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House Money

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on October 12, 2014

The Giants are making it rain on me. Seriously, how much more house money could we be playing with? We showed up in the NLCS series with very little expectation and a wheel barrel full of house money. I asked the baseball Gods for but a single win out of these first two games. We won Game 1. Boom. More house money.

I would like to take all of this house money and slide it *under the table* to MadBum to thank him for his epic pitching skills. He’s simply become the best, most reliable playoff pitcher in the history of the franchise. Overstatement? Prove me wrong.

Today is a very busy day but I will sit down at 5:07pm ready and focused. See you guys then.

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  1. ODBBBB said, on October 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Another fuck up, leaving Lopez in against a guy raking lefties. Strickland’s rookie hard one needs to be buried deep on Holiday.

  2. zumiee said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Strickland ended up involved in the run-down. Cool run-down.

  3. rikers said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Next yr Pence will look like Rowand.

  4. snarkk said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    We moved to a new bar. Phuckin machi!

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      Elliot’s?

  5. WilcoJoe said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Neshek vs Pence…talk about unorthodox.

  6. paulinasia said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Well… wanted a momentum-shifting half-inning, but damn, nasty pitches…

  7. zumiee said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    The Giants need to get better ABs off of Neshek as the series progresses. They acted like they had never seen him before.

  8. blade3colorado said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Fuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you shitting me??????????

  9. zumiee said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Strickland just gave up his millionth HR in the playoffs.

  10. paulinasia said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Looks like it’s all or nothing with Strickland, huh….

  11. WilcoJoe said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Son of a bitch!

  12. paulinasia said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Well, Giant hitters need to start hitting some HRs too, me thinks….

  13. DJLoo said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Carnival Boy is a gopher machine…

  14. twinfan1 said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Hopefully, the next time we see Strickland is in 2015,.

    • paulinasia said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Yep.

  15. ODBBBB said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Son of a kunt

  16. Macdog said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Gotta keep it at 1, Rosenthal is no sure thing.

  17. ODBBBB said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Game was in hand. Bochy fucked up royally tonight letting Machi and Strickland face left handers. Hope his post game blow job has lots of teeth involved

  18. blade3colorado said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Yeah Mac, Rosenthall has been lit up many, many times this season. Looking for the Gmen to come back here.

    Strickland? Send the MOFO back to the minors for more seasoning.

  19. WilcoJoe said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Even we they do have a “curtain call worthy moment” it looks weak. These fans have ruined the curtain call. It’s like rock bands that create set lists for encores and incorporate it into every show, yet the fans still cheer trying to “bring the band” back on stage. They think their cheering, did the trick. Why even bother clapping. Anyway, that’s my rock ‘n roll, concert going pet peeve.

  20. walsh said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    .Crawford has stunk since the Pitt hr

  21. paulinasia said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    “… and Perez coming up..”… yeah, we don’t really like hearing those words.. 🙂 Let’s see Duffy make it count…

  22. paulinasia said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Oh, so happy to be wrong….

  23. samdog said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Haha…Perez!

  24. WilcoJoe said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I hope Strickland takes a lesson from Rosenthal (the closer not the bow tied short dude ).

    • WilcoJoe said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      And I hope I just jinxed Rosenthal…

  25. DJLoo said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Keep pecking, peckers!

  26. ODBBBB said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Got the wrong guy up there to work a count in Blanco

  27. snarkk said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Come on Blanco!

  28. WilcoJoe said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Fuck!

  29. blade3colorado said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Probably the highest that fat fuck has jumped since he was a teenager. Fuck.

  30. ODBBBB said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Not happening tonight

  31. WilcoJoe said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Unreal!!!

  32. DJLoo said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Macdog said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Another clutch wild pitch!!!

  34. paulinasia said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    And, HUGE 3

  35. blade3colorado said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. WilcoJoe said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Talk about heads up running by the duffster!

  37. samdog said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Rosenpuke looked scared to death.

  38. paulinasia said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Win or lose, this has been one great fucking game.

  39. blade3colorado said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Thank God for our big boppers . . . umm, I meant. Oh fuck it!

    HIT ANOTHER WILD PITCH! (or somethin’ like that).

    • zumiee said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      That works! 🙂

  40. ODBBBB said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Not happening tonight!

  41. DJLoo said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Posey is so overdue for a big hit…

  42. WilcoJoe said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Give me a fucking break. The dirt on his fucking shoes had nothing to do with the run scoring. Go fuck yourself Joe Buck!

  43. blade3colorado said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Rosenthal is doing what he has done all season, which is FUCK UP.

  44. blade3colorado said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Looking for Posey to put this fucker to bed.

  45. rikers said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Why is Posey chasing that shit?

  46. blade3colorado said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Please Matheny keep this chump in the game.

    • DJLoo said, on October 12, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      Looks like a dot game at 1:07 Tuesday for you West coast guys…

  47. willedav said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    F! this guy is the closer? 2 walks, 2 singles and a wild pitch. Coughs up the lead and leaves sacks loaded with Sando up. Nice job eh.

  48. paulinasia said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    If what they said about the TV ratings being down for these LCS games is true, then those not watching are the losers….

  49. willedav said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    He burnt the loogy too, and Pablo rakes from that side, over .300 for the season.

  50. WilcoJoe said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Fuck!!!!!

  51. paulinasia said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Pablo should not have been swinging until he had a called strike. That pitcher was on the way to walking in the lead run, it appeared, but Pablo fouled off ball 3….

    • blade3colorado said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      Agree Paul. Rosenthal couldn’t find the strike zone. Still count me in the camp that ONLY gives Pablo the contract he deserves (not the going delusional rate other teams will undoubtedly give him).

  52. blade3colorado said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Cards were folding like a poker hand and we should have taken better advantage of the situation. Sigh.

  53. WilcoJoe said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Romo no mo.

  54. Macdog said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Sergi-OH fuck.

  55. snarkk said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Just got thru tellin Edd that I’m not digging romo here because of him at risk of giving up the dinger…

  56. blade3colorado said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Great. The CommieCast feed went kerplunk and I have no idea what is going on. Pfffftttt . . .

    • zumiee said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      He hung a frisbee.

      • blade3colorado said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:55 pm

        Thanks . . . Figured as much after Wilco Joe, Mac, and snarkk comments.

  57. zumiee said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    The bench played well tonight, overall. I have to give them credit. It was the bullpen that laid an egg tonight.
    Oh well, 1-1 in St. Louis in the first two games is still a great start to the series.

    • zumiee said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      And the biggest thing out of tonight’s game may turn out to be Molina’s injury.

  58. paulinasia said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Great game. Get ’em at home.

  59. wswins said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Tesms that dont home run in the regular season are hitting home runs in the postseason incredible

  60. gianthead said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    I thought we learned in Game 1 against the Nats that Strickland just cant be trusted to throw against a power-hitting lefty…has that message finally been received? We were lucky to get back into the game and thought that was a sign of our karma being untouchable, but Romo threw one where Posey did not want it…this is going to be a long series…

    • willedav said, on October 13, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Same with Machi…they showed Posey tapping his glove on the ground. The forkball or whatever is supposed to be btw knees and the ground where it’s unhittable. 3 bombs by LH off 3 different pen guys.
      Romo has to be on either side of plate (and off it to LHs at the back foot), not in middle of it.
      And way too many missed ops with RISP by everyone.

  61. Macdog said, on October 12, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Brutal night for Giants fans.

  62. DJLoo said, on October 12, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Looks like a dot game at 1:07 Tuesday for you West coast guys…

  63. eddacker said, on October 12, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    tough loss, but got to watch it with primo flapper snarkk. we live too close not to do another one soon. I just worry about one thing: now that snarkk and eddacker have high-fived during a Giants game does that mean I will have to start writing thoughtful, insightful posts full of baseball wisdom?

    Go Giants!

  64. sportdude said, on October 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Crappy loss. Got lucky a few times with balls not caught, scoring on wild pitch. Gonna be a long series unless we actually get some hits with runners on. Cant remeber the last one? Posey not getting it done. Panda and Pense either as far a big hit..

    • DJLoo said, on October 12, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      That pretty much sums it up. Posey especially has to get it going or they’re in deep trouble.
      The guy is so damn streaky.

  65. snarkk said, on October 12, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Strickland needs to be short leashed to only RHBs. If Timmy gave up 4 dingers in about 4 appearances, he’d be drawn and quartered in the media and by fans. This kid seems to have teflon. He’s not ready for prime time with LHBs. Bochy needs to get this kid in situations to succeed…

  66. snarkk said, on October 12, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Looks like reports are in that Molina is done for this series.
    If true, that is a major major plus for the Giants. That would even out to some extent the loss of Pagan…

  67. snarkk said, on October 12, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Can Susac play OF?
    I wish there were a way to get that kid 4 ABs a game.
    It’s a darn shame we can’t get him in there somehow other than the odd PH appearance…

  68. unca_chuck said, on October 13, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Pence had about the only hard-hit ball all night on his single. WAAAAAAAAY too many guys LOB.

    And Machi’s pitch was flat plain fucking flat. Posey was tapping the ground, and he floated that pitch in the fuck-me zone. 4 solo shots for StL. and WE shoulda won.

    Still and all, I feel food about this. Still think this goes 5. Huddy’s found his groove. We take game 3. We’ll start actually hitting the ball.

    • Irish Kevin said, on October 13, 2014 at 7:56 am

      I feel “FOOD” about this?? ha ha

      If I never see Strickland EVER again it will not dissapoint me

    • willedav said, on October 13, 2014 at 7:57 am

      I don’t either Chuck. Cards are just as offensively challenged as Giants are. None of those bombs last night would have left ATT. Giants have played better D and Cards pen guys other than Neshek are vulnerable too. Giants have also knocked out their 2 best SPs early.
      Even with Ishi and Perez in there, STL doesn’t look like better team.

  69. unca_chuck said, on October 13, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Good food is a good thing.

    Strickland is what he is. He tried to waste one up. He didn’t. Machi was supposed to throw it down in the dirt. He didn’t. And we all know about Romo’s frisbee slider. Lopez? Shit, he hasn’t given up a dinger in quite a while.

    Thing about the Cards is they will hit mistakes. They did.

    Not worried at this point.

    What happened to Molina? Looked like a back thing. Oblique? Where IS your oblique? Or mine?

    • snarkk said, on October 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

      According to Dr. Wiki, there is an external and an internal oblique. No idea which one Molina pulled, but he and Morse can converse on their respective oblique issues. Dr. Wiki says Molina’s likely done for the year if it’s a good oblique pull: “The oblique muscles are located on the sides of your abdomen, between your hip and your chest. They are responsible for helping your body twist and bend, and they also assist in breathing. Pulled or strained oblique muscles can be both painful and disruptive to your ability to function regularly. Because full recovery from a pulled oblique muscle usually takes around six weeks, and because these muscles are so heavily used in the day-to-day functions of the body, it’s important to begin treating a pulled oblique muscle as soon as possible.” I read this morning where Molina didn’t fly to SF with the team. No timetable for his return. Translation: He’s done…

  70. snarkk said, on October 13, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I think Boch has been fascinated by Strickland’s heat. After the slop of Machi and Romo and just about everybody in the Pen except Casilla, the heat is inviting. I was captivated by it. 100 mph heater? Why not? Thing is, this guy is right off the AA train. I mean, just picked up from the station. He barely knows where the bathrooms are, yet he’s throwing 7th innings in the NLCS. I don’t think even Boch knows how to use him, but he’s finding out fast. Lefties wait for that fastball and they see it well, righties don’t…

  71. dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 13, 2014 at 9:49 am

    That was a tough one but the Giants still pulled a W out of the first 2. I don’t really worry about Romo bouncing back. Molina is a big loss for Stl. Hate to see that but injuries happen (looks around for Matt Cain and Pagan only to find a Morse).

    I know Stl is a big baseball town and has some of the most knowledgeable fans but I thought the curtain calls after bombs last night was a bit much. The game winner? Sure, I get that but otherwise it seemed sort of bush league. Or is it Busch?

    • snarkk said, on October 13, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Thought the same thing Dirt. It was bush league.
      Edd and I were wondering what the hell all the curtain calls were about for a solo HR? Because the Cards fans didn’t see many of ’em during the reg season? If that’s the case, there should be a curtain call at ATT for the Giants when they hit the rare HR, too. Did Bum get a curtain call at ATT when he hit his grand salamis this season? I don’t think so, but I don’t know for sure…

  72. unca_chuck said, on October 13, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Yeah, that was odd at best. Carpenter had barely gotten into the dugout when he popped out for his curtain call. I knew they shoulda pitched around him!

  73. Irish Kevin said, on October 13, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Lets just say the Giants let this one get away.

  74. snarkk said, on October 13, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Can’t win ’em all. Gmen now 5-2 in post season, 4 for 5 on the road. That’s pretty darned good…

  75. pawliekokonuts said, on October 13, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Before I forget, I salute Twin’s analysis regarding Bochy featured in the POTD. That said (notice how our Cardinals blogger friend enjoys that phrase? maybe it’s some sort of tell), last night it just didn’t work out in the end. Early in the game, yes, but ultimately no. I was not crushed by the loss. It almost felt inevitable. I don’t know where things go from here, but I am just riding the wave. I think. Strickland? Man, I don’t care for this on-the-job training shit. Homer or strikeout is not good on the resume.

  76. Alleykat said, on October 13, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Tough loss, but I doubt it will affect this team.Getting the split and coming back and fighting hard in game 2 shows their true grit.
    BTW props to Matt Duffy on that “Balls to the walls” dash from 2nd to tie it up with 2 outs, he was motoring hard the whole way!

    • pawliekokonuts said, on October 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      wow, I misunderstood from the radio; in Jon Miller’s excitement I figured he scored from third! wow

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 13, 2014 at 2:27 pm

        It was pretty impressive. I was watching with the sound off and he was going for it all the way. Didn’t even appeared to look at Flannery. Not that he necessarily had too. It was all in front of him.

      • snarkk said, on October 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm

        He was running on the 3-2 pitch with 2 down, so he had a head of steam already going as the pitch doinked past the catcher…

    • pawliekokonuts said, on October 13, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      next game is big, maybe pivotal; aw, they all are now, really; just would love to see us win out in SF but that will be very hard

  77. unca_chuck said, on October 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I think it happens, Pawlie. Giants in 5 . . .

  78. zumiee said, on October 13, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    The bullpen wore the goat horns last night, but slight goat horns go to Panik for not getting the runner in from third with one out, and to Pablo for swinging at the 2-0 pitch that was clearly high and outside. It would have been ball 3 and who knows what happens next. It just seemed the Cardinals were teetering at that moment. But then again, if Pablo connects on it and hits a grandslam, we’re going bezerk with joy. I’m just second-guessing. Man, it’s hard not to second-guess in baseball. The sport just seems to be set up well for second-guessing.

    • snarkk said, on October 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      Hard to rip Panda for swinging there, when he hit the clutch double in DC to tie up game #2 in the 9th. Still, though hard, I’ll go ahead and say he’s got to be more patient there and swing at only a strike. He had to know the Cards pitcher was seriously sweating bullets, and a walk is an RBI and possibly a game winner. That is the dichotomy of Pablo — you have to take the whole package of good hitter with fan-frustrating judgment at the plate in key situations…

      • zumiee said, on October 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm

        I have no idea how many grandslams Pablo has hit in his career, but I doubt that it’s many, or ever will be many. He just gets so keyed up when the bases are loaded, that he ends up swinging at the pitcher’s pitch a lot of times.

      • snarkk said, on October 13, 2014 at 4:24 pm

        I wonder if Bochy has a “take” sign, I would think he does.
        And, whether he’s ever used it on Panda, and if so, what the thinking was there in that situation for using/not using it…

  79. DJLoo said, on October 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Pablo has one career grand slam out of 106 career homers.
    I know he’s had injuries and was a WS MVP, but he’s never really come close to fulfilling the promise he showed back in 2009.

    • snarkk said, on October 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Agreed. He’s a perfectly frustrating player. At the plate, continued flashes of brilliance mixed with flashes of inexplicable doofusery. Never attained that high level of consistency in hitting you just thought he might attain. Yet, near gold glove level defense, and easily the best FA 3rd sacker this offseason, and near the top FA overall. Is he worth 5 years and $100M to somebody? We’ll see soon enough…

  80. Alleykat said, on October 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Snarrk,
    The only take Pablo takes is “Take Out”

    • snarkk said, on October 13, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      He’s put the LBs back on, as usual. His brother/chef/dietician must be ordering in from Papa Murphy’s and baking them at home. If he can keep hitting doubles in the post-season, I’ll order some for him…

  81. Alleykat said, on October 13, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Well it’s easy to guess Jean Machi never misses an invite on Papa Murphy night as well,from the brother/chef/dietcian as well..

    • snarkk said, on October 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      I like the garlic white sauce veggie Papa Murphy’s.
      Put some Canadian Bacon on top, and I can argue I’m eating low cal pizza…

  82. snarkk said, on October 13, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I saw an updated report that said Molina DID fly out with the Cards, contrary to earlier reports. He’s still going to remain on the active roster, for what that’s worth. Probably hedging bets if they make it through to the WS, because if they de-activate him now and replace him, he’s ineligible for the WS…

    • DJLoo said, on October 13, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      Maybe he’s flying in just to use Pagan’s MRI machine…

  83. TheWrathofPierzynski said, on October 13, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Nice batflip from Fatt Adams. He can do better, though, and we’re all hoping he gets another shot at Strickland.

    • DJLoo said, on October 13, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      You’ve got a phone call:

      http://tinyurl.com/bm6ypzg

      • TheWrathofPierzynski said, on October 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm

        Thoughtful of Bochy to use Strickland in close games.

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on October 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm

        Phlab, your simple minded takes shine through no matter what handle you use.

  84. paulinasia said, on October 13, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    That loss didn’t bother me at all; really enjoyed just watching a tense, good back and forth playoff game. Not as confident as others here that the Giants win out and don’t have to fly back to St. Louis, I think this one will go down to the wire. Pretty evenly matched warriors in this battle, with pitching the key. Lackey is tough, Hudson is going to have to bring his best. One thing I love about these playoff games is that the smallest mistake becomes huge. Continue to play stout ‘D’, continue the stellar pitching, the ‘pen shakes off game 2, and the big hitters start, you know, hitting… and all will be well. Pablo: the thing that bothered me in game 2 wasn’t that he swung at ball 3, he does that all the time; it’s that he swung at ball 3 with the bases loaded. Sheesh, in Little League, we learned in those situations you’re not swinging the bat until you’ve got a called strike on you. I’m a big Pablo fan, hope he comes back, but that was, in my mind, the key at bat of that game.

    • TheWrathofPierzynski said, on October 13, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      He was hungry, and needed to get to the post-game spread.

      • snarkk said, on October 13, 2014 at 9:31 pm

        How those Dodgers doin’?
        I’d imagine it’s tough out there on the practice range and putting greens…

  85. Bozo said, on October 14, 2014 at 6:47 am

    I kept hearing how the Giants couldn’t get here and these days I hear how they shouldn’t be here, but son-of-a-beach, they are. I know I’m one of those Brain Dead type fans who think they’ll win it all every year, and yeah I guess the statistics show the Giants shouldn’t be here. The statistics also said that the Pirates, the hottest team in baseball, was a better team. The Nationals had the best record in the NL so they were a better team. Maybe they were better teams but on the days they played team Giants, they were not. I’ve been told that the Cardinals are a better team on paper, but as we’ve seen, the game is played on grass not paper. As a team, I truly believe these guys can beat anyone (delusional much?), I also believe the NLCS is not the final destination (Halloween Machine, baby).

    Hey, it’s October baseball in San Francisco today, the series is tied and the Giants are in the House. Together as one, brain dead or not, we are Giants.


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