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Episode #224: Best Team in Baseball

Buster Posey watches his two-run home run leave Oracle Park over the right field pavilion vs the Padres last Friday night. It was only his third career opposite-field home run at Oracle. (Photo: Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

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Join us for episode #224 as we chat about the 22-14 first-place Giants as they stay hot. After dropping 2 of 3 in Colorado, they got back on the winning wagon by taking 2 of 3 at home from San Diego and swept two games from Texas. And what about Buster Posey turning back the clock and hitting almost .400? We’ll review the last 8 games and preview their road trip.

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Episode #223: Alone in First!

Giants traded for outfielder Mike Tauchman, pictured here, greeting Kevin Gausman and Tommy LaStella at home after his 3-run homer put the Giants up for good in their 7-1 win over San Diego on Sunday. (Photo: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

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Join Chad and Eric’s discussion about the last week of Giants baseball and the surprising development that this team finds itself alone in first place for the first time since August 2016. Remarkable for a rag-tag team, eh? They review the series at home vs Colorado and three at San Diego. The starters continue to dominate while the hitting and bullpen still need to pick it up. But hey, we can’t complain much at this point. Then there were the infamous three straight balls called strikes in the 9th in San Diego (see tweet below). Ump had a dinner reservation, apparently. This and more in episode 223 of the TortureCast!

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Episode #222: Giants Go Fishin!

Giants pitcher Logan Webb continued the starters’ hot streak. Against the Marlins, they only gave up 2 runs and 8 hits over 27 innings. (Photo: Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

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Join Chad, Willie and Eric’s discussion about the Giants series victory over those pesky Marlins. Logan Webb looked great in the series finale, and overall the pitching once again made up for the lack of offense. Also, did Madison Bumgarner pitch a no-hitter? This and more in episode 222 of the TortureCast!.

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Episode #221: Hello East Coast!

Alex Dickerson launches a 3-run homerun to give the Giants the lead in game #2 in Philadelphia. (Photo: Fox Sports)

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Join all three of us as we dissect the road trip in Miami and Philadelphia, where the Giants maintained their .500 road record. The trip included a couple of shutouts, great pitching, heartbreaking losses, and a couple of fantastic comebacks. Where are all these pinch-hit homers coming from? We discuss Doval’s debut, Cueto’s injury, Giants with the unlucky BABIP and more in episode 221 of the TortureCast!.

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Episode #220: I Feel Good!

Brandon Crawford and his hair admires his go-ahead 3-run homer against the Rockies during the Giants first home stand. His timely hits have helped propel the Giants to a 8-4 record. (Photo: MLB.com)

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With the way the Giants are playing, we DO feel good! For those of you who are old enough to remember the 1989 “I Feel Good” commercial/campaign the Giants ran….you’ll understand. Join us for episode #220 as Chad and Eric review the Giants series in San Diego and against Colorado and Cincinnati. We discuss the incredible timely hitting (despite being second-worst in batting average in the NL), and excellent pitching that has contributed to their scorching 8-4 start to the season. Alex Wood joined the rotation and will pitch in Miami, but that’s balanced by a lat injury to Johnny Cueto in the finale of the Reds series.

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Episode #219: Bullpen Meltdown

Buster Posey hits his second homer in as many games to open up the 2021 season. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images))

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Join us for episode #219 as Chad, Eric, and Willie (he joins mid-show) review the Giants opening series in Seattle. We discuss the bullpen meltdown, power surges from Buster and Longoria, a great start by Gausman, tickets at Oracle, notable performances around the league and more!

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Episode #195: Greed is not Good

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Framegrab from the KPIX helicopter flying over Oracle Park, showing the new bullpens nearing completion.

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Things are tough in the nation right now. From the pandemic to civil unrest, there are many more important things happening than a podcast about baseball and the Giants. Yet, Eric and I decided to go ahead with our recording, as we only do so every two weeks at this point. Perhaps our conversation can be a distraction from these troubling times.

There have been a few developments in the negotiations between the owners and players, but both sides seem to have their feet planted firmly. The owners want to pay the players much less than previously agreed to, with fewer games played, and the players want a prorated salary and more games. They are currently very far apart, and the chances of having a season seem to dwindle with every passing day. But, there is some hope that we’ll see baseball some time this year. We also chat about Vegas reopening, bullpen completion and new dimensions at Oracle Park and more!

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Episode #194: Baseball in San Francisco…in July?

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Oracle Park may not have fans in July, but could it have baseball? (AFP Photo/JUSTIN SULLIVAN)

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Do we think this is likely? Not really. But, that is the latest bit of news coming out of the baseball world. Last week, MLB owners sent the players association a proposal that would start an 82 game season in July. Some of the main points of how the season would work include the DH for the NL, an expanded 14-team playoff, games restricted to mainly geographic opponents to reduce travel, and a myriad of COVID-19 related guidelines for on-field play (no spitting, chewing tobacco, fist bumps, etc.). They also proposed a 50/50 revenue split with the players, but that would result in lower salaries than the players already agreed to on March 26, when they agreed to a pro-rated salary based on the number of games played. Additionally, California Governor Newsom indicated that pro sports may be able to return by June, without spectators.

All of these issues are massive hurdles, which makes the prospect of a season starting in July seem unlikely. However, baseball fans around the nation would be ecstatic to see their team playing on their home field (on TV) sometime this year.

We also talk about Blake Snell’s unwillingness to play for less, the Giants are paying their non-baseball staff through September, and the OOTP Baseball dream bracket #2 will send in the 1954 and 2012 Giants as part of the field of 64 historic teams.

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MLB Owners Proposal Highlights: https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/mlb-2020-season-plan-owners-approve-proposal-for-july-start-talks-reportedly-begin-without-salary-discussion/

Blog by Craig Calcaterra: https://craigcalcaterra.com/blog/the-pandemic-diary-may-16/ 

Blake Snell: https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29174318/rays-ace-blake-snell-says-refuses-play-reduced-salary

OOTP Dream Bracket #2: https://www.mlb.com/dream-bracket

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Episode #187: The Kapler Era Begins

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New Giants manager Gabe Kapler positing on the the field at Oracle Park on the day he was introduced to the press on November 13, 2019. Photo by Eric Risberg, The Associated Press. All rights reserved

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We told you we would be back when the manager was hired. What we didn’t foresee is the hiring of a controversial manager, a new GM, the loss of two HUGE Giants, the 2019 season awards, and a cheating scandal that is rocking the baseball world ALL THIS WEEK! Boy, did we have a lot to talk about in this meaty episode!

We dive into the controversial hiring of Gabe Kapler, the hiring of Scott Harris as the GM, Will Smith signed a three year, $40 million deal with Atlanta, Bumgarner officially declined his qualifying offer from the Giants, all of the season awards, and the Astros sign-stealing scandal that is likely to alter the course of Astros history going forward.

You may disagree with some of our opinions about Kapler. Let us know your thoughts on this topic, we’d love to dissect them in the next show!

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