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  • Posted All The Home Runs Of Brandon Belt to El Lefty Malo
    Travis Ishikawa once had a nice power streak over a couple months in 2009 for the Giants, and I noted back then that his homers came mainly on changeups or mediocre fastballs. Since that year, he has hit eight more...
  • Posted What I Learned From The First Week Of Giants Baseball to El Lefty Malo
    Like the Giants, I too spent my first week of April in dry hot climates. It was rough, I tell you, and I learned several valuable lessons. 1) Riverside County is really big. Huge! Who knew it stretched all that way?...
  • Posted Why Opening Day Rosters Don't Mean Jack. Or Mel. to El Lefty Malo
    Two words, Mel Hall, as ephemeral as a melting hallucination, are all you need to know about the importance of the 25 players a baseball club chooses to start the year with. We get all worked up, because so-and-so deserves...
  • Posted If All Hell Breaks Loose At Second Base, Will The Giants, You Know, Panik? to El Lefty Malo
    We're down to the dog days of spring. These are the days of Kruk and Kuip filling broadcasts with innings-long jokes about players with uniform numbers in the 90s. These are the days of bar fights that break out over...
  • Posted Giants Score Two Measly Runs, Media Blames New Hitting Coach to El Lefty Malo
    They arrived thirsting for contrition, but all they came away with was "get your front foot down and rotate through the hips"!Other thoughts on Barry's Back Day: - If Bonds had been the "hitting coach" 12 years ago, the Giants...
  • Posted Brandon Belt Is Richer And Still Not A Left Fielder to El Lefty Malo
    Brandon Belt is a $3 million man, give or take a hundred thou. No silly arbitration fight this time around. The question now shifts to the long term. Do the parties go year to year through 2017, perhaps with the...
  • Posted Is It Time For The Giants To Trade Sergio Romo? to El Lefty Malo
    Yes! I mean, no! Well, let's talk about it. First let me climb into this flame-proof suit and seal the door of my underground bunker. Until you put the rocks down, I will only speak to you through the communication...
  • Posted Tanaka Or Not Tanaka, The Giants Still Have A Prospect Problem to El Lefty Malo
    Catching up over the holidays, I listened to the Baseball America podcast about NL West top prospects, and it made me want to revisit my mid-December "Happy Tanaka" post. I'll explain, but first to refresh your memory, I argued that...
  • Posted A Ballpark Express Back To My Candlestick Youth to El Lefty Malo
    I'm a bit late to the Candlestick nostalgia party, but my in-laws were in town the past week and I came down with a bitchin' cold. I'm a big 49er fan when they prove worthy of my time, but I've...
  • Posted What If The Giants Had A Happy Tanaka Day? to El Lefty Malo
    We should learn any day, any hour now, whether the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, which play their home games at Kleenex Miyagi Stadium, will post their young ace Masahiro Tanaka and allow him to pursue besu-baru in the major leagues....
  • Posted Mike Morse: Very Large, Slow Giant to El Lefty Malo
    Yep. Morse is the left fielder. (Good call, Grant!) After the speculation and pre-emptive trade freakout and late-night rumor chasing, turns out the Giants were telegraphing it all along. By now Mike Morse is less a ballplayer and more a...
  • Posted Commence Giants-Trade-Related Freakout In 3...2...1... to El Lefty Malo
    I'm not sure how, or who, or when, but the Giants are probably going to make a trade in the next few weeks for an outfielder. Perhaps it will be Brett Gardner. Perhaps not. For some people, the words "trade"...
  • Posted One Month Of Hot Stove Later... to El Lefty Malo
    Burp. Welcome back, you and all your turkey sandwiches. If you didn't eat enough starch this past weekend, I'm sure you can get yam-skin wall weavings at a deep Cyber Monday discount on Etsy. Meanwhile, let's digest some Giants news....
  • Posted Brandon Belt's Gravitational Pull On The Outer Outfield to El Lefty Malo
    With Javy Lopez reportedly back in the fold (more on that later today), the final major puzzle piece for the Giants is left field. This week, if you haven't been following, Brian Sabean spread a little baking soda on the...
  • Posted Tim Hudson, San Francisco Giant to El Lefty Malo
    Consider me shocked, stunned and muldooned. Georgia native and Georgia-accented Tim Hudson will no longer be an Atlanta Brave, which is hard to believe. He's coming to San Francisco, according to reports. A couple weeks ago, I shook the list...
  • Posted Revisiting Barry Bonds And The Seven Dwarves to El Lefty Malo
    Buzzword alert, courtesy of the Mets' GM Sandy Alderson: "Payroll concentration." Learn it, know it, live it. I'm talking to you, Spicoli. Here's what Alderson is talking about, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal: "If you want to look at...
  • Posted Free-Agent Pitchers: How The Giants Might Fashion A Shopping List to El Lefty Malo
    Now that we know the names, ranks, and serial numbers of the pitchers who will receive qualifying offers -- and therefore are probably off-limits to all Giants shoppers -- we can start thinking systematically about which pitchers the Giants should...
  • Posted Ryan Vogelsong And The Erosion of Certainty to El Lefty Malo
    I'm not surprised the Giants rejected Ryan Vogelsong's $6.5 million option for 2014, even though I'm guilty of writing headlines like this one about two months ago: Ryan Vogelsong Ups His Odds. That was late August. Vogelsong fell apart after...
  • Posted Pence, Lincecum.... Lopez? to El Lefty Malo
    Congratulations, Red Sox. When Big Papi wears a brain bucket and waves a huge flag like the love child of a sumo wrestler and drum majorette, it's all good for baseball. I'm happy with the outcome. I don't harbor the...
  • Posted And Now For A Tim Lincecum Update to El Lefty Malo
    I started writing this post late last night, figuring I had plenty of time. For fun, here's how far I got: *******The Giants want to keep Tim Lincecum. The Giants' fans want to keep Tim Lincecum. But Tim Lincecum wants...
  • Posted That Much Cabbage Will Buy A Lot Of Kale to El Lefty Malo
    You've had the weekend to digest the Hunter Pence extension: five years, $90 million, full no-trade clause. When Pence is 35 years old in 2018 he'll (probably) be patrolling right field and (probably) expected to be a middle-of-the-order producer for...
  • Posted Checking In On The Tank to El Lefty Malo
    Operation Draft Tank is in trouble. The Giants are 72-85, a .459 record. Eight teams have worse records, and three -- the Phils, Mets and Blue Jays -- are tied with the Giants. Assuming the worst eight remain so, only...
  • Posted Giant Story Lines Of The Year to El Lefty Malo
    Six more games. Six more. Six. Once they're over you might look down and tell yourself, damn, self, here it's the end of September and you've gone again and wasted 500 hours of your life on this nutty nutty game,...
  • Posted Hunter Pence Will Get Paid. Oh, Indeed. to El Lefty Malo
    Hunter Pence hits home runs. Hunter Pence gets RBIs when he's not hitting well, and he gets lots of RBIs when he is hitting well. Hunter Pence plays an awkwardly fine right field. Hunter Pence swipes bases expertly. Hunter Pence...
  • Posted Your Guide To The Los Angeles Dodger Brian Wilson to El Lefty Malo
    Brian Wilson. Not a Giant. Weird! But wait, it gets better, or worse, or both. We all theoretically understand that Wilson is a Dodger, the way we all theoretically understand that the global climate is increasing due to man-made factors...
  • Posted Bochy To Kids: Get Offa My Lawn to El Lefty Malo
    Heath Hembree has been a Giant for three games, and he's appeared in two of them. I like it. So why aren't the other youngsters getting more playing time so far? Roger Kieschnick got 77 plate appearances in the 26...
  • Posted Meet The Newest Giants to El Lefty Malo
    If you're a follower of Giants Baseball Club of San Francisco, you most surely know about Frankie Pegs, Juan Perez, and most of the other guys just called up. They've all donned the big-league uniform, so we've all formed opinions....
  • Posted Off The Books And On The Roster to El Lefty Malo
    September! Glorious weather forthcoming, but accompanied by inglorious baseball at our dear little yard. At least there's a lot of money coming off the books. That's what people keep saying. I wish they would stop. If Tim Lincecum, Hunter Pence,...
  • Posted Ryan Vogelsong Ups His Odds to El Lefty Malo
    Ryan Vogelsong's work Sunday was one of the best things that's happened for the Giants all year. It was a fascinating start. He hasn't regained all his velocity, throwing a high-80s fastball instead of 90 to 92. In fact, all...
  • Posted The String, And How It Gets Played Out to El Lefty Malo
    So this is how the other half lives. Resignation. (Whelp, I guess Mike Kickham isn't the answer.) Bemusement. (Hector Sanchez did what behind the plate? That's gotta hurt!) Melancholy. (Brian Wilson, Los Angeles Dodger.) A strange becalmed feeling. In some...
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