Giants Update – Week of August 8th
Though the Dodgers have definitely shown that they're obviously not going
to just roll over, the Giants are hanging in there despite a bit of a rough patch, as they're still very much alive for both
the division title and for a wildcard berth. Yup, we're starting to get closer to the home stretch of the season and the Giants
are looking to claw their way up the standings, making each and every game an important one as they hope to get right back
to the postseason. As we all know, anything can happen with the game of baseball, and there is plenty of baseball left to
be played as the Giants look to take their game to the next level in the crucial part of their schedule.
also are looking to prove how resilient they're capable of being, which is integral if they want to catch the Dodgers and/or
hold off the Pirates and the Cardinals in the wildcard hunt. After losing a tough series to the Dodgers, the Giants were able
to avoid a series sweep against the Pirates before taking three out of four in New York against the Mets – a much needed
series win that helped to build their confidence. Though losing two to the Brewers didn't help any, the Giants still delivered
a loss to the Brewers' ace Yovani Gallardo and showed that they can hit anyone in the league if they start to click.
are also plenty of opportunities upcoming on the schedule. After a three-game set in Kansas City against the red-hot Royals,
it will be back home to face the White Sox and the Phillies before heading to Chicago to take on the Cubs. The Giants will
then have another challenge in D.C. against the Nationals, in a heated National League matchup between two prospective playoff
teams. With lots still left to happen in 2014, Bay Area baseball fans are once again glued to the Giants – something
that has become standard operating procedure in recent years.
Giants Update – Week of August 1
to get off to a good start coming out of the gates heading into the second half, the Giants were able to do exactly that when
they took the road to take on the Miami Marlins and then the Philadelphia Phillies. The Giants ended taking five of seven
on the road to push them all the way into first place in the division, though it didn't end up being for all that long –
this time. After the nice little winning streak, the Giants did end up having a rough series against the Dodgers, but the
Dodgers-Giants rivalry is only heating up this season as both teams take aim at the playoffs.
The Giants also got a
great feel for what they're made of in a recent series-capper against the Pirates. After getting swept by the Dodgers, the
Giants were again against the ropes and the Pirates were looking to finish them off for a series sweep. But the Giants rallied
behind their middle relief and bullpen in general to hold off the Pirates 7-5, taking advantage of a Pirates base-running
mistake to seal the deal. With the Giants avoiding the sweep, they get to take a deep breath and turn it around, which is
simply the nature of baseball played at the highest possible level.
After a home stand, the Giants will also have to
pull together on the road, as they have one of the most brutal road stints of the season, though that's also a great opportunity
to showcase to the rest of the National League what they're capable of. The Giants will head to Citi Field to take on the
Mets before playing the N.L. Central-leading Brewers and then on to take on the Royals in an intriguing interleague matchup.
Though the Giants have had a couple of downs to go with the mostly very strong season so far, there is still a lot of baseball
left to be played as the Giants look to solidify their grasp on a postseason berth.
Giants Update – Week
of July 25
Well, one of the ways to keep the Los Angeles Dodgers at bay is to come out of the All-Star break on fire,
which is exactly what the Giants have done. Winning two consecutive road series, the Giants are off and running in the second
half of the season, pushing themselves back into first place in the N.L. West and setting up what could be a classic divisional
race as both the Dodgers and Giants gun for the top of the division. Helping in a big way, to the surprise of exactly no one,
has been Madison Bumgarner, who put together two great outings already since the break to notch him his 11th and 12th wins
of the season.
During their recent streak, the Giants were also glad to see Tim Hudson notch yet another dominant start,
as the right-hander dished 7 1/3 strong innings against the Marlins, letting up just one earned run to give him his eighth
win of the season. And with Bumgarner and Hudson back on track, not to mention the electrifying return to form of Tim Lincecum,
the Giants once again are rounding into form and could be the team to beat in the entire National League.
the Giants will have to continually prove that throughout a bevy of crucial series in the second half. And one definitely
will test them as they host the Los Angeles Dodgers in a huge three-game series coming up, as the Dodgers look like they could
be neck-and-neck with the Giants all season long. After that, they'll stay at home to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates, another
team that is right in the heart of the playoff chase in the National League. But the Giants also see this home stand as a
huge opportunity to pad their lead and make their move in the N.L. West, making for some riveting baseball as the Giants look
to continue to add pressure to their southern California rivals.
Giants Update – Week of July 18
the Giants and the Dodgers going blow-for-blow at the top of the N.L. West, it simply doesn't get any better than this if
you love a good divisional race.The Giants had the division lead for most of the first half of the season, though it was the
Dodgers that took over and clung to a one-game lead heading into the All-Star break, where the Giants regrouped and will be
again taking aim at piling up the wins and reasserting themselves in the National League. Though it definitely won't be easy,
the Giants have the roster to not only make some noise in the division but to again challenge for a title, giving fans plenty
of reasons for optimism heading into what should be a riveting second half.
Of course, if games are anywhere near as
exciting as the last game of the first half, Giants' fans will be in for quite a treat. In a sensational game, Madison Bumgarner
and Buster Posey both hit grand slams to topple the Diamondbacks 8-4 and send them into the All-Star break on a high note.
For Bumgarner, not only did he notch his 10th win of the season but he became the first pitcher in nearly 50 years to hit
two grand slams in a season. With the hit, Bumgarner has already matched his career-high in hits with 11 and has doubled his
career-high in RBIs with 12, making him one of the most productive hitting pitchers in the league this season.
Giants will have some great opportunities to get rolling in the second half with some intriguing series right off the bat
(no pun intended). The Giants will hit the road to take on the Marlins and the Phillies for a seven-game road stretch before
returning to San Fran, where they'll take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in a crucial three-game set before hosting the Pittsburgh
Pirates to close out the month of July.
Giants Update – Week of July 11
With two All-Stars and a
team in the middle of a divisional race, the Giants have all the potential in the world this season, though the Dodgers have
definitely shown that it's not going to be easy. Though the Giants did, at one point, surge to the top of the division and
league, they've cooled off just a tad, bringing the Dodgers neck-and-neck for the top of the N.L. West. Leading the way in
their recent stretch has been Tim Lincecum, who has won each of his last three starts, which included a no-hitter against
the Padres, a dominating performance against the Cardinals and then another win against the Padres.
And with Lincecum
clearly heating up, the Giants know that they can beat anybody in a given series, setting up what should be an intense battle
for the divisional crown this season. Also helping in a big way has been Hunter Pence, who got selected to his third All-Star
game this season while leading the Giants in batting average. Pence has provided a major spark in the lineup and four other
hitters have knocked in at least 35 runs on the season, showing that they have one of the most balanced offensive attacks
in the league.
But the key to the first half success of the Giants has been All-Star snub Tim Hudson as well as Madison
Bumgarner. While Hudson just missed out on yet another All-Star appearance, Bumgarner was selected for his second Midsummer
Classic already in his bright career, putting together blistering months of May and June to reminding All-Star voters that
he's one of the best young pitchers in the league. Considering he's only 24 for another couple of weeks, Bumgarner doesn't
look like a young pitcher anymore, however, and he's on pace to have his best season from a wins standpoint. As the Giants
look to get their pitching staff back to firing on all cylinders in the second half of the season, Giants' fans will be glued
to the action as they look to once again make their move to the top of the N.L. West.
Giants Update – Week
of July 4
Maybe this is how it was always supposed to be: the Giants and the Dodgers, both going head-to-head for the
National League West. Though early on it seemed the Giants might just run away with the division, it looks like the Dodgers
aren't going to go quietly, setting up what could be an absolutely amazing divisional race from now through the rest of the
season. Even with their momentum slowed a little bit, the Giants still have fans excited about their chances once again this
year, mostly thanks to one of the deepest rosters in the league and an ability to win in a variety of different ways.
the Giants don't have anyone putting up MVP-caliber numbers in the lineup yet this season, fans also have been treated to
one of the most complete orders in the league. The Giants have four different batters who have driven in at least 36 runs
on the season (Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Crawford, Buster Posey and Michael Morse), showing that they have the type of balance
that will once again make them a very tough out if they make it back to the postseason.
But one of the biggest reasons
for optimism surrounding the Giants lately is because of Tim Lincecum, the two-time Cy Young winner who has been starting
to get into a little bit of a groove. Of course, it helps that Lincecum threw a no-hitter against the Padres recently, but
he also followed that performance up with eight scoreless innings in his next outing, against the Cardinals. Lincecum has
now won four out of his last five decisions and has been showing a return to form, giving the Giants yet another major weapon
in the heart of the rotation. With the Giants heading deeper into the regular season and looking to get back to having a nice
lead in the division, Giants' fans are excited as ever about their team as they look to stay right in the middle of the National
League playoff picture.
Giants Update – Week of June 27
The San Francisco Giants head closer to
the midway point of the regular season loaded with All-Stars playing at a very high level, ensuring that they'll be extremely
well-represented at this year's Midsummer Classic at Target Field in Minnesota. Not only is Buster Posey back in the running
as a catcher but the Giants also have viable pitching candidates in Tim Hudson and Madison Bumgarner, who have both been instrumental
in keeping the Giants atop the National League West. Bumgarner in particular is really starting to come on strong, winning
eight of his last nine decisions and dropping his ERA all the way down to 2.63 on the season.
And part of the reason
for the recent dip in ERA is because of his performance on June 22 against the Diamondbacks, as Bumgarner dominated Arizona
in Phoenix by going eight innings without letting up an earned run and allowing only two hits in total. Dating back to mid-May,
Bumgarner has also gone at least seven innings in six consecutive starts, giving the bullpen a major breather and consistently
putting the Giants in a position to win on a daily basis. With Bumgarner starting to come on and Tim Hudson continuing to
have a very impressive season, the Giants look like they're on their way to another divisional crown.
But the beautiful
thing about the San Francisco Giants' pitching rotation is that they also have an ace up their sleeve in the form of Tim Lincecum.
The two-time Cy Young winner has had a few struggles in recent seasons, but Lincecum has proven a few times this season that
he can still be as good as anyone once he gets rolling. On June 25, Lincecum no-hit the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park,
marking one of the most memorable moments in his entire career. Oddly enough, it was the second time that Lincecum no-hit
the Padres in less than a year, with the previous no-hitter taking place in San Diego.
Giants Update –
Week of June 20
A little losing streak is a great way to test the resolve of a ball club, and now the Giants get a
chance to prove they have what it takes to bounce back after a short-term slide. Though the Giants' season has been a great
one so far, with San Francisco's finest still at the top of the N.L. West, a few tough losses has given the Giants a need
to regroup and get back to their winning ways. But the great thing about the Giants is their overall depth, which tends to
go a long way in keeping losing streaks to a minimum. The Giants will also have some great opportunities to pad their lead
in the division with a string of upcoming divisional matchups.
While the Giants as a whole look to get back on track,
they would also love to get starting pitcher Tim Hudson onto another winning streak, as the sensational right-handed veteran
still has one of the best records in the league despite a recent loss to the Chicago White Sox. Through 14 starts this season,
Hudson actually has a lower ERA than any complete season he's ever had, putting him in position to wrap up the 2014 season
as the best year in his brilliant career. So far, the best season in Hudson's career came in 2003, when he went 16-7 for the
A's with a spectacular 2.70 ERA.
With Hudson looking to continue his unbelievable pitching and the Giants' bats looking
to come alive and get them back in the win column, there is still plenty of fanfare around the Bay Area – including
lots of talk about their chances at the World Series. A season of 162 games is bound to have a few challenges even for the
best teams in the league, and now the Giants have the opportunity to put a rough patch behind them and then reassert themselves
in the N.L. West.
Giants Update – Week of June 13
The Giants are still at it, pushing their division
lead to the point that the rest of the N.L. West – if not the entire league – is wondering whether San Fran is
simply going to run away with the title. With their pitching rotation clicking and their lineup putting together some clutch
hits on a regular basis, it seems that nobody wants a piece of the Giants right now, as they have far and away the top record
in the league and look like the early favorite to represent the National League in the World Series. Even after losing a series
to the Nationals, their first series loss since early May to the Pirates, the Giants are still in great shape as they look
to finish the first half of the season on a high note.
Unsurprisingly, a big factor in recent weeks has been Madison
Bumgarner, who has really put it together and upped his record to 8-4 in the process. Even in his only recent loss, against
the Nats on June 10, Bumgarner still pitched seven strong innings and let up just two earned runs, which usually is a win
instead of a loss. With Bumgarner coming on strong and the rest of the pitching staff during their part, Giants' fans have
never been more optimistic that they're going to end up taking some swings at a title by the end of the season.
Giants will have a chance to get back to their winning ways when they take on the Rockies during a nice divisional series,
then the Giants will head to the road to take on the White Sox and the Diamondbacks before coming home to take on the Padres.
With an offense that is in the top 10 in runs scored, partly thanks to the red hot bat of Michael Morse and Angel Pagan, and
a pitching staff that might just be the best in the league, things are looking up for the Giants in a big way in 2014.
Giants Update – Week of June 6
The wins just seem to keep on coming for the San Francisco Giants, one way
or another. After rolling through Minnesota, Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati, the Giants are solidifying themselves as the
team to beat in the N.L. West, opening a nice little lead that has the rest of the division wondering if they have a chance
at catching up. One of the nice moments of the season so far was when the Giants headed in to St. Louis and took three out
of four from the Cardinals, capping the series with an 8-0 shutout that notched Tim Hudson his sixth win of the season.
also has been very nice to see Madison Bumgarner really starting to turn it on, as the dominant left-hander kept it going
recently by cruising past the Reds in Cincinnati by pitching eight strong innings and letting up just one earned run. After
struggling a bit early in the season, Bumgarner moved his record to 8-3 after winning his sixth straight decision and lowering
his ERA down to 2.68. Now with some of the best numbers in the league, Bumgarner is giving the Giants a major boost in the
rotation as the Giants continue to put together arguably the best pitching staff in all of Major League Baseball.
Giants now get to settle in at home for a while as they look to continue their winning momentum. After a series against the
Mets, the Giants will host the Nats for a four-game set before playing the Rockies, giving them a chance to really push the
lead out as we move closer to the midway point of the season. Though Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum haven't quite pulled it all
together just yet, if they start showing some major signs as well, the N.L. West could be as good as over.
Update – Week of May 16
So far it's all working out for the Giants, as being in first place by mid-May is exactly
where many fans around the league expected them to be. With a lead of a couple games on the Rockies, the Giants are shown
the type of dominant pitching and timely hitting that has helped bring them home a couple of World Series titles in recent
seasons, making them the odds-on favorite to take home the National League West. With Troy Tulowitzki off to a white hot start
and leading the Rockies to some big wins and the Dodgers always lurking, the Giants will have their work cut out for them,
but they also have plenty of talent that definitely has no intention of going quietly.
And the Giants showed exactly
that during a recent road series against the Dodgers. Giants-Dodgers matchups are always highly anticipated, as they bring
together long-time California rivals, but this time around the Giants got the better of their divisional rivals. The Giants
ended up taking three of four from last year's division champs, with Lincecum, Bumgarner and Casilla all pulling out wins.
hasn't only been about the pitching, though, as Brandon Belt and Angel Pagan have shown that they can carry an offense for
stretches when they get going. Then there's always Buster Posey, who is starting to come on strong and had a recent stretch
in which he racked up at least two hits in five out of eight games. With Posey starting to get into a groove and the rest
of the talented lineup doing their part to back up the Giants' strong pitching staff, it's pretty clear that to win the N.L.
West you'll have to take on the Giants, making San Fran's schedule sure to be one of the most closely watched in the National
League the rest of the season.
Giants Update – Week of May 9
After winning 21 of their first 34
games to start the season, the Giants look like the team many fans knew them to be heading into the start of the season, with
both the pitching and the batting coming around and showing that the Giants have as well-rounded an attack as any other team
in the league. With big series wins against Indians, Braves (a sweep, on the road) and the Padres, the Giants seem to be firing
on all cylinders and find themselves locked in a battle with the Rockies right at the top of the N.L. West standings, a place
they've grown accustomed to over the years.
And a lot of it starts on the mound, which is also something that Giants'
fans are used to at this point. Tim Hudson has been nothing short of brilliant so far this season, keeping his ERA just below
2.00 through his first seven starts of the season and posting a very strong 4-2 record. Madison Bumgarner has, meanwhile,
taken a couple of tough losses, though he still also holds an ERA barely above 3.00 and fans know that it's only a matter
of time before he turns it on. Sergio Romo has also been an absolute rock at the end of the bullpen, tallying 10 saves and
two wins in his first 15 appearances of the season.
On offense, Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Angel Pagan have been
major spark plugs in an incredibly balanced attack, with Michael Morse also turning into a big-time run-producer by leading
the team with 24 RBIs in his first 34 games of the season. With a balanced attack both at the plate and on the mound, the
Giants definitely have the attention of the rest of the N.L. West as they look to continue their hot streak moving into highly
anticipated series against the Dodgers, the Braves, the Marlins and the Rockies.
Giants Update – Week of
It's hard to argue with success, and the Giants are showing some major signs of life in the early going
as they continue to beat up on the rest of the N.L. West. So far, the Giants have already brought down series wins against
the Dodgers both at home and on the road, and they also subdued the potent Rockies offense by winning two out of three from
them as well. Following some tough road games, however, the Giants find themselves right in the middle of the divisional standings
as they look to conclude the first month of the season on a high note and solidify themselves as major challengers in the
One of the obvious spark plugs, of course, has been the excellent pitching of Tim Hudson, who put together
quality starts in three of his first four outings and led the team in the early going with an ERA remaining below 2.50. Madison
Bumgarner is up to his usual tricks as well, leading the team in strikeouts and holding a respectable ERA barely above 3.00
through the first five outings of the season for the ace left-hander. But it hasn't only been about the starters, though,
as Jean Machi has been a menace to rallies coming out of the bullpen, winning four games to lead the team in the early going
and holding an ERA right around 1.00.
And now the Giants look to close out the first month with some big wins, and they'll
have plenty of opportunities to do exactly that. The Giants come back to the Bay Area for an interleague series against the
Indians and then they'll stay at home to take on the Padres, who took two out of three from the Giants just a couple weeks
before. With the Giants showing they have the balance to do some major damage this season, anything can happen from here.
Giants Update – Week of April 11th
After struggling to pull it all together in 2013, the Giants are back
at it in 2014, which means that they're carving up offenses on the regular (again) and are already looking to put some distance
between them and the rest of the competition in the N.L. West. For the Giants, they got going right away by winning three
out of four on the road against the Diamondbacks, winning a wild one on opening day and then winning the last two games of
the series to send them to 3-1 out of the gate. Of course, it helped that Tim Hudson immediately contributed with an absolute
gem on the mound and Jean Machi even won two games out of the bullpen in the very first series of the season. From there,
the Giants kept it going by winning two out of three against the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers, showing that they
clearly aren't going to be backing down anytime soon as they look to round into form and make a big move up the standings
But even though Madison Bumgarner has put together an early win and both Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum have
shown signs of dominance, the Giants are also proving that they aren't the light-hitting team that they have occasionally
been whispered to be. Not only did Brandon Belt bash five homers in his first 11 games of the season but Buster Posey, Michael
Morse, Angel Pagan and Brandon Crawford have all provided a major spark in the heart of the lineup, helping the Giants achieve
an early-season balance that few teams in the league can boast. Not to be left out, Bumgarner even hit a homer and drove in
five RBIs in his first three at-bats of the season while also improving to 2-0 in three starts. With stars all over the field,
the Giants seem to have a little bit of everything and look to be a thorn in the side of their divisional foes all season
2014 San Francisco Giants Schedule
One look at the schedule this season and you'll pretty much get
the idea, as the Giants have another season loaded with prominent matchups against talented teams, providing a steady stream
of thrills as they look to pile up the wins and once again be a major factor in the N.L. West. Not only do the Giants go up
against teams like the Padres and Rockies, they also come back home to take on the Cleveland Indians to start interleague
play, making for a great mix of games against division rivals and cross-league foes that the Giants don't often get to dig
in against. Once you're there watching the big game the way it was meant to be seen, you'll definitely understand loud and
clear what all the buzz is about.
Of course, no matter who else is on the schedule, the Giants always look forward to
any time that the Los Angeles Dodgers come into the Bay Area to take to the diamond at AT&T Park. The Dodgers were able
to win the National League West championship last season thanks to their incredible collection of talent, and the Giants will
be looking for revenge all season long. A few big wins against the Dodgers could go a long way into injecting this team with
the confidence that it needs to get back to the playoffs and make another run at a World Championship. Home or away, the Giants
have plenty of big-time matchups that provide a little something for everybody, and you never know when you're going to see
a jaw-dropping Giant win that has them shooting up the standings and you talking a long time after the final pitch.
San Francisco Giants Team Info
The San Francisco Giants play in the National League West division of Major League
Baseball, a division that also features the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies.
The Giants followed up their 2012 World Championship with a bit of a slumping season, compared to their standards, but now
they have another talented pitching roster led by Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain and a powerful lineup with Buster Posey
right in the middle of it. The Giants were unable to find their stride in 2013 and ended up finishing in third place in the
N.L. West and missing the playoffs, but now they have renewed aspirations in a promising season that is sure to have everyone
talking about their playoff chances all over the Bay Area once again this year.
The MLB Experience
you've never been to a Major League Baseball game in person, then you've been sorely missing out as a sports fan. The San
Francisco Giants are ready to take the field and face some of the best teams in baseball this season, and you can be there
to cheer them on from your very own seat in the stadium. Being there to see all the action unfold in person is an experience
that every baseball fan should strive to do on regular basis, and that's what the most loyal Giants fans around do each and
every season. Join them in the stands this year and see why so many people around the country head to their local stadiums
to see their favorite teams.
San Francisco Giants History
The San Francisco Giants franchise was formed
in 1883 as the New York Gothams. The team changed its name to the Giants in 1885 and eventually moved to San Francisco in
1958. At one point in time, when still in New York, the Giants were one of three different teams that called the city home.
The Giants have won an amazing 22 pennants over the course of their history, as well as seven World Series titles. But the
best part about the Giants history is that some of their very best seasons have gone down relatively recently. With World
Series titles in both 2010 and 2012, the Giants reminded everyone that it's pitching that wins in the postseason, and they
put together a string of brilliant pitching performances in both title runs and brought the hardware back to San Francisco
in dramatic fashion.
San Francisco Giants Trivia
Did you know that Willie Mays hit 660 total home runs?
though he wasn't in the live ball era, Mays had no problem taking pitchers out of the yard, as he did it an incredible 660
different times throughout his brilliant career. There's a reason why Mays still comes up all the time as one of the greatest
players to ever put on a uniform, as Mays was a terror in the batter's box, on the base paths and even in the outfield, where
he had some of the most memorable catches in Major League Baseball history. Add it all up and you get a legend who dominated
as much on the ball diamond as anyone else including legends like Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and more, solidifying him on the
Mount Rushmore of baseball icons whose legacy only seems to continue to grow.
Fans of Major League
Baseball are some of the most dedicated and passionate sports fans in the United States of America, and that's something you
will see for yourself when you head to AT&T Park to see the San Francisco Giants take on a worthy opponent. The crowd
is sure to be pumped up to see their beloved Giants play the game, and there's an electricity in the venue that is undeniable.
Be there amongst the most passionate Giants fans this season when you're favorite player makes a diving catch to save the
game, or be there to witness a towering home run that makes all the difference in a contest.
But the great part about
Major League Baseball is that seeing your favorite team on the road is also a great option, as watching your team hit the
diamond away from home can provide an entirely new perspective that every fan needs to see sooner or later. Come out and see
a great game on the road and you'll see that Giants' fans are as well-traveled as anybody, providing the perfect backdrop
for a big game no matter the venue.