The Curious Case of Brandon Belt’s Second Half

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Brandon Belt had a scintillating first half of the season. He hit .302 and compiled 42 total extra base hits, bringing in 47 runs. His production has significantly tailed off in the second half. The San Francisco Giants have placed him all over the lineup since the All-Star break, but finally found success in having him […] READ MORE


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 25: The San Francisco Giants Collapse

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Last Word on Baseball Giants correspondent Daniel Sperry joins the show to talk about what exactly happened to the San Francisco Giants this season. Their mid-season collapse has allowed a battered Los Angeles Dodgers team to storm in for the NL West lead. Their bullpen has been an adventure. The offense has regressed. Daniel gets to […] READ MORE


The Giants Woes are not Bruce Bochy’s Fault

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Dear San Francisco Giants fans: It’s not Bruce Bochy’s fault. No, it’s not his fault the bullpen has blown a save opportunity 28(!!!) times this year. He hasn’t pitched an inning. No, it’s not his fault the Giants, with less than two outs, can’t get a runner home from second or third. Bochy hasn’t taken […] READ MORE


The San Francisco Giants Closer Conundrum

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It’s no secret, The San Francisco Giants have a terrible closer situation. Santiago Casilla, the Giants’ closer since 2013 has now blown eight saves this year, with 31 saves in 39 opportunites. Bruce Bochy has FINALLY said that he will go with a closer by committee. Unfortunately, that’s just not a permanent solution. The Giants’ […] READ MORE