THE San Francisco Giants Blog

Creamed by The Worst of The Crop

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 22, 2017

San Diego now 6 full games ahead of us–starting to feel like this just might not be our year to catch them. It was nice to see one of our random bench dudes step up and crack one out but come on, the Padres banged out 20 hits yesterday. They absolutely deserved to win.

Matty Moore (is Less) today. Brandon Grace just fired a 62 and conditions are perfect at Royal Birkdale. Golf will be far more compelling today than what’s going to happen later in the afternoon in San Francisco.

Weaklings

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 21, 2017

I get it, AT&T Park is not a home run hitters park. But we are particularly weak in our own park. We’ve hit 25 measly bombs in a place we are supposed to know better than anyone else. The next lowest home HR total is 40 for the Pirates.

And 25 bombs wouldn’t be the end of the world if our opposition was also having trouble with power. But other teams are not having the same problems we are with knocking the ball out of the park. Our opponents  have 39 dongs, 14 more than us. It’s entirely possible that we get doubled up, in our own place, by the end of the season.

That is embarrassing and unacceptable.

 

He’s Back!!!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 20, 2017

….pending a physical. Oh. Uh. That could be a HUGE problem. Can you imagine Pablo taking a physical? “Run on the treadmill? Are you loco?????”

So until he makes it through the physical this is a long way from actually happening. And I’m all for it. Ryder Jones sucks, he’s just a classic lame honky. The Donger also sucks. Gillaspie: sucks. Everyone we have sucks.

And Pablo sucks too. But he would light up the rest of this season. He’s only 30. I am absolutely a believer in guys not being able to succeed in Boston or New York for whatever reason.

Do I think he’ll recapture the Panda magic? No. Maybe he fires up some old the old eating holes in town. I give him about a 12% chance of turning back into a solid major league hitter.

And I’ll take 12% over the “less than 12” guys like Ryder Jones will offer…..

Unwanted

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 19, 2017

As the trade pieces start to fall around mlb, we sit and watch no one want any of our players. Maybe dumb Nunie. He might go. I keep praying Brandon Belt and his maddening inability to hit a fastball will go but I’ve accepted no one wants him either. We are stuck with basically everyone who is here, blisters and all, this is your team.

Anyway, I can’t be emotionally dragged down by any of this nonsense right now. Del Mar opens today and while I won’t be there, sadly, this is one of the great days of the year. This is the most beautiful sight in the world to me. To each his own I guess:

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The great Wilco Joe sent me these 2 pics. Kid looks like a gamer. Murph looks the same as he did in ’54. How is that possible?

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The Streak is Dead

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 18, 2017

I’d love to know what finally prompted Baer to fess up about the sellout streak. I can picture him looking out at the vast emptiness of undisturbed seats, seeing only James and his contingent lounging across an entire section. He sighed deeply and quietly said to himself “it is time.” And up to the KNBR box he went.

Here is a picture James took about an hour before Baer made his disclosure:

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Span, Nunie, Pence and The Donger combined to go 0 for 15 last night. They tried their honkiest to out-honky Matt Moore but they were to be denied. Has that lollypop he threw to first base even come down yet? Moore is King Honky and his rule is as long as it is stupid.

Mike Clevinger goes tonight. Feels like he might no hit us. Why not? We have to sprinkle a no hitter or two in there if we’re going to go full-honky on this miserable season……

 

 

 

When Baseball Doesn’t Matter Anymore

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 17, 2017

Cleveland tonight. Or whoever. It doesn’t really matter. After throwing our 3 best pitchers at San Diego and losing 2 out of 3, now we get into the real meat of the honky end of this rotation: Moore, Blach and Cain. So I think we know where this series is going.

And the worst part is that nobody cares. Did it look like any of those guys gave a shit yesterday? Its become so repetitive, so predictable….they get paid the same no matter what. And the fans tonight are going to be gleefully glued to their phone screens. Seriously, why go to these games if all you’re going to do is fiddle with your phone? And god forbid they boo any of these guys. That would just be mean.

Twin responded to my email. I’m not going to repost it since I didn’t ask his permission. In summary, he isn’t watching much baseball these days, has other things going on (though it didn’t sound like it had to do with his health) and that he wishes all you guys the best.

So that’s what this season has come to. We can’t even get Twin to come back and set us straight with his honest take. He doesn’t have one to give.

The Long Game

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 16, 2017

When you suck, the season is looooooong. I just realized we have two and a half more months of this shit.

The two worst run differential teams in the league square off again today. We throw yet another stud pitcher at them, let’s see if we can close the gap to 4 games in the only race left that matters for us. If we can’t close the gap, can we keep it at single digits? I have accepted that at 28 games behind the LA we are probably not winning the west this year. But it would be really embarrassing to finish 10+ games behind the Padres. Right?

So we need a win today bad or else we’re closer to 10 back than 0 back. We need little mind games like this to get us through the next two and a half months…..

A Problem That Won’t Go Away

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 15, 2017

Still winless on the season, let’s see if the Giants can get this Bumgarner guy a win today. I am very interested to see how how he does. I could see this going any direction….

This blister thing with Cueto is frustrating. He thinks it has to do with the ball being harder or flatter seams or something. He’s probably not going to make his next start and he is completely untradeable at this point.

More and more pitchers are dealing with blister problems. MLB is probably more interested in all the home runs that are coming from their juiced balls so I don’t expect we’ll see any changes to the balls. So either Cueto has to figure out how to throw these new balls without scuffing up his finger or he’s got a big problem on his hands (fingers).

Fatblo Sandofat

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 14, 2017

This Pablo Sandoval story at espn is unreal. He’s saying things like it’s the first time he’s ever said it. I’m not sure how he can even keep a straight face. If you haven’t read it, here’s the link:

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/18236953/pablo-sandoval-boston-red-sox-ready-start-my-baseball-career-all-again-shoulder-surgery

This is the line that had me lol’ing:

“It has not been easy to wake up every single day at 6:30 in the morning to then head to the gym and start a full day of work. But you have to have that kind of dedication if you want to achieve the goals you have set for yourself.”

Man, I’m not sure how you survived getting up at 6:30 and “working a full day”. Jackass. If I’m a Boston fan I’d look at this guy and just want to puke.

Silence of The Giants

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 13, 2017

Another day of reprieve before it begins again….. It rubs the lotion on it’s skin or else it gets the hose again…..

Remember this exact time a year ago? On Sunday July 10th we peaked out at 24 games above .500. Think back and bask in the absurdity of that for a moment…..Ok done? Back to reality.

We started the second half in San Diego and that’s when the losing began. Bum shockingly lost that Friday night game 4-1. I was down in San Diego at the time but I was at the track with Diggity. I flew home Sat night and turned my phone on. Saw we had scored a run to go ahead 6-5 in the 10th and breathed a sigh of relief that we weren’t going to lose 2 in a row to the worst team in the NL. And then literally before the bus dropped my ass off in the long term parking lot fucking Casilla had blown everything to shit and we lost 7-6. Even though I didn’t see it live, looking back on it, that game marked the beginning of the end of Casilla as well as our reign of success in 2016.

And now we are back in San Diego under very different circumstances. Cueto is scheduled to go. The more I think about it the more I’m kinda hoping he sticks around. Seriously, why sell low on him? If you believe his underwhelming year is due to blister problems and that he should bounce back next year, wouldn’t we want to keep him? We’re up to our necks in Chris Strattons around here, a healthy Cueto might be very useful in 2018.

What It Would Take to Get Him

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 12, 2017

“Hi, Toronto? This is Bobby Evans, I’d like to make an offer for Donaldson….no, no, no, I AM the GM, you can talk to me. How about Nunie, Gillaspie, Williamson, Parker, Strickland and The Donger….who’s The Donger? Big time South Korean secret weapon. He need food. So do we have a deal or not? ……Hello? …..Toronto?”

I woke up wondering what it would take to realistically get Donaldson and I was having trouble coming up with the right mix of players. Looking at the current roster, Strickland is the most likely reliever to get moved. His numbers this year are very good and Buster thinks he’s a douchbag. He could easily go. Nunie, too. And then Cueto. Obviously Nunie needs to prove he’s healthy and he’s really just about run out of time to do that. And Cueto is probably not going to get his hand right till he can rest it in the off season so I’m really worrying about his value at this point. He says he wants to stay but that’s probably just some shit he’s saying. Would it really be a bad thing if he got rid of the blisters and came back next year as “The 2016 JC?” I’d take that.

But back to what it would take to get Josh Donaldson. He’s arb-eligible next year and a free agent in 2019 so I don’t think it would take 2 of your best prospects to get him.

They don’t need a first baseman since Smoak has blossomed into an all star. Otherwise, I’d offer them Belt and Strickland for Donaldson. So my offer for Donaldson would be Strickland, Nunie and Arroyo.

And if they didn’t take that I really wouldn’t have a counter in place……

All Star Game

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 11, 2017

So, all star game tonight? Do anything for ya? I can proudly say I didn’t watch a single swing of the HR Derby. Until they do something about those juiced balls it’s just a joke.

The all star game does literally nothing for me. It’s so funny to look at other teams twitter accounts. Leading up to the end of the all star vote, teams dedicate nearly their entire twitter page to pushing fans to vote for as many of their teams players as possible. That’s actually completely irresponsible. And it’s just more propaganda pushed by the man.

You know what the HR Derby and the all star game are for? They’re for loser fan bases who don’t ever win anything and in the tiniest way they can cobble together some “knowing dude head nod” energy if one of their players get voted into the game.

I’ll take the 3 in the bank we got in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and be happy with that. Loser fan bases that haven’t won anything in 3 decades can fiddle around with the HR Derby and the all star game…….

Amidst A Lost Season, A Break

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 10, 2017

Mercifully, the first half has ended. For us, “The No-Star Break.” Or “The All-Crap Break”. There is no stat to take comfort in. We continue to only out-pace the Phillies. San Diego has jumped 5 games ahead of us.

We have the third worst ERA tied with Atlanta at 4.68. Our hitters are last in OPS at .677. We are last in home runs by a mile, 12 behind Pittsburgh. We are mid pack in SB’s thanks to Nunie who doesn’t play baseball anymore. Without him, we’d be last.

There isn’t a single player I look forward to watching hit except The Donger. And he has been given food and it turns out…….he’s just ok.

So where do we go from here? In a buyers market that is expected to be overflowing with sellers, I’m holding about as much hope that Sabveans gets a meaningful deal done as I hope that we score 700 runs in the second half of the season. ‘Taint gonna happen.

From here on out we pay the baseball gods back for the bounty of riches and basking they bestowed on us in 2010, 2012 and 2014. The price is steep.

Trifecta of Terrible

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 9, 2017

We are slow. We are weak. We are boring.

Try to refute any of this.

Moore Emotion Please

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 8, 2017

Well, I got the o/u call correct. No thanks to Matt Moore who sucks shit. Baggs noticed that the AT&T crowd seemed pretty disinterested when Moore came off the mound.That’s lame. Boo the bejesus out of him. If he doesn’t think the fans care why should he? And maybe it’s just his temperament but he sure seems like he could give or take any of this in his post game interviews.

The fans don’t care. Moore doesn’t care. What is going on here? Since when is any of this nonsense acceptable?????

I want heads to roll. I want guys getting fired. Or released. Or benched! Let’s go!!!!!!!

Moore Strikes Please

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 7, 2017

Matty Moore Friday. Ugh. I used to look forward to these. He’s back at home, that is suppose to help him. I’ve actually found a reason to be optimistic today: The biggest gripe we all have with him is his nibblin’ ways. And all the walks. Well, Miami takes the fewest walks in the NL. Maybe Moore nibbles his way to victory tonight. Hey, if they won’t LET HIM walk them that’s gotta be “Advantage Moore” right?

I expect tonight to be a low scoring game. The o/u of 8.5 looks out of whack to me. Bet the under and you’ll laugh all the way to the bank…….

Why Is Bumgarner Coming Back So Soon?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 6, 2017

Pitching did not go well for MadBum last night. Here’s a pic of the guy who caught the 476 foot bomb Bum gave up to someone who hit two home runs off him. In the same inning.

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The more I stare at this pic the more I like this guy. Nice phone. And he is the perfect visual representation of what happened to this lost season.

One?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 5, 2017

This one could get ugly. A parade of big-stick wielding Tigers will make their way to the plate today against poor Ty Blach. That left field wall is gonna take a pounding–if we’re lucky. Several balls could go flying over it.

Our chances hinge on getting into that Detroit bullpen. Daniel Norris is a young guy with good stuff but he can be prodded and flustered. If we can cobble together an inning where we pound him, get him out of there, then feast on their bullpen, we might get back to our winning ways…..

That’s more hope than anything else tho.

 

Seven?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 3, 2017

Why do we have another day off? This is baseball season, play every goddamn day till there’s a champion.

When we do play again…..

Six?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 2, 2017

Ripping off 5 in a row is how you get 99 losses DONE dawg. Now at 32-51 we are only two games off the Padres and much, MUCH closer to not losing a hundo. I got 99 problems and the Giants losing 100 might not be one of them.

That coffee video Snarkk posted on the last thread continues to have me doing a slow, simmering burn. You want to see a guy lose his edge? Have him start drinking coffee made with unsalted butter and freaking coconut oil that takes 20 minutes to brew. Fuck that.

I caught a great deal of heat from Pa Salon, my main man on the scene in Reno. He didn’t take too kindly to my Duffy digs in yesterday’s thread. Seeing as how he’s picking me up at the Reno airport tonight at 6:30pm I want to officially and publicly apologize for having such a flippant attitude towards our one-legged former 3rd baseman. How about this: Duffy? Man he wasn’t just all right, he was ok, too.

Better?

 

Five?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 1, 2017

Matty Moore Saturday. Can’t believe how low this guy has sunk. Makes me wish we didn’t trade Duffy for him and I never gave a rip about Duffy. I guess there’s still time for him to turn it around and we have him controlled through 2019. I guess if we really had control over him Raggs could just give him a direct order to pitch better.

Belt is hot, freaking Span is hitting .300, good times are rolling along nicely for our SF Giants.

 

East Coast Trip

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 30, 2017

As usual, there are going to be bullshit thunderstorms back east to threaten The Donger’s encore. Hopefully we squeeze this game in.

So I now have 2 reasons to keep watching games this season:

  1. to root for them to avoid 100 losses
  2. to see what The Donger will do next

Feel free to list off reasons you still watch (or if you don’t, why you stopped) in the comments below.

Saving My Season

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 29, 2017

This fucking guy…

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The thing that pisses me off most about the Giants is how they manage call ups. Ryder Jones is a classic *guy* in the system. The best he could hope for is to one day be a runner on a street corner for The Bowker Gang. That’s it. And yet he got the call before “no more yanky my wanky.”

How do you keep this guy down for so long? In a lost season that was brought on by many stupid management decisions, they leave this great South Korean hero to twist aimlessly in the Sacramento winds; to wilt, wallow….nearly fade away.

Da Donger need food. Feed him.

 

 

 

Winning Streak

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 28, 2017

The Donger need food. We need win. Let’s make both happen.

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Hanging another L on the Rockies would be sweet, a team and a fan base I don’t like. Is this their yearly fade job? Probably too early to call that since they still have a few months of back and forth to Sherpa Town. But the wear and tear on the bodies has begun. They are finding themselves weaker, slower, more susceptible to injury, fatigue, and general malaise…..

The Giants? They blew past injury, fatigue and general malaise a month ago. Now they are squarely in “We hate everyone and go fuck yourself” mode. Maybe The Donger can do something about that, too…..

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I Hate Everything About You

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 27, 2017

I don’t care how lost this season is, a win feels good. The “We Hate You” rally cry went out and it did not go unanswered. Angel Pagan. Mark Melancon. Doesn’t matter. The Giants hate all motherfuckers and that includes you Nolan Arenado and DJ Le-shitiue.

The new goal for this season is obvious: Don’t lose 100 games. I can’t imagine a Giants fan who wants to see another 100 *lost* season unless you think if this ship totally tanks and people stop going to the yard big changes will be coming.

I went to high school with Whit Crane. Played baseball together in Little League. Good dude. He and his band UKJ had a couple of hits way back when and they’re still pretty popular in Europe. I dedicate this song to the rest of our season:

Losers

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 26, 2017

Dirt’s 9:18pm post from last night confirmed what we had suspected: this team is sleepwalking through the rest of the season. And it’s still only June! The Mets came into our house and waxed us clean. THE METS. The team that came into SF 10 games under .500. The team that just got swept by the Dodgers in 4 games losing 36 to 11. The team that is so desperate for a positive vibe that they promoted shitty Tim Tebow and his .222 batting average to HIGH A BALL.

I get tired of hearing about ballpark factors. The Mets out-homered us 7-1. So I guess the ballpark factors only effect OUR players? Nonsense.

The Giants better wake up fast. They still have to play THREE MONTHS of baseball! Colorado is going to come in tonight locked and loaded. At some point pride should factor into how you play and how you conduct yourself as a professional.

Sorry, but Dirt being too despondent to even eat a Cha Cha bowl pissed me off…..

Nearing The Wrong Side of 50/50

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 25, 2017
xoot said, on June 24, 2017 at 9:10 pm (Edit)

Bochy’s only 10 games over .500 in his career right now (probably as of yesterday, given BBR’s lag time). He should hang it up now.


….I didn’t know this. Wow. When you talk about your legacy in the game this absolutely comes into play. And there really isn’t anywhere for Bochy to go other than to trudge onward. What’s he gonna do, tuck and roll out of this season before he dips under .500? And he can’t possibly think the Giants are going to play over .500 ball between now and the next season or two, can he?

Who knows, maybe he doesn’t care.

But I bet he does…..

Another Step Towards 100 Losses

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 24, 2017

It’s amazing how less irritating this team is if you don’t watch the game. Last night was just a warm summer breeze blowing through my life. Today I’ll watch because I enjoy watching deGrom pitch and we still have a lot invested in Cueto NOT imploding this year. If he can just continue to cobble together decent starts and stay healthy we will get something for him in a trade. He’s going to opt out so any team that gets him will look at him as a rental, but if we got the potential that a *Zach Wheeler* once had I would take that. We need young bodies. The team that is currently assembled has gotten slow, old and weak.

Fast.

After (+/-) 37 Games in Atl, We Finally Come Home

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 23, 2017

One thing we learned about this season: rally tupperware does not work. My understanding is that the Giants landed in SFO around 5am this morning. My guess is that they will not be peaked tonight vs the Mets.

Has Bryan Morris been DFA’d yet?

Is Matt Cain still a trusted #5?

Big news on the Stix front. Our shackled Flap friend has got a plea deal in place with the government. Sentence still unknown. Big thanks to XOOT for staying on top of this and keeping us informed.

Rally Tupperware?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 22, 2017

Why not, couldn’t hurt. Here is San Diggity’s cake saver tupperware purchased by his mom circa 1975:

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It has a majestic, almost regal look to it. To say they don’t make tupperware like this anymore would be a ghastly understatement.

As you can see, there is a Marichal card in the picture. This caused initial confusion and even a little bit of internal pandemonium as I didn’t understand the connection to the tupperware. Why was it there? How did it get there? What could it mean? I questioned him on the card’s inclusion, if it was affixed, etc… Here is a snippet of that exchange:

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After he eased my concerns about the inclusion of the card I went back to admiring the tupperware as well as the card with the bad ass Candlestick Park chain link fence in the background.

And then Matt Kemp walked us off….

Please send all of your best tupperware pics to bigflavor77@gmail.com. It’s gonna be a “tupperware” kind of season…..

 

At Least We Have Three Rings

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 21, 2017

It was nice to get a win last night. Nearly forgot what that was. I admit to getting a little envious of all the Dodgers young talent. Did you see those last 2 bombs Seager hit? Off the bat they just looked like pop ups to the opposite field. You have to have enormous power to get balls hit oppo at night at Dodger Stadium to go out. He and Bellinger are literally just flipping balls out of the yard. It’s irritating.

According to Yahoo Sports right now, Bochy is being very irresponsible with Smarge…

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Hotlanta 2017: Absolute Chaos

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 20, 2017

I gave it a few chuckles to watch Derek Law implode last night on the same day we furiously debated the differences between the hot women of today vs their aged counterparts from the 50s/60s. I noted that the ladies back then didn’t work out regularly or eat right. My biggest complaint about That Doughy Fuck? That he doesn’t work out regularly or eat right. Law needs to work harder. He’s not working as a fry cook at the local Mickey D’s he’s a goddamn major leaguer. Start preparing like one.

The chuckling at Casa de Flavor continued when the Belt slide was upheld in replay. It is absurd that we are using replay to call guys out who barely come off the bag during a pop up slide but in this case Belt DOESN’T come off the bag and they STILL CALL HIM OUT. I don’t care how many replays New York has that we didn’t see. There is an extremely clear replay of Belt sliding into second base with his right knee hitting the bag and never coming off the bag. This is irrefutable. It amazes me how stupid my fellow humans can be sometimes……

Speaking of doing dumb shit, isn’t our favorite shackled Flapper due in court soon?

Kevin Durant’s mom this morning on twitter trying to reset her twitter password:

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….and the (s)hits just keep on coming…..

Jena Sims is a Babe

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 19, 2017

Well, we covered a lot yesterday afternoon but I’ll go to blows over who’s hotter, the “Jena Sims” of today or the women who trolled around Arnie in the 50’s. Sorry, but it is not even arguable who exercised and ate better, women of today or women from back int he 50s/60s/70s. That alone ends that debate. And I don’t want to hear about the one-off Marilyn Monroe or freaking Linda Carter or whoever. Sorry. Women today are hotter than ever and it’s because they work out maniacally and don’t eat.

And now we head to Atlanta to watch Dickey dance balls around. Any team should pound this guy but I’m guessing we show up slow and sloppy and don’t get around to hitting until the game is over…….

 

Genuine Suckage

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 18, 2017

If we don’t win a game soon this race with the Padres is going to start losing some of it’s luster. They’ve scooted two and a half games in front of us. With only the Phillies behind us in either league I’m running out of fake races to manufacture to hold my interest in this baseball season.

US Open today.

Losing In Nepal

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 17, 2017

The final score of these games in this god forsaken nonsensical place has been relatively close but I expect that to end today. There is no reasonable theory that Matt Cain WON’T get blasted today. I’m guessing the 20 runs scored against us has Bochy seeing double anyway and this feels like a give-a-way game.

There are 2 explanations for why Pence has looked incompetent in right field and the one where he’s pussy whipped himself into a frenzied pretzel has been the prevailing one. But it’s also possible he’s still hurt. He’s playing the outfield like it’s the first time he’s ever been out there. It hasn’t just been a game or two, it’s been since he came back.  If he’s hurt I guess I appreciate him running out there and trying to play but at this point it might be time to stop soldiering through this wasted season and let one of the young honky’s get their shot……

Close Not Enough But Better Than Getting Waxed

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 16, 2017

I didn’t see that comeback but only losing by 1 at Coors is almost like a win. That’s one other thing I forgot yesterday: at least the Giants aren’t giving up. They lost Nunie AND Buster in the same inning and still came back from a big deficit to make the game close. Watching that is certainly better than watching a team just go through the motions.

My A’s fan buddy was texting me maniacally about the A’s calling up some new 3rd baseman who supposedly is fantastic at defense with 30 bomb potential. Made him sound like Matt Williams. He lathered himself up into a froth over this guy. I don’t get it. Baseball seasons are too long, as well as off seasons, to keep abdicating seasons one after the other. After winning 3 in 5 all I want is to win another one. It’s very tough to muster the “oh boy look at our prospects, wait till next year!” philosophy. But who knows, if we had any prospects maybe I’d get exciting about them.

Finding Reasons to Stay on The Death Train

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 15, 2017

Pffftttttt….. blown out 15-3 by a team that isn’t very good in our own park. I’m guessing a trip to Coors with Nibblin’ Matty is not the cure for this disease. How are the Rockies only -141 today? I would put them at -250, easily.

At this point in the season, we have to shift the focus for why we watch the games. Offense is obviously preferred but don’t hold your breath for that. I guess the bats could get going in Coors but they could just as easily stay silent. New honky’s could start coming up through the pipeline and that might be interesting but as long as the old honky’s stay healthy enough to play I don’t see too many young honky’s getting a chance. I guess we’ll see.

Warriors parade today. Not going. But looking forward to seeing some of it. That’s gotta offer more moments than getting blown out again in Colorado.

2017 Death Train Chugs On

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 14, 2017

I’ll be honest, I didn’t make it through that game. After years of being competitive and in the thick of the race, it’s hard to get jazzed up about sitting down for 2-3 hours and watching a game that doesn’t really matter. I love baseball so that keeps me going for a bit but when you add in that it’s not very interesting baseball and….I dunno. Hard to rally for it.

Cueto day game. He is easily our best trade piece as long as he’s pitching well. The money he’s owed if he DOESN’T opt out is not an issue. Go take a look at the type of pitchers who get 80 million dollar deals (Mile Leake and Wei-Yin Chen are 2 guys who come to mind) and you’ll see that the rest of Cueto’s deal is not an issue. He’s nearly guaranteed to opt out where he will get MORE than 80 million. He will be looked at like a short term rental the same way Carlos Beltran was when we traded our top pitching prospect for him.

Double Digits

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 13, 2017

Quietly, I hit #10 last night. I didn’t realize it till I was going to bed and I started counting them up. Five Niners. Three Giants. Two Dubs. You can quibble with the number but I don’t count championships that were won before I was born and I don’t count the one in ’75 because I wasn’t following the team back then. Too young, wasn’t watching basketball, didn’t even know it had happened.

But these 10? These count. I earned them FOREVER. I’ll go browse around for some gear today but I doubt I’ll find anything. I can’t stand the designs of today’s sportswear. The letters are too big and loopy, the colors too gaudy. I’m not wearing a shirt with some dude’s face plastered all over the front. Nope, I’ll just wear my “City” tee shirt today that I bought about 15 years ago. It’s got holes in it. Proud holes.

We were gifted another championship last night and I don’t take these for granted. The Royals are in town tonight. Another sound reminder of MY ten.

 

Another W

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 12, 2017

Day off today after pummeling that 50th rounder and his buddies into the ground. Dyson is getting a lot of slack on twitter because of the 2 errors but he shouldn’t. Dyson sucks, this was a completely stupid move. Texas gave him away for nothing and he looked overwhelmed and scared out there. *Skinny Rick Reuschel.* That’s gold. I see it.

Big day for the draft and our pick is at 19. I’d like to see us draft an OF with our first pick and draft an OF with every subsequent pick. Can you imagine how bummed you would be if you are an OF and the freaking Giants draft you? You immediately know your career is over before it starts. The cold reality that you suck is inescapable…..

Pulling away from the Padres. Now 1.5 games clear of them. Keep up the pressure! We got this!!!!

New marketing idea for the Giants: Considering Aaron Judge’s mammoth HR went 495 feet and that still wouldn’t have hit the glove at AT&T Park, how about this idea: if any player, Giant or opponent, hits the glove ON THE FLY every ticket holder in the park gets $1000. It’s never happened before so their risk would be small and they could buy insurance to cover the payout if they want. It might keep fans going to the park for something other than losing and usually boring baseball.

At Least We Aren’t The Padres

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 11, 2017

The 2017 Death Train rolls on but wait! An unexpected detour? What’s this? We are NOT in last place anymore? I haven’t checked in a few days but I see we have steamrolled .5 games ahead of the Padres. I don’t know how you pull yourself out of last place when you lose almost every day but apparently we accomplished the feat.

The Twins are sending out someone named *Nik Turley* and besides the fact that he’s a dude who spells his first name like some shithead Kardashian I feel like a shutdown may be on the horizon for our boys draped in cream. Here are the things Turley has going for him v The Giants today: 1) he sucks 2) he was once a 50th round pick 3) he was once in our organization. All 3 of those things will likely result him him twirling a quality start, maybe better than that.

Warriors on Monday feels a long way away right now…..

 

Losing Again

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 10, 2017

I saw exactly zero innings of the game last night so I can’t really comment on what happened. The box score looks unkind. If you think a regular guy like Santana shutting us out is bad wait till you get a load of the stuff Berrios has. Bendy shit for days.

Belmont Stakes day so I’ll see you guys later this afternoon…..

Matt Moore’s Weird Obsession With a New Pitch

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 9, 2017

I’ll get right to the point: I am tired of Matt Moore’s nibbly bullshit. Challenge your opponents, man. I don’t know if this has anything to do with his weird, volatile year, but can someone explain to me why he keeps throwing so many cutters? It would seem to me that if you are looking for answers this could be a good place to start:

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All of a sudden 25.5% of your pitchers are cutters? How’s that working for you? Maybe that’s not the pitch for you?

Minnesota is one of those crooked teams who look on paper like they stink but then you look at their record and they beat you and none of it adds up.

Nunie *Revenge Game* Day!

Perfection And Embarrassing Failure in the Bay Area

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 8, 2017

Beloved Dubs easing some of the misery of this 2017 baseball season. I respect Lebron’s talent but I don’t like him, Cleveland or the Cav fans. LeFlop literally faked his own death right on the court last night and you don’t usually get that type of comedy in such a big game.  The KD dagger was epic and I loved what he said in the immediate post game interview: “I’ve been practicing that shot my whole life.” I kinda hope the Warriors lose tomorrow just so they can take down the crown in front of the home town crowd. Three World Series championships and an NBA championship in the bank since 2010 and not one of them went down in the Bay Area. Can we ever get one of these to go down at home?????

Now back to reality. Johnny Showcase Day! Manage your blisters, pitch well, I’ll give you a knowing dude head nod on your way to New York or Boston…..

Sam Dyson, Come on Down!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 7, 2017

The Giants traded for the heir to Strickland’s dumbass throne and the Rangers were happy to oblige. Teams don’t give up on relievers this early in the season if they are any good. Dyson throws hard, or at least he used to. His FB velocity is down the last couple of months and that screams one of two things: either he’s got a mechanical flaw or he’s about to fall victim to TJ surgery. I’ll guess it’s probably the latter. Does this look like a healthy pattern to you?

Rate of fastballs thrown at 95+ miles per hour

2014: 80%
2015: 84%
2016: 77%
2017: 48%

Whatever, it’ll give the Giants free reign to dump Strickland who is too dumb to pitch for this storied franchise.

Blach today. Don’t like young guys who are coming off a complete game with a high (highest this year) pitch count. But Blach has surprised me all year, maybe today too? I don’t think so, he’s gonna get blasted. lqtm.

Smarge Steps Up

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 6, 2017

If you are an optimistic person, last night was a good night for you. At least when it comes to the Giants, I don’t know if the rest of your night was good based on your disposition. If Smarge can keep this going we should be able to hold on to the slightest whisper of hope through the Summer. 59K’s to 1 walk is almost unbelievable.

If you missed the Calixte throw, you need to go see it. That was a historic throw in the annals of bad throws. He fired towards the plate and after tailing off to the right like it hit wind sheer from a 747 the ball landed somewhere near Calixte, Mexico–that old, dusty town you buzz through on the way to Puerta Vallarta for mas Bohemias. That line never gets old to me.

I give Bochy a lot of shit, nearly all of which he deserves. But that move to pull Calixte back and bat Hill was a good one. Calixte is clueless man, he was sauntering up to the plate and didn’t even know Bochy had called him back. Whatever. And look, we need guys like Hill on the team. Not to play every day but to provide a little punch off the bench. He roped that ball down the line. Calixte might have hit the catcher with a swing or some shit.

It’s Matt Cain Day! Why do I always feel a little nervous on Matt Cain Day?

Missing: The Real Matt Moore

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 5, 2017

As I was watching Matt Moore throw pitches like his left hand was on fire I wondered how this could be the same pitcher who nearly no hit the Dodgers last year and who confidently handed the ball to our bullpen last October 11th leading 5-2. Where have all the K’s gone? Where has his confidence gone? When he’s off he literally has no idea where the ball is going—a lot like Tim Lincecum post *salad days*.  At this point I’d trade Moore BACK to Tampa for Duffy just to let him sit on our bench and not fuck shit up.

Even with Moore’s ineptitude we still had a very good shot to win that game until That Doughy Fuck climbed the mound. The Giants have too many land mines (that they plant themselves) to dodge throughout games to win consistently.

Milwaukee doesn’t seem like the place to sort all this nonsense out…..

Phinal Game in Philly

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 4, 2017

Our battle for last place with San Diego continues to rivet and amaze. You can’t shine a flashlight between us. Two dynasties, battling to the wire.

At least we aren’t getting no-hit. That’s the worst, isn’t it? How did Volquez shut down that Snake offense? I didn’t see that coming.

In other news, Pujols hit #600 and he did it in *grand* fashion. Finally Arte is getting something for his money. He only owes him another 114 million….

Warriors tonight. After the underwhelming Hellickson shuts us down, NBA will be a nice pick me up.

Phattening Up On Philly

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 3, 2017

We scored 10 runs in a band box but I’m not sure if we hit a ball that even hit an outfield wall. Maybe Span’s double? I don’t think any of our scoring hits hit the wall. Definitely didn’t go over it. So that’s actually a good sign: we are weak and not a home run threat but we do persevere and find a way to score and win. 🙂

The Phillies play like a team that’s quit. They make dumb decisions and show almost no outward passion on the field. I didn’t see a single Philly hustle. When the lazy ball that Panik hit in the 9th fell in front of Kendrick you could hear the exasperation of the few fans who were still at the game. We might stink but I haven’t seen any signs that the Giants are fraying or that they aren’t trying their best.

To me, it didn’t look like the Phillies were trying their best last night.

So, “phatten” up on them. I’m mad at the incompetence of the front office and still can’t get over the fact that EVERY SINGLE TEAM IN THE GIANTS ORGANIZATION IS IN LAST PLACE but goddamn it I still want to win and last night was a lot of fun.

Tonight we go against some guy named “Ben Lively” and that name sounds a little bit made up….

Phucked in Philly

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 2, 2017

After an epic beat down that the Dubs dropped on The LeFlops last night we now turn to an epic let down that is the San Francisco Giants. I know The Phillies haven’t been good this year but you know what’s good for a bad team? The Giants. I’m actually looking forward to being back in another bandbox to see if the Cinny trip (where we were outscored 31 to freaking 5) was an aberration or if our offense really is that bad no matter the park they play in.

Philadelphia has a bunch of hitters I like who are under-performing. You know Tommy Joseph wants to go off. I really like their lead off hitter Hernandez and Freddy Galvis who bats down the order— 2 fast guys who can give them a “Billy Ham Light” effect. Their entire team is slow to start this season, just like the Giants, but they are young and I hold out more hope for them coming around than the aged and underwhelming group Bochy will trot out today. Belt should like hitting here and a bomb or two tonight would go a long way to us keeping pace with this fellow last place team.

Anyone else tired of hearing Steve Kerr stories about him coming back to coach in the playoffs? Enough already. He can’t do it and frankly will just be a distraction if he does come back. Interim coaches seem to do pretty well with this team and their amazing interim record can certainly call into question just how much Steve Kerr does in the first place.