A Place To Talk About Giants Baseball

Mike Leake Come on Down!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 31, 2015

Extremely happy with the Giants picking up CHI’S GUY Mike Leake who will fill a hole despite his last name. Ok, that’s the first and only leak joke allowed on the blog (unless you got a better one). We basically only gave up only one valuable player since Duvall had about as much chance as San Dawg or Twin to play in San Francisco again. But chips are meant to get thrown in the pot and I willingly toss Keura Mella to the felt.

And assuming we can sign Leake, this is no rental. He’s 27 and a guy who is going to get a little better pitching at AT&T. I would take Leake over either of the pitchers the Dodgers acquired (Latos and Wood).

Fantastic day to be a Giants fan. Haven’t seen a single negative comment about this pick up and don’t expect to.

Trade Deadline

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 30, 2015

The trade deadline has never seen anything like this. Deals coming together, a player crying on the field, that deal falls apart for….no reason? Reports are coming out this morning that there’s nothing wrong with Gomez’ hip. A whole lot of nothing going on caused all that nonsense.

I understand that protocol has always been to go over medical records and the player has to take a physical AFTER a deal is put in place. But maybe there’s a way to lessen the likelihood that a deal will fall apart? Like look over the medical records BEFORE you consummate a deal? That would seem pretty prudent to me.

Regardless, today should be interesting……

The Pointless, The Bad, and Paul Pierce

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 29, 2015

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I watched a lot of Seinfeld back in the day. Remember the episode where Kramer is hanging out at a company and the employees just assume he works there so he starts showing up everyday with a briefcase full of crackers? Then he submits a “report” and after reviewing it his boss says “It’s almost like you have no business training whatsoever.”

I think some of these GM’s got their jobs the same way Kramer got that job. Many of these deadline moves suggest as much. Toronto had a very capable leadoff man and shortstop in Jose Reyes. His teammates and manager loved him. The Blue Jays hole is pitching not hitting. So what do they do? They go get an aging Tulo who is a shell of what he once was. That move made as much sense as the crackers in Kramer’s briefcase. And Toronto players were not happy.

Flip flop over to Washington. Why did The Nationals trade for J-Pap? They had a perfectly serviceable closer in Drew Storen. And much like Tulo, Pap’s best days are behind him. As you would expect, Storen was less than thrilled with the move……

What’s Dave Stewart up to in Arizona? He’s busy trying to trade for Aroldis Chapman. What the fuck is he going to do with him if he gets him? Have him sit on the bench every game? The D-backs need Chapman like I need a gay lover. He would go unused in the desert. And Stew would have to give up half of his best prospects to get him……

Decisions, decisions. Baseball GM’s make some curious ones. Then there are decisions pro basketball players make. If you’re Paul Pierce, why do you agree to do this?

We Are Not Getting Cole Hamels

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 28, 2015

The Rumor Mill is churning fast and furious during times like these and I just want it to be over. Too many fake-o rumors and then when something does happen, like Tulo for Reyes, absolutely NO ONE was *rumoring* it.

And then you have teams literally making shit up to jack up the price for players they’re selling off. I don’t think reputable info guys like Ken Rosenthal are out there making things up. But when he tweets out that “the Dodgers, the Astros, the Giants, and the Rangers” are in on “so and so” it’s just him casting the widest net possible and listing off a bunch of teams he reads from the standings.

So the Giants are in on Cole Hamels? Riiiiight. Who are they gonna trade? Susac and Panik? The problem with all the rumors is the reality of them that is long on scarce.

Now watch, about 2 minutes after I hit “publish” on this thread the Giants will have acquired Cole Hamels….

lqtm….

No News is Expected

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 27, 2015

All seems pretty quiet on the trade front and that’s really the way I expect this to go. The Giants have too much hardware (3in5) on display at the park to do anything rash. Leave those moves to teams that haven’t won anything in decades (see: LA Dodgers). And the way our farm system has been performing at the big league level, I’m not really interested in giving any pitching talent away for a #2.

I’m not too worried about it, the Giants don’t overpay ever so there’s very little chance that we see a panicky move at the deadline…..

Broom Time

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 26, 2015

If Huddy can’t cobble together a productive start today, I don’t know where we are with him. Either way, a sweep of the A’s is looming.

Casilla is frustrating, but what closer isn’t? They all walk the tight rope. End of the day, he usually gets the job done.

Thanks for the kind words about the videos I posted. I figured you “out of towners” would enjoy.

Saturday!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 25, 2015

Missed the game last night, and that’s too bad. 17 hits off A’s pitchers? That would have been satisfying to watch. And Buster stole a base? Had to have been a broken play.

Beane traded Kazmir for the 9th best prospect in the Astros org. That’s a score for Houston and another sign that Beane is slipping…..

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If you’re bored, as I was yesterday, here are some video I took while driving. The first 2 are of a razed Candlestick (video quality kinda choppy on the first one). Then a video of the new Bay Bridge span, then one of golden gate fields followed by me paying my toll at the bridge. Enjoy. Took them mostly for the Flappers who don’t live around here anymore and want to see what the area looks like now.

Friday!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 24, 2015

It’s pretty remarkable that Grienke and Kershaw haven’t given up a run in 72.2 innings. But they can have all the regular season stats they want. The Giants take over in the post season, that’s been proven.

Driving all day so keep track of the shop for me.

Gum Throwing Pussy

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 22, 2015

Kinda glad last night unfolded the way it did. I needed a reason to start hating the Padres. My favorite part of the night was the “Let’s go Giants” chant that broke out in their yard during the clearing of the benches. And nothing quite says “I’m a huge pussy” than being a grown man and throwing your gum at another grown man who isn’t even looking at you……

I’m happy for Sanchez, after all he’s been through, that must have felt awesome…..

Beaten By Bullshit

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 21, 2015

As last off season progressed and the Padres added player after player, I predicted that it would blow up in their collective face and they’d be dead in the water by July. And that has come to pass.

Unfortunately, when we play these fucks they look like the team they had hoped they’d have when originally assembled.

The reality about the Giants is this: we don’t have the pitching to get to the post season. Our starting pitching is paper thin, comprised mostly of a coterie of 4’s and 5’s. Our relief core is a shell of what it once was.

I’m not sure there are enough bullets in Sabean’s trade holster to fix all of this……

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and tonight, we have to face The Cuban Alphabet. Could be a loooooong game.

Dead Man Walking

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 20, 2015

Hector Sanchez has returned. I admit, I didn’t even know he was still playing. Thought he retired. Maybe he should have. This guy is playing with fire and you can’t help but wince every time you see him take one off the face.

Here’s what he said yesterday:

“I was scared after what happened last year, but I try to live with it,” Sanchez said. “Nothing I can do. If I play baseball, I have to be a catcher. It’s how I learned to play.”

That’s hardly a mindset that anyone should have to have when they go to work everyday. Every pitch that’s thrown at him is a risk. It’s hard to watch.

Sunday!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 19, 2015

Nice trip through the desert so far. Bum today and maybe it’s just me but he needs a big performance to remind me of what a true ace this guy really is.

Now, back to the Open. The scoring today has been unreal…..

Game-time Thread: Takin’ on the Snakes again

Posted in Uncategorized by zumiee on July 18, 2015

Panik, Duffy, and Pence put on a hitting clinic last night. Let’s keep it up.

Speaking of Pence…. 🙂

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Friday!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 17, 2015

Managed to sleep in till 3:00 this morning. Looks like it rained like hell last night but the course is drying out and we’ve got golf! Who’s with me on starting an Open Blog?

But for those who don’t give a shit about this, we have baseball again. Cain in the desert. I’d like to think we could hit this Ray-guy. Ray Guy. Hell of a punter.

Now, back to my golf……

Open

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 16, 2015

Well, I’ve been up for 7 hours……

The things I do to watch The Open live……

Tomorrow, we get baseball back again.

Yeah!

Might be time for a nap later. Glad I’m on vacation…….

Wednesday!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 15, 2015

Easily the best part of the all star game was Aroldis Chapman pumping his 100+mph fireballs at the hitters over and over. The reactions from the AL players in dugout was priceless.

This was the best tweet of the night in my opinion:

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Chapman’s fastball is about 15 mph harder than mine. That’s the same difference between me and mo’ne davis.

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The Open is nearly upon us. Without question my favorite tournament of the year. In fact, one of my favorite events of the year. It blows my mind that Tom Watson hasn’t won a major in 32 years. My favorite golfer growing up, this will be his last Open, a tournament he’s won 5 times. The winds will be howling and with weather like that it’s nearly impossible to predict a contender no matter how many picks you get. I’ll be getting up early on Sat and Sunday to watch…..

All Star Game Thread

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 14, 2015

Have at it. 🙂

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Summer Time Dead Zone

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 13, 2015

Thus begins the most boring 4 days of the Summer….

Does the Home Run Derby do anything for ya? It’s an activity that’s more than played itself out over the years. MLB knows this, that’s why they’ve shaken the format up. I don’t know all the details except that there will be brackets and outs don’t get counted but time does. Stuff like that.

If I was in charge, the first thing I do is can Chris Berman. Nothing sounds more exaggerated than an ever-fattening, half soused Berman *Back, Back, Backing” his way into a phony HR call. I think I’d even try going with no announcer. Just a counter that shows the distance of the home run and the total hit during that round.

The HR distance and the sound of the crowd should be enough of a draw. MLB uses juiced balls for this contest, why not juice them up even more? 500+ foot home runs would jazz everyone up–especially since the casual fan doesn’t know they juice the balls.

Those would be the changes I’d make.

You?

A Date with Barbara Billingsley

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 12, 2015

Who knew those words would excite me. We should pummel this chump into the ground. Sorry I’ve been out of pocket lately.

Kenny Stabler

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 10, 2015

I am a 49er fan but as a kid I loved certain Raider players. I think I liked their names. “Casper”. “Branch”. “Guy.” And of course, “Stabler.” I’m left handed too and I remember fashioning my td throws after him to my buddies in the street outside my house. In hindsight, it’s weird I never became a Raider fan but 2 guys named Montana and Clark probably had something to do with that.

Anyway, I remember watching this play in my living room–probably my first memory of watching a football game at home. “Get yer big butt outta here….” RIP, Snake.

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Giants game tonight. There’s nothing like baseball in terms of a shitty team being able to beat you on any given night. The pitcher has everything to do with that. Cole Hamels v MadBum and I wouldn’t want to have to try to be a hitter in this game……

Wednesday

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 8, 2015

Is Posey hurt? Why is he out of the LU again?

Sucking Shit

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 7, 2015

Not really interested in hearing about our leaky bullpen today. When I saw that line up last night and Twin wondered how much it was “hated” I responded with one word: *resigned*. So getting shut out was nearly as predictable as it was disheartening. Watching hitter after hitter roll Jon Niese’s average offerings meekly to the left side of the infield was another reminder that the difference between our good offense and our bad offense is paper thin.

Whatever, they flew in from the east coast that same day. More excuses. I’m tired of the excuses.

Go win a damn game.

Hitting the Re-Start Button

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 6, 2015

If you think this is rock bottom, take a gander at who’s starting for the Dodgers tonight….

Yikes.

Good chance that Niese is a Giant this year so leave a little love in your heart for him. Unless, of course, we keep losing and Sabean waves The Bad Penny flag again….

Sunday

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 5, 2015

This trip is not going well. Gee, ya think?

Fortunately, today we get to let the entire world in on our misery with ESPN picking up the game.

Today, I’d settle for a loss as long as we play well. Don’t have guys getting picked off, the relievers hold sway, get a few hits, stuff like that.

A bad trip like this is hardly something that sinks the ship. I think it was 2012 when we got our asses handed to us on a platter on a similar sweltering July 4th weekend. So no time to panic.

But that doesn’t mean I won’t have my finger poised at the ready to click the channel to something else if we come out smoking copious amounts of pole……

Game Time Thread

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 3, 2015

Welcome back Peavy. Now don’t get hammered…..

Matt Cain

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 2, 2015

Welcoming back The Horse today. My expectations are low. Even though he’s only 30 he’s got a ton of innings on that arm and when I think of him I think of a ghost more than the stud he once was. But we really don’t need him to be that guy anymore. Just be something hovering around a 3 or 4.

Sabean must look at his Cain and Zito deals and just want to punch himself in the face. Twice.

Speaking of getting hit in the face, is it time to consider Buster no longer catching? He seems like a pretty expensive target to set up behind the plate.

Everyone Hates Puig

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 1, 2015

Not gonna lie, I enjoyed the story that broke recently about how much Dodger players hate Puig. And people that say, “team chemistry doesn’t matter, look at (insert team from the 70’s here) they used to fight each other and still won a World Series” are taking way too simplistic of a stance. Team chemistry absolutely CAN matter you just don’t always see the negative effects.

And now we are seeing those effects. Look, if Puig was actually producing I don’t think it would matter as much. But he’s not. And when a Dodger player is quoted as saying, “At this point it would be addition by subtraction” (if Puig were traded), that’s more evidence that the Dodgers would be better off without this chump.

Hopefully they don’t trade him.

And to answer a question that will likely get posed today, my answer is this: No, I would not take Puig, for free, on our team right now.