Description: Giants ace Madison Bumgarner outdueled Clayton Kershaw on Thursday.
Insight: Not only did Bumgarner defeat Kershaw, but he took him deep as well in the third inning. Bumgarner did not allow a run on seven hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and is now 5-2 with a 2.84 ERA.
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (back) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the LA Dodgers.
Insight: Pagan was forced to leave Saturday's contest with back spasms, and will be given the day off on Sunday. Pagan has been one of the few guys in the Giants lineup to hit the ball and they can't afford to be without his .324 batting average for long.
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer, four RBI and three runs in the, 10-3, victory over the Reds on Friday.
Insight: Belt hit his bomb in the first and hen had a RBI-double in the seventh. It was nice to finally see Belt get rid of the goose egg in the home run column. He is hitting .291 with one home run and 11 RBI in 103 at-bats.
Description: Giants starter Tim Lincecum broke his scoreless innings streak on Thursday as he allowed three runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings this season.
Insight: Those numbers are too terrible, but he did have five walks. Lincecum has pitched pretty well this season and prior to allowing a run in the fourth inning on Thursday, he didn't allow a run for 18 innings. He is 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 32 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings.
Description: Giants pitcher Chris Heston pitched a complete game and allowed just one run on two hits, struck out 10 and walked none as San Francisco beat Houston, 8-1.
Insight: Heston only allowed a solo home run. In five of his seven starts, Heston has allowed one earned run or fewer, but he has allowed five or more runs in the other two. He also has had to deal with errors. Heston is 3-3 with a 2.91 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 39 strikeouts in 46 1/3 inning this season.
Description: Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven shutout innings as the Giants beat the Padres, 6-0, on Tuesday.
Insight: Vogelsong yielded three hits, struck out four and walked two. This was clearly his best start of the season and despite the seven shutout innings, he is 1-2 with a 6.84 ERA in 26 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is just a .177 career hitter versus Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Can you blame him? Kershaw is the best left-handed pitcher since Randy Johnson. Posey is 11-for-62 with one home run against Kershaw. If there is a better option at catcher out there, go with that on Tuesday, but if owners want to stick with Posey, that is understandable as well. He was the No. 1 catcher taken after all.
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is a 3-for-27 lifetime versus Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: It's not a huge surprise because lots of players struggle against Kershaw, but Belt's .111 batting average is less than desirable for fantasy owners. Find someone else to start at first base on Wednesday.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the, 6-2, victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Insight: Posey seems to be getting two hits in every other game. Following that current pattern, he isn't a good play on Wednesday. He is hitting .250 with two home runs and seven RBI in 52 at-bats this season.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey went 0-for-4 in the loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Insight: Posey and the defending champions are struggling right now. Posey is hitting .229 with two home runs and six RBI while the Giants are 4-10 to start the year. Based on past history, fans and fantasy owners should not count out either San Francisco or their best player.
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (strained right groin) could be available to pinch hit on Saturday.
Insight: Belt only played in 61 games last season, because of injuries, so this wasn't the way his fantasy owners wanted him to start the season. He's apparently feeling better and could return to the lineup as soon as Sunday.
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is doubtful for Thursday's game against San Diego with a strained right groin.
Insight: Belt only played in 61 games last season, but was on his way to a personal best home run total before a concussion derailed his year. He hit 12 homers in 214 at-bats after hitting a career-high 17 in 509 at-bats in 2013. He could be a nice sleeper in 2015 if he can stay healthy.
Description: Giants pitcher Matt Cain has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a flexor tendon strain.
Insight: The move is retroactive to April 3, but it is rough news nevertheless. Chris Heston will start on Wednesday, but once Jake Peave is good to go, Ryan Vogelsong will fill Cain's spot in the rotation.
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy will miss Tuesday's scheduled start against Arizona due to a sore back.
Insight: Peavy is a back-end of the rotation guy these days after many years as a top-flight starter. He went 7-13 last season between Boston and San Francisco, pitching much better on the "left coast" (6-4, 2.17 ERA, 1.042 WHIP).
Description: Giants ace Madison Bumgarner looked in post-season form in the season opener, going seven innings and yielding just one run on six hits..
Insight: It appears he's brought his "A" game to the start of the season and could make the jump to fantasy elite status. He went 18-10 last season with a 2.98 ERA and 1.090 WHIP. If the Giants can musted enough offense he could win 20 games for the first time.
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan got the season off to a quick start with three hits, two for extra bases, and a couple of RBI.
Insight: Pagan hasn't played more than 96 games in each of the last two seasons, but a lot is expected of him this season. He's batting No. 3 in the lineup and could be in for a big season of he can stay on the field.
Description: Giants pitcher Matt Cain threw four strong innings in his final Cactus Leaggue effort Friday and fantasy owners should take note.
Insight: Cain is returning from sugery that removed bone chips from his throwing elbow and another procedure on his right ankle and yielded three hits while striking out three. He'll be trying to rebound from an ugly 2014, but has high upside potential if he regains his old form. His current Yahoo ADP is 221 so he could be a nice late-round bargain.
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (back surgery last September) had two injections in his lower back on Friday, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Pagan hasn't played more than 96 games in each of the last two seasons and he may also lose his spot at the top of the lineup to Norichika Aoki. He's got talent, but he is a high-risk pick that fantasy owners shouldn't take until late in the draft, if at all.
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence will miss six-to-eight weeks after an X-ray revealed Thursday he has a fracture in his left forearm.
Insight: Pence took a pitch in the arm just above the wrist on Thursday which caused the break. With the six-to-eight week timetable, fantasy owners can't really depend on any production from Pence in April. Pence has played in 383 straight games, so that will come to an end. Gregor Blanco will see most of the left over playing time in right field.
Description: Giants pitcher Matt Cain is expected to make his first Spring Training start around March 10 according to CSN Bay Area.
Insight: Cain is returning from sugery that removed bone chips from his throwing elbow and another procedure on his right ankle. The Giants will likely move their ace along very, very slowly especially considering he clearly isn't needed to win a championship.
Description: Giants ace Madison Bumgarner hardly looked like himself on Tuesday versus the Athletics.
Insight: Who can blame him? It's not October. Bumgarner allowed four runs in 1 2/3 innings Tuesday. Bumgarner yielded five hits, three of which went for extra bases. Bumgarner is a top 10 option this fantasy season, but those owners reaching for him in the top five are counting on having the postseason version of Bumgarner. He is a good regular season starter but not fantastic until the postseason
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (back surgery last September) says he's without restrictions and feels good, according to beat writer Alex Pavlovic.
Insight: OK, everyone feels good the first day of spring training. Pagan hasn't played more than 96 games in each of the last two seasons. He may also lose his spot at the top of the lineup to Norichika Aoki, so drafting Pagan comes with multiple red flags.
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt agreed to a one-year deal to stay in San Francisco.
Insight: Belt only played in 61 games last season, but was on his way to a personal best home run total before a concussion derailed his year. He hit 12 homers in 214 at-bats after hitting a career-high 17 in 509 at-bats in 2013. He could be a nice sleeper in 2015.
Description: Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro had back surgery on Sunday to fuse the L2 and L3 vertebrae, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Scutaro's recovery time is estimated at 4-6 months and at 39-years-old is likely a career-killer. He played just five games last season and should not be on fantasy radar screens for the upcoming season.
Description: Outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse has signed a deal to play with Miami, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Morse is expected to play first base, though he can also handle the outfield if needed. He could bat cleanup and be protection for Giancarlo Stanton which would offer him plenty of opportunities to drive in runs. On the other hand, Marlins Park is a hard place to go deep.
Description: Pablo Sandoval's agent, Gustavo Vasquez, told the San Francisco Chronicle the third baseman is looking for a six-year contract.
Insight: At 28-year-old, we agree that Sandoval has earned a long-term deal even as much as six years, but it is going to be tough for a team to give a player who has battled conditioning issues through his career a six-year deal.
Description: Giants manager Bruce Bochey told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area he expects Tim Lincecum to return to the starting rotation next season.
Insight: Lincecum lost his spot in the rotation in August, and barely pitch in the postseason. Bochy, however, said he believes the team will need him as a starter. The 30-year-old made 26 starts and posted a 4.67 ERA in 2014.
Description: Giants outfielder Juan Perez is starting in left field in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday.
Insight: Manager Bruce Bochy is going with his best lineup with Perez in left rather than Travis Ishikawa. Perez will bat ninth and shortstop Brandon Crawford moves up to bat eighth. The rest of the Giants lineup remains the same.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey continues to struggle in the 2014 World Series.
Insight: Posey hit with the bases loaded and one out in the third inning. San Francisco had just allowed Kansas City to score seven runs in the second, so any kind of run would have meant a slight swing in momentum. Instead, Posey grounded into a double play to end the inning. Posey is batting just .190 since the start of the NLCS and doesn't have an extra base hit the entire postseason.
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit allowed his first earned run of the World Series on Tuesday.
Insight: Petit relieved starter Jake Peavy with the bases loaded and one out in the second. It was not an ideal situation for Bruce Bochy to put in Petit. He is a spot starter/long relief guy, so he does much better coming in at the beginning of an inning rather than with runners on base. Petit allowed three hits to the first three batters he faced as five more runs scored, two of which were charged to him.
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy lasted just 1 1/3 innings in Game 6 versus the Royals.
Insight: Peavy could not get out of the second inning as he allowed five runs on six hits. His downfall came when Alcides Escobar reached on an infield single because first baseman Brandon Belt looked back the runner at third base too long as Escobar beat him to the bag. In the next at-bat, Peavy jumped out 0-2 on Norichika Aoki but failed to put him away. Aoki's single scored another run and was the last batter Peavy faced.
Description: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner will look to help give San Francisco a 3-2 series lead, heading back to Kansas City.
Insight: This is the guy the Giants want on the mound in this pivotal Game 5, as Bumgarner went seven strong innings in Game 1, allowing only one run on three hits, and struck out five. After winning the NLCS MVP Award, Bumgarner will look to earn those honors in the World Series as well.
Description: Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco has solid career-numbers in limited action, against Game 5 starter James Shields.
Insight: Blanco is 4-for-7 lifetime off of Shields with a triple and three RBI. He should continue to hit in the leadoff spot, and will have the opportunity to start things off for San Francisco in a pivotal World Series Game 5.
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit was a key to the Giants victory Saturday night with three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Insight: The Giants bullpen came through with a total of 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball and the San Francisco offense came to life late. Wasn't it the Royals bullpen that was to be "untouchable" in this series?
Description: Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed after the game Friday that Ryan Vogelsong will start Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.
Insight: Bochy left the door open to start Madison Bumgarner on short rest in Game 4, but he decided after the loss Friday to stick with Vogelsong. Bumgarner will start Game 5. Both are pretty much must-wins for San Francisco in order to avoid falling behind 3-2 with Games 6 and 7 in Kansas City.
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is 3-for-9 in his career against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: It is a small sample size, but Sandoval has been the most successful Giants hitter versus Vargas. Sandoval was 0-for-4 in Game 3 and snapped his streak of 25 straight games of reaching base in the postseason.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey was 0-for-4 with an RBI in Game 3 of the World Series.
Insight: Posey did have an RBI-groundout in the sixth. The Giants were down two at the time with two runners in scoring position and one out, so the catcher was likely hoping for more. San Francisco lost, 3-2, and now trail in the series.
Description: Giants outfielder Michael Morse had a pinch-hit double in the sixth to keep San Francisco in Game 3 of the World Series Friday.
Insight: Morse doubled to left off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie to score Brandon Crawford from first. The hit chased Guthrie from the game. Morse then scored on a grounder from Buster Posey, three at-bats later. Kansas City, however, held on to win, 3-2.
Description: Giants starter Tim Hudson pitched 5 2/3 innings against the Royals in his long awaited World Series debut.
Insight: Hudson allowed three runs on four hits. After he permitted a double and single in the first two innings, he did not allow another hit to the sixth. Unfortunately, it was not enough, and San Francisco trails Kansas City in the World Series, 2-1.
Description: Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday the team is discussing the possibility to start Madison Bumgarner in Game 4 of the World Series on short rest according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Insight: If the Giants win Game 3 then it seems unlikely Bochy will use his ace for Game 4 on short rest, but if the Giants lose, it is on the table. Bumgarner would also be available to start Game 7 on short rest if he starts Game 4. Right now, Ryan Vogelsong is slated to start Game 4.
Description: Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series with an undisclosed injury.
Insight: Lincecum looked uncomfortable on a 2-2 pitch to Salvador Perez in the bottom of the eighth. The trainer came out to the mound immediately, and Lincecum exited the game. Lincecum looked good as he retired the five batters he faced in his first appearance this postseason.
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy will take the mound for Game 2 of the World Series, as he looks to continue his solid play.
Insight: He has started two games thus far, in the postseason, and is 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, over 9 2/3 innings of work. Peavy's victory over the Nationals in the NLDS was his first ever postseason win.
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy will be on the hill in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday against the Royals.
Insight: Peavy followed his Game 2 NLDS gem with a disappointing Game 2 start in the NLCS. Peavy will start in Kansas City on Wednesday. He has never made it out of the sixth inning in his seven postseason starts.
Description: Giants outfielders Hunter Pence and Travis Ishikawa have home runs in their careers against Cardinals starter Shelby Miller.
Insight: Neither have very many at-bats versus Miller, but both have gone deep. Pence is 1-for-5 and Ishikawa is 1-for-2 against the Cardinals Game 4 starter. The two outfielders accounted for all the RBI on Tuesday in Game 3.
Description: Giants starter Tim Hudson pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, struck out five and walked none in Game 3 of the NLCS.
Insight: Manager Bruce Bochy made his first big playoff mistake in a long time when he left Hudson in for a seventh inning. The Giants jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first, and the Cardinals slowed chipped away at the lead. In the seventh with a one-run lead, Bochy left Hudson in the game to face the bottom of the Cardinals order. Eight hitter Randal Grichuk hit a solo home run to tie the game. Despite the blown lead, San Francisco won, 5-4, in the 10th.
Description: Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco did not have a hit in Game 3 of the NLCS, but the winning run scored on his bunt in the bottom of the 10th.
Insight: Blanco put a nice bunt down towards the third baseman, in which Cardinals pitcher Randy Choate had to field. Probably rushed by Blanco's speed, Choate's throw went up the right field line, and Brandon Crawford scored from second. The Giants lead the series, 2-1.
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy is 3-0 in six game started, since the beginning of September, including postseason play.
Insight: He has pitched 36 1/3 innings during that span, and has giving up only six earned runs. Peavy has been a solid pickup for the Giants, and will have a tremendous opportunity to send San Francisco home with a 2-0 series lead.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is 4-for-6 lifetime against Cardinals' starter Lance Lynn.
Insight: The most at-bats a Giants' player has against Lynn, is Hunter Pence with nine. Posey has had success in limited at-bats, as he has one homer and four RBI against St Louis' Game 2 starter. Posey is a strong daily play.
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse (oblique) will be added to the NLCS roster according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Morse has been playing in instructional league games in Arizona. Morse would be a big upgrade over Travis Ishikawa and Juan Perez, but manager Bruce Bochy would not say how many games Morse could start in left field.
Description: San Francisco right-hander Ryan Vogelsong ptches well in no-decision during Game 4 of NLDS.
Insight: He went 5 2/3 innings and was in line for the win, until Hunter Strickland gave up a game-tying homer to Bryce Harper. Vogelsong allowed one run on only two hits and two walks, while striking out four. Strickland ended up receiving the victory, with Santiago Casilla earning his second save of the series. The Giants will head to St. Louis for Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.
Description: Juan Perez is starting for the Giants in left field for Game 4 of the NLDS against Washington.
Insight: With lefty Gio Gonzalez on the hill for the Nationals, the right-handed Perez gets the nod. Travis Ishikawa started the first three games, but hits from the left side, making the move a relatively obvious one. There are no other changes to San Francisco's lineup.
Description: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner pitches well but makes costly error in Game 3 of NLDS.
Insight: He was sailing along through six innings, but after allowing the first two runners to reach in the seventh, Bumgarner fielded a Wilson Ramos bunt, and inexplicably threw to third base. The throw was wide, resulting in two runs. Bumgarner's final line was seven innings, three runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk, with six strikeouts. Game 4 will be Tuesday.
Description: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner was stellar in his Wild Card outing versus Pittsburgh and will be a tough matchup for Washington Monday night.
Insight: Bumgarner threw a four-hit, 10-strikeout shutout in the winner-take-all Wild Card game Wednesday night. He's now 4-2 (2-0 in the World Series) with a 3.02 ERA and 1.097 WHIP in eight games (seven starts). That's a pretty good resume for anyone, much less a 25-year-old.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey went 3-for-6 in a marathon playoff game on Saturday.
Insight: Posey had a single in the top of the ninth with two outs, a man on first and the Giants trailing 1-0. Pablo Sandoval then hit a single to score the tying run. Posey also tried to score, but Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond threw him out on a close play at the plate. The Giants won on a home run in the 18th inning. Posey is batting .400 in the series so far.
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval hit a game-tying single in the top of the ninth to send Game 2 of the NLDS against the Nationals into extra innings.
Insight: Sandoval batted with runners on first and second and two outs. The third baseman hit a liner down the third base line, which scored Joe Panik. Buster Posey also came around to score, but Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond gunned him down at the plate. The Giants eventually won in the 18th on a solo home run from Brandon Belt.
Description: Giants starter Tim Hudson pitched seven 1/3 innings, struck out eight, walked none and allowed one run in a no-decision against the Nationals.
Insight: When Hudson left, the Giants trailed 1-0, but San Francisco rallied in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, 1-1. Despite the wonderful start, Hudson still has only won one postseason victory in his career and that came in 2001.
Description: Giants starter Tim Hudson has the matchup he wants heading into Game 2 of the NLDS.
Insight: Hudson has faced the Nationals twice this year, and is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA. He has pitched 12 1/3 total innings against them, allowing three runs (one earned) on 11 hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Hudson will attempt to give San Francisco a 2-0 series Saturday evening.
Description: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner continues to go out and show he's a big game pitcher.
Insight: Bumgarner threw a four-hit, 10-strikeout shutout in the winner-take-all Wild Card game Wednesday night. He's now 4-2 (2-0 in the World Series) with a 3.02 ERA and 1.097 WHIP in eight games (seven starts).
Description: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner will likely not be rattled in the NL Wild Card game like Johnny Cueto was a season ago.
Insight: Bumgarner is one of the most poised 25-year-old pitchers there is in the game and there certainly isn't one more fiery. Just about a week ago, he basically challenged headcase Yasiel Puig to a fight. San Francisco didn't have many choices as to who to start for this game, but they have the right guy on the mound.
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is a career .444 (8-for-18) hitter against Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Belt also has a home run against Volquez. He had four hits in his final four regular season game, going 6-for-12 with a home run over that stretch. Pablo Sandoval also has over a .400 career batting average against Volquez in his lifetime.
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse is likely to be left off the National League Wild Card roster on Wednesday due to a strained left oblique according to Mercury News.
Insight: There was a previous possibility of him being on the roster as a potential pinch-hitter, but that seems unlikely at this point. Even if the Giants advance, Morse doesn't look like he will be much of a factor this October.
Description: It's a rare day off for Giants right fielder Hunter Pence who is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Pence has played 160 games this season, meaning it's the first game he's missed in 2014. He played 162 last season and 160 in 2012. He's the definition of everyday player and that's how he gets solid fantasy numbers. He's batting .279 with 20 HR, 74 RBI, 106 runs and 13 steals.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is 7-for-15 (.467) including two home runs and three RBI against Padres starter Andrew Cashner.
Insight: Posey should be able to continue his incredible September with this matchup. In this month, Posey is hitting .375/.416/.550 with three home runs and 15 RBI. He has entered the MVP race with .308 batting average, 21 home runs and 86 RBI this season.
Description: Giants starter Tim Hudson could not best Clayton Kershaw, throwing five 1/3 frames and allowing three runs on five hits.
Insight: Hudson struck out four and walked one in another below average start for the right hander. Hudson has pitched awful in September, going 0-4 with a 9.92 ERA. The 39-year-old has been complaining about a sore hip in the last week, and since before the month started, Hudson's season ERA was 2.90, it is not inconceivable to believe his hip as been bothering him all month.
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is done for the season after it was announced he will undergo season-ending back surgery.
Insight: He will have the procedure on Thursday, and Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez will continue to handle the center field duties. In 96 games, Pagan hit .300 with three homeruns and had 16 stolen bases. He should be ready for spring training.
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is questionable to play in the upcoming series against the Dodgers.
Insight: Giants manager Bruce Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle this news on Saturday. San Francisco would love to get Pagan back for the final week as they continue to fight for the top wild card spot, but do not be surprised if he plays sparingly until the playoffs.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is 14-for-33 (.424) with three RBI against Padres starter Ian Kennedy.
Insight: As a surprise to most, not due to his talent but because of the position he plays, Posey has not slowed down at all in Septemeber. Posey is batting .413/.451/.635 with three home runs and 15 RBI this month. The catcher should again be in your lineup on Sunday.
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence hit his 20th homer of the season against the Padres on Saturday.
Insight: Pence led off the top of the ninth with a solo home run to cut the Padre lead, 3-1. It was the first run charged to San Diego starter Andrew Cashner. Relief pitcher Kevin Quackenbush came on to barely close the door as San Diego won, 3-2. Pence is hitting .288/.342/.463 with 73 RBI, 13 stolen bases and 105 runs to go along with the 20 homers.
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit pitched five 1/3 innings, allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits, struck out seven and walked three in a loss to the Padres.
Insight: Not a bad start by any means, but San Diego's Andrew Cashner outpitched Petit with eight shutout innings. The Giants did tag Cashner for two runs in the ninth, but the Padres held on to win. Petit has lost his last two starts and is 5-5 with a 3.63 ERA.
Description: Buster Posey is getting start at first base this afternoon for the Giants.
Insight: After jetting into the MVP discussion, San Francisco would be foolish to keep his bat out of the lineup. Posey goes to first, with Joaquin Arias getting the start at second base, and Andrew Susac will handling the duties behind the plate.
Description: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner has been on a tear of late, as he heads into today's start against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Bumgarner is arguably the hottest pitcher in baseball with a record of 5-0 and a 1.80 ERA, over the past 28 days. He has a ridiculous 41 strikeouts during during that span. To pump up owners even more, this guy is 11-3 with a 2.00 ERA on the road in 2014. Expect big things this afternoon, when the Giants finish off a series in Arizona
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey went 2-for-4 with a solo home run as San Francisco defeated Arizona, 2-1, on Tuesday.
Insight: Posey has continued his very strong second half with an incredible .449 batting average in September. He also has a slugging percentage off the charts in the month (.673) and an OPS of 1.146. With so many MVP candidates injured, Posey is a viable candidate in the NL.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey will have a great chance to continue his hot streak tonight against Arizona starter Josh Collmenter.
Insight: Posey has been scorching over the past 28 days with averages of .452/.470/.785, seven homeruns and 27 RBI. Now, heading into tonight's game against the Diamondbacks, Posey is hitting .643 (9-for-14) with two homers and seven RBI against Collmenter, throughout his career. He has catapulted himself into the MVP race, and will look to continue his stellar play Tuesday night in Arizona.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is a career .409 hitter with a 1.140 OPS versus Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley.
Insight: Just in case you hadn't notice, Posey is getting better as the season progresses. Unlike most catchers who tire late in the season, he's been hot down the stretch, batting .441 over the past 23 games with the division title on the line. Let him carry your fantasy team to the title too.
Description: Giants right-hander Tim Hudson lasted one inning, yielding six runs on eight hits to the Dodgers on Saturday.
Insight: Hudson did not walk anyone, so he had that going for him, which is nice. Even still, the outing was his worst of the season. Hudson has lost his last two starts and his ERA has risen to 3.41. He has not won since Aug. 22.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is a lifetime .450 hitter (9-for-20) with a 1.250 OPS versus Arizona left-hander Wade Miley.
Insight: Posey's been hitter at an absurd rate, batting .512 over the past two weeks and .427 for the past month. He's raised his average to .309. It's crunch time and Posey is playing like an MVP. He's a must start in this favorable matchup.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey went 3-for-3 with a home run Saturday afternoon against David Price and the Tigers.
Insight: Posey's multi-hit game was the fifth in a row. Over the past 14 games he's batted .484 with six homers and 20 RBI and raised his average from .279 to .310. It's crunch time and Posey is playing like an MVP.
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse will miss the rest of the Giants' road trip after being diagnosed with a strained left oblique according to Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Insight: The Giants originally thought he tweaked his hip during batting practice, but an MRI revealed it was Morse's oblique. He hopes to return at the beginning of next week. Gregor Blanco is getting another start in left field Tuesday.
Description: Giants second baseman Joe Panik went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored Monday against the Rockies.
Insight: Panik, a former first-round draft pick, hit just .203 in his first 74 at-bats, but he's gone 38-for-96 (.396) with four doubles, two triples, one home run, 10 RBI and 15 runs in his last 25 games.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey went 3-for-5 with a double and one RBI Monday at Colorado.
Insight: Posey has batted a ridiculous .469 with four doubles, a triple, five homers and 14 RBI in his last 11 games (49 at-bats). During that span, he's raised his average from .278 to .299 and his OPS from .759 to .824.
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan has helped the Giants offense since his return from the disabled list by batting .305 in his last 21 games, but probably won't be much help to fantasy owners Monday in an unfavorable matchup.
Insight: Pagan is 0-for-8 with five strikeouts against Colorado left-hander Franklin Morales.
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-4 with a triple, home run, three RBI and three runs against the Brewers on Sunday.
Insight: Sandoval was 6-for-12 in the weekend series against the Brewers. If not for a horrible April where Sandoval hit .176, he would be in the batting title conversation. August was the third baseman's best month this year as he hit .321 with 15 RBI, 13 runs and a .785 OPS, but he did only hit two home runs.
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence was 4-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and three runs as the Giants routed the Brewers on Sunday, 15-5.
Insight: Pence continues his hot hitting, collecting the most hits on Sunday that he has in any single game this year. The right fielder has a 13-game hitting streak, in which he is batting .404 with four extra-base hits and 11 RBI. Pence is hitting .294 with 18 home runs, 28 doubles, 10 triples, 64 RBI and 95 runs this year.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey went 5-for-5 with a triple, three RBI and three runs scored in San Francisco's big victory over Milwaukee, 13-2.
Insight: Posey snapped his seven-game hitting streak on Thursday, going 0-for-4, but responded with five hits on Friday. In his last nine games, Posey is batting .500 (20-for-40) with five home runs, three doubles, a triple, 13 RBI and 11 runs. The catcher has raised his season totals to .297, 18 home runs, 71 RBI and .823 OPS.
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit will make another start for the Giants on Tuesday against the Rockies.
Insight: Giants manager Bruce Bochy will more than likely ride out Petit's hot streak by keeping him in the starting rotation. If he pitches well in the hitter-friendly Coors Field, then we expect him to keep Tim Lincecum's spot in the rotation for the rest of the season.
Description: Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated after Thursday's game that he plans to go with a closer by committee for the rest of the season.
Insight: Casilla earned his 12th save of the season on Thursday, but Bochy said he nearly used Casilla in the eighth and considered taking him out in the ninth after he issued a leadoff walk. Casilla has just one blown save since taking over the closer role, but he has allowed five runs in his last 11 appearances. Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affledt and Casilla could all get save opportunities.
has locked down the closer role since he replaced Sergio Romo in late June. He's thrown 9 1/3 innings, struck out nine, allowed one run on five hits and gone 8-for-8 in save chances since he took the job.
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit started on Thursday in place of Tim Lincecum. Petit came into the game having retired his last 38 batters over the course of seven relief appearances. Petit retired the first eight batters to set a new major league record of 46 straight hitters retired.
who has thrown 12 1/3 perfect innings in a row while striking out 16 batters in that span, will replace Tim Lincecum in the rotation.
Insight: Petit went on to pitch six innings and gave up one run in the Giants victory. Despite breaking the record, Petit is not guaranteed to start again, so his fantasy value remains limited. We expect that he will get at least one more chance to start, but check back in the next few days to make sure.
Description: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Crawford has batted just .197 in August after posting a .173 batting average in July, meanwhile he's already set a personal mark for strikeouts (112). I'd be avoiding him even if he were in the lineup.
Description: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner pitched a one-hit shutout, striking out 13 and walking none, in the 3-0 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday.
Insight: Bumgarner was nearly perfect as he did not give up the lone hit until Justin Morneau belted a double in the eighth. That was the only Rockies baserunner all night. In Bumgarner's last five starts, the pitcher is 3-1 in 40 innings pitched with a 1.58 ERA, 49 strikeouts, just two walks and has two complete game shutouts.
Bumgarner is 13-9 with a 3.14 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and 167 Ks in 169 innings. He's on pace for a career high in innings and strikeouts.
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit, who has thrown 12 1/3 perfect innings in a row while striking out 16 batters in that span, will replace Tim Lincecum in the rotation.
Insight: Petit last started on July 22 and allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings at Philadelphia. He has a 6.32 ERA in six starts and a 1.83 ERA over 27 relief appearances this season, so there's little reason to get excited about him in most leagues.
Description: Giants starter Tim Lincecum has been pulled from the rotation, according to Carl Steward of the Bay Area News Group. Yusmeiro Petit will take his spot for now.
Insight: Lincecum went 4-1 with a 0.95 ERA from June 25 to July 22, but he's posted a 9.49 ERA and a 2.27 WHIP since then. Manager Bruce Bochy indicated he hopes Lincecum can regain his spot, but there's no reason for fantasy owners to hold him.
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan left Friday's game with calf tightness, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Pagan went 2-for-5 before being replaced in center field by Gregor Blanco in the bottom of the ninth. The Giants were up 10-2 at the time so it was probably a precautionary measure. He's day-to-day.
Description: Giants second baseman Joe Panik has gone 27-for-59 (.458) with two doubles, a homer, eight RBI and nine runs since Aug. 4.
Insight: He went 4-for-5 with his first career homer, three RBI and two runs Friday at Washington and is 15 for his last 27 (.556). The Giants have been looking for a starting second baseman all season, even going as far as giving Dan Uggla a brief chance, and they may have found one in the 23-year-old Panik, a 2011 first-round pick who hit .321 with five homers and an .829 OPS in Triple-A this year.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey (hip) will return to the lineup on Thursday against the Cubs.
Insight: San Francisco will have to finish out a suspended game and then a full game after that on Thursday. Posey plans to participate in both according to Alex Pavlovic of Mercury News. The catcher missed Wednesday's game with discomfort in his left hip.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey was out Wednesday against the Cubs because his left hip flared up Tuesday night and is questionable for Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
Insight: Posey has been getting treatment all day and manager Bruce Bochy hopes to have him behind the plate Thursday. However, Thursday is complicated by the necessary completion of the appealed game from Tuesday. Posey is batting .278 with 13 homers, 58 RBI, 48 runs and a .760 OPS, much closer to last year's numbers than his 2012 MVP season.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is out Wednesday against the Cubs because his left hip flared up Tuesday, according to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Posey has been getting treatment all day and manager Bruce Bochy hopes to have him behind the plate Thursday. He's batted .278 with 13 homers, 58 RBI, 48 runs and a .760 OPS, much closer to last year's numbers than his 2012 MVP season.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is out Wednesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Posey is getting a breather while Andrew Susac catches Jake Peavy. He's batted .278 with 13 homers, 58 RBI, 48 runs and a .760 OPS, much closer to last year's numbers than his 2012 MVP season.
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is a career .533 hitter against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Sandoval is 8-for-15 with two doubles and a homer against Jackson. The switch-hitter is also batting .321 with an .841 OPS against righties this season and just .195 with a .573 OPS against lefties. Make sure he's in your lineup Wednesday against the Cubs.
Description: Giants catcher Hector Sanchez left Saturday's rehab start with Triple-A Fresno after taking a foul tip off his mask. The Giants say Sanchez was lifted for precautionary reasons.
Insight: This has to be somewhat alarming since this is the second time Sanchez has left a rehab start for getting hit with a foul tip in the mask. Sanchez should still be activated soon, but he will only see the field to spell Buster Posey and isn't a viable fantasy pickup.
Description: Giants starter Tim Lincecum has given up 20 earned runs on 28 hits in his last 17 innings.
Insight: Hopefully you took our advice and shopped him after he went 4-1 with a 0.95 ERA and 0.71 WHIP from June 25 to July 22. He's now 9-8 with a 4.51 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 126 Ks in 137 2/3 innings, so his trade value is once again minimal.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is getting a scheduled night off Tuesday against the Brewers.
Insight: Posey has batted .338 with four doubles, four homers, 15 RBI, 11 walks, 10 runs and a 1.004 OPS in his last 18 games, so it's a shame to see him out of the lineup. Andrew Susac is catching Tuesday.
Description: Giants closer Santiago Casilla threw a clean ninth inning Monday against the Mets to earn his ninth save.
Insight: Casilla has locked down the closer role since he replaced Sergio Romo in late June. He's thrown 9 1/3 innings, struck out nine, allowed one run on five hits and gone 8-for-8 in save chances since he took the job.
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval's .280 average is a high-water mark for the season.
Insight: Sandoval has reached .280 four times this season (all since July 19), including Monday after going 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI against the Mets. He's batted .330 in his last 74 games.
Description: According to Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group, Giants right-hander Matt Cain will undergo surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow next Monday.
Insight: This was the expected outcome and now it's official. Cain reportedly been dealing with the condition for the past decade and is finally in enough pain to require surgery. He'll be ready for spring training next year.
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is just 2-for-16 with an ugly .388 OPS versus Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Pence had been 5-for41 in the last 10 games before his two home run Sunday. He plays almost every day and accumulate numbers. He's batting .289 with 15 HR, 49 RBI, 77 runs and 10 steals in 112 games, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Description: San Francisco right-hander Ryan Vogelsong threw a complete game two-hitter Friday in a 5-1 win against the Mets.
Insight: It was his second career complete game and first since 2011. Vogelsong had a 7.71 ERA in his first four starts of the season, but he's pitched to a 3.15 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP and 95 Ks over his last 111 1/3 innings.
Description: According to Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group, Giants right-hander Matt Cain is expected to undergo season-ending elbow surgery.
Insight: Cain doesn't have ligament damage, but he needs to get bone chips removed from his elbow. He's reportedly been dealing with the condition for the past decade and is finally in enough pain to require surgery. He'll be ready for spring training next year.
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is just 3-for-29 (.103) versus Mets starter Jonathan Niese.
Insight: Pence is doing what he always does - play almost every day and accumulate numbers. He's batting .289 with 13 HR, 42 RBI, 73 runs and 10 steals in 109 games. He leads the NL in at bats (440). This matchup probably isn't going to add much to his totals.
Description: According to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com, Giants right-hander Matt Cain (elbow) doesn't have ligament damage in his elbow.
Insight: Cain's initial MRI didn't reveal ligament damage and he checked out fine in his meeting with Dr. James Andrews. However, he has "loose bodies" in his elbow and the Giants are discussing a plan of action. He's unlikely to return this season.
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt could be cleared to play this weekend, according to Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) finally passed a concussion test Monday after dealing with concussion symptoms since July 19. He'll either join the Giants or go on a short rehab assignment this weekend.
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt passed a concussion test on Monday, according to Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) was hit in the face during batting practice on July 19 and has suffered multiple setbacks. He could return during the Giants road trip, which begins Aug. 1 and goes until Aug. 10.
Description: Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the team hopes to decide Monday or Tuesday when center fielder Angel Pagan (back) will begin a rehab assignment, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Pagan has a bulging disc in his back and hasn't played since June 14. He hasn't suffered any setbacks and should be back in the first week of August.
Description: One reason the Giants traded for Jake Peavy Saturday is their concern for Matt Cain's elbow.
Insight: Cain's MRI ruled out ligament damage, but he's still out indefinitely and possibly may not return this season. That news probably won't kill fantasy owners who haven't gotten much from Cain in 2014.
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt said Thursday that he hadn't begun to feel any improvement in his concussion symptoms, but manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that first Belt is "making progress." SOURCE: Carl Steward, Bay Area News Group
Insight: Bochy said the same thing Tuesday and Belt began experiencing symptoms again the following day, so he's not out of the woods yet. Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) was hit in the face during batting practice last Saturday and later exited the game with dizziness. He's without a timetable.
Description: Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is back on the disabled list due to a strained lower back.
Insight: Scutaro missed the entire season prior to July 12 while recovering from a chronic back injury and he took just 11 at-bats before going down again. Dan Uggla and Tony Abreu have been called up to split time at second base.
Description: Giants second baseman Joe Panik is not in Thursday's starting lineup due to a sprained right ankle.
Insight: Panik has not proven that he can hit major league pitching, batting just .210 with a .507 OPS therefore this shouldn't change any lineups. Ehire Adrianza will start but he doesn't have any fantasy value either.
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt experienced lingering concussion symptoms Wednesday, according to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) was hit in the face during batting practice Saturday and later exited the game with dizziness. Manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Belt was "making progress," but Baggarly reports that the Giants are "growing more concerned about Belt" after Wednesday's setback.
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI Monday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Pence has batted .352 in July after hitting over .300 in each of the previous two months. With 12 home runs, 37 RBI and nine steals, he's nowhere close to matching last year's 27 homers, 99 RBI and 22 steals, but he's batting .303 and has scored 71 runs.
Description: San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum continued his resurgence Sunday at Miami.
Insight: Lincecum allowed three runs on five hits and struck out seven in seven innings. The right-hander has recorded a 0.96 ERA and a 0.70 WHIP in his last five starts to lower his ERA from 4.90 to 3.68.
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt left Saturday night's game due to dizziness, according to Giants beat reporter Andrew Baggarly.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) hasn't played a lot breaking his thumb in early May and now this. He's likely to take Sunday off as well as a precaution after apparently he was hit in the face during batting practice.
Description: San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that Matt Cain's elbow "has been cranky." SOURCE: Alex Pavlovic, Bay Area News Group
Insight: The Giants have pushed Cain back to the fifth game of the second half to get him extra rest. Cain has posted a 1.86 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in his last three starts. He'll be on 12 days of rest when he starts Tuesday against the Phillies.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey went 1-for-5 with a grand slam Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Madison Bumgarner and Posey became the first pitcher-catcher combo to hit grand slams in the same game. The 27-year-old Posey has .275 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI this season, but he needs to do more to justify his high draft position in fantasy leagues.
Description: Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro (back) has been activated from the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: Scutaro hasn't played since spring training and he underwent a non-surgical procedure similar to a PRP therapy in May designed to "speed up the process" of his return from a back injury. He's not in Friday's lineup but should start Saturday.
Description: San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum is a career 15-6 with a 2.35 ERA and 1.121 WHIP in 28 starts against the San Diego Padres. He's 8-3 on the road in Petco Park.
Insight: Lincecum no hit the Padres on June 25 and threw eight shut out innings last Tuesday against St. Louis, so there is no one hotter than the Giants right-hander. With San Diego struggling at the plate (2.98 rpg, .214 BA) Lincecum should be set for another top quality outing.
Description: Giants right-hander Tim Hudson hasn't been his sharpest of late, limping into Saturday's start against San Diego with an 0-3 record and 6.38 ERA in his last three starts.
Insight: The good news for Hudson (7-5, 2.59 ERA) owners is that he'll be pitching at Petco Park. The bad news is that after lowering his ERA to 1.81 through 13 starts, he's been shaky in two of his last three, including two weeks ago against the Padres in a game where he allowed six runs (four earned) over 5 2/3 innings.
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (thumb) will return Friday, but it's a tough matchup for him.
Insight: Belt (.264, 9 HR, 18 RBI) hasn't played since breaking his thumb in early May. He's just 3-for-15 (.200) with no extra-base hits versus Padres starter Eric Stults. Update: He's in the starting lineup, batting second.
Description: San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum threw eight scoreless innings of four-hit ball Tuesday against St. Louis after tossing a no-hitter his last time out. Lincecum has lowered his ERA from 4.90 to 4.06 in his last two starts and will face the Padres team he's no-hit twice in the past year on Sunday.
Insight: Perhaps Lincecum has finally realized his four-seam fastball is no longer useful. He's thrown it a career-low 31 percent of the time this season and increased his slider usage to a career-high 28.5 percent. Lincecum has actually allowed three runs or less in eight of his last 10 starts, but his June 3 start at Cincinnati (4 1/3, 8 ER) is muddying the results. He's served up just four homers in his last 78 2/3 innings.
Description: The Giants plan to have first baseman Brandon Belt back in the lineup Friday, according to Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Belt (.264, 9 HR, 18 RBI) hasn't played since breaking his thumb in early May. Manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Belt's thumb is still sore and that he's "not quite ready yet." Belt has gone 10-for-17 (.588) with three homers during his rehab assignment so if he's not ready, he's close.
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (back) is hoping to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, according to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Pagan has been dealing with a back strain since the middle of the month and was finally placed on the disabled list on June 25, but he's eligible to return for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals because the move was backdated to June 15.
Description: San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum tossed a no-hitter Wednesday against the Padres.
Insight: It's the same team he no-hit last July. Lincecum was much more efficient this time, finishing off the Friars in only 113 pitches. His only blemish was a second inning walk to Chase Headley. Lincecum (6-5, 4.47 ERA) also had a good game at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (back) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Pagan's back inflammation hasn't been improving. The move was backdated to June 15, so Pagan is eligible to return on June 30, but it's not a given he'll be ready to come off the disabled list at that point.
Description: San Francisco catcher Buster Posey is 11-for-30 (.367) against San Diego right-hander Ian Kennedy with three doubles.
Insight: Posey's lifetime numbers against Kennedy are great, but keep in mind he's struggled mightily at AT&T Park this season, hitting just .226 at home compared to .342 on the road. Still, seven of his nine home runs this year have come against righties.
Description: Giants right-hander Tim Hudson has allowed 11 earned runs on 21 hits over 10 1/3 innings his last two starts.
Insight: Hudson has a 1.81 ERA before that, but it increased to 2.62 after he gave up six runs (four earned) over 5 2/3 innings against the lowly Padres Tuesday night. He still has a 1.11 WHIP due to a 1.44 BB/9. He'll take on the Reds at home in his next start.
Description: San Francisco starter Matt Cain allowed six runs on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings Monday against the Padres.
Insight: It's not a good sign for Cain that he couldn't shut down the Padres, who have the worst offense in baseball. The right-hander has allowed 17 earned runs on 20 hits in 17 1/3 innings over his last three starts and now has a 4.82 ERA, though his WHIP remains a solid 1.24.
Description: Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro (back) will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday.
Insight: Scutaro hasn't played since spring training. He underwent a non-surgical procedure similar to a PRP therapy in May designed to "speed up the process" of his return from a back injury, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. It's still going to be a few weeks before he's able to return to the Giants.
Description: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner tossed a gem Sunday at Arizona, going eight innings and allowing just an unearned run on two hits.
Insight: Bumgarner was headed for his second shutout, but a throwing error and an infield single to start the ninth inning ended his day at 112 pitches. The left-hander is 9-4 with a 2.63 ERA and a 111/25 K/BB in 102 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan won't start Wednesday's game against the White Sox. SOURCE: Alex Pavlovic, Bay Area News Group
Insight: A recent MRI revealed inflammation in his lower back. It's unlikely Pagan (.307, 3 HR, 19 RBI) will require a DL stint but it's certainly worth monitoring. Juan Perez (.143, 1 HR, 2 RBI) is starting in his place.
Description: The MRI on Giants center fielder Angel Pagan's ailing back revealed inflammation but no structural damage, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Pagan was a late scratch Sunday due to lower back stiffness and is not in the lineup Tuesday following San Francisco's off day on Monday. The injury isn't healing as quickly as the team hoped, but there is no talk of the disabled list at this time.
Description: San Francisco catcher Buster Posey left Sunday's game after taking a foul ball off his mask and is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: He went 1-for-2 before exiting in the fourth inning, saying his head "feels a little weird." Hector Sanchez (.226, 3 HR, 24 RBI) is his replacement option. It's only a matter of time before the Giants move their best hitter/player out of the catching position ... probably for the start of the 2015 season.
Description: Giants reliever Santiago Casilla has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Casilla (1-1, 1.37 ERA) missed a few weeks with a strained hamstring. Though Casilla is usually San Francisco's setup man, he could get a chance to close if Sergio Romo (3-3, 5.08 ERA) continues to struggle.
Description: San Francisco right-hander Tim Hudson had an outstanding game Thursday against Washington.
Insight: He held the Nats to one run (it was unearned) over seven innings. Hudson, the National League's current ERA leader at 1.81, hasn't lost since May 6th against Pittsburgh. That was seven starts ago.
Description: San Francisco OF/1B Michael Morse went 3-for-4 Thursday in a win over Washington.
Insight: All three hits were singles. Morse had an excellent series, going 6-for-14 over the four-game set. He leads the Giants in several offensive categories including home runs (13), RBI (42), slugging percentage (.547) and OPS (.885).
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk Tuesday against Washington.
Insight: Slowly but surely, Sandoval is getting his numbers back to a respectable level. He has batted .345 with six homers, 20 RBI and a .940 OPS in his last 29 games after hitting .173 with two homers, six RBI and a .526 OPS in his first 35.
Description: San Francisco center fielder Angel Pagan is starting Tuesday's game against Washington. SOURCE: Alex Pavlovic, Bay Area News Group
Insight: A bruised shin kept Pagan out of the lineup yesterday, though he did make a pinch-hitting appearance in the ninth inning. He doesn't have much power but Pagan (.321, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 11 SB) is a good contact hitter with decent speed. Until he slows down, Pagan should be starting in all fantasy formats.
Description: San Francisco starter Matt Cain has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: He missed a couple turns in the rotation because of a strained hamstring. Cain (1-3, 3.66 ERA) will get the ball Friday against New York. He hasn't faced the Mets yet in 2014 but Cain was 0-1 against them with a 3.24 ERA in two starts last season.
Description: Giants outfielder Tyler Colvin isn't an everyday player, but if he's in the lineup against Reds right-hander Mike Leake you have to seriously consider him. Update: Colvin is batting sixth and playing left field.
Insight: Colvin is 6-for-17 (.353) with four of the six hits being home runs against Leake. Colvin has gone to the plate just 50 times this season, but owns an .835 OPS.
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is 10-for-22 (.455) with a 1.136 OPS in his matchups with Reds right-hander Mike Leake.
Insight: Pence, as always, plays everyday an is a solid fantasy option. He's batting .292 with eight homers, 22 RBI, 44 runs, seven steals and an .838 OPS. He's not spectacular, but he's a box score filler.
Description: Giants RHP Matt Cain (hamstring) will return to the rotation Friday, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Cain (1-3, 3.66 ERA) went on the disabled list a few days ago after determining he wouldn't be able to start on Saturday, though the move was retroactive to his last start on May 22 so he's eligible to come off it already.
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence hit .310 with five homers, 12 RBI and 24 runs in May after a poor month of April and he's now batting .293 with eight homers, 22 RBI, seven steals and 44 runs this season following Tuesday's game.
Insight: Pence went 3-for-4 with a double and a solo homer against the Reds on Tuesday.
Description: Giants starter Tim Lincecum allowed eight runs on six hits with three walks in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday at Cincinnati.
Insight: Lincecum (4-4, 5.01 ERA, 1.58 WHIP) had a no-hitter through five innings in his last start but left with a blister. He still misses bats frequently (64 Ks in 64 2/3 IP) but gets hit extremely hard when he allows contact.
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt expects to shed his removable cast for good Friday and begin the full rehab process in his return from a fractured left thumb, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Belt suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch from Paul Maholm nearly four weeks ago. Doctors will likely take X-rays Friday to determine if his thumb has healed. "The way it feels, I can't imagine they'll find anything," Belt said. "It feels great." If he's cleared to start his rehab, he'll need roughly two weeks before he can return to the Giants lineup.
Description: Giants OF/1B Michael Morse is back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against Cincinnati.
Insight: He missed Sunday's game with a sore foot. After a hot start to the season, Morse has slowed down a bit, recording just one homer over his last 13 games. Still, he's tied for sixth in the NL with 11 jacks and should be one of fantasy's better outfield options going forward.
Description: San Francisco catcher Buster Posey has never gotten a hit off Reds starter Homer Bailey (0-for-8).
Insight: Posey has been struggling over the past month, batting just .219 over the last 18 games. Still, he's a top-tier fantasy catcher, who will eventually break out of the slump. Just not on Tuesday.
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit pitched well in Saturday's loss to St. Louis.
Insight: Petit (3-3, 4.60 ERA) kept San Francisco in the game by allowing two hits and one run over six innings. He should get at least a few more turns in the starting rotation while Matt Cain recovers from a strained hamstring.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey (back) is not in the lineup for the third straight game Saturday.
Insight: Posey has been dealing with a nerve irritation in his back since he took a hard swing on May 18. He's also hit just .094 (3-for-32) in his last 10 games. Hector Sanchez gets another start, but he's just a .237 hitter with a .637 OPS. That's not fantasy worthy.
Description: Giants RHP Matt Cain (hamstring) won't start Saturday, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Cain (1-3, 3.66 ERA) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday without any issues and appeared to be ready to go, but the Giants will keep him out for a second straight start due to a hamstring strain. Yusmeiro Petit will make another start in his place.
Description: The Giants haven't officially cleared right-hander Matt Cain for Saturday's start against St. Louis. SOURCE: Alex Pavlovic, Bay Area News Group
Insight: Cain (1-3, 3.66 ERA) missed his scheduled appearance Monday because of a strained hamstring but was able to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday without any issues. Yusmeiro Petit (3-2, 5.08 ERA) would start Saturday if Cain can't get clearance.
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey won't suit up Thursday against the Cardinals. SOURCE: Alex Pavlovic, Bay Area News Group
Insight: Posey is having a rough month (.244 AVG in 78 at bats) and a lower back injury could be to blame. Hector Sanchez (.247, 2 HR, 19 RBI) will catch for Ryan Vogelsong in Thursday night's series opener.
Description: San Francisco right-hander Tim Lincecum didn't allow a hit in five innings Wednesday against the Cubs.
Insight: He was pulled after 96 pitches. Lincecum walked four and struck out five. After getting off to a slow start, Lincecum has looked much better in his last few outings, going 3-2 with a 2.86 ERA in the month of May.
Description: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner had his second 10-K game of the season Sunday against the Twins.
Insight: Bumgarner allowed one run on three hits in seven innings to lower his ERA to 3.15. He has 75 strikeouts and 17 walks in 65 2/3 innings this season. The left-hander's WHIP is 1.32 because his BABIP is .346, but that will correct itself over time.
Description: Giants OF/1B Michael Morse doubled three times and drove in four runs Sunday against the Twins.
Insight: Morse hasn't had a great month from a batting average standpoint, but half of his hits were of the extra-base variety. He's hitting .279 with 12 doubles, 10 homers, 33 RBI, 25 runs and an .868 OPS in 165 at-bats this season.
Description: San Francisco right-hander Ryan Vogelsong looked sharp in Saturday's win against Minnesota.
Insight: Vogelsong (3-2, 3.20 ERA) let up just three hits in 6 2/3 shutout innings. He's 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts over his last two starts. Vogelsong's next appearance is scheduled for Thursday against St. Louis.
Description: Giants starter Matt Cain had his bullpen session cut short on Saturday. SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: Cain (1-3, 3.66 ERA) suffered a hamstring strain earlier this week and he's clearly not 100 percent. He's supposed to pitch Monday against Chicago but that's looking pretty unlikely at this point.