giants don’t have anybody close to those numbers. Read More
Although the Giants are sitting comfortably in first place in their division, the defending World Series champs have still managed to give fans fits this season with their anemic, light-hitting lineup that is absent of a truly feared hitter.
That changed Wednesday.
The Giants agreed to a trade to acquire New York Mets slugger Carlos Beltran, a six-time All-Star enjoying a resurgent 2011 season.
Beltran is expected to join the team today in Philadelphia. Read More
Numerous sources are reporting that the Giants are on the verge of acquiring New York Mets slugger Carlos Beltran, giving the team some much needed offensive pop as its preps for another postseason run.Both ESPN.com and MLB.com say that the Giants will part ways with a package that includes pitching prospect Zach Wheeler in exchange for Beltran, a six-time all star. A source in the ESPN article said that the deal is “95 percent” done. Read More