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Shea On SF Trade Future: “Panik Would Be The 1st Guy A Lot Of Teams Would Ask For”

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SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea joins us for a final month evaluation of the Giants and a glance at the Dodgers, who host San Francisco for three games over the weekend.

Shea talked to The Sports Virus about Joe Panik’s September surge: “…Does that improve the Giants pursuit if they do want to trade him in the off-season  to get more for him? Here’s the one guy in the lineup who has good numbers but doesn’t have a huge contract. So, he would be the first guy that a lot of teams would ask for when they’re giving up a player close to free agency or they’re giving up a prospect that the Giants like. To move Panik would be a huge deal, much bigger than moving Matt Duffy which was a huge deal. In a lot of way they haven’t recovered from that.”

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Parker “Excited” To Be Healthy, Bellinger On Losing Streak, Roberts Wants LA To “Simplify”

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Giants OF Jarrett Parker talks to us about the impression he is trying to make in September, while Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger and LA manager Dave Roberts answer questions about their 11-game losing streak which finally ended on Tuesday night with a win in San Francisco.

Parker talked to The Sports Virus being healthy again: …“I’m just excited to be back on the field, just being able to be play baseball again. I’ve never had an injury where I’ve been off the field for an extended amount of time so I just really want to be out here and play.”

When Bellinger spoke to The Sports Virus before Tuesday’s game he seemed to know that LA was on the verge of snapping its losing streak: …“It’s just a matter of a few balls that haven’t gone our way. Whenever we get runners on I feel like we’re lining out right at someone, so that’s just how crazy the game is.”

Roberts told The Sports Virus that the recent losing streak has put pressure on his players to try to do more than they should: …“It’s just important for us to simplify. We gotta play better baseball…It’s kind of back to the basics where a lot of things get overlooked at times when things are going really well and right now they’re not. There is a tendency to try to do more, but there are a lot of guys in that clubhouse that have played a lot of years in the big leagues that understand that doing more is not always the right path. We gotta find a way to get it done in all aspects of the game.”

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Join us Wednesday when we catch up with Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval, who talks about his return to San Francisco and the slump that just won’t end.

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John Shea: Johnny Cueto Not Opting Out “Might Be A Blessing In Disguise For The Giants”

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SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea joins us for part 2 of our conversation. We discuss the Dodgers moves at the trade deadline and what might happen with Johnny Cueto and the Giants. Plus, Bill King and the Ford Frick Award at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Shea told The Sports Virus that he could envision Johnny Cueto not opting out of his contract with San Francisco: “…This might be a blessing in disguise for the Giants believe it or not. Last year we all remember how dynamic he was. He started the All Star game…This year he has a bad ERA, he’s got the blister issues and now he’s got the elbow issue…If he had last year’s production, he would opt out and he would get more money than what’s on the table for him in the next four years, which is $84 million. But, do you opt out now with the injury issues, with the ERA that’s ballooned, with the fact that you’re not pitching deep into games? You’re not the same Johnny Cueto.”

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Come back FRIDAY when we talk with former KNBR talk show host Ray Woodson.

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Doug Padilla:”Even If (Giants) Rolled The Same Guys Out There Next Year, They Would Be Better”

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Baseball writer Doug Padilla joins us from Los Angeles to talk about the Giants/Dodgers series this weekend.

Padilla gave The Sports Virus his thoughts about a possible Giants strategy to be competitive in 2018: “…What model do you want to choose? Does the Cubs model make sense? Probably not. Not a franchise like the Giants. The Dodgers model seems to make more sense, maybe adding a key component here and there. Count on guys to rebound to more of their norms and to fill in holes…Even if they roll the same guys out there next year they wouldn’t be this team, they would be better, even a year older. I think we could safely assume that. I think it would make sense to maybe get a little younger in some spots.”

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Come back next week when SF Chronicle columnist John Shea joins us to talk about the MLB trade deadline. 

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Dodgers Beat Writer Bill Plunkett Says Giants “Look Like A Mess Right Now”

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The Giants are hosting Los Angeles for three games this week and Bill Plunkett from the Orange County Register gives us an inside look at the Dodgers.

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Plunkett gave his impression of the Giants early season struggles: “It looks like a mess right now… So many injuries, so many pieces of their plan that are just not there. I think Christian Arroyo’s arrival is a big plus, but everything else you see is just minuses and subtractions.  Maybe the depth is just not there in the same way as it is with the Dodgers. Blame it on the payroll or whatever you want to blame it on but they have not been able to absorb all the hits that they’re taking.”

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Come back WEDNESDAY for an interview with Giants reliever Cory Gearrin.

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Gorkys Hernandez “Young Guys Are Hungry” Plus Doug Padilla From ESPN.com On Yasiel Puig

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Giants OF Gorkys Hernandez joins us from Scottsdale, Arizona and Dodgers beat reporter Doug Padilla from ESPN.com joins us from Camelback Ranch in Arizona.

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Hernandez  talked to The Sports Virus about the optimism surrounding the 2017 Giants: “…We have the talent. We have everything. Young guys that are hungry to play. Last year we almost beat the Cubs. This year we have a great team. Pitching, defense, everything to get to another post season and another World Series.”

Padilla talked to The Sports Virus about Yasiel Puig: “…It’s going to be an interesting year for him. It seems like we say that every year that this is kind of the year for Yasiel Puig that he can show what he can do. He’s come in fit, he’s a little thinner and he has this desire. He told me guys had given him advice. Albert Pujols and Robinson Cano said this is how you need to handle yourself from here on out. There’s no more of this stuff that you’re doing, distractions that you’re causing. Yasiel said ‘I want to play now not just for me, it’s not about my numbers. I want to play because I realize those guys are watching, they care and I respect those guys and I need to show my respect by the way I play this season’. So, that’s a good sign, but Yasiel Puig has said the right things before and turned around and did the wrong things.”

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Come back FRIDAY for new Giants closer Mark Melancon.

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SF Chronicle’s John Shea: SF “Would’ve Pulled Trigger (trades) If They Had To Do It Over”

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We talk about clubhouse chemistry with our regular guest SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea in part 2 of our conversation.

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 The Sports Virus also talked to Shea about how the Giants trade deadline deals for Matt Moore, Will Smith and Eduardo Nunez are working out so far:

… “I think they would have pulled the trigger on all three (trades) if they had to do it all over again. It’s all about those guys progressing and performing and producing. The front office did its part. They all have track records of succeeding.”

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SF Chronicle’s John Shea: LA Starters “Done Just Well Enough To Pull This Crazy Thing Off”

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We talk about the Giants loss to the Dodgers in game 1 of their key series in LA with our regular guest SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea in part 1 of our conversation.

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 The Sports Virus talked to Shea about the Dodgers overtaking the Giants in the standings:

… “Everybody stepped up…What have they had, 12, 13 starters this year? They’ve done just well enough to pull this crazy thing off.”

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Jerry Hairston, Jr. Says Kershaw Injury Is “The Best Thing That Ever Happened To The Dodgers”

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Our special guest before the Giants open up their big 3-game series in LA is Jerry Hairston, Jr. from SportsNet LA. Jerry played for 9 teams in his 16-year career including 2012-13 with the Dodgers. He won a World Series in 2009 with the Yankees.

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 The Sports Virus talked to Hairston, Jr. about the Dodgers becoming a first place team:

… “The best thing that ever happened to the Dodgers is having Clayton Kershaw get hurt. It does sound weird. Obviously you never want to see the best pitcher on the planet injured by any means. But, it forced the Dodgers to get better as a team and not rely on one guy.”

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Come back WEDNESDAY when we are scheduled to chat with John Shea from the San Francisco Chronicle about the Giants/Dodgers series. 

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Giants LHP Matt Moore On 1st Home Start, Steve Bitker From KCBS Compares Giants/Dodgers

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Our special guests before the Giants Monday night series opener against the Pirates are  Giants LHP Matt Moore and Steve Bitker from KCBS in San Francisco. 

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 Prior to his first home start as a Giant, Moore told The Sports Virus about the vibe he felt when he first joined the team:

… “Just getting in the clubhouse, you can feel the winning mentality. You can feel the presence of a lot of these guys.”

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Bitker tells The Sports Virus that even though the Giants have been slumping, they have the edge over LA:

… “They’ve got too much talent. They’ve got too much experience. Post season experience and pennant-chasing experience. I don’t see the Dodgers still as a legitimate challenger to them. If you look at the starting rotations, even though the Giants rotation has had ups and downs, it’s infinitely more skilled than the Dodgers rotation…I just see the Dodgers wilting down the stretch.”

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