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Buzzkill Beginning to Series

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 8, 2012

Lots of attention paid to Mota’s positive PED test. That’s a non-issue in terms of how this effects the team. Tolbert calls guys like Mota “5-guys”—you see him when the team is up 5 or down 5. That doesn’t reflect Mota’s contributions, especially last season, but Mota has been less than *contributory* this year. Zito said “We just keep taking blow after blow” but not all blows are created equal. The Giants will get by without Mota…….

We saw a few more glimpses last night of the dangers of the *all offense* line up. Did anyone catch Pill’s *stagger-catch*? I forget what inning it was, maybe 4 or 5. As I’ve said before, for what you give up on defense you just aren’t getting THAT much more in offense with that LU. And we haven’t even seen the great defensive implosion yet from the *No Defense* line up–but it’s coming if Bochy keeps running that crew out there together……..

At this point, you have to play Arias every day. He should be starting in front of Crawford but if Bochy decides to keep giving Craw starts then Arias should slide over to 3rd base in place of C-Gill. That guy is not a major leaguer………

Huff is back and while I’m happy for him personally it doesn’t do much to help the team–in fact, it probably hurts us if it means Blanco is going to lose starts.

Our bullpen is looking…..shady. Here’s a surprising ranking. This is the bullpen batting average against stat:

Normally, I just look at NL stats but when you’re last in all of mlb that’s worth noting, too. For what it’s worth, opponents were batting .310 off Mota this year so the upside is that our current .281 baa is likely to get better just with his subtraction……

Zito was pretty below average last night. When you drop a 2.00 WHIP on your stat line there’s not really any other way to view it. But we still could have won that game if we hit a little bit. Unfortunately, the Dodgers had their way with us. Lots of areas  to improve starting tonight……

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  1. Alleykat said, on May 8, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Every AB by Kemp is just smoked off his bat.He is so dialed in his outs are “Loud Outs”.

  2. twinfan1 said, on May 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    We’ve smoked a few against Kershaw, as well.

  3. James said, on May 8, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Belt should not sit against lefties. It is utterly fucking ridiculous that he does not have 110 PAs right now.

  4. twinfan1 said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    The only reason Crawford is here is to make that play.

  5. James said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    That almost makes up for last night.

  6. twinfan1 said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    What a play from Posey, Arias, and Belt, though.

  7. Macdog said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I haven’t seen such drama involving bunt plays since the Cards-Tigers WS in ’06.

  8. paulinasia said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Time for the vaunted pitching and defense to shut it down….

  9. twinfan1 said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    At least Vogelsong didn’t try to throw that first one..that was the troublemaker last night.

  10. Macdog said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    6-4-3!

  11. mrmrbill said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Just like the textbook, Lopez.

  12. twinfan1 said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    For a sec I thought Theriot took too long on the turn.

  13. paulinasia said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Knowing dude nod time. Or is it knowing nod dude time….

    • James said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      As long as it’s not known dud nod off time

  14. Alleykat said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Love those DP!!! Great scoop by Belt to save Theriot’s Ass.

    • snarkk said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Another reason, a key reason, why Belt should be in there all the time. James is right, it is crazy Belt does not double the ABs he has….

      • twinfan1 said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm

        Almost everybody here has wanted Belt playing regularly.

  15. snarkk said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Going into the bottom 9th at the Latrine with a 1 run lead is usually a hair raising experience. Hopefully, not tonite…

    • mrmrbill said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Children’s cough syrup will steady your nerves.

      • snarkk said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm

        Clenbuterol is a stimulant. But, the bourbon will offset…

  16. Macdog said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Nice glove save there. Been watching too much hockey lately.

  17. twinfan1 said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Totally agree, did not want Lopez facing Uribe.

  18. TedSpe said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Let;s rock

  19. Jersydog said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Outstanding!

  20. Macdog said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Is there such thing as a big win on May 8? This might’ve been it.

    • paulinasia said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      Yes there is, and yes it was.

  21. snarkk said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Wow. 3 up and 3 down for the win. Dot’s nice…

  22. TedSpe said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Kershaw. Denied. Lovin’ it

  23. manny said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Good game, good pitching,good defense, and one big swing early in the game.

  24. Alleykat said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    LET’S get the music going….I left my heart in SanFrancisco…
    Brett Pill Game Winner!! BELT AND PILL Make it so Bochy.

  25. Jersydog said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Brett is passing out some post game refreshments for those interested.

  26. twinfan1 said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Excellent ballgame- I never thought 2 cuns would hold up. A bit of thanks to Donnie for taking the bat out of Kemp’s hands. Ethier/Lopez ? Or Kemp/God? I’ll take Lopez/Ethier..

    • James said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Donnie knows the “money lies with the RBIs” Unfortunately for him, there are lies in them RBIs.

  27. twinfan1 said, on May 8, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Two key plays from the pitchers- Vogey holding onto the ball after muffing it-and the great stop by Lopez..

  28. mrmrbill said, on May 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Was there any update on Pagan’s leg … is it serious, or he’ll back tomorrow?

    • James said, on May 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      They don’t shoot crazy horses.

  29. snarkk said, on May 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Theriot is not a good option at 2nd over the long haul of the season. Vogie pitched his ass off. Nice win for him. I’d keep this exact same lineup in tomorrow — except put in Blanco, not Pagan. Belt’s digging out that bad throw by Theriot for the DP saved the lead — Pill or Huff maybe do not make that play…

  30. James said, on May 8, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    This was a great win, but contemplating tomorrow night, I *really* wish Timmeh still had the 94 mph fastball . . . .

  31. snarkk said, on May 8, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    I saw the 4 HRs replay by Hamilton in Baltimore. The first one he dug out a pretty good curveball. The others were grooved belt high fastballs and a hanging curve. Hey, I give him credit, he had to hit ’em. But, Bonds would never have gotten the third and fourth pitches to hit the last two HRs. I don’t understand how you can throw a guy that is so hot such fat pitches. If Bonds got two homers, he gets thrown crap around his eyes or in the dirt, for intentional unintentional walks, and move on to the next batter. If he ever had more protection, like the monster lineup TX has, maybe he would have gotten fewer walks. Maybe….


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