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McCovey Chronicles Jul 28, 2016

Bullpen trust power rankings

Who gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling, and who makes you drink until you get a warm, fuzzy feeling? The bullpen! They’ve been mostly fine over the last several days, and proud we are of all of them. But that doesn’t mean that we won’t rank them for our amusement. This is the Internet, people. Lists are what we do. Who do we trust? Who do we not trust? The answer to that second one should be me, because Santiago Casilla horrifically blew a save after I ranked him quite highly in the last edition of this in May, but we’re talking about the Giants bullpen here and not me, so no one needs...

Giants notes: Hunter Pence's rehab hits a snag, bridging a gap between Santiago Casilla's "apologists" and "haters," etc.

SAN DIEGO – One day after walking off the field with a trainer and making an early exit from his first rehab game with Triple-A Sacramento, Hunter Pence is taking a break.   The Giants are backing off their rehabbing… Continue Reading → The post Giants notes: Hunter Pence's rehab hits a snag, bridging a gap between Santiago Casilla's "apologists" and "haters," etc. appeared first on Giants Extra.

Giants rally but Santiago Casilla stumbles in 10th inning, balks in winning run for Padres

SAN DIEGO – Two losses out of the All-Star break, and the Giants still own the best record in baseball. But their bullpen has stumbled away a late lead more often than any other.   The paradox continued, and their stumble… Continue Reading → The post Giants rally but Santiago Casilla stumbles in 10th inning, balks in winning run for Padres appeared first on Giants Extra.

Hunter Pence exits first rehab game early after aggravating hamstring

SAN DIEGO – Giants right fielder Hunter Pence made an early exit from his first rehab game with Triple-A Sacramento after apparently aggravating his injured right hamstring.   But Giants GM Bobby Evans said the club’s initial evaluation of Pence… Continue Reading → The post Hunter Pence exits first rehab game early after aggravating hamstring appeared first on Giants Extra.

Giants notes: Matt Cain's last rehab start isn't a breeze, Joe Panik to start minor league assignment Monday, etc.

Our blogs were down all day so I'm just now posting everything. Thanks for your patience. -AB SAN DIEGO – Nothing against the good folks in Lancaster, but Matt Cain hopes he never has to pitch there again.   “Not… Continue Reading → The post Giants notes: Matt Cain's last rehab start isn't a breeze, Joe Panik to start minor league assignment Monday, etc. appeared first on Giants Extra.
McCovey Chronicles Jul 17, 2016

Santiago Casilla balked in the winning run, and everything is awful

It would have been a lot less painful if the Giants had just lost 5-1, but Santiago Casilla had something special up his sleeve. The Armando Benitez game was just over nine years ago, and we didn’t miss it at all. After going ahead in extra innings on May 29, 2007, the Giants turned the ball over to their embattled closer, and he couldn’t hold the lead. The lead wriggled out of his hands and crawled up his nose, heading straight to his brain stem and chewing on it. There were balks involved. I spent the night digging through my Peanuts books to find this and scan it in: ...

Giants collapse, lose on Casilla’s 10th-inning balk

Closer Santiago Casilla surrendered two 10th-inning runs, and the Giants fell to the Padres 7-6 Saturday night, giving them their second straight loss since the All-Star break and first losing streak in July. Casilla gave up three straight singles to Alex Dickerson, Derek Norris and Adam Rosales, whose grounder through a drawn-in infield tied the score. Samardzija surrendered two home runs, his staff-leading 16th and 17th, but the Giants rallied to overcome a three-run deficit. Down 5-2, the Giants rallied to tie the game with a pair of sixth-inning homers. With the score 5-5, Albert...
McCovey Chronicles Jul 7, 2016

The Giants would have to empty the farm completely for elite relievers who might not exist

If the Yankees aren't trading Andrew Miller, there aren't a lot of options for premium bullpen arms left. Expect the Giants to think small. Pretend you’re a fan of another team, one that’s contending. Pretend that the Giants don’t have the best record in baseball. That they have the worst, actually. So you’re being a dutiful fan, scouring their roster and looking for things to scavenge, and you’re turning your attention to the bullpen. Hrm. Santiago Casilla has a solid ERA and a career-best strikeout rate. Bet they’re going to want a lot for him. Yes, looking from the outside...

Should Giants deal for relief help? Perspective on a struggling bullpen

Let's start by saying there is no way to sugarcoat a league-leading 18 blown saves, or a 42 percent blown-save rate that ranks 14th of 15 teams. A blown save occurs anytime a reliever gives up a lead from the sixth inning on. Eighteen blown saves does not mean the the bullpen has cost the Giants 18 wins. The Giants have won half of the 16 games that included at least one blown save. Santiago Casilla got one against the Dodgers when Kelby Tomlinson booted a potential game-ending double-play ball in the rain. Javier Lopez got a blown save when the Red Sox's David Ortiz hit a bouncer to...

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