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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 19, 2015

Dodgers/Giants. First place v second place. Don’t take games like this for granted.

This Frias guy could be a problem for us. He’s got good control and he doesn’t strike me as the type of pitcher we pound. Although after this past weekend, all pitchers look like guys we pound.

Huddy needs to keep the ball down tonight……


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  1. wilcojoe said, on May 19, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Busy night for me. My six year old’s little league team plays for the city championship tonight. Then it’s Rockets/Warriors and Giants/Dodgers. Warriors should sweep but the Rockets do have major momentum on their side after the epic comeback against the Clips. They also have more veterans that have “been there” which the Warriors lack. Warriors win in six.

  2. wilcojoe said, on May 19, 2015 at 7:00 am

    New Marlins manager Dan Jennings is the first big league manager with no playing or coaching experience since Ted Turner managed the Braves for one game in 1977. I like the excuse the Marlins president made regarding the hire. “There’s nowhere else to look anymore. We’re running out (of manager candidates).” What a joke.

  3. blade3colorado said, on May 19, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Our ISO definitely got a lift by visiting Cincy this weekend.

  4. zumiee said, on May 19, 2015 at 7:40 am

    A pitcher, with pretty good stuff, who’s unknown to the Giants hitters….yeah, usually a recipe for the Giants hitters to struggle. You’d think watching video would help, but video doesn’t seem to help in baseball as much as other sports. The Giants’ offense is going to have to keep momentum going this week.

  5. Carstie Clausen said, on May 19, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Giants hitters need to regard tonight’s LaBumbo’s pitcher as free ass.

  6. Lurker John said, on May 19, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Good morning, gents. Joe, good luck to your boy tonight, Go Dubs and Go Giants!

  7. blade3colorado said, on May 19, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Off topic:

    I’m not certain anyone (Unca?) mentioned Justin Smith retiring yesterday. I understand the 49ers have the option of pursuing part of his signing bonus ($2.1 million or so). In my opinion, bad form on their part if they do. He played a whole season last year with half an arm, when many players would say, fuck that noise.

    Per an article I read, “Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 49ers can choose not to pursue repayment. The circumstances of Smith’s most recent deal indicates that perhaps they shouldn’t. In 2013, Smith previously was due to earn a base salary of $7.5 million. To reduce his cap charge from $8 million to $3.72 million, Smith agreed to reduce his base salary to $940,000 and to take the rest as a signing bonus.

    It’s possible the 49ers would have simply cut Smith if he’d balked. Nevertheless, Smith agreed to a deal in which the team got the benefit of extending his contract by two years and creating significant cap savings in 2013. Smith, in turn, received $6.56 million up front.”

    Do the right thing Niners and forget about pursuing his bonus.

    • eddacker said, on May 19, 2015 at 10:52 am

      It seems he is a player who does the right thing. Reportedly, Justin, who acts as his own agent, said part of his decision to retire was to further reduce the salary cap worries for the 2015 season. Best wishes, cowboy.

    • chipower9 said, on May 19, 2015 at 11:14 am

      I mentioned him retiring in yesterday’s thread. I was not aware of the option on a portion of his signing bonus. A classy org (which the Niners are NOT under the fucking Dork…er, Yorks) would let that slide and give him a good send-off, full signing bonus in tow. I love the Niners as a team, but under the Yorks…they are really testing my ability to remain a fan. Just sell the team already, assholes. Brent Jones and Steve Young had a group that wanted to buy the team…that would have been awesome.

  8. gianthead said, on May 19, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I say we score 10 off this bastard…

  9. gianthead said, on May 19, 2015 at 9:50 am

    And Dubs in 5…Houston is the perfect opponent for us…bring on Lebron!

  10. willedav said, on May 19, 2015 at 11:20 am

    F/G had column on Bonds suit (backed by players union) vs. MLB owners for collusion, which could not go forward until his other legal issues got settled. Kinda hard to believe no one wanted him without being leaned on, esp considering guys who were still being paid to DH. One of those was that paragon of propriety, Milton Bradley, who got $5 mil to DH for the Rangers.

    Bonds last season in SF, at age 42, looked like this:
    .480 OB .565 slugging for an OPS of 1.045. He had 42 XBH (28 HRs, at ATT no less) in 340 ABs.
    Year before, at age 41, he had an OPS of .999, which was his lowest in 15 years.

    Meanwhile, slimeballs like J Loria are allowed to own, and ruin, teams.

    Bonds offered to play for league minimum, but no takers. Wtf? Had to be on orders from someone, most likely Selig, that Bonds was an untouchable.

    • Bozo said, on May 19, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      I agree with ya willie, and I think you hit for the cycle with the Loria mention. Good call.

  11. willedav said, on May 19, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I’d agree Dubs should handle Rockets.
    Memphis had 2 bigs with more skills than Howard, and they both shot FTs better too.
    This will be more at Dubs pace, and they’ve got more guys able to score consistently than Rockets.
    Depth, speed and superior outside shooting and defense, plus home court, all in favor of GS.
    Only downside would be if their bench guys stayed hot and Harden got Gs in foul trouble.

    Otherwise, Harden gets up close look at the real MVP, and has to admit it ain’t him.

  12. blade3colorado said, on May 19, 2015 at 11:38 am

    I just read a couple of things about Frias and on the surface, I would have to agree with Craig’s assessment that this guy could be trouble for our Giants. That being said, the former reliever is still being “stretched” to be a starter, as he has built his pitch count 70, 84, and 97 pitches across 3 starts. What I am most impressed about, besides his high speed heater, is his control – he’s only issued 3 walks in his 16 1/3 innings pitched as a starter. Dunno if that continues . . . There is one area where the Giants need to take advantage – he seems to have a “. . . single gear, with 92-percent of his pitches coming in at 90 mph or greater, and he could be in for a rude awakening once major-league hitters adjust to his velocity.”

    Hopefully, the Giants will be the 1st team to figure him out. We shall see . . .

  13. willedav said, on May 19, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Just saw story on BigLeagueStew that said Ryu close to having shoulder surgery that would take him out for the year. He hasn’t even thrown since May 1.

    In that case of course, LA likely goes out and gets someone a lot better than who they have going tonite or Bolsinger kid. There are a lot of high priced/high quality arms out there that could be moved before next year. If that freaking Beane, who is known to make deals with every other team in the division except SF, gives them Kazmir that would suck. If I was Sabes I’d try and get in on the bidding myself for Kazmir

    • Flavor said, on May 19, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      I think that would nearly assure the Cole H pick up

      • zumiee said, on May 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm

        The Dodgers have a shortstop prospect they’re very high on, Seager, combined with a couple of more minor leaguers could probably land Hamels pretty easily, I think. Maybe Van Slyke part of the trade. Seager and Van Slyke would do it, I’m sure.

      • zumiee said, on May 19, 2015 at 4:02 pm

        But parting with Seager would be a tough call on their part. How all in are they for this particular year?

      • blade3colorado said, on May 19, 2015 at 4:24 pm

        Zum, I agree – they will not part with Seager IMO.

  14. chipower9 said, on May 19, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Bochy announced his coaching staff for the AS game, and Donny Two Trips made the cut, along with Price of the Reds (Price must have gotten a home-town pass since the AS game will be played in Cincy’s bandbox). Even with the winning league getting home field advantage, I just have not been able to get into the AS game the past couple of years.

    Also was not aware until I heard about it on KNBR this morn that Bochy has a book out called “A Book of Walks” that talks about the walks he makes around the City. For ten bucks I ordered a copy and will read it when I finish Elizabeth Warren’s book (which has been a great read).

    • blade3colorado said, on May 19, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      He had to add that MOFO or the league would have been in an uproar over leaving the NL West Division champs manager off the team. Meh.

  15. zumiee said, on May 19, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Panda-watch 2015 continued:
    Those amazing amazing splits. 2 for 41 now batting righthanded, .049.
    34 for 93 batting lefthanded, .366. Overall, he’s at .269/5/16, with an OBP of .338, and an OPS of .756.
    As a team, the Red Sox struggle against lefthanded pitching.

  16. zumiee said, on May 19, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    The Yorks….
    Because of Eddie’s gambling boat fiasco, or whatever it was, the team was given over to his sister, who didn’t want it, and the sister’s husband, York, who didn’t want it. Our beloved, juggernaut franchise handed over to people who didn’t want it and treated it like they didn’t want it. What a ghastly turn of events that was. Good thing the Niners had already won 5 championships. It could be a while before we get another one from the Niners.

  17. Macdog said, on May 19, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Pav has an Ishi update: “Ishikawa has five days left on rehab assignment. Said he’s gotten no indication of what Giants will do when he has to be added to roster.”

    In a related note, Michael Wacha is starting against the Mets tonight.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 19, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      Mac, what’s your opinion of Wacha? Me? I’m not too terribly impressed with him. The good – he has allowed a single ER or less in five of seven starts, but has disappointed in his strikeout rate. Wacha has only struck out more than four batters on two occasions this season . . . Granted, his biggest K game came in his last turn, with seven punchouts.

      He does have a good match up tonight.

  18. vogelsheiner said, on May 19, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Never cared for York Sr but Jr came within a few yards of a Superbowl. Two NFC titles games…showed he’s capablemof hiring the right people and getting out of the way.

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