Posts Tagged Champs

  • 2014 Cardinals preview: Pieces in place for NL champs to repeat

    ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 2014 PREVIEW 2013: 97-65, first in NL Central (Lost to Red Sox in World Series)
 Manager: Mike Matheny (third season)
 Key additions: Jhonny Peralta, Peter Bourjos, Mark Ellis
 Key losses: Carlos Beltran, David Freese, Edward Mujica, Jake Westbrook, John Axford...

  • San Francisco Giants: Will Shaky Pitching and Fielding Derail the Champs?

    Is it officially time to hit the panic button for the San Francisco Giants? After another ugly Tim Lincecum start Wednesday night against the Oakland Athletics, a game that once again found him unable to break the five-inning mark, it just might be.For a team that has parlayed pitching and defense i...

  • Giant Expectations: Why the Defending Champs Stand a Chance to Repeat

    Nobody predicted that the San Francisco Giants would conquer improbable playoff series deficits to climb atop the baseball world for the second time in three seasons.The same critics that doubted the Giants last October claim the rival Los Angeles Dodgers to be the team to beat in the National Leagu...

  • Why the 2012 Giants Are Even More Complete Than the 2010 World Series Champs

    Behind their second pitching masterpiece in as many nights, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Thursday night to take a two-games-to-none World Series lead.As it was in Game 1, when Barry Zito skunked reigning AL MVP Justin Verlander to the face-melting amazement o...

  • San Francisco Giants: 3 Reasons They Can Be Better Than 2010 World Series Champs

    You may have heard about that 2010 World Series Giants team by now.They won 92 games to win the National League West, then went on to win the World Series for the first time since the franchise headed west in 1958.There was that guy with the beard, another guy with long hair, a first baseman that ...

  • MLB Power Rankings 2012: Defending Division Champs Who Are Slipping This Season

    The 2012 MLB season has featured the decline of several teams that impressed last year.Teams that fought hard to win division titles in 2011 are now struggling to stay out of last place. Baseball's balance of power has shifted dramatically over the offseason, and here are the three teams that h...

  • Rangers fan gets ‘World Champs 2011′ tattoo

    It’s funny because the Texas Rangers did not triumph in the winner-take-all Game 7 of the World Series a few weeks ago. The St. Louis Cardinals did. Which means this guy’s tattoo is entirely inaccurate. The humor is in its complete lack of subtlety. And abject stupidity. Big League Stew ...

  • Ranger fan gets ‘World Champs 2011′ tattoo

    It’s funny because the Texas Rangers did not triumph in the winner-take-all Game 7 of the World Series a few weeks ago. The St. Louis Cardinals did. Which means this guy’s tattoo is entirely inaccurate. The humor is in its complete lack of subtlety. And abject stupidity. Big League Stew ...

  • Wells throws 2-hitter vs. defending champs

    Randy Wells pitched a two-hitter for his first career complete game, and Chicago hit four home runs - three off San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum - as the Cubs beat the Giants 7-0 on Monday night. Alfonso Soriano, Geovany Soto, Blake DeWitt and Carlos Pena all went deep for the Cubs, who snapped a fou...

  • 5 Reasons the San Francisco Giants Won’t Repeat as World Series Champs

    It was hard to imagine in April that the San Francisco Giants wouldn't make another serious run for a World Series title in 2011.Most of the team was returning, including their nucleus of pitchers—Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Jonathan Sanchez—that had taken them to the ...