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  • Dickerson tallies three hits, two runs vs. Rockies
    Alex Dickerson went 3-for-5 and scored a pair of runs against the Rockies on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Two of the hits were doubles, and Dickerson now has nine two-baggers in the truncated campaign. The 30-year-old has his second three-hit game in three appearances and third in his last six, and it's one of the reasons he's hitting .464 over his last 10 games. Dickerson has been outstanding all year for the Giants, and he's now slashing .307/.381/.606 with 10 homers and 27 RBI in 47 games. Today, 9:57 pm
  • Belt reaches five times in victory over Rockies
    Brandon Belt went 3-for-3 and drew two walks as the Giants beat the Rockies on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Belt also knocked in a run with an RBI single in the eighth inning. It's a five-reach day for the 32-year-old, who has been as big of reason as any that the Giants have a great chance of reaching the playoffs this season. On top of a .313 average, Belt now possesses a 1.018 OPS, eight homers and 28 RBI in 46 games. Today, 9:57 pm
    W, 7-2 vs Col
  • Longoria homers, walks twice in victory
    Evan Longoria homered and drew two walks on Wednesday in a win over the Rockies. 

    Advice: Longoria tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth with a solo shot off of Ryan Castellani. That's the seventh homer of the season in 48 games, and it helps him break out of a 1-for-20 stint in his previous five games. The former Tampa Bay star is now hitting .263/.305/.440 in 48 games and 175 at-bats. Today, 9:57 pm
  • Dubon hits three-run homer as Giants top Rockies
    Mauricio Dubon hit a three-run homer as the Giants topped the Rockies by a 7-2 score on Wednesday. 

    Advice: With the score tied at 2-2 and two runners on, Dubon connected on a three-run shot that gave San Francisco a 5-2 lead in a crucial victory for the Giants. The 26-year-old has homered three times in his rookie season, and the three RBI bring his season total to 18. While Dubon hasn't shown a ton of power in 2020, he has hit .286 with a .346 on-base percentage, making this a relatively successful first "full" season in the Bay Area. Today, 9:57 pm
    W, 7-2 vs Col
  • Webb allows one run as 'bulk' hurler vs. Rockies
    Logan Webb allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings of relief on Wednesday to pick up a win against the Rockies. 

    Advice: Webb followed Caleb Baragar -- who did his job with an inning of scoreless baseball in his "start" -- and the results were solid as the bulk-hurler. He allowed seven hits and struck out just one, however, so it's fair to say there was a bit of luck involved here, too. In 12 appearances in the regular season for the Giants, the 23-year-old registered a 5.50 ERA and 46/22 K/BB ratio in 54 innings. Assuming the Giants hold onto a playoff spot he could be used in a similar role in the postseason, but if this is his last appearance of 2020, it's worth noting that he should earn a spot in the San Francisco rotation to begin the 2021 campaign. Today, 9:57 pm
  • Castellani walks five, gives up four in loss to SF
    Ryan Castellani walked five and gave up four runs over 4/23 innings in a loss to the Giants on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Once again, throwing strikes was a problem for Castellani on Wednesday, as it was for the right-hander down the stretch. He also allowed five hits, so the Giants didn't have any trouble reaching base -- and scoring runs -- against the 24-year-old in his outing. A second-round pick in 2014, Castellani had some solid moments for Colorado in his rookie season, but the walks caught up to him, and he finishes 2020 with a 5.82 ERA in 10 appearances -- nine of those starts. He'll assuredly get a chance to win a spot in the Rockies' rotation to begin 2021, but he will start the year as a streamer rather than a redraft option. Today, 9:57 pm
  • Muncy blasts two-run shot against A's on Wednesday
    Max Muncy hit a two-run homer in a loss to the Athletics on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Muncy put the Dodgers on the board with a two-run shot in the third off of Sean Manaea. That's the 12th homer for the 30-year-old infielder, and he's now driven in 27 runs in his 54 games. The Dodgers have been the best team in baseball in 2020, but they've done so despite Muncy hitting .193 with a .733 OPS over 192 at-bats. Today, 9:32 pm
    New Player Note
    Max Muncy LAD - 1B,2B,3B
    L, 4-6 vs Oak
  • Bellinger launches solo homer in loss to Athletics
    Cody Bellinger hit a solo homer in a loss to the Athletics on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Bellinger swatted a solo shot in the seventh inning to make it 4-3 A's off of Sean Manaea. The 2019 MVP has gone deep 12 times in 53 games, and he's plated 29 runs in his 205 at-bats. The power stroke has been there for Bellinger, but his overall slash is a very disappointing .239/.325/.454. It's more than a hypothesis that Bellinger would have ended the year with much better numbers in a full 162-game schedule. Today, 9:32 pm
    L, 4-6 vs Oak
  • Laureano hits go-ahead homer in ninth vs. Dodgers
    Ramon Laureano hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning in the Athletics' 6-4 win on Wednesday over the Dodgers. 

    Advice: Laureano singled in a run in the seventh inning, as well. The big blow, however, was a two-run shot in the ninth inning with the score tied at 4-4 off of Blake Treinen to give the A's a 6-4 lead and ultimately a victory. It's the sixth homer for Laureano, and the 26-year-old has plated 24 runs so far in the shortened campaign. It's been a disappointing year for Laureano, and despite the big game he's slashing .218/.346/.371 in his 50 appearances. Today, 9:32 pm
  • Hendriks gets first save in week vs. Dodgers
    Liam Hendriks fired a clean ninth inning to pick up a save against the Dodgers on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Hendriks didn't allow a hit while picking up a strikeout and throwing 11-of-15 pitches for strikes. It's the 14th save of the season for the right-hander, but the first since September 16. A free agent in 2021, Hendriks is going to get a large contract this winter thanks in large part to his 1.17 ERA following his breakout campaign in 2019. Today, 9:32 pm
  • Urias comes in after opener, allows one over six
    Julio Urias threw six innings of one-run baseball in relief on Wednesday against the Athletics. 

    Advice: Urias came in after Joe Kelly and Brusdar Graterol threw an inning each, and the left-hander pitched well in his bulk role. He did issue two walks, but he also allowed only two hits while striking out five and completing the third-to-eighth innings. It's the final regular season appearance for the 24-year-old, and he finishes the truncated campaign with an ERA of 3.27 and K/BB mark of 45/18 in 55 innings. The question now is how the Dodgers will use Urias in the playoffs, but he appears to be a lock to be a part of their rotation to begin 2021. Today, 9:32 pm
    L, 4-6 vs Oak
  • Manaea goes six, allows three in no-decision
    Sean Manaea went six innings and allowed three runs in a no-decision on Wednesday against the Dodgers. 

    Advice: Manaea, 28, allowed six hits, and he struck out four with one walk. The southpaw allowed two homers; a two-run shot to Max Muncy and a solo shot to Cody Bellinger. After allowing no more than one run in five consecutive starts, Manaea has allowed three in each of his previous two outings. He finishes the regular season with an even 4.50 ERA in 54 innings, and a K/BB ratio of 45/8 in 11 starts. His regular season is finished, and he'll either start Game 1 or Game 2 of the A's playoff series next week. Today, 9:32 pm
  • Mariners' Margevicius goes six scoreless for win
    Nick Margevicius pitched six scoreless innings Wednesday to pick up a win over the Astros in what ended up being a 3-2 game.

    Advice: Margevicius moved to 2-3 with a 4.57 ERA and a 36/14 K/BB ratio in 41 1/3 innings for the Mariners. Even with his velocity having increased this year, he probably doesn't have a lot in the way of upside. Still, he could last as a bottom-of-the-rotation guy for the long haul. He might not be a lock to make the Mariners in the spring, but he'll almost certainly have a leg up in the rotation competition. Today, 9:11 pm
    W, 3-2 vs Hou
  • Mariners' Hirano gives up two runs, records save
    Yoshihisa Hirano escaped with a save despite giving up two runs in the ninth Wednesday against the Astros.

    Advice: Fortunately, he was working with a three-run lead before giving up three hits and a walk. Hirano is 4-for-4 closing out games for the Mariners, even if he's not inspiring a ton of confidence in the process. Today, 9:10 pm
  • Greinke takes loss to Mariners
    Zack Greinke surrendered three runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The poor outing pushed Greinke's ERA up to 4.03, so it looks like this will be just the fourth time in his career that he's finished with an ERA over 4.00; he also did so in 2005 (his second big-league season), 2010 and 2016. He has a 3-3 record, so it'll also be the first time since 2010 that he hasn't finished with a winning record. That said, his peripherals are terrific; he struck out 67, walked nine and allowed just six homers in 67 innings. The Astros remain in line to make the postseason, so Greinke should start Game 1. Today, 9:07 pm
  • Dickerson wallops go-ahead homer vs. Rockies
    Alex Dickerson slugged a pinch-hit, go-ahead solo homer on Tuesday, lifting the Giants to a 5-2 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Dickerson came off the bench to swat a tiebreaking solo homer -- his 10th round-tripper of the season -- off Rockies reliever Jairo Diaz in the seventh inning. The 30-year-old outfielder has gone deep in back-to-back games and left the yard seven times in his last 17 games, dating back to August 30. He’s hitting .295/.373/.591 with 24 runs scored, 10 home runs and 27 RBI across 150 plate appearances. Yesterday, 11:11 pm
  • Muncy swats two-run homer in win over A’s
    Max Muncy walloped a two-run homer on Tuesday in the Dodgers’ win over the Athletics.

    Advice: Muncy ended a 13-game homerless drought by clobbering a two-run homer to center field off Athletics starter Frankie Montas in the third inning. It was his 11th round-tripper of the season. The 30-year-old on-base machine’s offensive production has cratered over the last few weeks. He’s hitting .172 (11-for-64) with three extra-base hits (two home runs) and five RBI across 18 games this month. Yesterday, 10:53 pm
    New Player Note
    Max Muncy LAD - 1B,2B,3B
    L, 4-6 vs Oak
  • Alex Dickerson (elbow) not in Giants' lineup Tues.
    Alex Dickerson (elbow) is out of the Giants' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Rockies.

    Advice: Dickerson got hit on the elbow by a pitch late in Monday's game, but X-rays came back negative and he should be able to return to action at some point in this final week of the regular season. Darin Ruf, Mauricio Dubon, and Luis Alexander Basabe are starting across the outfield for San Francisco on Tuesday night. Yesterday, 5:15 pm
  • Alex Dickerson goes deep in loss to Rockies
    Alex Dickerson went 3-for-4 and belted a solo homer on Monday as the Giants fell to the Rockies in San Francisco.

    Advice: Dickerson crushed his solo shot off of Carlos Estevez in the seventh inning, trimming the Rockies lead to 7-2. That would be as close as they would get. He also singled and doubled in the game, raising his season slash to .290/.365/.565 to go along with nine long balls and 26 RBI. Monday, 10:28 pm
  • Giants activate Alex Dickerson off paternity leave
    Giants activated OF Alex Dickerson from the paternity leave list.

    Advice: Dickerson only wound up missing two games. The 30-year-old outfielder returns Monday to an impressive .276/.350/.528 batting line with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 143 plate appearances. Monday, 1:37 pm
  • Hirano escapes bases-loaded jam to net third save
    Yoshihisa Hirano wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam, preserving a three-run lead against the Padres on Saturday to record his third save of the season.

    Advice: Hirano gave up three consecutive hits to open the ninth inning before starting a pivotal double play on a comebacker to the mound off the bat of rookie sensation Jake Cronenworth. He proceeded to coax a ground ball to second base from ensuing batter Jurickson Profar to end the contest. The 36-year-old righty has converted all three of his save chances this year. He owns a 2.70 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 8/4 K/BB ratio across 10 innings. Saturday, 10:13 pm
  • Giants place Alex Dickerson on paternity leave
    Giants placed OF Alex Dickerson on the paternity list.

    Advice: Dickerson will be away from the team for a few days for the birth of his child. With Mike Yastrzemski ailing, the Giants will have to stitch an outfield together in the coming days until one or both returns. Saturday, 10:10 am
  • Giants' Webb tagged for six runs by A's
    Logan Webb was tagged for six runs in 3 1/3 innings by the A's on Friday.

    Advice: Webb has had just one positive outing in his last five starts, and he actually pitched just four innings in that one (one run allowed, five strikeouts versus the Padres last week). With Kevin Gausman set to return, it's possible Webb could be bumped to the pen next week. Friday, 10:16 pm
  • Dodgers' Bellinger homers, knocks in three runs
    Cody Bellinger went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three RBI as the Dodgers crushed the Rockies 15-6 on Friday.

    Advice: The homer off Ryan Castellini was his first in 14 games this month. In fact, it was his first extra-base hit in September. While he has 11 homers in 49 games on the season, he's still batting an extremely disappointing .228/.307/.430 overall. Friday, 9:24 pm
    L, 4-6 vs Oak
  • Astros' Greinke gives up three runs to old team
    Zack Greinke surrendered three runs in five innings and struck out nine against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: It was Greinke's first start against Arizona since he was traded away last summer. This one started out well, but he gave up two hits and a homer in the fourth. Although he bounced back afterwards, the Astros didn't try to get a sixth inning out of him while he was already at 89 pitches. Greinnke has given up at least three runs (but never more than five) in six straight starts, taking his ERA from 1.84 to 3.90. Friday, 8:47 pm
  • Urias holds Rox to three hits, two runs at Coors
    Julio Urias allowed just two runs on three hits over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Rockies.

    Advice: The Rockies nearly had Urias on the ropes early when they led off the game with a single and a double, and a two-out RBI single by Kevin Pillar made it 2-0 in favor of the home team. Instead, Urias buckled down and didn't allow another baserunner before a fielding error put the leadoff man on in the sixth inning. Even then, the southpaw got two quick outs before Dodgers manager Dave Roberts retrieved the ball to have a right-hander face Nolan Arenado. It wasn't a flashy night -- he recorded just two strikeouts before exiting -- but it was effective, especially considering he did it at Coors Field. With the no-decision, Urias remains 3-0 this year with a 3.49 ERA through 10 starts. He'll make what will likely be his last start of the 2020 regular season Wednesday when the Dodgers face the cross-state rival Athletics at Chavez Ravine. Thursday, 8:47 pm
    L, 4-6 vs Oak
  • Mariners' Margevicius gives up three runs
    Nick Margevicius surrendered three runs in five innings Thursday in his start versus the Giants.

    Advice: That's better than he fared eight days ago against the same team (7 ER in 4 2/3 IP), but still not what the Mariners were hoping for. He has a 9/6 K/BB ratio in his two starts against the Giants and a 23/5 K/BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings against everyone else. He'll face the Astros next time out. Thursday, 5:28 pm
    W, 3-2 vs Hou
  • Brandon Belt not in Giants' starting lineup Thurs.
    Brandon Belt is getting the day off Thursday versus the Mariners.

    Advice: Wilmer Flores will start at first base and bat cleanup against Seattle left-hander Nick Margevicius, with Austin Slater taking a turn in the DH spot and batting leadoff. Belt slugged a two-run homer in Wednesday night's blowout win and is slashing .305/.401/.602 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 40 games this season. Thursday, 9:30 am
    W, 7-2 vs Col
  • Alex Dickerson getting day off Thursday vs. SEA
    Alex Dickerson is not in the Giants' starting lineup Thursday versus the Mariners.

    Advice: This appears to be a routine day of rest for Dickerson, who went 3-for-5 with an RBI on Wednesday night and boasts an .887 OPS with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 42 total games this season. Darin Ruf, Mauricio Dubon, and Mike Yastrzemski will start across the outfield Thursday afternoon against Seattle. Thursday, 9:10 am
  • Longoria homers, picks up two hits vs. Mariners
    Evan Longoria went 2-for-5 with a homer on Wednesday in a win over the Mariners. 

    Advice: Longoria made it 5-0 Giants with a solo shot off of Ljay Newsome. The former All-Star third baseman has homered six times in 41 games for the Giants this season, and that was his 25 RBI in that time frame. He's nowhere near the stalwart he was with the Rays, but Longoria has been a decent performer for San Francisco this year with a .282/.313/.463 slash. Wednesday, 10:17 pm
  • Dickerson has three-night hit against Mariners
    Alex Dickerson went 3-for-5 with an RBI on Wednesday against the Mariners. 

    Advice: Dickerson singled in a run in the eighth inning that solidified the rout and gave the Giants an 8-0 lead. The 30-year-old has really swung the bat well as of late, and he's 8-for-25 over his last 10 games with a homer and three RBI. After a strong 56 games for San Francisco in 2019, Dickerson has kept up the good work in 2020 with an .887 OPS, eight homers and 24 RBI over 42 games this summer. Wednesday, 10:14 pm
  • Belt slugs two-run homer in win over Mariners
    Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer on Wednesday in a blowout win over the Mariners. 

    Advice: Belt extended the Giants lead to 4-0 with a two-run shot off of an ineffective Ljay Newsome in the third inning. The 32-year-old has now homered eight times, and he's driven in 24 runs in an even 40 games. Those numbers are solid, but they don't speak to how good Belt has been in 2020; he's now hitting .305 with a 1.003 OPS in 118 at-bats. It's the breakout season -- albeit in a much smaller sample -- that many have waited for, and many others had given up on. Wednesday, 10:14 pm
    W, 7-2 vs Col
  • Liam Hendriks notches save No. 13
    Liam Hendriks tossed 1 2/3 scoreless frames to record a save Wednesday in Colorado.

    Advice: Hendriks was called upon with one out in the eighth. He permitted a two-out single to Kevin Pillar but then retired the next four batters he faced, two via strikeouts. Hendriks now has 13 saves and has been even more dominant than he was last season. Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • Manaea whiffs seven in loss to Rockies on Tuesday
    Sean Manaea struck out seven batters over 5 2/3 innings on Tuesday in a loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Manaea carried a shutout into the fifth inning in the high-octane offensive environment of Coors Field, but served up a go-ahead two-run homer to Elias Diaz in that frame. He also surrendered an RBI sacrifice fly to Josh Fuentes in the sixth inning. The 28-year-old lefty generated 13 swinging strikes and only issued one walk. He’s allowed three earned runs or fewer in six consecutive starts, dating back to August 15. He’ll carry a 4.50 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 41/7 K/BB ratio across 48 innings (10 starts) into his final regular-season start against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Mariners' Hirano records second save
    Yoshihisa Hirano threw a perfect seventh with a one-run lead to earn a save in the first game of Monday's doubleheader versus the A's.

    Advice: It hasn't happened quite as expected, but Hirano has emerged as the Mariners' closer this month after being signed to contend for the job over the winter. He has, however, pitched three straight days now, so the Mariners will likely need to turn elsewhere if they have another save chance tonight or tomorrow. Yohan Ramirez is the likeliest option. Sep 14, 5:14 pm
  • Greinke struggles in Astros' loss to Dodgers
    Zack Greinke allowed five earned runs over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Greinke gave up eight total hits, including a first-inning solo homer to A.J. Pollock and a fifth-inning two-run shot to Mookie Betts. The veteran right-hander pitched like an ace over the first month of the condensed 2020 campaign, but he has surrendered 26 hits and 15 earned runs over his last four starts covering 22 innings. Up next is a more favorable matchup against the Diamondbacks. Sep 13, 8:06 pm
  • Logan Webb goes four innings in no-decision Sun.
    Logan Webb allowed one run over four innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Padres.

    Advice: San Francisco ultimately fell 3-1, with the official loss going to reliever Sam Selman. Webb pitched well outside of a second-inning homer off the bat of Wil Myers, yielding only four total hits and one walk while striking out five. The young right-hander will bring a 4.96 ERA into his next scheduled start on the road against the A's. Sep 13, 6:19 pm
  • Ryan Castellani walks six in no-decision on Sunday
    Ryan Castellani struggled with his command on Sunday, but wound up allowing just one unearned run on one hit over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Angels.

    Advice: The right-hander walked six on the afternoon while punching out four -- throwing only 48 of his 96 pitches for strikes. Despite all the foot traffic on the bases though, Castellani allowed just one unearned run -- when Anthony Rendon scampered home on a passed ball in the second inning. He'll carry a 4.46 ERA and 1.34 WHIP into a difficult matchup against the Dodgers at Coors Field on Friday. He should be avoided for fantasy purposes there. Sep 13, 3:28 pm
  • Urias struggles with control in no-decision
    Julio Urias yielded one run on three hits over six innings on Saturday in a no-decision against the Astros.

    Advice: Urias struggled mightily with his control, issuing a season-high four walks in this one. Yet, he limited the Astros' high-powered offense to just three hits and also finished with three strikeouts. An RBI single by Yuli Gurriel in the opening frame represented the lone tally against him. The 24-year-old southpaw departed in line for the win, but was forced to settle for a no-decision after Kenley Jansen coughed up a three-run lead in the ninth inning. He’ll carry a 3.53 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 38/16 K/BB ratio across 43 1/3 innings (nine starts) into a road tilt against the Rockies on Thursday. Sep 12, 9:33 pm
    L, 4-6 vs Oak
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