Giants Lineup: Seasoning behind Lincecum


Giants Lineup: Seasoning behind Lincecum

Programming Note: Giants-Marlins coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. today with Giants Pregame Live, only on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

MIAMI -- Here's a stunning stat on the Giants rotation through 45 games, courtesy of numbers whiz Dave Feldman:

The Giants' starting pitchers have allowed a total of nine innings in which they gave up three runs or more. The breakdown:

Tim Lincecum 6
Matt Cain 1
Madison Bumgarner 1
Barry Zito 1
Ryan Vogelsong 0

(Lincecum's total already matches the number of three-plus run innings he allowed all last season. He had just six of them in 2010, too.)

Lincecum is 2-4 with a 6.04 ERA and is averaging 5 13 innings per start. The rest of the rotation is 15-10 with a 2.98 ERA and is averaging 6 23 innings per start.

It's easy to see where the air is escaping the balloon for the Giants, who haven't been able to get free of .500 land.

Lincecum will try once again to fight his way free of the big inning when he takes the mound today. The Giants will face another struggling ace in Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson, although he's been much better in his last two outings.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy stayed to plan and is starting Aubrey Huff at first base and Ryan Theriot at second base. The Giants simply aren't getting production at either position. I know that fans have voiced their displeasure over the way Bochy plays veterans, but it's time to see if either 30-something player has something left.

The lineup:

RF Gregor Blanco
SS Brandon Crawford
LF Melky Cabrera
C Buster Posey
CF Angel Pagan
1B Aubrey Huff
3B Joaquin Arias
2B Ryan Theriot
P Tim Lincecum

The Marlins lineup isn't out yet, but I'll post it on Twitter (@CSNBaggs) when I get it.

One more thing: Today is the one-year anniversary of Posey's collision at the plate. He just told the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi that he still hasn't spoken to Scott Cousins, and has no plans to do so. Cousins is at Triple-A New Orleans.

After tumultuous 2016, Peavy making kids, not baseball, top priority

After tumultuous 2016, Peavy making kids, not baseball, top priority

The 2016 calendar year was one to forget for former Giants pitcher Jake Peavy.

Before the 2016 season even started, it was revealed that Peavy lost millions in a ponzi scheme.

During the season, the 35-year-old Peavy battled through injuries and posted a 5.54 ERA in 31 appearances for San Francisco.

And then following the season, his wife of 15 years, Katie, filed for divorce.

That, in part, explains why the Alabama-native has yet to sign a contract for the 2017 season.

While the legal matters are being handled, Peavy is taking care of his four sons and has made them his top priority.

Baseball is taking a backseat.

"It hurts not to be in spring training. I know that day is coming, but right now being a dad is absolutely No. 1. There's no way in a million years that I could leave my boys at this time," Peavy told ESPN this week.

Peavy explained in depth how the ponzi scheme affected his life during the past year.

"It turned my whole world upside-down. For the first time ever, it was hard to give my 150 percent focus, time and energy to baseball. It was such a tough year, because everything I have built and played for was jeopardized to some degree. When you've known people your whole life and career and they let you down and they're not who you thought you were, it's devastating.

"It turned me into a person I never wanted to be. People would text me and I'd say, 'What does this person want from me? What's their motive?' I had numerous relationships for 10-15 years with people who let me and my family down in a huge way. You put the blame on yourself in these situations, but I can't even tell you the mindset I was in from the start of spring training through the season," Peavy said.

Peavy also addressed his divorce.

"I'm not shying away from getting divorced. It's not something I'm proud of or something I wanted or asked for, but it happened and I'm dealing with that. But I also have four boys I'm responsible for in life, and I just feel deep down that it's in my best interests and my family's interests to be there through this time," Peavy said.

And while spring training games are underway, Peavy sounds as if he expects to sign with a team eventually. Once he does, he plans to give the team everything he's got.

"When I sign with a team, I'm all in. For me to leave right now with so much uncertainty in my life, it wouldn't be fair to an organization and it wouldn't be the right thing to do as far as being a dad," Peavy said.

In mid-December, Peavy was reportedly linked to the Padres, the team that drafted him in 1999.


Bumgarner allows two runs, Giants start spring training with walk-off homer

Bumgarner allows two runs, Giants start spring training with walk-off homer


At Scottsdale, Arizona, Chris Marrero hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth and drove in four runs as the Giants rallied after Madison Bumgarner gave up two runs on two hits in the top of the first.

Marrero, a 2006 first-round draft pick of the Nationals trying to revive his career as a non-roster invitee, had an RBI single in the fifth.

Kevin Shackelford, the seventh Cincinnati pitcher, walked Orlando Calixte to open the ninth and Christian Arroyo blooped a single into left field before Marrero hit a line drive over the wall in left centerfield.

Patrick Kivlehan had a two-run single off Bumgarner in the first and Hunter Pence doubled in a run off Reds starter Rookie Davis. Davis, acquired from the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman deal, is likely to open with Double-A Pensacola this year.