Month: April 2015

SFG: Is Matt Duffy Making Joaquin Arias Expendable?

Apr 11, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Joaquin Arias (13) is congratulated by second baseman Matt Duffy (50) after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 11, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Joaquin Arias (13) is congratulated by second baseman Matt Duffy (50) after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Duffy is a name that not many San Francisco Giants fans knew about at the beginning of last season. He began the 2014 season with the Giants’ Double-A affiliate, the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Duffy was then called up and played in his first Major League game on August 1st, 2014, when the Giants were in desperate need of a spark and some help at the second base position.

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SFG: San Francisco Giants Mailbag: Belt, Maxwell, Cain, Peavy, Heston

Apr 22, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) is mobbed by his teammates after he hit the game winning hit in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports, giants win 3-2.

Apr 22, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) is mobbed by his teammates after he hit the game winning hit in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports, giants win 3-2.

The San Francisco Giants currently have a 6-10 record, which is the worst in the National League West and fourth worst in the National League and MLB. They are coming off a very impressive 6-2 win over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night though.

In this week’s Giants Mailbag, we will discuss Brandon Belt’s struggles so far this season, if Justin Maxwell deserves a bigger role on the team, and if the Giants can win with Chris Heston and without Matt Cain and Jake Peavy.

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GSW: Golden State Warriors Mailbag: Draymond Green, Grizzlies, Bench

Apr 15, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors line up before autographing jerseys for fans after the win against the Denver Nuggets at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Denver Nuggets 133-126. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 15, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors line up before autographing jerseys for fans after the win against the Denver Nuggets at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Denver Nuggets 133-126. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors entered the 2015 NBA Playoffs as the number one overall seed, and they are currently leading their first round playoff matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans 2-0. There’s lots of excitement currently in Dub Nation, as the Warriors hope to win the franchise’s first championship since 1975.

In this week’s Warriors Mailbag post, we will discuss how Draymond Green is coming up on a large contract extension and the repercussions of that, a possible second round matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies, and which bench player has been the most impressive so far in the playoffs.

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SFG: San Francisco Giants Power Rankings: Week 3

Apr 18, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants infielder Joe Panik (12) high fives infielder Brandon Crawford (35) after the Giants defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 18, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants infielder Joe Panik (12) high fives infielder Brandon Crawford (35) after the Giants defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants have gotten off to a disappointing, injury-riddled start to the 2015 season. Not much has gone right for the reigning World Series champions so far this season, but the Giants still have plenty of time to improve where needed.

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GSW: Golden State Warriors Passion Personified

Photo Courtesy Justin Taylor

Photo Courtesy Justin Taylor

The life of a sports fan can resemble the business cycle. There are ups, downs, peaks, and valleys. A sports season can be hard to predict but exciting at the same time. Some fans show their true devotion to a team by sticking around for both the peaks and valleys, and some become frustrated during the downturns.

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GSW: Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans First Round Playoff Preview

Dec 4, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) defends the shot by New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 4, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) defends the shot by New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Playoffs are finally here! The first round matchup of the number one and number eight seeds in the Western Conference will feature a team that has had the best record in the NBA for most of the season, the Golden State Warriors, going up against a team that earned their spot in the playoffs on the final day of the regular season, the New Orleans Pelicans.

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