Major League Baseball’s Review at the Two-Thirds Point

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Mike-Trout

Major league baseball is at the 2/3 mark of the 2015 season and begs for a review. These are the dog days, heading into mid-August with sellers selling and buyers hoping to rent their way to top of the heap. Re: Toronto Blue Jays. [Read more…]

Chicago Cubs Raid the Candy Store on Halloween

By Joe Hines
PSDC Writer & Chicago Guru

As the waves from angry Lake Michigan pound Lake Shore Drive today, the Cubs have struck up some of their own turbulence, firing manager Rick Renteria after one season at the helm of the Cubs. Renteria’s ouster is expected to be followed Monday by the hiring of free agent manager Joe Maddon, late of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Photo Credit: MLB.com

Photo Credit: MLB.com

Instead of looking at the nuts and bolts of the business of baseball, and the moral implications of terminating one good man in order to hire another, let’s look at this within the confines of baseball karma. [Read more…]

2014 MLB Team Preview: San Francisco Giants

By Keith Alrick
PSDC Writer

Four years ago, the Giants surprised a lot of people and won the World Series. The next year they disappointed a lot of people by missing the playoffs. They followed the disappointment up by again surprising us, and winning another World Series. Of course the cheers wouldn’t last for long as they once again followed up the championship by missing the playoffs. This clearly means you should throw down on the Giants to win the World Series this year at 16/1.

Photo Credit: US Presswire

Photo Credit: US Presswire

The Giants offseason strategy has been to do the exact opposite of their rival. The Dodgers have spent the last two years acquiring as much talent from outside of the organization as possible. They have spent more than anyone. In contrast, the Giants biggest offseason move was signing Michael Morse. The Giants tend to have steady and perhaps boring offseasons but it is hard to argue with the overall results. [Read more…]

2013 MLB Team Preview: San Francisco Giants

By Keith Alrick
PSDC Writer

Is it just me or doesn’t it seem like everyone has forgotten the Giants won the World Series last year? Not only that but they have now won two of the last three World Series titles. Maybe it is the West Coast thing or maybe the lack of big names in their lineup but the Giants don’t get a lot of national respect for a team that has accomplished a lot. The Giants have won with dominate starting pitching which isn’t the most exciting thing to watch but it will always be the best formula for success. San Francisco once again is entering this season under the radar. Their biggest rival, the Dodgers, have stolen all of the headlines with their offseason pickups. The Giants should be fine with the Dodgers getting all of the press because they have what matters, championships.

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2012 World Series Game 4 Recap: We Won’t See You Tomorrow Night

By Chris Patton
PSDC MLB Dude

First and foremost, congratulations to the San Francisco Giants on winning the 2012 World Series. This is the Giants second championship in three years, after not having won a title since 1953. [Read more…]

World Series Game 3: The Vogelsong Remains the Same

By Chris Patton
PSDC MLB Dude

Remember when the Giants were trailing the Reds two games to none in the NLDS and the Cardinals three games to one in the NLCS? Yeah, me neither.

Bruce Bochy’s club scored two runs in the second inning and rarely looked back in defeating the Tigers 2-0 in Detroit to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. San Francisco can win their second World Series in three years Sunday night on the arm of Matt Cain. [Read more…]

World Series Game 2 Timeline: Giants Take 2-0 Lead

By Ryan Schofield
PSDC Thought Man

8:03:  Welcome to the Project Shanks Live Blog for Game 2 of the World Series. Joe Buck welcomes us to the booth while waiting for Tim McCarver who as usual is…late? I’m not sure. For some reason Buck always talks first Timmy shows up later.

8:06:  Two things worth noting that may affect the quality of this live blog.  1) While I’m most interested in the World Series tonight, my wallet is slightly torn. I will occasionally be checking in on a volatile short-term investment I like to call the Bucs +7. 2) The L button just fell off my laptop. The spot where it should be works, but not exactly perfectly.  At least it’s not like I’ll be typing for the next four hours…. [Read more…]

World Series Recap: Kung FU Panda, Giants Rock Tigers

By Ryan Schofield
PSDC Contributor

Going into Game 1 of the World Series there were a few possible storylines. Most involved pitching. Would Justin Verlander continue his post season coming out party? Would he dominate a weaker National League lineup the way he had the Yankees and Oakland A’s? [Read more…]

Fearless World Series Outlook

By Joe Hines
PSDC Chicago Sports Guru

I’ve pored over the statistics and crunched the numbers. I’ve weighed the starting pitching staffs against each other and compared the bullpens. The managerial matchup between grizzled veterans like Jim Leyland and Bruce Bochy has me scratching my head trying to figure out who has the advantage in a seven game series. They have both won in their career, Bochy more recently, but does that necessarily give San Francisco the advantage? [Read more…]

2012 NLCS: What Are You Guys Doing Here?

By Chris Patton
PSDC MLB Correspondent

“I’m not even supposed to be here today!” – Dante Hicks, “Clerks”

The line above, uttered repeatedly by the main character in Kevin Smith’s “Clerks,” can easily be applied to the 2012 National League Championship Series. The Giants and Cardinals weren’t supposed to be here. Where are the Reds and Nationals? [Read more…]

MLB Playoffs Preview: Intensity in 10 Cities, Volume I (National League)

By Chris Patton
PSDC MLB Correspondent

Under the new MLB postseason format, the intensity levels just got kicked up a notch in 10 different cities. With apologies to Ted Nugent, I decided to rank all 10 potential matchups in each league on a scale of 1 (matchup with the least history and backstory) to 10 (matchup with all the ferocity of a steel cage match between Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage). [Read more…]

Five MLB Trade Deadline Winners

By John Imossi
PSDC Contributor

In the days and weeks leading up to the trading deadline, we saw a lot of deals going down and there were even more happening up until 4:00 p.m. today. A lot of players were added to a lot of teams, but who made the deals that will help their team the most?

5. Chicago White Sox Get Kevin Youkilis

Coming into the season the Detroit Tigers were supposed to run away with the AL Central, but the White Sox managed to take the division lead thanks to the Tigers slow start. White Sox General Manager Ken Williams has never been afraid to make a deal and went to work to secure the division as Tigers are beginning to turn it on. He added Youkilis, reliever Brett Meyers and enigmatic starting pitcher Francisco Liriano. [Read more…]