PODCAST: On Diminished Velocity and Why WAR Matters

Ben looks closely at Madison Bumgarner’s second start of the season and discusses why it’s critical to think in terms of wins above replacement when analyzing modern baseball decisions. Music Credit: Released by Tasty Artist: TheFatRat Song: Xenogenesis

On Connor Joe, Pablo Sandoval, and Disagreeing with a Beat Writer

Ben discusses the Giants’ acquisition of Connor Joe, and how it could affect Pablo Sandoval’s future in San Francisco. He also details his dispute with a local beat writer, and outlines the exciting future of the podcast. Music Credit: Released by Tasty Records Artist: TheFatRat Song: Xenogenesis

ON THE NEED TO “SHAKE THINGS UP”

Ben discusses the demise of the San Francisco Giants, which can be traced back to the 2016 All-Star break. Since that time, the team has a 168-219 record, which is definitely not too small of a sample size to analyze! He addresses the specific failings — from top to bottom — of an organization that […]

FADING HOPE AS DEADLINE LOOMS

Ben discusses the Giants’ recent poor performance, what they should do (if anything) at the non-waiver trading deadline, and their playoff chances in 2018 and beyond. Music Credit: Released by Tasty Records Artist: TheFatRat Song: Xenogenesis

YOUNG PITCHING, GOOD BULLPEN, DOMINANCE AT HOME KEEPING SF IN CONTENTION

Ben looks back on the past month-and-a-half of Giants baseball. He delves into the unexpected development of Andy Suarez and Dereck Rodriguez, the team’s suddenly well-above-average bullpen, and its adequate offense. Although some key hitters have been disappointing, others have stepped up and they remain in decent shape overall. The Cory Gearrin/Austin Jackson trade is […]

REINFORCEMENTS ON THE WAY, BUT WILL IT MATTER?

Ben discusses the Giants’ 2-6 road trip and the rotation’s severe struggles. He assesses the plethora of upcoming roster moves, and wonders when minor league standouts Austin Slater and Ray Black could get an opportunity. Music Credit: Released by Tasty Records Artist: TheFatRat Song: Xenogenesis

STAYING AFLOAT

Thanks in large part to an MVP-like season so far from Brandon Belt, the Giants offense is much improved — and quietly one of the best in baseball — but their starting pitching has struggled without Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto. Bumgarner (and reliever Mark Melancon) are expected to return soon, but will their presence […]

FOUR STRAIGHT SERIES WINS

Ben discusses the Giants’ recent hot streak and analyzes its sustainability. Topics for discussion include Mac Williamson’s power, Bruce Bochy’s improved decision making, Andrew McCutchen’s slump, Will Smith’s return, and the injuries to Joe Panik and Johnny Cueto. Music Credit: Released by Tasty Records Artist: TheFatRat Song: Xenogenesis  

GIANTS SURVIVE STRANGE OPENING WEEK

The Giants split a four-game series in LA in which they scored just two total runs. Their first three runs of the season (through 4+ games) all came on Joe Panik solo homers. Despite the fact that they began the year with a slumbering offense and a severely battered pitching staff, the Giants are 3-3 […]