1. San Francisco Giants: How Long Will Shortstop Brandon Crawford Last?

    In Bruce Bochy's world, young players are typically given about 10 seconds and a few at-bats to prove themselves before getting sucked into a pinch-hitting/defensive replacement/Fresno vortex...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about over 2 years ago 5,519 reads 28 comments

  2. San Francisco Giants: Could Madison Bumgarner Be the Giants' New Ace?

    Who is the best pitcher in San Francisco? The answer may soon be young Madison Bumgarner . The third wheel to baseball's best young rotation rose quietly through the ranks in 2011, ...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about over 2 years ago 4,242 reads 19 comments

  3. 10 San Francisco Giants with the Most to Lose This Spring Training

    With only 19 days until the official start of Spring Training for the San Francisco Giants , fans are ready to put the offseason behind them. The dawn of spring will surely erase the toxic memories of 2011...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about over 2 years ago 3,888 reads 16 comments

  4. San Francisco Giants: Recapping Giants' New Acquisitions

    It was an exciting offseason for Giants' fans. Giants ' fans that are also 49ers fans—that is. The baseball front was slow. Small splashes and a few ripples. This isn't necessarily a bad thing...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about over 2 years ago 3,017 reads 1 comments

  5. MLB Preview: The Future Is Bright for These 5 MLB Franchises

    When you throw out the perpetual elite like the Yankees and Red Sox, Major League Baseball goes through constantly changing cycles of "haves" and "have nots...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about over 2 years ago 2,229 reads 26 comments

  6. San Francisco Giants: 5 Creative Ways Bruce Bochy Can Produce Runs in 2012

    In Moneyball , Johah Hill's Peter Brand character tells Billy Beane that in order to win games, a team needs to buy runs...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about over 2 years ago 1,999 reads 15 comments

  7. San Francisco Giants: Will Every Player Be Better or Worse in 2012?

    At this point in the offseason, the hope and optimism of the free agent season give way to the dog days of January, where the only roster moves concern the Double A backup catcher and who's going to keep the pitch count out in the bullpen...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about over 2 years ago 4,126 reads 23 comments

  8. NL West: Which Team Has the Scariest Middle of the Order?

    It's a great feeling as a fan when your team is coming up to bat and the little "Due Up" box flashes the three-four-five hitters. "Oh Yeah! The big boys are coming up," you say to yourself, with dreams of a big inning flashing across your mind...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about over 2 years ago 1,651 reads 8 comments

  9. San Francisco Giants: 15 Greatest Relief Pitchers in Team History

    It is difficult to compare relief pitchers across generations. The position has evolved from the days when Cy Young threw nine complete games a week...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about over 2 years ago 5,062 reads 10 comments

  10. San Francisco Giants: 5 Reasons Giants Pitching Staff Is Still Best in the NL

    The San Francisco Giants have a below average offense. Nevertheless, they will enter 2012 as one of a handful of teams with a legitimate shot at winning the World Series. If this was algebra, you would be asked to solve for x...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about over 2 years ago 1,476 reads 0 comments

  11. MLB Free Agency: Should the San Francisco Giants Sign Roy Oswalt?

    They say AT&T is a pitcher's park. This is why Nate Schierholtz and Manny Burris choose to slap grounders through the infield instead of trying to get the ball in the air. Why even try? It's also why Eugenio Velez and Lance Niekro never panned out...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about over 2 years ago 1,230 reads 4 comments

  12. San Francisco Giants: 5 Most Glaring Holes on the Team's Roster

    The 2012 Giants will be a good team. 85 percent of baseball would switch rosters with them right now. The pitching staff is historically good. The lineup is anchored by two (maybe three) young homegrown stars...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about over 2 years ago 2,473 reads 0 comments

  13. Ranking NL West Pitching Staffs: Have the Diamondbacks Surpassed the Giants?

    The pitching in the National League West has been dominant. There's an embarrassment of riches out West when it comes to young aces. Lincecum, Kershaw, Kennedy, Cain, and that only scratches the surface...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about over 2 years ago 1,455 reads 18 comments

  14. Barry Zito and the 10 Least Beloved San Francisco Giants Players Ever

    San Francisco Giants fans are a pretty relaxed bunch. We don't hate our crosstown rivals, or really any of our rivals except the Los Angeles Dodgers , but even that hatred was inherited from the New York days...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about over 2 years ago 6,853 reads 32 comments

  15. MLB Free Agency: Why the Odds Are Stacked Against Pujols' and Angels' Success

    Every off-season, teams sling piles of cash at "elite" players with dreams of banners swirling in their heads. For fans, the sticker shock is immediately overwhelmed by the fact that a celebrity is coming to town...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about over 2 years ago 163 reads 0 comments

  16. San Francisco Giants' Top 7 Winter Ball Performers

    Every autumn, when the pennant race is over, most ballplayers head home to rest up, watch football and eat turkey...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about over 2 years ago 2,814 reads 8 comments

  17. Lincecum, Cain, Bumgarner: Who Is Most Expendable for San Francisco Giants?

    It's like choosing which of your children is most expendable. Nobody wants to ask the question, and for sure nobody wants to answer it...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about almost 3 years ago 2,231 reads 26 comments

  18. SF Giants Trade Options: 5 Deals for a Bat If They Don't Sign Reyes, Fielder

    The San Francisco Giants are in win-now mode. Or at least they should be. If Brian Sabean doesn't know, someone should tell him. The championship window gets smaller with every one of Tim Lincecum's 200-inning efforts...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about almost 3 years ago 4,646 reads 22 comments

  19. Pac-12: Sorting out Tiebreaker Scenarios in the Pac-12 South

    The Pac-12 South division has been less than impressive this season. With USC still ineligible for the postseason, the mediocre have risen...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about almost 3 years ago 2,789 reads 2 comments

  20. NY Yankees: Will an Extra Wild Card Re-Ignite the Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry?

    When I heard the Houston Astros would be taking their perennial mediocrity show to the American League next season, I felt awkward—kind of like when a grandparent gets re-married...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about almost 3 years ago 1,587 reads 12 comments

  21. San Francisco Giants: 5 Things to Keep Giants Fans Warm This Winter

    Sometimes as fans we involve ourselves too much in the process. Maybe it’s the Internet; maybe it's fantasy baseball; but either way, it's becoming harder to just sit back and enjoy our pastime...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about almost 3 years ago 1,369 reads 11 comments

  22. MLB Awards: 5 Rookies of the Year Who Disappointed

    The Rookie of the Year award represents the climax of years of prospect-gazing by baseball fortune tellers everywhere. We picture high school kids in major league uniforms...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about almost 3 years ago 252 reads 8 comments

  23. BCS Championship Game: Why an LSU-Alabama Rematch Is Not OK

    Alabama and LSU may be the two best teams in the country. Similar to how the Yankees and Red Sox have been the two best teams in baseball. Similar to how the Bulls and the Spurs were the two best teams in the NBA...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about almost 3 years ago 456 reads 1 comments

  24. SF Giants: Top 5 Free Agent Signings Ever

    The Giants can't figure out free agency. The problem predates Brian Sabean. It's older than AT&T Park. To their credit, the Giants have built adequate rosters through trades and the draft...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about almost 3 years ago 180 reads 5 comments

  25. Popularity Contest: Why Baseball Fans Care About World Series TV Ratings

    A Cardinals -Rangers matchup for the 2011 World Series elicited the following sarcastic statement more than once: "I bet the networks are going to love this...

    Matt  David Written by Matt David about almost 3 years ago 657 reads 0 comments