Giants vs. St. Louis stat pack


Giants vs. St. Louis stat pack

Giants Offense
3 Games in Colorado
.360 Average
35 Runs
5 Home Runs
10 Doubles
2 Triples
17 Walks
62 Baserunners
29 Runs in previous 10-Game Homestand

Only National League Teams at or above .500 on Road
Nationals 33-21 .611
Braves 30-20 .600
Reds 30-22 .577
Giants 27-26 .509
Dodgers 27-27 .500

Since 2007, the Giants have had more success vs the Cardinals than any other N.L. team:

Giants Highest Win Pct vs N.L. Team since 2007
vs Cardinals .618 21-13
vs Nationals .583 21-15
vs Astros .571 24-18
vs Marlins .550 22-18
vs D-Backs .545 54-45

Both Melky Cabrera (.353) and Buster Posey (.327) are hitting above .325. No San Francisco team has had two .325 hitters in the same season. The last Giants team with two players hitting .325 or higher: 1954 World Champion New York Giants (Willie Mays - .345 & Don Mueller - .342)

N.L. Batting Leaders
Andrew McCutchen PIT .368
Melky Cabrera SF .352
Joey Votto CIN .342
Carlos Ruiz PHI .335
Carlos Gonzalez COL .327
Buster Posey SF .327

N.L. Leading Hitters since All-Star Break
Buster Posey SF .456
Andrew McCutchen PIT .390
David Freese STL .388
Ryan Zimmerman WSH .385
Jose Reyes MIA .371

Hunter Pence
Career vs St. Louis
Games 77
AVG .316
HR 11
RBI 45
OPS .852
Tied most vs any team

Matt Cain
Opp Avg with RISP
2009 .161
2010 .229
2011 .190
2012 .174
4th Lowest in N.L.

St. Louis Cardinals
Last 16 Games
Record 12-4
AVG .301
RGM 6.1
HR 18
ERA 3.04
SavesOpps 44
97 Runs scored since July 20 - Most in Majors

Highest Run support in N.L.
Lance Lynn STL 6.94
Wade Miley AZ 6.11
Tim Hudson ATL 6.06
Jake Westbrook STL 5.82
R.A. Dickey NYM 5.63

Jake Westbrook
Career vs Giants
3 Starts
0-1 Record
4.67 ERA
.329 Opp Avg
3 Home Runs
Cardinals: 0-3 in the 3 Starts

Lance Lynn
This Season
First 6 Starts 6-0 1.40
Next 10 Starts 4-4 5.09
Last 5 Starts 3-0 2.70

Most Home Runs This Season
with New Team
Josh Willingham MIN 28
Carlos Beltran STL 25
Albert Pujols LAA 24
Josh Reddick OAK 24
Jason Kubel AZ 23

Offseason can be tense on other side of Giancarlo Stanton rumors


Offseason can be tense on other side of Giancarlo Stanton rumors

SAN FRANCISCO — Just around dinner time on Monday, Tyler Beede got a call he had been waiting for. General manager Bobby Evans informed Beede, the Giants’ top pitching prospect, that he was being added to the 40-man roster, a significant step toward making his big league debut. Earlier that day, however, Beede’s phone brought him some unwanted news. 

Like most Giants fans, Beede woke up to a report out of South Florida that he was one of several names the Giants and Marlins had discussed in Giancarlo Stanton trade talks. For fans or team employees, it would be painful to give up a Beede or a Chris Shaw or a Joe Panik, but images of Stanton taking aim at the Coke bottle at AT&T Park would soon wash away most concerns. 

For players, the reality this time of year is much different. The Giants are the only organization that all of the rumored pieces have ever known. Panik is a New Yorker, but he and his wife have grown to love San Francisco. Beede and Shaw have spent years dreaming of debuting at AT&T Park and playing in front of sellout crowds. That makes the Hot Stove Season a particularly tense time of year. 

“I try to be a guy who doesn’t look those kinds of things up too frequently, but obviously I’m a normal guy, so I tend to dig into it a little bit more and see what’s going on and see what people are saying,” Beede said on this week’s Giants Insider Podcast. “It’s funny. I don't really know how to handle it. It’s my third year going through the trade deadline and trade talk. I’ve just go to keep telling myself it’s a realistic possibility and not to be shocked if anything were to come out or a trade were to be made.”

The rumor mill is nothing new for these players. Panik acknowledged several times during the season that he could be the odd man out. Shaw actually already once thought he got traded to Florida. For a few minutes at the 2016 deadline, Twitter had him as a key piece in the Matt Moore deal. The outfielder came out of a hotel bathroom right after the deadline to see two teammates staring at him in disbelief as Twitter rumors flew. 

Five minutes later, he got a call from Bobby Evans. “You’re still a Giant,” Evans told him. “Don’t take your jersey off.”

“It’s a little tense for sure,” Shaw said earlier this year. “It’s not something you can try to predict. You can have a feeling but that means nothing.”

Evans has always communicated to players and their agents that they can reach out any time they have a question or concern about what they might be hearing, but when it comes to getting on the phone himself, he treats the trade deadline and offseason differently. There’s more urgency to clear the air in July when players might have to take at-bats or throw pitches with rumors weighing on their minds. In the offseason, Evans will wait to reach out until deals are closer to being agreed upon. He tries not to worry as much about “hot stove banter,” he said. 

“In the offseason I think it’s a little less of an issue because a lot of things get thrown out there that don’t have validity,” he said. “We certainly don’t try to respond to every single rumor with an update because there are new rumors every hour, so it’s hard to keep up. A lot more names are mentioned this time of year.”

Players try to find different ways to get away from it all. Every year, several Giants prospects talk of playing golf during the trade deadline to stay away from MLB Network and their phones. For veterans, it’s often easiest to just take offseason vacations, and Panik planned to visit Europe with his wife. 

Beede has a somewhat unique distraction as rumors trickle out. He’s getting married on Saturday, which along with the holiday, has kept him busy all week. Still, he knows the rumors will be out there. 

“After a couple of days I start to just understand that (my) name is going to be in rumors or there may be things that people say or speculate,” he said. “(If) Bobby tells me something, or my agent says something, then I can start to maybe engage in it a little bit more. But as of right now, I’m just trying to go about my preparation and I’ll continue to enjoy being a San Francisco Giant.”

Projection system loves Giancarlo Stanton at AT&T Park


Projection system loves Giancarlo Stanton at AT&T Park

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have made a habit in recent winters of “kicking the tires,” so to speak, on as many free agents as possible. General manager Bobby Evans is committed to being thorough, but at times there is probably no need. 

Hitters have made no secret of the fact that they prefer friendlier confines, and if you’re a power hitter, you’re going to ask Evans for a significantly larger check to play 81 of your games at the harshest power park in the majors. That’s what makes Giancarlo Stanton, readily available via trade, so intriguing. But would Stanton be fully immune to the realities of AT&T Park?

The numbers, at least in a small sample, suggest he would. Stanton has played 27 games in San Francisco and taken 108 at-bats. He has nine homers, 11 doubles and a triple. His .676 slugging percentage at AT&T Park isn’t far off his mark at Coors Field (.714), and his 1.048 OPS is higher than his OPS during the 2017 season, when he hit 59 homers. 

The damage has been done in limited time, but the Giants clearly believe it’s fully sustainable, and a recent study done by ESPN’s Dan Szymborski backs that up. Szymborski ran his ZiPS projection system to estimate Stanton’s stats over the next 10 years for a variety of suitors. The numbers in orange and black are overwhelming. 

The projections have Stanton at 46.2 WAR over the next 10 seasons, including 7.1 in 2018 and 6.8 in 2019, the two seasons the organization should be focused on given Madison Bumgarner’s contract situation. ZiPS projects Stanton at 46 homers next season if he plays for the Giants, followed by 43, 42, 39, 35 over the following four years. For comparison’s sake, Brandon Belt led the Giants in homers each of the last two seasons and he has 35 total during that span. 

Any sort of projection system needs to be taken with a huge grain of salt, especially with a player who has had injury issues in the past. But ZiPS believes Stanton -- who plays in a huge park already -- is a rarity, the kind of power hitter who can keep crushing well into his 30’s and put up huge numbers even if he is limited by the realities of getting older and getting hurt. Szymborski’s projections have Stanton playing just 102 games in 2025, but he’s still projected to hit 23 homers, 20 doubles and post an OPS+ of 121. Even in the 10th year of the projections, ZiPS has Stanton down for 16 homers. 

There are no sure things in this game, but as Evans continues to chase a blockbuster deal, he can be confident that Stanton is one player who should be able to provide power for years to come, no matter what AT&T Park does to hold hitters down.