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madison bumgarner goes to the bullpen, nick hundley hits two homers, etc. – the


scottsdale, ariz. – madison bumgarner wanted to face big league hitters. giants pitching coach dave righetti didn’t want the san diego padres, bumgarner’s opponent in his second scheduled start this season, to get multiple looks.so they devised a compromise. bumgarner pitched two innings and then went to the bullpen to build up to 85 pitches.“i was still going through their lineup,” bumgarner said. “i just happened to not give up a hit in the bullpen, and i struck everybody out.”bumgarner will have just one more start in the 12 days before he’d pitch the april 2 opener at arizona’s chase field. the giants had a tougher time than usual lining up the rotation this spring, since there were two off days. they’ll have another day off april 3. so bumgarner will end up pitching with an extra day






good things for madison bumgarner and giants in spring opener


scottsdale, ariz. – the game didn’t matter. the result was inconsequential. but something important might have been won in the giants’ exhibition opener friday afternoon.madison bumgarner’s faith in a catcher other than buster posey.“that was a tough pitch to catch – a backdoor curveball, and i pulled it a little bit,” said bumgarner, of the dirt skipper he threw with a runner at third base. “i’m sure that caught him off guard. i was impressed. that was pretty good.”nick hundley blocked the ball that seemed destined for the backstop, momentarily saving a run. the cincinnati reds scored anyway, when patrick kivlehan hit a two-run single. but there was no erasing the impression that posey’s new backup catcher made on the giants’ left-handed ace.“it’s my job to get on the same page so when bu






madison bumgarner already looks ready for opening day after sharp six innings


scottsdale, ariz. — it’s a good thing there are still a couple of weeks left in spring training because madison bumgarner really needs the work — on his batting stroke.bumgarner struck out twice in his first pair of spring plate appearances, and on the first, he let the bat fly out of his hands into the stands, a rare occurrence for a guy who usually grips the lumber like he’s trying to squeeze sawdust out of it.as for the pitching part of his game, well, no worries whatsoever. bumgarner might already be ready for opening day. looking relaxed and super sharp for march 15, the giants’ ace hurled six shutout innings against the los angeles angels wednesday and allowed just one hit, one walk and struck out three. there was quality in those numbers, too: mike trout and albert pujols went a com






bumgarner, melancon highlight giants workout tuesday


scottsdale, ariz. – hunter pence was nursing a sore muscle in his side and hadn’t taken batting practice on the field this spring until tuesday, when he stepped in to face madison bumgarner.pence being pence, he wasn’t shy about swinging the bat. he considered it a victory to foul off a couple pitches.as pence told giants hitting coach hensley meulens, “the intent of my bat path felt dangerous.”bumgarner looked and felt like bumgarner. he grunted with effort upon letting go of pitches, and after denard span whistled a single against him, the big left-hander came back with a slider.span swung through it, and bumgarner seized the opportunity to tease him: “man, i told you what was coming.”bumgarner said he expected to start friday’s cactus league opener but giants manager bruce bochy said he






madison bumgarner not pushing giants for lavish extension


scottsdale, ariz. – it’s become standard practice on the day giants pitchers and catchers report to spring training:madison bumgarner tows his horse trailer to town. and he insists that he is towing no bitterness over his contract.“you’re asking me the same question my grandpa asks me: `when are you going to sign a contract?’” said bumgarner, smiling as he changed into new socks.of course, bumgarner already has a contract. he likely would have broken the bank – and possibly clayton kershaw’s $215 million record deal — as a free agent this past winter. instead, he is locked into an $11.5 million salary under terms of the multiyear deal he signed in april, 2012.the giants hold absolute bargains in the form of $12 million options for the following two seasons, too. those salaries would go up






live spring training updates: giants vs. reds, friday


follow the first spring training action as the giants face the cincinnati reds at scottsdale, ariz. on friday at noon.the giants will send ace madison bumgarner to the mound against the reds, who will counter with a rookie, as in rookie davis, a no. 5 starter candidate for cincinnati.here is the giants starting lineup:ss crawford2b panik1b beltrf pencedh morself parker3b gillaspiec hundleycf g. hernandez(p bumgarner)to view the live updates feed on your mobile device click here.reading this on your phone or tablet? check out our new, free mobile app. get it from the apple app store or the google play store.






bruce bochy maps out giants rotation


scottsdale, ariz. – giants manager bruce bochy mapped out his rotation for the first handful of spring exhibition games, and in the process, more or less telegraphed how his starters will align to begin the season.madison bumgarner is expected to start and pitch an inning in friday’s cactus league opener against the cincinnati reds in scottsdale, with matt cain following him. left-hander ty blach will start on saturday, followed by left-hander matt moore on sunday and right-hander jeff samardzija on monday.blach is pitching on the day that would belong to no.2 starter johnny cueto, who has remained in the dominican republic to tend to his ailing father. cueto was in the process of securing a visa for his father so they could travel together to arizona over the coming weekend.the apparent r






giants bring madison bumgarner's nemesis to camp


scottsdale, ariz. – it’s one of the tiny joys of spring training: an offseason acquisition enters the clubhouse, he’s had past success against a new teammate, and good-natured ribbing ensues.but what if you’re justin ruggiano? what if you own three home runs in 14 at-bats against a certain giants left-handed ace? what if your last encounter with him resulted in a grand slam?do you even make eye contact with madison bumgarner?“i think i’ll hold off on that,” said ruggiano, who will compete to make the giants as a backup outfielder this spring. “i don’t know him that well.”ruggiano’s success against left-handers like bumgarner is the reason he has a locker at scottsdale stadium, and it’s little wonder why the giants brought scads of right-handed bench candidates to camp. their lineup leans l






tamannaah looks radiant in this pink gown


tamannaah looks radiant in this pink gownthe gorgeous tamannaah looked radiant in a mark bumgarner gown at a recent appearance. she wore jewellery by the diamond gallery along with the beautiful pink gown and was styled by sanjana batra. 






live spring training updates: giants vs. reds, friday


follow the first spring training action as the giants face the cincinnati reds at scottsdale, ariz. on friday at noon.the giants will send ace madison bumgarner to the mound against the reds, who will counter with a rookie, as in rookie davis, a no. 5 starter candidate for cincinnati.to view the live updates feed on your mobile device click here.reading this on your phone or tablet? check out our new, free mobile app. get it from the apple app store or the google play store.






giants regret lost chance to oust cubs in nlds


san francisco – the north side of chicago exploded and the baseball world gushed with emotion when the cubs finally won the world series last october. but the reaction was much different for giants players and coaches who could stomach watching to the end.the giants understood this: if not for their leaky bullpen in game 4 of their nl division series, the cubs’ world series drought probably (definitely?) would have continued.nobody understood it better than giants coach and former cubs shortstop shawon dunston.what if the giants had held onto that three-run lead in the ninth inning, and gotten to send johnny cueto plus a reliever named madison bumgarner against the cubs in a decisive game 5?“oh, we’d have won,” dunston said. “yeah. we’d have beaten the cubs in game 5. yes. we’d have won. w






chris davis, 2017 fantasy baseball


adam eaton, alex reyes, andrew benintendi, andrew mccutchen, ben zobrist, brian dozier, chris archer, chris sale, corey kluber, daniel murphy, david dahl, david price, dylan bundy, eduardo nunez, francisco lindor, gary sanchez, gerrit cole, greg holland, hunter renfroe, ian desmond, ivan nova, j.t. realmuto, jake arrieta, jameson taillon, jeurys familia, jharel cotton, jonathan schoop, jonathan villar, justin upton, kendrys morales, kyle hendricks, madison bumgarner, manny machado, mark trumbo, matt kemp, matt wieters, max scherzer, miguel cabrera, noah syndergaard, tom murphy, trea turner, tyler glasnow, welington castillo, wil myers, yu darvish






mets' syndergaard prepared to start opening day


port st. lucie, fla. — new york mets manager terry collins has not officially revealed his opening day starter yet, waiting instead for a spring training announcement.the worst-kept secret around the mets is that it will be noah syndergaard taking the mound in the top of the first inning at citi field when new york opens the season against the atlanta braves.that doesn't mean the right-hander considers himself the staff ace."i really wouldn't say i'm the leader of the staff. i think we're all leaders in our own way and we're all pulling for one another," syndergaard said at the club's spring training home on sunday, the day before pitchers and catchers report. "it's like a brotherhood within the team. it's really something cool to be a part of."however, syndergaard has major factors that p






kenta maeda proved to be dodgers' marathon man last season


kenta maeda had finished his answer when he decided to offer one more thought. his interpreter listened, both men laughed, and then the last few words were translated into english.“you never know when you die too, right?” maeda said.there might have been no greater oddity on the 2016 dodgers than this: on a team that put more players on the disabled list than any in major league history, maeda was not one of them.the man with the supposedly shredded arm led the dodgers in games started and innings pitched last season. only four men in the national league west pitched more innings: madison bumgarner, johnny cueto and jeff samardzija of the san francisco giants, and chad bettis of the colorado rockies.maeda pitched 175 2/3 innings last season, his first in the major leagues. he had pitched a






nick hundley getting quick study of giants' staff with posey at wbc


surprise, ariz. — it’s a wonderful thing for the giants that buster posey is playing in the world baseball classic. it may be even more wonderful for nick hundley that posey’s off at the wbc doing his patriotic thing.the giants’ new no. 2 catcher has been getting almost all of posey’s no. 1 duty since he departed march 6, and it’s allowed hundley to accelerate his knowledge and comfort level with the pitching staff, particularly the starting rotation.hundley has already caught madison bumgarner three times, matt cain and matt moore twice, debuted with johnny cueto on saturday and finally completed his first round with the starting staff by catching jeff samardzija monday night against the texas rangers.hundley has also re-familiarized himself with closer mark melancon, whom he hadn’t caugh






giants roster battles remain fierce at spring midpoint


scottsdale, ariz. – michael morse trudged through the clubhouse in the sixth inning on wednesday, the smears of eye black only partially concealing the oddly bemused irritation on his face.“i’m barely missing,” he said. “just let me go hit a homer.”the stats aren’t supposed to count in spring training exhibition games. and they truly don’t, if you are buster posey or madison bumgarner or brandon crawford. you’re just there to get your work in.but that luxury doesn’t exist for most. the day arrives for every veteran player in this game who tries to soak up every last moment: the guaranteed contract offers disappear, and you’re left to prove yourself in someone’s camp as a non-roster invitee. morse knows that the giants will grant him no favors, even if he drove in the winning run for them i






white sox place a $25 million bet on tim anderson's future


the latest crop of talented, young shortstops is so deep tim anderson barely gets mentioned on some of the experts’ top ten lists.when i asked him earlier this spring which shortstop is the best of the best, anderson smiled and replied “outside of me?” before naming the indians’ francisco lindor.anderson may not be at lindor’s level yet, but his stature definitely is on the rise, as evidenced by the white sox’s decision to sign him to a six-year, $25 deal with only 431 plate appearances under his belt in his rookie year.it's a good bet for the sox, a franchise that must take these kinds of risks. anderson becomes the latest sox player to be signed to a long-term deal early in his career, as general manager rick hahn has made it his mission to identify and reward kids that have the potentia






mets’ syndergaard prepared to start opening day


port st. lucie, fla. (ap) — new york mets manager terry collins has not officially revealed his opening day starter yet, waiting instead for a spring training announcement.the worst-kept secret around the mets is that it will be noah syndergaard taking the mound in the top of the first inning at citi field when new york opens the season against the atlanta braves.that doesn’t mean the right-hander considers himself the staff ace.“i really wouldn’t say i’m the leader of the staff. i think we’re all leaders in our own way and we’re all pulling for one another,” syndergaard said at the club’s spring training home on sunday, the day before pitchers and catchers report. “it’s like a brotherhood within the team. it’s really something cool to be a part of.”most read storiesunlimited digital acces






mets’ syndergaard prepared to start opening day


port st. lucie, fla. (ap) — new york mets manager terry collins has not officially revealed his opening day starter yet, waiting instead for a spring training announcement.the worst-kept secret around the mets is that it will be noah syndergaard taking the mound in the top of the first inning at citi field when new york opens the season against the atlanta braves.that doesn’t mean the right-hander considers himself the staff ace.“i really wouldn’t say i’m the leader of the staff. i think we’re all leaders in our own way and we’re all pulling for one another,” syndergaard said at the club’s spring training home on sunday, the day before pitchers and catchers report. “it’s like a brotherhood within the team. it’s really something cool to be a part of.”most read storiesunlimited digital acces






giants spring training preview: roster breakdown


giants roster breakdownrotation: lhp madison bumgarner, rhp johnny cueto, rhp jeff samardzija, lhp matt moore, rhp matt cain.the giants got what they paid for in 2016, when their $220 million investment in cueto and samardzija resulted in the kind of rotation stability that any club would envy. only the cubs received more innings from their rotation than the giants, whose 10 complete games led the major leagues. bumgarner, cueto and samardzija each topped 200 innings as the giants had three pitchers among the nl’s top five in outs recorded. bumgarner even set regular-season career bests in innings and strikeouts while leading all major leaguers in pitches thrown — and then tossed a shutout in the nl wild card game at new york’s citi field. matt moore showed his own durability down the stre






jon gray on a strikeout roll through spring training


mesa, ariz. — jon gray finally found a chance to bat tuesday at hohokam stadium. he singled with a soft shot to shortstop. colorado catcher tony wolters was keeping score.“if we’re gonna talk about pitching, we’re gonna talk about hitting,” wolters said, sarcastically. “watch out, madison bumgarner.”gray’s day was more about what he did on the mound. the rockies right-hander, sprinting toward an opening-day start at milwaukee, struck out six of the 14 oakland batters he faced and gave up just one hit before the rockies rallied in the ninth inning to beat the athletics, 4-3.his line was not without kinks. gray walked three batters in 3 2/3 innings — his first walks issued this spring — including marcus semien and yonder alonso consecutively in the second. catcher dustin garneau then caught






jon gray on a strikeout roll through spring training


mesa, ariz. — jon gray finally found a chance to bat tuesday at hohokam stadium. he singled with a soft shot to shortstop. colorado catcher tony wolters was keeping score.“if we’re gonna talk about pitching, we’re gonna talk about hitting,” wolters said, sarcastically. “watch out, madison bumgarner.”gray’s day was more about what he did on the mound. the rockies right-hander, sprinting toward an opening-day start at milwaukee, struck out six of the 14 oakland batters he faced and gave up just one hit before the rockies rallied in the ninth inning to beat the athletics, 4-3.his line was not without kinks. gray walked three batters in 3 2/3 innings — his first walks issued this spring — including marcus semien and yonder alonso consecutively in the second. catcher dustin garneau then caught






wbc just doesn't mean as much to u.s.


san diego – there is no bryce harper, mike trout or kris bryant in the lineup. the pitching staff does not include clayton kershaw or madison bumgarner — or even noah syndergaard, who gave voice to why, unlike in many other countries, so many americans are uninterested in playing in the world baseball classic."ain't nobody make it to the hall of fame and win the world series playing the wbc," syndergaard said on the eve of the tournament.so it was fitting that when the united states needed a lift wednesday night, it was offered by happy-to-be-representing adam jones, who is the son and brother of military men and who grew up about 8 miles east of petco park.on a night when the thick, salt air swallowed several deep drives, jones belted a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the eighth






pray with me - your prayer app


do you need prayers? do you want to pray for others christians? do you want to meet christians like you? do you want to change the world? now you can with pray with me. pray with me is a mobile application that connects christians around the world through prayers. request prayers, share your prayers, pray for someone, and get connected. become a part of the pray with me community and share your love of jesus christ, support, happiness, or struggles with the world around you. pray in small, private groups or with the whole world. engage in meaningful conver ions, follow users that you care for or join groups that are of interest to you. join pray with me today and help us make the world a better place. amazing. just amazing and you better click right now. prayer warriors all over the wor






after adding elite closer, giants ready for another run at world series


the last thing the cubs wanted to see in the division series last october was a do-or-die game 5 against the giants at wrigley field.johnny cueto was slated to start, madison bumgarner was ready to pitch in relief, and the ghosts of the cubs' past would've been lingered in the minds of jittery fans.there was no need to worry, as it turned out. the cubs rallied from a three-run deficit in game 4, scoring four runs in the ninth inning to take the series. knocking off the giants, who had won three world series in five years, served as a launching pad that led to their long-lost championship."they're the standard-bearer for postseason toughness and resilience and everything else," cubs president theo epstein said that night. "to do what we just did in their ballpark is kind of shocking in a wa






rollins, morse headline giants' non-roster invitee list


a former national league mvp and a hulking, heroic figure from the giants’ 2014 postseason run are among the club’s 28 minor league signees who received non-roster invitations to major league p this spring.former phillies infielder jimmy rollins, who grew up in alameda, will seek to make the giants as a backup to shortstop brandon crawford. the 38-year-old and 2007 nl mvp has one fewer player to beat out, after the giants designated infielder ehire adrianza for ignment last week and the milwaukee brewers plucked him off waivers.power hitter michael morse, whose tying, pinch home run off the cardinals’ pat neshek proved critical in their pennant-clinching victory in 2014, also is back with the club after being released by the pittsburgh pirates a couple weeks into last season. morse, 34, is






top 100 for 2017 fantasy baseball


a.j. pollock, adam duvall, adam jones, adrian beltre, albert pujols, andrew benintendi, andrew mccutchen, anthony rendon, anthony rizzo, aroldis chapman, brian dozier, bryce harper, byron buxton, carlos carrasco, carlos correa, carlos gonzalez, carlos martinez, carlos santana, charlie blackmon, chris archer, chris sale, christian yelich, clayton kershaw, cole hamels, corey kluber, corey seager, daniel murphy, danny duffy, danny salazar, david dahl, david price, edwin encarnacion, eric hosmer, evan longoria, francisco lindor, freddie freeman, gary sanchez, george springer, gerrit cole, giancarlo stanton, gregory polanco, hanley ramirez, ian desmond, ian kinsler, j.d. martinez, jackie bradley jr., jacob degrom, jake arrieta, jason kipnis, jean segura, joey votto, john lackey, johnny cueto, j






clayton kershaw, 2017 fantasy baseball


even though it’s barely february, i thought it was time to put together some very early pre-projections rankings for points leagues. i’m not a big fan of early rankings because so much can change between now and draft day, but why not give it a go. i never understood how people could buy those fantasy baseball magazines they sell at the newsstand. they are printed months in a nce, and the content is easily outdated by the time you read them. i guess with the internet now those have seen a drastic drop in sales, but i can’t tell you how many guys used to pick one up on the way to the draft and use that as their holy grail.i found these s in a box in my basement!personally i dislike online drafts. don’t get me wrong, they are convenient and, at this point, a necessity, but they take way too






rockies face another tough task in the nl west.


phoenix — torey lovullo forged his managerial identity over four seasons in the swingingest division in baseball. as bench coach of the boston red sox, and next to skipper john farrell, lovullo soared and suffered watching a team finish first, last, last and first in consecutive seasons in the american league east.now he’s the manager in arizona with designs on dismantling a division that sets up to be, like the al east, among the toughest in the game.“i enjoy being scared,” lovullo said tuesday. “i enjoy being nervous. it’s that little feeling in the pit of your stomach. it’s exciting. but i’m not afraid of anything.”the rockies, like lovullo’s d-backs, are in a similar position, clawing out a course in a division dominated by los angeles and san francisco. in the past nine years, the dod






korean 3b jae-gyun hwang hopes giants will flip over him


scottsdale, ariz. – jae-gyun hwang knew all last year that he would leave lotte giants in korea to pursue his dream in the major leagues. he used his final season there to work on raising his on-base percentage and cutting down his strikeouts.those weren’t the only adjustments that concerned him.his ostentatious bat flips that accompanied home runs? and those long, pondering poses as he watches the full arc of the ball in flight? his american teammates let him know: they can be hazardous to a hitter’s health here.“when i told him he really would have to stop, he initially didn’t think it was possible,” said hwang’s agent, han lee, as his client reported to san francisco giants camp on thursday. “he tried it and it wasn’t a big deal.”you don’t need to search deeply youtube to find some trem






a closer who’s open to sports science – the denver post


scottsdale, ariz. — mark melancon sprints to the mound and his heart starts racing — at precisely 183 beats per minute.it’s all by careful design for san francisco’s new closer.“i didn’t realize it was that high,” san francisco manager bruce bochy said tuesday, when his pitchers and catchers held their first spring training workout. “that shows you how ramped up these guys get with adrenalin kicking in. it’s a beautiful thing. adrenalin’s a beautiful drug as long as you can control it.”melancon sure can, and he is monitoring his every movement. the right-hander is wearing a heart rate monitor under his uniform around his rib area while he pitches.“i don’t think across the league it’s too popular,” melancon said.in fact, he asked his share of questions about sports science — his passion tha






mookie betts, 2017 fantasy baseball


a.j. pollock, aaron sanchez, adam eaton, adam jones, addison russell, adrian beltre, adrian gonzalez, albert pujols, alcides escobar, aledmys diaz, alex gordon, alexei ramirez, andrelton simmons, andrew mccutchen, anthony rendon, anthony rizzo, asdrubal cabrera, ben revere, ben zobrist, brad miller, brandon crawford, brett gardner, brian dozier, brian mccann, bryce harper, buster posey, carlos carrasco, carlos correa, carlos gomez, carlos gonzalez, carlos santana, charlie blackmon, chris archer, chris sale, christian yelich, clayton kershaw, cole hamels, collin mchugh, corey kluber, corey seager, curtis granderson, d.j. lemahieu, dallas keuchel, daniel murphy, danny salazar, david ortiz, david peralta, david price, dee gordon, derek norris, didi gregorius, dustin pedroia, edwin encarnacion






can giants' bruce bochy trust his rebuilt bullpen?


scottsdale, ariz. – giants manager bruce bochy shielded his eyes from the sunshine and surveyed the activity on a half-dozen bullpen mounds during the club’s first spring workout on tuesday.new closer mark melancon introduced his cutter to buster posey. new backup catcher nick hundley experienced the joy of catching madison bumgarner instead of digging in against him.“it’s good to get out here,” bochy said. “it’s a day you look forward to. it’s a beautiful day to work out.”this was the fun part. it’s also the easy part.that’s because there were no matchups to play, no opposing lineups to navigate – and no gut-testing decisions that make plain to 40,000 fans which of your relievers you truly trust.when it comes to the composition of their bullpen, the giants don’t have too many mysteries to






can giants' bruce bochy trust his rebuilt bullpen?


scottsdale, ariz. – giants manager bruce bochy shielded his eyes from the sunshine and surveyed the activity on a half-dozen bullpen mounds during the club’s first spring workout on tuesday.new closer mark melancon introduced his cutter to buster posey. new backup catcher nick hundley experienced the joy of catching madison bumgarner instead of digging in against him.“it’s good to get out here,” bochy said. “it’s a day you look forward to. it’s a beautiful day to work out.”this was the fun part. it’s also the easy part.that’s because there were no matchups to play, no opposing lineups to navigate – and no gut-testing decisions that make plain to 40,000 fans which of your relievers you truly trust.when it comes to the composition of their bullpen, the giants don’t have too many mysteries to






posey, melancon get head start on spring training


san francisco – mark melancon wriggled out of his first jam as a giant on saturday. during a light-hearted q&a at fanfest, he was asked whether he would choose joe montana or tom brady as his quarterback.before he answered, melancon was advised that brady had bay area roots, too, as a san mateo kid. but the new giants closer didn’t rack up 98 saves over the past two seasons by losing his cool.“i feel like i’m being set up,’’ the right-hander said warily. “i’ll pass.”and just like that, the situation was diffused without incident. now, the giants hope he can resolve the ninth innings as quickly and peacefully. the team gave him a four-year, $62 million contract last winter after a 2016 season undermined by blown saves.the work begins in earnest on monday when giants pitchers and catcher






giants' matt cain embraces fight for rotation spot


scottsdale, ariz. – matt cain traveled the show horse circuit this winter. he sat in the metal bleachers and cheered for his wife, chelsea, an accomplished equestrian.he did not mind being on the sidelines. he chuckled that he rather enjoyed the novelty of it. but he is not ready for permanent residence there.for the 12th consecutive year, cain was among the giants pitchers and catchers who reported to scottsdale stadium on monday. the only uniformed personnel who have been here longer are cain’s pitching coaches, dave righetti and mark gardner, and bench coach ron wotus.the difference for cain this time: confronting the very real possibility that this could be his last spring as a giant. and confronting the hard fact that despite all he has achieved in his career, all the respect he has e






2017 fantasy baseball: nl west rotation rankings


we get to the end of the rotation rankings and here we see the very best and very worst that baseball has to offer. of course, these kinds of rankings are all academic when compared with the real thing. fans love rankings and why not. they p the time in the long winter months in between the world series and when pitchers and catchers report. there could be a few changes between then and now, but we’ll give it our best s .we are comparing the rotations by using their three year averages in three key baseball prospectus statistics. the first is their version of wins above replacement (warp). that helps us see the quality and quantity of their performance. the second is their era estimator which they call “deserved run average” (dra). it measures what a pitcher’s era should be when you substi






top 20 starters for 2017 fantasy baseball


the royal we already went over all the hitters for 2017 fantasy baseball rankings.  that’s not the “royal we” as that term usually implies.  it was me writing it alone while wearing a burger king crown.  i refuse to draft a top starter where they are usually drafted.  unlike hitters, you need six starters, depending on your league depth.  simple math tells us there’s plenty of starters to go around.  simple math also says, “stop putting words in my mouth!”  in most leagues, there’s a ton of pitchers on waivers that can help you — all year.  not just in april, and then they disappear.  with the help of the stream-o-nator, you can get by with, say, three starters while streaming the rest.  there’s also the fact that three stats by starters are difficult to predict due to luck.  wins, era and






cain, left field big questions


san francisco — giants pitchers and catchers report to scottsdale stadium on monday, accompanied by all the usual, breathy talk of hope springing eternal and abundant new beginnings.but let’s skip to the end, shall we?“sometimes i was standing up in the ninth inning,” giants manager bruce bochy said. “i’m sitting down this year.”you don’t build a roster from the back end. but after last season, there was no question the giants needed some reverse engineering.bochy’s bullpen blew a franchise-record 30 saves, including nine in september, while plummeting from baseball’s best record at the all-star break to barely sneaking into the nl wild card game. they bumgarnered their way past that obstacle in new york, and might have turned aside the chicago cubs in an nl division series — if not for th






2017 fantasy baseball draft prep, pitchers' pairings


for these pitcher pairings, i’m going to be using our (my) 2017 fantasy baseball rankings.  notably, the top 20 starters for 2017 fantasy baseball, top 40 starters for 2017, top 60 starters for 2017 and the top 80 starters for 2017.  you can also just go to our fantasy baseball war room.  okay, formalities out of the way.  *rolls up sleeves, makes farting noise with hand under armpit, rolls down sleeve*   let’s get busy!  now, what is a pitcher pairing?  it’s your plan for putting together a fantasy staff.  a course of action.  if you have a pitcher, which b, c, d, e and f pitcher goes with him?  which is different than ‘f this pitcher,’ that’s what you say in may.  you should have six starters.  the sixth starter is blake snell or take whoever you want.  i suggest an upside pick.  snell c






2017 fantasy baseball draft prep, pitchers' pairings


for these pitcher pairings, i’m going to be using our (my) 2017 fantasy baseball rankings.  notably, the top 20 starters for 2017 fantasy baseball, top 40 starters for 2017, top 60 starters for 2017 and the top 80 starters for 2017.  you can also just go to our fantasy baseball war room.  okay, formalities out of the way.  *rolls up sleeves, makes farting noise with hand under armpit, rolls down sleeve*   let’s get busy!  now, what is a pitcher pairing?  it’s your plan for putting together a fantasy staff.  a course of action.  if you have a pitcher, which b, c, d, e and f pitcher goes with him?  which is different than ‘f this pitcher,’ that’s what you say in may.  you should have six starters.  the sixth starter is alex reyes or take whoever you want.  i suggest an upside pick.  reyes co






critics: downtown st. paul skyways are unsafe, unsightly, mismanaged


thomas dunne and his wife moved to downtown st. paul 12 years ago to take a ntage of the amenities connected to their home via a series of skyways.but at a packed and heated public meeting friday morning, dunne said those amenities have become increasingly more difficult to access as people loiter in the skyways, which is a complex system of private and public space patrolled by both private security and st. paul police.“you’re not going to get killed, you’re not going to get robbed, but you’re going to be bothered,” said dunne. “the fact that no one knows who runs the skyway is pathetic.”several of the approximately 60 people at the skyway governance advisory committee meeting clapped, eager to share stories about getting locked out of the skyway on cold winter nights because different bu