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Eleven crazy stats from Giants' doubleheader sweep against Rockies

Eleven crazy stats from Giants' doubleheader sweep against Rockies

DENVER -- Well here's something you haven't heard from the Giants' clubhouse since, what, the first half of 2016?

"Everybody is kind of fighting at the bat rack to get up there."

That was Stephen Vogt late Monday, after the Giants had scored 21 runs on 27 hits in a doubleheader sweep of the Rockies. The run total actually is less than would have been expected, given the Giants dropped 19 in the first game. 

The more impressive feat yesterday may have been holding the Rockies to three runs over two games, and for that the Giants can mostly thank Jeff Samardzija and Dereck Rodriguez. They limited how Coors Field-ish the doubleheader got, but it still was a wild one, so here's a look at the numbers to know: 

1999 -- The last time a Giant had a homer in both games of a doubleheader. Barry Bonds had three that day and J.T. Snow had two. Brandon Crawford did it Monday with two in the afternoon and one at night. 

100 -- The number of homers the Giants now have this season. They had 133 last year and should smash that mark. 

21 -- The number of players used by Bruce Bochy in two games. He actually expected to use more; Drew Pomeranz was available out of the bullpen both games because Bochy was concerned he would run out of guys to fill innings. 

16 -- The final total for the Dodgers in their demolition of the Phillies. Monday was the first time that the Dodgers and Giants both scored 16 runs in a game since May 20, 1896, according to Stats LLC.

That's not 1996. That's 1896. 

The New York Giants beat the Chicago Colts 19-4 and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms (really!) beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 25-6. 

11 -- Number of different Giants with a hit, including Rodriguez, who was 1-for-2 in his spot start. 

10 -- The Giants started the day with a .231 batting average, .298 on-base percentage and .388 slugging percentage. Eighteen innings later they were at .234/.300/.395. 

The .696 OPS still ranks 28th in the Majors, but raising it by 10 points is impressive work, especially when you consider they already had 3,500 plate appearances on their record coming into the game. 

9 -- Crawford's batting average jumped from .226 to .240 and he gained 53 points on his OPS. His final tally: six hits, three homers and nine RBI.

Crawford tied Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda's San Francisco Giants record with eight RBI in one game. When he homered in the second game, he became the first Giant to have nine RBI in one day since the team moved to San Francisco in 1958. 

6 -- Home runs by the Giants. Crawford had three, and Mike Yastrzemski, Buster Posey and Stephen Vogt each hit one. 

4 -- Number of wins the Giants are away from the .500 mark. They haven't been that close since May 7. 

3 -- The combined number of at-bats for Rockies relievers and innings pitched for Rockies position players. That's one way you know you had a bad day. 

0 -- The combined number of RBI and runs from Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story, David Dahl and Nolan Arenado. From Samardzija in the first game to Will Smith in the final inning of the doubleheader, the Giants did a remarkable job of keeping Colorado's stars in check. 

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Because of all that, we have the most important number of the day: three. That's how many games back the Giants are in the Wild Card standings. The next two weeks are going to be fascinating. 

Sources: Madison Bumgarner, Dodgers have mutual interest in free agency

Sources: Madison Bumgarner, Dodgers have mutual interest in free agency

There wasn't a lot of time to soak in the sunny weather, but the Giants enjoyed their stay in San Diego. They made a creative trade that impressed rival clubs, added a pitcher they believe can break through, announced an innovative approach to a coaching staff, and by all accounts embraced the collaborative spirit that Farhan Zaidi wants in the front office and new manager Gabe Kapler is preaching to his staff.

But they also left staring at a potential nightmare scenario.

There is mutual interest between Madison Bumgarner and the Dodgers, sources told NBC Sports Bay Area this week, and the Dodgers met with Bumgarner's representatives at the MLB Winter Meetings. It's unclear if the Dodgers will satisfy the Giants ace's salary desires, but Bumgarner and Hyun-Jin Ryu are the top options left on the pitching market after a shockingly active week in San Diego, and LA would like to add to its rotation.

The Dodgers struck out on Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon on back-to-back days, and quickly pivoted to Bumgarner, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported. While the Dodgers have seen Bumgarner's numbers dip in recent years, they still view him as a durable starter, someone who is young enough to be a contributor for years to come and can give them an innings-eater alongside Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw. And yes, they're well aware of what a blow such a move would be to the fan base of their main rivals.

Giants officials downplayed those concerns this week, repeatedly noting that they will build back up the right way and not be swayed by emotion. There was some skepticism about the Dodgers' true intentions, but sources say the interest is real, and that could put the Giants in a tough spot.

They met with Bumgarner's representation on Tuesday, and Zaidi said the next day that he remained engaged in conversations with the franchise's longtime ace. The price has gone higher than expected, and that's ultimately one of the main reasons Bumgarner might not end up with the Dodgers. But he also said repeatedly late in the year that his main priority as a free agent was finding a spot where he could win, and not many teams can offer a better shot at that than the one in LA.

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The Dodgers have limited their free-agent spending during their run to seven consecutive NL West titles. On the other side, the Giants have not yet spent more than $9 million on a free agent since Zaidi took over as president of baseball operations. Bumgarner's camp, per sources, wants to top the $100 million mark, making up for a below-market deal he signed as a 22-year-old.

Bumgarner has drawn interest from plenty of others this week, with the Angels mentioned as one potential home and the Twins known to be a strong suitor. It's unclear when he'll make a decision, but he certainly finds himself in a nice spot. The free-agent market has exploded, and he can count two longtime rivals among the teams still in the bidding for his services.

Giants announce changes to Oracle Park, move bullpens to outfield

Giants announce changes to Oracle Park, move bullpens to outfield

On the first day of the Winter Meetings, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi joked that Brandon Belt might often be checking his phone these days for updates on exactly how much the Giants would be chopping out of Triples Alley. On Thursday the Giants finally made their new dimensions official, with changes that aren't all that drastic and still will keep Oracle Park as a pitchers' park with a deep alley in right-center.

It still will be difficult for left-handed hitters to yank the ball out in Triples Alley, but the Giants did change enough that offense should get a slight boost. 

With the bullpens moving from foul territory to the outfield, Triples Alley will be cut from 421 feet to 415. The wall will be five feet closer in left-center and eight feet closer in straightaway center. The bullpens will be situated in center field on either side of the garden that already exists out there. 

"Obviously it's something that started off really as a safety issue with some of what we've seen over the last couple of years, but there's going to be a fun baseball element," Zaidi said earlier this week. "We've done a lot of studies on how we think it's going to impact things but until you actually start playing games and the ball starts flying, you're never quite sure how it's going to go. It'll be a fun and exciting time."

It'll also be a much different look for relievers and fans who sit out in the bleachers. The Giants announced that several bleacher seats will directly overlook the bullpens and they will have two new standing-room terraces out there for fans. The garden in center field will also provide a direct view into the Giants' bullpen. 

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For the players, the bullpens will have padded chain link openings in the wall so they can watch the game. The centerfield wall will also be one foot shorter, going from eight to seven feet, which could aid a hitter or two every year but may also make it easier for the centerfielder to rob an opposing batter. 

The Giants expect a touch more offense from the new look, but as they ran studies in recent months, they discovered that the weather was actually the main factor in knocking down potential home runs. The heavy air will still be there at night, protecting pitchers and frustrating hitters. 

That'll be good news for Giants relievers. The press release continued one more bit of important news for that group. Both bullpens will have their own bathroom for players.