Local 2 union members and employees of Bon Appetit stand outside of Oracle Park in San Francisco before Sun Sep 5th’s Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants game. Employees agreed not to strike on Sunday and will negotiate with management during the week. (photo from twitter.com/UniteHereLocal2/)
On the Giants podcast with Marko:
#1 The Giants are in the middle of a nick and tuck battle for the NL West with the Los Angeles Dodgers during the most recent series the Giants and Dodgers exchanged sitting in first place.
#2 The Giants with their recent Covid 19 issues that involved pitchers Alex Wood and Johnny Cueto. Infielder Donovan Solano has returned from the Covid IL list and played shortstop on Saturday, Alex Dickerson joined the Injured List with a hamstring strain on Saturday and is out for ten days.
#3 Recent discussion about former San Francisco Giant Will Clark to be put on the ballot and in the Hall of Fame. Clark who played with the Giants, Baltimore Orioles, St Louis Cardinals, and Texas Rangers hit .303, had 2176 hits, 284 home runs, and 1205 RBIs. The Baseball Writers of America remember Clark mainly with the Giants he almost made the Hall of Fame ballot in 2006 and was voted down in 2018 by a Veteran’s Committee Today’s Game ballot.
#4 Giants food service concessionaires Bon Appetit employees has voted to go on strike because workers say they haven’t had a raise in two years they make $20.75 an hour are asking for a $3 raise, they want Covid-19 protection, health care. During the last contract negotiation between then Centerplate employees and Centerplate management the employees in 2013 who were making $10.25 an hour and were offered a 25 cent raise at the time. The Giants said in 2013 and 2021 the negotiations concession employees are between then and Bon Appetit management.
#5 Employees are pushing for more safety protection because fans are not wearing masks when they come to make their purchases at the concession stands Union Local 2 reported that 20 employees had been infected since the stadium reopened in June and need more PPE protection. The strike was supposed to take place Sunday but was called off as employees agreed to negotiate this week. The Giants have two more home stands left.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Anthony DeSclafani will return to the 10 day IL because of continued discomfort in right ankle after a bullpen session in Oakland (San Francisco Examiner file photo)
On the Giants podcast with Marko:
#1 Marko, Giants pitcher Anthony DeSclafani’s ankle had discomfort working a bullpen session in Oakland on Sunday under the watchful eye of manager Gabe Kapler and will return to the 10 day IL.
#2 Giants manage Gabe Kapler said he realized that DeSclafani couldn’t work the way he used to prior to the ankle injury and it’s hopeful he misses just one start.
#3 Giants pitcher Alex Wood who lost on Friday night to the Oakland A’s 4-1 lost his first game in nine games and the Giants were 11-0 with Wood pitching. Did Wood look like he was wearing thin after going five innings on Friday.
#4 LaMonte Wade Jr helped the Giants with a two run home run as a pinch hitter in the top of the ninth off A’s reliever Lou Trivino which proved to be the game winner on Saturday. Wade has just simply been clutch for the Giants this season.
#5 Giants have the day off Monday before taking on the New York Mets for a three game series on Tuesday night at Citi Field, starting pitcher for the Giants Sammy Long (1-1 ERA 5.72) and for the Mets Tyler Megill (1-2 ERA 3.21) a 4:10pm PDT first pitch.
#1 Charlie, O San Francisco Giants outfielder Kris Bryant has been a great addition to the Giants line up. After the Chicago Cubs had their fire sale he comes to San Francisco makes his debut on Sunday against the Houston Astros and it was a big test as Bryant participated in a game of two first place teams.
#2 Bryant came into Sunday’s game against the Astros hitting .267, 87 hits, 18 home runs, and 51 RBIs. Tell us about what it will be like for him hitting with the dimensions at Oracle Park.
#3 In the series with against the Astros over the weekend lots of offense you saw the Astros defeat the Giants on Friday night 9-6 and the Giants came right back on Saturday afternoon with a 8-6 win it was a series of two true first place clubs.
#4 The Astros Jose Altuve is a guy the Giants have to pitch carefully to on Friday he had a big night going 3-6 with three hits, three runs, five RBIs.
#5 The Giants open a four game series in Phoenix tonight against the Diamondbacks (33-72) last place in the NL West but regardless where the Diamondbacks are in the standings they always get up for the Giants this could be an interesting series as the Giants try to add more space between them and the Dodgers in the NL West standings.
San Francisco Giant catcher Buster Posey seen here in Mar 10, 2020 in spring training against the Chicago Cubs has been on a tear at the plate in the 2021 season with a .359 batting average (AP News file photo)
#1 Morris the San Francisco Giants (16-11) have been playing close to .500 ball they lost a series to the San Diego Padres (16-12) at Petco Park as the Padres are tough customers. The Giants won the third game avoiding getting swept thanks to the fine hitting of Mike Tauchman’s three run home run.
#2 The Padres have some hitters on the club that have delivered and who wouldn’t expect Manny Machado at some point in the series to come through which he did with a three run homer on Saturday night.
#3 Giants catcher Buster Posey has been swinging the bats he’s hitting .359 with 23 hits, six home runs, and nine RBIs.
#4 The Giants for their most recent wins have been getting some good pitching from Alex Wood (3-0), Caleb Baragar (2-0) and Johnny Cueto (2-0). How’s Cueto’s progress coming along since his injury when he had to leave the game.
#5 The Giants are in Colorado to face the Rockies for a three game series the starting pitchers for tonight’s game have not been announced the Rockies (10-17) have played .500 ball in their last ten games going 5-5.
San Francisco Giants backup catcher Curt Casali has called five straight shutouts behind the plate here he congratulates closer Jake McGee following the Giants victory against the Miami Marlins on Thu Apr 22 at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)
On the Giants podcast with Morris:
#1 Morris it’s been a very good week for the San Francisco Giants playing a competitive series in Miami against the Marlins and most importantly getting some good pitching against the Marlins.
#2 To start the series the Giant starter Aaron Sanchez last Thursday went five innings giving up just two hits and the bullpen of Gregory Santos, Matt Wisler, Tyler Rogers, and Jake McGee held the Marlins in check for the 3-0 shutout.
#3 On Friday night the Giants picked up a 5-3 victory in the second game of the series as starter Alex Wood looked good enough to complete the game going seven innings for one run and one hit before being relieved in the eighth.
#4 Giants backup catcher Curt Casali has been getting some ink with his calling five straight games for shutouts on Apr 12 vs. Cincinnati, Apr 14 vs. Cincinnati, Sun 18th in Miami, Mon 19th in Philadelphia, and Thu 22 against the Marlins.
#5 Morris, the Giants host the Colorado Rockies for three games starting tonight at Oracle Park. The last time the two teams meet Apr 9-11 the Giants swept them. The Rockies have struggled losing six out of their last ten games. The Rockies and Giants have not announced tonight’s starters as of this morning.
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has come a long ways since this Sep 22, 2020 photo was taken as he was playing first base against the Colorado Rockies. He had a tough off season but is ready for opening day 2021 (AP News file photo)
#1 Morris lets take a look around camp and see what impresses, starting at first base with Brandon Belt who had bone spur surgery, Mono, and Covid-19 during the off season. Hasn’t seen much action at the plate as he joined spring training in progress.
#2 Giants outfield coach Alyssa Nakken said that Mauricio Dubon’s defensive catch of the Milwaukee Brewers Avisail Garcia’s was a Golden Glove last Thursday. The Giants are looking for some big things from Dubon in the outfield this season.
#3 Austin Slater had homered for three games straight Wednesday through Friday. Slater in 22 at bats is 1.480 OPS. Giants manager Gabe Kapler says Slater will most likely be facing a lot of left handed pitching this season.
#4 The Giants might going to shop for a shortstop, they have two solid shortstops with Brandon Crawford and Dubon but will try to find a shortstop with some defense and experience.
#5 Giants team president Farhan Zaidi said that while the club plans to have the players vaccinated there are no firm plans in place as Zaidi said he’s waiting for word from the league when to proceed.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Dedniel Nunez who will have Tommy John surgery will miss the entire 2021 season. Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he was very much looking forward to working with Nunez as his reliever (photo from San Francisco Chronicle)
#1 Morris it was reported on Saturday that Giants reliver Dedniel Nunez will be having Tommy John surgery for elbow ligament transplant for a strained ulnar collateral ligament and will be lost for the rest of the season.
#2 Nunez springs stats certainly impressed manager Gabe Kapler, Nunez who will be on the 60 day injured list pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing four hits, three walks, and four runs.
#3 Kapler said he feels a lot of empathy for Nunez who had thrown the ball so well for the Giants. To keep Nunez the Giants will have to hold onto him for the whole season in order to keep him for 2022 also he has to stay on the active roster for 90 days, if not he could be waived and could return back to his old team the Mets.
#4 Giants catcher Buster Posey whose had hip issues in the past missed a few spring games but was in the line up on Sunday. With those hip issues from the 2019 season and he didn’t play all of last season how do you see Posey coming into the 2021 season?
#5 Kapler is really looking forward to see how Evan Longoria will do at third base originally schedule to play there on Sunday but stayed as designated hitter because of an inflamed heel. Longoria is expected to play third base by Wednesday.
The San Francisco Giants Evan Longoria on Saturday night against the Texas Rangers belts a double in the first inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco. (AP photo)
On the San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris:
#1 The Giants Donavon Solano has stepped up big he came up with a huge two RBI hit in the third inning for a total of three RBIs in Saturday night’s game at Oracle Park to help pace the Giants to a big 7-3 win past the Texas Rangers.
#2 The Giants on Evan Longoria has been connecting he had a two run double, scored a run, with three hits against the Rangers on Saturday. Longoria has been key in the line up.
#3 Morris you don’t see it too often brothers Tyler Heineman of the Giants and Scott Heineman of the Texas Rangers were at home plate before Saturday’s game exchanging line ups and going over ground rules with the umpires Tyler said he would be happy to see Scott line out hard in four at bats.
#4 Giants manager Gabe Kapler inspite of the recent struggles of Hunter Pence is sticking with him to pinch hit or field when needed. Pence has now gone 0-23 through Saturday night. Pence did get a triple on Sunday snapping the longest slump in the majors this season.
#5 The Giants who completed their home stand against the Rangers over the weekend are in Colorado tonight to open a four game series. The Rockies have been going well and will be a tough customer in Coors Field for this series.
San Francisco Giants left fielder Austin Slater makes a catch on a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
On the Giants podcast with Morris Phillips:
#1 Giants manager Gabe Kapler said that Ron Wotus offered a toast with a bottle of wine after Saturday’s first Giants win of the season 5-4 over the Dodgers in the video room at Dodger Stadium saying Wotus is a class act.
#2 The Giants bullpen nearly fell apart in the late innings trying to keep the Dodgers hitters off balance but were able to get the outs and bail out and hold a lead.
#3 The Giants took game four on Sunday 3-1 to get a split against the Dodgers one of the toughest teams on the MLB docket. The Giants got a key home run from Mauricio Dubon to help launch the win.
#4 Left fielder Austin Slater on Saturday made a spectacular sixth inning catch not before he hit his hip into the outfield wall and sat and rested on Sunday.
#5 Morris talk about Kapler’s gamesmanship by not announcing the starting pitcher until the beginning of each game. Not even the pitcher of record has any idea who will be the starter before each game.