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Playing Smart Baseball…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 18, 2011

Coaxing walks, stealing bases, bunting….Yesterday’s game had it all. For a team that rarely does any of those things, well or otherwise, yesterday’s game was a pleasure to watch. They played a side of the game they usually ignore and I hope we see them do it more often…..

Yesterday’s game was loaded with *moments* and it’s the reason this team keeps on winning more than they lose:

1) Nate with the clutch 2 out, 2 strike base hit up the middle in the 6th
2) El Presidente mind-fucking us all the inning before and yet still finding a way to fiddle his way on base in the next inning and STEALING 2nd base and then Torres coming up with the huge RBI to tie it. The stolen base by Whitey cannot be understated……
3) 9th inning–Whitey WALKS (huh?). Burriss PR’s for him and steals 2nd and then we get to see what a great bunter Stewart is as he sacrifices him with a perfect one to third. Torres and Pablo crap out but that was still a pretty cool inning…….
4) Burriss singles, steals 2nd and without even touching the bag (go watch the replay) he motors over to 3rd! Stewart, obviously, suicide squeezes him in because he’s just been discovered as the best bunter on the freaking planet. Those 2 bunts by Stewart were 2 of the best bunts, without question 2 of the best back-to-back bunts by a player that I can ever remember……
5) Wilson diddles his way into a jam in the 11th, 1st and 2nd nobody out. And that maligned catcher (I can’t remember his name) drops a not-so-bad sac bunt down the third base line. Stewart pounces on it and fires probably the fastest fastball a catcher can throw to third base from that area of the field. Pablo, remembering it’s a catcher running to 1st base, doesn’t hesitate and throws a ball almost as hard to nail Nameless Catcher at first, securing the worst game he’s ever played in baseball at any level……
Now, to Brian (Bee-Wheezy-Spandexy) Wilson: Zumie covered some of this in his POTD. He’s throwing almost exclusively to corners. The heat we once knew him for is gone. And what has happened, obviously, is that the hitters are taking an absurd amount of pitches because very few of them are getting called strikes.. Many of those balls are hittable and impossible to take in some of those counts. And yet they continue to let them pass harmlessly by. Besides the fact that the scouts have nailed down where Wheezy is throwing the ball (almost always to a corner) I think the hitters have just decided that it’s better to take their chances with a walk (likely to get) than try to hit Wilson’s sick stuff. He HAS to start attacking the zone better than he’s done so far. His 2-seam fastball is a filthy pitch but no one ever swings at it. It’s time for him to go back to the 4 seam more often, assuming it still has the velocity it once had, and challenge these hitters. His strategy is not working and it’s time to adjust……..

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  1. unca_chuck said, on July 18, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Apropos of nothing trying to drink back pain away sure beats not trying . . .

    One more jameson’s and I’ll be in pain . . . . and loving it.

    • snarkk said, on July 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      Jamesons vs. Vicodin?
      Vicodin doesn’t work well on the rocks…

      • unca_chuck said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:00 pm

        The pain I’m in, I just might take a couple. I found some darvocet and some hydrocodone.

      • unca_chuck said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:01 pm

        Plus the coronas. If my typing getsd sketchy . . .

      • snarkk said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm

        Good luck….

  2. TedSpe said, on July 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Just got home. zumie, thanks for the shout out!!
    Watched the Panda Extravaganza!!
    Excellent

  3. DJLoo said, on July 18, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    How the fuck did he do that???

  4. unca_chuck said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Good to see panda not try to get cute and go for the triple play there . . .

  5. stixwiz said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Another artful dodging act through the meat of the Dodgers order inducing that DP. The Little Birdie that Could sure has a magic touch. Twice he’s done that now. Without Vogelsong where would this team be right now. Whoever gave him that invite to ST should get one HUUUUGE bonus. He earned it.

  6. TedSpe said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I’m still in my happy place

  7. unca chuck said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Nate elevate

  8. zumie said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Snarkk, I disagree about the ’72 Lakers. I watched a game today of their finals against the Knicks. What I saw was a bunch of run and gunning, playground ball. Jerry West was a freakin’ ball-hog. There was little in the game you’d want to teach a player these days. Walt Frazier had some nice moments.

    • snarkk said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      You can’t be serious.
      They didn’t call West “Mr. Clutch” because he worked on cars.
      We’ll never know, but I will put the ’72 Lakers against any pansy ass team today. Today’s ball is nothing but backing down for a dunk or then kicking out for a trey. Pathetic brand of basketball since Jordan retired. The Spurs have been the only team worth watching, now they’re getting old.
      I watch college ball, that’s good stuff. The NBA now is as exciting as an ingrown toenail…

      • zumie said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:27 pm

        Mr. Clutch won one NBA title. For whatever reason, the greatness of Jerry West didn’t come across in the game footage today.

      • snarkk said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm

        Maybe I’m turning into an old fart, but I will put guys like Oscar, West, Chet Walker, Frazier, Elgin, Connie Hawkins, Wilt, Rick Barry, Russell, all those players, against anybody, any team of today. They would destroy the vast majority of the NBA of today exemplified by crap teams like the Warriors, Nets, etc. They played team basketball, up tempo, and they could shoot and pass. If the 3 point line were in force back then, guys like West, Barry and Oscar easily could have averaged 40 points a game every season. West won only once because his teams were never quite good enough to matchup with and beat Boston in the finals. Russell was a force of nature…

  9. zumie said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Man, what a rough season for Huff.

  10. unca chuck said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Yup. Belt is lighting it up in Fresno.

    Co=DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    • twinfan1 said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      Don’t know why some commenters still claim Ross has been off his 2010 form. He’s hitting just about the same as he did for us last year.

      • zumie said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm

        His playoff highlights raised expectations, fairly or unfairly.

      • twinfan1 said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:54 pm

        But facts are facts- he’s been top 3 on the team in OBP and OPS ever since he got off the DL.

  11. unca chuck said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    The rivalry’s nice, but a fucking beat-down is oh, so sweet.

  12. stixwiz said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Bing (Curly Joe) Bing (Panda) Bing (Nate) Bliff (Huff) and Bang (Cody). Vogelsong deserves a 4-0 lead.

    • zumie said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      Wait, I’m confused. I thought Ross was Curly Joe.

  13. stixwiz said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Curly Joe Fontenot. See, it even rhymes. Oh, and Bap (CrawDaddy). He likes being in rallies.

  14. unca chuck said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Vogie . . . !

  15. stixwiz said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Santa was not kind to Barbara. Must be off-season for the Jolly old Elf.

  16. unca chuck said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Way to squish the bug, Vogie . . .

  17. snarkk said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Wow, what a pleasure to see some hits strung together and a big inning.
    Pleez suh, I want some moah…

  18. ewisco said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Gentlemen, the buffet is open.

    i, however, am not.

  19. EdGdsnInExile said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Al-right now!

    I missed yesterday’s game, but watched the videos of the squeeze and the Stewart-Pablo-Burriss DP a number of times. Exciting, SMART play. Player one to 25, we may not be better, but we will pretty much out play you.

    The video also showed what looked like a more relaxed dugout of players. If that happens, that they press less-believe more, we could really get on a roll. I think we’re seeing that tonight. Even with Miggy going down, slumping Crawford knocks ’em in!

  20. zumie said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    NL ERA leaders coming into this game:
    1. Ryan Vogelsong, SF 2.03
    2. Jair Jurrjens, ATL 2.26
    3. Jeff Karstens, PIT 2.34
    4. Roy Halladay, PHI 2.57
    5. Jordan Zimmermann, WSH 2.66

  21. unca chuck said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I’m with ya Snarkk on the b-ball deal. Movement off the ball these days is non-existent.Watching Bron Bron in the finals stand at the top of the key and not move was laughable. THe fuicking globetrotters would beat theor asses.

    The 75 Warriors had passers and guys who could move without the ball. Even Cliff Ray for God’s sake…

    Montana dogging Kemp. Classic!!

    • Macdog said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      The Blazers team that won the title in ’77 sure knew how to play a little, too, and they were damn near unbeatable the following season before the injuries struck.

  22. xootsuit said, on July 18, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Joe Montana’s looking more and more like Ed O’Neill playing Al Bundy.

    • Del Mar Dennis said, on July 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      A*** S****’s playing more and more like Ed O’Neill looking like Al Bundy.

  23. Del Mar Dennis said, on July 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    We still haven’t scored 7 or more runs at home all year long.

  24. Flavor said, on July 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    And now, without further ado and sans context, this is what my friend said as we were debating the merits of nothing and yesterday at a beer party in 1991……”If my dick were made of cheese, you’d all be fine cheddar connoisseurs”. He’s dead now, He died 4 months ago of a brain aneurysm so don’t say anything to disparage his quote, that would just anger me. Nod your head slightly in a vertical fashion I could dig that.. He was a funny motherfucker and I missed him enough to quote him in the smack talk at Yahoo Sports. Stupid tribute but a proper one…….

    • unca chuck said, on July 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      Stupid tributes are usually the best . . .

      Just ask Gram Parsons.

  25. stixwiz said, on July 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    And that, gentlemen, is the ballgame. Team BA goes up a tiddle. Team ERA drops again. My magic number is 56. 56-41 has a nice ring to it. 65 to go. 34-31 would make em finish at 90-72. 38-27 is a bit closer to their trajectory. Snakes hanging tough as Collmenter clocks the Brewcrew. We’ll hold the lead.

  26. Del Mar Dennis said, on July 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Best tip o’ the cap in the game — Ryan Vogelsong.

    • Nipper said, on July 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      I’ll drink to that!

  27. snarkk said, on July 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Dang, that was a most satisfying game.
    Vogelsong is a determined cuss, I’ll give him that.
    And Wilson got a day off that he needed.
    Somebody else can look up the stats, but it seems to me when SF gets at least one dinger, things tend to end very, very well.
    Pablo with POTG….

    • Nipper said, on July 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      Snarkk is a Happy Camper!

  28. unca chuck said, on July 18, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Ahhh, give it to Ross for the 2 run double . . .

    • Nipper said, on July 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      Triples Alley delivers.

  29. TedSpe said, on July 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Nipper
    Please stop
    Sell your bullshit it on the Splash

    • eddacker said, on July 19, 2011 at 1:08 am

      Fuck you ted, I think he’s funny
      boring and a bit much at times, but he certainly has his place here.
      BLEEP

  30. snarkk said, on July 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Yeah, Ross looks like he’s started to heat up. That would be most welcome….

  31. zumie said, on July 18, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    The NBA network is replaying that Lakers/Knicks game from ’72 RIGHT NOW. Can anyone watch that and tell me it’s high quality basketball compared to these days?

    • snarkk said, on July 18, 2011 at 11:28 pm

      I saw those games on TV when they played them. It was high quality then, and high quality now. Quality doesn’t mean dunking and 30% three point shooting…

      • zumie said, on July 19, 2011 at 12:11 am

        No disrespect meant to teams of other eras. The fact that the Packers of the ’60s would go 0-16 in today’s NFL doesn’t diminish their accomplishments.


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