Giants front office hire Matt Daniels boasts strong résumé in pitching


Giants front office hire Matt Daniels boasts strong résumé in pitching

The Giants finally made another move.

First, it was Derek Holland returning on a one-year contract. This time, however, the move is in the baseball operations department, with the recent addition of Matt Daniels.

On Tuesday, Daniels announced on Twitter that he accepted a position in the Giants front office as their coordinator of pitching analysis.

Daniels comes from the Driveline Baseball program in Kent, Wash. that prides itself on being a world-class pitching and hitting training facility driven by data.

"First of all, he has a very strong work ethic," Mike Rathwell, CEO of Driveline Baseball, told NBC Sports Bay Area. "So, I think that's one thing that's going to bode him well, and secondly as our company has grown and the volume of high-profile athletes that we have come into contact with has expanded, Matt has been there all the way, along the way."

And then, there's this:

Rathwell said Daniels was originally working with high school and college players, but he was with Driveline when they were working with former Yankees and Reds pitcher Caleb Cotham, former minor leaguer Casey Weathers, and Indians All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer.

"That transitioned into working with fringe, Major League Baseball players, who were either rehabbing with us or trying to regain velocity," he added. Check out the video below for the Driveline experience.

Most recently, in the last few years, Daniels has been a part of pitch design work as well as working closely with free agent pitcher Adam Ottavino.

Ottavino is one of many athletes on an impressive Driveline client list.

Former Giants Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum trained there along with Bauer, who sings praises of the program in which he spends most of his time improving his craft, and where he works on his velocity development and pitch design in the offseason. Bauer even said he "wouldn't be anywhere close to where I am" without this approach.

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Daniels has known Bauer for a long time, and if he can help Giants pitchers achieve anywhere near the success Bauer has, he'll surely be a welcome addition to the organization.

As the Giants front office is trying to take a different, rebuilding approach to its organization, it's clear hiring Daniels is likely only a sign of what more is to come.

Giants vs. Diamondbacks lineup: Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford sit for finale


Giants vs. Diamondbacks lineup: Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford sit for finale

The Giants' bats were muy caliente against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 8-5 victory on Saturday. Madison Bumgarner continued his Chase Field dominance. He allowed four runs and five hits with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings in the NL West matchup and now boasts a 6-1 record with a 2.58 ERA in his last 12 starts at a location batters thrive in. 

On Sunday, it's Drew Pomeranz who receives starting honors on the bump for the Orange and Black. This is his first start since coming off the injured list after suffering a left lat strain at the beginning of May. His last outing didn't create the best of circumstances -- the lefty allowed seven runs in just 1 2/3 innings against the Reds ballooning his ERA to 5.93.

San Francisco will face D-back's Robbie Ray who had a dazzling performance in his last outing against the San Diego Padres on Monday. He allowed just two runs over five frames and reached the 800th-career strikeout mark.

Brandon Belt is out of the lineup for the Giants with Donovan Solano starting at shortstop. Brandon Belt is also out of the lineup with Tyler Austin covering first base,

Here are the lineups plan to shape up for both sides of the ball:

San Francisco Giants (19-25)

Joe Panik, 2B
Donovan Solano, SS
Tyler Austin, 1B
Evan Longoria, 3B
Kevin Pillar, RF
Stephen Vogt, C
Mac Williamson, LF
Steven Duggar, CF

Drew Pomeranz, (1-4, 5.93 ERA)

Arizona Diamondbacks (25-21)

Adam Jones, RF
Ketel Marte, CF
Eduardo Escobar, 3B
David Peralta, LF
Christian Walker, 1B
Wilmer Flores, 2B
Nick Ahmed, SS
John Ryan Murphy, C

Robbie Ray, P (3-1, 3.14 ERA)

You can follow all of the action on NBC Sports Bay Area, or by downloading the MyTeams app.

Madison Bumgarner waiting for results to match improved stuff on mound

Madison Bumgarner waiting for results to match improved stuff on mound

PHOENIX -- More than anything else -- the injuries, the rebuilding, the trade rumors -- Madison Bumgarner is frustrated by the losing.

So he was happy on Saturday night after getting backed by eight runs in the Giants' win over the Diamondbacks, but he was also perplexed. 

"It's a weird game," he said.

Bumgarner was referring to his own results. His stuff has taken a noticeable tick up in the last four starts, but he was charged with four runs in 6 1/3 innings on Saturday and has given up 11 earned in those four appearances. That's certainly not bad by any means, but it's not quite what he expects given how the ball is coming out of his hand. 

"I feel like I'm throwing the ball as good as I ever have," Bumgarner said. "The results not being there is frustrating."

Bumgarner's fastball and cutter again had a little extra zip on Saturday, and he hit 93 mph with eight pitches. He had done it 14 total times in his first nine starts. His fastball averaged a season-high 92.4 mph and his cutter was coming in at 88, but the pesky Diamondbacks kept making him work and eventually knocked him out in the seventh, when Bumgarner hit 93.2 mph with his last fastball of the game. That was his 10th-hardest pitch of the season. 

"Today I felt the best I've felt all year," he said of his command. "And somehow you look at the line and you walk three and give up four runs. It just doesn't match up. That's the frustrating part of the game."

Bumgarner shrugged it off, noting a couple of times how weird baseball can be.

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The results will come eventually, but by then he may be pitching in another uniform. There were plenty of scouts at Chase Field on Saturday to get a close eye at Bumgarner, and if the velocity bump sticks around and the command is still there, he could be the biggest name moved before the trade deadline.