Giants will send Bumgarner, Vogelsong against Cardinals at home


Giants will send Bumgarner, Vogelsong against Cardinals at home

CHICAGO Pat Burrell was one of two Giants advance scoutsbreaking down the other NL Division Series.

But the Giants had many, many more eyes on the St. LouisCardinals and Washington Nationals as those two talented clubs played a ridiculouslyentertaining Game 5 Friday night. The Giants checked out of their rooms attheir hotel in Cincinnati and gathered together in a ballroom to watch thegame.

They boarded their bus before it was over, probablyconvinced their chartered jet would point east toward Washington for Game 1.But the Cardinals wiped out a 6-0 deficit, came back from two runs down despitebeing down to their final strike, and pulled out an incredible 9-7 victory toadvance.

The Giants were sitting on the plane to watch it end,according to right-hander George Kontos. Manager Bruce Bochy wanted to be ableto take off as soon as the computer could load a flight plan.

What a nail biterrrrr, Kontos posted to his Twitteraccount.

Stunningly, the Giants are coming home. Game 1 will beSunday at 5 p.m. at AT&T Park.

The Giants have a lot of decisions to make on the pitchingend, but theyve announced itll be Madison Bumgarner in Game 1 and RyanVogelsong in Game 2.

The Cardinals would appear to have Jaime Garcia and ChrisCarpenter in the first two games.

Matt Cain, almost certainly, will be the Giants Game 3pitcher lining him up to go in Game 7, too. The same will be true for KyleLohse, who had a tremendous season for the Cardinals.

I have to believe Tim Lincecum would start Game 4, unlessBochy decides he was so valuable as a long-relief tourniquet that he wants tostart the series with Timmy in that role.

We could ruminate on playoff roster decisions and the uniquechallenges the Cardinals present . But thats what tomorrows workout day isfor.

In the 24 hours since the Giants launched their ownincredible comeback to sink the Cincinnati Reds, Ive thought a bit on theCards and Nats and wondered which would be a tougher opponent in a best-of-7NLCS.

My first impulse was to say the Giants would be better offfacing St. Louis.

For one, the Giants would get to go home, and havehome-field advantage. Yes, yes, theyve been amazing on the road. But thosethree games in Cincy had to be physically and mentally exhausting. It would be tough to expect them tokeep playing at that same level for two more games in Washington.

For another, the Nationals really thumped the Giants thisseason. A heat wave in Washington sapped them in one series and the MelkyCabrera suspension concussed them in another, but I do think it was such alopsided series that maybe the Nats couldve gotten in the Giants domes alittle bit.

But then I watched the Cardinals Game 5 comeback. Every guyin that lineup works you, grinds you for every pitch. Drew Storen came so, soclose to getting out of that ninth inning when David Freese checked his swingon a two-strike pitch. But he held up, and the level of discipline that the Cardinalsshowed in that ninth inning was one of the most amazing things Ive seen.

Plus, Carlos Beltran is just on fire right now.

It wont be easy for the Giants. Then again, it never is.

Oh, and finally youve got the last two World Serieschampions meeting in an LCS. How often does that happen?

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.