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  • Posted One Bad Month to El Lefty Malo
    Bad months. You've had them. I've had them. Presidents and mail carriers and software developers have them. The Queen of England once had twelve of them in a row that added up to what she called an "annus horribilis," which...
  • Posted Goodbye Duffman, Hello Matt Moore, and What About The Logjam? to El Lefty Malo
    Five prospects and one big leaguer went away. Three very useful big leaguers came back. A reliever who has been one of the game's dominant lefties for a while; a utility infielder who blossomed into an All-Star this year with...
  • Posted Beware The Bullpen Blowout to El Lefty Malo
    Buried in the weekend coverage as the Giants swept the four game set in Phoenix was this tidbit from the Chronicle's John Shea: Reliever Derek Law hasn't been sharp lately and gave up another run Saturday, and Bochy said the...
  • Posted Life Without Sergio Romo to El Lefty Malo
    Remember that fun number about the Giants Peter Gammons loved to trot out? As a sign of their success and consistency, he used to note how few meaningless games the Giants had played in the Brian Sabean era, the drips...
  • Posted The Barry Bonds Memorial Outfield to El Lefty Malo
    Five and two. Nice. Going into tonight's game in Colorado, the Giants have basically done what the pundits expected: Hitters hitting, starting pitchers OK, not lights out, and bullpen solid except in the loss against the Dodgers, keyed by Santiago...
  • Posted The March Rotation to El Lefty Malo
    March is the time to shake off the rust, stretch out the limbs, and find out how much fuel the old cagey veterans have left in the tank. One of my starting five won't be breaking camp with the...
  • Posted Johnny Cueto And The Starting Five to El Lefty Malo
    Good band name, eh? Johnny Cueto is now a Giant, perhaps for two years, perhaps for six. Perhaps, even, for seven, with an odd team option for 2022 tacked on. The Giants are paying him $46 million the next two...
  • Posted Today Could Be Greinke Day to El Lefty Malo
    It's the Giants or the Dodgers, according to multiple reports. The cynic in me says Zack Greinke is strumming the Giants' strings just to extract as much cash as possible from L.A. The cynic in you might be saying this,...
  • Posted It's All About That Cain to El Lefty Malo
    I once saw a movie or TV show in which people began to fade slowly away, their earthly presence correlated to the memory and attention of those they loved. They didn't die because their hearts and lungs and brains...
  • Posted Chris Heston's Triple-A Breather Is A Bit Of A Puzzle to El Lefty Malo
    Matt Cain's fiesta de meatball last night is rightly the buzz this morning, but I want to rewind a couple days more, back to Sunday, to discuss something I don't quite understand, especially with the pitching rotation in shambles and...
  • Posted Why The Giants Have Already Won In 2015 to El Lefty Malo
    The Giants in 2015 have done all they need to do. Everything good from here on out is like that unopened pack of gum you found in your jeans pocket after it went through the wash: A delicious, elastic...
  • Posted New Flags, New Giants: Thoughts on Opening Day 2015 to El Lefty Malo
    You've probably seen this by now: Home opener lineup: Aoki LF, Panik 2B, Pagan CF, Posey C, Belt 1B, Blanco RF, Duffy 3B, Crawford SS, Heston RHP-- Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) April 13, 2015 I start with today's lineup to...
  • Posted Chris Heston and the Mischaracterization of Stuff to El Lefty Malo
    Just a quick note after catching a few minutes of today's KNBR morning show, against my better judgment. The jabber I heard revolved around Chris Heston, and the fact that he did very well but he's not a guy with...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30-Something Days: The Normcore Four to El Lefty Malo
    I've gotten a bit off track in my quest to mini-profile every Giant on the 40-man roster. But the start of the real festivities last night -- and the way the Giants nearly coughed up their cozy madbummish lead --...
  • Posted Goodbye Lon, and Hello Baseball to El Lefty Malo
    A moment of silence, first and foremost, then a few words for the great Lon Simmons. He was my first Giants broadcaster. I began this unhealthy obsession nearly 40 years ago when Simmons had returned for his second stint behind...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30 Days: The Question-Mark Returnees to El Lefty Malo
    What if.... Peter Parker had been bitten by a radioactive lemur instead of a spider? What if.... Daredevil had lost his favorite toenail clippers instead of his eyesight? But most of all, what if Angel Pagan and Matt Cain return...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 40 Days: Justin Maxwell Alert! to El Lefty Malo
    Just as we suspected. It was Colonel Maxwell in the batter's box with the wooden club. Seize him, constable!So now that the 31-year-old major league vagabond Justin Maxwell is on the 40-man roster and on the Opening Day roster... who...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30 Days: The Middle Men to El Lefty Malo
    As with the backup catchers, the weekend's cuts drained some of the suspense from the middle relief competition. The two owners of fastballs that can hit 100 MPH are no longer in the running. Hunter Strickland will start the year...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30 Days: Buster's Backups to El Lefty Malo
    Sunday afternoon we learned that Hector Sanchez would be the backup catcher on Opening Day, ending one of the few open roster questions one week early.  Ending it for now, at least. In his brief time with the large squad...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30 Days: The Newest River Cats to El Lefty Malo
    If you've ever had the dream, there are certain players you should always root for. First, here's the dream: the lights are on, the stadium is packed, the bullpen phone rings, and the coach points at you. You're in. Forty...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30 Days: The Boys on the Bubble (Part 1) to El Lefty Malo
    Heroes, I tell you. Made a great catch in Game 7. Hit a double off the previously unhittable Wade Davis. Hit in the pinch to start a World Series comeback. Scored from second on a wild pitch. If you followed...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30 Days: The Long Men to El Lefty Malo
    When life gives you long men, make longmenade. The Giants will have to hire extra vendors to patrol the bleachers on hot days, because they have two long men. Most teams have one, and it's not unusual for him to...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30 Days: The New Guys to El Lefty Malo
    Even for a team known to cherish stability, this was kind of ridiculous. Over the winter, two big free agents left. To replace them, the Giants brass made one trade and signed one free agent. And one of those free...
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30 Days: The Brandons to El Lefty Malo
    Last year on Opening Day there were three Brandons on the roster. The Giants were multibrandoning. April was a fine month to multibrandon, with 12 home runs combined and ironclad infield defense, which made everyone think about franchising this thing:...
  • Posted Welcome Back to Giants Baseball: The Poster Edition to El Lefty Malo
    If this doesn't get your orange-and-black champion blood pumping, go stick your head in a Cha-Cha Bowl. Thanks to the brilliant CorwinatorX for the art....
  • Posted 40 Giants in 30 Days, More or Less to El Lefty Malo
    Greetings. Say, apparently I have a blog. I'm crawling out from under my rock, squinting into the sun, and shivering in the early-morning desert air. Metaphorically, that is. I'm not really in the desert, but the Giants are. And I'm...
  • Posted Making Peace With The Giants' Three-Headed Left Fielder to El Lefty Malo
    So there's, like, this: #SFGiants' priorities: 3B and SP. Blanco, Ishikawa, Perez all can play LF with Pagan returning. But team not ruling out signing a LFer.-- Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2014 Forget the last sentence and focus on...
  • Posted The Greatest, Pt. 2: MadBum's Marvelous Month to El Lefty Malo
    Let's take a Hot Stove break and revisit Madison Bumgarner's October. I decided to let it all settle in for a few weeks, like that all-day meal you once had at your cousin's Greek wedding, before writing. Now's the time,...
  • Posted Pablo Sandoval Is An Ex-Giant to El Lefty Malo
    Nothing official as I post this, but let's just assume all these professional baseball writers are hearing the right information: Pablo Sandoval is going to be a Red Sox. Sock. Stocking. So Big. So Red. We all haz a sad,...
  • Posted The Greatest, Pt. 1: Panik to Crawford To Belt to El Lefty Malo
    Your browser does not support iframes. This was the best defensive play the Giants made in 2014, and not just because it likely saved a run or more in the seventh game of the World Series. And not just because...
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