Video Illustrates How Chris Stratton Went from 1st Round Bust to Frontline Ace

By Straight108 | Apr 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Video Illustrates How Chris Stratton Went from 1st Round Bust to Frontline Ace

Piggy-backing off of my previous article on Chris Stratton’s emergence, today I’ll expand on why his reliance on a new, vertically breaking curveball (rather than his slider) has been such an effective weapon for Stratton and his ability to keep hitters honest and off balance. Since July of 2017, Stratton…

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How Jose Altuve Went From Afterthought to AL MVP & MLB’s Newest $150,000,000 Man

By Straight108 | Mar 20, 2018 | Comments Off on How Jose Altuve Went From Afterthought to AL MVP & MLB’s Newest $150,000,000 Man

As an avid Giants fan, I don’t think I’m in the minority when I say that watching Tim Lincecum pitch, especially in the postseason, was amongst the most enjoyable baseball experiences I’ve had as a spectator. Aside from his sheer dominance, the fact that he was able to do things…

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Have We Seen the Last of Baseball’s “Pure Hitter”?

By Straight108 | Sep 26, 2017 | 3 Comments

As Giants fans, we are outsiders looking in on a homerun surge that is sweeping through just about every ballpark in America. Not only does AT&T Park rank dead last in homeruns hit per game (.61), the Giants as a team have hit just 129 homeruns through 157 games. To…

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Despite a dominant repertoire, Jeff Samardzija is one of the hardest-hit pitchers in baseball. Here’s why…

By Straight108 | Sep 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Despite a dominant repertoire, Jeff Samardzija is one of the hardest-hit pitchers in baseball. Here’s why…

Jeff Samardzija continued his up-and-down season yesterday, allowing 6 runs on 8 hits over 5.2 innings against the light-hitting White Sox. Despite scoring the fewest runs in the American League in 2017, the White Sox hit 4 homeruns off Samardzija, and totaled 6 for the game. The 6 earned runs…

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Madum is a good-hitting pitcher, but is he a good hitter?

By Straight108 | Sep 4, 2017 | Comments Off on Madum is a good-hitting pitcher, but is he a good hitter?

With another homerun in yesterday’s loss to the Cardinals, the debate as to whether or not Madison Bumgarner should receive regular at-bats in a pinch-hitting capacity on his non-pitching days, has again gained steam. For any other team in almost any other season, a debate like this would be short-lived.…

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Young hitters can learn a lot from the development of Giants’ 2nd round pick, Jacob Gonzalez

By Straight108 | Aug 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Young hitters can learn a lot from the development of Giants’ 2nd round pick, Jacob Gonzalez

Back in the beginning of July, I put together a developmental blueprint for Heliot Ramos that centered on the areas he needs to improve upon as he being the trek to AT&T Park. Today, I’m going to take a look at his draft-mate and the San Francisco Giants’ #15 overall…

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As dominant as Shohei Ohtani can be on the mound, his true calling may be with the bat

By Straight108 | Aug 19, 2017 | Comments Off on As dominant as Shohei Ohtani can be on the mound, his true calling may be with the bat

Yesterday, I dove into Shohei Ohtani’s skill set as a pitcher and how I view his floor (talent-wise) as a Josh Beckett-type. Today, I’ll look at Ohtani as a hitter to expose some of the things he does well in hopes of determining how his swing will translate to facing…

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Video Exposes Strong Similarities Between Japan’s Shohei Ohtani and a Former World Series MVP

By Straight108 | Aug 18, 2017 | 1 Comment

Despite pitching in only 1 game this season due to injury, 22-year-old Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani will have teams lining up for his services whenever he decides to make the transition from the Pacific League to Major League Baseball. Ohtani is fresh off an MVP season where he went 10-4…

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Giancarlo Stanton may just be scratching the surface of what he’s capable of

By Straight108 | Aug 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Giancarlo Stanton may just be scratching the surface of what he’s capable of

Back on Friday, Giants beat-writer Hank Schulman wrote an article about the MLB’s homerun revolution and why the San Francisco Giants aren’t a part of it. Without diving too much into it, Schulman essentially focuses on AT&T Park, the introduction of launch angles, and building through the draft as the…

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Tracking Tim Tebow’s Progress as a Hitter in the Minor Leagues

By Straight108 | Aug 9, 2017 | 2 Comments

2005 marked the best season of my minor league baseball career, batting .290 with 52 RBI’s and 63 runs scored (in 119 games) while serving primarily as a leadoff hitter and utility infielder for the Lansing Lugnuts (Low-A) of the Midwest League. That season, I was named the Lugnuts’ Offensive…

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NL West Standings

TeamWLPct.GB
Rockies2624.520 -
Diamondbacks2524.5100.5
Giants2426.4802.0
Dodgers2227.4493.5
Padres2130.4125.5

Last updated: 05/24/2018

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