Royals Winning Blueprint Shredded Early By Giants

The Royals have concocted a simple formula for playoff success: solid starting pitching, lockdown relievers, and scratching out juuuust enough runs to win. With three relievers—Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, and Greg Holland—who had an ERA below 1.50 during the regular season, and one of the weakest-hitting lineups in… » 10/22/14 1:16am Wednesday 1:16am

Madison Bumgarner's Fastball Is Getting Deadlier

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner didn't seem to have his best stuff during Game 5 of the NLCS, and was particularly let down by his cutter. It was flat, non-biting versions of that pitch that yielded an RBI double to Jon Jay and a solo home run to Tony Cruz Jr. (Matt Adams also took him deep on a curveball that hung a… » 10/17/14 1:36pm 10/17/14 1:36pm

Katie Nolan Tries To Chug Six Beers Better Than Madison Bumgarner

Katie Nolan has a problem with people claiming that pitcher Madison Bumgarner's chugging four, five, or six beers after the Giants win postseason games. (We've gone with different wordings, because he's really just pouring them on his face, though that's still cool.) So, Nolan attempted to show how to actually chug… » 10/17/14 11:10am 10/17/14 11:10am

Madison Bumgarner Takes Six Beers To The Face

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner "chugged" four beers at once when his team won the wild card play-in game. When he "chugged" five beers after winning the NLDS, everyone wondered if he'd be able to work his way up to six beers in the event of an NLCS win. So, did he go for the full sixer last night? You're goddamn right… » 10/17/14 10:03am 10/17/14 10:03am

Bruce Bochy Was The Anti-Matheny, And It Made All The Difference

If you're looking for an argument that having a smart manager in the dugout is integral to a baseball team's success, last night's Cardinals-Giants game is it. Not only did it feature Mike Matheny badly managing his club right into a walk-off homer, it had the manager on the other side of the field, Bruce Bochy,… » 10/17/14 9:31am 10/17/14 9:31am

Wrestling Legend Mick Foley Interviews Michael Morse On MLB Network

We love when old-time wrestling heroes intersect with "real" sports, so it was a treat on MLB Network this afternoon when Mick Foley joined the MLB Now panel for an interview with San Francisco's Michael Morse. Tune in for the Daniel Bryan conversation, stay for the reference to Mick Foley not having a right ear! » 10/16/14 4:40pm 10/16/14 4:40pm

Giants Ride Their First Big Inning of the NLCS To Extra-Innings Win

The Giants offense has struggled lately. In winning Game 1 of the NLCS, they scored three runs on a single, error, and sacrifice fly. In losing Game 2, they scored four runs on a ground out, single, single, and walk. Across the two games they left 19 men on base to the Cardinals 11, unable to turn a steady trickle of… » 10/14/14 9:11pm 10/14/14 9:11pm

Madison Bumgarner's Curveball Made Hitters Look Dumb Last Night

Madison Bumgarner accomplished a very specific feat in last night's Game 1 NLCS win: The Giants lefty broke the record for most consecutive scoreless innings pitched with 26.2 after he exited the game against the Cardinals. It was entertaining to watch him work his way through the lineup, but obviously more fun to… » 10/12/14 10:42am 10/12/14 10:42am