Greek Giant

The Giants return home to Willie Mays Field to play a weekend three-game series against the Padres, beginning tonight.

The starting pitching matchup will be Jakob Junis (1-1) vs. Sean Manea (2-3). Game time is 7:15 PM.

The Padres enter the game with a record of 24-14, 1.5 games behind the Bums and in second place. The Giants enter the game with a record of 22-15, 3 games out of first place and in third place, just behind San Diego.

San Diego has won six of their last ten and has a superb road record of 14-7. Manny Machado is having an MVP season so far and leads the team with seven home runs and a batting average of .354.

Say It Ain’t So Joe!

Joe Panik officially announced his retirement today.

It’s sad news.

If Panik does not make this play it is highly likely the Royals win the 2014 World Series. That’s how big Joe Panik’s impact was on the Giants.

Panik was never the same after suffering a very hard and borderline dirty slide from Chase Utley in a 2015 game against the Dodgers. That moment was the beginning of the end of his career as he had chronic back problems ever since and his power numbers went into a nose dive.