NL West's most effective midseason acquisition?


NL West's most effective midseason acquisition?

It's no secret the Dodgers went wild with acquisitions prior to the home stretch. The Giants made some key additions of their own, though they didn't make nearly the same splash.

Separated by four and one-half games in the NL West, the Giants and Dodgers are entering the first of two three-game series remaining this season.

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We take this opportunity to look at the numbers, and see whose new players are making the biggest impact.
Los Angeles Dodgers

Hanley Ramirez
40 games, 44-for-158 (.278), 10 HRs, 3B, 8 2Bs, 23 runs, 37 RBIs, 15 BBs, 35 Ks, 3 SBs, CS.

Adrian Gonzalez
12 games, 13-for-50 (.260), HR, 3 2Bs, 3 runs, 10 RBIs, 5 BBs, 10 Ks, SB.

Josh Beckett
2 starts, 1-1 record, 2.92 ERA, 12.1 IP, 4 BBs, 15 Ks.
At plate: 0-for-4, 4 strikeouts.

Brandon League
16 appearances, 1-1 record, 3.60 ERA, 15 IP, 9 BBs, 19 Ks.

Joe Blanton
6 starts, 1-3 record, 6.17 ERA, 35 IP, 12 BBs, 29 Ks.

Nick Punto
9 games, 2-for-12 (.167), 2 runs, 3 BBs, 5 strikeouts, SB.

Carl Crawford
Underwent Tommy John surgery and will not play this year.

San Francisco Giants

Marco Scutaro
38 games, 51-for-155 (.329), 2 HRs, 3B, 10 2Bs, 20 runs, 24 RBIs, 7 BBs, 11 Ks, SB, CS.

Hunter Pence
34 games, 30-for-131 (.229), 2 HRs, 3B, 10 2Bs, 17 runs, 25 RBIs, 12 BBs, 38 Ks, SB.

Jose Mijares
17 appearances, 1-0 record, 3.86 ERA, 11.2 IP, 6 BBs, 11 Ks.

Xavier Nady
5 games, 4-for-12 (.333), 2 2Bs, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, 3 BBs, 3 Ks.

Who do you think is the most valuable NL West acquisition?

All stats prior to Sept. 6 games.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' first home shutout of 2017


Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' first home shutout of 2017


SAN FRANCISCO — Ty Blach has been a bright spot in this losing season, giving the Giants a young, cost-controlled lefty who can potentially fill a huge role next season. Chris Stratton is trying to do the same thing from the right side. 

The 26-year-old continued his August surge, throwing six dominant innings against the Brewers in a 2-0 win that was the staff's first shutout at AT&T Park this season. 

It was the kind of night that's been so familiar over the years. The Giants had six home shutouts last season. Here are five things to know from this year's first ... 

—- The Brewers are first in the league in homers and the Nationals are third, so Stratton had his work cut out for him the last two times out. His results: 12 2/3 innings, 9 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts. That’s quite the statement. Stratton’s scoreless streak is the longest by a Giants rookie starter since Chris Heston threw 16 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings in July of 2015. 

—- Matt Cain was used as a short reliever to protect a two-run lead in the seventh. He had a 1-2-3 inning that ended with a strikeout. 

—- Mark Melancon pitched back-to-back games for the first time since May 19-20. He struck out Neil Walker and Ryan Braun in a perfect inning. 

—- Jarrett Parker reached base his first three times up. He’s hitting .385 at home this season but he’s just 4-for-35 (.114) on the road. Weird splits for a Giant slugger. 

—- Brandon Crawford is finally finding some traction. His double in the fourth was the big hit in a two-run frame that gave Stratton a lead to work with. Crawford is 7-for-17 on the home stand with three extra-base hits and four RBI.

Pablo Sandoval exits game vs Brewers after getting hit on left forearm


Pablo Sandoval exits game vs Brewers after getting hit on left forearm

Pablo Sandoval left Monday's game against the Brewers in the bottom of the eighth inning after getting hit on the left forearm.

Sandoval was examined by the trainer and manager Bruce Bochy removed the third baseman from the game. Orlando Calixte came in to pinch run for Sandoval.

After the game, Bochy was asked about how Sandoval was doing.

"He's fine. Contusion there on the forearm. He could have stayed in. I had Orlando ready to go in. I said 'No, let's get him checked out.' He says he's fine to go tomorrow," Bochy told reporters at the ballpark.

Before the hit-by-pitch, Sandoval was 2-for-3 with a double.