Ben returns to the podcast with Chad and Eric to discuss what may be the turnaround for the Giants' season. Sure, it's only a four-game winning streak, but they hadn't won more than two consecutive games all year. The pitching is settling in, and despite the injuries, the offense has shown some life over the last several days. Buster Freakin' Posey is showing how to put a team on his back, going on a homerun tear, catching a 17-inning game, and hitting a walk-off in said 17th. Cain has been somewhat of a "stopper," and although he many not quite be channeling 2012 Matt Cain, it's more than serviceable for a fifth starter. Span is hitting over .400 since coming off the DL and setting the table.
Now, they just need to start winning series and get back to .500, and we can talk about making the playoffs thereafter.
Being a Giants fan is tough right now. We've had it good over the last 7 years, but things are a-changing in 2017. The fact is, to get to 87 wins, a reasonable total to get the second wild card position, the Giants would have to play .591 ball the rest of the way, and only one team (Cubs) did that all of last year. Eric and Chad discuss this looming task, along with the poor performance of the team and players, aside from the likes of Posey, Panik and Arroyo.
If the Giants want to turn their season around, it needs to start now.
Willie returns to the podcast to chat with Eric and Chad about the Giants' historic poor start. We still believe it's too early in the season to panic, but there are legitimate concerns, but there are also bright spots like Matt Cain, Christian Arroyo, Michael Morse, Buster Posey and Joe Panik.
We thought they'd turn it around this week.
After a 2-4 week, the Giants sit in last place at 5-9, but we look at two seasons since 2000 when the Giants were worse (4-10) and both seasons they finished above .500. In 2000 they won 97 games and the west after starting 4-10.
Ok, so we're looking for silver linings here.
Eric and Chad discuss MadBum's winless start to the season, Cueto's 3-0 start, the bad luck, who's hot and who's not, if Cain should be skipped, Marrero's first MLB HR, Strickland and Gearrin haven't allowed a run, and well, anything else positive we can point towards.
3-5 is better than 1-5, 6, or 7, right?
That's the barrel the Giants were looking down two days ago when they were 1-5 before winning the last two to make the internet of Giants fans a little less dreary.
Eric and Chad open up our first regular season podcast of 2017 by discussing what went wrong (LF, bullpen), and what went right (Bum, Cueto, Moore, Panik, Crawford) over the first week of the season. Basically, the Giants have the worst left field offensive numbers by far, and their bullpen and pitching stats with a lead are cringe-worthy. Also, we hope Buster will be ok after getting drilled in the noggin.' And that little league bases-clearing double by Moore is a sight to behold.
Maybe next week will be better?
Besides the post-World Series victory podcasts, season previews are our favorite to record every year. Spring has sprung. Hope is effervescent. The Giants bullpen is...different.
Chad, Ben and Eric talk about that catastrophic meltdown by Melancon in the 9th in their opening day loss to the Diamondbacks, but also reason why there is hope.
Many of you responded to our query about how many games the Giants will win this year. Let's just say that many are out of the stratosphere, but would more than be appreciated. We also offer up our own predictions and break down what are crucial spots that may pivot the season in one direction or the other.
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Ben, Eric and Chad get together to talk about the first couple of weeks of spring training, including the record number of players in camp, the competition for scarce infield and outfield positions, the fifth starter, the new closer, and of course, Hunter Pence's freshly shorn face.
Matt Moore is about to embark on his first full season with the Giants. He had some incredible performances last year, which we talk about in this interview. There's no doubt he loves being in SF, he just wants to get over the bitter disappointment of last October.
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The Giants biggest acquisition of the offseason was new closer Mark Melancon. He has a lot of expectations and pressure, and he talks about it and a lot of sports science in this group interview at Media Day at AT&T Park.
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Hunter Pence almost always has a smile on his face, like he did during this interview at Media Day. He talks about his training, the World Baseball Classic, getting married, the disappointment of last year, and the excitement that Melancon brings to the team.
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