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San Francisco Giants Player Notes
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Matt Cain, SP6/30/2015 11:18:00 AM
Description: Giants pitcher Matt Cain (flexor tendon strain) is expected to return to the San Francisco rotation on July 3, according to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area.
Insight: Cain will be a high-risk, high-reward option when he returns. Do you feel lucky?
Hunter Pence, RF6/30/2015 11:15:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence (left wrist) should begin baseball activities this week.
Insight: This is definitely frustrating for his owners. He's batted .282 with a .780 OPS over 18 games this season. He's not likely to return before the All-Star break.
Matt Duffy, 2BHot6/28/2015 9:03:00 PM
Description: Giants infield Matt Duffy homered for the second consecutive game.
Insight: Not only has he homered twice in two days, but Duffy has gone 3-for-4 the past two games as well. He finished with three runs and the solo shot on Sunday. Duffy is batting .303 with eight homers and 37 RBI this season.
Madison Bumgarner, SP6/28/2015 8:33:00 PM
Description: Giants ace Madison Bumgarner defeated the Rockies on Sunday.
Insight: Bumgarner allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over 7 2/3 innings of work. He struck out eight and is now 8-4 with a 2.99 ERA.
Tim Lincecum, SPCold6/28/2015 8:44:00 AM
Description: Giants starter Tim Lincecum suffered a right forearm bruise on Saturday versus the Rockies according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Insight: Lincecum left the game due to the bruise, but he wasn't pitching well anyway. He allowed three runs on four hits in just 1 2/3 innings. With Matt Cain and Jake Peavy close to returning, Lincecum's days in the starting rotation are numbered.
Matt Duffy, 2B6/27/2015 9:50:00 PM
Description: Giants infield Matt Duffy was 3-for-4 with a home run and scored three runs in the, 7-5, victory over the Rockies.
Insight: Duffy had a single, double, solo home run and RBI-groundout. He is hitting .294/.342/.458 with seven home runs and 36 RBI in 214 at-bats this season.
Buster Posey, C/1B6/27/2015 9:12:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run in the, 7-5, victory over the Rockies on Saturday.
Insight: Posey doubled in two runs in the third to tie the game at three. He also scored on Andrew Susac's game-winning double in the seventh. Posey is hitting .297 with 11 home runs and 50 RBI in 263 at-bats this season.
Andrew Susac, C6/27/2015 9:00:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Andrew Susac was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in the, 7-5, victory over the Rockies on Saturday.
Insight: Susac doubled in three runs in the seventh as San Francisco rallied for four runs in the frame to comeback and win, 7-5. Susac is hitting .288 with nine extra-base hits and eight RBI in 80 at-bats this season.
Brandon Belt, 1B6/27/2015 2:32:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Belt will sit while Buster Posey makes the start at 1B. Belt is batting .269 with nine homers and 32 RBI.
Buster Posey, C/1B6/25/2015 7:09:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey had three hits, three RBI, and three runs Thursday versus San Diego.
Insight: Posey is hitting .293 with 11 homers and 48 RBI this season. He continues to be one of the most reliable players in the game.
Chris Heston, SP6/25/2015 7:08:00 PM
Description: Giants pitcher Chris Heston picked up a win Thursday against the Padres.
Insight: Heston allowed two runs on five hits and one walk over seven innings. He struck out seven and is now 7-2 with a 4.24 ERA.
Brandon Belt, 1B6/24/2015 7:12:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt will be a solid option on Wednesday night against the Padres.
Insight: Belt is 10-for-28 (.357 BA) lifetime versus Ian Kennedy, wih two homers and four RBI. Look for that to continue on Wednesday.
Buster Posey, C/1B6/24/2015 7:09:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is a career .405 hitter (15-for-37) versus Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Unfortunately, Posey does not have a homer and just three RBI against Kennedy, but he will be a nice option for Wednesday night, as per usual.
Angel Pagan, CF6/24/2015 7:05:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is just 6-for-33 (.182 BA) lifetime against Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Pagan has just one RBI during his career against Kennedy, making him a weak option for Wednesday's contest.
Norichika Aoki, RF6/24/2015 5:12:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Norichika Aoki has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right fibula according to Roto World.
Insight: The Giants called it a bruise at first, but now reports say the leg is broken. Travis Ishikawa will be promoted from Triple-A to take Aoki's spot.
Madison Bumgarner, SP6/24/2015 12:45:00 PM
Description: Giants ace Madison Bumgarner pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed just two runs on five hits, struck out 14 and walked one on Tuesday versus the Padres.
Insight: Bumgarner didn't get the victory, though, as San Diego won, 3-2, in the 11th. Bumgarner is 7-4 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 102 strikeouts in 100 2/3 innings this season.
Norichika Aoki, RF6/23/2015 9:12:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Norichika Aoki (ankle) was a late scratch on Tuesday.
Insight: Aoki left Saturday's contest after getting hit by a pitch, and was unable to go on Sunday. He will miss Tuesday's contest as well, but should be considered day-to-day.
Buster Posey, C/1B6/23/2015 11:09:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is hitless in 10 at-bats against Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne.
Insight: That's the most at-bats Posey has against any pitcher in baseball without a hit. Posey is putting together another fine season, batting .292 with 10 homers and 41 RBI. However, Tuesday might not be a good day to use him in your fantasy lineup.
Norichika Aoki, RF6/23/2015 10:20:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielder Norichika Aoki left Saturday's game with a foot injury and didn't play Sunday, but is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against San Diego.
Insight: Aoki was hit by a pitch, and while he ran the bases, he could not make his way out to play in the field. He hopes to return Tuesday. He's quietly put together a solid season, batting .317 with two homers, 19 RBI, 33 runs and 12 steals.
Tim Lincecum, SPCold6/21/2015 9:10:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Tim Lincecum couldn't get out of the second inning Sunday night, yielding five earned runs to the Dodgers on seven hits and a walk.
Insight: Lincecum has yielded four or more runs in four of his last six starts. With Jake Peavy and Matt Cain on the way back, possibly as early as next week, Lincecum's spot in the rotation might be in question.
Norichika Aoki, RF6/21/2015 8:49:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Norichika Aoki left Saturday's game with a foot injury and wasn't in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Aoki was hit by a pitch, and while he ran the bases, he could not make his way out to play in the field. He hopes to return Tuesday, but might even be able to pinch hit Sunday night if needed.
Jake Peavy, SP6/21/2015 8:40:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy is expected to be ready next week.
Insight: Peavy is recovering from a back injury. The Giants are suddenly going to be overloaded with starting pitching as Matt Cain may also be ready by the end of next week. Madison Bumgarner is locked in but after that it's anyone's guess.
Matt Cain, SP6/21/2015 8:35:00 PM
Description: Giants pitcher Matt Cain (flexor tendon strain) pitched six-plus innings at Triple-A Sacramento and felt great, reports Alex Pavlovic od CSN Bay Area.
Insight: Cain may only need one more start before he's ready for the big club. Cain will be a high-risk, high-reward option when he returns.
Brandon Crawford, SS6/21/2015 10:50:00 AM
Description: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has been great in limited opportunities versus Brett Anderson.
Insight: Crawford is 5-for-6 (.833 BA) lifetime against Anderson with two RBI. Look for that to continue to Sunday night.
Brandon Belt, 1B6/20/2015 10:40:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt reached the 30-RBI mark on Saturday night.
Insight: Belt hit a two-run dinger in the sixth off Carlos Frias. He is worthy of a roster spot, but there are better options at first.
Tim Hudson, SP6/20/2015 9:32:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Tim Hudson allowed two runs Saturday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Hudson went 6 1/3 innings and gave up six hits and two walks, while striking out three. He now has a 4.52 ERA.
Norichika Aoki, RF6/20/2015 7:54:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Norichika Aoki left Saturday's game with a foot injury.
Insight: Aoki was hit by a pitch, and while he ran the bases, he could not make his way out to play in the field. Consider Aoki day-to-day for now.
Gregor Blanco, CF6/19/2015 7:45:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco has been activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Insight: Blanco is back in the lineup, playing right field and batting eighth. He missed the last two weeks due to concussion symptoms.
Matt Duffy, 2B6/16/2015 6:42:00 PM
Description: Giants IF Matt Duffy was 3-for-4 with a homer Tuesday versus Seattle.
Insight: Duffy scored two runs and had three RBI as well. He is having a solid season, batting .289 with six homers and 29 RBI overall.
Tim Lincecum, SP6/16/2015 5:32:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Tim Lincecum could not get out of the sixth inning Tuesday versus Seattle.
Insight: Lincecum was sailing along through four innings, but then gave up a run in the fifth and then the sixth inning. He allowed two runs on five hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings. Lincecum struck out three and now has a 3.31 ERA.
Norichika Aoki, RFHot6/16/2015 1:42:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Norichika Aoki is a career .545 hitter versus Mariners lefty J.A. Happ.
Insight: Aoki is just 6-for-11 versus Happ, but he has a home run and two doubles, so daily owners will want to use this matchup.
Brandon Crawford, SS6/16/2015 10:22:00 AM
Description: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford was 2-for-4 and scored a run in the loss to the Mariners on Monday.
Insight: Crawford scored the only run for San Francisco as they lost, 5-1. Crawford is hitting .286 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 224 at-bats this season.
Chris Heston, SP6/14/2015 7:08:00 PM
Description: Giants pitcher Chris Heston followed up his no-hitter from Tuesday with just an average performance versus the Diamondbacks on Sunday
Insight: Heston went five innings and allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits. He also struck out six and walked four. Heston is 6-5 with a 3.76 ERA this season.
Buster Posey, C/1B6/14/2015 1:52:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is out of Sunday's lineup.
Insight: Posey is getting the day off, just as Angel Pagan and Matt Duffy are as well. Andrew Susac is behind the plate, with Justin Maxwell and Casey McGehee playing center field and third base, respectively.
Ryan Vogelsong, SP6/13/2015 9:40:00 PM
Description: Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong could not get out of the fourth inning Saturday versus Arizona.
Insight: Vogelsong allowed four runs on six hits and five walks over 3 2/3 innings of work. He struck out one and now owns a 4.81 ERA.
Hunter Pence, RF6/12/2015 5:20:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is headed back to the 15-day disabled list due to a left wrist injury.
Insight: Pence missed the first portion of the season with a wrist injury, so this is definitely frustrating for his owners. The outfielder did his best to avoid the disabled list this time, but he had no choice. Rest is the best thing for him at the moment.
Hunter Pence, RF6/12/2015 2:08:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence (left wrist) and the team are expected to decide on Friday whether to place him on the disabled list.
Insight: Pence (.282, 2 HR, 13 RBI in 71 ABs) continues to have trouble with the wrist and even if he's not placed on the DL isn't expected to play for a while.
Brandon Crawford, SS6/11/2015 10:39:00 PM
Description: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford hit his ninth home run of the season in the loss to the Mets on Thursday.
Insight: Crawford was 1-for-4 with the two-run blast. His previous career-high in home runs for a season is 10, so Crawford is well on his way to pass that. He is hitting .287 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 205 at-bats this season..
Angel Pagan, CFCold6/11/2015 10:46:00 AM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is just 1-for-11 (.091) against Mets scheduled starter Jonathan Niese.
Insight: Add in a .152 batting average over the past two weeks to drop his overall average to .281 and you should avoid Pagan on Thursday.
Joe Panik, 2B6/10/2015 11:12:00 PM
Description: Giants second baseman Joe Panik was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs in the, 8-5, victory over the Mets on Wednesday.
Insight: Panik homered in the first inning as San Francisco took an early, 2-0, lead. They didn't scored again until the sixth but scored five runs in that frame. Panik is slashing .324/.388/.486 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 216 at-bats this season.
Buster Posey, C/1B6/10/2015 11:08:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey was 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run in the, 8-5, victory over the Mets on Wednesday.
Insight: Posey had two doubles, scoring two runs on the first one in the sixth and another run on a double in the ninth. Posey is hitting .295 with nine home runs and 34 RBI in 210 at-bats this season.
Joe Panik, 2B6/9/2015 9:51:00 PM
Description: Giants second baseman Joe Panik homered Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Panik hit a solo home run in the seventh inning of Dillon Gee. He is having a fine season, batting .318 with five homers and 26 RBI overall.
Chris Heston, SP6/9/2015 9:47:00 PM
Description: Giants pitcher Chris Heston threw the first no-hitter of the 2015 season.
Insight: Heston was untouchable all night long. He needed 110 pitches to get through the nine innings, and the only blemish on his line was three hit batters. He struck out 11 and is now 6-4 with a 3.77 ERA.
Hunter Pence, RF6/9/2015 3:57:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence (left wrist) took some swings in the batting cage on Saturday but is a no show in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Pence (.282, 2 HR, 13 RBI in 71 ABs) is nursing a wrist, which the Giants have reported as minor, but he couldn't come back in a couple of days and sometimes wrist injures can linger. H'e only played 18 games this season due to a previous injury (forearm).
Hunter Pence, RF6/8/2015 10:12:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence (left wrist) took some swings in the batting cage on Saturday and appears to be on pace to return Tuesday.
Insight: Pence (.282, 2 HR, 13 RBI in 71 ABs) is nursing a wrist, which the Giants have reported as minor, but he couldn't come back in a couple of days and sometimes wrist injures can linger. H'e only played 18 games this season due to a previous injury (forearm).
Ryan Vogelsong, SP6/7/2015 4:50:00 PM
Description: Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong allowed five runs Sunday versus Philadelphia.
Insight: Vogelsong gave uo seven hits and two walks, while striking out five over 6 2/3 innings. He is now 4-4 with a 4.52 ERA.
Norichika Aoki, RFHot6/6/2015 7:13:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Norichika Aoki was 3-for-3 with a walk, two RBI and a run in the, 7-5, victory over the Phillies on Saturday.
Insight: Aoki scored the first run of the game on Angel Pagan's single. Aoki then had a two-run single in the third as the Giants went ahead, 6-0. He is hitting .324 with two hom runs and 17 RBI in 210 at-bats this season.
Madison Bumgarner, SP6/6/2015 7:06:00 PM
Description: Giants ace Madison Bumgarner allowed five runs on Saturday against the Phillies, but he still had an excellent fantasy day.
Insight: That's because Bumgarner still threw eight innings and allowed just six hits, struck out 11 and walked none. The only runs he yielded were on home runs. Bumgarner is 7-2 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 72 strikeouts in 77 1/3 innings this season.
Hunter Pence, RF6/6/2015 2:36:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence (left wrist) will not start on Saturday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: Pence is nursing a wrist, which the Giants have reported as minor, but he couldn't come back in a couple of days and sometimes wrist injures can linger. H'e only played 18 games this season due to a previous injury (forearm).
Buster Posey, C/1B6/5/2015 10:01:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey blasted a homer Friday versus Philadelphia.
Insight: Posey finished 2-for-4 with the solo shot. He is batting .289 with nine homers and 30 RBI overall this year.
Tim Lincecum, SP6/5/2015 9:30:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Tim Lincecum went six innings Friday versus Philadelphia.
Insight: Lincecum allowed four runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out four and now has a 3.29 ERA this season.
Matt Cain, SP6/5/2015 4:50:00 PM
Description: Giants pitcher Matt Cain (flexor tendon strain) will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday.
Insight: He will start his rehab with Double-A Richmond, and will likely need the full three weeks to get into shape to return to the big leagues. Cain will be a high-risk, high-reward option when he returns.
Hunter Pence, RF6/5/2015 4:00:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was off Wednesday due to a minor left wrist injury and will not start on Friday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: Pence is nursing a wrist, which the Giants have reported as minor, but he couldn't come back in a couple of days and sometimes wrist injures can linger. H'e only played 18 games this season due to a previous injury (forearm).
Hunter Pence, RF6/4/2015 10:32:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was off Wednesday due to a minor left wrist injury and should be considered questionable for Friday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: Pence is nursing a wrist, which the Giants have reported as minor. With the off day on Thursday, Pence will have two days to rest.
Tim Hudson, SP6/3/2015 6:20:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Tim Hudson went seven innings Wednesday against the Pirates.
Insight: Hudson allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk. He struck out six and now has a 4.41 ERA.
Hunter Pence, RF6/3/2015 3:37:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is getting the day off on Wednesday due to a minor left wrist injury.
Insight: This is an update from a note about a half hour ago. We thought it was curious that Pence would get the day off against a lefty, and it turns out that's true. Pence is nursing a wrist, which the Giants have reported as minor. With the off day on Thursday, Pence will have two days to rest.
Hunter Pence, RF6/3/2015 3:01:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is getting the day off on Wednesday.
Insight: It seems a little strange that San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy chose to rest him on Wednesday against a lefty when Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford are already out of the lineup, but nonetheless, Pence is out to rest. Justin Maxwell is starting in right field.
Brandon Crawford, SS6/3/2015 3:00:00 PM
Description: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is not in the starting lineup against the Pirates on Wednesday.
Insight: This is to be expected. Crawford doesn't start much against left-handers, so with Francisco Liriano starting for Pittsburgh, Crawford will sit. Joaquin Arias will start at shortstop.
Brandon Belt, 1B6/3/2015 2:57:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is not in the starting lineup against the Pirates on Wednesday.
Insight: Belt is getting the day off with Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano on the mound. Buster Posey is starting at first and Andrew Susac behind the plate.
Brandon Crawford, SS6/3/2015 10:21:00 AM
Description: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford hit his eighth home run of the season in the loss to the Pirates on Tuesday.
Insight: Crawford's previous career-high for home runs is 10 in 2014, so the fact he already has eight in 182 at-bats this year is a big deal. He is also hitting .297 with 36 RBI, providing fantasy owners some great value at shortstop.
Matt Cain, SP6/2/2015 11:53:00 AM
Description: Giants pitcher Matt Cain (flexor tendon strain) is scheduled to pitch three innings in an extended spring training game on Wednesday.
Insight: If all goes well he could then head out on a rehab assignment. Cain has a lot of innings on his right arm and fantasy owners should take a wait and see attitude before assuming he's back to his early career form.
Sergio Romo, RP6/2/2015 10:34:00 AM
Description: Giants setup man Sergio Romo is questionable for Tuesday's game against Pittsburgh due to illness.
Insight: Romo hasn't pitched since Thursday. Unless your league uses holds, of which he has amassed 15, Romo has little fantasy value.
Madison Bumgarner, SP5/31/2015 7:24:00 PM
Description: Giants ace Madison Bumgarner allowed three runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings on Sunday against the Braves.
Insight: Bumgarner was in line for the victory until the Braves scored four runs in the ninth to win, 7-5. Bumgarner also had six strikeouts and one walk. He is 6-2 with a 3.21 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 61 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings this season.
Buster Posey, C/1B5/31/2015 12:16:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is a ridiculous 7-for-11 (.636 BA) lifetime against Julio Teheran.
Insight: Two of those hits are homers, and Posey has four total RBI versus Teheran during his career.
Tim Lincecum, SP5/31/2015 9:49:00 AM
Description: Giants starter Tim Lincecum did not make it out of the fifth innings Saturday against the Braves.
Insight: Lincecum allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks over 4 1/2 innings of work. He struck out five and is now 5-3 with a 3.00 ERA.
Chris Heston, SP5/29/2015 12:53:00 AM
Description: Giants pitcher Chris Heston pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings as San Francisco beat Atlanta, 7-0, on Thursday.
Insight: Heston scattered four runs in his 7 1/3 frames. He also had six strikeouts and one walk. Heston is 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 49 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings this season.
Brandon Belt, 1BHot5/29/2015 12:49:00 AM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs in the, 7-0, victory over the Braves on Thursday.
Insight: It is hard to believe that at one point this was a 0-0 ballgame in the seventh. Belt's solo bomb in the seventh broke the scoreless tie, then San Francisco added six runs in the eighth. Belt is hitting .305 in six home runs and 21 RBI in 151 at-bats this season.
Ryan Vogelsong, SP5/27/2015 4:14:00 PM
Description: Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong allowed one run Wednesday against the Brewers.
Insight: Vogelsong lowered his ERA to 4.24 after going six innings and allowing the one run. He gave up six hits and struck out five in the game.
Hunter Pence, RF5/27/2015 9:28:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence went 1-for-5 on Tuesday, but the lone knock was a big one.
Insight: Pence hit a solo shot in the first inning, his second homer of the year. He is hitting .326 with 10 RBI, and is off to a solid start to his season.
Madison Bumgarner, SP5/27/2015 9:27:00 AM
Description: Giants ace Madison Bumgarner allowed three runs over six innings, but picked up a win Tuesday versus Milwaukee.
Insight: He gave up four hits and two walks while striking out three. Bumgarner is now 6-2 with a 3.00 ERA.
Angel Pagan, CF5/26/2015 4:08:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is out of Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Pagan was also double-switched out of Monday's game, so something may be going on here. Gregor Blanco will start in center. Stay tuned for updates on Pagan.
Norichika Aoki, RFHot5/25/2015 7:41:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Norichika Aoki went 4-for-4 on Monday afternoon.
Insight: Aoki has been great as of late. He hit a homer, stole a base, has two RBI, and scored two runs in the game. Aoki is now hitting .312 with two homers and 15 RBI this season.
Tim Lincecum, SP5/25/2015 4:32:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Tim Lincecum allowed four runs Monday versus Milwaukee.
Insight: Lincecum lasted five innings and gave up five hits and three walks, while striking out four. He still has a solid 2.56 ERA.
Buster Posey, C/1B5/25/2015 12:25:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is not in Monday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Posey should be back tomorrow as this appears to be a routine day off. He is batting .310 with seven homers, 24 RBI and 21 runs scored.
Norichika Aoki, RF5/24/2015 9:41:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielder Norichika Aoki had an RBI in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Insight: Aoki was 1-for-4 in the second game. His single in the fifth scored Justin Maxwell in the fifth. The Giants, however, lost, 5-3. Aoki is hitting .288 with one home run, 13 RBI and 17 runs in 163 at-bats this season.
Brandon Crawford, SS5/23/2015 9:52:00 PM
Description: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford went 2-for-5 with three RBI in the, 10-8, victory over the Rockies in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Insight: Crawford had an RBI-single in the fourth and then a two-run triple in the fifth. Crawford also scored in the fourth. He has been one of the biggest surprises this season as he is hitting .303/.385/.514 with six home runs, 31 RBI and 22 runs in 142 at-bats this season.
Brandon Belt, 1BHot5/23/2015 9:48:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt had a two-run double in the, 10-8, victory in the first game of a doubleheader against the Rockies on Saturday.
Insight: Belt hit his double to deep left center to score Joe Panik and Angel Pagan. Belt also had a single as he went 2-for-5 in the game. Belt is hitting .320 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 128 at-bats this season.
Buster Posey, C/1B5/23/2015 2:06:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: It's a shame to miss a game in Coors Field, but its a doubleheader and Posey should be back for the nightcap. he's still the best fantasy catcher in baseball, batting .311 with seven homers, 24 RBI and 21 runs scored. Just imagine how good he could be if he was on a team with a good offense?
Hunter Pence, RF5/21/2015 11:05:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is an ugly 4-for-53 (.075) against Dodgers ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: After starting his season on May 16 with a couple of multi-hit games, Pence has gone hitless in the last two and doesn't figure to get healthy against Kershaw, Avoid this matchup.
Madison Bumgarner, SP5/21/2015 7:32:00 PM
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.
Jake Peavy, SP5/20/2015 1:18:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy could begin his rehab with High-A San Jose on Friday according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Peavy is recovering from a back injury, but he threw to hitters at extended spring training recently. It is still unclear, though, when Peavy will exactly return.
Buster Posey, C/1B5/20/2015 9:56:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey had an RBI-single in the third during the, 2-0, victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Insight: Posey was 1-for-3 in the game. He is hitting .295 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 139 at-bats this season.
Tim Hudson, SP5/20/2015 9:52:00 AM
Description: Giants starter Tim Hudson threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings in the, 2-0, victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Insight: Hudson allowed five hits, struck out two and walked two. He is 2-3 with a 4.01 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 25 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings this season.
Angel Pagan, CF5/19/2015 6:30:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan will start on Tuesday versus the Dodgers.
Insight: Pagan missed Sunday's game after he left Saturday's game with back spasms. He is in center field and batting third.
Angel Pagan, CF5/19/2015 9:52:00 AM
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.
Brandon Belt, 1BHot5/18/2015 1:43:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was 9-for-14) over the three-game series with Cincinnati.
Insight: Belt ability has never been questioned, just his ability to stay healthy and of the field. He's played 33 games this season and is batting .321 with a .901 OPS.
Angel Pagan, CF5/17/2015 11:00:00 AM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (back) is out Sunday.
Insight: Pagan was forced to leave Saturday's contest with back spasms, and will be given the day off on Sunday. Consider himn day-to-day for now.
Ryan Vogelsong, SP5/16/2015 10:36:00 PM
Description: Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong picked up his second win of the season.
Insight: Vogelsong defeated the Reds by allowing two runs on six hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out two and is now 2-2 with a 5.31 ERA this season.
Hunter Pence, RF5/16/2015 10:35:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence went 2-for-3 in his season debut.
Insight: He scored three times and should definitely be active in all lineups immediately.
Hunter Pence, RF5/16/2015 3:26:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Pence will waste no time as he is in the lineup on Saturday versus the Reds. He is batting sixth and playing right field.
Madison Bumgarner, SP5/15/2015 10:14:00 PM
Description: Giants ace Madison Bumgarner threw seven innings and allowed two runs on eight hits and struck out four in the victory over the Reds on Friday.
Insight: Bumgarner also didn't walk a batter. After a bit of a rocky start, Bumgarner has settled into 2015. He is 4-2 with a 3.20 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 46 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings this season.
Brandon Belt, 1B5/15/2015 10:10:00 PM
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.
Tim Lincecum, SP5/14/2015 10:25:00 PM
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.
Matt Duffy, 2B5/12/2015 11:04:00 PM
Description: Giants IF Matt Duffy was 3-for-4 with a double and five RBI in the, 8-1, victory over the Astros on Tuesday.
Insight: Duffy had a bases loaded double in the second that scored three runs and then a twor-run single in the fifth. Duffy is hitting .300 with one home run and 15 RBI in 70 at-bats this season.
Chris Heston, SP5/12/2015 11:01:00 PM
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.
Casey McGehee, 3B5/12/2015 4:27:00 PM
Description: Giants third baseman Casey McGehee is not in the starting lineup again on Tuesday.
Insight: Matt Duffy will get the nod at third and bat eighth against Houston.
Ryan Vogelsong, SP5/10/2015 6:30:00 PM
Description: Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong allowed just one run Sunday versus Miami.
Insight: Vogelsong went seven innings allowing four hits. He struck out five and now has a 5.67 ERA this season.
Buster Posey, C/1B5/10/2015 2:00:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is not in the lineup against the Marlins on Saturday.
Insight: It's just a normal day off. Posey is hitting .287 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 108 at-bats this season.
Madison Bumgarner, SP5/10/2015 9:43:00 AM
Description: Giants ace Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings and allowed three runs on five hits in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.
Insight: Bumgarner did strike out 10, which certainly helps his fantasy performance. He also walked two. Bumgarner is 3-2 with a 3.30 ERA, 1.10 WHIP in 43 2/3 innings this season.
Hunter Pence, RF5/8/2015 10:07:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was sent to the minors on his rehab assignment scheduled to begin Friday at Triple-A Sacramento.
Insight: The Giants are hoping Pence returns in the middle of May, so if everything goes as planned, he will be back after 7-10 games.
Chris Heston, SP5/6/2015 6:02:00 PM
Description: Giants pitcher Chris Heston gave up five runs through five innings Wednesday versus San Diego.
Insight: Heston allowed 11 hits and three walks while striking out four. He still has a solid 3.38 ERA.
Casey McGehee, 3B5/6/2015 1:48:00 PM
Description: Giants third baseman Casey McGehee is not in the starting lineup again on Wednesday.
Insight: McGehee is struggling, hitting .181/.234/.264, and has been battling a knee bruise this season. Perhaps the days off will help, but for now, he isn't fantasy relevant.
Buster Posey, C/1B5/6/2015 1:47:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is not in the lineup against the Padres on Wednesday.
Insight: That's too bad because he is a .405 career hitter versus Padres starter Ian Kennedy. It's just a normal day of rest for Posey.
Angel Pagan, CF5/6/2015 1:46:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is back in the starting lineup on Wednesday.
Insight: Pagan injured his middle finger on his left hand while sliding into second base on Monday and missed Tuesday game. Pagan is hitting .350/.373/.447 this season.
Brandon Crawford, SS5/6/2015 9:37:00 AM
Description: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford was 3-for-3 with an RBI-single in the, 6-0, victory over the Padres on Tuesday.
Insight: Crawford also scored two runs. He is hitting .262/.374/.512 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 84 at-bats this season.
Ryan Vogelsong, SP5/6/2015 9:33:00 AM
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.
Angel Pagan, CF5/5/2015 9:37:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan was a late scratch Tuesday due to a laceration on his left middle finger.
Insight: Pagan is day-to-day. Gregor Blanco will start in center, with Justin Maxwell getting the nod in right.
Buster Posey, C/1B5/5/2015 10:56:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is a lifetime .529 hitter (9-for-17) versus Padres starter Andrew Cashner.
Insight: Posey lost a seven-game hitting streak on Monday, but he's still batting .274 with four homers and 11 RBI. Add in a favorable matchup and he's a must start.
Hunter Pence, RF5/4/2015 7:53:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is scheduled to take batting practice this week and could start a rehab assignment if that goes well according to CSN Bay Area.
Insight: The Giants are hoping Pence returns in the middle of May, so if everything goes as planned, he will be back shortly.
Joe Panik, 2B5/3/2015 6:58:00 PM
Description: Giants second baseman Joe Panik was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs in the, 5-0, victory over the Angels on Sunday.
Insight: Panik hit a solo home run in the first inning and later singled. Panik is hitting .293/.348/.415 with one home run and eight RBI.
Tim Lincecum, SP5/3/2015 6:55:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Tim Lincecum threw eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits to win his second game of the season on Sunday.
Insight: San Francisco shut out the Los Angeles Angels, 5-0. Lincecum struck out four and walked one. He is 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA, 20 strikeouts and 1.23 WHIP in 30 innings this season.
Buster Posey, C/1B5/2/2015 6:30:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey clubbed a home run on Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Posey now has four homers and 11 RBI this season, while hitting .273 overall.
Tim Hudson, SP5/2/2015 6:28:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Tim Hudson went eight stron Saturday against the Angels.
Insight: He allowed two runs on two hits and two walks. Hudson struck out three and now has a 3.51 ERA this season.
Brandon Belt, 1B5/1/2015 6:33:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is not in the starting lineup versus the Angels on Friday.
Insight: The Angels are starting C.J. Wilson, and coach Bruce Bochy has sat Belt this season versus lefties. Buster Posey is playing first base and Andrew Susac will start at catcher.
Madison Bumgarner, SP4/29/2015 9:31:00 AM
Description: Giants ace Madison Bumgarner pitched a gem Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: He went eight innings and allowed justy one run on five hits and one walk while striking out nine. He outdueled Clayton Kershaw and is now 2-1 with a 3.73 ERA.
Buster Posey, C/1B4/28/2015 3:12:00 PM
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.
Angel Pagan, CF4/26/2015 9:10:00 AM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan went 4-for-6 with a run scored in the, 5-4, 10th inning victory over the Rockies on Saturday.
Insight: Pagan scored on Buster Posey's double in the first but didn't produce anymore runs in the game. Still, owners love the .355/.390/.447 slashing line to start the season.
Norichika Aoki, RF4/24/2015 4:48:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Norichika Aoki is not in the lienup for Friday's contest.
Insight: It will be his first day off of the season. Gregor Blanco is in left, with Jason Maxwell in right.
Ryan Vogelsong, SP4/23/2015 5:46:00 PM
Description: Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong posted a quality start on Thursday.
Insight: He went six innings and allowed two runs on three hits and one walk, while striking out five. Vogelson is still not a relevant option.
Brandon Belt, 1B4/22/2015 11:31:00 AM
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.
Buster Posey, C/1B4/22/2015 10:08:00 AM
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.
Tim Lincecum, SP4/22/2015 10:03:00 AM
Description: Giants starter Tim Lincecum pitched six innings and allowed one run on five hits in the, 6-2, victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Insight: Lincecum also had five strikeouts and three walks. He is 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA, 14 strikeouts and 1.22 WHIP in 18 innings this season.
Hunter Pence, RF4/20/2015 11:00:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence (broken left forearm) is taking cautious swings with a fungo bat, but hasn't been cleared to resume hitting.
Insight: Pence could be ready to play in some games in about two weeks. The original diagnosis was 6-8 weeks which put him in line to return at the start of May.
Buster Posey, C/1B4/19/2015 9:00:00 PM
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.
Joe Panik, 2B4/19/2015 8:56:00 AM
Description: Giants second baseman Joe Panik had three hits Saturday versus Arizona.
Insight: He did so in three at-bats, and alos had one RBI and one run scored. Panik is hitting .286 this season.
Jake Peavy, SP4/18/2015 6:42:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain.
Insight: Yusmeiro Petit will likely fill the spot in the rotation, with Matt Cain already sidelined.
Casey McGehee, 3B4/16/2015 11:05:00 AM
Description: Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee is questionable for Thursday's game against Arizona due to a left knee bruise.
Insight: He's been hurting since Opening Day, had a cortisone shot and hasn't played since Saturday. He's no Pablo Sandoval.
Angel Pagan, CF4/15/2015 9:33:00 AM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan went 3-for-4 during Tuesday's loss to the Rockies.
Insight: Pagan is off to a nice start with a .333/.405/.515 line, as he is trying to rebound from an injury plagued 2014 season.
Buster Posey, C/1B4/14/2015 6:45:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey will get the night off on Tuesday against the Rockies. UPDATE: Posey is dealing with a right trapezuis muscle according to Giants reporter Andrew Baggarly.
Insight: It was originally though that Posey was just getting the night off, but he is dealing with tightness in his traps. Consider Posey day-to-day.
Buster Posey, C/1B4/14/2015 6:14:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey will get the night off on Tuesday against the Rockies.
Insight: It's just a normal day of rest. Posey is batting .250/.352/.464 in 34 plate appearances this season.
Casey McGehee, 3B4/13/2015 10:44:00 AM
Description: Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee is questionable for Monday's game against Colorado due to a left knee bruise.
Insight: He's been hurting since Opening Day, according to Alex Pavlovic of csnbayarea.com. He had a cortisone shot and should miss a couple of days.
Buster Posey, C/1B4/12/2015 7:37:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey hit a home run duriing Sunday's loss versus San Diego.
Insight: Posey went 1-for-3 with the homer. He now has two on the year, and is hitting .292 through the first week.
Madison Bumgarner, SP4/12/2015 9:49:00 AM
Description: Giants ace Madison Bumgarner had a rough outing on Saturday, allowing five runs in three innings.
Insight: Bumgarner didn't allow a walk, but he did toss up 10 hits. Bumgarner pitched very well on Opening Day, so fantasy owners should just forget about this one.
Brandon Belt, 1B4/11/2015 10:20:00 AM
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.
Tim Hudson, SP4/9/2015 9:15:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Tim Hudson pitched well in his season debut.
Insight: He left the game with the score tied 0-0. Hudson wen 6 1/3 innings, and allowed five hits and five walks, while striking out one. He threw 93 pitches, 56 of them for strikes.
Brandon Belt, 1B4/9/2015 11:01:00 AM
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.
Buster Posey, C/1B4/9/2015 10:23:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is a career .417 hitter (15-for-36) against Padres starter Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Posey is an elite fantasy catcher in a favorable matchup. Despite a solid 2014, fantasy owners are looking for him to regain his 2012 form (.336, 24 HR, 103 RBI).
Buster Posey, C/1B4/8/2015 9:19:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey showed on Tuesday why he is the top option at catcher this season.
Insight: Posey was 3-for-3 with a two-run homer in the first inning versus the Diamondbacks. He also reached on a walk. It was a nice game after going 0-for-4 on Opening Day.
Matt Cain, SP4/7/2015 7:03:00 PM
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.
Jake Peavy, SP4/7/2015 10:42:00 AM
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).
Madison Bumgarner, SP4/7/2015 9:32:00 AM
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.
Angel Pagan, CF4/7/2015 9:28:00 AM
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.
Matt Cain, SP4/7/2015 9:24:00 AM
Description: Giants pitcher Matt Cain has been diagnosed with a flexor tendon strain, according to Alex Pavlovic of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Cain is likely to spend some time on the disabled list, but with no tears to the ligament, major surgery is not necessary.
Buster Posey, C/1B4/6/2015 10:50:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is a stunning 11-for-18 (.611) with three homers and eight RBI against Arizona starter Josh Collmenter.
Insight: Collmenter would probably be better off just to walk him. Posey is the fantasy catcher by which all other catchers are measured. He batted .311 last season with 22 HR and 89 RBI.
Matt Cain, SP4/4/2015 10:14:00 AM
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.
Angel Pagan, CF3/21/2015 10:42:00 AM
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.
Hunter Pence, RF3/5/2015 7:47:00 PM
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.
Hunter Pence, RF3/5/2015 5:52:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence left Thursday's Spring Training game after taking a pitch in his hand during an at-bat.
Insight: Pence took his base and then left the field. Hopefully the injury is not serious. Pence has been as reliable as they come for fantasy owners, playing in every game the last two seasons.
Matt Cain, SP3/5/2015 5:47:00 PM
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.
Madison Bumgarner, SP3/3/2015 7:38:00 PM
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
Angel Pagan, CF2/24/2015 11:50:00 AM
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.
Brandon Belt, 1B2/2/2015 10:23:00 AM
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.
Marco Scutaro, 2B12/23/2014 10:48:00 AM
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.
Michael Morse, LF12/16/2014 2:46:00 PM
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.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B11/6/2014 8:58:00 PM
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.
Tim Lincecum, SP11/5/2014 5:39:00 PM
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.
Juan Perez, LF10/29/2014 3:42:00 PM
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.
Brandon Crawford, SS10/29/2014 9:33:00 AM
Description: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is a career 4-for-5 with a home run versus Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie
Insight: It is a small sample size, but Crawford has had success against Guthrie. Crawford also has a home run. He was 0-for-1 in one at-bat versus Guthrie in Game 3.
Buster Posey, C/1B10/29/2014 9:27:00 AM
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.
Hunter Strickland, RP10/29/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Giants relief pitcher Hunter Strickland has surrendered six home runs in 8 1/3 innings of work this postseason.
Insight: Five of those six home runs have come from left-handed batters. Manager Bruce Bochy must have very little confidence in Strickland, his fireball right-handed reliever, going into Game 7.
Yusmeiro Petit, SP10/29/2014 9:09:00 AM
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.
Jake Peavy, SP10/29/2014 9:02:00 AM
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.
Jake Peavy, SP10/28/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy will pitch Game 6 of the World Series with a bruised thumb.
Insight: Peavy has passed all exams and said he feels fine, but this is something to keep an eye on Tuesday. Peavy allowed four runs in five innings in Game 2 last week.
Michael Morse, LF10/28/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Michael Morse will serve as the designated hitter in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Insight: Morse only pinch hit when the series shifted to San Francisco and no designated hitter. Morse is back in the lineup and will bat seventh.
Madison Bumgarner, SP10/26/2014 10:37:00 AM
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.
Gregor Blanco, CF10/26/2014 10:26:00 AM
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.
Hunter Pence, RFHot10/26/2014 9:09:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI.
Insight: The career .284 hitter has put it together in this World Series batting .467 with a 1.356 OPS.
Yusmeiro Petit, SPHot10/26/2014 9:05:00 AM
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?
Juan Perez, LF10/25/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: Juan Perez is starting for the Giants in left field for Game 4 of the World Series against the Royals.
Insight: Perez gets the start over the lefty Travis Ishikawa because Royals starter Jason Vargas is also left-handed. Perez will bat seventh in front of Brandon Crawford.
Ryan Vogelsong, SP10/25/2014 10:05:00 AM
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.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B10/25/2014 10:01:00 AM
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.
Buster Posey, C/1B10/25/2014 9:41:00 AM
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.
Michael Morse, LF10/25/2014 9:33:00 AM
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.
Tim Hudson, SP10/25/2014 9:27:00 AM
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.
Hunter Pence, RF10/24/2014 11:19:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is just 1-for-7 with three strikeouts against Jeremy Guthrie in his career.
Insight: The career .284 hitter is just a .236 hitter in the postseason, though he's been better in 2014, hitting .282 and 3-for-7 in the World Series with a double and home run.
Brandon Crawford, SS10/24/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is a career 4-for-4 with a home run versus Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie
Insight: Crawford is a career .222 in the postseason and 10-for-44 (.227) in this postseason, but has a favorable matchup.
Madison Bumgarner, SP10/23/2014 5:18:00 PM
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.
Tim Lincecum, SP10/23/2014 2:56:00 PM
Description: Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series with a back injury and will have an MRI today.
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.
Tim Lincecum, SP10/22/2014 11:34:00 PM
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.
Michael Morse, LF10/22/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Michael Morse will again be the team's designated hitter in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.
Insight: Giants manager Bruce Bochy is sticking with the same lineup from Game 1. Morse had an RBI-single in the fourth to help the Giants score seven runs on Tuesday.
Jake Peavy, SP10/22/2014 11:04:00 AM
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.
Buster Posey, C/1B10/22/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey will be facing Royals' starter Yordano Ventura for the first time on Wednesday night.
Insight: Actually, no player on San Francisco's roster has an at-bat against Ventura, so it will be intriguing to see what side gets the advantage in Game 2 of the World Series.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B10/22/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-5 in Game 1 of the Wolrd Series.
Insight: He got the scoring started with an RBI double in the first inning, and had two RBI overall. Sandoval is now hitting .333 this posteason.
Hunter Pence, RF10/22/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Giants outfielders Hunter Pence cracked a two-run homer in the first inning of Game 1.
Insight: It was his first home run of the postseason, as he took James Shields deep to right center. Pence finished the night going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored, and two walks.
Madison Bumgarner, SP10/22/2014 9:17:00 AM
Description: Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner pitched the team to a Game 1 victory on Tuesday night.
Insight: Bumgarner was fantastic over seven innings of work, allowing only one run on three hits and one walk, while striking out five. The NLCS MVP could be on his way to a World Series MVP Award.
Michael Morse, LF10/20/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Michael Morse will serve as the team's DH in the World Series, according to manager Bruce Bochy.
Insight: He did not start a game during the NLCS, but produced a huge home run, typing the score in Game 5. Morse had been dealing with an oblique injury, but seems to be fully recovered.
Jake Peavy, SP10/18/2014 7:33:00 PM
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.
Madison Bumgarner, SP10/18/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Giants ace Madison Bumgarner will start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Insight: Surprise, surprise. Bumgarner finished the Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday, so he will have regular rest. Bumgarner will face "Big Game" James Shields from Kansas City.
Gregor Blanco, CF10/15/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco will lead off once again in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Insight: There are no changes to the Giants lineup in Game 4.
Hunter Pence, RF10/15/2014 10:32:00 AM
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.
Tim Hudson, SP10/14/2014 8:03:00 PM
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.
Gregor Blanco, CF10/14/2014 7:46:00 PM
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.
Jake Peavy, SP10/12/2014 11:10:00 AM
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.
Buster Posey, C/1B10/12/2014 11:00:00 AM
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.
Madison Bumgarner, SP10/12/2014 12:55:00 AM
Description: Just another great performance from Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, beating the Cardinals in the first game of the NLCS 3-0.
Insight: It's what we have come to expect from the 25-year-old. Bumgarner threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings yielding four hits and a walk while striking out seven.
Michael Morse, LF10/11/2014 1:10:00 PM
Description: The Giants officially added outfielder Michael Morse to the NLCS roster.
Insight: Morse replaces Gary Brown and that is the only change to the Giants roster from the division series to the championship series. Right now, he will just be used as a pinch hitter.
Buster Posey, C/1B10/11/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is just 2-for-11 (.182) versus Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Posey may not have good numbers against Wainwright, but he had a terrific September and was 9-for-23 (.391) in the NLDS against Washington.
Michael Morse, LF10/10/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Giants coach Bruce Bochy said that Michael Morse will be available off the bench in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday according to the Bary Area News Group.
Insight: Morse missed the end of the regular season and the NLDS due to a oblique strain. He will be a nice boost off the bench.
Michael Morse, LF10/8/2014 6:37:00 PM
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.
Ryan Vogelsong, SP10/8/2014 9:32:00 AM
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.
Juan Perez, LF10/7/2014 8:00:00 PM
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.
Hunter Pence, RF10/7/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is a career .083 hitter (1-for-12) against Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Pence has rebounded in the postseason (3-for-11) after finishing the season with a .165 batting average in September.
Madison Bumgarner, SP10/6/2014 8:01:00 PM
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.
Madison Bumgarner, SP10/6/2014 11:26:00 AM
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.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B10/6/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is a career 4-for-5 against Washington right-hander Doug Fister.
Insight: Sandoval is a career .313 postseason hitter with a .915 OPS, but 2-for-12 in this series with the Nationals.
Joe Panik, 2B10/6/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Giants second baseman Joe Panik is 3-for-3 with a home run in his only matchup against Nationals right-hander Doug Fister.
Insight: Panik, a former first-round draft pick, is 5-for-16 (.313) in the 2014 postseason after batting .305 in 269 regular season at-bats.
Buster Posey, C/1B10/5/2014 12:18:00 AM
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.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B10/5/2014 12:12:00 AM
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.
Brandon Belt, 1B10/5/2014 12:06:00 AM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt hit a solo home run to break a 1-1 tie in the 18th inning as the Giants defeated the Nationals, 2-1, on early Sunday morning.
Insight: Belt was 1-for-7 in the game but came up with the hit to win it. The Giants have a 2-0 series lead going back to San Francisco for Game 3.
Tim Hudson, SP10/4/2014 10:07:00 PM
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.
Hunter Pence, RF10/4/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is a career .400 hitter (8-for-20) against Washington starter Jordan Zimmerman.
Insight: He will face Zimmerman in Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday. Pence also has two career home runs off of him, along with four RBI. Pence is a solid option for a daily fantasy play.
Tim Hudson, SP10/4/2014 9:30:00 AM
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.
Buster Posey, C/1B10/3/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey knocks in winning RBI Friday.
Insight: He made it 3-0 on an infield RBI single, but with the Ginats winning the game 3-2, it obviously proved to be a major hit. Posey finished the game 1-for-4.
Brandon Crawford, SS10/2/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford produced the key blow, a fourth inning grand slam that sent San Francisco into the next round.
Insight: Crawford has produced a decent RBI total (11) despite a low batting average (.216) in the postseason play (51 at-bats).
Pablo Sandoval, 3BHot10/2/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval knocked out a pair of hits and scored twice as San Francisco bludgeoned Pittsburgh 8-0.
Insight: Sandoval appears to be ready to continue his impressive playoff run that saw him bat .428 with six home runs and win the World Series MVP in 2012.
Madison Bumgarner, SPHot10/2/2014 9:57:00 AM
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).
Madison Bumgarner, SPHot10/1/2014 10:39:00 AM
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.
Hunter Pence, RF10/1/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is a career .194 (7-for-36) hitter against Pirates starter Edison Volquez.
Insight: Pence does have three homers against Volquez but has also struck out 16 times. Pence hit .277 with 20 home runs, 74 RBI and 106 runs this season.
Brandon Belt, 1B10/1/2014 10:20:00 AM
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.
Michael Morse, LF9/30/2014 8:46:00 PM
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.
Tim Lincecum, SP9/28/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum picks up win in relief Sunday.
Insight: It was his 12th win, after going two innings. Lincecum is simply not the same pitcher he used to be, as he finishes the year with a 4.74 ERA.
Buster Posey, C/1B9/28/2014 6:54:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey belted his 22nd homer Sunday.
Insight: He was 1-for-2 before getting the rest of the afternoon off. Posey finishes off 2014 slashing .311/.364/.490 with 89 RBI. There is a fine chance he takes hom NL MVP honors.
Hunter Pence, RF9/27/2014 2:36:00 PM
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.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B9/27/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is 12-for-28 (.429) against Padres starter Eric Stultz.
Insight: Sandoval is 3-for-7 in the first two games of the series to raise his average to .279 with 16 HR and 73 RBI.
Buster Posey, C/1BHot9/26/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey underwent an MRI on his back Friday according to Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Insight: Posey has been dealing with soreness in his back recently, so the MRI was just precautionary. It came back negative, but Posey will still have Friday off to rest for October.
Buster Posey, C/1BHot9/26/2014 11:24:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is 15-for-36 (.417) against Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Posey should be able to continue his monster September with another favorable matchup. In this month, Posey is hitting .390 with three home runs, 16 RBI and a 1.008 OPS.
Hunter Pence, RF9/25/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence has had a great season, but Thursday's matchup is not in his favor.
Insight: Pence is 2-for-16 (.125) in his career against Padres starter Andrew Cashner. Pence has had a good season, but over his last ten games, he has just three hits. Avoid this matchup.
Buster Posey, C/1BHot9/25/2014 10:53:00 AM
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.
Tim Hudson, SPCold9/25/2014 9:50:00 AM
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.
Angel Pagan, CF9/23/2014 8:25:00 PM
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.
Hunter Pence, RF9/22/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is just 1-for-16 in his career against Dodgers right-hander Dan Haren.
Insight: Pence is doing what he does every season ... accumulate stats. He's batting .286 with 20 HR, 73 RBI, 105 runs and 13 steals. He's just not a good choice for Monday night.
Angel Pagan, CF9/21/2014 6:10:00 PM
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.
Buster Posey, C/1BHot9/21/2014 10:09:00 AM
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.
Hunter Pence, RF9/21/2014 9:24:00 AM
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.
Yusmeiro Petit, SP9/21/2014 9:18:00 AM
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.
Buster Posey, C/1BHot9/20/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is 5-for-12 with a pair of home runs and a 1.378 OPS versus Padres starter Andrew Cashner.
Insight: Unlike most catchers who get tired as the season comes to a close, Posey has put the Giants on his back with a .336 August and a .407 September. in this favorable matchup he's a must start.
Brandon Belt, 1B9/19/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (concussion) is back in the Giants starting lineup on Friday.
Insight: Belt has not played due to concussion symptoms since early August. The first baseman has been out much of the season with injuries, and he is hitting .237/.299/.446 when he is in the lineup.
Michael Morse, LF9/17/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse (strained left oblique) has long passed his Tuesday return and the latest is he is likely to miss through Friday.
Insight: Gregor Blanco has been starting in left field with Morse sidelined, but can't supply Morse's power.
Buster Posey, C/1B9/17/2014 2:05:00 PM
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.
Madison Bumgarner, SPHot9/17/2014 9:17:00 AM
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
Buster Posey, CHot9/17/2014 12:22:00 AM
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.
Buster Posey, CHot9/16/2014 11:51:00 AM
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.
Hunter Pence, RF9/15/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is just 2-for-19 (.111) against Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley, including eight strikeouts.
Insight: Pence had a huge month of August (.314, .907 OPS), but has cooled a bit in September and faces a tough matchup. It's probably best to avoid him Monday.
Buster Posey, CHot9/15/2014 10:04:00 AM
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.
Yusmeiro Petit, SPHot9/14/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit pitched seven innings and allowed three earned runs, but he fell victim to Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Petit threw his second straight quality start, but Kershaw outpitched him. Petit finished with eight strikeouts and no walks. We expect Petit to get another chance to start next week.
Angel Pagan, CF9/14/2014 12:33:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is a career .314 (11-for-35) hitter against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Pagan also has three doubles against Kershaw. It is hard justifying starting anyone against Kershaw, but if you are going to plug anyone in against the tough lefty, it should be Pagan.
Tim Hudson, SPCold9/14/2014 10:46:00 AM
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.
Brandon Belt, 1B9/13/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (concussion) will face live pitching on Monday according to Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Manager Bruce Bochy told reporters he expects the first baseman to return sometime next week. He has been out with a concussion since Aug. 8.
Brandon Belt, 1B9/12/2014 8:56:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (concussion) will take batting practice on Friday according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Finally some good news for Belt, who has been out with a concussion since Aug. 6. Belt said he felt good enough to pinch hit on Friday and should be able to start by next week.
Buster Posey, C9/11/2014 1:04:00 PM
Description: Although it is a small sample size, Giants catcher Buster Posey is 1-for-8 in his career against Diamondbacks starter Randall Delgado.
Insight: Posey has cooled off since the weekend and has one hit in his last 10 at-bats. Thursday will be a tough matchup for him, but he is still a must start.
Buster Posey, CHot9/10/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is a lifetime .727 hitter (8-for-11) with a 2.133 OPS and two homers versus Arizona right-hander Josh Collmenter.
Insight: Posey's been hitting at an absurd rate, batting .404 for the past four weeks. Posey is playing like the MVP he is and is a must start in this favorable matchup.
Hunter Pence, RF9/9/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is just 2-for-18 (.111) against Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley.
Insight: Pence had a huge month of August (.314, .907 OPS), but has cooled a bit in September and faces a tough matchup. It's probably best to avoid him Tuesday.
Buster Posey, CHot9/9/2014 12:13:00 PM
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.
Michael Morse, LF9/9/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse (strained left oblique) is hoping to return Tuesday after a cortisone shot last Friday.
Insight: Gregor Blanco has been starting in left field with Morse sidelined, but can't supply Morse's power.
Buster Posey, CHot9/6/2014 4:36:00 PM
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.
Angel Pagan, CF9/5/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan should be back in the lineup Friday, according to his manager Bruce Bochy. Update: Pagan is in the starting lineup.
Insight: Pagan has been dealing with a stiff back. He's batting .303 with 50 runs scored in 86 games and is a major catalyst in the Giants offense.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B9/3/2014 1:24:00 PM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Colorado.
Insight: Sandoval is getting a routine day off. August was the third baseman's best month this year as he hit .336 with 18 RBI, 16 runs and a .859 OPS, but he did only hit three home runs.
Michael Morse, LF9/2/2014 9:08:00 PM
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.
Michael Morse, LF9/1/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse will undergo an MRI on his left hip Tuesday, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Morse tweaked his hip during batting practice Monday and was scratched from the lineup. He hit .299 in August, but with just one home run.
Joe Panik, 2BHot9/1/2014 9:49:00 PM
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.
Hunter Pence, RFHot9/1/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence went 1-for-4 with a homer, three RBI, a walk and two runs Monday at Colorado.
Insight: Pence has gone 37-for-114 (.325) with five doubles, three triples, six homers and 22 RBI and 23 runs in his last 27 games. His 99 runs lead the majors.
Buster Posey, CHot9/1/2014 9:41:00 PM
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.
Michael Morse, LF9/1/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse was scratched from Monday's lineup due to a hip injury, according to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Morse tweaked his hip during batting practice. He hit .299 in August, but with just one home run.
Angel Pagan, CF9/1/2014 10:25:00 AM
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.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B8/31/2014 9:33:00 PM
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.
Hunter Pence, RF8/31/2014 9:25:00 PM
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.
Buster Posey, CHot8/30/2014 9:37:00 AM
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.
Yusmeiro Petit, SPHot8/29/2014 8:06:00 PM
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.
Yusmeiro Petit, SPHot8/29/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit started on Thursday in place of Tim Lincecum and went six innings yielding four hits and one run with nine strikeouts.
Insight: Giants manager Bruce Bochy has said he will get another start. He's worth adding based on his first performance.
Santiago Casilla, RP8/28/2014 7:21:00 PM
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.
Angel Pagan, CF8/28/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Thursday's victory over the Rockies.
Insight: Pagan also had a stole base. The center fielder broke out of a little slump as he came into the game hitting .188 in his last four games.
Yusmeiro Petit, SP8/28/2014 6:40:00 PM
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.
Brandon Crawford, SS8/28/2014 2:37:00 PM
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.
Buster Posey, CHot8/27/2014 3:24:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey has batted .462 with three doubles, four homers and seven RBI over his last six games.
Insight: Posey blasted two homers Tuesday against Colorado and now has 17 homers and 65 RBI on the year. His OPS is in the .800s for the first time since June 26.
Hunter Pence, RF8/27/2014 1:13:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is a lifetime 5-for-11 hitter with one home run against Rockies pitcher Franklin Morales.
Insight: Pence has a eight-game hitting streak and hits in 19 of his last 21 games. In the last week, Pence is hitting 10-for-28 (.357) with two home runs and five RBI over the last week.
Madison Bumgarner, SPHot8/27/2014 10:29:00 AM
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.
Yusmeiro Petit, SP8/25/2014 8:47:00 PM
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.
Tim Lincecum, SPCold8/25/2014 8:45:00 PM
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.
Angel Pagan, CF8/24/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (calf) is expected to return Monday, according to Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Pagan was out of the lineup two of the past three games with calf tightness, but it isn't considered a major issue for the veteran.
Hunter Pence, RF8/23/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence hit a two-run home run against the Nationals on Saturday for his 18th of the season. Pence went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run in the game.
Insight: Pence has a five-game hitting streak and hits in 16 of his last 18 games, but that is a little misleading as Pence is batting just .246 over that stretch.
Tim Lincecum, SPCold8/23/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Tim Lincecum continues his cold streak as he exits Saturday's game after just two and 2/3 innings pitch, allowing six runs, four earned on six hits and four walks.
Insight: Lincecum is on the hook for the loss as the Giants trail the Nationals, 6-2, in the bottom of the third inning. The former CY Young award winner has won just once since July 12.
Angel Pagan, CF8/23/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (calf) is in the lineup Saturday against Washington.
Insight: Pagan went 2-for-5 before leaving Friday's game with calf tightness, but it was a precautionary move. He's leading off and playing center field.
Angel Pagan, CF8/22/2014 10:59:00 PM
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.
Joe Panik, 2BHot8/22/2014 10:40:00 PM
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.
Buster Posey, C8/22/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey has gone 6-for-9 with three doubles, two homers, three RBI and four runs in his last two games.
Insight: Posey sat out Wednesday's game with hip tightness and he was 6-for-35 (.171) with one RBI in the eight games prior to that, but the day off worked wonders.
Buster Posey, C8/21/2014 3:17:00 PM
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.
Buster Posey, C8/21/2014 9:46:00 AM
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.
Brandon Belt, 1B8/20/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (concussion) will not be cleared to do any physical activity for at least another 2-3 weeks.
Insight: Belt missed 12 games after suffering a concussion on July 19 and he began experiencing symptoms again after five games back in the lineup.
Buster Posey, C8/20/2014 6:47:00 PM
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.
Buster Posey, C8/20/2014 5:03:00 PM
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.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B8/20/2014 12:30:00 PM
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.
Hector Sanchez, C8/18/2014 3:16:00 PM
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.
Joe Panik, 2B8/18/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Giants second baseman Joe Panik is day-to-day after X-rays came back negative on his finger on Sunday.
Insight: Panik left Sunday's game in the eighth inning after suffering a dislocated pinkie finger while sliding into second base. The Giants expect him to return in a day or two.
Michael Morse, LF 8/16/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse had two doubles, a triple and a walk Saturday against the Phillies.
Insight: Morse has gone 4-for-5 with four extra-base hits (1 HR), two walks and four RBI over the last two games after hitting .263 with 10 doubles, two homers and 11 RBI in his previous 56.
Hunter Pence, RF8/16/2014 7:44:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence's lone hit Saturday against the Phillies was a solo homer.
Insight: Pence had 27 homers, 99 RBI and 22 steals last season, but he's on pace for 21 homers, 70 RBI and 13 steals this year.
Michael Morse, LFCold8/16/2014 1:46:00 PM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse's home run Friday was just his third since June 6.
Insight: Morse hit .286 with 13 homers, 41 RBI and a .916 OPS through the first 59 games this season, but he's batted .265 with 10 doubles, three homers, 14 RBI and 10 runs in his last 57 games.
Madison Bumgarner, SPHot8/16/2014 1:39:00 PM
Description: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner held the Phillies to one run on four hits and struck out nine with no walks in seven innings Friday, but the Giants' bullpen couldn't hold a 3-1 lead.
Insight: 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.
Buster Posey, C8/15/2014 1:53:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is a stunning .571 hitter (8-for-14) with sive extra-base hits against Phillies ace Cole Hamels.
Insight: Posey is batting .283 with 13 HR and 58 RBI. Nice numbers, but fantasy owners were hoping he could return to 2012 levels (.336, 24 HR, 103 RBI).
Tim Lincecum, SPCold8/10/2014 6:02:00 PM
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.
Michael Morse, LFCold8/10/2014 1:08:00 PM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse was scratched from the lineup Sunday due to an ingrown toenail, according to Amy Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area.
Insight: Morse hit .286 with 13 homers, 41 RBI and a .916 OPS through the first 59 games this season, but he's batted .261 with two homers, 11 RBI and a .658 OPS over his last 54.
Hunter Pence, RF8/9/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is hitless in seven at-bats against Royals right-hander James Shields with three strikeouts.
Insight: Pence had been on fire the past week, batting .370 with a 1.155 OPS. The workhorse is batting .291 with 15 HR, 50 RBI, 80 runs and 10 steals in 117 games, but should be avoided Saturday.
Brandon Belt, 1B8/8/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has been placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list again.
Insight: Belt first suffered a concussion on July 19 and he ended up missing 12 games while dealing with multiple setbacks. He was able to play five games before experiencing symptoms again this week.
Brandon Belt, 1B8/7/2014 1:26:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is not in Thursday's lineup due to headaches, according to Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News.
Insight: Belt (.237, 11 HR, 24 RBI) dealt with a concussion issue in July that sent him to the disabled list, but the doctors don't think it's related.
Buster Posey, C8/7/2014 12:16:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is getting a scheduled night off Thursday against the Brewers.
Insight: Posey is batting .285 with 13 HR and 57 RBI. Nice numbers, but fantasy owners were expecting a little bit better.
Angel Pagan, CF8/7/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (back) has been activated from the disabled list and is in Thuraday's starting lineup.
Insight: Pagan hasn't played since June 14 due to a back strain. He's bat in his customary leadoff spot and play in center field.
Pablo Sandoval, 3BHot8/6/2014 12:55:00 PM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has managed just two hits in 18 career at-bats against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: One of the hits was a homer, but he's also struck out five times against the right-hander. Sandoval isn't a good option Wednesday.
Buster Posey, C8/5/2014 6:25:00 PM
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.
Michael Morse, LF8/5/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse is out of the lineup for a second straight day Tuesday against the Brewers.
Insight: He's not injured, but he hasn't been doing much with the bat and is terrible defensively. The Giants will go with Gregor Blanco in center field, Juan Perez in left and Hunter Pence in right.
Santiago Casilla, RPHot8/4/2014 9:17:00 PM
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.
Pablo Sandoval, 3BHot8/4/2014 9:14:00 PM
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.
Matt Cain, SP8/4/2014 6:25:00 PM
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.
Hunter Pence, RFHot8/4/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is officially over his slump after pounding out another two extra-base hits Monday afternoon.
Insight: Pence had been 5-for-41 in the last 10 games before his two home run Sunday night. He's batting .290 with 15 HR, 49 RBI, 79 runs and 10 steals in 113 games.
Michael Morse, LF8/4/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Morse (.270, 15 HR, 49 RBI) was just 1-for-11 over the weekend and will sit while Juan Perez (.170) gets the start in left field.
Hunter Pence, RF8/4/2014 9:35:00 AM
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.
Buster Posey, C8/3/2014 4:04:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey put up four hits Sunday, to give him 10 in his last five games and raise his average to .288.
Insight: The 27-year-old Posey's numbers are down a bit this season, but he's still an top-tier fantasy catcher batting with 13 home runs and 57 RBI.
Hunter Pence, RF8/3/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence posted his first multi-hit game since July 22 with three hits, including two home runs, Sunday versus the Mets.
Insight: Pence had been 5-for41 in his last 10 games. He play almost every day and accumulate numbers. He's batting .291 with 15 HR, 49 RBI, 77 runs and 10 steals in 112 games.
Ryan Vogelsong, SP 8/1/2014 9:29:00 PM
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.
Matt Cain, SP8/1/2014 5:51:00 PM
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.
Matt Duffy, 2B8/1/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Giants IF Matt Duffy was called up from Double-A Richmond and will start at 2B Friday night.
Insight: Duffy was hitting well, batting .332 with 3 HR, 62 RBI and 20 SB in 97 games for Richmond. He gets a prime spot in the lineup batting second between Hunter Pence and Buster Posey.
Hunter Pence, RF8/1/2014 10:13:00 AM
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.
Matt Cain, SP7/31/2014 7:38:00 PM
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.
Tim Lincecum, SPCold7/30/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum allowed 11 runs on 14 hits in his last 7 2/3 innings.
Insight: Lincecum went 4-1 with a 0.95 ERA in 38 innings from June 25 to July 22 to lower his ERA from 4.90 to 3.65, but he's reverted to the inconsistent form of the past three seasons.
Brandon Belt, 1B7/29/2014 8:10:00 PM
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.
Matt Cain, SP7/29/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: According to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com, Giants right-hander Matt Cain (elbow) will visit Dr. James Andrews.
Insight: Cain's initial MRI didn't reveal ligament damage, but he'll get a second opinion from the renowned physician because he hasn't progressed in his rehab from elbow inflammation.
Angel Pagan, CF7/28/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (back) will go through a full workout Tuesday, according to Amy Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area.
Insight: If he gets through it without an issue, he'll go on a rehab assignment. Pagan hasn't played since June 14 due to a back strain.
Brandon Belt, 1B7/28/2014 8:10:00 PM
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.
Angel Pagan, CF7/27/2014 6:18:00 PM
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.
Brandon Belt, 1B7/27/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is still experiencing symptoms of his concussion, according to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) was hit in the face during batting practice on July 19. Every time he's shown improvement it has been followed by a setback.
Hunter Pence, RF7/27/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is hitless in his last 12 at-bats, but he has a good matchup Sunday.
Insight: Pence is 8-for-18 (.444) with two doubles against Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. Even with the recent slump, Pence is still batting above .300 for the third straight month.
Matt Cain, SP7/26/2014 7:00:00 PM
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.
Hunter Pence, RF7/26/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is hot right now but faces a tough matchup against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Pence has batted .354 in July after hitting over .300 in each of the previous two months. However, he's just 4-for-41 (.098) against Kershaw.
Angel Pagan, CF7/25/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan has started to hit against live pitching, according to Carl Steward of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Pagan has a bulging disc in his back and hasn't played since June 14. He's expected to return in the first 10 days of August.
Brandon Belt, 1B7/25/2014 9:05:00 PM
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.
Marco Scutaro, 2B7/25/2014 7:30:00 PM
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.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B7/25/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is hitless in eight tries versus Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke.
Insight: Sandoval has been batting over .300 for the past month, but its not a great matchup Friday.
Ehire Adrianza, SS7/24/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Giants SS/2B Ehire Adrianza injured his right hamstring Thursday, according to beat reporter Andrew Baggarly.
Insight: Adrianza was playing at second base for injured Joe Panik (ankle). If its serious the Giants may need to bring Dan Uggla up.
Joe Panik, 2B7/24/2014 11:07:00 AM
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.
Buster Posey, C7/24/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is a career 7-for-11 (.636) with five extra-base hits and a 1.909 OPS versus Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: The 27-year-old Posey's numbers are down a bit this season, but he's still an top-tier fantasy catcher batting .284 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI.
Brandon Belt, 1B7/23/2014 10:34:00 PM
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.
Marco Scutaro, 2B7/22/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is just 1-for-9 this season after missing the first three months due to back problems, but has a favorable matchup Tuesday against Roberto Hernandez.
Insight: Scutaro is a career .483 hitter (14-for-29) against the Phillies right-hander.
Hunter Pence, RFHot7/21/2014 10:48:00 PM
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.
Matt Cain, SP7/21/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: The Giants have placed Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.
Insight: Cain's MRI ruled out ligament damage, but he's still out indefinitely. This is his third trip to the DL this season.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B7/21/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has gone 2-for-15 with four strikeouts versus Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Insight: Sandoval has been smoking hot for the past two weeks, batting .405 in the past nine games, but doesn't have a favorable matchup.
Hunter Pence, RF7/21/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: San Francisco right fielder Hunter Pence is a career .545 hitter (6-for-11) with a pair of home runs against former teammate Cliff Lee.
Insight: Pence is up to his usual tricks having played in every game this season and batting .299 with 12 homers, 35 RBI, 70 runs and an .824 OPS.
Brandon Belt, 1B7/21/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is expected to be placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) was hit in the face during batting practice and left Saturday night's game due to dizziness and didn't play Sunday.
Tim Lincecum, SPHot7/20/2014 5:14:00 PM
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.
Brandon Belt, 1B7/19/2014 11:20:00 PM
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.
Brandon Belt, 1B7/19/2014 8:47:00 PM
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.
Michael Morse, LF7/18/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse had a pair of doubles and a single Friday at Miami.
Insight: Morse (.278, 14 HR, 47 RBI) batted just .218 with one homer, two RBI and a .579 OPS in his previous 25 games.
Pablo Sandoval, 3BHot7/18/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has gone 11-for-25 with two home runs and seven RBI over his last six games.
Insight: Sandoval batted .173 with two home runs and six RBI over his first 35 games this season, but he's put up a .335 average, 10 home runs and 37 RBI over his last 58.
Matt Cain, SP7/18/2014 6:00:00 PM
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.
Marco Scutaro, 2B7/18/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is day-to-day with a stiff neck, according to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Scutaro sat out the entire season until July 12 due to a chronic back injury. The stiff neck could be related to his back ailment.
Angel Pagan, CF7/18/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan isn't expected to return until August, according to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Pagan has a bulging disc in his back and hasn't played since June 14.
Adam Duvall, 3BHot7/15/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Giants minor league 1B/3B Adam Duvall leads the PCL in home runs (26) among his 44 extra base hits and 1.012 OPS.
Insight: The 25-yesr-old Duvall won't find a full-time spot with the big club unless Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval are injured, traded or leave via free agency.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B7/13/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: Over his last 58 games, Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has batted .333 with 10 doubles, a triple, nine homers and 34 RBI.
Insight: Sandoval hit just .173 with two home runs, six RBI and a .526 OPS over his first 35 games, so his numbers on the year are still on the low end.
Buster Posey, C7/13/2014 7:10:00 PM
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.
Hunter Pence, RF7/12/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: San Francisco right fielder Hunter Pence is just 2-for-15 with seven strikeouts versus Arizona Wade Miley.
Insight: Pence is up to his usual tricks having played in all 94 games this season and batting .303 with 12 homers and an .835 OPS. this matchup, however, should be avoided.
Buster Posey, C7/12/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey was not in the lineup Friday against Arizona, but will be back behind the plate for Saturday and has a favorable matchup.
Insight: Hector Sanchez has become Tim Lincecum's personal catcher, so Posey got Friday night off. Posey is a career .529 hitter (9-for-17) against Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley.
Marco Scutaro, 2B7/11/2014 9:45:00 PM
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.
Buster Posey, CCold7/11/2014 6:39:00 PM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is not in the lineup Friday against Arizona.
Insight: Hector Sanchez has become Tim Lincecum's personal catcher, so Posey will a get a night off Friday. Posey has gone 8-for-43 (.186) in his last 12 games.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B7/8/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (elbow) is in the lineup Tuesday, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Sandoval took a pitch off the elbow Saturday missed the last two games. The third baseman has hit .322 with eight homers, 30 RBI, 26 runs and an .873 OPS over his last 51 games.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B7/7/2014 6:10:00 PM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (elbow) is out of the lineup Monday.
Insight: Sandoval took a pitch off the elbow Saturday and will sit out his second straight game, though his X-rays came back negative.
Tim Lincecum, SPHot7/6/2014 10:57:00 AM
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.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B7/5/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval left Saturday night's game with a left elbow contusion, according to Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News.
Insight: Sandoval took a pitch off the elbow his first time up. Figure him to be day-to-day.
Tim Hudson, SPCold7/5/2014 11:52:00 AM
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.
Brandon Belt, 1B7/4/2014 3:55:00 PM
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.
Brandon Belt, 1B7/4/2014 9:46:00 AM
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.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B7/4/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is 12-for-25 (.480) with a 1.232 OPS against San Diego left-hander Eric Stults.
Insight: Sandoval isn't hitting up to his past numbers as he cooled last week batting .200 over the past five games.
Buster Posey, C7/4/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Giants catcher Buster Posey is a career .444 hitter (8-for-18) with a pair of homers against Padres left-hander Eric Stults.
Insight: Posey's hot streak of last week is gone as he batted just .222 over the past five games, but this favorable matchup may help.
Angel Pagan, CF7/2/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan will have an epidural on his back, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Pagan has a bulging disc in his back and is out indefinitely after suffering a setback Monday.
Brandon Belt, 1B7/2/2014 8:09:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (thumb) will return to the lineup Friday, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Belt (.264, 9 HR, 18 RBI) hasn't played since breaking his thumb in early May. Belt has gone 11-for-21 (.524) with three home runs during his rehab assignment.
Tim Lincecum, SPHot7/2/2014 7:06:00 PM
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.
Brandon Belt, 1B7/1/2014 9:16:00 PM
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.
Angel Pagan, CF7/1/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan suffered a setback with his lower-back injury while running Monday, according to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Pagan was eligible to rejoin the team Tuesday, but he could now be out an extended period of time. He has a bulging disc and will see a specialist in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Angel Pagan, CF7/1/2014 6:41:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (back) is still on the disabled list.
Insight: Pagan was eligible to rejoin the team Tuesday, but he's not ready to return from his back strain.