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Breaking: Potters Leave GWL

By Chandler Guadagnin

On Wednesday afternoon, the Lincoln Potters announced that the club is leaving the Great West League for the California Collegiate League in 2019.

Lincoln has spent the past two seasons as part of the GWL, compiling an overall record of 72-46. In each campaign, they made it to the post season, posting a record of 2-4.

A 2018, that saw them set a mark of 35-25 (2nd in GWL), culminated in a Championship Series sweep at the hands of the Chico Heat. This is not the first time that a team has left the Great West League.

Following the 2016 season, both the Lodi Crushers and Sacramento Stealth ended their tenure in the league. They were replaced by the Lincoln Potters and Yuba City Bears. At the conclusion of 2017, both of the Portland Pickles and Yuba City Bears bid farewell. Before the Summer of 2018, Yuba City and Portland were replaced by the Klamath Falls Gems and San Francisco Seals.

Teams are not the only thing that have changed from year-to-year, since the league’s inauguration in 2016. The league has made changes to the playoff format each year. In 2016, only the top two teams advanced to the postseason; which, consisted of a best of 3 championship. The next year, the playoffs expanded to 4 teams and 2 rounds. This season, the regular season division winner, received a bye straight to the Championship Series. The second and third teams in the standings, matched up in a best of 3 semifinal set. That was later reduced to a one game winner-take-all semi.

The Great West League needs to get consistent soon, or the league will evaporate completely.

Source: www.lincolnpotters.com

Statistics courtesy of www.pointstreak.com

 

2018 MLB Playoff Schedule

By Chandler Guadagnin

With the Major League Baseball playoffs soon approaching. Here is a visual breakdown of the schedule:

*If necessary

AL Wild Card

Athletics 2 FINAL 7 Yankees
NYY TO ALDS

The AL Wild Card Game can be seen on TBS

NL Wild Card

Rockies 2 FINAL/13 1 Cubs
COL TO NLDS

The NL Wild Card Game can be seen on ESPN

AL Division Series

Game 1 Indians 2 FINAL 7 Astros
0-1 1-0
Game 2 Indians 1 FINAL 3 Astros
0-2 2-0
Game 3 Indians 2 FINAL 11 Astros
HOU TO ALCS

 

Game 1 Yankees 4 FINAL 5 Red Sox
0-1 1-0
Game 2 Yankees 10 FINAL 2 Red Sox
1-1 1-1
Game 3 Yankees 1 FINAL 16 Red Sox
1-2 2-1
Game 4 Yankees 3 FINAL 4 Red Sox
BOS TO ALCS

The ALDS can be seen on TBS


National League Division Series

Game 1 Braves 0 FINAL 6 Dodgers
0-1 1-0
Game 2 Braves 0 FINAL 3 Dodgers
0-2 2-0
Game 3 Braves 6 FINAL 5 Dodgers
1-2 2-1
Game 4 Braves 2 FINAL 6 Dodgers
LAD TO NLCS

 

 

Game 1 Rockies 2 FINAL/10 3 Brewers
0-1 1-0
Game 2 Rockies 0 FINAL 4 Brewers
0-2 2-0
Game 3 Rockies 0 FINAL 6 Brewers
MIL TO NLCS

Games 1-3 of NLDS can be seen on FS1 or MLBN.

Games 4 and 5 of NLDS can be seen on FS1.

AL Championship Series: Best of 7

Game 1 Astros AT Red Sox Oct 13
RHP Verlander TIED 0-0 LHP Sale
Game 2 Astros AT Red Sox Oct 14
Game 3 Red Sox AT Astros Oct 16
Game 4 Red Sox AT Astros Oct 17
*Game 5 Red Sox AT Astros Oct 18
*Game 6 Astros AT Red Sox Oct 20
*Game 7 Astros AT Red Sox Oct 21

The ALCS can be seen on TBS

NL Championship Series: Best of 7

Game 1 Dodgers 5 FINAL 6 Brewers
LEADS 1-0
Game 2 Dodgers AT Brewers Oct 13
LHP Ryu LEADS 1-0 LHP Miley
Game 3 Brewers AT Dodgers Oct 15
Game 4 Brewers AT Dodgers Oct 16
*Game 5 Brewers AT Dodgers Oct 17
*Game 6 Dodgers AT Brewers Oct 19
*Game 7 Dodgers AT Brewers Oct 20

The NLCS can be seen on FOX or FS1

World Series: Best of 7

Game 1 NL AT AL Oct 23
Game 2 NL AT AL Oct 24
Game 3 AL AT NL Oct 26
Game 4 AL AT NL Oct 27
*Game 5 AL AT NL Oct 28
*Game 6 NL AT AL Oct 30
*Game 7 NL AT AL Oct 31

The 2018 World Series can be seen on FOX.

This article will be updated as the postseason unfolds, up to the World Series. Scores are updated every 3 innings.

The schedule can also be viewed on www.mlb.com

Jimmy G done for the year; Giants revamp front office firing Evans

 

(AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo’s addition last season immediately turned around the fortunes of the San Francisco 49ers. Now the 49ers will have to go back to life before Garoppolo for the rest of the season.

The Niners announced Monday that Garoppolo tore the ACL in his left knee while making a cut late in a loss at Kansas City, sidelining him for the rest of the season.

“It is very unfortunate,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “I’m not going to sugarcoat it. It was hard waking up today. We were down and disappointed about it because we were looking forward a lot to playing with Jimmy this year and going through the good and the bad knowing that he’d benefit from all of it. Now we don’t get to do it. I know Jimmy is really down about it and so are we but it’s still going to be all right.”

The injury deals a serious blow to the 49ers (1-2), who had planned their rebuild around Garoppolo and now must turn again to C.J. Beathard at quarterback.

Garoppolo will undergo surgery in the next week or two after the swelling goes down and should be ready to play again next season. The 49ers are planning to promote Nick Mullens from the practice squad and also will bring several veterans in for tryouts this week, including Tom Savage, Kellen Clemens, possibly T.J. Yates and Matt Moore.

One quarterback who won’t be brought in is former 49ers starter Colin Kaepernick, who opted out of his contract with San Francisco in March 2017 after Shanahan decided he wanted to go with a style of offense that didn’t fit Kaepernick’s game.

“That’s what I said last year and it’s the same situation now,” Shanahan said. “I always look into what style of offense I want to do and what style of offense we’ve been doing the last two years.”

The Niners struggled with Beathard and Brian Hoyer last season before the midseason addition of Garoppolo changed their fortunes. San Francisco won the final five games last year after Garoppolo took over as starter and the team rewarded him with a $137.5 million, five-year contract.

The 49ers will have to wait another year to earn dividends on that investment. Garoppolo got hurt in the fourth quarter of a 38-27 loss Sunday when he was scrambling toward the sideline and decided to cut up field instead of going out of bounds.

Garoppolo’s left knee buckled just before Kansas City cornerback Steven Nelson delivered a big hit, ending what was supposed to be his first full season as a starter after just three games.

Shanahan said the play should serve as a reminder to quarterbacks about the importance of protecting their bodies.

“That’s something that Jimmy will probably look at differently going forward because now he’ll remember this the rest of his life,” Shanahan said. “Nothing against him. This happens with everyone. You see it every Sunday. It’s a reminder for everyone why it’s an obvious coaching point.”

Expectations were high in San Francisco this season that the team could end a four-year playoff drought after Garoppolo had a full offseason to immerse himself in Shanahan’s offense. But with Garoppolo and new running back Jerick McKinnon both knocked out for the season with torn ACLs in September, those high hopes have been put on hold.

Garoppolo had completed 59.6 percent of his passes with five TDs, three interceptions and an average of 8.1 yards per attempt for a 90 passer rating. While he hasn’t been quite as efficient as he was late last year after being acquired at the trade deadline from New England for a second-round pick, the Niners offense has been far more potent than it was before he took over as quarterback.

Beathard started five games as a rookie last year, completing 54.9 percent of his passes with four touchdowns, six interceptions, 19 sacks, 6.4 yards per attempt and a 69.2 passer rating that was second lowest in the NFL.

Beathard threw a touchdown pass to George Kittle on his first snap Sunday only to have it negated by a penalty and wasn’t in for any other plays in the game.

“I have a lot of confidence in C.J.,” Shanahan said. “I think C.J. got a lot of experience last year. We liked him a lot coming out of college. … He got thrown into as tough a situation as I could imagine a rookie quarterback being thrown in and the guy didn’t blink.”

NOTES: CB Richard Sherman will miss a couple of weeks with a strained left calf. … RB Matt Breida hyperextended his knee and is questionable this week. … RG Mike Person will be questionable with a sprained knee.

(AP) — Bobby Evans was fired Monday as the San Francisco Giants’ general manager.

The team said Evans will be reassigned, with responsibilities to be determined.

The move came as the Giants began the final week of the season at 72-84, their second straight losing record.

“I made the decision, really,” CEO Larry Baer said. “At this point, we needed to take a fresh approach to baseball operations.”

The club will start a search for a new head of baseball operations.

“We’re looking for someone that sort of is the ‘next gen’ general manager, if you will,” Baer said.

“People will say ‘new school versus old school,’ people will say ‘analytics versus scouting,’ and I think that the new, next-generation general manager is able to do both, and will bring both to the mix.”

Evans was hired by the Giants in 1994, became vice president of baseball operations in 2009 under general manager Brian Sabean and was promoted to GM in April 2015 when Sabean became executive vice president of baseball operations.

“He’s a big part of our family tree,” Sabean said. “I came into the organization in ’93 and I believe Bobby shortly thereafter in ’94. We’ve not only grown together in endeavors professionally with the Giants, we’ve grown together as people and it’s a big part of your lifetime.”

The Giants won World Series championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014. They made the playoffs again in 2016, but are 166-224 since taking a major league-best 57-33 record into the All-Star break that year.

Baer said the team is open to female candidates.

“Sure,” he responded. “I haven’t considered anybody yet, since we’re just making this announcement now, but we would consider, of course, females.”

Baer deflected the notion that the Giants were blaming Evans for their recent struggles.

“Brian Sabean and Bobby Evans at the helm over 26 years, I would match their record with pretty much anybody in the sport and even beyond the sport,” Baer said. “So when we start talking about blame and start talking about that kind of thing, I mean I understand the question . you want to blame the last year and this year to some extent, but I don’t step back and think of this in terms of blame, I think of this in terms of it’s been an incredible run, an incredible journey, but it is time now to create the next — to create the blueprint of the future.”

 

Official: Cutch to Yankees

By Chandler Guadagnin

According to Buster Onley of ESPN, the Giants have dealt Andrew McCutchen to the New York Yankees, in exchange for two prospects. This season McCutchen hit .255 with 15 home runs, 55 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. Cutch led San Francisco in both home runs and stolen bases.

Update: The Giants have announced that they have received INF Abiatal Avelino and RHP Juan De Paula.

Avelino, New York’s 23rd ranked prospect, split time between Double and Triple-A. In 122 games, Avelino hit .287 with 36 extra-base hits (15 home runs) and 25 stolen bases.

In 10 appearances (9 starts) with short-season Staten Island, De Paula (ranked 26th) threw to the tune of a 1.71 ERA; posting a 2-2 record.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com and www.knbr.com

Sandoval Out For Season

By Chandler Guadagnin

A day after the Giants’ Johnny Cueto, underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery; the club announced yesterday that backup infielder, Pablo Sandoval, will be out for the remainder of the season with a torn right hamstring.

Sandoval’s injury, at first thought not to be very serious, occurred on Wednesday evening when he slid home.

San Francisco has yet to make a corresponding move. It is probable that the Giants will rely on utility man, Alen Hanson, to back up Longoria as needed.

The estimated timetable for an injury of this magnitude is two months.

Cueto Headed For Tommy John

By Chandler Guadagnin

The San Francisco Giants announced, Wednesday afternoon, that right handed pitcher and ace, Johnny Cueto, will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery on Thursday; thus, ending his season.

In recent weeks, it has become clear that Cueto would likely undergo the operation. Cueto even admitted, earlier this week, that he was feeling pain with every pitch. Earlier this season, Cueto received an MRI, which revealed a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow.

As others have done, the righty, attempted to pitch through the injury and have it repaired in the offseason. Ultimately, this attempt proved unsuccessful. The recovery for this surgery, takes approximately a year to get back to 100%. Accordingly, Cueto will miss the remainder of the 2018 season and the majority, if not all, of the 2019 campaign. Assuming Cueto returns in 2019, he will have approximately two and a half years left on his current contract.

In 9 starts this season, the 11 year veteran, has posted a 3-2 record, while accumulating a 3.23 ERA.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

Resolved: Technical Difficulties With Chico Heat Baseball Broadcast

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties. At this time we are unable to bring you the Chico Heat Baseball broadcast on 101.7FM. However, you can still listen on the KPAY Sports App and here, on kpaysports.com. We continue to work on the issue and apologize for the inconvenience. We will continue to update this article with any new information. Thank you for your understanding.

At this time, the Chico Heat lead the Medford Rogues 3-0 in the bottom of the 4th.

8PM UpdateThere are currently no new developments.

8:27PM Update: All technical difficulties have been resolved and we are back on 101.7FM The Edge! Thank you for your patience

Giants Season Off To Abysmal Start

By Chandler Guadagnin

Although it is early, there is no getting around it: the Giants are off to an abysmal start in 2018. Even with the win tonight, San Francisco is three games under .500 (7-10). Analysts and fans, alike, are beginning to wonder if this season is just a revamped repeat of 2017. In the first 17 games of 2017, San Francisco was 6 and 11; one game worse than the current pace.  The primary concern for the Giants heading into the season was the age of the roster.

Before the season even began, analysts, statisticians and talk show hosts weren’t talking about the new talent on the roster, but instead were preoccupied with the several elder statesman of the club. While it is true that age is directly connected to a decline in production and the Giants are the oldest club in the Major Leagues (29.9); I did some digging and here is what I found: the second oldest club in Major League Baseball is the Washington Nationals. The average age of there roster is 29.3, just 0.6 years younger than the Giants. Yet somehow, by most estimates, Washington is projected to win the National League East by a hefty margin this season. So what is the difference? Likely it is that the Nats have made the postseason two straight years, and four times since 2012. San Francisco has made the postseason four times in 8 years. The speculation is also a result of the Giants’ horrific 2017 campaign; still fresh in the minds of so many. The main point of this one paragraph monologue, is that, though San Francisco is currently struggling, the Giants can indeed compete, even with an aging roster. That is the positive note. Here is what they need to improve to accomplish the feat.

Offensive production has been the main stumbling block of the Giants. Through 17 contests, San Francisco is hitting .234 as a team (9th in the National League). However, batting average is not the root of the issue. The true struggle, has been coming up with hits with runners in scoring position. The Orange and Black are a bulimic 19 for 120 with runners in scoring position (.158).  An illustration of this dismal scoring slump is that the Giants have been shutout 3 times in the early going. As is often the case, however, the lack of offense is not the sole reason for the Giants early dive.

The bullpen has had its part to play. Over 55.2 total innings pitched, the Giants bullpen has accumulated a 2.91 ERA. In these 53 total appearances, the Giants have surrendered 44 hits (6 for home runs), dished out 60 strikeouts and issued 25 walks as a unit. Like batting average, the ERA does not tell the whole story. What does is that most of the hits and walks are coming in the crucial moments of games. The ‘pen’s struggles coupled with the absence of timely hits has resulted in a minus 9 run differential; as the Giants have been outscored 59 to 50. What they have failed to do at the plate, they have made up for with the glove.

In 1,386 defensive innings, San Francisco has made only 9 errors, for a fielding percentage of .986, ranking them  10th in Major League Baseball. While it is nearly impossible to quantify Gold Glove caliber plays, it is safe to say that numerous sterling plays from the Giants five Gold Glove defenders, have played a starring role in the club’s defensive success.

If only the Giants could combine their Gold Glove defense with offense, it could change the tempo of the season. With 145 games remaining on the regular season resumé, there is still plenty of time to improve. However, two things are for certain: the Giants must improve, if they have any desire to compete for a playoff spot and, I will be more than happy if, 145 games from now, I can look back on this article and realize what an overreaction it was.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com and www.baseball-reference.com

McCutchen Hero as Giants Walk-Off Dodgers

By Chandler Guadagnin

Whatever rest the Giants may have accrued during their two days off came in handy Saturday afternoon.

A day after, rain shortened a series between the Giants and Dodgers, the Giants took the field for Game one of the two game series. The Giants sent Chris Stratton to the mound. He was opposed by Dodger lefty Rich Hill.

To say that this game was interesting would be an understatement. San Francisco would score first on a 1st inning RBI Double by Andrew McCutchen. That would be the only scoring until Chris Taylor singled in the first Dodger run in the 3rd. The bottom of the fifth saw two runs score for the Giants on a Buster Posey home run- his first of the year. The Dodgers would tie it an inning later via a passed and RBI groundout. The Giants answered immediately, with an RBI double from Brandon Belt in the 7th. That lead would last just 4 pitches, as on the fifth pitch of the at-bat in the bottom of the 7th, Chase Utley would take a 2-2 pitch over the right field wall to tie the game at four a piece.

Neither the Giants nor the Dodgers would score for 7 more innings. The first run of extra innings came when, with runners on first and third and nobody out-in the 14th inning, Logan Foresythe would single to put the Dodgers on top 5-4. San Francisco would tightrope out of further danger and come up to the plate in a win or go home scenario.

The last remaining pitcher from the LA bullpen was, rookie, Wilmer Font. Font would not record an out in this appearance, as he gave up back to back singles to Tomlinson and Panik. That brought up a red hot Andrew McCutchen. With nobody out and runners on first and third, Cutch got a pitch to his liking and sent it over the wall, sending the Giants faithful into a frenzy and giving the Giants their third win of the season against the Dodgers.

After his walk-off, McCutchen finished the game 6 for 7, tallying four RBIs and scoring twice.

All told, in this fourteen inning marathon, which lasted five hours and 16 minutes, there were a total of 45 players who saw action, five lead changes, 3 ties, 29 hits,  and 19 pitchers used. The two teams were a combined 4 for 30 with runners in scoring position, including a total of 26 men left on base.

With the victory, San Francisco rises to 4 and 3 and the Dodgers descend to 2-6 with the loss. The Giants will turn around and finish this short 2 game fling with the Dodgers tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05PM PT. Ty Blach will toe the rubber for the Giants, while Clayton Kershaw will pitch for Los Angeles. You can catch the series finale on CSN Bay Area or listen in on KNBR 680 AM.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

A’s win series opener versus Texas….

(AP) — The Oakland Athletics got more than they expected in Andrew Triggs’ first start since suffering a season-ending hip injury last June. The bullpen was pretty good, too.Triggs pitched five effective innings, Jed Lowrie hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh, and the A’s beat Texas 3-1 on Monday night, spoiling the Rangers debut of Bartolo Colon.

“At some point in time it’s going to be tough to keep covering four innings of a game,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “I’m glad we have an eight-man bullpen because there are a couple guys not available every day, as there will be tomorrow.”

Triggs allowed four hits — including Joey Gallo’s RBI single in the fifth — struck out seven and walked two.

Ryan Buchter followed Triggs with 1 2/3 innings, and Chris Hatcher (2-0) retired two batters for the win. Blake Treinen got five outs for his first save despite allowing the first two batters to reach in the ninth.

“Our team is built to finish games and we’ve got a lot of good arms in the bullpen that can go multiple innings,” Treinen said. “It’s a nice luxury to have. You win a game 3-1 against an offense that you see all the time, you tip your cap to Triggs, the bullpen doing the work and the offense coming in with some big hits in the seventh.”

Matt Chapman homered for the second time in two days, and Matt Olson and Jonathan Lucroy had two hits apiece for Oakland. The A’s had lost three straight since beating the Angels on opening day.

The Rangers have dropped six consecutive road openers and nine consecutive games at the Coliseum.

“If our guys continue to take the approaches that they’re taking, get on base, continue to swing the bat and find the barrel, some of those hard-hit balls are going to find the grass and we’ll get rolling,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said.

Called up from the minors before the game, Colon allowed seven hits in six innings. The A’s only run off the portly right-hander came on Chapman’s homer leading off the third.

At 44 years, 313 days old, Colon became the oldest player in the majors this season, slipping past Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki, who is four months younger. Last season Suzuki said he wanted to play until he’s 50.

Colon might not stick around that long, but he pitched well enough in his first start of the season.

“Mentally and physically I think have a lot to give,” Colon said. “I felt great throwing strikes. That’s what I do.”

The A’s went ahead to stay in the seventh. Lucroy hit a one-out double off Kevin Jepsen (0-1). Marcus Semien, who struck out twice against Colon, walked with two down and Lowrie greeted Jake Diekman with a towering double off the wall in right field.

Chapman homered off Colon on an 0-2 pitch. Chapman also connected against Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani on Sunday.

GIANTS HOME OPENER….

The San Francisco Giants have their home opener this afternoon against the Seattle Mariners. Giants will send opening day starter Ty Blach to the mound. Blach was dominant in his opening day start shutting down the Dodgers in a game the Giants eventually won by a score of 1-0.

Early season anxiety for the Giants as they scored only two runs in four games against the Dodgers, with those runs coming on solo home runs by Joe Panik that led to a pair of 1-0 wins.

WARRIORS IN OKC….

The Golden State Warriors continue to try and heal all while playing out the string of the NBA season. The Warriors still have Steph Curry on the shelf after a knee sprain last week and he is expected to miss the first round of the playoffs. Recently, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson returned from injury and back-up guard Patrick McCaw is still recovering from a nasty fall suffered against the Sacramento Kings over the weekend.

The Warriors are locked into the number two seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

CHICO STATE TRACK & FIELD AND BASEBALL HOME THIS WEEKEND….

The nationally-ranked Chico State men’s and women’s Track & Field teams are hosting the Chico Distance Carnival and Twilight Invitational this weekend. Its the final tune-up before the CCAA Championship. The two-day event  begins on April 6th

The Wildcat baseball team will be home for four games this weekend. The Cats host rival UC San Diego. Rain is expected this weekend, but the series is slated to start on Friday with a 6pm game, our pre-game begins at 5:35pm