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Giants Stat-Pack: 9-3 in AT&T openers

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Giants Stat-Pack: 9-3 in AT&T openers

The Giants have scored four or more runs in each of the first six games of the season. That is the second-longest streak of scoring at least four runs to start a season in San Francisco history. The longest streak was the first nine games of the 2003 season.

Runs Scored First 6 Games of Season
Since 2006
2006 34
2007 14
2008 12
2009 26
2010 31
2011 28
2012 33

Giants Offense - N.L. Ranks
5.5 RunsGame 1st
.245 Team Avg 6th
8 Home Runs t-3rd
14 Doubles 2nd
.314 OB 5th
.421 Slug 3rd

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Giants Pitching - N.L. Ranks
5.58 ERA 16th
.280 Opp Avg 14th
33 Strikeouts 15th
27 X-Base Hits 16th
17.9 PitchesInn 15th

Fewest Runs Scored in N.L.
Pittsburgh 11
Philadelphia 18
New York 18
San Diego 21
Cincinnati 21
.199 Team Avg - 2nd Lowest in N.L. (SD .179)

Giants 3-Game Winning Streak in Home Openers
2009 Def MIL 10-6 Rowand, Molina, Winn all with HR
2010 Def ATL 5-4 in 13 Renteria 2-Run HR ties it in 9th, Rowand Walk-Off RBI Single
2011 Def STL 5-4 in 12 Sandoval Single ties it in 9th, Rowand Walk-Off RBI Single
Giants 9-3 All-Time in Home Openers at AT&T Park

The other walk-off win at AT&T Park in the Home Opener was 2002 when Barry Bonds hit a Walk-Off 2-run HR in the 10th off Alan Embree of the Padres.
Matt CainCareer
Home -- Road
Starts 106 -- 98
REC 39-35 -- 30-38
ERA 3.12 -- 3.66
CG 6 -- 7
HR 55 -- 55
Opp Avg .220 -- .236

Lowest Opp. Average at Home
Since 2009
Clayton Kershaw .197
Justin Verlander .207
Josh Johnson .212
Jered Weaver .212
Matt Cain .214
Most Career Wins at AT&T Park
Jason Schmidt 41
Matt Cain 39
Tim Lincecum 36
Kirk Rueter 28
Livan Hernandez 27
35 Losses at AT&T - Most All-Time

Best Winning Pct at AT&T Park
N.L. Opponents
Dodgers .519 56-52
Cubs .512 22-21
Pirates .474 18-20
Nationals .452 19-23
Reds .442 19-24

Dave Righetti is the face of the Giants' rebuild so far

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Dave Righetti is the face of the Giants' rebuild so far

There was something almost disturbingly surreptitious about the Giants’ decision to announce Dave Righetti’s removal as pitching coach (for a front office job) Saturday. Saturday, after all, is the day you typically bury sports news that isn’t football, or related to football in some way.

But that could just be us being needlessly conspiratorial. We’re willing to bestow, if not the benefit of the doubt, at least the lack of doubt.

Still, Righetti’s reassignment, and those of bullpen coach Mark Gardner and assistant hitting coach Steve Decker, makes it clear that however the Giants want to avoid the use of the word “rebuilding,” they are indeed rebuilding – just not in the traditional new-players-for-old way.

General manager Bobby Evans made it clear without saying the words that Righetti’s messaging had lost its efficacy with the younger pitchers, who for the most part had not been part of the franchise’s most glorious times. And since the only pitchers still on the 40-man roster who had been with the club for its last World Series parade are Madison Bumgarner and Hunter Strickland, Evans clearly concluded that the message to the new staff needed to come from elsewhere.

Now this assumes that the problem with the Giants’ pitching was not the talent level or the execution, of course. Typically, it takes a lot for a manager or coach to screw up his job so profoundly that he needs to be replaced – mostly it’s considered an environmental matter that a new voice saying the old stuff is sufficient. It’s really more alchemy than science, and alchemy is fairly hit-or-miss.

But it is change where the Giants feel they can change; their four starters (Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Matt Moore) and closer (Mark Melancon) are in for $70.8 million this coming year, so a full-on demolition is not cost effective, and the young’uns (Chris Stratton, Strickland, Cory Gearrin, Derek Law, et. al.) remain in that tenuous middle ground between dependable and disposable. In other words, there aren’t a lot of options for dramatic player change, and the Giants don’t look to be aggressive buyers in the off-season, crackpot Giancarlo Stanton rumors notwithstanding.

So this is the face of the Giants’ rebuild so far – Dave Righetti, Mark Gardner and Steve Decker. Make of the act and the circumstances of the release of the information what you will, but as it is neither the manager (Bruce Bochy is golden) or the players (who with only a few exceptions are decidedly meh, with a side of feh), it will have to do as the first answer to the question, “What do they intend to do about 64-98?"

I mean other than keeping a low profile about it.

Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

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Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

With free agency set to begin five days after the World Series ends, two hitters that played for the Giants during the 2017 season have put their names on the open market.

Veteran third baseman Conor Gillaspie and longtime minor league outfielder Carlos Moncrief have both elected for free agency, according to Baseball America.

The 30-year-old Gillaspie appeared in 44 games for the Giants this past season. He hit just .168/.218/.288 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. He was designated for assignment on August 3 and outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on August 5. With the River Cats, Gillaspie hit .375 with four doubles in 15 games in August.

Prior to the 2017 season, Gillaspie signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Giants.

As for Moncrief, the soon-to-be 29-year-old finally got his first call-up the majors this past season after eight and a half seasons in the minors. He debuted for the Giants on July 29. In 28 games, he hit .211/.256/.237 with one double and five RBI. While he didn't do much with the bat, Moncrief showed off a cannon for an arm when he patrolled right field.