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Fortuna Spinneth UPWARDS

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 31, 2014

Jake Peavy with the Giants: 2.66 ERA. I’d say that’s a move that’s work out quite nicely. In fact, where would we be without Jake Peavy?

The Giants pitching has straight BROUGHT IT on this home stand and it’s time for MadBum to put the cherry on top. 

I will be at the game today. We have a solid chance to pull within 1.5 of The Art Dealers.

 

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  1. blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Where would we be without Brian Sabean?

    • willedav said, on August 31, 2014 at 7:13 am

      Not to mention the moves he didn’t make… Alex Rios? Gordon Beckham?

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 31, 2014 at 8:05 am

      lqtm

  2. Nipper said, on August 31, 2014 at 7:20 am

    While you guys ponder the Giants I’m drinking strong coffee. Hey what do you think of Amy G. and the DH?

    • blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 7:57 am

      Can she play left field? If not, she can DH in the AL.

  3. Flavor said, on August 31, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Blade– sure, Sabes gets credit for making the trade. I was on record the day of the trade in support of it so I don’t feel like this came totally out of the dark.
    And WillieD– The Rios thing was never going to happen because of his ankle. Personally, I’m bummed we aren’t getting Adam Dunn, looks like he’s going to the A’s. Sabean gets credit for not pulling triggers but usually it’s because he has no trigger to pull. And a big part of that problem is the shit farm system he’s built. Why don’t teams want any of our young players?

    • willedav said, on August 31, 2014 at 8:36 am

      My point is what he has is better than either of these two or Bonifacio.
      I know there are guys here who always want Sabes to *do something now!*.
      He didn’t, and it’s ultimately paid off…whether he’s just lucky or not.
      The shit farm system did wind up netting Peavy, who is turning into gold.

      • stickman said, on August 31, 2014 at 8:41 am

        The shit farm system also brought up Duffy, Susac and Mr. “what would we do without him”.

    • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Speaking of Gary Brown and a few others, how can other teams want our minor leaguers if we don’t want ’em?…

  4. dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 31, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Peavy waiting on the mound to encourage his teammates as he got pulled sorta reminded me of Sanchez in 2010. Remember how he would wait for the reliever to arrive and have words for them? I always liked that guy.

    • Flavor said, on August 31, 2014 at 8:25 am

      I’m still trying to figure out what happened to that guy

  5. blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Flavor, we are going to have to disagree on “shit farm system.” As our roster is made up of a large home grown contingent of players. This article is from 2012, but still relevant (LOOK AT THE GRAPHIC).

    http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Giants-are-loaded-with-homegrown-talent-3415427.php

    Now consider that 2 years only have passed and those players drafted after 2012 (not seen in this graphic) shouldn’t be considered failures or successes for another 1-2 years. Couple that with the fact, that we have traded off numerous players from our farm system as well . . . Some who are coming into their own on other teams, e.g., Wheeler, Gillaspie, etc.

    Like I said, we will just have to agree to disagree. In my mind, the Giants farm system has been anything but a “shit farm system” as you describe them.

  6. willedav said, on August 31, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Look at how many stiffs have changed hands recently…Darwin Barney, Josh Willingham, Correia, my name is fausto. Even a guy I liked, Denorfia, hasn’t done anything. The White Sox are full of crummy OFs like DeAza who haven’t hit. And pls, say absolute no to Adam I am so Done.
    Sabes did better by waiting on his guys and bringing in Susac Panik Ishi and Duffy. If Belt really does come back before season that will definitely help too, if nothing else than just for his own peace of mind to get back in there.

    • Flavor said, on August 31, 2014 at 8:52 am

      Dunn would have been a very nice option for us. Not only can he get on base with his bb’s but he has the power to hit the ball out anywhere. And Sabean must have agreed with me since the Giants were one of the final 3 teams in on Dunn. Sabes just didn’t have to firepower to get him and that’s pretty funny considering what the A’s ultimately gave up for him. #nexttonothing

      • willedav said, on August 31, 2014 at 9:03 am

        I don’t see the value, but if Sabes agrees with you, that puts him in high esteem and very good company.
        Have fun today big guy!

      • Flavor said, on August 31, 2014 at 9:11 am

        I’m stoked. The weather is rad, Bum’s pitching, great day for a game.

  7. Phlabloxxxl said, on August 31, 2014 at 8:54 am

    The big question is, will Sabean be able to afford both RyVog and JayPeeve in 2015?

    • unca_chuck said, on August 31, 2014 at 9:03 am

      No, the big question is will your dogs shit themselves down the stretch? They appear to be screaming toward choke city. Amazing what $200,000,000 gets you these days.

      • unca_chuck said, on August 31, 2014 at 9:05 am

        The dogs show their collective heart by flailing against a weak bunch of Pads.

      • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 10:38 am

        I wouldn’t crow too much on the Pads pounding on the Doghairs, yet. Pads will play us tough, too, that’s a guarantee. And, the Snakes are crap but haven’t been horrible lately. LaRussa would love nothing more than taking down the Giants down the stretch. I wouldn’t put it past him to boot Gibson in the offseason and take over as manager. There’s only so much ARF he can handle hanging out in Danville…

  8. Flavor said, on August 31, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Ben Nicholson-Smith ‏@bnicholsonsmith 1m
    #Athletics dealt for Lester, Samardzija, Hammel, Fuld, Gomes, Soto & now Dunn. Can’t recall last team to add so many players in a summer.

    And we got Peavy.
    Nice, but more was needed, IMO. ESPECIALLY if you’re talking about having a decent DH option in the playoffs and realistically considering that Belt is done for the year.

  9. zumiee said, on August 31, 2014 at 9:20 am

    The Giants are playing great ball again, but one thing kind of nags at me a little, and that’s the closer situation. Casilla again couldn’t get through it last night with a clean inning. Hopefully he gets on a nice roll, because I trust him more than Romo with the closer role this season.
    Wilson had a lot of “unclean” 9th innings in 2010, but seemed to really dial in to another level at the end of the season and the playoffs. And, of course, Romo was solid in 2012.

    • James said, on August 31, 2014 at 9:37 am

      If you trust him more, why worry? Swapping out Romo for Casilla was a gratuitous move, but no complaints from me because it doesn’t really matter which one pitches the ninth.

      • zumiee said, on August 31, 2014 at 9:54 am

        Well, yeah, I didn’t mean I trusted Casilla a LOT more. 🙂

      • James said, on August 31, 2014 at 10:03 am

        Then it’ll be a very, very fine line distinguishing your continued greater trust over management’s, should Santiago have some bad outings and be replaced by Romo! 🙂

  10. James said, on August 31, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Blade, Peavey was great, and Fiers was very impressive, too, and that added a lot. Without the inevitable broadcast reminder of how the hitters are disadvantaged at 6 pm, it took me an inning to realize why all those swings and misses at 90 mph fastballs. Still, both of these guys were dealing.

    As is the case, oh, 50% of the time, when you make some strong assertion on the Flap, the game that follows will try to undermine your claim. The defensive plays last night were spectacular, and we could see each of them unfold perfectly, the cheers ready to issue forth right at that moment in the ball’s flight when you can see it’s going to beat the runner.

  11. tedspe said, on August 31, 2014 at 9:30 am

    2 1/2 outta first
    Good times

  12. DJLoo said, on August 31, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Also getting a nice post Melky-like contribution from Blanco who has out-homered Puig 4-2 since May 28th and 4-1 since July 4th.

    • zumiee said, on August 31, 2014 at 9:56 am

      I have a little bit of guilt when I celebrate a Blanco HR. I agree with Snarkk that too many HRs from Blanco, in the long run, is not a net positive. He gets temporarily rewarded for an uppercut swing that he shouldn’t have.

      • zumiee said, on August 31, 2014 at 9:59 am

        But then James will come along and say that Blanco is what he is. Which is very profound. Kind of like that saying that ends with “having the peace to accept that which I cannot change.”

    • Flavor said, on August 31, 2014 at 10:02 am

      that is the stat of the year, as far as I’m concerned. Ok dudes, catch you on the flip side. I’m out the door.

      • DJLoo said, on August 31, 2014 at 10:07 am

        Take me!!!

      • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 10:42 am

        Good stat, yeah. I think I’d still take Puig just a tad over Blanco… 😉 Puig would likely get his head together better in the Giants clubhouse compared to LA…

  13. zumiee said, on August 31, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Some more about Puig in the L.A. Times, from Steve Dilbeck:

    “On June 6 he had an impressive slash line of .336/.430/.593. Since then, it’s .269/.350/.408.

    Through the first 56 games (as of June 6), Puig had 11 home runs and 40 RBIs in 214 at-bats. Since then, he’s had two homers and 19 RBIs in 277 at-bats.

    He’s starting to look frustrated at the plate too, which is completely understandable. He’s been a different hitter.

    Picking June 6 as a turning point is not arbitrary. That’s the date Puig told The Times’ Dylan Hernandez that he experienced tightness in his left hip after making an awkward slide — is there any other kind with Puig? — in an attempt to break up a double play in Colorado.

    Hernandez wrote two weeks later that Puig seemed resigned to playing the rest of the season with the discomfort and wasn’t concerned that he might develop a more serious injury by continuing to play.

    “I’m not thinking about that,” he said. “I’m just thinking of getting treatment and giving the best of myself on the field. I try to play all nine innings.”

    Only right now, he’s not helping the team much at the plate. His strikeouts are up a tad and his walks down slightly, but mostly it’s his missing power that’s troubling. A slugging-percentage drop of .593 to .408 is what you might call serious.”

    • DJLoo said, on August 31, 2014 at 10:28 am

      I’d go with precipitous bordering on dizzying…
      (channeling Pawlie)

    • willedav said, on August 31, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Last night 1 for 5 with 3 Ks, including last out made by Dodgers, K’d by Tim Stauffer top 10th with Kemp on 2b and 2 outs.

      It doesn’t matter who is the better player, it’s who actually makes the winning plays. Ask Miguel Cabrera.

  14. James said, on August 31, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Puig and Morse have become the gap to gap hitting OFers we covet for the Giants — thank goodness we already have one of them in the fold!

  15. wswins said, on August 31, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Great game last night…Bring home the sweep Flav!

  16. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Hey BF, when you’re at the yard, throw us a bone every once in a while online if you can with the vibe, how Bum looks, the sundress ratings, etc. Have a great time!…

  17. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 10:45 am

    As far as Dunn goes, the A’s can have him. Trade Cespedes, get Dunn? If the A’s keep cratering into losing a WC game or not even making it to the playoffs, Beane is going to take a beating for that trade far worse than he already has. Talk about one trade too many…

  18. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Speaking of the NL West, which of its managers are back next year?
    Bochy? check.
    Black? check.
    Donny boy? Real iffy. I’ll say no unless they win the WS.
    Gibson? No way. LaRussa back in the saddle, or a LaRussa pet. No vet manager worth his salt will take a job with LaRussa breathing down his neck, IMO.
    Weisss? Dunno. He’s cheap, I suppose. Does it matter who manages the Rocks? blade?

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 31, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Agree with you there except for LaRussa. He’ll do the Pat Riley thing where he just hangs back until he thinks the club is ready to make a run. I bet he brings someone from his A’s teams like Gallego or Steinbach. Maybe Lansford.

      • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 11:18 am

        Yeah, dirt. Guaranteed any LaRussa manager hire has real thick past dealings with him. I’d bet on an Cards system person, given more recent history, and assuming there is at least one who can stand him enough to take a check and stomach his guaranteed, bullshit over the shoulder managing…

    • willedav said, on August 31, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Screw LaRussa.
      Yes, Golds is out for the year, but he also let go Martin Prado and Gerardo Parra. Parra is pretty damn good and was easily best OF on the team.
      Now his team is in full play the kids mode, and as a result have almost caught Rockies for last place.Rox kid Matzek shut them out in AZ launching pad last night.

  19. James said, on August 31, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Cespedes isn’t all that good — he has produced no more runs for his teams than Dunn has. The As were scoring runs at a ridiculous rate, and are paying the price to the Stat Gods right now. Just like they are smiling on SF currently for our earlier sacrifices.

    • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 10:56 am

      After Beane traded him, the A’s offense has been swirling the toidy since. Even the A’s flacks on its own flagship radio station are ripping the trade, I’ve heard them. They watch the team every day, so I think they might have a clue on what his loss has meant. It’s not necessarily just what he produced himself, it’s what he meant to the hitters around. Plus, he’s obviously a far better all around player than a hack like Dunn…

      • salty said, on August 31, 2014 at 11:09 am

        On the other hand, do you think they were going to get it done with Chavez and Milone in the rotation?

      • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 11:16 am

        They’d just gotten Smardja, had barely digested him when the Cespedes/Lester thing went down. I don’t know nor give enough of an S to answer your question about those two pitchers. What I do know is the A’s were rolling, then have fallen off a cliff offensively. Is it a mirror image of Giants first two months, then cliff diving? That’s harder to pinpoint. At least with the Cespedes deal, it looks more like a point in time that can explain the nosedive…

      • James said, on August 31, 2014 at 11:47 am

        Actually, the dudes on those shows don’t know anything the least bit meaningful about the As performance that I can’t glean from a stat sheet or attribute to the play of chance in a team’s fortunes. And the effect Cespedes had on the hitters around him is that of a 760 OPS hitter. Yes, he’s a better all around player, but the marginal contribution of that manifold roundedness to the team’s W-L record over who has replaced him is negligible. See above about stats evening out over a season to reflect the level of talent on hand.

      • salty said, on August 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm

        Yeah, since when do we here at the flap give any credence to radio talking heads? They just spout off to drive ratings.

      • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm

        Sorry James, I disagree. If talking heads hired by the team are bad mouthing the loss of Cespedes, they have credibility with me. They see the team every day, they’re in the clubhouse. I’m not buying much of your stats argument on this one. Saying Cespedes and Dunn are pretty much a wash to the team’s success, if that’s what you’re saying, just doesn’t make a lot of sense no matter how the comparative stats fall out…

    • DJLoo said, on August 31, 2014 at 11:05 am

      James: What do you make of this, it’s always fascinated me: In 1965, Deron Johnson hit 20 fewer homers than Mays, yet drove in 18 more runs. Is that incredibly unusual?

      • James said, on August 31, 2014 at 12:10 pm

        How about Tommy Herr, 1985?

  20. salty said, on August 31, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Beans seems to have a special rapport with other GM’s….always seems to pull off these deals when he needs to. Like to see Sabean find a RH with pop to use against LH if Morse is at 1b.

    • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 11:22 am

      Beane keeps his iPhone on and airplane mode switch off…

      • willedav said, on August 31, 2014 at 11:30 am

        And in his dreams he has his hands on a different set of family jewels– those rings sitting right here on Flap shelf.
        Months ago I posted that Beane had a team full of guys playing over their heads with .900 OPS etc., and Sabes didn’t. Now things are different, some of his hitters are back to reality, and he has never fixed his crummy middle IF. Couple of his replacement level guys made critical errors last night in the L.

        Sabes might be more luckier than good, but he still owns the bottom line over Beane hands down.

      • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 11:36 am

        Can’t beat the two rings Sabes has generated, certainly true dat, willie. I think Beane reads his press clippings too much. And, there’s nobody in his front office that can stop him from self immolation. Itchy trigger finger when he shouldn’t be itching. I’d love to get Belt back in a few weeks and really lengthen out this lineup that’s starting to hit again. I doubt Sabes will pick anything up today, and frankly, I don’t see a point in it. Things look like they’re clicking right now, I’d leave things alone. Plus, callups tomorrow anyway…

      • Bayside68 said, on August 31, 2014 at 12:13 pm

        Of course Sabean has had millions more to work with. Has he ever had to say bye bye, can’t afford to sign you? He gave Cain $125m, Posey $167m and Scutaro a ridiculous 3/yr deal. Probably will give Pablo 100m. Beane would have to trade for prospects or settle for a draft pick.

      • stickman said, on August 31, 2014 at 12:29 pm

        Some nice RH pop from off the bench would be nice, but generally i’d agree with your “leave things alone” sentiment. Add Belt in a couple of weeks and not only would infield defense be totally top shelf, but when he plays either Morse or Blanco is strength on the pine. Ditto Ishi.

  21. pawliekokonuts said, on August 31, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Magnus, whether you see the Sun-Dressed Goddess on the train or not, may Fortuna smile on you, the Jints, your compatriots at the game, the ball dudes and dudettes, the vendors, and any random babes at the ballpark.

  22. James said, on August 31, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    If Billy Beane were playing chess against Sabes, I know who my money would be on. But there are only so many moves you can make as a GM, and luck does play a big role in baseball.

    • stickman said, on August 31, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Bean might could beat Sabes in Poker, but no chance in a chess match. It would be similar to an Obama-Putin matchup.

  23. James said, on August 31, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Sabes is like a perpetual wine neophyte with a lot of $$$, who buys a lot of disappointing, overrated Napa stuff, and then to fill out his shelf, arbitrarily buys some really good $15-20 bottles from Spain or France that blow away his wasted purchases.

  24. dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 31, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    CF Angel Pagan
    2B Joe Panik
    RF Hunter Pence
    3B Pablo Sandoval
    1B Michael Morse
    LF Gregor Blanco
    C Andrew Susac
    SS Brandon Crawford
    LHP Madison Bumgarner

    May the Schwartz be with you.

    Go Giants!

  25. blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Snarkk, your question about the Sherpa manager . . .

    Owner loves Weiss. Me? In fairness, he is learning on the job (past experience was high school coach). Consequently, he has made many, many tactical in-game boo boos and some major FUCK UPS. He also has the disadvantage of Bill Geivett . . . Let me explain:

    In 2012, Rockies owner Dick Monfort restructured the team’s front office, making Geivett essentially their “director of major league operations”, breaking with baseball tradition by attempting to phase out the traditional model of a baseball front office. While Dan O’Dowd retained the title of general manager, the Rockies attempted to shift the paradigm of the front office by creating a new and unique position for Geivett, who assumed many of the roles traditionally held by the general manager. He also has undertaken many of the roles of the field manager, as he oversees the team on a day-to-day basis from an office in the team clubhouse. This system was put in place and then team manager, Jim Tracy, politely told Monfort to shove it up his ass and he quit.

    So, how do you think Weiss likes having someone watch his every move – literally from an office next door? Yep, he hates it.

  26. Flavor said, on August 31, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Jesus Christ if one more Giant fan bumps into me I’m executing him. At game, pretty full house. Tweeting out some pics if you’re interested

  27. dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 31, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Haha Braun. I thought that shadow might mess with him. Look at Sandoval roll to 3rd. The round mound of pound? Get him in

  28. Macdog said, on August 31, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Suuuuusac!

  29. dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 31, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Way to go Susac!

    The rooks put together the best situational ABs lately.

  30. salty said, on August 31, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    How bout those kids?

    • stickman said, on August 31, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Susac=Keeper.

  31. Macdog said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I think that RBI single makes Pence the NL hits leader.

    • Macdog said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Double.

  32. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Anybody know BF’s twitter handle?

    • blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      @1flapdown77

      • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:20 pm

        thanks blade. I googled all around that and still couldn’t find it…

      • blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:27 pm

        De nada 🙂

  33. stickman said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    SPEED KILLS. First heard that mantra back in the ’60’s. Different meaning, but it likely applied to Pagan Baby on the basepaths and what it ultimately did to Lohse and Maldonado. Panik walks and then the dam breaks. Another nice three-run inning ignited by a simple single and a stolen base. That lineup is moving right along, even without Buster and Belt. It could get lethal in a couple of weeks.

  34. blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I like this tweet . . .

    San Francisco Giants ‏@SFGiants 41m
    .@andrewsusac hits one into a galaxy far, far away (center field) to score Darth Panda (@KFP48)! We’re tied 1-1!
    #SFGiants

  35. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I’m beginning to think that it’s not only Pagan being back, but the solidification at 2nd by Panik that is really helping to re-ignite this offense. Before, the 2nd base position, regardless of where the body occupying it was in the batting order, just stunk. A black hole stinking up and clogging up the lineup. Adrianza, Arias, Uggla, Hicks, I may have missed one or more. Now, Panik in the 2 hole really provides a boost with his good ABs. Takes a walk. Makes the pitcher work. Gets a knock or a double. It takes some pressure off the guys below. Moves Morse down a notch to where he can do some damage in the 6 spot, which is gravy if you ask me. Could it be the 2nd baseman spot is the key again to a pennant drive — Franchez, Scoots, now Panik?…

    • stickman said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      You may be onto something about that 2nd base slot. Been having the same, previously unsaid, thoughts.

  36. blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Sheesh, it’s just a ball.

  37. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I said the other day the Giants did well to take 3 of 4 from the Rocks, it’s hard to sweep a 4-game regardless of how bad the other team is. Well, Angels look like they’re going to sweep a 4-gamer set from the A’s down in Anaheim. Up 6-0 mid game now. A’s free falling at the worst possible time, this week they also get the Mariners — who may overtake the A’s by mid month if this keeps up…

  38. DJLoo said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    95% of other major leaguers are standing on first base. Pence is great…

  39. blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Hilarious watching that play. Big advantage similar to Candlestick knowing the wind conditions.

    Shiiiiiiit!!!!!!!!!!!! Panda bomb!

  40. blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Not unequivocally certain, but that is in the general vicinity of where Flavor is sitting. Or, at least he was taking photos there.

  41. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Panda’s heating up, and so is his contract price…

    • stickman said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Same thoughts again. What kinda long drive was Panda’s blast? A contract drive. If this bunch gets into another parade looks like SF will likely be stuck with that “round mound of pound” as who was it, Dirt? GH? described him earlier.

  42. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Susac keeps hitting and receiving like this, and Buster’s move from behind the plate will be sooner than later…

  43. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Looks like that’s enough for Bum, save the arm at 7-1. Again, why not try Timmeh here, he hasn’t pitched in a week…

    • zumiee said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      I think tomorrow the Giants are finishing the suspended game with the Rockies, in addition to the regularly scheduled game, so Timmy might get called on tomorrow.

      • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:19 pm

        Good point, zum. Sounds like a plan…

  44. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Anybody know why Romo is almost always the dude who catches the ceremonial first pitch at these home games?…

    • DJLoo said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      It’s in his contract?

    • zumiee said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      I remember one of the broadcasters saying he does it all the time because he really wants to do it, and generally it’s something players don’t really want to do if they had their druthers.
      Why does he really want to do it, though? He thinks it’s fun to do, I guess.
      The only time it probably wasn’t fun was when Kaepernick burned a fastball to him. Romo obviously didn’t know Kap was going to do that, and it wasn’t really a smart move on Kap’s part. Romo had to lunge to save a cameraman, and plus….there was a small chance he could have hurt Romo’s glove hand, broken a bone or something.

      • zumiee said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:35 pm

        Or if Kap had bounced it in the dirt, who knows what could have happened.

      • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:36 pm

        Thanks, zum. If I were a player, I dunno, I think it would be fun. Get to meet and greet with some different folks, some famous, some not. Avoid injury is a good reason not to, but that seems a pretty wimpy, out there reason, IMO…

  45. willedav said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Again, Sabes may be more luckier than good, but take a look at today’s LU (without Posey and Belt) that is thrashing the brewers…as Pence triples into the gap.
    Pence, stolen from Phils for Nate and a back up C.
    Pagan, for Andres and Ramirez. Morse and blanco for not very much.
    Sandoval, Crawford, Panik, susac through the farm system along with Bum, legit ace #1 SP.

    • blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Preparation meeting opportunity = LUCK . . . Take that kind of luck every day and twice on Sunday.

  46. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Well zum, looks like Timmeh is coming in for the 8th…

    • zumiee said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Hopefully he’s got good control from the get-go.

      • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:37 pm

        Yep, it’ll be interesting…

    • blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Yeah, I didn’t think Tim would be “sacrificed” to the Rockies in mile high Sherpaland. That would be cruel and unusual punishment.

      • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:52 pm

        Good point, too….

  47. dirtnrocksnomo said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Really liking Ishikawa in the PH role.

  48. salty said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Dang when it rains it….

  49. blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Well, there is your 2015 full time catcher. Any bets (pay pal accepted)?

  50. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Dang, Susac is making a statement. Guy has some power…

  51. salty said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    28-5 now for the series….Save some for manana, boys

    • blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Maybe a hunch, but I think the altitude will provide some assistance . . .

  52. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Sheezus, if Arias is smoking an RBI double, you know the hitting in on fire…

  53. Macdog said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Widespread Panik!

  54. blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    He can hit. (echo chamber).

  55. DJLoo said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Fuck ’em! Stomp the piss out of ’em! Kick ’em when they’re down!

    • blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      Agree. Do a Clockwork Orange “Singin’ in the rain” on their dumb asses!

  56. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Panik is making a statement, too. That’s a 3-run dinger pretty much elsewhere.
    Brewers are going to throw at somebody pretty soon. This is batting practice now.
    Timmy’s going to be cold and tight sitting out there in the Pen all this time…

  57. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Dang, Pence now 4-4. I hope we’re not using up all our hitting mojo this weekend….

  58. blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Well, at least some things are constant (Timmy). lqtm.

    • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Just getting his work in… 😉
      He must have mixed up Braun for Goldschmidt; somebody should have told him Goldy’s out for the year…

      • blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:07 pm

        Poor guy is traumatized. Seriously, no idea what he was thinking when he was walking back to the dugout and receiving the standing ovation? Damn, he must be a jumble of emotions right now. I feel bad for him.

      • blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:08 pm

        Your entire team is contributing and having a blast . . . Meanwhile, you have to feel like you’re looking in on the outside of the bubble. Sad.

      • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:09 pm

        Just thinking similar thing, blade. Here’s a guy who has seen the greatest of moments as a pitcher on the biggest stages of baseball. Now, he’s wiping up a laugher, and get’s lit up for a meaningless dinger. He’s got a lost of cash in the bank, but that’s gotta be tough on the psyche. I hope he bucks up and figures it out…

      • blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:13 pm

        Yeah, I love the guy – all kidding aside. It is very uncomfortable watching him now, knowing what a great pitcher he was and all the wonderful things he has accomplished. Baseball is a bottom line business, i.e., what have you done for me today?

      • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:15 pm

        Hard to watch this. Lincecum’s got nuthin, looks like he’s somewhere else, or wants to be. I don’t see what improvements they made to his motion. He’s still falling off to first base quite a bit. And, he really looks thin and small…

  59. stickman said, on August 31, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Those kids. Those kids. THOSE KIDS. So much for the shit farm system. 2.5 goodies in one season. Took a little stroll through farm stats this a.m and after this wave position prospects look none too hot at most of the higher levels ~ save maybe Williamson who hasn’t played since early spring. Richmond has pitching coming out of its ears ~ many of them modest prospects. Add Duvall to one or two of those and perhaps someone like the Twins beckons with a speedy outfielder with a bit of slash.

  60. Macdog said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    May the forceout be with us.

  61. Macdog said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Sweeeeeeeep! Those Brewskis sure went down easy.

  62. salty said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    the rockies looked formidable by comparison

  63. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Best homestand since — a long time ago. Head to Denver and let’s rock some Rocks. It’s usually a house of horrors for SF, but let’s take 3 of the 4 from that crap team and that’d be nice…

  64. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    10 extra base hits today by the Gyros = most ever in one game for them at ATT…

  65. stickman said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Maybe this was, perhaps it wasn’t the best situation and venue to trot out Timmy. But perhaps that meltdown would have happened at a much more meaningful time. At least he did get out of those innings. Blade, you may have been spot on about first exposing him in the Box of Rox ~ even if the Sherpas are a bit short right now.

    So much for the singular downside of the day. Bumgarner dominated, joining Kershaw at the waist for the NL lead with 16 victories. Is 20 possible? Eighteen looks pretty doable. A faceoff between those two could be positively electric.

    Fifteen runs scored is big-boy hitting territory ~ something you would expect, perhaps in a Cleveland-Detroit matchup with the Dink Hitter rule and all. Those kids, those kids. Add Pagan, Pablo and Pence and you have a wingdangdoo of an attack. Yes, hitting sure is contagious.

    This one is starting to look like one of those crazy book-end seasons: Best in baseball in April, May and the first week of June. Worst record in the game over the next 8 weeks. Take it from there, gang.

    • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      No way Timmy comes into a tough, close game right now.
      He was ridiculously hittable in those two innings. He was throwing a lot of curve balls, I suppose because his split was floating up there like a balloon. Miller on the game review on KNBR said Lincecum came in to finish it up for the last 2 innings, and then said the final score — didn’t even discuss what happened to Timmy…

      • Nipper said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:45 pm

        Everyone had a feast today and Timmy got some practice.

      • blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:53 pm

        Sort of like a family get-together where no ones discusses the crazy uncle who lives in the basement.

  66. blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Similar to a car not firing on all 8 (or 9 in this case) cylinders, the Giants had too many “misfires” throughout the line up. Panda hitting, but Posey wasn’t. Pence hitting, but positioned almost as if he was an island at the 2 spot, surrounded by no account hitters in front of him and following him. Morse MIA. Second base the bermuda triangle where 2nd basemen went to die. Pitching up and down. One closer failing us. No bench.

    Key “It’s A Beautiful Morning” . . . Panik, Duffy, Duvall and Susac brought up. Pagan is Pagan again. Panik shows that he not only belongs, but he also can handle the critical number 2 slot in the lineup. Posey is freed from the grind of catcher, with Susac doing a more then competent job. In short, Posey can concentrate on hitting. With the rest of the line up hitting, Morse sees pitches he can hit. Blanco relieved of the pressure of starter, is doing a great job as a utility/bench guy – where he should be. Rest of the kids see Panik do it and think, “Hey, why not? If he can do it, maybe I can.”

    Pitching staff comes together at the right time, sans Lincecum (whom I am hoping does eventually get it). Still a bit concerned about Casilla, but Romo has been doing good again and maybe he can assist if it gets too hot in the kitchen for Casilla.

    Not too much not to like, eh? Go Giants!

    • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Whatever the reason, looks like some mojo is back. Gotta keep it up in your neck of the woods, blade. You goin’ to any game?…

      • blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:52 pm

        I am really preoccupied with preparation for my 4.5 month trip to SE Asia, e.g., still need to renew auto/home insurance, ensure other bills are paid, mail pick up, etc. So, not much chance of me attending a game.

      • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:53 pm

        Don’t forget that pallet of Trojans… 😉

      • blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:53 pm

        lol

      • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:54 pm

        Dude, when are you leaving? Vietnam and / or?…

    • stickman said, on September 1, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Nice season wraparound.

  67. blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Sept. 9th. Siem Reap (Angor Wat temples) first, then Phenom Penh. After that, probably Laos, then hook up with Paul in Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh), then????? Maybe Philippines where my buddy Craig will be (Cebu island). I want to go back to Thailand too, and also check out Hong Kong or Indonesia (Bali?).

    • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Sounds cool, thanks for answering my question that I pulled after posting it. No, you’re not talking to yourself… 😉

      • blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 5:11 pm

        Well . . . huh . . . umm . . . uhh . . . They seem to prefer the missionary position. Whoops, this was in response to the “evangelizing women” comment.

    • blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Addendum: Just so fellow flappers don’t think I have conversations with myself . . . Snarkk had a question before my answer above. However, he thought best to remove it (we don’t need no stinkin’ time stamp). Anywho, I have nothing to hide as I am doing missionary work in the far east. HEHEHE . . .

      • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 5:09 pm

        Interesting how you tend to evangelize only to women…

  68. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Per Marty Lurie:
    Callups are Perez, Kickham, Strickland, Dominguez, Quiroz. Mild head scratching here…

  69. blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    So the 40 man roster expansion was announced today. Perez, Kickham, and Quiroz are all back. New faces are Chris Dominguez (third baseman who strikes out a lot, but good power). We also have Hunter Strickland (hard-throwing reliever with great command) coming up.

    Strickland may be a stud. In A+ and AA this year, he struck out 48 batters and walked 4. I like him a lot.

    • snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      I thought that Cordier kid was a minor lock to come up. Guess they’ve seen enough of Duvall til next Spring. I guess Dominguez they’ll try probably as a RH PHitter when they need some pop…

  70. snarkk said, on August 31, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Adios, Flappers…

  71. DJLoo said, on August 31, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I always half expect to see Todd Linden get called up – just out of habit…

    • blade3colorado said, on August 31, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Loo, I looked at that 4-5 times and (because I couldn’t recall his exact name) I kept on thinking, “WTF? Did Todd Rungren quit playing baseball to play music?”

      I finally looked up the name.

      • SanDawg said, on August 31, 2014 at 7:32 pm

        For a hoot, google search Todd Rundgren at Live at Daryl’s House

  72. tedspe said, on August 31, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Funny stuff today, Flappers. I was at a banking department reunion b-b-q today so was able to watch this laugher but unable to post here. So, in closing, two quotes:

    “Close don’t count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades”
    “If I had one wish in the world today it would be that Jackie Robinson could be here to see this happen”

    They’re both by the same guy. The first one I just remember hearing, the second was said at a 1974 press conference when he was named the first Black manager of a major league baseball team. Happy 79th birthday to Hall of Famer and Triple Crown winner Frank Robinson

  73. James said, on September 1, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Loo, you asked about Deron Johnson earlier. Take a look here:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?id=johnsde01&t=b&year=1965

    Pete Rose, Vada Pinson and Frank Robinson batted ahead of him, all with great OBPs. He had 487 runners on base during his PAs, far more than the league avg. and a disproportionate percentage of which were on second or third base.

    Willie had only 373 runners on, putting him at a tremendous disadvantage in the RBI department:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?id=mayswi01&t=b&year=1965

    Most HRs come with no runners on. Mays hit 27 solo shots, 19 two-run, and 6 three-run bombs. He drove in only 29 more runs with his 52 HRs than Johnson did with his 30, which doesn’t nearly make up for the huge advantage in opportunities the latter had. Neither did Mays’ 347 BA w/ RISP. I suspect the kind of disparity seen between Johnson and Mays in 65 is not that uncommon.

  74. Nipper said, on September 1, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Don’t forget the DH! It’s coming…….

  75. tedspe said, on September 1, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Let’s play two!


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