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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

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

Cubs And Indians Set To Do Battle In 2016 World Series

By Chandler Guadagnin

The stage is set. It will be the Chicago Cubs of the National League Central taking on the American League Central Champion Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series. With the Cubs disposing of the Giants in the NLDS and Chicago’s dismantling of the Dodgers in the NLCS, the Chicago Cubs are headed to their first World Series in 70 years; seeking their first World Series Championship since 1908.

On the American League side of the bracket, the Cleveland Indians defeated the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS and mowed through the Blue Jays in the ALCS to reach the the Fall Classic. Cleveland, who hasn’t won baseball’s Championship series since 1948, will appear in it for the first time since 1997.

Both Chicago and Cleveland were written off early as World Series contenders. When Chicago’s young star, Kyle Schwarber, went down early with a torn ACL and LCL, suffered in a collision between Schwarber and fellow outfielder Dexter Fowler in Arizona, when both were running for a fly ball. 103 wins later, the Chicago Cubs are four wins away from proving the critics wrong.

Similarly, when the Indian’s Michael Brantley suffered a season ending shoulder injury after diving for a ground ball, analysts said there was no way that they would even have a chance to make the postseason. However, after winning their division, and marching through the postseason, the Indians too are four wins away from becoming the second major Cleveland sports team to hoist a championship trophy this year.

Chicago will look to cap off their historic season with the ultimate prize; while, the Indians will look to channel their inner Cleveland Cavaliers.

Looking to set the tone, the Chicago Cubs will send Jon Lester to the mound. He will be opposed by Indians righy Corey Kluber. Game 1 of the 2016 World Series comes your way Tuesday from Progressive Field in Cleveland  on FOX at 5:00PM PT. Log on to www.kpaysports.com for postgame analysis following the game.

My Prediction: Chicago defeats Cleveland in six games, 4-2

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Cubs Take Commanding Lead With Game 2 Victory

By Chandler Guadagnin

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With a 5-2 win over the Giants in Game 2, the Cubs have taken a commanding 2-0 lead in this best of five NLDS. On the brink of elimination, San Francisco must channel those Giants of 2012. Before sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 World Series, the Giants were on the brink of elimination in both the NLDS and NLCS.

The game may have turned out differently had Jeff Samardzija had the ability to remain in the game longer. Samardzija lasted just two innings, giving up four earned runs en route to a 18.00 ERA.

The Giants only scoring came in the third inning by way of a Gregor Blanco RBI double and a Brandon Belt sacrifice fly. That would be the last time a Giant baserunner would cross the plate,  San Francisco was stymied by a combination of Kyle Hendricks and the Cub bullpen.d

Kyle Hendricks pitched brilliantly before being removed from the game following a two out Angel Pagan two out liner struck Hendricks on his throwing arm. After the play ended and Angel Pagan was ruled safe at first, Hendricks was attended to by the medical staff and removed from the contest. Hendricks was replaced by Travis Wood. Maddon’s decision to replace Hendricks with Wood paid off in more ways than one, as Wood would come up in the bottom of the inning and launch a solo homerun into the left field seats. Chicago’s bullpen bridged the gap between Hendricks and Aroldis Chapman, as they fired five and a third innings of shutout baseball, handing the ball over to Chapman in the ninth, who retired the Giants in order to slam the door on Game 2.

The Giants will send Madison Bumgarner to the hill to square off against Chicago ace Jake Arrieta in Game 3. San Francisco returns to action on Monday, as the NLDS is set to resume at AT&T Park in San Francisco. You can catch every pitch of Game 3 at 6:30 PM PT on FS1 and Fox Deportes. Pre and post game analysis will not be available for Game 3.

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Giants Look To Even Up Series In Game 2

By Chandler Guadagnin

After a gut wrenching Game 1 loss to the Chicago Cubs, the Giants look to bounce back and even up the series at a game a piece. San Francisco will send, former Cub, Jeff Samardzija to the mound. He will be opposed by Cub right hander, Kyle Hendricks.

Samardzija, who broke into the Major Leagues with the Cubs, spent 7 years (2008-2014) with Chicago. Asked why he came to San Francisco, Samardzija responded in essence that he wanted to be a part of the even year magic. Now is his chance to put his mark on the postseason. This season, Samardzija posted a 12-11 record, 3.81 ERA, 167 strikeouts, and 54 walks in 203.1 innings pitched over 32 games.

Kyle Hendricks, in just his third season in the Major Leagues, filed a 16-8 record, 2.13 ERA, 170 strikeouts, to go along with 44 free passes in 190 innings pitched over 31 contests.

It is not often that a player with only two years in the big leagues,  has more postseason experience than a 9 year veteran, but that is the case. Samardzija’s only postseason experience came in his rookie year with the Chicago Cubs. On the other hand, Kyle Hendricks has been in the last two postseasons with the Cubs.

Below are how these two pitchers matchup in the postseason:

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The action comes your way at 5:00 PM PT on MLB Network or listen to it on KNBR 680. Log on to www.kpaysports.com for the postgame analysis after the game.

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com

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Giants Fall to Cubs In Game 1

By Chandler Guadagnin

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As they did so often in the regular season, tonight’s game between the Giants and Cubs was decided by one run. In Game 1 of the NLDS, the Giants fell to the Chicago Cubs by a final of 1-0. The difference in the game was a Javier Baez solo homerun.

With the game scoreless through seven and a half innings, Johnny Cueto, who was spectacular on the road in one of the most hitter friendly ballparks in Major League Baseball. However, one pitch did him in; a 3-2 pitch, which Baez promptly mashed over the left field wall.  That was all that Jon Lester needed as he blanked San Francisco through eight innings; turning it over to flame throwing closer Aroldis Chapman in the ninth. Chapman, who gave up a two out double to Buster Posey, slammed the door by striking out Hunter Pence to end it.

The story of the game for San Francisco may be missed opportunities. The Giants put their leadoff man on in each of the first three innings. Two of the three leadoff runners were soon erased by way of a caught stealing and a pickoff.

The Giants best chance to score came in fourth inning, when, with one out, Buster Posey singled to left. One hitter later, Pagan would shoot a two out double over the head of the left fielder. Had Buster Posey not been the runner at first, the Giants surely would have scored. As it was, with runners on second and third, Brandon Crawford grounded out on an 0-2 pitch to end the threat.

Tune into FS1 or KNBR 680 for Game 2 action at 5:00 PM PT to catch all of the action from Wrigley Field. As always, log on to www.kpaysports.com for pre and post game analysis.

Giants Announce NLDS Roster

By Chandler Guadagnin

The Giants have announced their 25-man roster for their NLDS matchup with the Chicago Cubs. New additions include starting pitchers Ty Blach, Matt Moore; as well as previously injured third baseman Eduardo Nunez. Here is how San Francisco’s roster shakes out:

Pitchers

  • Madison Bumgarner
  • Johnny Cueto
  • Jeff Samardzija
  • Matt Moore
  • Ty Blach
  • Sergio Romo
  • Santiago Casilla
  • Will Smith
  • George Kontos
  • Javier Lopez
  • Hunter Strickland
  • Derek Law

Catchers

  • Buster Posey
  • Trevor Brown

Infielders

  • Eduardo Nunez
  • Joe Panik
  • Connor Gillaspie
  • Brandon Crawford
  • Brandon Belt
  • Kelby Tomlinson

Outfielders

  • Angel Pagan
  • Hunter Pence
  • Gregor Blanco
  • Denard Span
  • Gorkys Hernandez

The Giants have also announced that they will start Jeff Samardzija in Game 2 and Madison Bumgarner in Game 3.

Catch all the action of NLDS Game 1 on FS1 or listen to the play-by-play via KNBR 680 tonight at 6:00 PM PT from Wrigley Field in Chicago. Log on to www.kpaysports.com following the game, for postgame analysis.

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Roster courtesy of www.mlb.com

Breaking Down Giants-Cubs NLDS Game 1

By Chandler Guadagnin

The San Francisco Giants are set to take on the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the NLDS on Friday. With a win already under their belts, San Francisco looks to continue their winning ways as they send Johnny Cueto to the hill to face off against the Cubs’ Jon Lester.

This season, Jon Lester pitched to the tune of a 19-5 record with a 2.44 ERA, 197 strikeouts and 52 walks in 202.2 innings pitched over 32 games. The Giants’ Johnny Cueto amassed an 18-5 record with a 2.79 ERA, 198 strikeouts, and 45 walks in 219.2 innings over 32 games. Of those 18 wins, five were complete games.

Each game that the Giants and Cubs played this regular season was tight. In seven games against Chicago, San Francisco posted a 3-4 record. In the season series, six of the seven games were decided by two runs or fewer. The Cubs outscored the Giants by a total of 23 to 17. Throughout the seven games, there was only one shutout recorded, a Madison Bumgarner shutout on May 22, 2016.

Important to note, is the fact that, the Cubs won 103 games during the regular season. As a result, the Cubs did not play a necessarily meaningful game for about a month. Also important is the fact that, last year, the Kansas City Royals, after a few poor starts, did not allow Cueto to pitch on the road during the postseason. However, it is October and as any baseball fan knows, anything can happen. Below are the side by side comparisons of the postseason careers of Johnny Cueto and Jon Lester:

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You can watch all of NLDS Game 1 action, tomorrow, on FS1 beginning at 6:00 PM PT or you can listen to the play-by-play on KNBR 680. Following the game, log on to www.kpaysports.com to see the postgame analysis.

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com

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Giants Win Wild Card Game, Going To Chicago

By Chandler Guadagninwc-box-score

One ticket for Chicago please. The Giants have defeated the Mets 3-0 in the 2016 National League Wild Card Game and are moving on to the NLDS to face the Chicago Cubs.

The game did not disappoint, Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard matched each other pitch for pitch. Bumgarner was his usual self, and the 24 year old Mets phenom, Noah Syndergaard, blew the Giants away over seven innings of shutout baseball. In fact, Syndergaard struck out five of the first eight batters he faced. The difference in the game was that Noah Syndergaard was removed after seven innings and 108 pitches and Bumgarner was able to complete the game on 119 pitches.

The Giants, who did not get a hit until a Denard Span 2 out, sixth inning single, did not panic. They played their version of baseball; yes it was torture and their were close calls, but as they always do, the Giants got the job done when it counted. San Francisco, who was shutout over eight innings by Mets’ pitching. However, in the ninth inning with two men on and two men out, the man of the hour, Conor Gillaspie, stepped to the plate. On one swing of the bat, Gillaspie announced with a bang, that he had arrived in October. On a one-one pitch, Gillaspie sent one over the right field wall. That proved to be the difference in the game. Bochy then sent out Bumgarner to wrap it up, and that he did, in 1-2-3 fashion.

After throats are sore and the bubbly is gone, the Giants will turn their attention to the 103 win Chicago Cubs, against whom they have had tight games. For now, however, it is time to celebrate.

NLDS Game 1 is scheduled for Friday, October 7, at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. You can catch all of NLDS Game 1 action on FS1 or listen to the play-by-play action on KNBR 680 at 6:15 PM PT. You can also log onto kpaysports.com for analysis of Game 1 tomorrow.

Moments That Mattered:

  • Following a double from Crawford and a strikeout of Pagan, Mets closer Jeurys Familia, walked Joe Panik on a 3-2 pitch. This forced the Mets to pitch to Conor Gillaspie,
  • Conor Gillaspie’s home run came off of Juerys Familia. In 77.2 innings of work with 51 saves, Familia had given up just one homerun all season.
  • Due to the Mets aggressive nature, Bumgarner was able to keep his pitch count low in the early innings, allowing him to have a chance at the complete game shutout.
  • With the complete game shutout tonight, Madison Bumgarner has become the first player to throw two complete game shutouts in winner take-all games.

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