A Place To Talk About Giants Baseball

Nice One

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 17, 2022

That was a quality win. One of the harder things to do is to go to SherpaLand with the Rockies having already been playing there. They are already used to the climate and it’s tough for a team to come in there and compete Game 1 of the new series. Couple that with the fact that we’d just gotten blown out in the Sunday night game and it’s even more impressive that we scratched and clawed and still came out with the victory. And even Yaz with the most suspect of mustashes ended up being the hero.

Embarassing

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 16, 2022

If only they’d put Pujols in earlier—we would have destroyed them.

Ugly. And about to get uglier with a trip into Sherpaland.

Who got the last laugh, bitch?

Big Time

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 15, 2022

Yesterday was a big dud. Today, Rondon vs Wainwright. ESPN.

No laid eggs on national tv, ok?

Stix Break

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 14, 2022

If you check in this strong at 3am, you get the day’s thread……

Carstie Clausen3:15 AM (2 hours ago)
to Flavor, carstie

  Flav:  Friday evening in St. Louis revealed something about the Giants approach.  It’s all about balance.

  Tuning into the official MLB site, it’s larding up the place with the Yankmees—a team I have detested since around the age of twelve—and the LaBumbos—with the Guggenheimer bucks providing LaLaLand with an All-Star array of ego-trippers and highlight reelers.  Judge and Stanton present a duet of power++  superstars .The New York based media loves to hype them clear into the ionosphere—that’s well beyond the stratosphere,  way, way, way up there.  But guess what?  Last night checking on the stats end of the MLB presentation, there’s the “lowly” Giants, now with a six game winning streak, sporting the identical number of runs batted in with the Yanks.  How to explain?  It’s simply a matter of balance.

 Our Webb-spinner looked to be nowhere near his A-game in the First.  Wild-man on the mound, it seemed to bode another one of THOSE nights like SF experienced last week.  But somehow last season’s surprise ace found his center of balance, helped along with a reconstituted offense and got his act together, lasting a full six and appearing to improve as the game marched on.  Though his ERA is not up to his standout performance a year ago, he now sports a 5-1 record. Only three K’s on the night, if recall is correct…but weak-contact grounders scooped up by CrawDaddy and a smooth functioning infield with those two DP’s; in general demonstrated that keen pitching and a near airtight inner defense is more often than not a more potent game-winner than the star-spangled squads which grab all the media by the short-hairs.

 Another part of the balanced equation is a relentless, grinding offense centered on an attack that comes atcha from every bat in the lineup.  Contrast that approach with the Bonds-centered formula of a couple of decades back…that one was a single hyperstar surrounded by a shadowed assembly of so-so hitters who simply took on the roles of a supporting cast for THE MAN.  Wearing down the opposing starter, the Cardinals’ flamethrower as a prime example, combined with feasting on a bewildered bullpen, was key to that 8-2 victory.  No rest for the opponent.  Pitch after pitch getting fouled off and that topped by a frustrated hurler losing command and control and consequently issuing free passes. 

 Frustrating the Cards, not so much as in the sweep of the bedizened Rox, was a lineup with few holes.  A pitcher simply cannot pitch around these guys.  Consider Casali.  Outta nowhere, he gets his first Ding-Dong of the season, essentially putting the game on ice.  Return of Longo with his devastating double was yet another highlight.  With a AAAA lineup, back in the not so distant past, Los Gigantes couldn’t buy a two-bagger.  Adding YazMaTaz on his covid return for another two-run boost and we’re looking at the Daily Doubles. Toss in Ruf-stuff and a pitcher faces more than one or two guys who can hurt you…bad.

 Then there’s the Bullies.  With the Webb-master good for six, the pen once again was not needing to face a lonnnng set of innings.  Though Littell got lit up by starlit Goldy, the blast did not drive in a couple of baserunners as well. Who’s on first?  Nobody.  No huge prob.  The lead was already daunting.  Jarlin Garcia finished it off with a nine pitch ninth, as St.L. had already gotten demoralized by yet another solid outing by Leone in the previous frame.  When offense and defense are playing up to their standard standards, the relievers seem to be more relaxed—no nailbiting tension—and proceed to simply do their due diligence.

 Yeah, Friday the thirteenth was bad luck for the home team.  They got run over by a Giants squad which lacks even a single superstar.  They are all in it, as nobody hogs the spotlight, while a keenly balanced production lessons and lessens the opponent.  It almost reminds one of a prizefighter in the their now almost unheard of heyday in the 50’s, who maintained a balanced battering that simply wore down his opponent.

 Perhaps 2021 with its 100++ victories was not a total outlier.  Could just be that Zaidi’s concatenation of hidden treasures coming outta nowhere and Kapler’s pinpoint managerial skills are providing a whole new template for winning baseball.

  It’s all about balance.

The Dreaded Cardinals

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 13, 2022

The Cardinals are one of those teams I think should be better offensively. I like their entire LU. And yet the only thing they really do well is steal bases. I’m worried about this series though, they could break out offensively at any moment.

I’ll check in with Daniel and see if he knows why they aren’t hitting as well as I think they should be hitting.

Webb needs to bring his A game today.

Taking Care of Business Against the Worst

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 12, 2022

I just looked at the Rockies record. How in God’s name are they over .500? They’re terrible in every facet of the game.

Nice to see Bart have an RBI single. He doesn’t have to be Posey but if he can bang an RBI single every now and again that might be enough.

Got our 3 best lined up in St. Louis.

Win As Many As You Can

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 11, 2022

With the Dodgers probably starting another 12 game win streak yesterday it’s important to win games like last nights. Although it should be pretty easy making the post season this year even if they run away with it. I’m not conceding the division…..but come on. Look at that team. And ours is significantly weaker than last year’s.

But that does mean I don’t think we can make a lot of noise this year. Let Z make another deadline deal or two and we’re good.

Winning With Dead Weight

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 10, 2022

Two nice Bay Area wins last night though both had their warts. I give the Dubs a ton of credit for getting through that game with all the stress they had pregame with Kerr’s Covid and Draymond losing one of his friends to a shooting. The Giants have to figure out Bart and McGee. At least with McGee you know it’s in there. Bart is a different story. This guy was a first round draft pick. That’s it. Teams miss all the time on those guys. He’s basically failed aross the board during all his time at the mlb level.

Stix take:

Carstie ClausenMon, May 9, 8:30 PM (9 hours ago)
to me

Flav:  Been following the game on Gameday this evening.  Perhaps the one thing that bothers me the most is that Bart has been clueless in his at-bats for some while now.  He’s become a Black Hole in the lineup.  Every time he comes to bat I just automatically feel that he’s not gonna get on base and most likely strike out.  Maybe it’s time to consider options.  My pick would be to make a trade with the floundering Cubs and see if they can be tempted by a mid-range prospect or two for Willson Contraras, who for some reason has not seen much action.  His offensive numbers have been acceptable if not particularly stellar.  Maybe more seasoning in AAA would be what Bart needs.  Seems like he’s digging a hole that just gets deeper and deeper.  A less stressful and responsible situation might actually do him some good.

Still Processing The Unprocessable

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 9, 2022

I agree with that dude. There is nothing in that horse’s past performances to indicate he could do anything like he did on Saturday. He should have been 300-1. And yet there he was, weaving through horses in the stretch like he had a motor on his ass. For the sake of the industry I hope that horse doesn’t test dirty.

Lots of people talking about how great this is for the sport and the little guy and there is certainly some truth to that. But a horse winning for no reason like that happens every so often at some shitty midwestern track in a claiming race on a Wednesday afternoon. It doesn’t happen on racing’s biggest stage. They did run the last quarter pretty slow so it could just be a case of all the other horses not firing and/or some who were burnt up by that incredibly fast first quarter and half. So, visually, his run looked better than it was.

While I’ve been trying to make sense of that senseless act the Giants broke a nice little 2 game win streak at the expense of Daniel’s Cardinals…

Derby Day!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 7, 2022

If you’re looking for something to take your mind off the Giants sucking I have just the thing for you. I’m going to let my main man The Boney One handle today’s thread because he breaks these plays down as good or better than me:

Thomas McDevittThu, May 5, 9:32 PM (2 days ago)
to me, Chris

 I feel exceptionally confident this year

  1. Messier, 8-1 ML; If he actually goes off at 8-1 or higher he’s a great bet
  2. Zandon, 3-1 ML; Heart and wallet want him to win ($16.8k in Derby Future Wager), and he figures to run great, but doesn’t have much early speed and that’s been a huge problem last 12 years
  3. Cyberknife, 20-1ML; He probably will be 20-1+ and therefore my best longshot pick for underneath in trifecta and Superfecta
  4. Smile Happy, 20-1 ML; I seriously doubt he will be 20-1, probably more like 14-1, but that’s still great value on a horse with a real chance of winning
  5. White Abarrio, 10-1 ML; might get 12-1 on him, and if he reproduces his race in Florida Derby here he can definitely win
  6. Epicenter, 7-2 ML; I think he’ll actually end up as the favorite. Nice horse, but had everything his own way and his wins aren’t as impressive as they might appear. Not a fan, but won’t let him beat me
  7. Crown Pride, 20-1ML; Japanese horse, would be a massive upset, but Japanese horses are now as good as any in the world, dirt or turf, and it’s inevitable one of them will win the Derby someday at long odds. When they do, I’ll have some $ on them
  8. __________________________________________________________

For my money the 2 best longshots to hit the board today are Cyberknife and Crown Pride…..

this is the most wide open Derby I can remember in quite some time.

a LAugher

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 5, 2022

You can talk all you want about Covid and this and that but if Craw gonna hit .220, Bart .188, Ruff .178 etc then this is what we get. And Z let’s Posey and Bryant go without replacing them (unless you count his Gonzalez/Padlo/Etc moves and again, this is what you get. The only good news is that with mlb screwing with the ball to the point of destroying most of the offenses it’s not like we have zero hope with this batch of loser hitters.

But they can’t hit like this. Not against a team like The Dodgers.

Losing At Everything

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 4, 2022

NBA has gotten so tough to watch with all this over-officiating. I’m sure they’re trying their best but the rules have gotten too cumbersome. Still, Klay going 2-12 from 3land is going to be tough to overcome. And 18% as a team is cashed in for *get what you pay for*.

Speaking of “getting what you pay for”, it’s no surprise we lost with that anemic line up. There’s only so much Brebbia aisle you can fit into one store. It was just an awful group of hitters from start to finish.

Rivalry

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 3, 2022

After the Nats torched our pitching staff I must admit I am not headed into the series with LA with much confidence at all. At least we have Rondon going tonight.

45 Hits

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 2, 2022

They got 45 hits this weekend. That is pathetic. A team that flies all the way across the country and plays in our pitcher friendly park should never, ever bang 45 hits across 3 games vs us.

Utterly unacceptable.

Back On The Beam

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 1, 2022

Sunday morning Melodious mutterings…..

Carstie ClausenSat, Apr 30, 9:44 PM (8 hours ago)
to Flavor

 Flav:  That was a pretty broad hint.  Glad to be of service.  Guess I just like analytics.  -stix

 The Saturday matinee vs the Gnats was virtually a mirror image opposite of the Friday fiasco.  With essentially a AAAA team Friday evening and with Wood more resembling balsa than oak,  and with three of the Giants most potent bats on the injury and covid lists; the Giants were humiliated—trounced, by a SF castoff starter and a pretty not too bad array of Washington bats finally awakening from their slumber.

Saturday’s game turned the tables despite the fact that Webb once again was not his dominant self, giving up eleven hits, including four devastating doubles over his 95 pitches through six innings. He was stingy with his bases on balls, but only was able to strike out three…way out of character.  Apparently, videos and scouting reports have uncovered some of the chinks in his armor.  It would be sure-fire odds that the coaching staff will do all they can to steer him back into the wonder we witnessed last season.  That he recovered from his early mistakes over the last three innings and despite several singles, was able to stifle any more scoring.  In other words, Webb toughed it out.  Once again, the bullies were airtight.  Alvarez has to be one of the most lethal firemen out there. He cooled down opposing batters in jig time.  Striking out two of three outs, he was indomitable.  Interestingly, with heightened velocity this season, Brebbia matched Alvarez.  With all the turnovers, It’s hard to keep up with the new relievers.  I’ll just call the game-capper Señor Llow-balls until getting a bit better acquainted.

 After thoroughly exploring Vosler’s minor league record, his two taters in this series did not particularly surprise me.  It’s almost like he’s been waiting for this particular opportunity.  He appears to be very determined to stay in The Show.  How bout Thairo? Three RBI’s today, one of them on a force play.  His fourteen ribeyes top the team.  Seems like he simply can’t help but driving in runners.  Good to have that kinda energy around on a steady basis.  Kapler’s faith in Ruf paid off at last, as our laggard finally got his act together, going 3 for 4.  Crawdaddy is still a bit behind his normal production, but he did draw a pair of walks and scored twice.

 Amazing how this collection of seemingly random players today bounced back from a galling defeat.  With well over half of their regular position players out of action, this bunch of re-treads and dumpster-dives managed to stun the (G)Nats this afternoon. Of course the visitors’ comedy of errors greased the skids more than a little.  Perhaps they were still in a state of shock from running up the score yesterday with no fewer than three of them knocking four hits apiece.  From their jackrabbit start today it looked like they had not shot their wad.  Vosler’s blast into the bay must have knocked some sense into them.  They did score another pair in the next inning, but as per usual the SF batters kept fouling off pitches and perhaps inducing another batch of out of the zone pitches, as the “wear em down” strategy just kept building that pitch count for yet another deer in the headlights starter.

 Finally that perfect throw from RF by Gonzo, plus Casali’s fine swipe of the runner, proved after the video review from “upstairs” vindicated Kapler’s protest and the initial “safe” call was overturned. Though the MLB hierarchy has come up with some shitty new rules like that ghost runner on second to start the 10th; the video reviews do seem to be actual progress, in this day of electronic everything.

Ugly

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 30, 2022

That game must have made the Nats happy. And Sanchez gets a W against his former team. No Stix email today so I can’t fill up the thread with his melodious mutterings.

Hopefully that’s the only Apple TV game of the year.

All The Good Stuff

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 29, 2022

Dubs get a nice long layoff. Giants get Washington who they should handle at home. Derby next weekend got my attention. And The Oaks on Friday may be even more exciting. This is my time of year. Reveling.

Losing But Still In….First Place

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 28, 2022

Dubs advance but the waters are going to get deeper. They got lucky getting to play a team that basically had one true thread throughout the game. I just don’t think they’re going to get to the Finals, but having to play the Celtics and that D would be embarrassing.

Giants with a quiet-bat game, no surprise really.

Check out The D-backs yesterday. They’ve beaten LA two in a row and look at those batting averages. I know it’s early, but still….

Back in…..First Place!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 27, 2022

I’m not sure if I could hate those red Giants uniforms more. I’m not posting a pic because you know what they look like and not posting a pic is one less time I have to look at them. Everything MLB does is for money and yet I’ve never seen a single person walking around with one of those on. Who’s buying them?

There was a hilarious tweet someone sent out about those uni’s last year I wish I could find it. It went something like: “those new Giant uniforms look like if a minor league team bus broke down in a Disney movie” –it was something like that only much funnier.

Joc’s Revenge

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 26, 2022

I’m all for shit talking at a game but it’s got to be funny and clever. Good natured. It can’t cross a line. If you wouldn’t say it to the player’s face on the street then you shouldn’t say it from your seats. I’ve always supported the Joc pick up even suggesting they make the move a week before it happened. And the bombs have been easy to like. But yesterday was the first time I’ve ever actually liked that ass hat. Having to listen to vile shit about your family spewed from some Milwaukee country bumpkin is not something any ball player should have to put up with.

“And now, time for something competely different….”

Carstie ClausenMon, Apr 25, 9:37 PM (9 hours ago)
to me

                                                                                                                                Wrapping It

 Down by a run and one measly single against one of the best five, or certainly ten pitchers in MLB, the Giants did what they do best…hang on in there, fouling off pitch after pitch and getting the opposing starter to throw so many pitches that a bunch of them were off the plate.  At a bit past a hundred pitches Burnes started to flag.  Bottom of the order guy gets on with two down and up to the plate steps Joctivities, who promptly gets heckled by a Brewed up homeboy and promptly eJoculates a hard and long one.  Giants up 2-1.  Yeah, it can happen that fast.  Bottom of the inning with McGee having retired the first two, Adames hits a mistake and the game gets tied.

 Top of the 9th and two outs and Milwaukee’s reliever makes his first mistake.  Runner on first.  Up to the plate strides yet another of Zaidi’s dumpster-dives and Luis crushes one…4-2 Giants.  They sometimes have a habit of coming at you totally out of no-where.  Were the game being held in SF, it would have been a walk-off.  But the game-winning hit being your first homer in MLB is even more special than than your traditional walk-off.  Style, baby.  This one looks like a keeper.  Seems like Gonzales has found his home.  He may be no Suzuki, but he got the job done, enabling an almost incredible 8-3 road-trip.

 LaBumbos are looking over their shoulders again.  All the money in the world cannot top all for one and one for all team spirit.  Giants now have the distinction of being in the highest brackets in both homers and RBI’s. Offense today simply hung tough against one very formidable starter.  Burnes vs. Long looked like a total no-brainer…on paper.

 At this point of the young season SF has the most effective bullpen in the game…intriguingly, a lot of them being dumpster-dives.  They were air-tight before McGee gave up that dinger in the bottom of the 8th.  When the Giants offense got at their set-up man, the Brewskis were left hanging there down by two and our hitters never had to face Josh Hader, their closer.  Ours, still a bit green, but with tons of promise, simply got the job done. Face their ace with a succession of relievers, who were with one exception, simply air-tight, may well become yet another template installed by Mr. Z and his many able enablers.  Jeeze, down two-fifths of the rotation and a third of the projected position-players; San Francisco’s Giants are proving that being the NLW champs may not have been a fluke.

 Lurking on the Flap, I noted the shot from  Mel’s Diner.  So we get Theiro and Luis combining for an excellent diving catch and the game-winner.  Hollywood could not have come up with today’s script.  With eJoculation Grande having premiered with the LaBumbos; they gotta be shaking their heads about letting that one go.  High drama and a bit of ironic comedy and the Giants win again.

 Gotta love em.  Here’s the kicker:  Check out the stats on the MLB site.  Only Rodon is in the top brackets among individual players.  But when it comes to team stats, the pitchers are at the pinnacle for giving up fewest home-runs and the batters are peaking for both homers and RBI’s.  Teamwork.  That’s the formula.  With all those Googenheimer bucks; the LaLaLanders are already sweating little green B-B’s.

Mixed Feelings

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 25, 2022

My buddies have been consumed lately with how they feel about Joc Pederson. On the one hand, he is a confirmed asshat who grew up hating the Giants and who we hated when he was a Dodger. On the other hand, eh, he hits that damn ball. My feeling is straight forward: if you are wearing that Giants uni than I am in your foxhole. When he leaves after this year we can all get back to hating him.

Nice take:

Carstie Clausen12:46 AM (4 hours ago)
to me

Flav:  This one’s a bit shorter than usual.  The sweep of a faltering Nats team speaks for itself.

   Not this soon anyway, I did not expect respect.  MLB.com just released its power-rankings and the Giants now stand at #4 among the top ten.  So why that sudden respect?  Two sweeps, one over a good Cleveland team—that despite their being the Gardenias. The second over a tatterdemalion squad representing urination’s capital.  That’s enough for the politics.  Here are two more items which loom significant:  Giants pitchers, despite 2.5 starters being on the injured list—the .5 being Matthew Boyd, who though yet to pitch an inning for SF, got a nice chunk of cash for anticipated performance beginning some time in June—have given up the fewest number of home-runs in the NL.  Secondly, Los Gigantes top MLB in run differential at +37, if memory serves.

 Facing relatively weak pitching the Giants are becoming a monster—24 runs in three games vs. Washington.  Joctivities gets the highlights with his pair of dingers, but the big news is that up and down the lineup the offense is getting base-hits.  Those singles just keep adding up.  Timely hitting AND with men on base.  Hope it becomes a habit.  Perhaps they are coming into synch.  So the offense is not just one big bat anymore and neither is it the long ball, as was the case vs the Dagos in the Opener.  Sorta like hitting on all cylinders.

 Bullpen has been stout and steady.  Nice to see guys like Littell coming around and Junis sure was a pleasant surprise.  Depth.  Success in the assigned roles.  Rotation guys can relax a bit, knowing that the Bullies waaay more often than not have got their backs.

Acid tests will come in a couple weeks when the team faces the LaBumbos and the baseball Cards and then looking for vengeance at home vs the Mutts.  Three very tough teams.  If SF gets a split in those three series they will have achieved full respect.

Play Hard But Play Smart

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 23, 2022

While I think everyone should play hard until the game is over it does appear this type of *attitude* is going to cause more problems than it’s worth. Baseball players are inherently little bitches so Kap might want to re-think this team wide approach he’s pushing.

Sad note for my buddy The Mudman who had a nice 3 team parlay going of *Yaz gets a hit, SF wins, over 8.5 runs scored* until Estrada got thrown out at home on that hustle play dooming the run line to die at the under….

He’s Not Happy

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 22, 2022
Carstie ClausenThu, Apr 21, 7:21 PM (9 hours ago)
to me

Flav:  My preference is to analyze Giants victories.  This one is different.

   Are Giants fans ready for torches and pitchforks yet?  No, it’s not on the players.  They are who they are.  Then there’s the injuries.  Hope that Wade is back for the next homestand.  Yeah, so who’s the target for fan dissatisfaction ?  The friggen owners, of course.  Wonder how many flappers wanted See-Ya Suzuki.  Five years, he got from the Cubs.  Buncha tightwads counting their shekels owning this team.  They could have cut a better deal with him that Chicago did.  Only caveat would be the absence of any No -Trade clause.  Give it a couple years and the pipeline may swell the outfield with talent.  Ain’t highly likely this year.  So maybe a fan boycott of the games, souvenirs, food, drinks, parking for a few weeks would send the only message those rich bass-turds know: Messing with their precious bottom line.

 When Belt isn’t on his game, the whole lineup seems to go into a collective slump.  Team needs more than a single primary spark plug.  How many do the LaLaLanders have?  One might need both fingers and toes to count them.  Baseball is the shits for not maintaining balanced salary caps as is the case with the NFL.  Fuggin Googies think they can consistently buy their way to heaven.  A couple of strategic investments and SF could match them.

 So how come mid-30’s Carrasco—who did not have a particularly brilliant season last year—made the Giants hitters look like a bunch of whipped puppies:  Not only did Belt have a bad day, but so did Ruf—who has consistently looked clueless to date, passing on balls right down the pike like he did this afternoon.  Pederson couldn’t apply the magic and Crawdaddy looked like a Crawbaby today with his three strikeouts.  Casali: Meh.  Only good performances came from Estrada, Flores and Yaz, who appears to be coming out of his early doldrums.  But unless all three had slammed dingers with men on base—another sore spot—that trio certainly wasn’t enough.

 Now it’s rotation rumblings.  Once again Disco was off his game, giving up two HRs to two pretty good hitters.  Last year he did not sin that much.  So with Cobb out for ten, the rotation is looking a bit ratty.  Maybe Webb can get back on his game facing the currently hapless Nats.  At least the temp in the Di$trict of Corruption should be a bit comfier than 48 degrees at game-time.  That happens and SF has a great one-two lockdown once again.  Yunior escaped danger and Beede was not terrible over two IP, with one run on 3 hits, with a walk and a strikeout.  Pen seems to be basically sound and with more in the upper pipeline.  Boyd should join the team by sometime in June.  So pitching is in a short-term dip, but correctable.  Not so the offense.  Zaidi does the best he can, picking up another starter for Sac-town just today.  But it could be just another dumpster-dive, unless the “tweaking” does miracles once again.

 So, consider a fan boycott with plenty of protest signs and media comments.  If the owners were not such misers, the team could at least have got the split I was projecting.  It’s on the moneybags.

Winning Without Hitting

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 21, 2022

Despite Yaz, Ruf, Slater, Crawford, Estrada, Grave Duggar and Bart all hitting under .221 we are still managing to cobble together wins.

Some how the A’s, who gave up before the season started, are also winning. Speaking of the A’s, this is what it looked like at the Mausoleum yesterday at first pitch:

I strongly support their fans and the boycott they are engaged in.

New York Let Down

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 20, 2022

SPring training, the biggest question about Cobb and Rondon was whether they could stay healthy. One down.

Driving in to work today, the KNBR morning show interviewed Ronnie Lott then Will the Thrill. I’m not sure if you could put an exacta like that together from my youth that would be any better…..

Baseball Overload

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 19, 2022

Weather looks much better today. Any Flappers hitting either of these games? Second game is Webb v Sherzer, wow.

Dubs got it done. “Four and a Poole” is gonna be quite the gimmicky conundrum for teams this year.

Another Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 18, 2022

Smoking a hot hitting Cleveland team like they were a traveling cartoon show was not how I saw that series going. But if all he does is win then I must defer to that (and Kap) and enjoy this (long) ride we’re on.

As usual, we have the best record in MLB. Bring on the Mets I’m sure we’ll smoke them too. Weather note: looks like this game starts dry and then lots of rain coming mid-game so not sure if this one is gonna get finished today….

Any east coast hall of fame Flappers hitting any of those games? Send me pics if you do

All He Does Is Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 17, 2022

Well, I don’t particularly like his methods but there’s no arguing with the results. At 6-2 that translates to a cool 121 wins at end of regular season. Kap looking to improve on the 107 from 2021. Lol. Whatever, he gets er done, don’t he?

Wood today.

Are the ‘Guardians’ The Worst Name In Professional Sports? Yes.

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 15, 2022

Fun little series with Cleveland. I like that we no longer stack all the interleague games at the same time. Although with the uni DH there’s not much difference between the leagues except general style of play/pitching. I’m also enjoying the uni DH, as I suspected we’d get used to it very quickly.

Pitching and Bots

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 14, 2022

Seriously what did we do to deserve Logan Webb? And where would we be this year (or last year without him)?

Hmmmmm I don’t get it. Knight2KingIdiot promised this: “I predict we’ll see a few old-timey avatars resurrected today.”

And yet I checked and it was all just the same guys who post every day.

Could he be……full of shit?

A LOT Going On

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 13, 2022

Lots of wild, unusual stuff from last night’s win. We saw Darvish get completely lit up by a team that previously couldn’t light up a Christmas tree. We saw a shocking accusation of racism lead to the first woman ever getting to coach on the field. And we saw the Padres get their panties bunched up about *unwritten rules* without question the dumbest of all the rules (mostly because they aren’t rules at all).

After the dust settled we saw what we usually see when we face the Padres: them being face down, ass up.

Cobb with the 10k’s in 5 innings, too. Very nice.

Back To No Offense

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 12, 2022

Ironically, it seems that the grave he’s been digging for 2 years has actually been his own. It pains me to say this but it’s time for him to go. Yaz, too. Neither can hit a lick. I guess not having Posey, Bryant or Wade turns out to not be great for the offense, eh?

With only one of those dudes coming back I fear we are going to see a lot of games like last night’s.

It’s 49 Degrees Outside

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 11, 2022

Woke up, went outside and all of a sudden it’s December again. Freezing cold, wind, where’d the sun go?

Glad to have the Marlins gone, they just don’t do it for me. Boring.

Hopefully facing the Padres will juice this season up a little….

Sports Overload

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 10, 2022

Honestly, with the Masters and all the Derby preps from yesterday, I didn’t see or hear much of the game. The box score looks underwhelming.

Taiba was the most impressive winner to me yesterday. Coming off a single 6F race to pass the Great Messier like that in the stretch? I almost couldn’t believe what I was watching. One thing is clear: this is a STRONG cast of 3 year olds heading to the Derby.

I’ve got Cam Smith at 15-1 to win it all so let’s have a little sweat this afternoon and hope he can some how catch Sheffy.

Giving Stix The Thread Today

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 9, 2022

……he’s earned it.

Carstie ClausenFri, Apr 8, 6:28 PM (10 hours ago)
to me

Flav:  Still have some kinda WordPress account and it all looked good as I typed and posted.  No go.  So it’s back to El Flapmeister once again.

 To quote a well-known English Playwright:  “All’’s well that ends well”.  It was a wild, wooly and wacky afternoon at #1 Willie Mays Plaza. Almost six full I.P. by the indomitable Webb-spinner and then he walked a batter and had a fairly high pitch-count, so Kapler got the bright idea to bring in Leone.  Wasn’t he keeping up with the two bad outings our spaghetti slinger had during spring training?  So a tater later and Webb’s shutout turned into a 3-2 affair with the icing on the cake being an earnie charged to him over Leone (and Kapler’s fuckup).

 Heroics by the offense:  Three dingers.  El Capitan proving that his S.T. rustiness was no more than a passing fancy, as he sliced one to deep left.  Next, a first.  Bartbomb.  First time in The Show.  Buster will be desperately missed, but just maybe not as much for his pyroclastics at the plate, but even more for his nonpareil ability to handle pitchers and to pretty much run the whole show on the field.  Joey has a learning-curve ahead of him and I’m sure the coaches will be all over him.  Maybe we could hope that Posey would fly in now and again for some one on one tutoring.  You never know, asking might not hurt.  Anyhoo, Bart is on board in game one of the season and my take is that he will not for long be batting 9th.  He’s no longer a green rookie, as he made a solid statement in his first A.B.  He was a bit too hyped and overanxious in his next plate appearances, but that too should pass.

  Last word on homer heroics?  Estrada, of course.  His solid Spring Training proved to several of us that he just could be that diamond in the rough, that Zaidi snagged from the YankMees.  Theiro just could be the real-deal, as he proved today with Los Gigantes being down by one in the bottom of the 9th.  Tied it up at five-even, ultimately leading to that big “W”.

 Doval?  Major-league fuckup there.  Slider after slider and little velocity differentiation.  Where the hell was his fastball, I kept thinking while watching the gameday thread.  With enough heat to turn heaven as toasty as hell, one would have thought he would pound one in here and there to keep them off-balance anyway.  He’s gonna need a good talking-to by the coaches.  Needs to trust his stuff.  Confidence, it’s called.  Today, he sure didn’t look like a closer.  Needs to mature into the role.

 Brebbia:  Maybe he made the roster due to the uptick in his F.B.. McGee—solid. Rogers:  Pleasant surprise.  Kinda expected his S.T. woes were due to that hot, dry Arid-Zona air messing with his frisbees.  Alvarez:  Got the job done.  Mentioned it in some recent postings (thanks to Craig listing them):  The bullies are gonna have their ups and downs in this April shakedown cruise.  It should be mostly sorted out by May and there are plenty of options in AAA and AA.  The Pen should closely resemble last year’s outstanding relief corps, at least by the Break.  Down the line, the staff will be the bulwark for the team.

 Lovin Mauricio for his positive attitude and his energy but hating him for his perpetual fuckups on the base paths.  Nobody but Dubon could have lost track of reality when Belt hit that fly into R.F.  He committed the greatest sin by letting his enthusiasm overcome his sense of the occasion.

 So with two down on that crazy-assed D.P., Miami’s pitcher, Bass, did not think it a wise idea of facing Ruf—a major power-threat—and gave him a half-intentional free-pass.  Like the Scots poet, Bobby Burns, admonished:  “The best-laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley and leave us not but grief and toil for promised joy”.

 Enter THE MAN of the hour.  Having not had a particularly great day at the plate to date, Austin Slater capped it with a booming double to left, enabling “speedster” Ruf the Magic Dragon, to score the winnah chugging all the way from first to post the grand finale as S.F. six to five for the breath-taking Home Opener in perfectly dramatic fashion.

The Beginning of The End

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 8, 2022

It doesn’t get much more American than some dude named Beer hitting a walk off bomb on National Beer Day. And yet that’s what happened last night in Arizona. You know what else is American? Baseball. The Masters. The Derby. Lots of other stuff…

As I’ve gotten older I find myself not as emotionally tied in to how my favorite teams do. We’ve won so much in the last 12 years or so, hell, the last 40….I just can’t get too bummed if we suck or don’t win it all. I’ve gotten way more in to the global level of the sports I’m interested in. With social media and video re-tweets and daily fantasy sports, it’s just too easy to know who all the players are and how they are doing in real time. And what I’ve realized is that I just love watching exciting things happen in sports.

The stupid pandemic also changed my perspective on a lot of stuff. As it relates to entertainment, I’m just thankful to have it back. I never realized how much I need that *distraction* in my life before until we started coming out of the pandemic.

Anyway, it’s opening day! And I have mediocre hopes for the team this season, at best. And I hope I’m wrong. But if not, that’s ok too. I will appreciate the moments as they come and go. I will appreciate this being the final season of The Flap.

I hope you guys do, too….

Almost Too Much To Process

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 6, 2022

Both the Masters AND MLB starts tomorrow? Oh my. And multiple major Derby preps this Sat? Double Oh My! Glad the Giants start Friday just to spread this shit out a little. This is without question my favorite time of the sports season. Big Flavor has awakened from his slumber and is venturing out of the cave. Chi, stop looking through that window. Let’s fucking go!!!!!!!!!!!

I Miss The Old Days

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 5, 2022

Take a minute to soak up the glory of this picture. Names like Bench, Garvey, Morgan, Foster, Candeleria, Luzinski….and Gary Lavelle going full-pimp with those shades….Don’t tell me baseball is better today. This pic says otherwise.

Cueto Finally Gone

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 5, 2022

18 wins. 2.96 ERA. 1.09 WHIP. 219 innings. Man, that was an incredible year we got from Cueto. Sadly, that was the only year we got from Cueto. Not gonna hate on the guy, he got hurt and that’s nobody’s fault. But we gave him 125 million dollars for essentially one useful season.

Good luck in Chicago, I guess.

Nearing The Start

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 4, 2022

Am I reading this right? The Giants start the season at home for once? Against our “arch rivals” the Marlins no less. Oh well, can’t play an exciting team every series. I am still ramping up interest for the season but it’s coming, oh it’s coming…..

No Interest

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 3, 2022

How much NCAA tourney have you guys watched? I have seen exactly zero seconds of it. Is it good?

Trivia time. Besides being a pretty bizarre transaction line….who was this?

Today’s retro post of the day. 7 years ago….

The Past

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 1, 2022

He Can’t Post But He Emails Like a Boss

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 31, 2022

Stix has got today……

Carstie ClausenWed, Mar 30, 8:03 PM (9 hours ago)
to me

 Spring training games can be pretty strange studies.  Here it was a matter of good pitching shutting down good hitting and a questionable lineup going to town vs a questionable starter.  So far as I could make out SF started all of three regulars while KC sported 6. The big difference was with the starters.  Disco was solid through 4.1 innings and with perhaps one more S.T. start, so he should be able to comfortably do five come the season.  The Royals starter was pretty much an unknown quality and got lit up bad.

 Our hopefuls are definitely a motivated bunch.  Most of the ones in the field today had grown up in other organizations and Giants scouts spotted them and the development folks gave Zaidi the “go get em”.  30  Y.O Luke Williams grew up in the Brewers org and at his advanced age saw very few MLB at bats.  So he may be part of the mix between Richmond and Sacramento.  Reserve probably.  It could be his last hurrah. Blandino got his second tater, so he’s being noticed.  Again, his MiL years were with other orgs. Gamboa lit em up with his second dinger, a two run shot.  It was his third tater already in S.T. embellished by his 4th Ribbie.  Minor league depth.  Probably not so deep.  His heroics will be duly noted.

 Seems like Rogers’ frisbees simply do not work in the desert dryness and heat.  So he may drop down below the late inning role and possibly be replaced as #3 late-inning man by Alvarez, who sports a hard to beat .000 ERA this spring.  Leone is not far behind. He had one bad outing but the composite is a .300 Earnie. The only other Giants hurler Taylor Williams, who started in the Brewers organization back in ’13 has had a decent minor league composite ERA of .322, giving up an average of one HR per 9 Ip and has a career 99 bases on balls versus 311 K’s.  That means he may get a long look at Sacramento.

 Hard to believe that the Opener is only 8 days away.  Looks like the Rotation is gonna be what we had hoped for and the pen looks deep and capable.  So the rmoundsmen will  likely carry the show while all those experts once again do not consider Los Gigantes to be serious contenders.  We should know more about the offense by month’s end.  Once more Estrada looks like he could become one of the big pleasant surprises of the season.  So it’s finally looking fun, anyway

He’s Always Hurt

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 30, 2022

Longo now officially shelved after finger surgery. This marks the 5th consecutive year he’ll do time on the injured list. This opens up a chance for Thairo to start some games at 3rd or even Vosler. How about Farhan’s new dumpster dive pick up Luke Williams? I think that’s his name.

Late NIght Lamonte going down probably (hopefully) secures a spot for the underrated Grave Duggar to make the opening day roster.

Not really going into 2022 with a full head of steam, are we?

Dubs Troubs

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 29, 2022

Interesting take:

I don’t know enough about the plays that are getting called to know if this guy has a point.

Is Kerr….overrated?

Sunday!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 27, 2022

alleykat69 said, on March 26, 2022 at 3:02 pm (Edit)

Irritating thing I hate that the Giants do is baby talking the players name and that’s from Kapler,the players,K&K, all saying that,there not in preschool ferchrissakes, usually adding a Y..
Kappy,Webby,Yazzy,Belty,Duggy,Woody,Cobby,Ruffy,etc

Man, tell me about it. This bugs the hell out of me for some reason. I think baseball players are not the brightest bulbs and this is one example.

In terms of what’s happening this spring, I’m listening to pieces of the game on the radio just because I like to drive around and listen to baseball. But other than that I have no idea what’s going on with the team.

Does Ramos have a chance to make the roster?

Baffert. Again.

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 26, 2022

You must appreciate the irony: in the same week that Baffert loses his Derby horse because he’s banned for supposed cheating, he wins the richest race in horse racing (12 mil) in the country with the toughest drug standards. Wow, 9-1 longshot Country Grammer upends Life Is Good. Horse racing is incredible.

And Your Guess Is….

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 25, 2022

Really interested to see where everyone comes in with this year’s win total prediction. After last year I think it’s proven that no one knows anything. Still, coming off 107, where do you go from that? If they win 90 but drop 17 off 2021 that’s still pretty good, right? Or do you think losing Buster and Bryant and Gausman only amounts to a couple of wins losts?

Having watched everyone get better and being quite certain that Farhan has bungled this off season I think we’re all going to be throwing darts in the low to mid 90’s. I’m coming in lower, I am gonna say….90. Total guess having factored in last year’s outlier # plus losing players plus Farhan’s dicking around.

It’s funny because I answered Daniel’s Playing Pepper questions on March 11 just after the lockout ended. I had expected Z to do more in the short window he had to improve the team before opening day. He failed to do that.

Here is my answers to Daniel and his questions from 3/11

Craig Vaughan <craigvaughan60@yahoo.com>

To:Daniel Shoptaw

Fri, Mar 11 at 8:19 AM

1) Not including lockout issues, tell me about San Francisco’s offseason.  What did you like about it, what didn’t you like about it, was there something you were hoping for that didn’t happen?

What I liked about the off season was….they did nothing. The single worst thing a team can do is sign a big bonanza free agent. It’s lazy GMing. Makes the owner and the fans feel good in the moment but those guys rarely pay off (at least compared to what they get paid). Let’s see what Farhan does with the mid level guys. I’m expecting a lot of action in this upcoming short free agent window. 
2) There were a lot of articles written about the somewhat surprising success of the Giants last season.  In your opinion, what was the most important factor in their record and can it happen again, at least in some regard?

I have no idea how they did that. I think I checked in with an 84 win total prediction (or something like that). It might have been less. What I learned about baseball last season was that Zaidi knows more than I do about how to build a baseball team. Do I think it will happen again? No. 
3) Year 1 without Buster Posey.  How strange is it going to be not to have him in the orange and black?

I move on from players very quickly. For me this won’t be hard to do at all. I’m not sold on Bart at all though so replacing Posey’s production will be a massive issue that will likely strongly impact their end of year win total.
4) Which prospect are you most excited for and when should they make their major league debut?

Probably Ramos but I don’t see any prospect making it this year so my enthusiasm for all of them is pretty low right now. 
5) How do you see 2022 shaking out for this team?  What’s your expectation of where they finish?

Well I was such an accurate prognosticator last year so….lqtm. I really do think Buster’s absence will be huge. His bat won’t be replaced but the way the pitchers responding to the delicate fingers he’d throw down, I’m really not sure our staff can overcome that. I predict they win 90 games, good enough to make it in to the new post season format. 
6) Besides yourself and the team account, give me up to three good Giants Twitter accounts to follow.

I’m at war with most of the local scribes so I’ll leave all of them off this list except @extrabaggs who puts all those chumps to shame with his detailed reporting and writing. And I don’t follow any other twitter accounts that focus on the Giants. 

Already a Fallen Hero

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 23, 2022

Had lunch with someone yesterday who went to high school with Joc. She said he is every bit the asshole he seems to be and that he hated the Giants back then. So, there’s that…..

Way WAY Under the Radar Moves

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 22, 2022

In all the *excitement* of Farhan’s moves, I missed that we designated Austin Dean so that Matt Boyd could be added to the 40 man roster.

I also read we were finalists in the Trevor Story chase. If true, I guess that’s a good thing. But that also just magnifies Farhan’s inability to score a big FA signing.

We have all the $ in the world, if we misfire in a FA it’s not a big deal.

I’m tired of nothing but Brebbia Aisle pick ups.