The dust has settled since the MLB trade deadline, and the Giants are happy with their haul.
Manager Bruce Bochy has described Eduardo Nunez several times as a “shot in the arm” for the team since he was acquired. If he’s a shot in the arm, what does that make Hunter Pence?
The infusion of energy from those two joining the lineup around the same time has shown in the team’s offensive production. Pence and Nunez have been in the starting lineup since July 30; since then — not including Wednesday’s game — the Giants have scored 5, 3 and 8 runs.
“There’s more length to the lineup now, it’s stronger,” Bochy said before Wednesday’s game.
The skipper also noted how blessed Giants fans have been.
“The message is that ownership is doing all they can,” Bochy said. “We’re being rewarded for a good first half, getting some players that can fill some needs and help the ball club out.”
Many owners in sports aren’t as committed to making winners — because spending money on a competitor doesn’t always translate to a robust bottom line — but the team that plays its home games near China Basin is different.
Hell hath no fury like a Cleveland team scorned
At the deadline, catcher Jonathan Lucroy did what any reasonable person with a no-trade clause in his/her contract would: He exercised it to avoid living in Cleveland.
That isn’t sitting well with at least one member of the Indians.
“We feel pretty strongly about the guys we have here, too,” catcher Chris Gimenez said to Cleveland.com last weekend. “Unfortunately, he chose not to be a part of it. Hopefully, we can win the World Series and we’ll be laughing at him.”
(Dear Lord, it’s me, Jacob. I don’t ask for much. It was cool that you allowed Cleveland to end their major-sports championship drought earlier this summer. But, please, for the love of you, don’t allow Cleveland to become the new Boston.)
MLB betting lines
Some notable MLB gambling notes
To win 2016 World Series (current vs. opening, Nov. 3, 2015, odds), according to William Hill:
Chicago Cubs (7/2, 10/1)
San Francisco Giants (5/1, 12/1)
Texas Rangers (11/2, 12/1)
Cleveland Indians (11/2, 25/1)
Washington Nationals (15/2, 12/1)
Los Angeles Dodgers (10/1, 10/1)
Boston Red Sox (12/1, 25/1)
Baltimore Orioles (15/1, 25/1)
Toronto Blue Jays (17/2, 10/1)
Miami Marlins (18/1, 75/1)
NOTES: The Giants have attracted the highest amount of money wagered (14 percent) and percentage of tickets (13) since it opened in November.
Odds to win NL Championship, according to Bovada
Chicago Cubs 8/5
San Francisco Giants 3/1
Washington Nationals 3/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 8/1
Miami Marlins 14/1
Odds to win NL West, according to Bovada
San Francisco Giants 1/2
Los Angeles Dodgers 3/2
Odds to win NL Cy Young, according to Bovada
Stephen Strasburg 2/3
Madison Bumgarner 11/2
Clayton Kershaw 15/2
Jake Arrieta 10/1
Johnny Cueto 10/1
David Amadio contributed to this report.