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Lincecum should be career Giant; Pence heart of the club

By TED SILLANPAA I had a worse July and early August than the San Francisco Giants did. When I fell under the weather, it seemed as though the Giants could still get back into the playoff race. Clearly, my lingering ailment impacted my ability to think clearly. I think I wrote here that Tim Lincecum, Hunter Pence and reliever Javier Lopez have spots on the team that a winner needs done consistently well. A steady diet of Maalox, Tums and… Read More »

Beane, not Sabean, best baseball architect around

BY TED SILLANPAA Tap the brakes a little, OK? I read that the world champion Giants have the best organization in baseball, that Brian Sabean’s the best general manager in baseball. Like I say … tap the brakes. Let off the gas some. Sloooow down! Sabean did a great job building a world champion in San Francisco, but it seems an argument can be made that he’s not the best builder of baseball teams in Northern California. I admire his… Read More »

Scutaro decision much like Giants faced in 2011 with Huff

By TED SILLANPAA There’s no earthly reason to really be thinking about the world champion Giants’ 2013 season, but it appears some folks insist upon doing so. They’re wondering if the organization will pay to retain the services of second baseman Marco Scutaro and center fielder Angel Pagan. Given that the Giants kept the 2010 world championship in tact, built around a young pitching staff, there’s no reason to expect the organization to approach preparation for the upcoming season differently.… Read More »

Giants playoff roster: How many pitchers?

By TED SILLANPAA The Giants had 11 pitchers and 14 position players on the 2010 postseason roster. There’s no reason to think the club won’t do roughly the same thing this fall. The only real question in 2010 was whether or not to carry Barry Zito on the postseason roster. It wasn’t so much a tough call based on his performance, but rather based on the reality that professional sports franchises don’t typically bench and embarrass their most highly-paid players.… Read More »

Giants fans, media foolish to think playoff berth assured

By TED SILLANPAA The other day I broke down and listened to Bay Area sports talk radio for a couple minutes on the drive to Safeway. I regretted my decision almost immediately when I heard a couple KNBR hosts agree that there was just no way that the Giants could miss the National League playoffs. Rod Brooks and a fill-in co-host (not Bob Fitzgerald … I want to say Kevin Lynch, just not sure) were talking about the Giants. The… Read More »

A bad hop, a flare and great pitches get Giants past Dodgers

By TED SILLANPAA The Giants beat the Dodgers 5-2 Friday night in a game that should show what makes baseball mind-boggling and wonderful. Josh Beckett cruised through six innings for LA. Tim Lincecum walked five batters through five innings and seemed to be on the brink of one of the meltdowns that mark his season throughout. The big difference on Friday night was, of course, that Lincecum came up with that filthy, unhittable strike that froze Dodgers when they really… Read More »

Giants, Dodgers are both playing like playoff teams

By Ted Sillanpaa Roughly five hours after Marco Scutaro drove in the game-winning run in the 10th for the Giants on Monday … the Dodgers came from behind to beat the Padres in the 11th in Los Angeles. About four hours after Buster Posey hit about as clutch a two-strike, RBI-double as imaginable in the ninth to tie the Diamondbacks … Andre Either hit a 9th-inning home run in Dodger Stadium to send the game into extras against the Padres.… Read More »