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The best daily San Francisco Giants podcast. Whether the Giants are winning championships or retooling for another title run, Locked On Giants host Ben Kaspick, a lifelong Giants fan and former RotoGraphs and Beyond the Box Score contributor, breaks down every game, rumor, and transaction in a way that's data-driven and rational but also simple, passionate, and accessible to all. It's a new era of Giants baseball under Farhan Zaidi and Gabe Kapler, and the Locked On Giants podcast is a vital resource for every SF Giants fan who wants to be part of the journey. Part of the Locked On Podcast Network.

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Giants starting pitchers carry team to 9-6 start
The offense has scuffled all season long, but Giants starters have carried the team with a 2.39 ERA through 15 games.
24 min
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Inbox: Are the Giants actually . . . good?
The Giants are 8-4 in 2021, and 83-79 over their last 162 games. They've had positive run differentials in 2020 and 2021.
24 min
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Giants cruise to 5-1 homestand, lose Cueto to l...
The Giants have won twice as many games as they've lost, and they're not even close to firing on all cylinders.
22 min
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Giants power past Reds in comeback win
The Giants offense now leads MLB in Barrell percentage, and the team is off to a sizzling 7-4 start.
24 min
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Evaluating the Giants after 10 games
The starting pitchers have fueled the Giants' 6-4 start, but there are signs that the offense is on the brink of breaking out.
23 min
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SWEEEEP
The Giants are 6-3 after sweeping the Rockies, their best start through nine games since 2016.
22 min
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Inbox: Should we be concerned about some of the...
Mike Yastrzemski and Brandon Belt are two of a number of struggling Giants hitters. Should we be concerned?
24 min
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Gutsy Gausman gives Giants series win over SD
The Giants overcame a brutal Opening Day loss and tough series in San Diego to end their first road trip of 2021 at 3-3.
23 min
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NEVER A DOUBT
The Giants went into San Diego to play the mighty Padres, and they came away with a major gut check victory.
23 min
10
Sluggish in Seattle
The Giants had a real opportunity to start their season on a high note, and they let it slip away.
23 min
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'Pen spoils strong start by Gausman, offense in...
Everything was going according to plan until the eighth inning, when the Giants' bullpen completely collapsed.
23 min
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Giants enter 2021 hungry and underrated
Last season came down to the very last strike for the Giants. They come into 2021 improved, hungry, and underrated.
26 min
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The Rivalry Renewed with Locked On Dodgers
Ben is joined by Jeff Snider from Locked On Dodgers, and the two talk about the rivalry and the state of their two teams.
33 min
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Put Yaz in bubble wrap
In what was likely to be his last spring training at-bat, Mike Yastrzemski was hit on the hand by a pitch and required x-rays.
26 min
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Giants' position player group looks set for Ope...
Once LaMonte Wade Jr. was optioned on Sunday, the Giants appeared to have set their 13-man position player mix.
22 min
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Predicting the Giants' Opening Day roster
The Giants have quality players up and down their roster, but there are still lots of questions, especially on the pitching side.
23 min
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Kevin Gausman will start Opening Day for Giants
With a high octane fastball and devastaing changeup, Gausman emerged as one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball in 2020.
24 min
18
Webb, Dubón improve before our eyes
Webb has 17 strikeouts against just one walk in 11 innings, and Dubón has become a far more disciplined hitter.
23 min
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Giants mailbag: What's one criticism of Farhan ...
Ben is typically very complimentary of Farhan Zaidi's moves in San Francisco; what would he say is one criticism?
23 min
20
Steven Duggar optioned as roster begins to take...
Duggar's future with the organization has to be in doubt as he was optioned once again on Saturday.
24 min
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Inbox: How concerned are you about the Giants' ...
The Giants were sloppy defensively in 2020, and they look sloppy again in Spring Training. How concerned should we be?
28 min
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Talking Yaz, Gausman breakouts with Locked On D...
Can breakout performers like Mike Yastrzemski and Kevin Gausman help the retooled Giants remain competitive in 2021?
29 min
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Talking Bumgarner and more with Locked On D-backs
What happened to Madison Bumgarner in 2020? Which team will be better in 2021? All that and more in this week's Division Day matchup.
24 min
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Alex Wood is injured—is Logan Webb in the rotat...
Logan Webb could begin the season in the starting rotation, as news broke that Alex Wood will see a spine specialist.
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Logan Webb looks unhittable
Webb struck out the first four Cleveland Indians he faced on Saturday, and he has a 10:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio this spring.
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Inbox: Is Steven Duggar earning a spot on this ...
The strong defensive center fielder has one minor league option remaining, but he could be a great fit if he hits at all.
19 min
27
Where are Gausman, Belt, Slater, and Sanchez?
These four are vital to the 2021 Giants, so it'll be important to monitor their progress.
25 min
28
Division Day: Giants vs. Padres
The Padres' wild offseason involved signing Fernando Tatis to a 14-year deal and trading for Blake Snell and Yu Darvish.
32 min
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Inbox: How many games will the Giants win in 2021?
Most projection systems have the Giants as a mid-70s-win team, but Ben explains why they very well could be wrong.
24 min
30
Heliot Ramos did WHAT?
Ramos is often overshadowed by Marco Luciano and Joey Bart, but he's a top 100 prospect who's hungry to prove himself.
27 min
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Talking Giants prospects with Marc Delucchi
Marc Delucchi joins the show to talk about his Top 31 Giants Prospects list, which drops today at Around the Foghorn.
35 min
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Keep an eye on Vosler, Wade Jr.
These two young lefties could carve out prominent roles on the 2021 Giants.
24 min
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Division Day: Giants & Rockies
Ben Kaspick and Ryan Ladika discuss the latest with the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies.
32 min
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La Stella, Yaz form formidable 1-2 punch
La Stella, Yastrzemski, Belt, Dickerson—in some order—figures to be a tough opening assignment for right-handed starters.
23 min
35
Buster Posey is Back
Giants fans have been spoiled by having Posey behind the plate all of these years, so it was great to see him back on the field after opting out of the 2020 season.
21 min
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Inbox: Could Giants' outfield depth lead to Sla...
The Giants' have amassed impressive depth in the outfield, leading to the possibility that 2020 breakout performer Austin Slater could start the season in Triple-A.
18 min
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Giants mailbag: Who's on the chopping block if ...
LaMonte Wade Jr. has skills the Giants covet and seems to fit the roster. Who's on the chopping block if he makes the team?
20 min
38
Giants sign Shun Yamaguchi, Scott Kazmir
The Giants continue to stockpile useful depth up and down their roster.
18 min
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Aaron Sanchez is the latest pitcher to praise G...
While many continue to question the merit of "analytics" in baseball, Giants players seemingly recognize the benefit.
16 min
40
Giants sign Aaron Sanchez, Nick Tropeano
Sanchez was up to 98 mph in a bullpen session a few days ago, and he figures to round out a rotation that's full of upside.
17 min
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Giants still looking to add starting pitchers
With the rest of the roster "pretty settled," the Giants are still on the hunt for starting pitching.
17 min
42
Spring Training to start next week
MLB and the MLBPA agreed to health and safety protocols, paving the way for an on-time spring training and regular season.
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BONUS EPISODE – Locked On Today – The only 20 m...
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Giants add RP Jake McGee on two-year deal
McGee was resurgent in 2020, boasting the second-best K-BB% in all of baseball behind rookie sensation Devin Williams.
17 min
45
Giants add LaMonte Wade Jr. in trade with Twins
Wade Jr. provides an intriguing mix of plate discipline and contact skills, and fills a need as a left-handed outfielder.
20 min
46
Inbox: Should the Giants try to sign Marcell Oz...
With almost no money committed beyond 2021, would it be a good idea to lock up an impact bat like Ozuna for multiple years?
20 min
47
Solano, Dickerson, Yaz among Top 10 at respecti...
Solano and Dickerson were honered on MLB Network's Top 10 Right Now shows, and Yastrzemski is likely the next in line.
20 min
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Giants' reported targets Pederson and Rosario s...
With Joc Pederson and Eddie Rosario signing elsewhere, are the Giants going to attempt to sign Jackie Bradley Jr.?
18 min
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Giants interested in Joc Pederson
Even after adding lefty infielder Tommy La Stella, the Giants are reportedly interested signing a lefty outfielder as well.
19 min
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Giants to sign Tommy La Stella
La Stella, a left-handed infielder who crushes right-handed pitching, is a perfect fit for the Giants' roster.
19 min
51
Giants interested in Eddie Rosario, Jackie Brad...
Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle reports that the Giants are interested in these two very different lefty outfielders.
19 min
52
Report: MLB proposes universal DH in exchange f...
USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the league wants 14 playoff teams in 2021 in exchange for the universal DH.
18 min
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MLB tells teams to plan for 162 games, advocate...
MLB told teams to expect spring training to start on time, and is advocating for things like the universal DH and expanded playoffs.
18 min
54
Giants sign Alex Wood to $3M deal
The underrated lefty has a career 3.45 ERA and 3.51 FIP, but has struggled to stay healthy the last couple of years.
17 min
55
Inbox: Should the Giants trade for Andrew Benin...
The Red Sox are poised to trade outfielder Andrew Benintendi. Should the Giants pull out all the stops to acquire him?
17 min
56
Giants hope to add lefty starter in coming weeks
Giants General Manager Scott Harris said on Tuesday that the club is "hopeful" it will land a lefty starter in the coming weeks.
17 min
57
Giants add prospect, trade Sam Coonrod to Phillies
The Giants had accumulated right-handed relief depth on their 40-man, which enabled them to make this popular trade.
19 min
58
Why trading for Lindor didn't make sense for Gi...
Francisco Lindor is a great player who would fit the Giants long term, but the stars weren't aligned for a deal this winter.
16 min
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Why bargain deals help teams win
The Giants of the late 2010s are a perfect illustration of how gumming up a payroll with overpriced deals leads to losing.
17 min
60
Giants sign catcher Curt Casali to $1.5M deal
With Casali now in the fold, the Giants boast enviable depth and flexibility at the catcher position as we head into 2021.
16 min
61
New Year's Resolutions for the San Francisco Gi...
The Giants hope to build off an encouraging 2020 season and take a big step forward in 2021.
16 min
62
With only $23M committed next year, when are th...
If the Giants don't ink any multiyear deals this winter, they'll go into next offseason with only roughly $23M committed.
18 min
63
What Padres' acquisitions of Snell, Darvish mea...
The Giants must now contend with two superteams in the NL West, and hope for an expanded postseason field.
20 min
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Inbox: At what point do Giants open wallets to ...
The Giants' payroll has decreased each of the last few years. At what point will they spend big on top tier talent?
20 min
65
Giants sign free-agent reliever John Brebbia
John Brebbia had Tommy John surgery in June, but owns a lifetime ERA of 3.14 and 3.39 FIP in 175 innings.
17 min
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2021 ZiPS projections: Gausman, Webb, DeSclafan...
Can Kevin Gausman remain an ace-like presence at the top of the Giants' rotation in 2021?
17 min
67
Giants sign free-agent starter DeSclafani to $6...
DeSclafani offers a nice combination of floor and ceiling, and should slot into the middle of the Giants' starting rotation.
15 min
68
2021 ZiPS projections: Dickerson, Vosler, Bart,...
Dickerson, Ruf, and Vosler are good bets to beat pessimistic projections, but what about young Giatns catcher Joey Bart?
19 min
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2021 ZiPS projections: Dubón, Crawford, Longori...
Solano has been nothing short of amazing ever since he put on a Giants uniform. Do the projections buy into his success?
13 min
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2021 ZiPS projections: Yaz, Belt, Posey, Slater...
How will ZiPS respond to the Giants massively outperforming their pessimistic 2020 projections?
19 min
71
Inbox: Will the Giants sign a big-time free age...
They have almsot no money committed beyond the 2021 season, so is this the offseason that the Giants spend big?
16 min
72
Giants take RHP Dedniel Núñez from Mets in Rule...
Núñez's fastball has elite spin, and it was up to 97 mph at instrux. The Giants hope he will stick in their bullpen.
15 min
73
Giants invite Eugene Emeralds to be minor leagu...
The Emeralds are poised to become one of their Giants' four minor league affiliates under a new agreement with MLB.
12 min
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Giants sign slider machine Matt Wisler to bolst...
The Giants inked RHP Matt Wisler to a one-year, $1.15M deal, bolstering their bullpen with the breakout slider machine.
13 min
75
The Giants' Winter Meetings wish list
Starting pitching, a versatile left-handed bat, and right-handed relief pitching are among the items on the Giants' wish list.
18 min
76
David Dahl among non-tenders Giants may pursue
Colorado inexplicably non-tendered the 26-year-old outfielder, whose skillset makes a whole lot of sense for the Giants.
15 min
77
Anderson, Adon among Giants' five non-tenders
The Giants used the non-tender deadline to clear five spots off the 40-man roster, which is a sign of additions to come.
16 min
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Which Giants will be non-tendered tonight?
Alex Dickerson, Donovan Solano, and Austin Slater are among the 10 Giants players whose fate will be determined tonight.
16 min
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Most important non-tender deadline ever?
What happens tomorrow could shape the entire MLB offseason, and could have a ripple effect for years to come.
16 min
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Inbox: Will Giants be in play for Blake Snell?
The Rays have made starter Blake Snell available in trade talks. Will the Giants be in play for the dynamic young lefty?
16 min
81
Fit or no fit? Yadi, Profar, Cesar, Santana
Yadier Molina. Jurickson Profar. Cesar Hernandez. Carlos Santana. Which free agent hitters fit the Giants—and which don't?
14 min
82
Fit or no fit? Cruz, JBJ, La Stella, Wong
Nelson Cruz. Jackie Bradley Jr. Tommy La Stella. Kolten Wong. Which free agent hitters fit the Giants—and which don't?
15 min
83
Free agents Didi Gregorius, Joc Pederson may fi...
Looking at MLB Trade Rumors' Top 50 Free Agents list, which free-agent hitters fit the Giants—and which don't?
14 min
84
Giants DFA Shaw, Garcia to make way for four pr...
The Giants' 40-man roster got better with the addition of some high upside prospects on Friday.
14 min
85
Giants mailbag: Will Belt or Crawford be back i...
Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford are only under contract for one more year. What are Giants' plans at 1B/SS in 2022?
16 min
86
Fit or no fit? Hamels, Archer, Springer, LeMahieu
Cole Hamels. Chris Archer. George Springer. DJ LeMahieu. Which free agent starters (and hitters) fit the Giants—and which don't?
14 min
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Fit or no fit? Walker, Richards, Kluber, Morton
Taijuan Walker. Garrett Richards. Corey Kluber. Charlie Morton. Which free-agent starters fit the Giants—and which don't?
14 min
88
Fit or no fit? Bauer, Tanaka, Quintana, Paxton
Trevor Bauer. Masahiro Tanaka. Jake Odorizzi. José Quintana. James Paxton. Who fits the Giants—and who doesn't?
13 min
89
The silver lining to Drew Smyly's new deal with...
Drew Smyly's $11M deal with the Braves proved once again that the Giants have a knack for rebuilding pitchers' values.
13 min
90
Inbox: With Gausman back, how will Giants fill ...
Even with Kevin Gausman now signed for 2021, the Giants still have major question marks in their starting rotation.
16 min
91
Gausman accepts Giants' qualifying offer, will ...
The Giants' offseason is off to a good start, as Kevin Gausman accepted their qualifying offer and will be back next year.
14 min
92
Giants sign INF Jason Vosler to major league co...
Vosler has never played a day in the major leagues, so the fact that the Giants signed him to a major league deal is telling.
16 min
93
Mac Williamson sues Giants over concussion that...
The former Giants outfielder alleges that the bullpen mounds he tripped over before hitting his head should not have been on the field.
13 min
94
Inbox: Would Giants trade from position player ...
The Giants' farm system is loaded with talented position players; should they trade from that depth for a stud young pitcher?
17 min
95
Giants mailbag: Should they trade for Lindor?
The Indians reportedly intend to trade their star shortstop before Opening Day, but does he make sense for the Giants?
18 min
96
Election Day: Voting for the 2020 All-MLB Team
In honor of the still-undetermined U.S. Presidential Election, Ben casts his ballot for the 2020 All-MLB Team.
15 min
97
Reacting to MLBTR's Top 50 Free Agents with Pre...
Which players does MLB Trade Rumors think will end up for the Giants? What will those contracts be? Listen to find out.
13 min
98
Giants extend $18.9M qualifying offer to Kevin ...
The Giants' decision to extend the qualifying offer to Gausman is an indication of their willingness to spend this offseason.
15 min
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Inbox: Will the Giants take advantage of other ...
Brad Hand being placed on waivers is one indication that it could be a long, cold winter. Will the Giants take advantage?
17 min
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Brad Hand is on waivers, and the Giants should ...
It doesn't happen every day that excellent relief pitchers are available to claim on one-year, $10 million deals.
14 min