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Panda Comes Back to the Bay

By Chandler Guadagnin

After a 3 year detour in Boston, Pablo Sandoval is on his way back to the city by the bay. After being officially designated for assignment on Wednesday, Sandoval, affectionately known as the Panda, has reportedly inked a minor league deal with San Francisco. Pablo had an injury plagued tenure with the Red Sox. After signing a 5-year $95M deal in the winter of 2014 with Boston, Sandoval played just 161 games over the past two and a half years. The Sox still owe Sandoval the remainder of the contract which stands at about $50M.

Over 2 years and change with Boston, Pablo Sandoval hit .237 with 14 home runs and 101 strikeouts.

In 7 years with the Giants, Sandoval hit to the tune of a .294 batting average while collecting 106 hits and tallying 462 RBIs. However, Sandoval is best known for his postseason production. In 3 postseasons, all with San Francisco, Pablo has hit .344 with 6 home runs and 20 RBIs. The Panda’s accolades with San Francisco include three World Series rings,  the 2012 World Series MVP, and two All-Star appearances. The most impressive postseason performance of his career came in Detroit, when in Game 1, Sandoval homered three times.

The Giants made it official on Saturday; signing Sandoval to a minor league pact. He will report to Class-A San Jose.

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com

Contract information courtesy of www.baseballprospectus.com

Bumgarner Begins Rehab Assignment in Sacramento

By Chandler Guadagnin

Giants left-handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner has officially begun his rehab assignment. On Friday night for Triple-A Sacramento, Bumgarner went 3 and 2/3 innings surrendering seven hits and allowing four runners to cross the plate. He through 62 pitches in his night of work; 41 of those for strikes.

Bumgarner sustained a Grade 1 or 2 AC strain after crashing his dirt bike during an off-day in Colorado. At the time that Bumgarner was placed on the disabled list, San Francisco was 6-11. In Bumgarner’s absence the Giants have tallied a record of 31-40.

In four starts prior to the injury, Bumgarner pitched to the tune of a 3.00 ERA with 28 strikeouts and 4 walks in 27 innings pitched.

Bumgarner is expected to return sometime after the All-Star Break.

Bumgarner Rehab Statistics courtesy of http://wtop.com/mlb/2017/07/giants-bumgarner-has-uneven-outing-during-rehab-start/

Bumgarner Season Statistics courtesy of baseball-reference.com

Update: Bumgarner Officially Diagnosed; Will Miss 3 Months

By Chandler Guadagnin

The San Francisco Giants have announced today that Madison Bumgarner has been officially diagnosed with a Grade 2 left shoulder sprain, which he sustained during a dirt bike accident last week.

Prior to the accident, Bumgarner started four games, going 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA. In 27 innings pitched, Madison struck out 28 batters while issuing four free passes and surrendering 2 home runs.

The injury will sideline him through the All-Star Break.

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com

Bumgarner Out 2 Months After Motor Bike Accident

By Chandler Guadagnin

The 6-11 Giants received more bad news on Thursday. Their ace Madison Bumgarner will be out 6 to 8 weeks with bruised ribs and  a Grade 1 or 2 AC strain in his left shoulder, which he sustained during a motor bike accident during the team’s off day in Colorado. Bumgarner was placed on the 10-day Disabled List following the accident. MadBum, who was taken to the hospital, and has since been released.

In four starts this season, Bumgarner is 0-3 and owns a 3.00 ERA with 28 strikeouts and four walks, while allowing 2 home runs in 27 innings pitched.

To say that San Francisco has had it difficult in the injury department is an understatement. Thus far, in  17 games, the Giants have placed Buster Posey on the 7-day concussion DL, lost Jarrett Parker for 10 weeks after he suffered a fractured clavicle and have now added Bumgarner to that list. Before the season even started, San Francisco was forced to surrender pitcher, Will Smith, to Tommy John surgery and shelf Michael Morse after a hamstring injury.

The Giants will slot Ty Blach into the rotation to replace Bumgarner.

Statistics courtesy of baseball-reference.com

Jarrett Parker Breaks Clavicle After Crashing Into Wall

By Chandler Guadagnin

The Giants 5-0 loss to the Rockies on Saturday afternoon was compounded by an injury to left fielder, Jarrett Parker.

With two outs in the top of the fourth inning, the Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu drove an 0-1 offering from Matt Moore to let field. The ball seemed destined for the wall. However, Parker had a bead on it all the way; leaping full steam into the wall to make the catch. After making the highlight grab, Parker staggered to mid left field clutching his collar bone area and taking a knee. Parker would have to be helped off the field. Test results later revealed that Parker had a fractured right clavicle. After undergoing surgery, Parker is expected to miss 8 to 10 weeks.

San Francisco’s options include Michael Morse and Kelby Tomlinson as well as newly signed minor leaguers Drew Stubbs and Melvin Upton Jr. Michael Morse looked poised to break camp with the Giants before suffering a hamstring injury. He is currently in extended Spring Training.

Drew Stubbs signed a minor league contract with the Giants on April 6th. In a 2016 season that saw him suit up for the Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, Stubbs hit a combined .225/.330/.338 in 59 games.

Melvin Upton Jr. split 2016 with the San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays. In 149 games, Upton Jr. hit at an average of .238, recorded an OBP of .291 and slugged ..402; while striking out 155 times and going 27 for 35 in stolen bases.

In 52 games for the Giants, utility man, Kelby Tomlinson, slashed .292/.370/.330 with four doubles and five stolen bases.

In nine games, Parker was 3 for 27 for a .143 average His most notable hit of his young season was a 2-RBI triple. He had struck out 10 times.

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

Giants Fall to 1 and 4 On Season

By Chandler Guadagnin

The 2017 season has not started as the Giants would have hoped. Over their first five games, San Francisco has a 1-4 record. This may not seem like a big concern so early in the year, however their are some concerning hints of last season. In all four losses, the Giants grabbed an early lead, only to cough it up. Perhaps, the most disheartening example of this was on opening day, when the Giants had a lead on three separate occasions; including, a 6-5 lead in the ninth. After all was said and done, the Giants fell 7-6.

Even in their 8-4 win on Tuesday, San Francisco struggled to close it out. From the bottom of the fifth, to the end of the game, San Francisco pitchers surrendered a 2-run home run and 3 walks. Thus far, the Giants pitching staff has a team ERA of 6.42. They have surrendered 6 home runs and walked 13.

At the plate, San Francisco is hitting at a clip of .278. Meanwhile, Jarrett Parker and Chris Marrero, the Giants platoon in left field, are a combined 0 for 19.

San Francisco will look to turn it around today. Game 2 of the Giants-Padres series comes your way at 5:40PM PT . The Giants will send Madison Bumgarner to the hill to face off against the Padres’ Jhoulys Chacin. The game can be seen on NBC Sports Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.

Statistics courtesy of mlb.com

Report: Giants Sign Mark Melancon

By Chandler Guadagnin

From the outset of the 2017 offseason, San Francisco began their search for a closer to anchor the back end of their bullpen. In the 2016 regular season, with Santiago Casilla as their closer, the Giants blew a Major League high 30 saves. All things considered, the toughest blown save to swallow came in NLDS Game 4 when, with a 3 run lead in the ninth, the Giants bullpen surrendered four runs to the Cubs, ending their season abruptly. The Orange and Black have now filled this major need in their bullpen.

According to reports, the Giants have agreed to terms with right-handed closer, Mark Melancon, on a 4-year, $62 million deal. The deal includes a $20 million signing bous with the possibility of an opt-out after 2 years. Melancon spent 2016 with both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals, posting these numbers:

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Over his eight year stint in the Major Leagues, Mark Melancon has compiled these numbers:

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The 31 year old, has spent eight years in the Major Leagues. The three time All-Star (including a selection in 2016), was considered the third best closer on the open market this offseason. The right-hander, has eclipsed, or met, the 30 saves mark three times in his career.

Due to splitting the season between two different organizations, Melancon was not attached to a qualifying offer. San Francisco reportedly beat out the Washington Nationals in the Mark Melancon sweepstakes.

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

CBA Finished, WS Format Altered

By Chandler Guadagnin

The Cubs won 103 games in 2016; however, they did not host last year’s World Series due to the National League falling to the American League in this past All-Star Game. The Collective Bargaining Agreement, agreed to on November 30, 2016, has solved that issue.

The way in which to determine what team hosts the World Series has been a topic of debate for 13 years. The system, in which the team from the League that won the All-Star Game would host the World Series, has been in place beginning in 2003. The previous format was implemented the year after the 2002 Mid-Summer Classic ended in a tie. Many have suggested that the World Series be played on a neutral site.  However, for at least the next five years, Games 1 and 7 of the Fall Classic will be hosted by the team with the best regular season record.

Several argue that the disparity between the competiveness in each League will compromise the integrity of this format. Take for instance, the schedule strength of this year’s World Series teams. The Cleveland Indians, who finished the season 94 and 68, played 57 games against sub-500 teams. Conversely, Chicago played 76 of its 162 games against teams below the “equator”. In inter-league play, the Indians posted a 13-7 mark, while the Cubs went 15 and 5 against the AL.

The tentative agreement is set to expire in 2021.

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

Giants Look To Strengthen Bullpen, Outfield In Offseason

By Chandler Guadagnin

From the Giants dramatic collapse against the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLDS, it is clear that San Francisco plans to improve their bullpen, primarily from the in the closer position. This offseason, offers a plethora of closing arms that the Giants could pursue before the start of the 2017 season. Below is a list of possible closer options for San Francisco.

Aroldis Chapman, LHP

After spending the 2016 season with the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs, Aroldis Chapman is back on the market looking to continue his success with a big contract. According to the current collective bargaining agreement, because Chapman split the year between to different teams, he is ineligible to receive a qualifying offer. Thus, the team that signs Chapman, need not worry about surrendering a draft pick. This season, between the Yankees and Cubs, Chapman posted a 4-1 record over 59 games and 58 innings pitched with a 1.55 ERA and 36 saves in 39 attempts. In the postseason, he tacked up a record of 2-0 over 13 games and 15.2 innings pitched with a 3.45 ERA and 4 saves in 7 opportunities. Besides his success in the bullpen, Chapman is known for his electric arm; which often, reaches triple digits. In all, Chapman is sure to receive a good paycheck.

Kenley Jansen, RHP

Jansen spent the 2016 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 68.2 innings pitched over 71 games, he went 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA, striking out 104 and compiled 47 saves in 53 chances. This postseason, he posted a 0-0 record with a 3.09 ERA in 11.2 innings pitched over 7 games. The Dodgers have tendered Jansen a qualifying offer; meaning that, whoever signs Jansen, will forfeit a draft pick to his former team.

Mark Melancon, RHP

The 31 year old, four time All-Star pitched for both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals in 2016. During the regular season, with both Pittsburgh and Washington, Melancon went 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 71.1 innings pitched over 75 games, collecting 47 saves in 51 opportunities. Melancon, too, was a part of the 2016 postseason. He logged a 0-0 record in 4.1 innings pitched in 4 games with an ERA of 0.00 and went 1 for 1 in saves.

Not only are the Giants in need of a shutdown closer; they also are in search of an outfield bat. Options for the Giants include:

Yoenis Cespedes, CF

The 2016 Silver Slugger spent the 2016 season with the New York Mets.; electing to opt of his three year contract after a year. In 132 games played, Cespedes amassed 134 hits including 25 doubles, 1 triple and 31 home runs with 108 strikeouts and 51 walks, on his way to a .280 batting average and an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of .884. Cespedes has been tendered a qualifying offer from the Mets.

Dexter Fowler, CF

A 2016 All-Star, Fowler spent the 2016 campaign as the leadoff man for the World Champion Chicago Cubs. Fowler hit .276 in 125 games with 25 doubles, 7 triples, and 13 home runs. Fowler is also known for his speed swiping 13 bases in 17 attempts. During the postseason, batted .250 with 5 doubles and 3 home runs and a stolen base. Fowler was tendered a qualifying offer from the Cubs.

Rajai Davis, CF

Davis, a former Giant, played for the AL Champion Cleveland Indians in 2016. This year, Davis hit for a batting average of .249 and an on-base percentage of .306. In 134 games played, Davis collected 113 hits, 37 of them for extra bases. For a 35 year old, Davis still has great speed as he swiped 43 bases in 49 tries. This postseason, Davis hit .147 in 15 games. Davis a double and of course, the World Series home run to tie Game 7.

San Francisco, who has already signed pitcher Josh Johnson to a minor league deal and picked up the club option on Matt Moore, have shown in past years that they are not afraid to spend some money. As the offseason progresses, the Giants will continue to monitor their options.

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

Extra Special: Cubs Win The World Series!

By Chandler Guadagnin

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The wait is over Chicago. The Cubs have finally conquered the curse of the billy goat. It took longer than expected; nevertheless, the Chicago Cubs have won the 2016 World Series, it’s first championship in 108 years.

In this epic ten inning marathon, the Cubs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a Dexter Fowler’s solo home run to open the game. After the Indians tied the game in the bottom of the third, Chicago would comeback in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead. The Cubs would tack on two more in the  fifth.

It seemed Chicago was in the driver seat, however the Cleveland Indians scratched and clawed to score two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Chicago would make it 6-3 on a home run from 39 year old catcher, David Ross, in the sixth. With the homerun, Ross becomes the oldest player to hit a home run in the World Series. Following tremendous relief work from Jon Lester, who went three innings allowing only one run, Joe Maddon brought in fireball closer, Aroldis Chapman for the third night in a row. With a runner on second and two outs, in stepped Rajai Davis. On a 2-2 pitch, Davis blasted a game tying homer over the left field wall.

That was all the Indians would get in the eighth. Chapman would return to the mound in the ninth on a mission to bounce back. Bounce back he would, retiring the Indians 1-2-3. To the tenth we went and to the mound went Bryan Shaw.

The inning began with a Kyle Schwarber leadoff single. Following a Kris Bryant flyout, Anthony Rizzo would be intentionally walked. After the intentional walk, Ben Zobrist connected with a 1-2 pitch from Shaw, lining it to left field, and giving the Cubs a 7-6 lead. Addison Russell was then walked, bringing up Miguel Montero. Montero swatted a 1-1 pitch to left field, extending the lead to 8-6. That would be the end of the scoring for Chicago.

Carl Edwards Jr. would be called on in the bottom of the tenth. He would retire two in a row before walking Brandon Guyer. He was then replaced by Michael Montgomery. Eighth inning hero, Rajai Davis stepped in once again with a chance to tie the game for Cleveland. With Davis batting, Guyer would take second on defensive indifference. On a 1-0 pitch, Davis would single up the middle, shrinking Chicago’s lead to 8-7. There it would stay, as Kris Bryant would fire a, Michael Martinez, ground ball to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to seal the deal for the Chicago Cubs.

In a hard fought game that lasted 4 hours and 28 minutes, Cleveland used five pitchers. In the other dugout, the Cubs utilized five pitchers as well. Chicago starter, Kyle Hendricks, finished the night going four and two thirds innings; giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits, one walk, and two strikeouts. For Cleveland Corey Kluber took the ball to start the game. From the beginning, it was clear that Chicago made the necessary preparation to take on Corey Kluber for the third time. Officially, Kluber went four innings plus relinquishing four runs, all earned, on six hits, two home runs, no walks, and no strikeouts.

In one of the most thrilling games in World Series history, the Cubs have defeated the Cleveland Indians to become the 2016 World Series Champions. A quest that began in 1909 ends November 2, 2016; 108 years later. Hey Chicago, what do ya’ say, the Cubs have won today!

Memorable Moments:

  • For his double in the tenth inning, Ben Zobrist was dubbed the 2016 World Series MVP.
  • Add one more name to the list; the Chicago Cubs are the latest team to be down 3-1 in the World Series and comeback to win.
  • With his leadoff home run in the first inning, Dexter Fowler becomes the first person to hit a leadoff home run in Game 7 of the World Series.
  • In his return to action for the first time since April 7th, Kyle Schwarber went 7 for 17 with a double, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored, and three walks for an average of .412 and an extraordinary on base plus slugging percentage of .971.
  • With the first World Series Championship of his managerial career, Joe Maddon, becomes the only the second manager, since Frank Chance, to guide the Chicago Cubs to a Championship in the Cubs’ 140 year history.
  • Michael Montgomery records his first save in his career in Game 7 of the World Series.

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