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289: The Fat Lady Has Sung
Welp, that's it. The Giants are all but mathematically eliminated from postseason contention after losing 3 of 4 in Colorado, both games in Arizona and the first game in LA. They are also under .500 with 9 games remaining against the Dodgers and Padres and have a very good chance at finishing the season with more losses than wins, something that seemed unlikely when they were 13 games above .500 and 2.5 games back of the Dodgers in July. This has been one of the biggest second half collapses by the Giants that we can remember. It was fueled by poor hitting, mediocre pitching, no speed, and poor defense. For some odd reason, it also manifested itself on the road, where the Giants have won only 5 of their last 31 games, their worst stretch since 1902. Yeah, that's historic. We talk about what went wrong, and how the Giants really had to TRY to not get into the postseason. Think about it. Even going 10-21 in those road games would have them in a spot right now. Heck 13-18 would have put them 5 games in the lead along with Philly right now. It's just incredible how this team has imploded. Even the national perspective has shunned the style of Giants ball (see Tom Verducci's article in SI.com). Also, Brandon Craword goes back on the IL for the fourth time, and is eligible to come off and play on October 1, their last game of the season. Let's all go to Oracle and send him off in a positive way, should this be the end of his Giants' career. Man, what this season could have been.www.torturecast.com@torturecast
288: Playoff Chances are Dimming
The Giants are sabotaging their path to the playoffs that, 4 weeks ago, was still looking very likely. However, they have gone 9-23 since Aug 5, including a current 6-game losing streak, and now stand at an even .500 and 2.5 games back of the wild card with 22 games remaining. The big issue is not just the 2.5 games, but the fact that they'll have to leapfrog at least 3 teams to get that third spot, with Miami, Cincinnati, and Arizona all ahead of them. The Cubs are now solidly in the second wild card spot and only 1.5 games back of the division after sweeping the Giants. The Giants' playoff chance once stood at 75%, but have plummeted to just 13% on Baseball Reference, which is much lower than the other wild card teams. The reason for that is that the Giants face the Dodgers 7 times while Cincinnati gets to beat up on the weaker teams in baseball. The Giants will have to right the ship with a sweep of Colorado, there really is no way they can lose more series and hope to snag a playoff dance card. We also talk about Kyle Harrison's electric home debut, and Alex Cobbs near no-no. It's not all doom and gloom!www.torturecast.comfacebook.com/torturecasttwitter.com/torturecast
287: Where Has All The Hitting Gone?
After a break in recording, we come back to the mic to find the Giants buried in the NL West, but still firmly in the wild card race. With a 7-11 record in August, and the Dodgers going 17-2 during that same period, the Giants are now 11.5 games back with 38 to play, so they can kiss the division title goodbye. That said, the playoffs are still within reach, as they currently hold the second wild card. BUT, 5 teams are all within 1.5 games of each other for the second and third spots, and the Phillies are 2 ahead of that. Speaking of, the Giants have a huge series in Philly, as they try and take advantage of a wild card competitor. After losing 5 consecutive series, and going 2-14 over their last 16 road games, the Giants desperately need some road magic. Kyle Harrison finally gets the call up and will start in Philly on Tuesday...just don't walk half the lineup, kid.www.torturecast.comfacebook.com/torturecasttwitter.com/torturecaston Threads and Instagram...sort of....
286: Trade Deadline Discussion
During our show today, the Giants made a trade for AJ Pollock and Mark Mathias from the Mariners for our favorite "player to be named later." Other than that, the Giants have less than 24 hours to pull off additional trades, and this one certainly doesn't move the needle with an aging 35-year-old Pollock hitting under .200 on the year and currently on the IL. What is surprising, is despite the 6-game losing streak, the Giants won 4 of 5 and have the third best record in the NL, hold the first wild card spot, and are only 2 games behind the Dodgers. That's a great position to be in. That said, we looked forward to August and what lies ahead is gonna be tough with two series against the Braves, and series against the Rays, Phillies, and Reds. Lots of winning teams coming up, but the Giants have to stay at or above .500 to keep in the race. It's gonna be an interesting month.www.torturecast.comfacebook.com/torturecast@torturecast
285: Giants Pound the Booty
Ok, we're borrowing this title from our friends over at Giants Chatter, sue us! The Giants are riding a 5-game winning streak after a sweep of Pittsburgh, and they'll continue their road trip into Cincinnati, DC, and Detroit. During this streak, the Giants have come within 1 1/2 games of the first place Dodgers and have passed the Diamondbacks into second place, while leading the wild card race. This team surprisingly has the second-best record in the majors since May 1. Yeah, April was that bad. Eric and Chad talk about this, the All Star game and break, the MLB draft (Giants had a good one!) and some rumors flying around that Ohtani could land in San Francisco. Oh please, don't get our hope up.www.torturecast.comfacebook.com/torturecast@torturecast and on Threads!
284: Snubs and Breaks
The Giants have cooled off considerably after their 10 game winning streak. They've lost 7 of 10, and although they're currently just outside of a wild card spot, they are only 2.5 games back of Arizona for the NL West...with the Dodgers in between. Eric and Chad chat about the lack of offense over the last 10 games, and look forward to the All Star Break. Although some fans think some Giants were snubbed for the All Star Game, we break it down and come to the conclusion of...not really. Who might the Giants target before the trade deadline? Stroman, Giolito, an empanada?www.torturecast.comfacebook.com/torturecast@torturecast
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This podcast has been a constant companion of mine for the last five years. Through all the ups and downs of a season, these hosts provide honest responses and talking points of the San Francisco Giants. I appreciate their positivity while embracing the long season that is baseball. If you’re a fan of the Giants or really baseball in general, give them a listen. A Boom!
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There’s not many Giants fans in Nashville (and thank God there are even less Dodgers fans). It’s the closest thing to sitting and having a beer with a bunch of Giants fans. It’s a great listen.
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One of the best MLB team oriented podcasts out there! And guys, it could always be worse... At least we aren’t having incredibly dismal seasons like the Royals or the Orioles