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Episode #240: Not the Captain?!

Captain Belt and his sea men deboard the plane in Denver. This was all part of the annual rookie hazing. Just fantastic.

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A fantastic 5-1 week saw the Giants’ NL West lead grow by one game to 2 and their magic number shrink to 5 with 6 to play. Unfortunately, the good vibes were marred somewhat when we found out that Captain Belt has a fractured finger that could jeopardize any playoff participation…and he had been one of the hottest players in baseball, cranking out homers 28 and 29 in a game this week. Eric, Chad and Willie talk about the week that was and look forward to the last 6 games of the regular season as the Giants try and clinch the NL West and avoid game #163 and the wild card game. Plus, we bring back the old segment, “Why we will win it all!”

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Episode #239: Clinched!

The San Francisco Giants celebrated after Monday’s 9-1 victory over San Diego that clinched a playoff spot for them. (AP)

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Earlier this week the Giants clinched their first postseason berth in five years, but they are not even close to being finished. After a subdued celebration, they have their eyes set on the NL West crown, but the Dodgers keep winning, as they trimmed the Giants’ lead down to a single game. With 12 games remaining, the stakes are high. Who will come out on top? We cover this and more! Audio version is available wherever you get your podcasts.

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Episode #237: Back on Top

San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey is ruled safe at first when Will Smith’s toe just came off the first base bag. The play drove in the winning run in the 11th inning. (ESPN)

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Join us for episode #237 as we review a crazy week in Giants’ baseball that culminated in a hotly contested series with the Dodgers. The Giants briefly dipped to second place for like 11 hours before reclaiming the top spot. Are we worried about the lack of hitting with RISP? Jake McGee? The playoff rotation? We cover this and more! Audio version is available wherever you get your podcasts.

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Episode #236: COVIDamnit

San Francisco Giants’ Alex Wood has tested positive for COVID-19 and placed on the IL. (USA Today)

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The Giants are guaranteed to have their best monthly record of the season. They won nine straight series. They went 6-3 on the road trip, yet here they are, only 1.5 games ahead of the Dodgers. Eric and Chad talk about how this resilient team will deal with positive COVID tests for Donovan Solano and Alex Wood, and a sick Johnny Cueto, all while they head into huge series with the Brewers and Dodgers. All of our episodes are also available on Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, and most major podcast platforms.

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Episode #235: Pinch-Hit Bombs Rule

San Francisco Giants’ LaMonte Wade Jr. uses the “Wakanda Forever” gesture as he approaches first base after hitting a go-ahead 2-run homer in the top of the 9th inning to steal a victory away from the A’s. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

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What an exhausting week of Giants’ baseball, filled with a heart-crushing defeat, victories snatched away from losses at the last minute, and back to back jacks twice, Chad and Eric talk about it all. The Giants maintain their NL West lead, but it did slip a bit to the streaking Dodgers. We also talk about the pros and cons of a team that relies, more than any other team, on the long-ball to score runs. We’re in the last lap of the mile now, and the Giants have their eyes surprisingly set on capturing the division title for the first time in nine years. All of our episodes are also available on Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, and most major podcast platforms.

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Episode #234: Controlling Their Own Destiny

San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford signed a two-year extension worth $32 million last week that will keep him in SF through the 2023 season. (Sports Illustrated)

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Chad, Eric and Willie talk about the last two weeks of Giants baseball, including Brandon Crawford’s 2 year, $32 million extension and how that might affect Posey and Belt, the fact that they went 10-3 and only increased their NL West lead by a game, the dramatic come-from-behind victories, the taxed bullpen, and how this team continues to be the best in baseball with its depth, consistency and resilience. We also make fun of our pre-season win predictions and look forward to how the Giants can clinch the West, something we didn’t even consider back in April. All of our episodes are also available on Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, and most major podcast platforms.

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Episode #233: The San Francisco Bryants

San Francisco Giants’ Kris Bryant (23) connects for a solo home run in the third inning of their game at Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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Chad, Eric and Willie talk about the trade that brought in the big fish, Kris Bryant, and the potential effect he’ll have on the Giants and their race in the NL West. We also talk about the huge series against the Dodgers and Astros at Oracle this week. All of our episodes are also available on Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, and most major podcast platforms.

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Episode #156: We’re Doing it LIVE!

Hey! We did it LIVE today! Click on the video above to watch and listen to episode 156. Or, if you prefer:

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Chad and Eric wrap up the Giants’ poor season in episode 156 discussing their worst month in franchise history, going 5-21 and plunging 16 games below .500 after they were at .500 on August 31. Hunter Pence’s lasting speech was uplifting after the Giants got trounced 15-0 by LA. We also lament about the fact that the Giants could have forced LA into a wild card game if they could’ve won one stinking game over the weekend. We preview the playoffs, give our picks, and choose our postseason awards.

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Episode #130: Free Fallin’

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Matt Cain, we are going to miss you. Photo by Brad Mangin

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What a horrendous day. Just coming off the news from Puerto Rico, then comes the Vegas shooting and now Tom Petty. Let’s talk about baseball, shall we?

Chad, Eric and Willie reflect on the end of the 2017 season for the Giants, including what went wrong, how they may address it, Pablo’s season-ending walk-off and how that affects the draft, and of course, Matt Cain’s last start. Chad talks about covering Cain’s last start and Eric shares a poignant moment he had with his father when they watched Matt Cain and Barry Bonds beat the Cubs in Chicago.

We also dwell upon the impending playoffs and offer up our predictions. Chad and Willie both predict Houston and Washington making it to the World Series with Houston winning it all, while Eric thinks the Dodgers will hoist the Tiffany trophy after defeating the Astros. (GOD I hope Eric is wrong)

That means it’ll be the Twins vs the Rockies in the World Series, of course.

We’ll be back in a week or two to reflect on the playoffs, then again after the World Series before we head into the hot stove season.

 

 

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Just Accept It: The Giants Can’t Make the Playoffs…but you Already Knew That

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The Giants would have to be almost as good as the 116 win Seattle Mariners to even sniff the playoffs.

I’m seeing some pretty silly posts on Giants fan sites that with a great second half, they could sneak into a wildcard spot.

Sorry, I’ll give you a few seconds to finish laughing and then take a shot while you weep softly.

Yes, most of us understand that’s not going to happen.

However, if some of you truly think it’s possible, I can’t say it’s mathematically impossible. Clearly it’s not. But, let’s just look at numbers and history, shall we?

The Giants are officially half-way through the season and stand with a 30-51 record. First, they’d have to go a mirrored 51-30 just to finish .500. Ok, we can agree that’s outside the realm of plausibility. Let’s look at what it would hypothetically take to grab a wild card spot, however.

The worst wild card record stands at 87 wins by the Giants and Mets in 2014. Technically, this is only .002 pct pts better than the 1995 Rockies that snuck into the playoffs with a 77-67 record in a strike-shortened season. In the expanded wild card era (since 2012), 10 wildcard teams have averaged 91.1 wins. Of course, the one side-exception is the 2006 NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals who won the World Series after an unprecedented low win total of just 83. That’s just 4 games above .500 for the season. That is an outlier, and for certain, the NL West winner will not have 83 wins, with LA, Arizona and Colorado heading well into the 90 win total.

For sake of argument, let’s take 87 wins as the bare minimum. Then, the Giants would have to go 57-24 the rest of the way. That’s a .703 winning percentage! No MLB team in the modern era has played a half at this level, except the 2001 Seattle Mariners who went 60-21 (.741) in the first half of 2001. Of course, they lost in the ALDS that year, so.

Look, the Giants were incredible in the first half last year, going an MLB-best 57-33 (.633) before the All Star break before a second half collapse that saw them barely make the playoffs (BTW, they were 50-31 at the exact half-way point, almost the mirror image of their record now. That second half collapse is basically continuous with this year’s first half. They’re not a good team right now, nor for the last full seasoned number of games.

Compare this to the Dodgers’ current record, which will sit no worse than 52-29, and that’s only if they lose tonight. They could finish the first half with three more wins than the MLB-best Giants last year. Arizona will also at least match the Giants’ first half record from last year, and could get that 51st win in their 81st game tonight.

Almost certainly, the Giants would need to win more than 87 games to get the wild card, perhaps 89 or 90, which would require the second-best half in MLB modern history, behind the 2001 Mariners first half.

So, back off of the orange Kool-Aid for those of you thinking the Giants “have a chance” to make the playoffs. It’s not happening, but let’s just hope they can avoid the 100 loss embarrassment, which they are on track to exceed.

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