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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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Updates on Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos, Marco Lucia...
On the surface, Joey Bart has been wildly successful in Triple-A this season. But beneath the surface, there are still major red flags.
23 min
2
Kevin Gausman vs. Shohei Ohtani lives up to the...
Kevin Gausman was nasty again, and Mike Tauchman may have saved his roster spot with a knockout three-run homer.
26 min
3
Giants mailbag: How does a team with so much de...
The Giants are brimming with depth. Could that lead to a blockbuster trade of a top prospect like Joey Bart?
22 min
4
Gabe Kapler's Giants crush Phillies—again
Guess Kapler wasn't the problem in Philly after all.
26 min
5
Giants sweep D-backs, and Kevin Gausman looks o...
Gausman has a 2.35 ERA in 149.1 innings with the Giants, and he seems to be in line for a huge payday this offseason.
23 min
6
Picking All Stars: Do Buster Posey, Brandon Cra...
Locked On hosts Ben Kaspick and Millard Thomas go through their first round of All-Star picks.
24 min
7
Mike Yastrzemski's splash-hit slam completes Gi...
The Giants fell behind 7-0 early, but the offense chipped away and set the stage for Yastrzemski's magical moment.
23 min
8
Giants get back on track with team win over D-b...
The Giants played a well-rounded game against the D-backs, and they got back on track with the win.
26 min
9
Giants' bats go ice cold in DC, and change is o...
The Giants scored three runs in four games in DC, but they somehow found a way to split the series.
23 min
10
Giants trade Matt Wisler to Rays, acquire LHP M...
Wisler never got in going in San Francisco, but don't be surprised if that changes in Tampa. Still, Plassmeyer is a solid return for the recently DFA'd reliever.
26 min
11
What to expect as Giants clash with Max Scherze...
Even at nearly 37 years old, Max Scherzer is pitching like a true ace. Do the Giants stand a chance tonight against Mad Max?
23 min
12
Sammy Long, Mike Tauchman, Brandon Crawford sta...
The Giants' little two-game series in Texas ended up being a roller coaster of emotion.
24 min
13
Inbox: At what point do the Giants' injuries be...
The Giants are about as banged up as they've ever been, but Brandon Belt is set to return at a key moment.
24 min
14
Evan Longoria (shoulder sprain) to miss 4-6 weeks
The Giants have been ravaged by injuries in 2021, and losing Longoria may be their biggest blow yet.
23 min
15
Giants cool down red-hot Cubs, lose Mike Yastrz...
The Giants have been decimated by injuries this year, but still they defeated the red-hot Cubs and own MLB's best record.
23 min
16
Inbox: Will the Giants re-sign Brandon Crawford...
This year's free agent class is loaded with young, star shortstops, but Crawford's making a case to remain a Giant beyond 2021.
24 min
17
Kevin Gausman named NL's top pitcher for May
Kevin Gausman's 0.73 ERA and 1.32 FIP in May were tops in MLB.
21 min
18
Kevin Gausman, Brandon Crawford lead Giants to ...
The Giants were really good in April, but they were even better—despite a much tougher schedule—in May.
23 min
19
Mike Tauchman robs would-be walk-off, resilient...
When it was all said and done, the resilient Giants had a phenomenal series in LA and a sparkling 5-1 road trip.
24 min
20
Can the Giants survive this injury outbreak?
Alex Dickerson and Jason Vosler starting against a lefty says all we need to know about the Giants' severe injury outbreak.
22 min
21
The scrappy Giants are making us feel again
Pinch hit homers, older rookies running with an opportunity, torturous 9th innings. The Giants are back—and it feels great.
25 min
22
What the Giants are doing is not normal
Kevin Gausman is an ace. Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey are stars again. What the Giants are doing is not normal.
23 min
23
Is Kevin Gausman a Tier 1 pitcher? (ft. Locked ...
Getting you set for the Giants' first series of the year vs. Arizona with Millard Thomas from Locked On D-backs.
30 min
24
Dodgers put Giants in their place—and that's OK
When all was said and done, the Dodgers' sweep of the Giants made things look a little more normal in the NL West.
23 min
25
Led by Dubón, the Giants have been baseball's b...
Just as we all expected, the Giants are leading the majors in Statcast Outs Above Average.
22 min
26
Giants erupt for 19 runs, sweep Reds
The Giants have officially put the National League on notice.
25 min
27
The Giants' offense is thriving with patience, ...
The Giants struck out 17 times last night but fear not—their offense has become among the best in the game thanks to patience and power.
28 min
28
Webb, power bats sling Giants past Reds
Logan Webb delivered one of his best starts of the season, and the Giants hit three more home runs in a 6-3 win.
26 min
29
Analyzing the Giants 100 games into Kapler Era
One hundred games into the Kapler Era, the Giants have exceeded expectations, but still have one glaring weakness.
27 min
30
The Giants have become a team we should expect ...
The Giants weren't at their best on Thursday, but they still found a way to win. That's the hallmark of a good baseball team.
23 min
31
Inbox: Giants prospects to be promoted soon?
Farhan Zaidi said that Giants prospects could be promoted soon if they keep playing well. What exactly does that mean?
23 min
32
Giants sweep Rangers, look legitimately good
At 22-14, the Giants are tied with the Cardinals for the best record in MLB. They're looking like a legitimately good team.
23 min
33
The Giants do this more than any team—and it's ...
The Giants lead the major league in pinch-hit plate appearances since 2020, and they lead in wRC+ by their pinch hitters.
23 min
34
Powered by Posey, the Giants' offense is back
Buster Posey leads the majors leagues in wRC+, and that's a very big deal for the Giants' offense and the team as a whole.
25 min
35
First place on the line with Locked On Padres
The Giants' fast start will be tested yet again with injuries mounting and three more games against the Padres.
28 min
36
Inbox: What can the Giants do to improve this b...
Giants fans are understandably concerend about the state of the bullpen. What can be done to fix it in a hurry?
22 min
37
Talking it all out after Giants lose heartbreak...
'Cause everybody cries ... And everybody hurts ... sometimes.
24 min
38
Giants mailbag: Has Posey shown enough to warra...
Posey's power is back in a major way so far this year. Has he shown enough to warrant the Giants extending him past 2021?
25 min
39
Giants salvage series in SD, but lose La Stella
The Giants got a big win on Sunday, but losing La Stella will further test the team's depth, which was already stretched thin.
24 min
40
Inbox: What are the Giants' playoff chances at ...
The Giants are leading the NL West and have the best record in the NL. What are their updated odds of making the playoffs?
27 min
41
Wood, Tauchman take center stage as Giants win ...
The Giants' starters have been historically good, and it's starting to feel exciting to be a fan of this team.
28 min
42
Giants trade for Mike Tauchman, lose late vs. R...
Farhan Zaidi said he's been interested in acquiring Mike Tauchman since he took the Giants job 2018. On Tuesday, he finally got his man.
24 min
43
DeSclafani shutout, offensive eruption vaults G...
If you like Anthony DeSclafani shutouts, Buster Posey home runs, and the Giants being 15-8, you may actually like "analytics."
25 min
44
Giants roll, but injuries could take toll
Giants starters have the second-best ERA in the majors, but injuries to Yastrzemski and four infielders could take a toll.
23 min
45
Casali catches fifth straight shutout as Giants...
Curt Casali became the fifth catcher in major league history to catch five consecutive shutouts.
21 min
46
Giants mailbag: Does Yastrzemski need a mental ...
Mike Yastrzemski finished eighth in MVP voting and was the Giants' best player in 2020, but he's off to a very slow start in 2021.
26 min
47
Giants show resilience in 3-3 road trip
The Giants chose the word "resilience" as their theme for the year, and that's exactly what the team has been so far.
21 min
48
Kapler wins 200th game as Giants shut out Phils
Gabe Kapler's 200th win had to feel extra sweet, coming against the team that fired him in a city that treated him unfairly.
23 min
49
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
50
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
51
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
52
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
53
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
54
SWEEEEP
The Giants are 6-3 after sweeping the Rockies, their best start through nine games since 2016.
22 min
55
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
56
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
57
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
58
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
59
'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
60
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
61
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
62
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
63
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
64
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
65
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
66
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
67
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
68
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
69
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
70
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
71
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
72
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.
22 min
73
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.
23 min
74
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
75
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
76
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
77
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
78
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
79
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
81
Division Day: Giants & Rockies
Ben Kaspick and Ryan Ladika discuss the latest with the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies.
32 min
82
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
83
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
84
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
85
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
86
Giants sign Shun Yamaguchi, Scott Kazmir
The Giants continue to stockpile useful depth up and down their roster.
18 min
87
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
88
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
89
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
90
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.
19 min
91
BONUS EPISODE – Locked On Today – The only 20 m...
16 min
92
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
93
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
94
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
95
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
96
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
97
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
98
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
99
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
100
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