1. SF Giants: Bruce Bochy's Blind Spots Revealed in Padres Series Finale (Updated)

    OK. I've about lost my mind. Prior to the Giants ' series finale on Wednesday against the San Diego Padres , I was scratching my head at a couple of Bruce Bochy 's lineup decisions...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 719 reads 9 comments

  2. San Francisco Giants: 10 Biggest Scapegoats of 2011 Season

    It ain't over till the D-Backs clinch—their magic number as of Wednesday was 15—but the question must be asked: Who, or what, is most responsible for the San Francisco ...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 1,883 reads 8 comments

  3. San Francisco Giants: 4 (Hard) Truths Revealed from Diamondbacks Series

    However the NL West race ends, the Giants-Diamondbacks weekend series at AT&T Park was painfully revealing. Carlos Beltran's bat awoke with a vengeance. Cody Ross started getting hot...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 2,183 reads 26 comments

  4. San Francisco Giants: Character Shows Up in Friday's 6-2 Win over Diamondbacks

    One (very big one) down. Two (very big ones) to go. An unmistakable playoff feel filled AT&T Park Friday night in San Francisco's 6-2 win over Arizona in the first game of their NL West showdown series...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 430 reads 4 comments

  5. SF Giants Playoff Chase: 4 Trends in the NL West Entering the Home Stretch

    Can San Francisco catch Arizona? The Giants have six head-to-head shots at the Diamondbacks : three this weekend at AT&T, three more at Chase Field Sept. 23-25...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 404 reads 0 comments

  6. SF Giants Moves: 4 Implications of Dropping Rowand, Tejada, Adding Burrell, Pill

    Finally. Our long national—well, regional—nightmare has ended. Aaron Rowand and Miguel Tejada may still be getting paid, but as the SJ Mercury-News ' Andy Baggarly disclosed earlier today, we won't have 'em to kick around any more ...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 3,539 reads 4 comments

  7. SF Giants' Offensive Woes: 5 Players They Should Have Acquired or Kept

    What if after last year's improbable World Series triumph Brian Sabean had ignored the We're-The-Jolly-Good-Ship-Giant hyper-sentimentality, pursued a few key free agents and allowed ...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 841 reads 7 comments

  8. 4 Things San Francisco Giants Must Do to Catch Diamondbacks in Playoff Chase

    There's still time for the San Francisco Giants to win the NL West title. Yes. There. Is. Still. Time. Repeat that over a cold beverage, and catch my next piece in the morning. Seriously...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 2,233 reads 20 comments

  9. San Francisco Giants: Brian Sabean, Bruce Bochy Need to Knock Off the Excuses

    Thank you Andy Baggarly. On behalf of all who have wondered about San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy's curious season-long reliance on under-performing veterans, allow me ...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 785 reads 27 comments

  10. San Francisco Giants: 7 Most Important Players to Their Playoff Push

    Players dropping like flies. A four-game division lead evaporating into a two-game deficit in less than a month. And just over a month to go...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 1,120 reads 0 comments

  11. San Francisco Giants: Have We Hit Rock-Bottom Yet? 5 Clues (Updated)

    Yeeech. Losing three of four in Atlanta was disappointing. Losing a series to the hapless, last-place Houston Astros over the weekend was disappointing...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 1,289 reads 14 comments

  12. San Francisco Giants Carlos Beltran Trade: Bad Luck, Bad Idea

    The San Francisco Giants departed Philadelphia for Cincinnati on July 28 carrying a series victory, four-game NL West lead and newly-acquired Carlos Beltran with them...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 1,080 reads 19 comments

  13. San Francisco Giants: 5 Highest-Value Performers of 2011

    After dropping Monday's series opener in Atlanta and watching another starter go down to injury, you may not be in the mood to read anything cheery about the Giants. Dr...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 594 reads 3 comments

  14. San Francisco Giants: 4 More Questions for Bruce Bochy

    In late May, I posted a semi-facetious open letter to San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, questioning several lineup and personnel decisions...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 846 reads 10 comments

  15. San Francisco Giants: 4 (Not Quite Desperate) Measures Needed, Now

    Time for a deep breath, everyone. Make it two, even three deep breaths in, then out. (Whoa, there—I was talking about natural, mindful breathing—not aided by anything...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 216 reads 8 comments

  16. San Francisco Giants: 5 Lowest-Value 2011 Performers

    You'd figure San Francisco Giants GM Brian Sabean is too distracted plotting possible waiver-wire deals to assess his players' performance relative to their 2011 contracts. No sweat, that's what we're here for...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 4,857 reads 11 comments

  17. San Francisco Giants: 5 Reasons Nate Schierholtz Should Be Playing Every Day

    Recently I argued that the Giants face five obstacles as they seek to repeat as NL West champs. None of those roadblocks included the misuse of San Francisco Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 177 reads 15 comments

  18. San Francisco Giants: 5 Obstacles to Salvaging the Season

    Hey Giants fans, how about those trade-deadline deals? In 10 games with Carlos Beltran, the Giants are 2-8. They've scored an aggregate 23 runs—eight in one game, 15 in the other nine combined...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 1,192 reads 16 comments

  19. Would San Francisco Giants Have Dealt for Carlos Beltran If Posey Was Healthy?

    The answer, first: Yes. Emphatically, undeniably, unquestionably, yes. San Francisco Giants G.M. Brian Sabean would have needed a run producer like Beltran even if catcher Buster ...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 349 reads 5 comments

  20. San Francisco Giants: Why the Offense Is Still Big Concern After Trade Deadline

    What do the numbers 2 - 0 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 4 - 2 signify? Not this week's winning Lotto numbers. Not Mets GM Sandy Alderson's phone number (in case any of you wanted to thank him for surrendering Carlos Beltran)...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 201 reads 5 comments

  21. San Francisco Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies: What Did We Learn? (updated)

    The Giants ' acquisition of Carlos Beltran sucked most of the air out of this week's much-anticipated series between the Giants and Phillies ...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 1,249 reads 25 comments

  22. Carlos Beltran Trade: Great, but 4 Issues Still Linger for Giants

    Numerous media sources, including csnbayarea.com, are reporting that the Giants and New York Mets have agreed in principle to a deal that would bring Carlos Beltran to San Francisco...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 685 reads 6 comments

  23. SF Giants Trade Rumors: 4 Prospects They May Move to Upgrade the Offense

    Want to torture yourself? Scour the web for "San Francisco Giant trade rumors," then try making sense of it all. Take a target like the Mets ' Carlos Beltran. One day, Giants GM Brian Sabean has the inside track on bringing Beltran to San Francisco...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 4,353 reads 7 comments

  24. San Francisco Giants Trade Scenarios: 5 Implications of Standing Pat

    Will he, or won't he? In little over a week, we'll know if San Francisco Giants GM Brian Sabean pulled the trigger on a major trade-deadline deal (Jeff Keppinger is a nice pickup, but hardly "major")...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 1,594 reads 10 comments

  25. MLB Trade Rumors: 4 Reasons SF Giant Brian Wilson Is Wrong about Carlos Beltran

    Relax, everyone. No truth to the rumor that former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is advising San Francisco Giants G.M...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about over 3 years ago 1,145 reads 1 comments