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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 23, 2015

Tonight we have to try to hit The Cuban Alphabet and as we have seen in the past, that’s not an easy thing for Giants hitters to do. Luckily, MVP is pitching for us. So we have a fighting chance.

The goal: scratch a run or two off a guy most other teams pound into the ground…..

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I had forgotten that Darryl Hamilton was traded for one of my favorite short-term Giants of all time: Ellis Burks. What a senseless tragedy. He and the woman who killed him leave behind a 14 month old daughter. Just so sad.

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  1. willedav said, on June 23, 2015 at 7:49 am

    While Dodgers are straining vs. Cubs, who pin L #5 on Opie and blast a couple more out the yard off him, Giants have 6 vs. 2 bottom feeders of the Division, Pads 34-38 and Sherps 30-39. Pads winning pct. is 11th in NL and 1 pct. point. above the Reds. Cue Jim Mora re: playoffs for these guys.

    They have lost 5 of 7 since canning Black. Pitching staff has been primary culprit, as they are 11th in NL in ERA, and give up lot of runs hits walks. Other than Shields and Ross, everyone else including the D-guy Giants killer going tonight has ERA way over 4.00. So far given up 27 more runs than they have scored.

    Highly touted offense brought in off season has been hit and miss: J Up (dubbed Mr. April by one blogger) has an .821 OPS, but Kemp is at .636. Middlebrooks is hitting .220 something, the Gyorko kid they were so high on 2 yrs ago is back in the minors, and SS are terrible. Norris, after hot start, is down to .252 and mid-.700 OPS too. Solarte has played 1b and 3b, but not hit much either.
    And yes they’ve added Melvin Jr. the bad Up back into OF mix, which can’t be good.

  2. willedav said, on June 23, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Hey Flav, saw a pic in Chron today of Anthony Brown from Stanford as potential guy available when Warriors pick late first round.
    I really liked his game as a senior–good rebounder, accurate long range (college 3, sure) shooter and I thought better all around player and more consistent than Chasson Randle (or Nastic). Seems like potentially a good fit for back up shooting G.
    Hope he is physically OK; Dawkins supposedly practiced his team pretty hard during the season, tho I doubt anything will prepare guys for rigors of NBA training camp and 80 game (plus playoffs) season.

  3. unca_chuck said, on June 23, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Yeah. the Dubs ended up playing 103 games. Insanity. They need to lose about 20 reg season games and 8 playoff games.

  4. chipower9 said, on June 23, 2015 at 8:36 am

    All I know is our boys need to start winning some games at home. WTF…this yard is supposed to be an ADVANTAGE! This 17-18 home record just doesn’t flush.

    Giants are scoring 5.11 runs/game on the road (2nd best in MLB).

    Road? Ugh…3.00 RPG (worst mark in baseball since our boys were at 2.91 RPG in 2011).

    Giants are batting .101 against Alphabets. Craw is 1-8 and Posey 0-10. Time to light this chump up and start a little home winning streak.

  5. pawliekokonuts said, on June 23, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I uncharacteristically have nearly zero to say. Just checking in. Been consumed with 3D life stuff. All good.

    • chipower9 said, on June 23, 2015 at 9:49 am

      3D life stuff? Like a blow-up doll? 😉

      JK, Mr. Kokonuts…carry on.

  6. Bozo said, on June 23, 2015 at 9:58 am

    When being consumed by 3D life stuff, I like to grab hold of, and just hang on.
    We are talking about bouncing triple D’s, right?

    • chipower9 said, on June 23, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Now those are some 3Ds I can get behind, or into, or…well, you get the drift (see BBOTD)…

  7. alleykat69 said, on June 23, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Macho reinstated ( Bummer)
    Lights on Broadway back to minorville

  8. chipower9 said, on June 23, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I would not be so quick to slam Machi over his activation and the demotion of Broadway back to Sacto. Machi, while struggling this year, kicked-ass last year (sub 3 ERA and sub 1.0 WHIP). If he was truly hurt, maybe he regains his form. If not…I see him getting either optioned back to Sac, or DFA’s when Peavy or Cain come back.

    If (more like when) Cain and Peavy come back, two players will have to be moved. And two will have to go to the bullpen. I think Machi gets DFA’d and someone else has a mysterious ailment that lands them on the DL. A trade may also be a way they clear the log jam.

  9. willedav said, on June 23, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Like most long guys, Machi is OK for a while and then gets lit up.
    The fork ball is fine as long as it’s dropping off the table and out of the strike zone…til it’s forking off a wall somewhere, or over one.
    Kontos (so far anway) has been pretty good and outpitched him for that last pen spot.

    • chipower9 said, on June 23, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      Kontos and Machi, for now, will both have spots. When Peavy or Cain come back, a starter will have to go to either the pen or DL. If the pen, the someone has to go, and as I mentioned, I think Machi is the guy who draws the short stick.

  10. chipower9 said, on June 23, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Here is an article that shows that Bochy and crew have been discussing the rotation. There is mention of a six man rotation (I just do not see that happening), and of one of the current starters hitting the DL (something I have mentioned previously), with Hudson being strongly considered for a stint on the DL.

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/giants/rewind-giants-management-set-tweak-rotation-day

  11. snarkk said, on June 23, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    No guarantee hoe Cain and Peavy will do on return. Peavy may be no better than Timmeh, Voggy or Huddy. I like the idea of rotating those guys on and off the DL every fee weeks at their age to regroup, then see who is hot to install in the rotation down the stretch …

    • chipower9 said, on June 23, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      It has been stated in multiple recent articles that both Peavy and Cain will return to the starting rotation. And sure, if Peavy pisses down his leg, then there may be changes. But for now, there will be movement to make room for Peavy and Cain in the rotation.

    • chipower9 said, on June 23, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Interesting concept…and there is a lot of validity there (the numbers back it up).

  12. dirtnrocksnomo said, on June 23, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Kontos has made a lot of appearances so I don’t know that Machi is necessarily the odd man out. Maybe Sabevans makes the move that is called for and its Lincecum.

    • chipower9 said, on June 23, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Two pitchers will have to GO to make room on the roster. Timmy may go to the bullpen, but that’s about it. I could seen Machi getting DFA’s to make room (or he could be packaged in a trade to make room, too).

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on June 23, 2015 at 2:31 pm

        Yes, I understand that Chi. Which is why I said I don’t think it will necessarily be Machi. To me Hudson, Vogelsong and Lincecum are all the same with Vogelsong having a slight edge. Regardless, I think they’ll drag this out as long as they possibly can.

      • chipower9 said, on June 23, 2015 at 3:15 pm

        When I said two pitchers have to GO…I meant as in be removed from the 25 man roster. Unless it is a trip to the DL for 15 days, Lincecum, Vogey, and Hudson will not be one of those two. I can see one player being moved from the 25, and I think the short guy out is Machi. And again, they may pull-off a trade to balance out the pitching. Whatever it is, it will happen sooner rather than later (see the link I shared at 12:36…it is all in the works as we speak).

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on June 23, 2015 at 3:43 pm

        I don’t see a trade happening. 1 Other clubs can simply wait it out. 2. Who’s going to want them? They may not do it but I don’t see any reason they shouldn’t cut loose any one of those 3. Maybe they really go for it and dump McDP. Finally.

  13. unca_chuck said, on June 23, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Yeah, I see McDeepee going before anyone else. At least that’s what I hope.

    • Bozo said, on June 23, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      We have 13 pitchers at the moment, how big a staff you want? Strickland and Heston have Options, they will probably be part of the discussions but I’d imagine just for a short term fix, Machi DFAed, a trade or the DL game, are all in play. .
      McGehee will probably be the odd man out when Pence comes back, although I think Arias and Maxwell will be in the discussions as well.,

  14. dirtnrocksnomo said, on June 23, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Aoki back in there. Pence sure would be nice in this LU.

    LF Aoki
    2B Panik
    CF Pagan
    C Posey
    1B Belt
    SS Crawford
    3B Duffy
    RF Blanco
    LHP Bumgarner

  15. Flavor said, on June 23, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    I’m fine with a 13 man staff. I mean, how often do we actually notice that they’re down a position player in a game? It just limits Bochy’s flexibility a little. The 13th pitcher, especially when you have such a rag tag staff as ours, is a nice go-to move for Boch

    • Bozo said, on June 23, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      Yeah but, we already have a 13 man staff. If they cut McGehee to add one of the pitchers as was suggested, we have a 14 man staff and seven of those are starters.

  16. djloo27 said, on June 23, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    For now it’s mostly about money. The guys making the big bucks stay. Heston will get sent down.
    if there’s a post-season, they’ve shown that they’ll do what they have to do. Ask Zito, Timmy and Huff…

  17. willedav said, on June 23, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Melvin Jr. a curious choice for leadoff…last 3 seasons (1500 ABs) OB pct. were .287,.268 and .298.
    BA over those past 3: .208, .184,.246.. Probably a curious choice to be in LU at all, but whatev.
    Little bit of a shock to see his bio on B/R as we share same b-day (30+ yrs apart)…so does Count Basie, so…

  18. willedav said, on June 23, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Wow, country hardball tonite, with some killer off speed stuff mixed in for good measure.
    Pls score one for him…might be all he’ll need.

    • djloo27 said, on June 23, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      He may have to do it himself…

  19. pawliekokonuts said, on June 23, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    I find it amusing that the MLB app referred to more than one pitch by the Cuban Alphabet as “eephus.”

    • djloo27 said, on June 23, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      As in Rip Sewell???

      • pawliekokonuts said, on June 23, 2015 at 8:32 pm

        yeah….crazy

  20. djloo27 said, on June 23, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    That’s why no-hitters are really just freaky and totally overrated…

  21. pawliekokonuts said, on June 23, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    SyrChiefs 4 Charlotte Knights 3. I left Manny Burriss alone as he concentrated in the on deck circle. Tyler Colvin — remember him? — tripled for the losing team. I think he got a ring last year. Well, so did Dan Uggla.

    • djloo27 said, on June 23, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      So did Jarrett Parker…

      • pawliekokonuts said, on June 23, 2015 at 8:47 pm

        and Chris Ray in 2010

  22. Carstie Clausen said, on June 23, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Cubs Win!! 1-0 vs the visiting LaBumbos in 10.

  23. pawliekokonuts said, on June 23, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    I sat next to the wife of the Chiefs’ hitting coach, Joe Dillon. (I was flattered that this attractive woman with a drawl from Dallas began the conversation by saying, “Are you from San Francisco?” She must’ve been dying to meet me. Hahaha) Learned that: they lived in Japan for a year; the game there is very different, the Americans are the power hitters; it is not cool not to hit singles, sort of pre-Ruthian. I asked about what a hitting coach does. She said in the minors the coach might engage a hitter, or vice versa. But in the majors? The players come to you, not vice versa.

  24. willedav said, on June 23, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Hard to believe. Maybe they need to start bunting on this guy.

  25. pawliekokonuts said, on June 23, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    or some HBPs

  26. zumiee said, on June 23, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    The Dodgers are now something like 6-19 against teams with a winning record. Their offense is dangerous, but really struggling over the last several weeks. And their bullpen remains iffy, other than their closer.

  27. unca_chuck said, on June 23, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Risky play thee. Think he’s safe, shoulda taken the out at first.

  28. unca_chuck said, on June 23, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Why is it so hard to beat these guys?

    • djloo27 said, on June 23, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Because we’re not that good?

  29. djloo27 said, on June 23, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Javier Lopez: ALL-STAR

    • zumiee said, on June 23, 2015 at 10:10 pm

  30. Paul Sorensen said, on June 23, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    You know, with 1st place on the line (again), wouldn’t it be nice to see the lads step up and seize the flippin’ day… or night…

  31. zumiee said, on June 23, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Romo hung a frisbee to J. Upton, and Upton whiffed on it for strike three.
    Then Panik makes a great play for out #2.
    And Romo may be injured.

  32. zumiee said, on June 23, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Man, we need Pence back. Maxwell is getting way too many ABs.

  33. willedav said, on June 23, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Nice inning from Casilla.
    Kimbrel has been a little more mortal this year, couple Ls and blown saves, high ERA.

  34. zumiee said, on June 23, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Nice work from Casilla. One of his sharpest outings all season.

  35. zumiee said, on June 23, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    I’m still kind of marveling at Blanco getting thrown out by five feet on a ball in the dirt. Blanco’s just not an above average base-stealer.

    • willedav said, on June 23, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      He’s hitting pretty well so far, and has had a good night tonight, but yeah he’s never been a big SB guy…unable to get the proper read to get a good enough jump I guess.

  36. Paul Sorensen said, on June 23, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Yeah, Zum, agree about Maxwell. I remember when Fontenot and The Riot were both on the team, and we Flappers (or were we Splashers way back then?) generally thought that was fine as long as they were bench players; if the starting lineup included both of them too often (due to injury or whatever), it was going to be bad news. Same with Maxwell at this point; I like his potential power bat off the bench, but give him too much playing time, and the heart doth not grow fonder. The docs really need to get Pence better and playing, or Sabevans might have to add a rightfielder to the “buy” list next month.

  37. willedav said, on June 23, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Strick and his fastball, longer the counts go, haven’t bothered the Pads better hitters.
    He has to have another out pitch, or something else he can control.
    Now he’s down a run.

    • zumiee said, on June 23, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      His stuff isn’t as good as it was against the Dodgers. He struck Puig out on three pitches.

  38. willedav said, on June 23, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Kimbrel for sure now.
    He’s given up way more hits than normal this year and more HRs than all last season.
    LH doing OK (.250 avg and .800 OPS), RH not so much.

  39. zumiee said, on June 23, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Belt with that called third strike, look of injustice at the umpire. Seen that a few times.

  40. Paul Sorensen said, on June 23, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    What’s that now, 3 consecutive starts for MadBum when he pitched effectively enough but did not get enough run support to win? He’s gettin’ Cained big time this month…

  41. zumiee said, on June 23, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Pathetic AB from McG. He’s just done. Let him go.

  42. zumiee said, on June 23, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    And another low-scoring loss at home.

  43. Macdog said, on June 23, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    That might be the worst loss of the year, yet another MadBum start gone to utter waste, this one even more unbearable given his total dominance. And Bochy double-switching Duffy out of the game for McDPK. Frustrating.

    • Paul Sorensen said, on June 23, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      Yep. Giants hitters seem to be taking it too seriously that AT&T is a pitcher’s park. It’s your HOME park, boys. Figure it out.

  44. willedav said, on June 23, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Max is hitting .190 this month, Craw .224, Belt worse than that.
    Belt is 3 for his last 31 I think.
    But Strick takes the L…left that fastball of his up a couple times too often to good hitters.

  45. Macdog said, on June 23, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    And with the lasting image of Maxwell not even coming close to making contact on his final whiff, there’s this cheery news: “Bochy said Aoki has fractured fibula. Out at least two weeks.”

  46. zumiee said, on June 23, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Maxwell had no strikezone recognition tonight. He’s now up there trying to hack an HR everytime, and swinging at garbage. It seemed like he was more selective earlier on in the season.

  47. zumiee said, on June 23, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Good times for the Panda, Hanley, and crew. The Red Sox now have the worst record in the AL.

  48. Paul Sorensen said, on June 24, 2015 at 1:04 am

    “The docs really need to get Pence better and playing, or Sabevans might have to add a rightfielder to the “buy” list next month.” That’s what I said earlier…. add Aoki’s injury, and … yikes….


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