As we get set for the second half of the season, Giants Insider Andrew Baggarly hands out his midseason awards.
The Giants have seen and done much in the first half of 2012. Insider Andrew Baggarly hands down the grades and looks ahead. More: Baggs' first half awards Ratto's take Giants video
Despite Tim Lincecum calling himself the 'weak link' on the team, Bruce Bochy said he plans for Lincecum to still start on Saturday.
After a torrid run in mid-June, Belt is struggling to put the ball in play again. He's 1 for 13 with two walks and eight strikeouts on the road trip and is sitting today with Buster Posey at first base.
Buster Posey is picking up a first baseman's glove again, forcing Brandon Belt to the bench, as Hector Sanchez will catch Tim Lincecum for the fourth consecutive time.
The National League's three best ERAs belong to the Reds Johnny Cueto, Ryan Vogelsong and the Pirates' James McDonald. None of the three will be in Kansas City to represent the NL on Tuesday.
The Giants couldn't touch James McDonald as he powered the Pirates to a 3-1 victory. McDonald struck out 10 and allowed just four hits.
The Giants couldn't figure out James McDonald, who allowed one run on four hits and 10 strikeouts in seven innings of work, to lead the Pirates to a 3-1 win in Pittsburgh.
Bruce Bochy spoke by phone with NL All-Star skipper Tony La Russa about how comfortable Melky Cabrera would be in center field during the All-Star game.
Despite a 6.08 ERA that ranks 102nd out of 104 major league pitchers who qualify for the ERA title, the Giants will have Tim Lincecum start the second game out of the All-Star break.
Javier Lopez smiled through gritted teeth and punched his glove, the way someone might when hitting black after collecting a dozen times on red. After Pedro Alvarez's towering blast, his streak was over.
It's a popular sentiment, that Sergio Romo should be the Giants closer, but not one shared by the man himself. Romo has other goals.
It was beginning to look like La Russa would go with Poseys Giants teammate, Matt Cain, and save knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to work with Molina.
The Giants maintain the struggling Tim Lincecum isn't leaving the rotation, but they're like to adopt a new lineup for their starters in the second half of the season. Insider Andrew Baggarly has an idea.
Bruce Bochy acknowledged that Santiago Casilla was shaking off catcher Buster Posey quite often during Thursday's ninth inning. Perhaps his slider and spike curve are harder to throw with a blister...