Episode #258: All-Star Breaking Bad

The Giants’ Joc Pederson grimaces after striking out against A’s pitcher Paul Blackburn in the fourth inning of Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium.
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Willie and Chad discuss the last week of Giants baseball, the playoff picture, the All-Star Game, Homerun Derby, the MLB draft, Juan Soto, and more!

Here’s that episode of the classic homerun derby between Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays

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Episode #257: Giants are Officially Mediocre

Carlos Rodon was named as a reserve in the All Star game along with starting outfielder Joc Pederson. Photo by Getty Images

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We talk about the absolute thud of a sound that the Giants made over the last two weeks. They have completely fallen out of the NL West race and now are on the outside looking in at the wild card race. What happened? Can they fix it? How did 107 happen last year? We also discuss the Giants All-Star selections of Joc Pederson and Carlos Rodon, and will the Giants be sellers at the trade deadline? Plus, what we think the chance are that the Giants sign Aaron Judge this offseason. This and more!

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Episode #254: Mediocre May

Giants’ starting pitcher Carlos Rodon delivers off the mound in Philadelphia. He’s been one of the Giants’ best starters this year and leads the team in strikeouts. (photo Sportrac)

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The Giants finished May with a 13-14 record, their first losing month since 2020. Despite producing more runs per game in May than they did in April, they also finished the month with an MLB-worst 6.26 reliever ERA, and a 5.44 staff ERA. Clearly, the pitching is holding them back. Eric and Chad talk about this hopeful outlier of a month, the best Giants for the first third of the season, the “slap” by Tommy Pham on Joc Pederson, and where the Giants hope to go from here.

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Episode #252: Cy Pujols

Cardinals legend Albert Pujols took the mound for the 9th inning against the Giants. He gave up 4 runs, but we all had a blast. (photo USA Today)

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The Giants went 4-2 this week, but ended a 6-game winning streak. Eric and Chad talk review the week that was in San Francisco Giants’ baseball, including the trade of fan-favorite Mauricio Dubon. We had an entertaining blow-out on Sunday night baseball with Albert Pujols taking the bump along with Luis Gonzalez, and the Giants and Mariners keep making trades, including the same guy back and forth! Oh, and Eric is sporting a glorious mustache for May. Be sure to check it out below.

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Episode #251: Giants Getting Healthy?

Giants outfielder, Mike Yastrzemski celebrates with Joc Pederson after depositing a home run into McCovey Cove against the Cardinals on Mother’s Day (photo USA Today)

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Chad and Willie review the last week in Giants’ baseball. We talk about the highs and lows, Buster Posey Day, and an umpire doing weird things with Madison Bumgarner.

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Episode #250: Stay Calm and Put the DFA Button Down

Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood did not fare well against the Washington Nationals on Friday night, but he hopes to get back on the horse against his former Dodgers on Wednesday. (photo AP)

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We recorded episode #250 and reviewed the week in Giants’ baseball. Not the greatest week, going 2-3, but there were many challenges to overcome from COVID and injuries, Farhan is making deals everywhere, a career minor-leaguer finally got his chance in the show, and the rosters have contracted. Eric has a mini-rant about fair weather Giants fans at the end, so don’t miss it!

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Episode #249: What a Roadie!

San Francisco Giants’ Joc Pederson hit two bombs in Washington, and four for the week. Photo by Luis M. Alvarez/AP

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In episode 249, we talk about the Giants’ 8-3 road trip…despite losing 3 of 4 in NY! We give our players of the week, roast Angel Hernandez, and a traditional segment, “why the Giants will win it all.”

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Episode #248: The Giants Picked Up Where They Left Off

“The Captain” did his part, swatting 3 homeruns in the Giants first 9 games, helping them to a 7-2 record out of the gate. (photo Getty Images)

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In episode 248, we talk about the Giants’ hot start to 2022 as they opened the season winning 7 of 9 games and all 3 series. Their pitching is hot, their hitting could be better, but it’s all working out. We give our players of the week, and a traditional segment, “why the Giants will win it all.”

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Giants set opening day roster

Here is your 2022 San Francisco Giants Opening Day roster:

The roster is expanded to 28, from 26 for the month of April to help out with the double headers and lack of off days due to the season starting late from the lockout. Personally, not too many surprises, as it’s very similar to the 2021 opening day roster and what they had at the end of last season, aside from subbing Bart for Posey, adding Rodon and Pederson and a few others. Hey, the Giants are apparently 107-win underdogs this year. Let’s see how they do. They open tomorrow, Friday, April 8 at 1:35pm PDT at home against the Miami Marlins. Chad should be at Oracle on Monday when they battle the Padres, be sure to follow all the action at TortureCast on twitter.

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Episode #247: 2022 Season Preview

Will Logan Webb be the Giants’ ace? (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

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Willie,  Chad and our listeners predict how many wins the Giants will get, where they will finish in the NL West and what special awards might be earned. 

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Episode #245: The Cold Winter

Barry Bonds singles out writers that didn’t vote for him…probably. (photo USA Today)

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We’re back for the new year with a fresh episode to bring updates regarding the MLB lockout of players, but in addition, we have a little discussion about the insane football playoff games from this past weekend, the fact that the Giants never even offered Kevin Gausman a contract, and it looks like Bonds will not make it to the Hall of Fame in his 10th and final year of eligibility. 

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Episode #259: The Thrill

Former Giants’ first baseman Will Clark, had his #22 retired at Oracle Park on Saturday, July 29, 2022.

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The boys talk about Will Clark’s #22 retirement ceremony, the Giants’ recent skid, Chad’s interview with Logan Webb, who’s game to be acquired or traded away by tomorrow, and should the Giants buy or sell or do nothing? We also take a look at the Dodgers series and the final 60 games of the season.

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A NIGHT OF FIRSTS AND REUNIONS

It wasn’t cold. It wasn’t hot. It was the kind of night at Oracle Park that Willie Dills had been hoping for after seven and a half years living in Austin, Texas. 67 degrees at first pitch with the Giants ace on the mound and a nearly packed house set the stage for a return to the press box for the TortureCast host who had finally come home. Willie had built this little podcast from the ground up and had to watch from afar while his cohorts, Chad King and Eric Nathanson, had nurtured it and kept it alive but now he was back.

After finding out that the old cheap parking tricks still worked, Willie hit the ground running and grabbed a press pass from a window by the O’Doul gate. The new COVID rules were foreign to him as he had just left the very “free” state of Texas. Luckily, Willie had his vaccine card and was allowed entry and after finding his way to the field and reuniting with Chad the night could commence. 

The Giants were taking batting practice and the manager, Gabe Kapler, was lounging in the dugout, chatting with announcer Dave Flemming. WIllie located Chad and the two headed up the stairs to get some cheap grub. Food at the ballpark is not generally cheap but these two were privileged. Part of the elite. Press, baby. 

A few flights of stairs and nods of acknowledgment and they were in. The press mess hall. 15 bucks gets you access to a buffet style treat of salad, wings and sandwiches. Kruk and Kuip were lounging just a few feet away while the TortureCast boys tried to play it cool. Willie walked by Mike Krukow and heard him refer to his partner, Duane Kuiper, as “Smoothie” and it just proved what everyone already knew. The best broadcasting team in baseball were also best friends in real life.  

After filling their plates the boys headed upstairs to the press box for their next tough decision. Most of the people there were regulars with spots picked out and familiar people all around. As independent podcasters the boys still had a bit of trepidation and looked for a spot in the corner. Finding a great spot up front the laptops came out and the scorecards and info sheets adorned their new home that the boys would inhabit for the next 2-4 hours. Suddenly it became all about the baseball that was about to happen and the insecurities of feeling like frauds slipped away. The TortureCast boys may not know all the other journalists but they did know baseball and they belonged in the box.

The Giants had been on a bit of skid. 12-12 in the month of June, 5 games back, but still in the hunt, the team needed a rebound series and playing the lowly Tigers was a great opportunity. The Giants had their best starter on the mound, Carlos Rodon, so the feeling in the ballpark was that a win was highly likely. The near sold out crowd had a buzz going. Once Willie sat down, opened his laptop and started setting up his scorecard he took a moment to look around and take it all in. That’s when he felt it. The Giants were going to win this game and welcome Willie back to the bay the right way.

Thank you Giants for being the coolest franchise ever

Rodon opened the game with 2 quick outs before the legend himself, Miguel Cabrera, grounded a ball off of Rodons foot. The ball went 20 feet into the air but Thairo Estrada still almost threw him out at first as Cabrera, at age 39, is not as fast as he once was. Rodon fanned Riley Greene to get out of the inning unscathed and the game was on.

In the bottom of the first the Giants scored two as Flores reached on a walk and Joc Pederson, having a career year, grounded a ball directly over third base for a double. Darin Ruf hit a sharp grounder that prevented the runners from advancing but in the clutch, Evan Longoria blooped a ball off the end of his bat into the outfield scoring two. The Giants so far in 2022 had been struggling with runners in scoring position so this was a fantastic sign that things may be looking up.

The next action took place in the 5th as the Giants launched a two out rally. Ruf sent the Tigers starter to the bench by coaxing a walk and then Longoria smashed a swinging bunt halfway to third and reached safely. With two on and two out a wild pitch set up Mike Yastrzemski, the definite player of the game, who launched a soft shot over second base, scoring two. 

Yaz made the play of the game in the 8th

At this point the Giants had to be feeling good with their ace on the mound and a 4-nil lead but the Tigers did not go away quietly. Over the next 3 innings the Tigers chipped away at the lead bringing it to 4-3 with two down in the 8th after Dominic Leone walked 3 and gave up a seeing eye single. Gabe Kapler brought his closer, Camilo Doval, into the game to attempt the always dicey four out save. 

Doval struck out Jonathan Schoop to end the 8th and then came out to begin the 9th with all the confidence and swagger the Giants next anointed closer should have. He struck out Eric Haase, walked Robbie Grossman on four pitches just to assert his dominance, and then proceeded to induce the game ending double play from Javy Baez to close the game out. 

After the game, Willie was privileged to join the other journalists in Gabe Kapler’s office and bear witness to the glory that is the “post game interview”. While he didn’t ask any questions of his own he did take note of the exotic array of liquor bottles, bass guitars and flags in the hallowed grounds of Kapler’s abode. Be sure my friends, while no questions were asked on this day, ridiculous questions will be asked soon by the boys from TortureCast.

Camilo Doval picked up save number 12

Coming up is one more game against the Detroit Tigers to finish out the month of June before the White Sox come to town to begin July. With the Giants back 5 games to the hated Dodgers this begins a very important couple of weeks before the all-star break. This years Giants are still contenders but the holes are making themselves known as we approach the halfway point. 

Willie is now here for all of it and will be bringing you all of the action on TortureCast.com and through the podcast, available anywhere you get your podcasts.

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Episode #256: Riding the Rollercoaster

Joc Pederson receives his World Series ring prior to the Giants/Braves game. He also wore his iconic pearl necklace for the first time as a member of the Giants. Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

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The Giants’ hot streak has been muffled by losing 4 of their last 5, all by 1 run and 3 by walk-off. Although they are still in contention, they can’t afford to continue to lose these close games. Eric and Chad talk about the last 2 weeks of Giants baseball, a trade, injuries and more!

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Episode #255: It’s ABart the Team

Joey Bart was demoted to Sacramento on Wednesday, but he has been struggling at the plate, striking out a whopping 45.4% of the time, which leads all of baseball for players with 100 or more plate appearances.Photo: Chris Bernacchi | Credit: Special to The Chronicle

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Chad and Eric discuss the last week in Giants’ baseball, including a trade for a catcher and the demotion of Joey Bart to Sacramento. Also, their defense is at the bottom of the league and we explore why. Chad also asks the question, is it ok for a grown man to wear a baseball jersey at a game?

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Episode #253: Joctober in May

Joc Pederson hit 3 home runs with 8 RBI in the Giants thrilling 13-12 walk-off victory against th New York Mets. He hit another homerun in his first at bat in the next game for 4 homers in 7 at bats. (photo USATSI)

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The Giants are having a rough week and a rough month, but the last two games have given us a respite from the storm. Will Joctober’s 3 homerun performance be the Tauchman-like catalyst they need? We discuss this and more in episode 253.

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