By James Bailey Finally, Opening Day is here. Okay, technically it was here last night, but one game doesn’t really count, at least now that we’ve moved beyond the tradition of Cincinnati kicking the season off. And unlike Sunday’s late-night affair, we’ve got day baseball today. As you immerse yourself in real games that count, [...]
By Thom Henninger It was thought the American League Cy Young vote would be tight, with Zack Greinke and three 19-game winners in the mix, but the National League count proved to be a much closer one. With 10 points separating the top three vote-getters, Giants ace Tim Lincecum repeated as the NL winner in [...]
By Thom Henninger On Wednesday night at Comerica Park, Detroit ace Justin Verlander was looking to tie Boston right-hander Josh Beckett and Yankees lefty CC Sabathia for the most wins among American League pitchers.
By Thom Henninger Lefty Cliff Lee, who the Phillies acquired from Cleveland before the trade deadline, has given up a total of six runs in five second-half starts. All five have been quality outings, and he’s won all five and went the distance in three of them.
By Thom Henninger Statistics show the deck is stacked against major league hitters when they have two strikes, as they have a .186 two-strike average in 2009. Facing Giants ace Tim Lincecum with two strikes almost guarantees a one-way ticket to the bench. Hitters are batting just .106 (33-for-312) against him, and that’s the lowest [...]
By James Bailey Anyone who dares to make predictions before the season needs to be willing to laugh later when they go awry. Back in March when we launched this site, we put together a panel to forecast what the 2009 season held in store. Halfway through the season the results are mixed. The picks [...]
By James Bailey The Giants have been waiting for big things from Matt Cain since long before his Cy Young Award-winning teammate joined the organization. A first-round pick in 2002 out of Germantown, Tenn., Cain signed that summer for $1.375 million and started his career in the Rookie-level Arizona League. A year later high school [...]
By James Bailey We have a pretty good idea who’s going first in the major league draft next Tuesday, assuming Stephen Strasburg’s price tag doesn’t scare off the Nationals. Beyond that there’s plenty of room for speculation. It’s certain that five years from now when we look back on the 2009 draft we’ll marvel about [...]
By James Bailey Kris Medlen vs Tim Lincecum Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants May 26, 2009 Last week’s Rays-Marlins duel between 6-foot-9 Jeff Niemann and 6-foot-8 Sean West was one of the tallest matchups in major league history. Today we’re moving to the opposite end of the spectrum with 5-foot-10 Kris Medlen and 5-foot-11 [...]