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Grinding

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 11, 2015

Can’t help but appreciate how hard this team fights. Unfortunately, sometimes that’s not enough. Not being able to hit in San Diego isn’t anything knew, whether Pence and Belt are there or not. Timmy’s velocity is a concern but can’t really quibble with the results. It was just an L, there are going to be a lot of those whether you win 100 games or win 60 games. Go get ’em today….

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  1. blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:31 am

    For Loo asking about the squiggly thing over the “n.”

    For Γ‘: Press Ctrl + ~, then the letter n (ctrl + ~ + n = Γ±) πŸ™‚

  2. willedav said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Aoki plays strange game. Fine at the plate, at least so far.

    Giants have roster stuff going on soon—Belt might start Sunday, more likely Monday.
    Ishi in Sac, eligible to come off DL Tuesday.
    So something happens, I’d guess a pitcher gets moved.
    OOO could be sent down to Sac if not claimed or traded.

    Only seen an inning or two last two games, so looking forward to tonite.
    Shields still looking for first W vs. Bum.

    • twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:09 am

      He’s been pretty consistent at the plate in his 3 years in the bigs. I wouldn’t worry about that at all. But considering his and Pagan’s routes to the ball they may kill each other.

      • willedav said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:26 am

        Consistent? OPS has dropped consistently last 2 years from his first year with Brewers, down to Blanco level.
        Blanco has the career .700 OPS and equaled that last year. You think Aoki is better player?.

        OB is nice, but getting picked off and doubled off won’t help the team score runs. Those were both odd, with the line drive in front of him and not having a big lead when he got picked off.

      • twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:35 am

        I didn’t address his base running- so your reply was nonresponsive on that issue. As far his OPS- nice cherry picking a stat that is minor importance compared to OBP for a lead off hitter .355/356/349- consistent..as has his BA..With Aoki in the 1 and Pagan in the 3, it’s a better LU.
        Is Aoki better player than Blanco? Well I’m one the few who has liked Gregor since he got here so that’s a tough question.( he’s been regularly trashed here and on the Merc blog)…. Aoki is better offensively, Blanco far better defensively. Anyway when Pence gets back they really have 4 regulars in the OF. Gregor, Pagan, and Aoki will probably all get about equal playing time.

  3. zumiee said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Alright, after 5 days of the season, who had the Rockies, Reds, and Braves being undefeated and in first place so far? πŸ™‚

    • Flavor said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:45 am

      Me!!! Please PayPal me whatever you deem fair

      • zumiee said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:01 am

        You’re a Prediction Wizard!!! πŸ™‚

  4. Bozo said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:07 am

    It seems like I always post after the sparkling Witch on a broom, always.

    • Irish Kevin said, on April 11, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      You forgot the sparkly Moon. And seeing how that is a mean looking witch, there should be no moon, sparkly or not. 😜😜😜

      • Bozo said, on April 11, 2015 at 4:05 pm

        You are so right, Kev. I forgot that moon with all the sparky mosquitoes, I guess it reminded me too much of home.

  5. willedav said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Pinata, that’s funny.
    Ishi and Belt get back, barring any further injuries to either one, Hector goes back to one start every 5 days to catch Lincecum. Which is plenty, imo.
    I just think he’s a liability at the plate and behind it. The idea that he grows into a better defender or hitter seems like a reach. I understand getting Susac as much PT as possible every day in Sac, and also that as long as Posey is full time C he doesn’t have anywhere to play. Susac seems to have so much more potential.

    As far as Sac goes, I’m interested to hear any reports from those who go about Strick. Casilla owns closer job for now, but if Strick can emerge as viable RH late inning guy, Romo would be expendable in trade.
    He (Romo) still seems to have trouble vs LH getting his pitches down and away from happy zones. Vs. RH he can throw inside and out and locate well enough to be very effective.

    One last ?—Pence gets back couple weeks and middle order is some version of Pence Posey Belt, what do you do with Pagan? If he hits 6th he protects above and gets more ops for rbis, but gets fewer ABs than at leadoff.
    If Pagan leads off/Aoki or Blanco hit lower, then bottom of order is Mac (or Duffy) Craw Aoki/Blanco.

    • zumiee said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:32 am

      I don’t think they’ll do it, but it wouldn’t totally surprise me if they left Pagan at the 3 spot for a while, with Pence 5, and Belt 6, if Pagan can continue to hit about .300. Aoki has shown enough to keep the lead-off spot for a while.

      • willedav said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:20 am

        Hadn’t thought of that one Zum. Less ABs for Belt but more protection and keeps Aoki, who has hit consistently in his career .280s with high OB ,330/,340 range, as table setter. Last year he hit LHP very well, and had much higher BA and OPS at home than on road in big yard in KC, so that might play very well at ATT.

    • twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:49 am

      Hector is just keeping the seat warm for Susac. As far the batting order, Bochy is old school on that. The 2 is better with Pence and Belt as it was at the beginning of last year. Panik belongs in the 7.
      The best LU when Pence returns:
      1. Aoki
      2. Belt vs, RHers, Pence against LHers
      3, Pagan
      4. Posey
      5. Belt or Pence
      6. McGeeeheeee
      7.Panik
      8.Crawford

      IMO.

      • snarkk said, on April 11, 2015 at 12:18 pm

        Hector is around until he plays himself out of the backup spot egregiously (like not catching fasballs on the outside corner even more), gets another concussion, or Timmeh is gone. At the latest, end of this season. Then Susac moves in — way more upside. Susac is the catcher of the future, when Posey moves to another position…

      • twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2015 at 12:54 pm

        I know that Susac *might* be the catcher of the future. But he could be traded( there are a couple promising catchers in the system) and Hopefully they won’t move Posey. As to Hector, he’s getting insincere props from Bochy and a couple pitchers but he’s getting worse not better, defensively.

  6. Flavor said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:52 am

    I just sent Sportsdude an invite to *join* the blog (per his request) and if any of you are having trouble registering I’d encourage you to do the same. I’m now leaving for the day but I’ll check back in later. email me at bigflavor77@gmail.com

  7. giants54 said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:25 am

    So with the velocity dropping even more, Lincecum is now a RH Zito. Can we expect better results? Barry had his good days. Even great ones. Consistency is the problem. Still fun to watch Timmy, and with the hair long again, maybe he’ll get by.

    • snarkk said, on April 11, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      He’s better than Zito. At Zito’s worst, there was no hope, it was basically write in the L unless Bochy could pull his ass early enough to stop the pummeling. At Lincecum’s worst, you figure an L is very possible, but if he can avoid the huge mistake pitch, you won’t be hopelessly out of the game. Anybody remember that Zito game at the Brewers several years back — probably 2010. It was like batting practice, he was just getting hammered and hammered relentlessly like a roofing nail. That was the bad Zito…

    • twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Strange time to criticize Timmy.

  8. Flavor said, on April 11, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    All that drivel about Adrianza and his 0 options? He passed through waivers cleanly and has been sent to Sacto

    • Bozo said, on April 11, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      Well, they did wait until 40 man rosters were set. Still, I don’t know what they see in this guy. Except there isn’t much happening for SS right now. The Duffster is not a SS for any time of length, at least from what I’ve seen (being better than Arias at Short, really doesn’t cut it for me.).

  9. snarkk said, on April 11, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Beat me to it, BF.
    NO team thought enough of this Adrianza cat to kick one of their own 40 to the curb this early and take this guy. Yeah, like a bunch of us said, he’s out of options, so what? If he were that slick a glove (which is way overblown based on actual play), even with a nearly nothin’ stick, somebody would have taken him, even this early in the season’s doings. He’s a AAAA player, which is fine. You need some of those to be ready in a pinch. As a guy taking the 25th spot, come on. Duffy was the right choice, I’ll give Sabes credit for making the right move and sizing up the market — waiting til the end of ST to dump him so that teams were pretty much set with rosters, and they wouldn’t take a flyer on a guy with limited, but useful AAAA skills…

    • twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      He’s a very good defender, the concern would have been his bat. It’s good that he passed thru waivers since he’s the only competent defensive SS n the system

  10. Irish Kevin said, on April 11, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Well if you read the article with quotes from 31 year old Bowker, he is glad to be back in the USA and with the Giants and hopes to make the big league soon. Lqtm really??

  11. twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    1. Nori Aoki (L) LF

    2. Joe Panik (L) 2B

    3. Angel Pagan (S) CF

    4. Buster Posey (R) C

    5. Casey McGehee (R) 3B

    6. Gregor Blanco (L) RF

    7. Matt Duffy (R) 1B

    8. Brandon Crawford (L) SS

    9. Madison Bumgarner (R) P

    • Flavor said, on April 11, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      I like that LU a lot. Can’t wait to get Pence and Belt back, though. I’m feeling very pro-Giants right now. Positive. Like this team a lot.

      • snarkk said, on April 11, 2015 at 5:18 pm

        3 of 8 position starters tonight are home grown young guys, 4 if throw in Buster, a not so young young guy. Way better than the doddering old dude teams of the 2005-2008 dark ages. With Belt back, there’s a good young nucleus. It’s the pitching that’s old, and that’s the concern on this squad…

      • Flavor said, on April 11, 2015 at 5:21 pm

        I hear you. But if the position guys can cobble together an offense I’m ok with a shaky P staff. We’ve been spoiled for too long, every P staff has holes. I know that Sabes will go get this year’s “Peavy” when the time is right. And if Cain can make it back and Timmy can do his #5 thing, I’m not worried about the P staff either. Certainly not right now, 4 games into the season

  12. blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    “I know the rules are the rules and I will accept my punishment, but I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system,” Mejia said in a statement.

    Sooooo, the butler did it.

  13. Flavor said, on April 11, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    the NIcks and the Magic scored a total of 15 points COMBINED in the 2nd Q today. That is beyond hilarious.

  14. zumiee said, on April 11, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    The Dodgers tell Puig and his .118 batting average to ‘grab some pine tonight, Meat.’

  15. zumiee said, on April 11, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    McGiggles is hurt. Looks like a groin pull.

  16. zumiee said, on April 11, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    It’s the dawning of the Age of J. Arias.
    (I stole that one from Pawlie. He used it a few years ago.)

  17. zumiee said, on April 11, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Meyers is an annoying red-a##. No wonder the Rays were looking to trade him.

  18. djloo27 said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I guess I have a new name.

  19. Flavor said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    I appreciate those of you who are now registering or signing in or whatever. I have officially had it with the dickless piece of shit losers who have nothing better to do with their sad pathetic lives than to come here and troll the Flap. My apologies to any “dickless piece of shit loser who has nothing better to do with his sad pathetic life” who’s here NOT to troll the Flap.
    LQTM

    • snarkk said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      I’ve had no troubles at all. Knock on plastic keyboard…

  20. blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Timmy looks like old Timmy. Madbum looks like new Madbum. lqtm.

  21. zumiee said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    2 runs in a game is huge in this series.

  22. giants54 said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    that first inning has been a prob

  23. snarkk said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Looks like the Giants are determined to get their injuries in early. Maybe time to start questioning the training staff — Belt and now McGehee with injuries caused by making quick moves in the field and out of the box. Are they stretching and warming up properly?…

    • Flavor said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      it’s just been 2 guys.

  24. mannyman46 said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Seeing if I can post.

    • Flavor said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      well done!

    • Flavor said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      One of the dickless piece of shit losers is having some trouble though. Boo fucking hoo. sad frowny face? ok, 😦

      • Bozo said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:54 pm

        Maybe it’s time to reinvent Room B, have all your spam and questionable stuff post there. You wouldn’t have to monitor it and I’d know where to find most of my crap.

  25. blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Kershaw sucks this evening. πŸ™‚

    • wilcojoe said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      Bum looks worse.

      • blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:07 pm

        See my 6:10pm post, i.e., I agree. 😦

  26. Flavor said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    it’s a fantastic box score in Arizona tonight….

  27. James said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    I wonder if there is a way to measure how much more the Padres fear Mcgehee than Arias.

    • twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      Probably don’t tremble in fear about either of them.

  28. James said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Bumgarner does have a knack for concentrating his bad luck and poor pitching into a game here and a game there.

  29. eddacker said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    hello

    • Flavor said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      it sounds even better in an adopted British accent. πŸ™‚

  30. twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    As bad as MadBum is throwing, Pagan is worse. Brain Lock City. Sometimes you wonder what he’s thinking about. Probably dreaming about the whirlpool.

  31. James said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    I guess Buster will be seeing nothing but fastballs the rest of the series.

  32. eddacker said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    I swear that ump is calling the right hander different from the left.

  33. twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    And Arias is now tied for the team lead in Home Runs.

    • blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      No doubt Ripley’s Believe It or Not will be contacting him for the bat.

      • twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:18 pm

        Hey, that’s his 7th in 7 years. He can take the rest of the year off.

      • blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:39 pm

        I think he heard you . . . Now, that’s the Arias we all know.

  34. wilcojoe said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Any update on McGhee? Was Duvall in the lineup tonight in Sactown?

  35. xoot said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Giants must lead the league in unearned injuries. We had the WBC to blame for a bunch of the bad breaks in 2013; wtf is going on this year?

  36. wilcojoe said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    The Padres are taking advantage of Giant miscues. That’s what good teams do. I always thought Black was a good manager (he learned from the best) and If you gave him soon good ballplayers he will find a way to win. I think the pads will be much better than most here are giving credit.

    • James said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      They’ll be better simply because they have better players this year. It really is too bad that circumstances and timing denied Sabes the Shields signing. We could have used him.

    • wilcojoe said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      Brain fart. For some reason I always remember Black as pitching coach under Bochy in San Diego. He of course was pitching coach under Scioscia in Anahem.

  37. twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    The sluggers like Arias are often poor in the field,

    • blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      POTD.

      • twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm

        I think we all thought that Arias would make up for the loss of Pablo and Morse.

  38. djloo27 said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Just wondering as we’re getting our asses kicked…..If you were offered 2 to 1 to pick the Giant pitcher who would be second on the staff in wins would you make a bet? Even tied for second you would still get paid, so you could actually win multiple bets. Who would do it?

    • Flavor said, on April 11, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      so are you asking who you’d bet on to have the 2nd most wins on the staff this year excluding Bum? And it would be 2-1? Can you take a *field bet* of someone currently not on the team?

      • djloo27 said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:01 pm

        It would include Bum, but the offer sort of implies he’ll finish first. Of course you never know.
        Yeah, I would include a field bet.

      • Flavor said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:08 pm

        taking the field bet, now that I think about it, would be rather absurd given the fact that the *other 5 or 6 guys* will get so many chances before Sabean goes out and gets Peavy2015. But if I had to take the bet, I go with Huddy, reluctantly. I think he’d cobble together enough wins before he breaks down to win that bet. Loo, he’d be like Bertrando in the ’94 Pacific Classic. I think he went 44.2 for the half and the race did not end well for him. P-Val was on about a thousand pounds of coke for that race and I watched it all from the grandstand down at Del Mar.
        I could be wrong about the year, not looking any of this up. That’s just from my cloudy memory…….

    • James said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      It’ll be a bullpen guy.

  39. blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Well hopefully, this game is where they get all their defensive lapses, errors, miscues, and comedic fuck ups out of their system.

  40. Irish Kevin said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Two things who is going to be the 3rd baseman cause Maghee does not appear to be the answer? And do you ever give Crawford another day off the rest of the season?

    • zumiee said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      It’s gonna be Arias at third.

      • Irish Kevin said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:16 pm

        Well Maghee appeared to be an averag infielder and Arias not much better.

    • Flavor said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      McGhee will be fine, we’re 6 games into the freaking season. No one was ragging on him when he hit that bomb the other night…..

      • Irish Kevin said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:18 pm

        I was not talking about his hitting, it is his fielding I am wondering about.

      • Irish Kevin said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:23 pm

        I have always felt that the Giants Defense and pitching kept them in games. It is only 6 games, but it is a concern.

      • Flavor said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:25 pm

        if this were 6 games in early Aug you wouldn’t even notice it. And shit, they’re 3-3, there really isn’t anything to worry about right now.

  41. zumiee said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Vogie looks done. As in really done.

  42. blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Just a hunch Loo, I don’t think Voggy will come in 2nd.

  43. James said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Looking at the FB velocity of Timmy, Vogey’s performance so far, and the uncertainty around Cain, it is absurd that Petit is not in the rotation.

    • djloo27 said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Petit and Heston and Crick, Oh my!

    • zumiee said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Vogie had a bad start against the D-Backs, and after tonight, he won’t see the light of day as a starter for a long time. The starters have done well, overall. Tonight’s game is just a freak.

      • James said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:38 pm

        Zumie, Cain hasn’t pitched and Timmy has been washed up for the last few years. That latter fact won’t change this year. Vogey is not looking good. Yes, MadBum’s start is an anomaly, but it makes no sense to limit the innings of Petit right now with some goofy notion that he’ll be more valuable as a specialist who’ll come in to save the games our 5 inning grandpas start.

      • twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:25 pm

        If they play it right Timmy might pick up 5 or 6 wins and a no-no against the Pads. Hey, as Einstein said at the Merc- why not?

  44. zumiee said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    After tonight, the Dodgers are in last place. Yeah, it’s only the first week, but it’s still kinda funny.

    • blade3colorado said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      More funny was Kershaw face planting for the 2nd time in as many outings.

  45. lurkerjohn said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks for the help getting back here, Flavor.

    • Flavor said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      you’re a Flap vet, you are always welcome

  46. twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    One of the dimmer bulbs over in Baggsville thought they should move Posey to first and Belt to 3rd.

    • Flavor said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      how do you converse with that…

      • twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:34 pm

        He compounded his bad idea by saying “why not?”

    • Lurker John said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      LOL! First left-handed third sacker in MLB history?

      • willedav said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:45 pm

        I think Mike Squires of white sox did it.

      • djloo27 said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:47 pm

        Mattingly, too…

  47. djloo27 said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    If Bum hurries he could host SNL..
    How great would that be?

  48. zumiee said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    K & K are missing the point that Kelly was way wrong in giving the stop sign to Aoki in the first place. Aoki was safe by a mile.

    • wilcojoe said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      As if we don’t have enough question marks, now we have to worry about our third base coaching.

  49. djloo27 said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Maybe I’ll switch over to Godfather II on AMC for the 5000th time.
    I never tire of Frank Pentangeli…

    • wilcojoe said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      I just did.

    • Lurker John said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      I see I’m not the only one. I’ve seen 1 and 2 so many times I couldn’t possibly guess the number. 3’s not as good, but I’ve seen it a bunch, too. The scary thing is they’re still as good now as ever!

      • djloo27 said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:58 pm

        Pentangeli would’ve made a great bench coach…

      • Lurker John said, on April 12, 2015 at 10:34 am

        Maybe he’d fill in as third base coach. Kelly having some issues. πŸ™‚

  50. Lurker John said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Sorry to see Bum having a bad start, but better to have them now than later. I remember Kershaw having a crap start in AZ last year not long after getting back from his injury.

  51. Paul Sorensen said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Agree 100% about Petit, James. That was my #1 inevitability before the season started, Petit joining the rotation at some point. That *some point* probably comes sooner rather than later, as much as Bochy loves having him in the ‘pen….

    • Paul Sorensen said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      Craig, just lettin’ you know, this is me, paulinasia, not a troll… πŸ™‚ Looks like I have to sign in thru Facebook, not google anymore….

  52. wilcojoe said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    This game would be so much more interesting if they showed security tackling that guy.

  53. zumiee said, on April 11, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    This is probably not true:

    • zumiee said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      But it could be.

  54. zumiee said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I have to admit I’m not a fan of the “mob” genre. Although I think “Goodfellas” is real good.

    • James said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Have you ever seen “Mafioso?” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056210/

      If not, it’s well worth seeking out. It influenced the whole tragicomic, everyday strain of the Scorcese movies, Sopranos etc.

  55. snarkk said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Well, Bum was due for a baddie. Not worried about that.
    Voggy, though. I said two seasons ago he was done, and pretty much have had that mantra on the tape loop. Maybe I’ll be right this time. I know he stopped doing them, but the dude better get a load of enchiladas on, stat. I’d watch Heston get ripped two or three games before I’d call Voggy in again. Agree with James and others that it’s pretty dumb to let Petit sit out in the Pen and watch. Put the guy into the rotation, or something. Get his arm in the doggone games…

  56. snarkk said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Arias gets a homer, so he’s good to play now through the next 2 for 40 streak…

  57. twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    As per Baggs, Susac took a foul ball off of his finger, left the game, and is having it X-rayed.

    • twinfan1 said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Nate Schierholtz signed a contract with the Hiroshima Carp, BTW.
      Night all

      • willedav said, on April 11, 2015 at 10:06 pm

        I understand how you feel about Blanco and Aoki, but I don’t think blanco should be a starter.
        As for OPS, it’s a pretty important stat that directly relates to how many runs a team will score. Aoki’s drop in OPS to Blanco’s level is not insignificant, imo. If he lives up to back of the baseball card at age 33, fine. If not, then I don’t see how he can hit above 7th/8th…just like Blanco. I’d put Pagan back at leadoff ahead of Panik and the Big 3, who should far and away lead SF in OPS. Hopefully someone emerges as protection for them.

        Aoki makes a lot of contact, but mostly for singles and does not walk much, so the continued value relates to BABIP. As that declines from over .300, so does his OB and ultimately his OPS. I’ve seen projections that do not think his high BABIP is sustainable, and have his OPS dropping further below .700.
        A column on F/G suggested his WAR value at LF is 1.0 and give him a minus defensive rating, and rated Giants in bottom third of all baseball at that position, if Blanco and Aoki are manning it.

      • twinfan1 said, on April 12, 2015 at 7:41 am

        Blanco is a starter when injures require it. Check out his playing time over the last 3 yrs.- my statement as to 4 regulars is not arguable .Belt and Pence should share the 2 according to L/R pitchers Panik should bat 7th, Pagan 3rd.
        The Fan Graphs figures you cite are projections so your figures can’t be used as proof of anything. Blanco’s WAR with the Giants has been 2.5, 2.7, and 2.0. Aoki’s with the Royals was 2.3. The departed Beast has a CAREER WAR of 3.9 (2.9 of it in 1 year) and 0.9 last year.
        We could make this an ongoing discussion but it’s futile since you place little value to OBP and use projections to prove a point.

  58. djloo27 said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    These drug commercials with all their side effect warnings have gotten out of control. By the time they’re done with all the warnings you can forget why you’re taking them. You’re too busy farting with a noose around your neck…

    • Paul Sorensen said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      Yeah, gotta love the pharma industry. “Anal leakage and suicidal thoughts” would kind of rule out any of those drugs for me…..

      • djloo27 said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:55 pm

        I would think the side effects are very often the symptoms that lead you take them in the first place…

      • Paul Sorensen said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:57 pm

        Indeed. There’s one drug for asthma that lists its side effects as difficulty breathing and possible lung infections. Right, sign me up….

    • twinfan1 said, on April 12, 2015 at 7:44 am

      The FDA is considering cutting back on the warnings.

  59. Paul Sorensen said, on April 11, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Players always talk about “one game at a time”, but that pablum is appearing to be a necessity for the Giants’ first month or two of this season. It could be awhile before the “normal” 8 position players and 5 starting pitchers are all penciled in at the same time… and by the time that actually happens, 1 or 2 of either set could be replaced anyway. Well, it won’t be boring, that’s for sure, as long as the team wins its share of games and stays in it until things get more set, which they will…. maybe come June….

  60. djloo27 said, on April 11, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Good call on Bertrando, Flav. Right on the button at 44.2.
    Beaten a mere 34 lengths at 2.40-1 by Tinner’s Way.

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  62. unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Meh. Splitting in SD is about as good as it could get for these guys. Let’s hope they pull this off today. maybe get some hits.

    Letting drug comanies advertiise directly to consumers was the beginning of the tornado of bullshit in the health care industry IMO. Focussing on advertising and not R & D put the worng type of medical issues into the forefront for big pharma. Boner pills and hair growth became the focus.

    Now there’s perscriptin tears, perscription eyelash growth meds, and a million other things pretty much useless and designed just to get people on shit.

    • Lurker John said, on April 12, 2015 at 10:57 am

      Most of the pharma ads I see are for mental health treatment and physical ailments, blood pressure, heart issues, etc. There are plenty for the boner pills, but a smaller percentage I’d say.

  63. Macdog said, on April 12, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Am I in?

  64. Macdog said, on April 12, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Ok, looks like this still works for me. Looked forward to listening to the Giants driving through Pa. last night, but every ball the Pads hit found a hole and every throw home moved a runner to 2nd like some beer-league softball game, so at 5-0 I had enough and put the Phils game on. And now McGehee’s hurt, although maybe we’ll see fewer GIDPs.

  65. Flavor said, on April 12, 2015 at 10:36 am

    new thread


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