Giants notes: Could Tim Lincecum pitch in Game 5?


Giants notes: Could Tim Lincecum pitch in Game 5?

CINCINNATI -- Could Giants manager Bruce Bochy tab Tim Lincecum for another relief appearance, one day after No. 55 threw 55 of the most important pitches of his career?

"Could I? Yes. Would I? No," said Bochy in the moments prior to a decisive Game 5 against the Cincinnati Reds. "I'm sure he would say, 'I can give you an inning.' But I don't see that happening."

Bochy reserved the right to put Lincecum in play if the game goes to extra innings. Everybody else will be in play from the very first pitch. Yes, that includes Madison Bumgarner for multiple innings and Game 3 starter Ryan Vogelsong for an inning, if needed.

You don't worry about lining up your starters for the NLCS. As Barry Bonds once said, "We'll tackle that bridge when we come to it."

Or, to use another famous malaprop from Bochy in 2010, "It's all decks on hand."

Couple other notes:

Bochy said he was tempted to start Joaquin Arias at shortstop one day after he doubled twice after entering on a double-switch. But Bochy said Brandon Crawford is the team's best defender at the position, Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos is tough on right-handed hitters and Arias has sparked the team off the bench. So he'll stay in that role, and while the Giants hope they won't need to come back against Reds left-handers Aroldis Chapman and Sean Marshall, Arias is a handy guy to have in that spot.

The Giants did not check out of their hotel. If they lose, they're flying tomorrow. If they win, they'll stay put and await the result of the other NLDS.

Should the Cardinals wrap up their series tonight, a Giants-Cardinals NLCS would begin Sunday at AT&T Park. A Giants-Nationals series would open in Washington DC.

So if the Giants advance and the Nats win tonight, the Giants would be forced to stay put here and wait for the result of Friday's Game 5 in that series. They wouldn't want to fly across the country only to have to turn around and fly right back to the Eastern time zone.

Hell, Bochy should just drag everyone to Youngstown for a few days.

But it starts with a Giants victory in Cincinnati. For the third consecutive day, it's win or go home.

Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton


Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton

The hot stove is heating up. 

Giancarlo Stanton is the biggest name swirling in trade rumors and the Giants are reportedly pushing forward in their attempt to acquire the slugger. San Francisco's front office has proposed a trade to Miami for Stanton, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

Details of what the Giants offered have not been reported yet. 

Stanton, who recently turned 28, is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

On Thursday, Stanton was named the National League MVP after hitting .281 with a league-leading 59 home runs and 132 RBI. The last MVP to be traded in the offseason after winning the award was Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers to the Yankees before the 2004 season. 

How seven Giants prospects performed in the 2017 Arizona Fall League


How seven Giants prospects performed in the 2017 Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League came to an end for seven Giants prospects on Thursday as the Scottsdale Scorpions (12-17-1) came up short from playing in Saturday's championship game. 

Let's take a look at how these seven names fared against some of the top young talent in all of baseball. 

The Hitters

As the Giants are linked to trade targets in center field like Billy Hamilton and Jackie Bradley Jr., a young in-house option only helped his case in the desert.

Steven Duggar likely would have seen the AT&T outfield this season, but his season was hindered by injuries, keeping him to only 44 games between three levels. With the Scorpions, Duggar took advantage of his opportunity with more at-bats. 

Duggar left Arizona with a .263/.367/.421 slash line over 20 games. The speedy lefty also stole nine bases and hit three home runs. Even if the Giants go for an experienced glove in center field this offseason and keep Duggar, the 24-year-old has also played 135 games in right field during his minor league career. 

For the second straight year, the Giants sent catcher Aramis Garcia to the AFL. And he's sure to be coming home much happier this go around with an up-and-down campaign.

Splitting time behind the plate with three other catchers, Garcia appeared in 13 games and slashed .259/.293/.333 and hit one home run. Garcia struggled to get one base with only one walk to 10 strikeouts, but showed his natural ability to drive runs in with 10 RBI. 

Rounding out the Giants' trio of bats they sent to Arizona is arguably their top prospect, but his time in the AFL was cut short. Chris Shaw only played in five games and hit .158. He dealt with a sore shoulder.

The Pitchers

The Giants sent two starting pitchers (Tyler Beede and Joan Gregorio) and two relievers (Tyler Cyr and D.J. Snelten) to the AFL. 

Pitching for the first time in nearly three months, Beede showed exactly why he's the Giants' top pitching prospect. Beede went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts, but his final three show the potential he's full of -- 14 innings pitched, three earned runs, a 1.93 ERA, 10 strikeouts and only one walk. 

Gregorio, who was suspended this season for Performance Enhancing Drugs, pitched in eight games (three starts) for Scottsdale. He left with a 1-0 record and 5.87 ERA. In Triple-A, Gregorio went 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA this year over 13 starts. The 25-year-old presents an interesting arm that can help sooner than later in the bullpen. 

Cyr's stats don't look pretty (0-1, 5.63 ERA, 8 IP), but he's catching some attention. The right-hander was named to the Fall Stars Game and is most likely to start 2018 in Triple-A after converting 18 saves at Double-A in 2017. 

Snelten, a 6-foot-7 lefty, impressed in eight appearances out of the bullpen. He didn't allow an earned run until his final outing of the fall, bringing his ERA from a perfect 0.00 to 2.25 in 12 innings pitched.

After combining for a 2.20 ERA to go with an 8-1 record between Double-A and Triple-A in 2017, Snelten is a name to know as the Giants look to find more lefties for their bullpen.