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REINFORCEMENTS ON THE WAY, BUT WILL IT MATTER?

5/31/2018
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Ben discusses the Giants’ 2-6 road trip and the rotation’s severe struggles. He assesses the plethora of upcoming roster moves, and wonders when minor league standouts Austin Slater and Ray Black could get an opportunity. Music Credit: Released by Tasty Records Artist: TheFatRat Song: Xenogenesis

Duration:02:06:31

STAYING AFLOAT

5/22/2018
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Thanks in large part to an MVP-like season so far from Brandon Belt, the Giants offense is much improved — and quietly one of the best in baseball — but their starting pitching has struggled without Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto. Bumgarner (and reliever Mark Melancon) are expected to return soon, but will their presence […]

Duration:01:48:46

FOUR STRAIGHT SERIES WINS

5/3/2018
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Ben discusses the Giants’ recent hot streak and analyzes its sustainability. Topics for discussion include Mac Williamson’s power, Bruce Bochy’s improved decision making, Andrew McCutchen’s slump, Will Smith’s return, and the injuries to Joe Panik and Johnny Cueto. Music Credit: Released by Tasty Records Artist: TheFatRat Song: Xenogenesis

Duration:01:48:35

SLUMPING LINEUP, OUTDATED STRATEGIES LEAD TO LOSSES

4/20/2018
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The San Francisco Giants, whose pitching staff is devoid of Madison Bumgarner, Jeff Samardzija, Mark Melancon, and Will Smith, have pitched surprisingly well this season. But their good pitching has been wasted on an offense has scored by far the fewest runs per game in all of baseball. Their troubles have been compounded by implementations […]

Duration:01:51:18

GIANTS SURVIVE STRANGE OPENING WEEK

4/6/2018
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The Giants split a four-game series in LA in which they scored just two total runs. Their first three runs of the season (through 4+ games) all came on Joe Panik solo homers. Despite the fact that they began the year with a slumbering offense and a severely battered pitching staff, the Giants are 3-3 […]

Duration:01:43:58

PROJECTING THE 2018 GIANTS

2/21/2018
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Ben discusses the Giants’ roster as Spring Training gets underway. The front office was able to get fans, players, and even local media excited about a team that lost 98 games last year — but is the hype warranted? Music Credit: Released by Tasty Records Artist: TheFatRat Song: Xenogenesis

Duration:01:40:37

Giants Acquire Andrew McCutchen

1/18/2018
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Ben discusses the Giants’ addition of outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Does he push the Giants into Wild Card contention? Is the team done adding pieces? Are they getting too old? All those questions — and many others — are addressed in another edition of CoveCast! Music Credit: Released by Tasty Records Artist: TheFatRat Song: Xenogenesis

Duration:01:31:00

GIANTS ACQUIRE EVAN LONGORIA, HINT AT MORE MOVES TO FOLLOW

12/22/2017
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Ben discusses the Giants’ addition of star third baseman Evan Longoria, and how the acquisition will play into the team’s short- and long-term future. He analyzes what moves may follow, after Giants executives hinted that Longoria may be the first of many dominoes to fall. Music Credit: Released by Tasty Records Artist: TheFatRat Song: Xenogenesis

Duration:01:44:02

GIANTS FINALISTS FOR STANTON, OHTANI

12/5/2017
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Ben and Adam discuss the Giants being one of seven finalists for Japanese two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani, and the apparent front-runners to trade for reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton.

Duration:02:19:49

S.F. GIANTS OFF-SEASON PREVIEW (WITH ADAM PETKE)

11/9/2017
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Ben and Adam discuss what the Giants, who finished tied for the worst record in baseball, must do to get back to their competitive ways in 2018 and beyond. They analyze the feasibility and likelihood of specific trade and free agent signing possibilities. Music Credit: Released by Tasty Records Artist: TheFatRat Song: Xenogenesis

Duration:00:27:45

SF Giants 2017 Season-in-Review

11/3/2017
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Ben wraps up the San Francisco Giants’ 2017 season and looks ahead to what promises to be an eventful off-season.

Duration:02:36:42

ONE WIN AWAY

10/31/2017
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Ben talks about the insane Game 5 of the 2017 World Series, and previews a potential clincher in Game 6. Podcast Music Credit: Released by Tasty Records Artist: TheFatRat Song: Xenogenesis

Duration:01:42:51

CAIN TO RETIRE; TOP PICK IN SIGHT

9/28/2017
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Ben discusses the Giants’ sad push for the worst record in MLB and Matt Cain’s retirement announcement. With Cain gone and some uncertainty surrounding Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey, it looks like the end of an era in San Francisco. How can the Giants find their way back to the top, and how long will […]

Duration:01:47:12

THE NIGHTMARE IS FINALLY ALMOST OVER, BUT WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?

9/14/2017
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Ben discusses the state of the Giants, who hold the league’s worst record with just over two weeks left in the season. He looks ahead to what the franchise needs to do to get back on the right track. Topics include Giancarlo Stanton rumors, Matt Moore’s $9 million team option, the outfield, third base, and […]

Duration:02:17:50

A BOTCHED REVIEW, THE MYTH OF RIGHTY POWER AT AT&T, AND BUMGARNER AS A HITTER

9/5/2017
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Ben is back in studio to discuss several key topics as the Giants’ miserable 2017 season winds down. Should the Giants bring in the fences at AT&T Park? Does the park really play fairly for right-handed power? What in the world happened with the botched review on Brandon Crawford’s home run? Could Bumgarner be one […]

Duration:00:43:41

QUESTIONABLE DECISIONS, STANTON RUMORS, 2018 OUTLOOK

8/28/2017
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Ben discusses the Giants’ miserable sweep in Arizona, and why it highlighted some reasons to be excited about the future and some reasons for doom and gloom. He also addresses the rumor that the Giants are aggressively interested in Giancarlo Stanton, and answers a listener’s questions. Music Credit Released by Tasty Records Artist: TheFatRat Song: […]

Duration:00:37:27

BRING ON THE CONTENDERS?

8/21/2017
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Ben previews the last five weeks of the season for the Giants. In a lost season (the Giants were eliminated from the NL West on Sunday), what should fans be paying attention to in the season’s home stretch? Is there hope for next year? Might someone emerge as a core piece for the future?

Duration:01:09:35

STRATTON DAZZLES, BUT TEAM’S FUTURE REMAINS BLEAK

8/14/2017
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Ben discusses Chris Stratton’s dazzling start on Sunday, but puts it all into perspective as the Giants look ahead to 2018. Stratton and Ty Blach may become fixtures in the Giants’ rotation for years to come, but that probably isn’t nearly enough to get this team back into contention in 2018. The short- and long-term […]

Duration:02:00:11

OUT WITH THE OLD: KONTOS CLAIMED, CAIN TO ‘PEN; PARKER, SUAREZ MAKE IMPACT

8/7/2017
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Ben discusses the recent changes to the Giants’ roster. Pablo Sandoval, Jarrett Parker, and Albert Suarez have made an immediate impact, while Matt Cain was relegated to the bullpen and George Kontos was shipped off to Pittsburgh. The Giants appear to be shifting on some philosophical strategies, which may be exactly what they need in […]

Duration:00:42:23

OLD-SCHOOL THINKING, LOYALTY KEY IN DREADFUL SEASON (with Adam Petke)

8/3/2017
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Adam is back in studio. He and Ben discuss what went wrong for the 41-68 San Francisco Giants. They point to the team’s bad bullpen, failure to platoon vulnerable players, and atrocious outfield defense (and hitting) as key causes. How will San Francisco turn things around? Fundamental changes are needed. Find out what they think […]

Duration:00:26:24