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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LOCKED ON GIANTS - State of the Giants: Positio...
Breaking down the state of the Giants' position players, one position at a time.
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.
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?
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.
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.
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Gaining Consistent Advantage...
The Giants lineup has an advantage more consistently thanks to a newfound commitment to platoons.
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Looking Well Rounded, At Lea...
The starting pitching shined and several Giants had big weekends at the plate.
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.
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Samardzija's ERA Continues T...
Ignore fielding independent pitching metrics at your own risk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Shaun Anderson Continues To ...
Shaun Anderson delivered his best start yet, and the Giants beat the Padres 4-2.
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.
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On the Alex Dickerson Trade ...
Alex Dickerson is exactly the type of player the Giants should be giving a look.
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Pomeranz and Bumgarner Dazzl...
Pomeranz rebounded and Bumgarner pitched with an edge, but the Giants lost two of three to LA.
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.
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.
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Emphatic Road Win is Bochy's...
Bruce Bochy's 1,000th win as Giants manager was a memorable one.
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.
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.
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Has Tyler Beede Finally Arri...
Analyzing Tyler Beede's breakthrough performance against the Miami Marlins.
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Looking Towards The Future A...
The Giants lost to the Marlins—again—and must now begin to look towards the future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Locked On Giants - 03/25/2019 - What To Expect ...
Opinionated yet data-driven San Francisco Giants analysis, now on a daily basis.
Introducing Locked On Giants (Baseball)!
An introduction to the new daily San Francisco Giants podcast hosted by local expert Ben Kaspick.