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Rainbow Bombs > Warning Track Power

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 17, 2015

Games like last night’s sort of write their own thread the next day.

Welcome back Under Pants and we have scored 21 runs in the last 2 games. What I don’t get is this: The balls they hit off Voggy died at the warning track (except for Bruce). Same thing the game before v Lincecum. And yet we’re sending rainbow bombs well into the bleachers. How are the Giants hitters, supposedly worse than the vaunted Cincinnati offense, laying such prodigious wood? Especially when you consider that Lincecum and Voggy are “totally done”, at least according to Flappers far and wide……

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  1. zumiee said, on May 17, 2015 at 8:12 am

    One of the most interesting things to come out of the SABR movement, IMO, is BABIP analysis. As you all may already know: Batting Average on Balls In Play, an attempt to sort of account for the factor of chance, fortune, luck in baseball. The Reds have had some bad BABIP fortune the past two days. That could change today, or it could change after the Giants leave town today. Frazier, in particular, has hit several balls very hard that have turned into outs. Giants hitters have feasted on the Reds’ ballpark the past two games. Keep it up again today!

  2. zumiee said, on May 17, 2015 at 8:15 am

    BF, two games ago, MadBum pitched. The two pitchers Flappers are most down on are Timmy and Vogie. Timmy didn’t do great in his Cincy game, although pitched well enough to win if the Giants’ offense had taken better advantage of the ballpark; and Vogie did well, although couldn’t make it 6 innings after being given an 11-0 lead.

    • Flavor said, on May 17, 2015 at 9:22 am

      right. I was referring to Timmy and Voggy just forgot MadBum pitched in between them. THe point is the same. Reds hitters couldn’t take Timmy or Voggy deep the way our hitters were blasting the ball out of their yard. All their hitters could be (mostly) is hit the ball to the warning track vs, supposedly, our worst 2 starting pitchers.

  3. zumiee said, on May 17, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Heston and the Reds sea. There’s a potential pun in there somewhere…. πŸ™‚

  4. zumiee said, on May 17, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Nice little tidbit from Baggs:

    “With three regular-season grand slams, Crawford is tied for 12th on the Giants’ all-time list in the San Francisco era. I was surprised to see that Chris Speier, another shortstop, hit four.
    The leader, of course, is Willie McCovey, with 16. Barry Bonds hit nine; Willie Mays and Jeff Kent hit seven; Matt Williams and Jack Clark hit five; Speier, Bobby Bonds, Pedro Feliz, J.T. Snow and Orlando Cepeda hit four.”

    • zumiee said, on May 17, 2015 at 8:47 am

      And, of course, Craw had the HUGE grand slam against the Pirates in the Wild Card game.

  5. willedav said, on May 17, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Park factor. It was supposed to be 80 there yesterday. I don’t think it’s out of ? to believe this is more what Giants hitters would look like if they played all year in Milwaukee or another hitters yard like this one. Fences are reachable for everyone, even at night. And it stays this way in summer too, when it’s not 55 out.
    It’s funny to be sitting at home in shorts and nothing with fans on/AC going while watching a summer night game at ATT and see crowd all bundled up

    Snarkk, I hear you on Cain (and the contract) from end of last thread, but…he is still throwing regularly and his words were more like not if, but when he can return, with AS break being a possibility. It is weird not much is being said but it sounds like he is fully confident on taking mound eventually.

    Peavy seems much closer. I know he sucked both times out this year but he wasn’t healthy and I think he provides a definite lift. As unlikely as Dodgers hitters sustain their astronomic O throughout season, you gotta wonder how much longer Vogs and Lincecum defy odds. Whether everyone can stay healthy or not still big ?

    With Ryu still out, gotta hope LA doesn’t grab a potential FA or a Hamels before Sabes does.

  6. giants54 said, on May 17, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Fact that Cainner is throwing again is encouraging. Don’t understand why the negativity or dwelling on dire predictions of TJ surgery. That fate is present for every pitcher, regardless of age or mileage, so I still think it was a signing they had to make.

  7. djloo27 said, on May 17, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Roster-wise, what the hell would they do if Cain and Peavy were ready to be activated today?

    • Flavor said, on May 17, 2015 at 9:24 am

      I think Snarkk’s comments on Cain at the end of the last thread are valid. What the hell is wrong with Matt Cain and why doesn’t a beat writer dig a little deeper on this? Why the secrecy? Or is Schulman too busy fighting with him followers on twitter?

      • djloo27 said, on May 17, 2015 at 9:31 am

        “Fighting with followers on Twitter”
        Did you ever think you would type those words 10 years ago (or even less)?
        What planet is this?

      • giants54 said, on May 17, 2015 at 9:38 am

        Well, who knows with Giants medicos. MRI showed no ligament damage.. No idea why they would they lie or hide info about that or delay surgery? Makes no sense.
        But Originally they said the Flexor strain was a two week thing, now going on two months.
        I’ve had back strains that healed in 3/days and others that took 3 months.

      • willedav said, on May 17, 2015 at 9:47 am

        I agree Flav, but he is throwing in AZ and not just sitting around while more surgery is being contemplated.
        Doesn’t sound like Glass Sanchez to me.
        For publication at least, and this does come up every few days, it sounds like a matter of when, not if.

  8. giants54 said, on May 17, 2015 at 9:49 am

    How are A’s fans feeling? Is Beane bashing at an all-time high?
    G’s fans should be Feeling pretty danm good to be 19-18 4.5 back, still basking with 3/5, yet over at Baggs they are still incessantly whining about every move Bochy makes and have Duffman reaching mystical status.

  9. djloo27 said, on May 17, 2015 at 10:04 am

    If all starters are healthy and pitching reasonably well, there will be no way around a 6 man rotation which would make all the sense in the world for every member of this crew…

  10. blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Per Rotogrinders . . .

    “Kyle Kendrick – I’ll spare you some time here and get right to the point; Kyle Kendrick is a gas can and the Dodgers own MLB’s most lethal offense as they sport a .361 team wOBA. Kendrick limps into Dodger Stadium today sporting a 7.65 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and just 5.63 K/9 through his first seven starts of 2015. The Dodgers slammed him for six earned runs in just 4.2 innings when they met last month and he should be avoided even when he’s not pitching at Coors Field. Rating = 2”

    With friends like Kendrick, who needs enemies.

  11. blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I drank the KoolAid.

    I have a mini-stack of Crawford and Blanco in one of my cash games. Actually, I was running out of fake salary trying to get Pujols, Trout, Kipnis and Moss into my LU, so I drank the KoolAid and inserted the dos Gigante amigos. πŸ™‚

    • djloo27 said, on May 17, 2015 at 10:17 am

      A Kool-Aid stand was a guaranteed money maker for little kids in the 60’s…

      • alleykat69 said, on May 17, 2015 at 10:26 am

        Yes definite moneymaker Loo.
        Especially if you had the vintage smiling drink pitcher on display.

    • Macdog said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:09 am

      “Fake salary” — that sounds like what I make at my job.

  12. Macdog said, on May 17, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Strange bunt try there by Pena, after Heston starts with 4 straight balls. And then Craw damn-near got killed on the play.

  13. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 10:30 am

    I hope they get this game in, the rain delay business in the midwest is maddening. Must be a real pain for fans to deal with constantly in the late Spring/Summer, in the domeless parks…

  14. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Belt with the double again. Quick, time to trade the guy while his price is a little higher.
    Blade, did you put Belt in your LUs the past few days? πŸ™‚ …

    • blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 10:37 am

      Yes, I did against Wilcojoe. Unfortunately, he had Shin-Soo fucking Choo, who had 10.5 points (that’s a lot in Fan Duel). Consequently, I lost by a very small margin. Joe and I have had some epic battles since he joined DFS.

      • wilcojoe said, on May 17, 2015 at 10:51 am

        Yeah, last nights duel was a nail biter. I think Howie Kendrick getting hbp in the last of the ninth, is what put me over the top.

      • wilcojoe said, on May 17, 2015 at 10:57 am

        Correction, Josh Turner not Kendrick.

  15. alleykat69 said, on May 17, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Glad to see Belt finally heating up.
    Wore a “Chasisty Belt” for much of the season..

  16. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 10:34 am

    WTF is the ump waiting for to get the tarp on?. They KNOW the rain is coming, they should have called it before, and put the tarp on ahead of time. Stupid…

  17. willedav said, on May 17, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Belt with another nice drive.
    Watching Posey drive one deep in corner to dead RF, I think Giants would love to hit here all year.

    One guy who is not doing much tho is Susac. He’s only had 33 ABs in limited action and is only hitting .212 with 2 XBHs. Has lowest slugging pct on entire team.

  18. Carstie Clausen said, on May 17, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Crawdaddy’s 26th RBI just tied him with Starling Marte and Justin Upton for 6th in the NL.

  19. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Craw is effectively playing the 3rd baseman’s role on offense. If he weren’t clubbing HRs and driving in runs like a corner position player, the McDP mess at third would be exposed as much worse for the offense…

  20. Macdog said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Why the hell was Heston bunting with 2nd & 3rd?

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:10 am

      I was scratching my head on that one, it wasn’t a suicide squeeze. Bad attempt at a safety squeeze, maybe?…

  21. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Blanco looks like he’s in one of his hot streaks. As much as I rag on his offense, I’m up for more of this for sure, any pop from him is gravy. And Aoki! Awesome clutch AB and hit with RISP getting in the two RBIs…

    • blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Also he’s a lefty. In fact, Bochy has stacked the LU with lefties (good call) to take advantage of DeSclafani’s ineptitude toward them.

  22. alleykat69 said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Way to pick up Duffy&Heston!
    Huge 2 out hit Nori..

  23. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Anybody hear anything more on Pagan? He went out with back spasms yesterday, mid-game, and getting today off to get a two-day rest. Anything with his back has me concerned. The guy has been nails on offense so far…

    • James said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Actually, Pagan is hitting 324, but he’s had few XBH and walks. He’s been ok, but not particularly effective at helping to produce runs.

      • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:24 am

        He wasn’t the guy putting himself in at #3 because Pence was out. I don’t find a SLG at .408 that bad for a guy who’s not a #3 hitter by trade…

      • James said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:33 am

        Agreed, he’s about where he always is over any longer stretch, mid-700s OPS.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Agree with Snarkk. Pagan has been nails all season . . . Dunno where we would be without him.

      • James said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:41 am

        I’m sure we’d be 10 games under without him.

  24. Macdog said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:19 am

    DeSclafani is one of two local Jersey guys, along with Frazier, on the Reds. Went to Colts Neck HS, home to numerous horse farms and a Trump National golf course.

  25. Carstie Clausen said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Appears that the Death of a Thousand Cuts offense is back in the saddle ~ again keyed by that leadoff double by Belt. Blanco, Aoki and Crawford are on fire. Could be that Blanco has a psychological need for serious competition to keep starting regularly in the O.F. Anything that works.

    For all those devastating series in Cincy in recent years (excepting that NLDS one) this little set of fireworks displays has to be some sweet revenge.

  26. Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Are we glad to have Pence back or what?!

  27. Macdog said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Pence really is a freak of nature. I doubt he probably needed the week or so in Triple A.

  28. alleykat69 said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Hunter Pence!!!
    Smoking Linedrive HR!!!
    Yes sir, Welcome back!!

  29. willedav said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Wow!
    gotta admit I didn’t see this coming. Basically zero ST, couple games in Sac, and Pence is raking like mid season.

  30. Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:32 am

    BREAK UP THE GIANTS!

  31. Flavor said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:33 am

    It is so fuckin’ rad to have Under Pants back!

  32. alleykat69 said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Keep these hitting shoes coming!
    Hunter hit a 1 iron on that HR!!
    Team is hitting loud shots all series..

  33. Carstie Clausen said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Who wouldda thunk it? These guys are hitting like they’re the reigning World Champs or something. That blast by the Very Most High Reverend Underpants was the “glad to be back” blitz. His fellow too tall Texan who had just drawn a BB was delighted to proceed him to the plate.

    Looks like the Halloween Machine is back in gear.

  34. Flavor said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Hey– sounds like Twin isn’t doing so well. Says he won’t be posting for a while. You are in our thoughts, Twinner. Hope you bounce back soon.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:38 am

      Agree. Get well Twin!

    • Carstie Clausen said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Always the best, Michael.

    • alleykat69 said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Thoughts are with you Michael,get well soon..

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Good vibes to you, Oracle…

    • wilcojoe said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Hang in there Twin.

    • eddacker said, on May 17, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      Always good thoughts Michael and best wishes.

  35. willedav said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Giants making the Reds look bad again.
    Trading Latos for this kid and C prospect not looking good so far.

    Btw, big column on F/G today about potential suitors for Tulo and what Rox would be looking for/likely to ultimately wind up. Lot of blogger comments on this too. good read

  36. blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Cincy announcers put up a graphic earlier in this game showing how the Giants were dead last in the league (ok, Phillies were worse) @ 3 runs per game . . . Fast forward this season, they are scoring at an 8 per game clip (not including this game).

  37. Carstie Clausen said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Desclafani @ 72 pitches through three. That’s 24 pitches/inning. Not exactly the definition of economical pitch count.

  38. willedav said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:42 am

    As DeSclafani just found out, walking guys in this park can hurt you.
    Kid’s got a 5 run lead…hope it’s enough.

  39. blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Looooooong single. lqtm.

  40. alleykat69 said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Damm, Heston sure lost it quickly.
    Just shocked only 1 run scored on Bruce’s hit off the wall, bad base running.

  41. James said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Wow, unbelievable they are still ahead. Let’s hope that bit of Cincy misfortune allows SF to hold on.

  42. blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Bad play (throw) by Pence.

  43. alleykat69 said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Bad play by Hunter, no chance to get the runner, and let’s both runners move up.

  44. Macdog said, on May 17, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Good thing the Giants have a day off tomorrow.

  45. willedav said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Nice job by Petit getting couple pop ups to end inning.
    Unscored upon last 8 innings.

  46. ewisco said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Btw, read somewhere a couple of days ago that Cain said after a throwing session that his elbow didn’t hurt as much. Hurt? Why should it hurt at all? I don’t remember reading about pain, just stiffness and some soreness as it was stretched out. Maybe I’m reading more into this than us actually there but I think there are issues we’re not hearing about.

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      That would be shocking, wouldn’t it — injury issues we don’t know about?
      I wouldn’t be shocked if one day mid-game they announce Cain had TJ’s a few days back with Dr. Andrews, and that everybody knew it was coming, like somehow we did know. Thanks to the team beat reporters, we’ll know what they had for lunch in the press room before we know what’s really happening with Cain…

  47. alleykat69 said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Alright Duffy!!
    Much needed run there,,

    • Carstie Clausen said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Put a runner in scoring position and the Duffster becomes a force of nature.

  48. willedav said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Wow, Kruk’s even got a scouting report on which umps let you play through rain.

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      Don’t know about you guys, but every once in a while, I like a slugfest like this. Breaks up the usual torture games, which leave me a little winded with such a constant diet of ’em…

  49. Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Shit. Blowing a 6-1 lead and losing would be major suckage. The Reds are fighting hard not to lose 3 of 4 at home. Need more runs.

  50. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    That rain delay likely screwed up both starters. I wonder why, if you can see on doppler that the rain is coming almost certainly in half an hour, why not just postpone the start, ride out the first delay, then have the starters start? Would that be a preposterous thing to do?…

    • Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      How long was the delay, snarkk?

      • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:40 pm

        The Reds guy was on ice for about half hour, maybe a little less.
        Heston was on ice for 40 minutes. Usually, the managers pull the starter if the delay is a hour or more.
        Physically, I think it’s probably not that big of a deal, since they’re probably tossing underneath in the cage areas behind the clubhouses. But, the starting and stopping and starting outside of the usual routine is probably weird — these guys today have been in pro ball for quite a while, but effectively new to MLB…

      • Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:48 pm

        It happens enough to think there’s something there. These guys are such a regimented schedule that it might not take much to mess up their rhythm. Makes what Bum did in game 7 all the more remarkable.

  51. Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    TV’s continuing obsession with everything Yankees continues to baffle me. They’re on all the time. Again. Once again the Giants are world champs and hardly ever on regional or national television.

  52. blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    We lucked out it going into the stands.

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      Yep. I think that ground rule double rule is dumb — automatically stopping the runner ahead at two bases advancement. The umps have the ability to waive in the runner on fan interference in that case, but not here where a ball bounces into the stands. Hamilton obviously would have scored on that one if he had walked in on his hands. Does that take more judgment than fan interference ?…

  53. blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    The Adams Family theme song is Cozart’s walk up music?

    • Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      lol

  54. Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Bochy is probably willing to let it all hang out to get this win, with the bullpen I mean. 3 of 4 on the road doesn’t happen all that often.

    • alleykat69 said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Agree LJ,
      Dayoff tomorrow you can stretch out your staff.
      Pence update.. Now only 1 run behind McDP’s total for the season in around 100 less AB’s..

  55. blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Cincy announcers are unanimous – They’re chatting about Lopez’s paucity of innings pitched and paycheck:

    “Good work if you can get it.”

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      They called me for advice on that… πŸ˜‰

  56. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Marlins just fired their manager (Redmond) and bench coach (Rob Leary, local Bay Area native), currently 16-22. Leary was on with Marty Lurie last weekend in an interview, seemed like a good, knowledgeable dude. With Expos/Marlins 15+ years, off and on. Other than the players there, does anybody care in Miami, even Marlins “fans”?…

    • blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Wotus should apply for the position. By the by, Reds announcers were raving about Wotus earlier in the game, calling him both Dusty Baker’s and Bochy’s right hand man. Weird seeing him at 3rd base and not the bench today.

      • alleykat69 said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:06 pm

        Blade,So who’s Bochy’s left arm man, Raggs?

      • blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:12 pm

        No doubt AK . . . Bruce is no dummy – he recognizes that outstanding people, even if they go onto greener pastures, ultimately make him look good.*

        *All of my supervisors were this way – good mentors, who gave me the freedom to do my job . . . except the last idiot I had (causing me to become a whistle blower and after winning my case, retire). πŸ™‚

    • alleykat69 said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      I believe Rob Leary played ball with Barry at Serra High School?

  57. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Duffy 2-4 now, 2 singles w/ an RBI.
    Just don’t see how Bochy can continue to play McDP much longer. If McDP continues suckage at home, it may get embarrassing if the fans start to Boo, and it takes a lot to make SF fans Boo…

  58. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Awesome! Bunt hit by Aoki with Craw scoring. Luv it!!!!!
    Would like to know if Aoki did that on his own, or Bochy called it. I like Aoki more and more all the time; the dude makes plays (ignoring his sometimes weird baserunning and defense) πŸ™‚ …

  59. willedav said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Did you see where 3b was playing Aoki? Smart play by Aoki and a great bunt, but man they were playing him like Miguel Cabrera.
    Insurance runs always a good thing…pen game, kind SF should win.

  60. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Would a team firing their manager in mid-season ever be able to steal another team’s bench coach to take over? Wotus is under contract for this season, so it would be really weird. If the Marlins asked, it would be within the Giants rights to say no and they probably would, but what’s the protocol?…

    • blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      I would think exactly the example you described snarkk. Also, if that scenario played out – I doubt the Giants would hold someone back, especially Wotus who has been with the organization for so long.

      • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:34 pm

        If the Marlins asked, if I were the Giants I’d say no, with the wink if not assurance that they could have Wotus for next season…

  61. blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I’m serious when I say that I usually avoid Giants position players in DFS, especially at the Phone Park . . . However today, I had Blanco, Crawford, and Pence, whom all have exceeded expectations. πŸ™‚

    • blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      Damn, I wish I had a couple of Belt shares. 😦

      • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:26 pm

        I’m lovin’ this until his next futile streak… πŸ˜‰

      • wilcojoe said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:27 pm

        I have him in an early game and he just put me in the money.

  62. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    This game has had more offense than Niner games last season.
    Affleldt has pretty much sucked so far this year.
    Giants need some more insurance again — this one looks like it could be a last at bat game without more than a one run lead…

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      There’s some insurance — Belt with the oppo dinger!!
      That reminds me of his two HRs in Miami a few years back when he first came up, hit at the Dolphins stadium, one was crushed to deep left center. When he’s hitting oppo shots, he is ON. If Belt played at a home park just about anywhere other than ATT — say Cincy or Milwaukee or Houston or Baltimore or Boston or Ariz, he’d hit over 30 dingers…

  63. Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Belt listened to the Flappers! Tip o’ the cap too Baby Giraffe!

  64. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    If I were a FA starting pitcher, I’d tell my agent to not even take calls from Cincy…

  65. willedav said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Like it or not, I think you’ll see a lot less of Posey at 1b.
    That’s the kind of whack I’d like to see Belt get at ATT, esp during day games.
    Also another reason Affeldt likes pitching at ATT I’m sure a lot better than here.

  66. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Seems to me Bochy playing with fire keeping Affeldt in…

  67. alleykat69 said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Well their’s 1 extra insurance run provided by Belt..
    Like that old TV show “eight enough” not to sure 8 runs was gonna do it today..

  68. Macdog said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Holy clusterfuck.

  69. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Affleldt is crap right now. I would have pulled him after the HR and that long out…

  70. alleykat69 said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    This game just keeps getting crazier by the minute.

  71. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Wow, this is crazy stuff. Pulling Crawford in a one run game?…

    • alleykat69 said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      Yeah, and doing a double switch with double out is really crazy..

  72. James said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    That’s about 4 runners that have not scored for the Reds . . . one more escape?

  73. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I would like to see an AB of Stanton against Chapman.
    If Stanton gets hold of one of those Chapman fireballs, the ball might explode…

  74. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    McDP should homer right now against Chapman. It would make sense, sort of…

  75. Macdog said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Clips down 10 at half. A ton of pressure they’ve put on themselves after that colossal gag job in Game 6, up 19 in the 3rd and getting outscored 40-15 — with Harden sitting the entire quarter — in the 4th.

  76. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    If Casilla gets this save, he’s going to have to earn it…

  77. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Wow, Casilla gets it done.
    Ks the side out to end it. Awesome effort…

  78. Macdog said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Casillllllllll-ya later!

  79. willedav said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Casilla was brilliant, Romo too for that one big out.

  80. blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Whew!

  81. alleykat69 said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Wow what a wild game!!
    Casilla nails it down 9 pitches 9 strikes 3 punch outs! Great road trip, bring on the Doghairs Tuesday with momentum!!

  82. snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    OK, back to the 4-3 nail-biter games.
    Hey, when you win 3 outta 4 in a bandbox like that, with your offense getting into 5th gear, it’s groovy…

  83. Carstie Clausen said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    How do you spell “relief”? C L O S E R. Nine pitches, 9 strikes, 3 K’s, ballgame.

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      The other day, guys were mentioning Tyler Walker.
      Anybody else remember Sweaty striking out the side in the bottom 9th (I think it was bottom 9th) in Detroit 7 or 8 years ago during the dark period — on 9 pitches. It was pretty awesome. Just like today by Casilla…

      • Macdog said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm

        Baggs just tweeted: Casilla had the first immaculate inning (9 pitches, 3 strikeouts) by a Giant since Trevor Wilson in 1992. Via STATS Inc.

      • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:01 pm

        I think that’s wrong. I wrote to him on his blog. I would swear that Sweaty did it in Detroit; but I wouldn’t bet a bottle of Scotch on it…, well, good Scotch anyway… πŸ˜‰

      • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:10 pm

        OK, just found this on wiki re: 2005. I was close:
        “On June 17, in a game against the Detroit Tigers, Walker made history by becoming the first pitcher to record a save (since the save rule became an official stat in 1969) by entering a game with the bases loaded with nobody out and proceeding to strike out all three batters he faced without allowing a run to score.”
        From baseball reference, Sweaty made 13 pitches, got the 9 strikes on 5 swing&miss, and 4 fouls. Still a pretty dang good performance, arguably better than 9 straight strikes under the circumstances…

  84. Carstie Clausen said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Getting more and more concerned about Affeldt. Of his 30 pitches today exactly half went for strikes. Dude seems to be in a major league funk. Wondering if Bochy will ease him into the slop-man role, or at least not in the last 3 innings. Certainly not the 8th. There is help in the pipeline. Several teams out there might offer up something good hoping to resurrect a lefty RP with a good track record. May happen.

    • Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      Given how much rope Bochy has been giving McGehee with his mediocre history, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Affeldt, with his championship pedigree, will get plenty of chances to work things out.

  85. Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Clips all but toast. Looks like Dubs-Rockets for the conference final!

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Unless somebody gets hurt on the Dubs, that should be a near guarantee to get to the Finals…

  86. djloo27 said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Affeldt’s in the final year of his contract at $ 5 million.
    Probably the second greatest lefty reliever in SF history behind Lavelle.

    • Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Haha, Gary Lavelle one of my all-time G’s.

  87. blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Hoping the Sherpas can make a comeback and overtake the Bums this afternoon.

  88. Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    With his paltry 2 hits, Hunter Pence’s BA plummets to a measly .500.

  89. pawliekokonuts said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Hi, girlz. Been offline. Spent the weekend in Saratoga Springs with my new *friend* [she is Magnus’s favorite size, too]; stayed right across from the track. I’ve never been there while the ponies are in town. Astronomical prices. And crowded. Great weekend for the Gigantes!

    • blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Ahh haa! So, you’re already blowing the $8.95 I spent on your “Seeing the Signs: spirituality of the ordinary” book last week. Now I know why all you writers and artists are starving.

    • djloo27 said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Did you ride the carousel? I always do.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:33 pm

        Syracuse’s mega-mall, stupidly called Destiny USA, was formerly Carousel Center. It still features a loving restored carousel from 1906 or so. I love to ride it.

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Well I hear you went up to Saratoga,
      And your horse naturally won…

      • pawliekokonuts said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:32 pm

        Blade, yes this “starving” artist indulged his indulgences. Loo, I saw a Carousel somewhere but did not ride it. Is it in the track? They wouldn’t let us in, but we watched a steeplechase event across the street. Lots of square-jawed WASPs. Some weekend to be there. Skidmore graduation and old-cars show. Snarkk: good line, but no horses to bet on. Sweet-looking grandstand, though, from the look of things.

  90. blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Off topic . . . I just read this SJ Mercury article about mayors, city managers, and council men (women) being compensated astronomical sums to run podunk little places like Clayton ($296K), Sunnyvale ($543K), Cotati ($446K), and Monte Sereno – which has 9 fucking city employees total ($235K). WTF? Your frickin’ governor Moon Beam only gets $213K.

    Read it and weep . . . http://www.mercurynews.com/salaries/ci_28131799/city-managers-highly-paid-regardless-city-size-raising?source=JBarTicker

    No wonder you guys are going broke. Hilarious.

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      City manager — the Javi Lopez of public employees…

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      The whole Moon Beam gloss is tired. This latest version of Brown has been good for CA imo. As far as city managers salaries go I agree with you. Having moved back to CA from NV I get that the cost of living is high but ultimately they’re public servants and shouldn’t expect this type of compensation. Really it’s the pensions that are the big drag though. I mean WTF? In what other area can you expect such a payout after your working life? It’s shamefull really. The mayor of San Jose has taken on the issue but I haven’t looked into what if anything has been the result.

      • blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:51 pm

        Actually Dirt, I like him and said that “affectionately.” I know people did not like him in his first go-around as governor (I did even back then) and they used the term derisively toward him. However now – they like him. Chill bro . . . πŸ™‚

      • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 3:51 pm

        It’s the raiding of the public treasury by public employees. I’m all for supporting police, fire and related. But, seriously, this elevating them to the pedestal of “first responders” who get outrageous pensions has to stop, and it started big time after 9/11. Now, the cops are shooting people left and right in this country, and nothing ever happens, unless they just happen to be caught on somebody’s video. I wonder what punishment that cop in S. Carolina will get for shooting that guy in the back 8 times Running Away from him, then planting the taser next to the guy’s body? The number of cop actions on youtube that show them abusing people all over the country is incredible. Even then, they rarely get punished for outrageous violations of civil rights, usually based on anti drug actions, which if you or I engaged in, we would be tossed in the Pen for a longggg time, and sued for everything we own. If you don’t want to risk your life in a job, then don’t take that job. BTW, there are plenty of jobs ahead of the police and firefighters on the danger scale — you can look it up. More commercial fishermen are killed every year than cops and firefighters — what pensions do they get? Don’t get me started on BART workers. The corruption, feather bedding, and nepotism on getting jobs in that thing is astounding. They can strike BART and shut down the Bay Area, but NYC subway workers and Chicago and Portland transit workers can’t do that. WTF?…

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm

        blade, I know. Just giving you shit.

        snarkk, I come from a family of cops and it was also my field of study in school. That said, I agree it is ridiculous. It is well past time that we rethink our approach to law enforcement in this country. Don’t even get me started on the military glamorization. I hope those of you on this board that have served don’t take that wrong. I just think the MIC is out of control. Speaking of which, I wonder if Pagan gets paid for those salutes? lulz.

      • blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:07 pm

        What is MIC? Off topic again . . . Just read about 9 motorcycle gang members from 3 different bike gangs getting killed in a Waco, Texas shootout. http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/17/us/texas-shooting/index.html

      • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm

        Eisenhower was so right, in his final speech as president. He called it, the military industrial complex.
        The gov’t now will not touch the defense budget, it’s never big enough. The Congress forces the Pentagon to take military crap hardware even it doesn’t want…

      • blade3colorado said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm

        Ahh.

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:16 pm

        Yeah, snarkk. When I was in Reno I wrote/developed bids for weapons systems to deliver to various agencies. Company called SNC. The money flying around was mind boggling.

      • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:24 pm

        Yep, now our tax dollars are even paying MLB to be patriotic so we can be inundated with saluting and forced flag waving at the ballparks…

      • xoot said, on May 17, 2015 at 7:46 pm

        City managers in Calif. are usually the people who get things done despite the political selling out that preoccupies most of the elected officials. A good City Manager and a good mayor always clash. Robert Bobb and Jerry Brown in Oakland made a classic example. They were both terrific at their jobs. There was only room for one at the top. Bobb moved on, very easily. I’ve seen a smaller version of Bobb move from city to city about every 5 or 6 years–that’s how long it took for the city councils to fire him for ignoring the them. But he always left behind an improved city and a core group of exceedingly talented city employees that he found and hired. Of course, he also generated a fair number of lawsuits . . . .

  91. Macdog said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    This week’s Panik update from Poughkeepsie: http://tinyurl.com/lqqgtl3

  92. Flavor said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Oakland A’s, worst record in baseball, 13-26

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Beane finally went too far. He had a team ready to go deep into the playoffs, then sold off Cespedes, and cratered it. Finished the job by dismantling the team this past offseason, and now it’s just a compilation of guys, not a team. Being an A’s fan is the ultimate in just rooting for laundry…

      • willedav said, on May 17, 2015 at 5:44 pm

        Mm, I don’t think dumping Cespedes did as much damage as reported. He is NOT a good OF despite terrific arm, and is about as disciplined a hitter as Sandoval.
        Losing the pitching he acquired Samardzj-what ev and Lester hurt him along with injuries. Dumping off Russell to the Cubs and winding up with Semien at SS not a good move either, and his pen has been the shits.
        Norris and Moss were productive hitters too; so far his LU hasn’t really gelled. But he has chips to deal if he wants to go that way and I don’t think anyone is counting out the A’s…Stros aren’t winning the AL West.

      • willedav said, on May 17, 2015 at 5:57 pm

        And I’m not defending him, I can’t stand the guy. He had good players but they didn’t win. Everyone who goes there knows the drill—you aren’t getting a deal like you would with the Giants, and we’ve all complained about how Sabes has rewarded guys with overpay contracts.
        Beane does have a history of making deals that seem to strengthen NL West teams too (Carlos Gonzalez, Andre Ethier yada yada). If he dumps a guy like Kazmir to LA or the Pads that would suck.

    • xoot said, on May 17, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      There are a few die hard a’s fans in the Oakland office where I work. On Fridays one guy occasionally wears an expensive a’s green home jersey–and the back panel is pure green, no number, no name.

  93. Carstie Clausen said, on May 17, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    TWO over .500 at 20-18. After the dismal start and being without Pence till yesterday this is huge. Needless to say that offense will not continue at 212 degrees F. Nevertheless, the confidence is there now and the Belt-Pence-Crawford core is currently amped. Now its Buster who is up and down ~ mostly down today. Yet, the team scored 9 times without quite hitting on all cylinders consistently.

    Last couple Dodger series were kinda David and Goliath affairs going into them, but this one has the earmarks of a heavyweight Championship fight. Close observers now realize that the World Champs are good and maybe also that LA has been hitting a tad over their collective heads. With Bumgarner two up on Kershaw that contest will have the eyes and ears of all serious baseball fans ~ particularly on the Left Coast.

    Again, the win was huge. Instead of losing the lead ~ and the game~ and sliding back to .500, the Giants fly home on a high note, having won 4 of six in what could have been one tough road trip. Overconfidence is not likely to lead to the LaBumbos demise this time. In fact they may be slightly intimidated. Giants are about the only team around who have bettered them to date ~ at least in the NL West. LA will discover that the easy wins over teams in their division will cease through the core summer months. So far the road has not been particularly kind to them. Meanwhile, there are a lot of smiles and maybe a few shit-eating grins on a certain jet scooching from Cincinnati to the City by the Bay.

  94. Lurker John said, on May 17, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I think out of all the good stuff that’s been happening with the team lately, I’m most stoked about Crawford’s hot start. He’s been playing Gold Glove defense all season, plus he’s driving in runs with clutch hits and some pop thrown in for good measure. Hope he can keep it up.

    • snarkk said, on May 17, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      Like I said, his bat has unexpectedly played the role of the 3rd base bat. If we had a 3rd base bat, not a sieve and DP machine, the offense would really be in shape. McDP has about 2 weeks left to prove he belongs, IMO…

      • djloo27 said, on May 17, 2015 at 6:16 pm

        I think they’ll upgrade 3B by the deadline no matter what Giggles does from here on…

  95. James said, on May 17, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    God is playing a truly cruel joke on Billiy Beane. Last year the A’s won 11 fewer games than their run differential projects to, which is pretty hard to do. He sacks the players and a new crew is already 6 games down.

    • Macdog said, on May 17, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      In 2006, they finished 8 games ahead of W-L projection, so even that silly Pythagorean thing evens out.

      • James said, on May 17, 2015 at 8:48 pm

        The fact that it evens out is why it’s not at all silly πŸ™‚

      • zumiee said, on May 17, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      • zumiee said, on May 17, 2015 at 9:39 pm

        πŸ™‚

      • James said, on May 17, 2015 at 10:07 pm

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