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Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On T...
<p>Locked On Giants (Baseball) is a daily podcast focused on the San Francisco Giants. Providing rational, data-driven SF Giants analysis in a clear and accessible way. Hosted by Ben Kaspick, who has contributed for the popular baseball statistics and analysis websites FanGraphs and Beyond the Box Score. Part of the Locked On Podcast Network.</p>
New Coaches Could Make Big Impact
The Giants are reportedly hiring Donnie Ecker, who is credited with the breakout of Aristides Aquino, to be their new hitting coach.
13 min
Zaidi Responds to Fans' Misguided Frustrations
Farhan Zaidi responded to several misguigded questions from season ticket holders on Tuesday night.
15 min
Inbox: Is a Nicholas Castellanos Signing Realis...
Is Nicholas Castellanos a realistic fit? Are the Giants tanking? Should the front office ease tension with the fanbase?
15 min
Giants Non-Tender Kevin Pillar, Won't Cater to ...
Examining the Giants' decision to non-tender popular outfielder Kevin Pillar, among others, and sign Alex Dickerson, Donovan Solano, and Wandy Peralta to one-year deals.
16 min
Decisions Loom As Non-Tender Deadline Arrives
The Giants must choose today whether to tender contracts to Kevin Pillar, Alex Dickerson, Tyler Anderson, Donovan Solano, Joey Rickard, and Wandy Peralta.
13 min
A Gratitude List for Giants Fans
From the stunning beauty of Oracle Park to the dramatically improved farm system, Giants fans have a lot to be grateful for.
13 min
Vogt, Pomeranz Deals Demonstrate Giants' Abilit...
Stephen Vogt and Drew Pomeranz signed lucrative free agent deals, demonstrating the Giants' ability to target and acquire underrated players.
15 min
Giants' Joey Bart, Marco Luciano Are Potential ...
FanGraphs released its 2020 Giants prospects rankings, and it's hard not to get excited about the future.
11 min
Decision Looms on Kevin Pillar
The non-tender deadline is a week away, and the Giants have a tough decision to make on Kevin Pillar.
14 min
Inbox: Which bad contracts could Giants take on...
Farhan Zaidi has discussed a willingness to take on other teams' bad contracts in order to buy young players. Who could he be talking about?
16 min
Callis: Giants Farm System Is Strongest It's Be...
The Giants didn't make any moves to protect their Rule 5-eligible players, but their farm system is on a meteoric rise.
11 min
Zaidi: Giants Have Flexibility This Offseason
Farhan Zaidi discussed numerous topics on the TK Show with Tim Kawakami, including the Giants' improved financial flexibility this offseason.
15 min
Free Agent Fits for the Giants
Discussing some free agent fits for the San Francisco Giants.
16 min
SF Chronicle: MLB Probe Cleared Kapler Of Any W...
Amidst a turbulent week for the San Francisco Giants, it's important to differentiate between facts and opinions.
13 min
Inbox: Will Giants Be Aggressive To Overcome Ba...
The Giants had a rough week from a PR perspective. Will they act aggressively this offseason to get fans excited about the team again?
13 min
Gabe Kapler Introduced As Giants Manager In Ten...
Gabe Kapler was introduced as the new Giants manager in a tense press conference. What will he bring to the team?
11 min
Giants Hire Gabe Kapler As New Manager
Gabe Kapler is the new Giants manager, and a new era is upon us.
15 min
Scott Harris Introduced As GM; Managerial Decis...
Scott Harris was introduced as Giants GM, and conflicting reports emerged about whether Joe Espada or Gabe Kapler is the favorite to be the team's next manager.
13 min
Giants Hire Scott Harris As New GM
The Giants hired Redwood City native and Chicago Cubs Assistant GM Scott Harris to be their new general manager.
13 min
Giants "Focused On" Joe Espada
According to a source, the Giants are "focused on" Joe Espada becoming their next manager.
14 min
Espada, Kapler, and Quatraro—Not Grifol—Are Man...
The managerial search is reportedly down to three finalists, and we're finally hearing some updates about the Giants' GM search.
14 min
Giants Announce Flurry Of Roster Moves
The Giants announced a flurry of roster moves yesterday, including a claim of the intriguing Kean Wong.
11 min
Is Tyler Anderson Better Than Madison Bumgarner?
The 2020 Steamer projections are here, and things are looking up for Tyler Anderson and a young Giants starting rotation.
17 min
Bumgarner, Smith Decisions Loom; Watson Exercis...
The qualifying offer deadline looms, and the Giants have at least one interesting decision to make.
14 min
Giants Claim Tyler Anderson, Improve Starting P...
In an under-the-radar move, the Giants claimed the injured—but potentially effective—Tyler Anderson from the Rockies.
13 min
Espada, Grifol, Kapler Are Finalists To Become ...
Joe Espada, Pedro Grifol, and Gabe Kapler are reportedly the finalists to become the next Giants manager.
14 min
On a Controversial Game 6 and the Joy of Game 7
Trea Turner was called out on a silly rule, but thankfully it didn't cost the Nationals. Now we get another Game 7.
13 min
Inbox: What Statistics Can We Use To Evaluate A...
Answering your questions about Gabe Kapler, the Giants' coaching staff, how to evaluate a manager, and more!
15 min
Espada, Kapler On To Next Round; Wotus No Longe...
The Giants' manager search has reportedly entered round two, with Joe Espada and Gabe Kalper still in the running and Ron Wotus being informed that he no longer under consideration.
14 min
Bochy Wants To Manage Again—But He Was Not Forc...
Bruce Bochy made it clear that he intends to manage again, but it's important to understand that he was not forced out and it was time to move on.
15 min
Joe Espada On His Way To San Francisco
Joe Espada is flying to San Francisco for an in-person interview, and hirings around the league mean the Giants will have their choice when selecting a new manager.
16 min
The Nationals' Game 1 Win Looked Familiar to Gi...
The Nationals' surprising win in World Series Game 1 should have looked familiar to fans of the San Francisco Giants.
15 min
Ranking Eight Giants Managerial Candidates
Eight candidates reportedly have interviewed or will interview for the Giants' managerial vacancy. So...who's the favorite?
18 min
Ranking World Series' of the 2010s
With three World Series titles, the Giants were the team of the decade. Where do their World Series wins rank among the decade's best Fall Classics?
14 min
Longoria Rails Against Robo Umps; Giants Intere...
Evan Longoria was not a fan of strike call made by a robotic umpire in the Arizona Fall League.
12 min
Diminished Role for Crawford in 2020?
Brandon Crawford suffered through the worst season of his career in 2019. Will he have a diminished role in 2020?
17 min
Inbox: Who's the 1B in 2021? What's up with Dug...
Who will be the 1B in 2021: Belt, Posey, Bart, or someone else? And what's up with Steven Duggar's poor K/BB?
19 min
Could Will Venable Be The Favorite?
Will Venable is the latest name to be linked to the Giants' managerial search. Could he be the favorite?
17 min
Gabe Kapler For Manager?
The Giants will reportedly interview Gabe Kapler for their vacant managerial position. Is he a good fit?
18 min
Gerrit Cole: Perfect Fit?
It could take the Giants several years to challenge for a division crown. Who better than Gerrit Cole to help them win a wild card game in the meantime?
15 min
Dodgers Bounced; Bart Breaks Thumb; the Ball is...
Joey Bart broke his thumb. MLBTR released its annual arbitration projections. The ball is dead...again. And the Dodgers were eliminated from the postseason. It was a busy day.
16 min
Are Analytics Being Used as a Weapon?
Despite the assertions of a new article in The Nation, analytics are not used as a weapon against players.
18 min
Baggarly: "Timing Could be Right" for Ron Wotus
Analyzing Andrew Baggarly's piece about the managerial candidacy of Ron Wotus, the longest tenured coach in Giants history.
18 min
Zaidi Conflicted over Deadline Approach; GM Sea...
Farhan Zaidi admitted to being conflicted about the team's deadline approach. Meanwhile, his search for a GM is a "high priority."
16 min
Melancon Struggles in Atlanta; Kotsay Linked to...
Examining the Giants' 2019 season as a whole, Mark Melancon's bad night in Atlanta, and a Mark Kotsay rumor.
15 min
The Myth About Modern Managers
Contrary to popular belief, modern front offices care a great deal about managers having productive and trusting relationships with players.
18 min
Zaidi Discusses Offseason Plans, Including Sear...
Farhan Zaidi discussed a number of fascinating topics, including his search for a new manager, in the Giants' postmortem press conference on Tuesday.
16 min
Bruce Bochy Departs a Beloved Legend
Capped by an unforgettable ceremony worthy of his legacy, Bruce Bochy managed his last game as a Giant.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Actually, Sabermetrics Favor...
There's a false rumor going around that sabermetricians only value players with strong OBPs and K/BB ratios.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On Shark's Strange Season an...
Jeff Samardzija finished off a very strange season, and Tyler Rogers moved atop a very important list.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Hot Weather, Hot Ball Lead t...
The ball was flying out of Oracle Park last night, which makes it hard to say whether or not Mad Bum pitched well.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Inbox: Bum's Next Contract? ...
Answering your questions on Twitter about Bum's next deal, changes to Oracle Park in 2020, the next surprising departure, and more.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Is Bruce Bochy Really Retiring?
Bruce Bochy's emotional farewell tour is almost over, but there's bizarre new speculation that he could actually manage again.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On the Brink of Elimination
The Giants lost a tough one in Boston, and now they're on the brink of elimination.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Bochy Wins His 2,000th Game
Cooperstown-bound Bruce Bochy achieved a major milestone as the Giants beat the Red Sox 11-3.
12 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Yastrzemski's Magical Moment...
Mike Yastrzemski's debut in Boston was full of magic and truly unforgettable.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Giants Mailbag: Offseason Pr...
Answering your questions on Twitter about offseason priorities, the next salary dump, and final 2019 evaluations.
11 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Finally a True Pipeline, Riv...
The Giants and their Triple-A affiliate are more connected than ever before, and both teams are reaping the rewards.
13 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Falling Flat at Home
With Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford leading the way, the Giants are falling flat at home.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - The Outfield's Dramatic Imrp...
It's easy to overlook, but the Giants outfield has been among the best in the NL since mid-June.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Cueto Brilliant in Return as...
Johnny Cueto was brilliant in his return from Tommy John surgery. Meanwhile, the Giants fired 40% of their pro scouts with more sweeping changes likely to follow.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On Bum's Next Contract and P...
The Giants lost a tough one, and Buster Posey admitted that his confidence has taken a hit. Meanwhile, Madison Bumgarner's next contract will probably be for a lot less than people think.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Giants Beat—But Can't Quite ...
Dubón got to Kershaw and Tyler Beede answered Bochy's challenge, but the Giants could not quite sweep LA.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Let the Evaluations Begin
With the Giants all but eliminated from postseason contention, their focus has shifted toward players for the future.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Jaylin Davis Arrives
The Giants finally called up intriguing outfield prospect Jaylin Davis, and the Giants won a crazy back and forth game.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On Corban Joseph, Cueto's Se...
The Giants claimed Corban Joseph, Johnny Cueto suffered a minor setback, and Dereck Rodríguez twirled a gem in a 1-0 loss.
10 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Future Comes Into Focus
The Giants have played their way out of contention, so it's time to start thinking about their next GM, manager, and wave of talent.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On Pillar's 20th, Moronta's ...
A lot happened over the weekend, but wins for the Giants were not among them.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Dubón Debuts as Giants Fade ...
Mauricio Dubón made his Giants debut and collected his first major league hit, but Dereck Rodríguez was roughed up again.
14 min
Answering your questions about free agent pitchers, moving in the fences, a Brandon Belt trade, and Gerrit Cole rumors.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - The Mauricio Dubón Era Begins
The Giants called up Mauricio Dubón, who figures to have a big role now and for seasons to come.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - No Time For Sloppy Play
The Giants lost a sloppy game at home, and they'll need to right the ship in a hurry in order to stay in the wild card hunt.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Clutch Comebacks Keep Hopes ...
The Giants refuse to give up and remain in the thick of the wild card race with just 32 games remaining.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Deep Dives on Samardzija and...
The Giants were swept by the Cubs as Jeff Samardzija continued his strangely great season and Brandon Crawford continued to exhibit a troubling trend.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Offense Erupts but D-Rod, Bu...
The Giants offense was electric but D-Rod and several relievers faltered in a big loss.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Overmatched
Tyler Beede continued to scuffle and the Giants looked predictably overmatched against the Cubs.
17 min
Answering your questions about Scooter Gennett, Jaylin Davis, and the back of the Giants bullpen.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Yaz and Webb Shine Bright in...
Mike Yastrzemski and Logan Webb made huge impacts as the Giants took three of four from the Diamondbacks in Arizona.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - D-Rod Saves the Day
The Giants got a much-needed strong start from Dereck Rodriguez, whose struggles this season should not be blamed on the front office.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Starters Starting To Unravel
Tyler Beede turned in another rough outing, and the Giants' young starters are officially leaking oil.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Torture Is Back
Madison Bumgarner twirled a gem, the Giants ratcheted up their commitment to platoons, and things got dicey in a torturous 9th.
14 min
What will the Giants do in the rotation? What's up with Brandon Belt? Which minor leaguers are expendable? All that and more on today's off-day Q&A.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Their Most Entertaining Game...
Capped by their most entertaining game in years, the Giants took three of four from the Phillies and stayed in the thick wild card race.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Giants Dominate, Promote Top...
Bumgarner and Yastrzemski stole the show in a dominant win, and Bart, Ramos, and Hjelle were promoted to Double-A.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Insult to Injury
The Giants were swept by the Nationals and may have lost Steven Duggar to another significant shoulder injury.
13 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Goodbye Joe Panik
Panik and the Giants shared some unforgettable memories over the years, but it was time to move on.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Roster Shakeup Necessary?
The Giants have gone ice cold with the bats; is a roster shakeup needed?
13 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Their Second Consecutive Ser...
The Giants have a -17 run differential since July 18, as their bats and starters have gone cold.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Offense, Young Starters Leak...
Roster moves are coming today after the Giants were blown out in Philadelphia and lost their first series since June.
13 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Giants Win Again After Dizzy...
Mere hours after striking five dizzying deals, the Giants won again thanks to a strong start by Samardzija and an offensive explosion in the 6th.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Giants Make Five Trades; Bum...
The Giants made a flurry of moves at the deadline, trading Sam Dyson, Mark Melancon, Drew Pomeranz, and others while acquiring Scooter Gennett and prospects, including Mauricio Dubon.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Rumors Swirling as Trade Dea...
The Giants are involved in multiple significant discussions as the trade deadline is just hours away.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Answering Your Questions as ...
Answering questions about Dickerson's BABIP, Bumgarner's next contract, Pillar and Panik's future with the Giants, and more!
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Seven Straight Series Wins
The Giants won their seventh consecutive series, and the time for evaluation is almost over as the trade deadline looms.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Answering Questions About Tr...
You asked, we answered! Another episode devoted to your #SFGiants questions.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - The Biggest Mistake They Can...
The Giants have played their way into playoff contention, but Farhan Zaidi will still look to avoid this mistake at the trade deadline.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - They Refuse to Lose
Another day, another Giants win. This was supposed to be Madison Bumgarner's final home start, but the script has flipped in a hurry.
16 min
Austin Slater and Joe Panik had huge hits as the Giants overcame some questionable managerial decisions to win again.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - The Kids Are Alright
Mike Yastrzemski, Connor Menez, Zach Green, and Tyler Beede came up huge as the Giants continued their winning ways over the weekend.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Bumgarner Brilliant as Giant...
Madison Bumgarner was brilliant over 9 innings, and the Giants won again despite a questionable decision in the 7th.
19 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Playing Meaningful Games Aft...
The Giants outscored the Rockies 40-15 in a dominant four-game sweep, and they suddenly find themselves playing meaningful baseball games.
18 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Firing On All Cylinders
The Giants are finding different ways to win baseball games, and their improved play has them in the thick of the wild card race.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - The Hottest Team in Baseball
Since June 21, the day Alex Dickerson debuted, the Giants are 14-7 with a ridiculous run differential and they're leading MLB in all sorts of seemingly impossible offensive categories.
18 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Trade Rumors Swirl as Offens...
Amid swirling trade rumors, the Giants offense stayed hot and the starting pitchers stepped up in Milwaukee.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Answering Questions about St...
Answering your questions about Steven Duggar, whether entertainment value should play a role in whether or not to make trades, and how the Giants' rebuild has compared to that of other teams.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - The Best and Worst Moments o...
Analyzing the Giants' high points and low points from the first half of the 2019 season.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - State of the Giants: Pitchers
Analyzing the state of the Giants' pitching. A youth movement in the rotation is providing hope, but the starters have mostly struggled. Meanwhile, the bullpen has been among the best in baseball.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - State of the Giants: Positio...
Breaking down the state of the Giants' position players, one position at a time.
18 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Finishing The First Half Wit...
The Giants finished the first half with a flurry thanks to an improved process and contributions from some potential diamonds in the rough.
18 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Answering Your #SFGiants Que...
How did Ben become a Giants fan? Are the A's a good match in a Bumgarner/Smith trade? When will Connor Menez arrive in SF?
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Offense Stays Hot as Media F...
Farhan Zaidi has had a clear plan all along, but the media is finally beginning to understand it as the Giants stayed hot with depth and platoons.
21 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Reaping Rewards of Discernib...
The Giants have scored at least 10 runs in three straight games, and Tyler Beede cruised through seven strong innings.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Gaining Consistent Advantage...
The Giants lineup has an advantage more consistently thanks to a newfound commitment to platoons.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Looking Well Rounded, At Lea...
The starting pitching shined and several Giants had big weekends at the plate.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Giants Finally Embracing Pla...
Although it didn't amount to much last night, the Giants are finally joining the modern age by embracing platoons.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Samardzija's ERA Continues T...
Ignore fielding independent pitching metrics at your own risk.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Zaidi Acquisitions Continue ...
Madison Bumgarner struck out 11, but allowed his 12th HR in his last 10 starts. Meanwhile, Dickerson, Yaz, and Austin continue to impress.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Zaidi Acquisitions Lone Brig...
Mike Yastrzemski and Alex Dickerson provide intrigue every time they come up to bat, which can't be said about the veteran hitters Farhan Zaidi inherited.
18 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Alex Dickerson Erupts in Ari...
Alex Dickerson was a savvy little pickup by Farhan Zaidi, and he showed us why in a big way this weekend.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - The Low Point of Madison Bum...
Madison Bumgarner allowed six earned runs in 3.2 innings and was mocked and taunted as he walked off the mound.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Every Batter Is Mike Trout A...
Drew Pomeranz looks toast after another meltdown, but he was still a solid signing. Meanwhile, Austin and Yaz hit opposite field homers.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On Using Openers Against LA ...
The Dodgers are the perfect team to use openers against, so why aren't the Giants doing it?
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Beede Impresses Again as Gia...
Despite issuing a few too many walks, Tyler Beede held the Dodgers to one run in six strong innings and the Giants beat the Dodgers 3-2.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On Bumgarner's Slipping Trad...
Pomeranz had another strong start and Yastrzemski made a game-saving catch, but Madison Bumgarner was just okay once again as the Giants won two of three.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Answering Questions About Tr...
Ben answers questions from listeners about trades, the next Giants manager, what to expect in 2020, and more!
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Shaun Anderson Continues To ...
Shaun Anderson delivered his best start yet, and the Giants beat the Padres 4-2.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Beede Flashes Dominance in L...
Tyler Beede retired 11 straight with seven strikeouts at one point, and the Giants came back late to beat the Padres.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On the Alex Dickerson Trade ...
Alex Dickerson is exactly the type of player the Giants should be giving a look.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Pomeranz and Bumgarner Dazzl...
Pomeranz rebounded and Bumgarner pitched with an edge, but the Giants lost two of three to LA.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Anderson Battles Back But Bu...
Shaun Anderson battled back from a rough 1st inning, but probably stayed in for one batter too long.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Beede Takes Step Backwards; ...
Tyler Beede's lack of command plagued him once again, and the Giants were shut down by Jason Vargas.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Emphatic Road Win is Bochy's...
Bruce Bochy's 1,000th win as Giants manager was a memorable one.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Giants Select Hunter Bishop ...
A deep dive on Giants draftees Hunter Bishop, a physically impressive left-handed outfielder with tremendous power and speed, and Logan Wyatt, who has arguably the best plate discipline in the class.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On a Series Win and Tonight'...
Analyzing the offensive explosion in Baltimore, Shaun Anderson and Jeff Samardzija's strong starts, and who the Giants will take 10th overall as the MLB Draft gets underway tonight.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Has Tyler Beede Finally Arri...
Analyzing Tyler Beede's breakthrough performance against the Miami Marlins.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Looking Towards The Future A...
The Giants lost to the Marlins—again—and must now begin to look towards the future.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Saddled with Bad Contracts, ...
After a blowout loss to the lowly Marlins, the Giants' underperforming veterans must look in the mirror and get better or risk losing their jobs.
19 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - The Good, the Bad, and the U...
Analyzing the Giants' 2019 season thus far in terms of overall and individual performances by the position players and pitchers.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Yastrzemski Debuts, Mac DFA'...
Analyzing the Giants' ugly series against the Diamondbacks. Mac Williamson was DFA'd and Mike Yastrzemski debuted and collected three hits, but the Giants were outscored 34-8 in a demoralizing sweep.
18 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On a Sharp Bum, Austin Smash...
Analyzing the Giants' 5-4 extra-inning loss to the Braves. Madison Bumgarner was sharp and Tyler Austin hit another HR against a lefty, but Tony Watson coughed up the lead and Mac Williamson went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Austin Goes Oppo, Mac Strugg...
Analyzing the Giants' 9-2 loss to the Braves. Jeff Samardzija struggled (but don't worry, the runs "didn't count"), Tyler Austin hit an opposite field homer, and Mac Williamson continued to scuffle. Madison Bumgarner's big start today is also discussed.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Dramatic Walk-Off Follows An...
Analyzing the Giants' thrilling 4-3 walk-off win against the Braves. Their three-run, 9th-inning rally capped by Joe Panik is discussed at length, as is the second consecutive strong start by Shaun Anderson.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Andy Suarez Earns Rotation S...
Analyzing Andy Suarez's (mostly) strong start against the Braves. The Giants are expected to add another hitter prior to tonight's game; who will lose their 25-man roster spot?
18 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Crawford, Sandoval Save the ...
Analyzing the Giants' big series win in Arizona, the savvy Aaron Altherr claim/DFA, and how Andrew Suarez will be added to the 25-man roster.
19 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Unreasonable Expectations Ke...
A closer look at how the coverage of the 2019 San Francisco Giants has been more confusing than the team's roster decisions.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On Shaun Anderson's Debut an...
Breaking down Shaun Anderson's solid debut in the Giants' 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. The fact that the team has a clearly discernible plan is also discussed.
20 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On Trusting the Process, and...
Analyzing the Giants' 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays, and why the fact that the opener didn't work in one instance does not mean it was a bad idea. Shaun Anderson's promotion to the big leagues is also discussed.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - The Opener is Finally Here
Analyzing the Giants' revolutionary decision to start using openers, and an explanation as to why it's probably a good idea.
21 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Holland Sounds Off, D-Rod De...
Breaking down Derek Holland's highly inflammatory (and inappropriate) comments about the front office, D-Rod's demotion, and the Aaron Altherr waiver claim.
21 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Offense Improves as Starting...
Breaking down the Giants' strange road trip, in which they scored over eight runs per game but allowed more than nine per game.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Improving the Offense with P...
Analyzing the dramatically different lineups the Giants are featuring vs. LHP and RHP, and why platoons are critical in the modern game.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On a Mac Attack, an Improved...
Analyzing the Giants' 14-4 win against the Rockies. Mac Williamson's home run and Madison Bumgarner's improved performance are discussed, as is Nick Vincent's and Trevor Gott's underrated fastballs.
19 min
Locked On Giants - Mac Williamson (and Others) ...
Analyzing the reported news that the Giants will call up Mac Williamson, Donovan Solano, and Williams Jerez ahead of tonight's game. The team's (overrated?) starting rotation is also discussed.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - A Comeback for the Ages; Pit...
Breaking down the Giants' unbelievable comeback win against the Reds on Friday, as well as the other two weekend games in Cincinnati. There continue to be positive signs for Buster Posey and Steven Duggar, but the news is not so rosy for starting pitchers Dereck Rodriguez and Jeff Samardzija.
19 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - What We Know (and Don't Know...
Looking back at where the Giants stand about 20% of the way through the 2019 season. A bombshell article about Madison Bumgarner on MLB.com is also discussed.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Bumgarner, Posey Trending Up...
Analyzing the Giants' exciting 2-1 win over the Dodgers. Madison Bumgarner was more dominant than he's been in years, and there also were positive signs from Duggar, Austin, Belt, Posey, and the bullpen.
18 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On the Ty Blach Myth, Stephe...
Breaking down the Giants' 10-3 loss to the Dodgers, including why it's unlikely that Farhan Zaidi was confident about Ty Blach facing LA's top righties. Stephen Vogt's promotion and Logan Webb's PED suspension are also discussed.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On a Huge Hit for Longoria a...
Analyzing the Giants' big 3-2 win over the Dodgers, in which Evan Longoria had his biggest hit as a Giant and Bruce Bochy made a critical new-age decision.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Diminished Yankees Dominate ...
Breaking down the ugly series sweep by the Yankees, in which the Giants continued to shoot themselves in the foot by failing to embrace modern strategies.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - The Yankees' Rebuild as a Bl...
Breaking down the not-so-obvious parallels between the Yankees of the recent past and the current San Francisco Giants.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On a Locked-In Pomeranz, Und...
Breaking down Drew Pomeranz's excellent start in Toronto, the Giants' less-talked-about first-inning struggles, and the perpetually underrated Brandon Belt.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On Kevin Pillar, Mark Melanc...
Breaking down the Giants' wild 7-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. On Kevin Pillar's emotional return to Toronto, Mark Melancon's seemingly elevated role, and a good old fashioned slugfest in Canada.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Sabermetrics 101—Moving Past...
A detailed discussion about the flaws of using batting average, home runs, and RBI to evaluate hitters, and the modern metrics that do a much better job.
20 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On First-Inning Runs, Good a...
Discussing the Giants' continued struggles in the first inning, the importance of sending runners home, and some troubling short- and long-term trends.
20 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - 04/19/2019 - The Giants Shou...
Amidst another series loss—this time to the Nationals—it's becoming clear that the Giants could benefit from starting games with their bullpen.
19 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - 04/18/2019 - On the Merits o...
Using last night's 9-6 loss to the Nationals to address the issues with ERA—and the merits of xFIP—in small samples.
18 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - 04/17/2019 - On a Home Run B...
Analyzing the Giants' win over the Nationals. The offense broke out, the defense remained strong, and a couple of pitchers showed off their skill of inducing weak contact. Joey Bart's injury and some big news about Oracle Park are also discussed.
20 min
Locked On Giants - 04/16/2019 - An Important Co...
An important correction of a prospect valuation error that was made on today's episode of Locked On Giants
4 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - 04/16/2019 - Realistic #SFGi...
A primer on how to think realistically about trades, as well as some specific trade possibilities for the 2019 San Francisco Giants.
19 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - 04/15/2019 - On an 18-Inning...
Breaking down the series win against the Rockies, whether Sandoval should start over Longoria, and a sparkling bullpen and anemic offense.
20 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - 04/12/2019 - Sharp Samardzij...
Breaking down Jeff Samardzija's stellar start, the continued offensive onslaught from Kevin Pillar, and the Giants' strong defense so far this season.
22 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - 04/11/2019 - Another Series ...
Recapping the good, the bad, and the ugly from San Francisco's series loss to San Diego. Premature early-season statements are also revisited.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - 04/10/2019 - Dangerous Again...
How the additions of Kevin Pillar and Tyler Austin have made the Giants better against left-handed pitching. An adjustment by Derek Holland that has led to improved results is also discussed.
18 min
Locked On Giants - 04/09/2019 - Giants Acquire ...
Breaking down the Giants' acquisition of lefty killer Tyler Austin. The team's rough loss to the Padres is also discussed.
16 min
Locked On Giants - 04/08/2019 - Memorable Momen...
Breaking down the series loss to the Rays, which included a memorable Opening Day ovation and some innovate baseball by Tampa Bay. Ben also discusses the new stats on the new scoreboard, and why they are a bigger deal than people might think.
21 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - 04/05/2019 - On the (Home) O...
With the innovate Rays in town for the home opener, Ben discusses the "opener" pitching strategy. He also examines whether the Giants' past success should really be attributed to pitching and defense.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - 04/04/2019 - On a Slow Start...
Discussing the Giants' sluggish early offense, the (over)performance of their starting staff, and why they must platoon more in order to stay afloat in the National League.
21 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - 04/03/2019 - On Diminished V...
Ben looks closely at Madison Bumgarner's second start of the season and discusses why it's critical to think in terms of wins above replacement when analyzing baseball decisions in 2019.
19 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - 04/02/2019 - Giants Acquire ...
Breaking down the Giants' acquisition of outfielder Kevin Pillar and the team's 4-2 road win over the Dodgers.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - 04/01/2019 - Lessons from Sa...
Breaking down the Giants' season-opening series loss to the Padres, and taking a closer look at why small samples can be misleading in baseball.
18 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - 03/29/2019 - On Bumgarner an...
A closer look at Madison Bumgarner's unusual pitch selection on Opening Day, and Bruce Bochy's strange decision to pinch-hit for Connor Joe in the 7th inning.
19 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - 03/28/2019 - It's Opening Day!
Ben discusses key Giants storylines in 2019, and advocates for patience and trust in Farhan Zaidi and his process.
20 min
Locked On Giants - 03/27/2019 - On Connor Joe, ...
Ben discusses what the #SFGiants see in Connor Joe and Michael Reed, as well as what fans should make of the team's not-so-rosy projections.
15 min
Locked On Giants - 03/26/2019 - Roster Crunch C...
Analyzing the Giants' trade of Chris Stratton, the suspension of Larry Baer, and what it all means for the #SFGiants with Opening Day fast approaching.
18 min
Locked On Giants - 03/25/2019 - What To Expect ...
Opinionated yet data-driven San Francisco Giants analysis, now on a daily basis.
16 min
Introducing Locked On Giants (Baseball)!
An introduction to the new daily San Francisco Giants podcast hosted by local expert Ben Kaspick.
3 min