THE San Francisco Giants Blog

Winning And Not Winning

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 25, 2016

The Giants have had very few days off this season, but is anyone else surprised we have the 2nd most wins in mlb (29) next to the Cubs (30)? With Peavy’s shenanigans and Cain’s inconsistency, it blows my mind that we have so many wins.

Very likely stuck on 29 at the end of today…..

I’m despondent about *my beloved Dubs*. I don’t understand how a team can be so dominant in the regular season only to look so painfully average in the playoffs.

 

One is All You Need

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 24, 2016

Jack Black told us that when discussing cock push ups. Also, a great man once told me “We score we win” and his wisdom came to pass once again last night. I think Snarkk brought up a good point last night about the weather. It’s been unseasonably cool this year and cold weather absolutely contributes to less offense. Of course, it’s not like we’re living in Yakutsk so a little more offense would be expected. But we are scoring more than the other team and that’s ALL that matters.

Smarge for the win today and then……

Taking a Strong Hold of First Place in the NL West

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 23, 2016

This is an important 3 game diddy with SD. After these winnable games the Giants go on a tough 10 game road trip and then return home for a couple of high octane series’ v Boston and The Dopes.

So let’s get these 3, ok? With the pitching we have and our 6th in the league scoring offense, I’m feeling pretty confident. Well, with the first 2 anyway.

Truth be told, I’m a little surprised we are ranked 6th in the league in runs scored. We are 3rd weakest in home runs, ahead of only Philly and Atlose-a. I was surprised to see us ranked so highly in SB category (4th with 28). Still, it doesn’t feel like we play the speed game. Either way, runs are runs and we’ve 198 of them. Philly’s only scored 142 and they’re 6 games over .500. Just something to consider…..

As usual, and it will always be this way for us, it comes down to pitching and defense…..

Game Time Thread

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 22, 2016

Hey sorry, came home got caught up in start of *beloved Dubs* game, forgot about the thread. Gonna go peek in on Giants now.

No More Peavy

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 21, 2016

A little early morning googling unearthed this nugget: Highway 821 in Washington state is also known as Canyon Road or Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway. I’m thinking of emailing state officials to see if the good people of Yakima might consider adding a third nickname to the highway: “Jake Peavy’s ERA”.

Another possible name: “Jake Peavy Sucks Shit”

How ’bout “Jake Peavy Smokes Copious Amounts of Pole”

I think any of my names would fit better than boring-ass “Canyon Road.”

And I agree with Snarkk, Bochy must be around some pretty dumb people all day if he thinks we’re buying “Jake was a little off tonight.”

Enough of Peavy. If the Giants don’t have someone better at any level of the minor leagues who can’t pitch through the 2nd inning of a baseball game then we have the worst minor league system of all time. Think about it.

Jake v Jake

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 20, 2016

Arrieta vs Peavy tonight. Jesus. Well, at least Peavy pitches decent at home, he was good last time out and the Cubs hitters, frankly, are in a bit of a funk lately. None of that will help us hit Arrieta who is coming into town as the most dominant pitcher in either league right now. You could certainly argue Sale or Kershaw, hell you could pick 3 guys on our staff and I wouldn’t vehemently argue with you, but Arrieta has been flat-dominant for going on 2 years now. I have no idea how we win this game tonight but won’t be surprised if we find a way……

True Love

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 19, 2016

I don’t know how to say this, but I think I’m falling in love with Johnny Cueto. The long, flowing locks. The shimy that makes me all tingly inside. The complete games. He’s got it all, baby.

And he’s ours. He’s AAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL ours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

60 percent train keeps on rolling today with Smargy.

Bumgarner’s Tired Schtick

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 18, 2016

I’m never going to not get tired of MadBum disrupting games with his “Come again’s?” that he seems to not be able to stop himself from doing. And the lame thing is that there’s never going to be a punch thrown. And he knows this. Guys don’t want to get suspended and there aren’t enough “Odor’s” in the league to ever challenge him. Krukow was defending him on the radio today but I just can’t get behind a bully shit talker which, frankly, is what Bumgarner is.

Sorry, I know that’s not going to be a popular opinion here but that’s my take.

Nice game otherwise…….

San Diego

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 17, 2016

You like pitching match ups? Today is the day for you. There are like 5 extremely interesting games today and if you’re playing DK, where you have to pick 2 pitchers, it’s going to be a very tough choice.

Bumgarner in SD is intriguing. Rea is no pushover, I expect this to be a low scoring game…….

The main question I have: Will my main man on the San Diego scene (San Dawg) be at any of the games…..

Regarding “our beloved Dubs….”….. not much else to say………

Weekend Re Cap

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 16, 2016

So what’s more impressive, his name or his punch? Because if we’re talking about best names in baseball, the conversation starts and ends with “Rougned Odor.” I’m “old school” baseball, as I’m sure all of you are, and I wish more problems would get solved on the baseball field this way. For once we didn’t have a bunch of pussy grand standing “hold me back” nonsense. And kudos to Bautista for not going down. That was a clean hit he took like a man.

As for the Giants, what can you say? if the 40 Percenters are kicking ass we are going to be tough to beat. Krukow said Peavy can pitch 3 or 4 more years (which is a slap in the face to him since he said Cain could cruise for another 5 or 6). Peavy is now The North Carolina Area Code and that’s at least headed in right direction….

Peavy

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 14, 2016

And now we turn our trembling eyes to The Illinois Area Code. One of the 40 percenters. I don’t see how this ends up anything other than awful tonight. Best chance for Peavy? They open the roof and an unexpected tornado hits. Game gets canceled. Here’s a link to the roof status if you’re into keeping tabs on that sort of thing:

http://stadiumroofstatus.com/stadiuminfo.php?stadium=5

I am in Sacramento all weekend for a volleyball tourney so I will check in with you guys when I can.

Advice for the game? Look away, this one could be hideous…..

Cry Baby Closer

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 13, 2016

I like Casilla, I do. But fuck him. He has NO argument to support his petulant stomp off the mound yesterday. And I could even forgive that for a “heat of the moment” thing but he kept crying after the game in his post game comments and offered no apology for his antics.

You want to be treated like a man? Then act like one. Men don’t cry to reporters after the game, they talk face to face behind closed doors.

I think it’s time for a lesson from Mr. Wallace on Casilla’s bout with pride:

Arizona and THE MVP

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 12, 2016

Giants vs Grienke today and the one thing we have going for us is the Visual Memory Index number. Giants are at +7.54, Arizona is at -11.55. It’s no lock but that suggest the Giants hitters will be tracking the ball a little better than the D-backs hitters. So I’m cautiously optimistic tonight….

The Warriors. What can you say about this team? Mid season I started following this d-bag Cleveland fan/writer who predicted the Cavs would beat the Warriors by 10. That’s the game the Warriors beat them by 40 (or whatever it was, not gonna look it up). This dope has spent the last 4 months talking shit about “wait till the Finals…”, he was especially critical of Steph winning the MVP. Well @VernThompsonNBA is getting closer to his wish….

Giants Offense Diagnosed with Koro

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 11, 2016

Maybe that’s a little rough but I’m a damn Dr. and that’s my diagnosis.

And sorry, I refuse to believe that the absence of Angel Pagan has led to this limp offense. Because if true, we are in huge trouble this year. Crazy Horse and his slap hitting ways is not the path to a successful offense.

The culprits are littered up and down the line up with Posey being the usual worst offender. Like it or not, he gets paid coin for a reason. He can’t just be good when everyone else is good. Maybe it’s tough for him to get any rhythm going with all the rest he’s forced to take…..

After getting shut down by 2 middling AL starters we get our shot at a 3rd today. Maybe Bum just says “fuck ya’ll” and just does it himself…….

Quiet Bats, Curry Rises

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 10, 2016

I didn’t watch the game (Lock in! #DubNation) but if you just look at Peavy’s line he wasn’t the problem last night. Once again, we failed to do anything with the bats. And what’s weird about this season is that I normally have no problem finding targets for my arrows. But as I look up and down the line up I really can’t find too much to rage about. I like all those guys. At least, there’s no one I think needs to be benched.

If Peavy can go 5 and give up 3 ER’s every game I will take that and shake his hand as our worst starting pitcher. But the Giants should be able to win a game if their starter goes 5 innings and gives up 3 runs. I’m not saying they should easily win or win every time but it’s not like they were getting blown out.

Score some damn runs…….

Game Time Thread

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 9, 2016

Well, we’re about to find out if this Peavy start is “M*A*S*H” or “The Jefferson’s” or “Good Times” or…..

As I said, I’m predicting Peavy doesn’t get blasted tonight. I see him pitching better than he has all year— Toronto in an unfamiliar yard, just played yesterday IN Toronto. Keep the fucking ball down, he might be ok. Plus, and this is a biggie, when everyone THINKS a pitcher is going to get blasted that’s when he doesn’t get blasted……

There’s some optimism for ya….

70’s Sit Com Theme Song Time

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 9, 2016

Because I don’t want to talk about what happened yesterday or what’s going to happen today, here’s an off topic thread for the blog:

I got into a pretty heated debate with a buddy yesterday about what was the best 70’s sitcom theme song of all time. He went “Welcome Back Kotter” hands down. I was like “Uh, I’ve got 2 hands up and I will debate the shit out of this with you”. I carefully laid out my argument that it had to be Three’s Company because you have to factor in EVERYTHING not just the song. Three’s Company had it all. John Ritter on a boat in those brilliant white pants. Lana tripping him on the pier trying to score some quick dick. Furley holding on for dear life to a barely moving ferris wheel stick while Jack did casual tricks next to him. Larry making a move on a random chick in the bumper car ride only to find out it was a dude. There was so much more. Could they have possibly packed more good times hilarity into 60 seconds??????

70’s sitcom’s were and still are the best. Their theme songs were the real deal. Night Court. WKRP. You never missed one. They were almost like mini rock concerts….

You be the judge. Feel free to post your favorite in the comment section. And no *wise guy* M*A*S*H uploads. That song always made me want to kill myself.

Sunday!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 8, 2016

I have this theory that probably can’t be proven one way or the other too easily, but I think there are less runs scored overall on Sundays. It just seems that the scores across mlb are consistently low on Sundays. It kinda makes sense, too. Players finishing up a long week, maybe they went out Sat night, they almost always play a day game with a flight later looming…..I dunno, just seems like a low scoring day (usually) to me……

Another “60 percenter” going today, so gotta feel pretty good about our chances. Sadly, one of the “40 percenters” is set to take the hill tomorrow….

 

Derby Day!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 7, 2016

Derby Day today. So I am popping up a thread but won’t be around much. This afternoon I’ll likely be busy celebrating wildly, shaking 2 fistfulls of winning tickets high above my oversized dome.

Jon Gray going for Colorado today–followed him since they drafted him. Big kid with a big fastball. First round pick. Downside: He doesn’t get enough first-pitch strikes in and I think that will be his undoing today against a patient Giants team. Belt loves this shit, he’ll walk 25 times today……

 

Bad And Badder

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 6, 2016

You’ll recall that I warned you guys about Vin Mazzaro. No one can blow up an inning like V-Mazzy. He’s the human July 4th fireworks show. Now I’m starting to think Cain planted Mazzaro on the team to make him look better.

A Cain quote probably heard after the game: “I mean, yeah I’ve been bad, but Mazzaro’s ERA is NINE TIMES my ERA. Jeez, wouldn’t wanna be THAT GUY.”

There are predictable calls for the Giants to sign Timmy and I’m one of those proponents. But not at any price. If there’s a lot of competition for him, let him go somewhere else. If this showcase thingy works, he will have pulled off quite a re-birth. He’s been one of the worst pitchers in either league for years. What to do? Have surgery and completely shut down on your own time table to return. Wait until the season gets going, teams get desperate, and BANG(!) you suddenly schedule a showcase. Twenty teams show up with radar guns in both fists. GM’s shower you with offers.

Now THAT is how to re-invent yourself without doing anything. Lulz.

Another Rain Game

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 5, 2016

It’s another “Uh oh, Matt Cain pray for rain” game. We are going to have a little weather in the Bay today but not enough to halt Cain’s ascension to the mound this evening. So, unfortunately,the only thing *raining* will be Colorado hitters raining bombs down on vulnerable fans in the bleachers.

Krukow has the KNBR morning show today at 7:30am so if you want to hear some of his best blather about Peavy you should tune in. I think you can stream it. I’ll listen to it in my car on the way to work and chime in about it later.

Hey, if he gets blasted that’s now 40% of the starting rotation that can no longer be ignored. And my main man BigTimeTimmyJimJim has his showcase tomorrow. Just something to think about……

 

 

Doing a Raindance

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 4, 2016

Lotta rain in the forecast. So are we praying for rain so we miss a Peavy start? I’m of the opinion that this bandaid just needs to get ripped off. How many shit outings can Bochy ignore?

lu6

Destroying the Helpless

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 3, 2016

The Reds are awful. We need to keep fattening up on them. I heard this morning on KNBR that their bullpen just set a record of giving up a run in the 20th consecutive game. That’s unreal. With someone named Mosrat or Moscat or whatever going today we are likely to get deep into that generous bullpen once again.

I don’t often feel confident or positive about an impending win but I do today. Giants romp 10-2 and Smarge gets the W….

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by the way, Dana Stubblefield, what the hell?

Cueto Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 2, 2016

Yesterday’s win was a comfortable reminder of the mental toughness of this team. They could have easily thrown in the towel on a soggy getaway game vs one of the be@st pitchers in the league. But they fought like men.

Very interested to see how Cueto does tonight. The Reds, to put it politely, smoke as much pole as could possibly be smoked. He’s in a familiar yard, he should destroy them. But will our offense show up minus Pagan? I hope Buster is in the LU today. One of my all time favorite bombs and calls by Miller:

Cancel the Game, Play Basketball Instead

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 1, 2016

Probably no game today? That would be fine with me. Cold, hard truth is that even with Bumgarner going today, Thor is probably better, at least at this point in the season. Eh, we could use the day to travel. Call the game, coach.

Besides, it’s Dub Nation Sunday. Bring on the Trailblazers!!!!!!!

An Inning that Refused to Die

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 30, 2016

I drove into my driveway yesterday just as the bottom of the 3rd inning got under way. I decided to stay and listen to it on the radio so I wouldn’t miss anything and I like listening to Miller anyway. I should have brought a sandwich and something to drink. I got very hungry and thirsty.

As the inning wore on and the scoreboard lights began to flicker from overuse, I considered just going into the house. But I was stubborn and I wanted to see just how long an inning could last. Like could this inning somehow alter the time/space continuum law. About 20 minutes into it I turned the ignition back on because I was worried I was going to end up with a dead car battery.

Here is a sample of some of the texts I got during that inning:

“this is a looooooog inning dawg”

“can we surrender?”

“hilarious”

“what is happening to the Giants right now…”

“longest and worst muthafuckn inning in fuckn history and I am here.”

“is 12 runs in an inning a record?”

There were more. So much time was passing. My 5 o’clock shadow grew into a full beard. I considered braiding it to pass the time. I starting thinking about weird shit like how much time was there left in the world. When would the world end? When would this inning end? Do I have enough gas in my car to keep the radio on and the battery running? What would I tell the AAA guy if I ran out of gas and got a dead battery all while sitting in my driveway?

Mercifully, the inning ended and I wandered into my house tired and exhausted like I’d just finished running the Bay to Breakers. I checked the calendar to make sure it was still April…..

 

 

What In the World Ever Became of Sweet Jane?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 29, 2016

“Busted down on Bourbon Street, Set up like a bowling pin…..”

There is one Flapper who gets to strut around and say he knew it all along, and that Flapper is the great and storied WILLIED.

Dee Gordon got taken to the woodshed for PED’s and now last season makes a lot more sense. I wonder what his hitting coach has to say about this? lqtm.

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The Giants are in NY for a very difficult series vs a solid Mets club. Matz? deGrom? Thor? Jesus, those are 3 studs lined up and we counter tonight with fucking Peavy.

Do we have any New York Flappers storming the gates this weekend?

Heard Finnerty’s owner on KNBR this morning. He says they’ll be 160 strong in section 138 today. All wearing orange shirts and loud as fuck.

 

Back in the Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 28, 2016

Today in 1988, Baltimore lost their 21st game in a row. Here is the SI cover that week. I miss the simplicity of those older covers. Nowadays it seems like it’s just shit superimposed on other shit. Fake.

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We are going to have trouble in NY, I’m not looking forward to this trip.

Zigging Against the Zaggers

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 27, 2016

Just a reminder, Cueto and Samardzija got ranked by most pundits who pundit this sort of thing as 2 of the 5 worst free agent signings of the Winter.

Where would we be without them?

And why can’t we seem to score at AT&T?

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I was just cleaning up my clogged desktop screen and I found this. It’s Jayson Stark’s list of worst free agent signings from interviews he did with baseball excecs

cueto

 

 

Game Time Thread

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 26, 2016

Pffffffffttttt…… long shitty day.

But I’ll be damned if I leave The Flap hangin’ on a game time thread.

I’ll try to check in later.

 

Forgettable, Regrettable

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 25, 2016

I missed most of yesterday’s game catching some of it on the radio. Each time I tuned in Jon Miller was doing a different type of flabbergast at the hitters and their inability to drive in runs when presented with the opportunity.

A quick check of the team stats? Sounds like a plan. Stats that stood out:

Trevor Brown has more RBI’s than Buster Posey (7>6).

Brandon Crawford has 1 more RBI than Jeff Samardzija (4>3).

Eh, I’m not in the mood to keep going.

How’s Steph’s knee?

Also…..

Happy Birthday Unca Chuck!

Old Gear

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 23, 2016

I’m sitting here typing this in a worn out, black, long sleeve Giants shirt. No frills, just “Giants” emblazoned across the front. There are multiple holes in it. The “black” has faded to almost gray. At this point, it’s probably only good for sleeping in. I think I bought it in 1998.

It got me to wondering about the gear we all own. Outside of a hat, what’s the oldest Giants gear you own and still wear? This is probably the oldest for me. I wear shit hard so it’s no surprise that I don’t have anything older than this.

Good win last night. When Barry got his curtain call didn’t it seem like the entire Marlins dugout was ignoring it? I wonder how they feel about Barry and his fame. Do they listen to him? Or do they think he’s a diva?

 

Electric Word Life

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 22, 2016

Somehow I missed this: Prince died in an elevator. That’s…..crazy.

I was never a huge Prince fan. In fact, since his epic Super Bowl halftime show I hadn’t even thought about him until he showed up at Oracle last month with a freaking scepter or cane or whatever that was. My buddies saw him perform the next night and said their minds were collectively blown.

But even not being a big fan I did walk the earth yesterday with a certain kind of melancholy malaise hovering above me. It was like when Michael Jackson or Whitney Houston died. Not big fans of them, but they were such a huge part of my youth, they were just always around somehow on MTV or on the radio or whatever, it was jarring to know that he was suddenly gone.

Now, back to baseball.

Giants update: We suck.

That is all.

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just for the H of it….

barrystach

 

Perspective

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 21, 2016

In a couple of months, I want Lisle to break out that shorthand/journal thing that he’s furiously scribbling in and remind us of the darkest time of the year. Because this is it. And we shouldn’t overreact to it, just as we shouldn’t have expected the Giants to average scoring 8 runs a game as they did earlier this year.

Bad stretch. Bad week. I think Buster is hurt, there’s a direct line you can draw from his foot getting hit to the slump he’s in right now.

The important thing to remember>>>>>>

this too shall pass…….

Timmy Watch

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 20, 2016

Finally got some news on Lincecum. He’s in Arizona *training* with his dad. His pitch count is into the 70’s on a 5 man rotation time frame. That sounds painfully slow, in terms of progress, to me.

But what if he finally turns a corner and can be productive again? Would the Giants re-visit? Especially with Cain and Peavy pitching like #6/7 starters?

I don’t think he’s got anything left. But if you’re going to trot Cain and Peavy out there every week wouldn’t you at least do the same type of rain dance with Timmy?

Losing A Very Winnable Game

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 19, 2016

Last night was irritating. And I’m not just talking about the D-backs uniforms.

Peavy pitched about as well as he’s going to pitch this year. And as your #5, he was passable. The bullpen was atrocious and if they keep vomiting all over the mound we will see management act in bold, swift fashion. They didn’t build a team with a 170 million dollar payroll this year just to watch the one-inning guys piss it all away.

The good news is that Houston sucks and the Warriors can beat anyone. Also, someone told me the Sharks lost. Boo hoo.

 

Peavy

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 18, 2016

You know what’s a perfect remedy for what ails Peavy? ┬áPaul Goldschmidt and his biceps combined with unseasonably warm temps.

Uh, maybe not.

At least he has the pitchers-park factor working in his favor.

Huge start for Peavy. If he implodes again I’m not sure even the bromance he’s got with Bochy can save him.

At least we don’t have to watch Goldshit blast off against Timmy all night. He used to take Timmy out to the woodshed. Whatever happened to our hero Lincecum? Has he retired? I thought his surgeon pronounced him good to go and better than ever? You can’t listen to surgeons, they all lie.

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Also, 66 years ago today, this guy called his first Dodger game. With a 40 at the ready and smokes for days.

scully

 

Game Time Thread/Dodgers Suck My Balls

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 17, 2016

Just once I’d like the Giants to hammer a pitcher they “haven’t seen before.” Why not tonight? Unfortunately I fear that Maeda will be the next pitcher in a long line of first-start pitchers to bamboozle us.

I’m on board with everyone else being officially worried about the bullpen. One problem that Lopez might have— he’s underused. Probably could stand more innings to get a little tighter. And there’s no reason he can’t continue to be successful as a lefty specialist.

Huge start for Smarge tonight.

15 year anniversary of Barry blasting #500. I was at that game. Totally electric moment.

 

Moving On

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 16, 2016

Last night? Just wash it off, it was too much of a 1-off to fret over. And don’t have any day dreams about Tomlinson getting sent down. With Adrianza on the shelf we don’t have another utility guy on the 40 man. And sending him down would be a brutal message to send. Have a bad game, you’re gone? Bad idea. And one we aren’t really in the position to execute anyway….

I though Panik’s flub was worse. Of course, Specs did have the recent botched dp from last week and he had some shaky throws last night. He’s obviously fucked up in the head right now. That will pass as soon as he gets out there again and has some success…..

Warrior Game today. I sure hope the players aren’t so tired from playing basketball that they sleep through their alarms and miss the start of the game…….

Problems

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 15, 2016

This Romo thing is going to be an issue. I don’t believe for a second that this is just a situation where a tendon got *heated up*. Kruk says the Giants have ruled out TJ surgery and I also don’t believe that for a second. So, we need to prepare for and find someone to do his job–no small feat considering his important role. Derek Law may or may not be the answer.

Kershaw v Bum tonight. I don’t see how we score off this dude unless our pitcher once again provides the O or maybe if something fluky happens.

 

Rest is Overrated

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 14, 2016

I can’t get over all the rest these NBA players have taken over the last couple of weeks of the season. Pop started all of this a few years ago but teams that aren’t even sniffing the playoffs are *resting* players. WTF? NBA tickets are expensive, it seems like quite a screw job to the fans to make them pay usual prices to watch the scrubs garbage time their way up and down the court.

The Warriors have obviously been playing their guys down the stretch. Will it affect them negatively in the playoffs? Please. These are young men in the prime of their careers. You want a little rest? How about today and tomorrow. That’s plenty of rest. Then kick the shit out of Houston on Saturday…

Happy birthday to Greg Maddux. He’s 50 today and though he’s older than me, that makes me feel quite old.

Susac Pipped By Brown

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 13, 2016

There are tons of jokes on Twitter about Buster being “pipped” but the real life guy who lost out is Andrew Susac and all the little bumps and owies that ail him. And that will probably work out fine for us if he cobbles together a healthy enough season in Sacramento and we can include him in a trade somewhere. I hope he doesn’t suffer too many heat related maladies this Summer…..

Smarge went into last night’s game with an unsustainable Coors Field ERA of 1.88. He proceeded to predictably fall apart with an ERA of 2.25 for the game. lqtm. Seriously, did the Rockies even consider signing this guy? It’s like they prefer to just have pitchers who CAN’T pitch there……

Warriors set to break a record tonight that seemed unbreakable when it was set. I’m preparing myself now for all the haters and trolls who will choose to disparage this great achievement. I’ll never understand people who sit around the house all day waiting to tear down others who were actually outside doing something…..

 

I Hate Games in Colorado

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 12, 2016

Mostly, this feeling has to do with DFS. Contrary to popular opinion, these games aren’t always 12-10 barn burners. Yet the prices of the players who play are always (rightfully) jacked up. But not every hitter goes off. And if they do, and you have them, they’re likely over owned. But fading players in Colorado games is dangerous for obvious reasons.

And then there’s the weather……

I know most of this doesn’t affect any of you. Just wanted to get it off my chest.

How many HR’s get hit today? 3? I’ll say Blackmon, Parra and Pence go yard. Who are your 3? And remember, you only get 3. Unless you think more will get hit. Ok, go!

WHAT an OFFENSE!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 11, 2016

Giants have scored the most runs in either league this year, I’ll try to remember that if I get tempted again to post something negative about the offense. That run total figures to take a healthy add when we get to Colorado tomorrow.

Looking forward to watching Trevor Story. He’s the first rookie to ever hit 7 hr’s over any 6 game stretch in any season. That’s a wild stat. Maybe start throwing this dude some off speed stuff? Because he seems to be hammering the fastballs.

Get to Denver and rest up. A tsunami of runs is pending…..

Losing

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 10, 2016

Missing out on a golden opportunity to beat Kershaw sucks but when you consider that our offense was provided by a pitcher and a guy who hits like a pitcher we can’t really be too bummed that one didn’t get put in the bank. Our offense is not good right now.

The rain is falling this morning, it certainly doesn’t have the feel of a hitters game approaching.

Drizzle. That’s a great word. Describes our offense perfectly…..

Probably won’t be a fun game to sit through today…..

There’s winning and Then There’s WINNING!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 9, 2016

When the protagonists in the story line are named Ross Stripling and Trevor Brown, you know you have the makings for a Giants/Dodgers insta-classic. The best story lines are written by The Randoms….

But it wouldn’t have been nearly as awesome had Brown hit that bomb off the Dodgers newest rookie CPA. Admit it. Stripling’s stone faced mug in the dugout was a snap shot moment in the rivalry that will live for a long, long time. And this was another managerial gaffe by a manager of a team that has had a lot of those in the last few years. “Two-Trips” got a nickname out of his screw up. What shall we call Roberts? Davey -something…

But was it really a “managerial gaffe?” Roberts was put in an unwinnable position. The kid was on a pitch count and he wasn’t close to finishing the game. He would have probably had to let him go to AT LEAST 125 to complete the no hitter and you can’t justify doing that considering the situation—-he’s a Tommy-John *survivor*. It was cold and wet. It was his first start of the year. I mean, those are the reasons he’s on a pitch count in the first place. Dave Roberts didn’t invent the concept of the pitch count and he’s certainly not allowed to go *lone wolf* on medical science as it relates to baseball. Not in that situation anyway.

But for Giants fans, the sweetest of evenings. Dave Roberts ejecting himself out of the dugout at a rate of speed not seen since the days of George Brett was probably my 3rd favorite moment of the night after Brown’s improbable blast and the Crawford walk off.

In the box score, it was simply the 4th win of a long season yet to unfold. For Ross Stripling it was a dagger to his heart. For Giants fans, a little bit more “knowing” got added to that head nod. And for Dodger fans, they weep, collectively.

 

Being the Buzzkill

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 8, 2016

I’m not sure if I’ve been hypnotized into staid indifference with all of these Warrior wins but beating the bejezus out of the Dodgers yesterday didn’t stir the same “knowing dude head nod” reaction inside of me that it would have in years past. Is winning really getting this easy? That’s a game we would have lost in years past and not only did we win but we bent those art dealin’ chumps over the dugout out and doubled them up.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about the win. But there’s a part of me that misses the faults and the failures of pre-2010 Giant teams. I’m tired of seeing every other person I pass on the street decked out in fresh Giants gear. And I liked it when no one believed in us. Wins are sweeter and better savored when the doubters are exposed.

Which was more exciting, Mike Ivie’s grand slam or Hunter’s from yesterday?

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2 Flappers, representing.

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Opening Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 7, 2016

So today, the Dodgers have to actually play a team that’s conscious. That will be a new thing for them after what they’ve been doing the last 3 days. I don’t even know who’s managing the Padres these days but whoever it is did not have his team prepared to play baseball this year.

Alex Wood is just a guy, and if anyone is gonna be focused up and geeked out of his mind for an opening day start it’s Peavy. I’m a little worried about this flu bug+flight+no rest but whatever, it’s baseball it’s not like they’re running a marathon.

Another game I have to follow on gamecast. Anyone going?

Opening Day. Nothing like it.

Gritty Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 6, 2016

Nice, professional win yesterday. Casilla was dominant. The hitters were better than the 2 runs they produced.

****Breaking News***** Hunter Pence’s scooter has been recovered. I don’t know what type of scumbag steals from the make-a-wish foundation, but both criminals have been arrested and the scooter is back with the foundation. Mayor Ed Lee, always a whore for attention, called a news conference to announce the recovery. He was so excited.

The Padres continue their sleep walk through the season, still runless headed into the 3rd game of the season.

We Win, SD Bends Over

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 5, 2016

It can’t be this easy, can it?

I’m still doing a slow burn about San Diego. You’re facing Kershaw, we get it, he’s tough. But to lose 15-love is just an utter lack of effort. Especially at home on opening day. A minimum expectation should be showing up and marginally competing. They didn’t do that yesterday.

I’m not sure how Padre fans feel about their team since I don’t know any Padre fans. I’ve never even met one in all my years of walking the earth.

And a quick note on Sonny Gray: he had food poisoning last June and missed a start, now he got it again? I think I’ve had food poisoning twice in my life, how did he get it twice in less than a year? And what are the odds that he keeps getting felled by it the day before a start?

But back to our team. As I was skeptical yesterday of Bumgarner I am definitely casting a wary eye towards Cueto. I still don’t understand why he was facing minor leaguers most of spring training. But with Span on pace for 810 RBI’s this season maybe we don’t need Cueto’s most dominant effort today…..

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