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Giants can stay in playoff race until they get healthy

By TED SILLANPAA The Giants are 2 games off the lead in the NL West. Even with three of the top four hitters in the batting order out with injuries, they are in the thick of the race for a playoff spot. To be worried about the club on June 15 is absurd. To suggest that there’s a reason for major personnel moves or to question the talent in the farm system seems the sole province of Marty Lurie’s entertaining,… Read More »

Giants’ defense hurting struggling pitching staff

By TED SILLANPAA There’s grave concern over the way the Giants’ starting pitchers have performed lately. They’ve given up bunches of runs. The concern, exactly as expressed, is misplaced. It’s easy for pitchers to get hitters out, put up scoreless innings, when they’re pitching well. It’s those pitchers’ ability to do the same without their best stuff that made them world champions. And, it was solid defense that enabled the Giants’ five starters to succeed and for the team to… Read More »

Running into out at home, playing back cost Tigers dearly

BY TED SILLANPAA The Tigers made two strategic decisions that, while not completely unreasonable, didn’t make much sense. Those decisions sent the World Series back to Detroit with the Giants leading 2-0. First, it’s a cardinal sin at every level of baseball to run into the first out of an inning at third base or at home plate. Watching the replay a dozen times doesn’t help explain why Detroit third base coach Gene Lamont waved Prince Fielder to the plate… Read More »

Lincecum, Zito to open in NLCS pen

Saturday night: Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Saturday that Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito will both be available to pitch in relief during the first two games of the National League Championships Series against the Cardinals. The series begins Sunday at 5 p.m. Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain will start the first three games for San Francisco. The Game 4 starter will be determined based, in part, on how much Lincecum or Zito are needed in relief in… Read More »

Baseball gods show Reds are better than Giants

BY TED SILLANPAA The Giants were put in their place by the baseball gods Saturday night. Oh, don’t think the baseball gods aren’t aware that Giants’ fans had actually started to believe that the team was as good as its winning margin in the NL West seemed to indicate. They knew. The gods always know. The baseball gods showed Giants fans the flaws in their team in a 5-2 National League Division Series loss Saturday night … in San Francisco… Read More »

Huff on NLDS roster; Lincecum seems headed to pen

By TED SILLANPAA SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Giants will take 12 pitchers and veteran first baseman Aubrey Huff on the roster when the National League Division Series opens today against the Cincinnati Reds. Pitching coach Dave Righetti seemed to indicate that Tim Lincecum will be in the bullpen during the NLDS.  San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami reported that Righetti said Lincecum would be a key in the series “and it might not be just for one… 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 »