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Brandon Crawford

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 25, 2012

He scored 2 runs last night (who didn’t?) and he had a couple of RBI knocks. It’s impossible to deny he’s hitting better in the 2nd spot. It’s unlikely he keeps that up since most people think he’s not up here for his bat. But his bat has been unexpectedly productive in moments this year, while his glove has been unexpectedly bad. Some people have defaulted to the obvious, which is that his struggles at the plate have contributed to his struggles in the field. I don’t really buy that. There was no pressure on him to hit at this level and he knew that going into the season–just take care of left side of the infield and he’d be all good.

Kuiper, a former infielder, said his problems stem from the fact that he’s taking a step back on too many balls to ensure a better hop. Kuiper went on to say that when in doubt an infielder should always be aggressive and charge the ball. Not having played infield for a major league team before, I’ll defer to Kuiper that this approach is the best and would hope that Wotus would pass along this nugget to young Brandon.

But another theory for Crawford’s bad defense this year crossed my mind as I watched the game yesterday: maybe he’s just not that good defensively. There was a play in the middle of the game where someone hit a ball up the middle, Crawford went to his left and dove for it and it clanged off his glove into center field. I watched the replay a few times and noticed that this was a *reaction* play so it’s not like he had too much time to think about it or that he took a step back or anything like that. He just kicked the play. We’ve been sold the line that Crawford is a very good/elite shortstop defensively. But any elite shortstop that I’ve ever seen makes those diving plays to their left almost look routine. Whether they make the play or not, you’re never surprised when they dive and come up with it because that’s just what an elite shortstop does. They make those plays. And if you watch that replay, Crawford doesn’t really even come close to making it. The dive is awkward and he really barely even got his glove on the ball despite being there to make the play.

So all I’m saying is, maybe we should ratchet down our expectations for him defensively. And if we do that, what are we left with? Brian Bocock?

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  1. ewisco said, on May 25, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    timmeh?

  2. sandog said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Flav—-yes and yes. (Regarding royal treatment for you in SD and me coming up to SF this summer) I need to start making some plans. I’m on break at the end of June. I’ll be in touch.
    What’s the score? I took a break to play ping pong and drink Manhattans with a co-worker who was nice enough to bring my wallet to my house after I left the darn thing on the table at the dive where several us went to Happy Hour after work. I wasn’t driving and had a man-sized Maker’s neat chased by 2 High Lifes on an an empty stomach and wasn’t thinking too straight at the time I guess. Now I have to go to a dry cast party for a play my kids were in. Luckily ex #1 is going to come pick me up. Never underestimate the value of a cool ex wife. I should know—I’ve got two of them.
    If you’re going to drink Miller High Life ( and I encourage you to do so), make sure it’s good and cold. Pour the damn thing on ice if you have to.

    • ewisco said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      I left CA to go to college in NYC. I grew up drinking Coors and Olympia (ok, there were bouts of lucky lager too but let’s not go there). So I get to NYC and of course, no Coors (well, you could get it but it cost a shit load and tasted terrible because they didn’t keep it cold while they smuggled it across country). So I started drinking MHL. It was pretty damned cheap. But everyone kept drinking MINE and leaving me some piss water to drink. A store down the street started selling schmidts for $5 a case and so I bought that and didn’t feel so bad when I had it all disappear.

    • Flavor said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      I still LQTM about that moment on the 5th tee or whatever when I thought I was gonna lose you to alcohol poisoning (2 beers)…

  3. St said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Fuck fuck fuck

  4. ewisco said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    speaking of disappear, there went the lead.

  5. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Fuck Timmy. He sucks.

    I voted for Zito in my little poll. Me and the others in the 15% percentile are looking good at the moment.

  6. eddacker said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    SO
    I am late to the game, but I just saw seabiscuit pitching like I know he can
    OOPS

  7. Alleykat said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Christ Almighty ….The Wheels have all fallen off for Timmy again.He’s Killing US!!!

  8. Flavor said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I’m not sure which is more infuriating:
    1) Lincecum sucking dick right out of the gate and giving up a 3 spot in the first inning
    or……
    2) Lincecum pitching ok for 4 or 5 innings and then beginning to suck massive pole in the middle of the game……
    Either way, fuck him……
    *ABL*…….

    • ewisco said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      jeez flav, don’t cross THAT rubicon.

  9. eddacker said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Dil Mar, do not knock my man Timmeh, he is on his way back
    ‘except’ for that curveball
    damn

  10. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    And not 2 secs before he gave up that bomb, I had planned on commenting why Bochy hadn’t had the pen going earlier so he could possibly make a change if he wanted. But don’t think I’m blaming any of this on the skipper, because I’m not. This is ALL on Timmy once again.

  11. twinfan1 said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Now Coughlan with his first of the year. He’s simply not competing when things start to get out of hand. You could be looking at the guy making Tim’s next start while they figure this shit out.

    • Del Mar Dennis said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      J.T. Snow used the “not competing” when describing Timmy earlier this week on KNBR.
      But it was a little stronger than that. J.T. in not so many words called Timmy a “quitter.”

  12. eddacker said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    OK so the one-out guy has done it
    shit

  13. eddacker said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I must be the jinx as I started watching the game during that

  14. Brian said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Timmy fucked up weaving his way outta that last trouble. He Bochy in a situation in which he routinely blows.

  15. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Timmy’s going to hit Memorial Day with an ERA of 6.41.

    Ed, I think it’s high time we take “Seabiscuit” out of stakes company and drop him into the claiming ranks.
    I think $6,250 up at the Ferndale Fair Circuit is right up Timmy’s alley. Heeeeeeeee!

    • eddacker said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      claimers are my favorite, next to the fair circuit.
      Go, Giants
      get off your ass, Timmeh

  16. twinfan1 said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    After the 5th I thought Tim might have turned the corner.

    • ewisco said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      I was trying to change the font on my earlier “timmeh” to suggest that maybe, just maybe, a corner had been turned. alas, no.

      speaking of lasses, good luck with yours.

  17. eddacker said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Belt must be like a lot of hitters in that a hot streak will solve all this cold.

  18. Alleykat said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Tim is to pitching,like Belt is to hitting.LOST

    • eddacker said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      BTW, when you are lost, and looking, the whole world is out there

  19. SanDawg said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I was worried when I tuned in and saw DJLoux was on the mound

    • Bozo said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      That’s got my vote for POTD.

  20. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Zito ERA: 3.53; Timmy; 6.41. That’s almost a full three runs.
    Any of youse guys that voted for Timmy wanna change your mind?

    • twinfan1 said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      Low ERA for the year? Lincecum-book it.

  21. eddacker said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    so here is Bochy’s evil plan:
    first we git the hitters going and
    just when nobody has us winning
    we git timmeh going

  22. eddacker said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    fuck you, he had the fastball, walks are walks, he needs the fastball
    no excuses
    the team was behind their starting pitcher, and now the game goes to shit

  23. twinfan1 said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Now an error? Belt might get his next start in San Jose…

  24. eddacker said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Posey throws a strike off his left foot
    nice

  25. ewisco said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    watching this reminds me of one of the keys to the 2010 season: Those guys didn’t have an ounce of quit in them. We saw earlier this week when the brewers were up 8-0 how they fought back, though ultimately unsuccessfully. So, what do we have this year? TBD.

  26. eddacker said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    WOW
    WHAT SWING

  27. Bozo said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    At this point, I can only say that the Melk Man seems to be able to do whatever the fuck he wants. Damn dude is on.

    • eddacker said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      that was one of the most “ON” hits if ever there was one. Brilliant!

  28. eddacker said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    just when you want a nate moment
    you get one

  29. mrmrbill said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Nate.

    : shakes head :

    • twinfan1 said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      For what it’s worth, Kieschnick is still tearing up the PCL. The next Bowker? Or maybe for real?
      .330 BA 13 HR 34 RBI 1.045 OPS

      • Flavor said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm

        can he play the infield?

      • Nipper said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm

        Twin thinking moves….

  30. Alleykat said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    The Partridge Family Bus to San Jose and Fresno could get real busy.Keep that tank full Mr. Ruben Kincade as Shirley Jones and David Cassidy and Susan Dey sing all their wonderful songs to the Giant players.Yikes Brutal Bus ride.

  31. eddacker said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Hey, Theriot, stupid

    • Bozo said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Not sure on that one ed. I think Crawford could have taken that himself.

  32. Alleykat said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Didn’t take Theriot long to fuck up.Error #49

  33. mrmrbill said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Yo Theriot … The “4” of 6-4-3 means *you*!

    • Alleykat said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      He just takes the Aubrey Huff approach of covering second Mr.Bll

  34. unca_chuck said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Fuck. Ryan the Riot wastes no time in being sucked into the vortex of doom that is being the 2nd baseman for the San Francisco Giants.

    • unca_chuck said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      (it used to be right field)

      • Nipper said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm

        BLEEP!

    • Nipper said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      At least Chuck’s dog is still happy. Must be getting tasty treats.

    • mrmrbill said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      What’s on second.

  35. Alleykat said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Is their any real reason why Theriot and Burriss are still on the team? Oh yeah Culberson sucks too.

  36. Nipper said, on May 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    To suck is human.

    • Nipper said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      BOOS reign freely in Miami.

    • Del Mar Dennis said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      What’s on the menu for the Memorial Day BBQ?

      I envision Ball Park® Franks, coleslaw and a shitload of Schlitz.

      “Presidents take his birthday off.”

  37. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    With Pablo on the DL, we have without question the worst hitting and fielding IF in the league.
    And the place horse hasn’t even hit the wire yet.

    And as I type, Belt stings a single. I’m a bigger Cooler than Bernie Lootz.

  38. Bozo said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Blanco.

  39. eddacker said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    A hit and we are singing

  40. eddacker said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    #2 magic?

  41. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Who has Heath Bell in our Flap fantasy league? Oops.

  42. eddacker said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    tough loss, we are playing well

  43. twinfan1 said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Hottest hitter in the game has to swing at that.

  44. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    The Melk Man is a statue on 3-2. Damn. That pitch was pretty wicked.
    It’s hard to knock our best player, but one would hope for at least a swing in that situation.
    Go get ’em tomorrow. 1:00 game.

  45. Alleykat said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Strike 3 call on ball 4…Thanks for coming we’ll see you tomorrow, drive safely.

  46. Bozo said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Came up a dollar short, But god damn, this team has fight.

  47. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    If K & K make any excuses and/or tell me Timmy is “this close to turning it around,” I’m gonna punch the 50″ Panasonic Plasma.

    • unca_chuck said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Funny thing. 1st pitch of the game, a 93 MPH fastball, and Kruk says, “that’s a good sign.”

      No, Kruk. A win would be a good sign.

  48. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Timmy is now 2-5, and the Giants are now 2-8 in all his starts.

    Vote Zito!

    • Bozo said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      DMD, I’m not going to root against the Zitter but I sure as hell ain’t laying any cash on the dude. As your new doctor and lawyer, I suggest you should do the same.

      Otter: “Take it easy. I’m in pre-law, man.”
      Hoover: “Thought you were pre-med.”
      Otter: “What’s the difference?”

  49. twinfan1 said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    The Comcast dweebs are putting Tim’s fuck up on Bochy. Bullshit. This is supposed to be the ace- you let him get out of it or not. It’s 3-3 and the .106 hitting Coughlan is up..Tim has to handle that guy..

    • zumie said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      The “dweebs” are two former major league pitchers with pretty good careers. There’s a case to be made that Bochy could be a little quicker with the hook next time.

      • twinfan1 said, on May 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm

        Is there ANYTHING you put on Tim? If he can’t handle Coughlan, forget the hook, get him out of the rotation until he gets his head together.

      • twinfan1 said, on May 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm

        As I said then, I thought getting out of the 5th was a big thing for him. I’ll tell you this- if Loux gives up the lead, *you* are postal that Bochy took Tim out..

      • twinfan1 said, on May 25, 2012 at 8:18 pm

        Being an ex–ballplayer does not mean the guy knows the game, many of the writers are more knowledgeable than many of the jocks. There are guys here who are smarter about the game. Maybe you..

    • mrmrbill said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      I blame Tim’s fuck up on Shierholtz — not for any particularly good reason, but on general principle.

      • mrmrbill said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:55 pm

        And Tim.

    • eddacker said, on May 26, 2012 at 1:55 am

      so true my man, so true

  50. James said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Never mind Pawlie’s book, DMD with the Comcast poll question . . . .

    • zumie said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Dennis is running around the blog celebrating Tim’s struggles like it’s party time.
      Weird.

  51. zumie said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Astros up 3-0 early on Kershaw. Who’da thunk it.

    • Flavor said, on May 25, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      He’s human. But if he’s human than Timmy is goddamn Piltdown Man……
      My main man off The Farm, Jed Lowrie, did a little damage off Kershaw tonight………

  52. Flavor said, on May 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Once again, this loss is on our *ace* (in former name only). We are 2-8 in his starts. Do the math and check out what our record would be in we were 8-2 in those starts, a completely reasonable expectation of a 2-time CY winner.
    Tim Lincecum is the single reason above all else that we are only 2 games over .500 right now.
    ABL……..

    • TedSpe said, on May 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      ABL?

      • Flavor said, on May 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm

        I temporarily retired ABZ a couple of weeks ago and am now rolling with *Anybody But Lincecum* until he gets his head out of his ass……..

      • TedSpe said, on May 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm

        hahaha. Funny I was going to quote your Anybody But Lincecum heading from the other day just before I read your post.

      • TedSpe said, on May 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm

        Whcih, sadly, show how slow I am

    • twinfan1 said, on May 25, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      That and the defense, although that’s improved- and their record along with it.

  53. EdGdsnInExile said, on May 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Overall, I’m glad we made a comeback and are now split in the series. This game was totally winnable however. Tim is an enigma right now, probably to himself as well. I don’t understand what has happened to the defense, in particular the focus. I’ve watched only four games, so you all are better judges. Most of this seems mental to me–the ‘mental makeup’ kind as opposed to ‘down/in a funk.’ Flav makes a good point about Crawford, but his mental mistakes also occur on the basepaths. That ‘awkward giraffe’ look of Belt’s just to me looks like he’s not ready for prime-time; you get no sense of urgency from him. And neither of those guys are 19. We could probably switch Arias over to short once Pablo is back, but we’d still have the ‘vortex’ at second–know idea what’s happened to Theriot and Burriss. Both seem like they’re new to the position. Franchez looks decreasingly like an option. Posey himself has 7 errors and tonight a passed ball. As for first, Huff will need starts for us to know whether he can contribute. A week ago, I think I gave Belt another 100 ABs. He should still run out that string, but I’m looking forward to more opportunity for Pill.

    I’m not panicking; we’ve been playing good enough the last several series. Despite Timmy’s play and Zito’s existential dilemma, the pitching has been really, really good. The hitting is coming around. But the problems we have 1/3 of the way into the season are not minor.

    • Flavor said, on May 25, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      despite the injuries and the errors, to me, it’s still all about Lincecum. We are 2-8 in his starts. Reverse that for a 2 time CY winner and we are all good. You can pin this entire season’s record on him, in my opinion…..

  54. twinfan1 said, on May 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Well, we got Blade’s PC cool as a cucumber again, that’s my highlight of the week. Oh well. Goodnight all and goodnight to my dear. Sleep well.

    • TedSpe said, on May 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Night, twin

  55. Del Mar Dennis said, on May 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    It’s not even Memorial Day, and Marty Lurie and his callers on KNBR are checking the Wild Card standings.
    They all should be beaten to death with a Popsicle stick. A Vanilla-Caramel Swirl Ice Cream with
    DOVE® Milk Chocolate and Cashews sounds mighty tasty right about now.

    • DJLoo said, on May 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      I’ll say!

    • TedSpe said, on May 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      And after that *then* you’ll beat them with the stick

      • TedSpe said, on May 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm

        Ahem…(cough, cough)… BOCOCK!!!!!! BIG TITTY!!!!!! And….(going to football) DICK BUTKUS!!!!
        Goodnight, gentlmen (question mark). I gotta start another band

  56. DJLoo said, on May 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Aside from that last AB, Melky is hitting like a fat Tony Oliva…

    DJ Loux…..funny!

    DMD: If I make it to Belmont tomorrow, I’ll try to get you an autographed Affirmed/Alydar postcard. Their jockeys will be signing them in case you were confused…

    • TedSpe said, on May 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      DS Redux

      • TedSpe said, on May 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm

        Uhm….J

    • Del Mar Dennis said, on May 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks, Loo! That would be great. And thanks especially for clarifying who would be signing. Linda Rice has one going in the 9th — Adirondack Dancer. It was no surprise that the grandson of Northern Dancer found a new home on the sod last time out. But that’s who Frank the Cat likes. WTF does he know.

      Good luck.

      • eddacker said, on May 26, 2012 at 2:09 am

        Isn’t the Adirondack an old slow river that keeps running?

  57. mrmrbill said, on May 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Astros beat the Dodgers.

    Maybe they can take over some of Timmy’s games for us, as well.

  58. eddacker said, on May 26, 2012 at 2:03 am

    And neither of those guys are 19

    I like that, both are growing, but should be already there. Once again it is the playing time. I am a creature of habit; ergo give them time to get their legs and tall trees will fall.

  59. eddacker said, on May 26, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Hey, this is a bit off and I will re-post tomorrow night, but

    In most films why are the female lovers always wearing a bra?
    a) it is the way they do it nowadays
    b) most women think given head is like a kiss good night
    c) didn’t have time to undress
    d) it isn’t about the chest anymore

  60. Wilcojoe said, on May 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    So just now iam walking down the street in my second favorite city (Austin) donning my Giants cap of course….A group of six hot young twenty-something girls sitting on a bar patio yell “go Giants!”

    Of course i just give the “knowing dude nod” and continue on my way…Oh to be young (er) and single again.


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