Heavy Postseason Workload Raises Concerns About Madison Bumgarner’s 2015

Madison Bumgarner’s 2014 postseason performance is one that will be talked about for decades. It was flat out legendary. In all, Bumgarner threw 52.2 innings in the playoffs and surrendered just five earned runs. He basically won the World Series all by himself, allowing just one run in two starts and a five-inning, Series-sealing relief appearance. Rarely these days does more »

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Oakland Athletics: Paging Barry Zito

Suddenly, the Oakland Athletics starting rotation is looking incredibly dicey. A.J. Griffin has been shutdown for three weeks as he deals with an “ailing right elbow.” Jarrod Parker’s entire 2014 season has been wiped out, as the right-hander will require Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career. Even Scott Kazmir is struggling with triceps tightness, although it’s more »

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Requiem For a Zito

It seems like only yesterday that my radio alarm clock woke me up with the somewhat startling news that Barry Zito had signed a seven-year, $126 million deal with the Giants. If I remember correctly, back then it was sort of assumed that Zito would sign with the Yankees or Red Sox or Mets, or some other team with money more »

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Five Keys For the Giants to Save Their Season

For the San Francisco Giants, the first half of 2013 didn’t exactly go as planned. Not even close. After a strong first month, the Giants sputtered through a miserable, sloppy, injury-laden June and July and entered the second half with a 43-51 record. Instead of gearing up for a repeat championship, the Giants have gone in the opposite direction and more »

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Giants Road Woes Continue in 12-8 Loss to Pirates

The Giants struggles away from AT&T Park continued Wednesday night, as the Pirates battered Barry Zito and the Giants bullpen to the tune of 12 runs and 18 hits. Zito alone allowed eight runs and 11 hits in four and two thirds innings. Despite injuries to several Giants’ hitters, the offense managed eight runs and 15 hits on their own, more »

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Pagan’s Game-Winning, Inside-The-Park Home Run Gives Giants Extra Inning Victory

The Giants snapped their four-game losing streak to the Colorado Rockies in dramatic fashion Saturday afternoon, as center fielder Angel Pagan hit a game-winning, inside-the-park home run in the tenth inning to give the team a 6-5 victory. It was the Giants’ fourteenth come-from-behind win of the season and it pushed the Giants’ record to 27-22. With the Giants down more »

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