On a Slow Start and the Importance of Platoons

Discussing the Giants’ sluggish early offense, the (over)performance of their starting staff, and why they must platoon more in order to stay afloat in the National League. Music Credit: Released by Tasty Records Artist: TheFatRat Song: Xenogenesis YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/2Ax_EIb1zks

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

PODCAST: Lessons from San Diego and Small Sample Sizes

Ben discusses the key points from the Giants’ last three games in San Diego, in which they pitched well (especially the bullpen) but struggled offensively. He also discusses why it’s far too early to make definitive statements about specific players and the team as a whole. Music Credit: Released by Tasty Records Artist: TheFatRat Song: […]

LOCKED ON GIANTS – 03/29/2019 – On Bumgarner and a Strange Decision

A close examination of how Madison Bumgarner used his pitches on Opening Day compared to how he’s used them in the past. Despite an overall excellent start, are there still reasons to be concerned about Bumgarner’s fastball? Also, a close examination of Bruce Bochy’s curious decision let Gerardo Parra hit against a lefty instead of […]

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

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