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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…..

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  1. zumiee said, on July 27, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I disagree, BF. 🙂 I mentioned at the end of the last thread that I wouldn’t be against Susac, Arroyo, and Beede for Hamels. I don’t think the Phillies would think that’s enough, though.
    Hector would be alright for a back-up catcher in the play-offs.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 27, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      I think those three would only set the floor of negotiations for Hamels. At least when it comes to SF and PA doing business. Like you said before though they’re probably still chapped over their last deal with Sabeans.

  2. zumiee said, on July 27, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    A rotation down the stretch of Bum, Hamels, Heston, Cain, and Peavy would get it done nicely, I think.
    Vogey in the bullpen. Timmy back for the expanded roster in Sept. but not for the playoff roster. Hudson not on the playoff roster, either.

  3. unca_chuck said, on July 27, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I hear Jeff Samardsfgkjshdf’ in the mix as well. He’s not as expensivo as the others but I’m sure the White Sox want more than table scraps. I could see a Leake or alphabet guy but nothing higher than that.

    Any pitcher should get the ATT bump coming in.

  4. chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Unless there is a sign-and-trade, AND the length of the new contract is reasonable (3 years, team option), then I am with Flavor and would just as soon stand pat. If they were going to make a deal, I would much rather see a trade for a super-sub in the mold of Zobrist, as our bench is weak dick shit. That would allow them to shitcan either Adrianza (he probably has options) or Arias, who is as worthless at tits on a bull hog.

  5. chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    For pitchers, as I alluded to towards the end of the last thread, I would just as soon see them get a guy like Leake (half the price as the others, and there isn’t that much difference in all of their current ERAs and WHIPs).

  6. dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 27, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    If anything happens I think Sabevans will get a pitcher and go to the post deadline waiver wire scrap heap for bench pieces.

  7. chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Could be. I don’t want any of the “staff ace” guys if we have to bankrupt the minor leagues (and ship Susac, etc.) to do it. I would rather stand-pat and let Savevans do a dumpster dive.

    • alleykat69 said, on July 27, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      How about Austin Jackson Chi?

      • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm

        Kat – If upgrading the bench, I would rather have a guy like Zobrist who can play both the IF and OF. Of course, every other tom dick and harry is probably looking for the same thing…

  8. alleykat69 said, on July 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Giants doing their usual ” due diligence” and inquireing about Chapman, no players mentioned,sure like him for the stretch drive, but not holding my breath..

  9. djloo27 said, on July 27, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Ty-Clip to the Mets…

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      While you can never have too much pitching, the Mets need some lumber…

  10. chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Welcome back, Aoki-san!

    1. Angel Pagan (S) CF
    2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
    3. Matt Duffy (R) 3B
    4. Buster Posey (R) C
    5. Hunter Pence (R) RF
    6. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
    7. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
    8. Nori Aoki (L) LF
    9. Chris Heston (R) P

    • zumiee said, on July 27, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      An Aoki sighting!

  11. unca_chuck said, on July 27, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Just hope Pagan can cure what ails him. He seems to be making better contact lately. His defense has really been weird though.

  12. Macdog said, on July 27, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Arias DFA’d.

    • Lisle Ellis said, on July 27, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Kinda sad .. but then again, it had to happen … he was a pretty versatile infielder, too bad he couldn’t make a stronger contribution with his bat this year … very difficult to keep that together when you have so few opportunities … yet, that was the gig. Over the years, he had some great moments. Wishing nothing but good things to come his way.

      • Flavor said, on July 27, 2015 at 4:36 pm

        I don’t find this sad but I was never really a big fan. He got paid decently for what he produced. Which, usually, was good solid ass time on the pine……

      • Lisle Ellis said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:03 pm

        aww Flav, don’t be so cold hearted … I think he was a decent Giant for the most part … yet, you are right, he was well paid to ride that pine.

  13. Flavor said, on July 27, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    whether we make a trade for something +++ probably depends almost exclusively on how much $$$$ the Giants are willing to take on. Most of our best young players are already on the team and won’t be moved. And there’s no way Young Beedah or Lucious (The Red) Fox get moved. But Shields won’t cost shit. As long as you take that contract with him. And if I’m the Giants, that’s who I go after. They wanted him pre-season. Why wouldn’t they want him now? They are making a shitload of money. Time to take on more salary. Shields is a fine #2……

    • Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      Fine #2? You’re sure he’s better than the guy who threw the no-no just weeks ago? Okay, so Shields does get a lot of special K’s and would easily be top 3 in the SF rotation. In fact, if the Giants go for him, the LaBumbos would hafta spring for TWO top ranked pitchers to get ahead of Bumgarner, Heston and Shields as two aces would not quite suffice to make the postseason maybe even.

      • Flavor said, on July 27, 2015 at 4:52 pm

        yes, if we were in a do or die situation, despite his failings as “big game” James, I’d take him over Heston in a nano-second. Heston would probably shit his pants in that situation.

    • xoot said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Chapman has one more arb year. He’ll get a raise, probably to $12M or so, but he’ll be worth it most likely. So he’d be no rental. Susac, Beede, Arroyo, and another Richmond SP too, if necessary. I think I first proposed that trade weeks ago and Loo himself shot it down as too light for Chapman. For Cole H it would be too much, however.

  14. Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Leading off photo on Yahoo’s current homepage is none other than Tim Hudson ~ for an obvious reason to flappers. Glad to see the respect.

  15. zumiee said, on July 27, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    It was probably a pretty emotional moment for the players and Bochy saying goodbye to Arias. Arias had a few big moments for the Giants over the years, and he was someone that Bochy felt comfortable with on defense.
    Maybe his biggest play was the final out in Cain’s perfect game. He had to back up on a difficult ball deep at thirdbase and make a long accurate throw, which he did perfectly.

    • Flavor said, on July 27, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      agreed. Super memorable play.

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Absolutely. Outside of that, he was very pedestrian, and I really will not miss him.

  16. Flavor said, on July 27, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    why is Flem doing this Yankee espn game? Does he do a lot of ESPN baseball games?

    • zumiee said, on July 27, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Yeah, he’s moving up the ESPN flowchart.

      • Flavor said, on July 27, 2015 at 5:07 pm

        I see. That’s fine with me. Although I will never understand career choices like this. He’s got his family in the Bay Area, he’s locked into one of, if not THE BEST, play by play gig in baseball and he still wants to travel away and do the national thing? Weird to me.

      • zumiee said, on July 27, 2015 at 6:11 pm

        I totally see what you’re saying; but it would be hard from him to turn ESPN down, when they’re saying ‘we like you, we want you to be part of our future.’ It’s an exciting opportunity. But all those things you say are true- it’s more time away from his family and he’s pretty much set for life with the Giants, anyway, and his Stanford football gig. But it could be a thing where he’s thinking that if he doesn’t pursue all the ESPN opportunities, he may look back someday with big regrets at the road not taken. I think he has a bigger future with ESPN basketball than baseball, though, IMO.

      • Lisle Ellis said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:07 pm

        I heard recently that ESPN doesn’t pay shit … It’s all about the “exposure”.

      • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:27 pm

        I agree with you, Craig. And who the fuck needs “exposure” when you have the gig that Flem has…

      • Lisle Ellis said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:46 pm

        Yeah, I see your point from a Giants fan perspective, however, more exposure means greater fame which usually translates into big $$$$ … for some, the money is the bottom line.

  17. Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    You wanna see some fine dining on fricassee of crow? Check out Steve Dilbeck’s column in today’s LA Times ~available via Yahoo. He admitted his predictive error in naming the Padres the team that would win the West this season. Now he further admits the Giants are now the team to beat, bemoaning the LaBumbos’ record since mid-May or so at right around .500 ball.

    Delightful read.

    • zumiee said, on July 27, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      I can’t remember who had this great quote, when a reporter asked somebody connected with the Giants about how “the Padres had won the off-season,” and the Giants person said “Do they give out rings for that?”
      It may have been Flannery.

      • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm

        Regardless of from whomever it came, that is money…love it!

  18. zumiee said, on July 27, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    The last out of Cain’s perfecto: Arias ends up having to take a big step back with his right foot when he’s making the throw. Not the ideal way to do it, but makes a strong throw anyway. Maybe in the back of his mind he was thinking about how Uribe had tried to come in and short-hop the ball in Sanchez’s attempt at a perfect game. Arias chose to go back on the ball, and it worked it well.

  19. blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Column that Stix cited . . . http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/dodgersnow/la-sp-dn-dodgers-giants-team-to-beat-20150727-story.html

    Nice read.

    • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      My a la Zumie Bum comments from this column:

      Redlands Laker-Dodger fan Rank 881
      The Giants are winning with an entire home grown infield along with C Buster Posey. Seems like they know how to win the one run games by moving runners over and getting clutch hits. The giants have the best manager in baseball and a front office that drafts talent. They will be tough to beat as they have the dodgers number. The dodger entire infield is bought or came over in a trade. Right now the dodgers are loading up on Cubans who seem to be not complete ballplayers. The poor drafting in the past especially in taking pitchers has been a disaster. Other than Kershaw no decent starter has come out of the farm system. The dodgers will not win a WS title with Donnie Baseball as the manager. The GM and President of baseball operations have not done a good job thus far.« less

      @Redlands Laker-Dodger fan ……… Wholeheartedly Agree. The Giants are and have been the better organization for several years running.

      TimVandehey Rank 84156
      The Dodgers are the anti-Giants. Where they do more with less, the Dodgers achieve less with more. We’ve built a bullpen of castoffs and rookies and we’re shocked that it’s nearly as inconsistent as last year’s Brian Wilson-led disaster. We trade away our speed and now Mattingly seems content to depend entirely on the home run. We don’t go long, we don’t score. Right now, we have three black holes in the lineup—Puig, Pederson and Rollins—because the coaches and management seem paralyzed and unable to help players make adjustments (personally, I think it’s time to ditch Puig). I think the biggest problem is the manager and coaching staff. While Bruce Bochy seems to get the most from every one of his players, we seem unable to adapt and motivate. It’s time: deal Puig in a move for Hamels, pick up two proven pen arms, and bring up Seager. Next year, trade our surplus of outfielders, get Charlie Blackmon from Colorado and stick him in right and at leadoff, and resign Greinke after he opts out. Oh, and hire Mike Scioscia away from the Angels. Then we might get somewhere.« less

      catboy Rank 244419
      I am an L.A. native & lifelong Dodgers fan. Aside from various team/player issues, I will repeat what I told a fellow Dodgers fan 2 years ago: As long as the clueless Mattingly manages this team, they will never win a World Series, if they even get that far into the postseason. Period.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Me likee.

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks, Blade.

  20. pawliekokonuts said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    I’ve been an Arias fan, which I’ve never hidden here. I like his glove and his hustle. Cf. 2012 NLDS vs. Reds. Safe at first. I hope he stays in the organization.

    • Lurker John said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      I think he was a good Giant. Versatile from a defensive standpoint and he did come up with the occasional big hit. I’m thinking of game 3 of the NLDS. He made the play ending Cain’s perfect game look easy and it wasn’t. I wish him well.

  21. pawliekokonuts said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    And I don’t wish for any big moves. Not necessarily. But maybe.

  22. chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Wham Bam, thank ya, ma’am. Just what the doctor ordered…

  23. Flavor said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    I watched the entire Yankee game Flem did (up till I jsut switched over to our game). He was good.

  24. wilcojoe said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I agree with Flav’s call on the Giants going after Shields. He is an able #2 and won’t cost much in terms of prospects. I just don’t think we have enough to get a Hamels or Price anyway. Plus the Padres are more likely to help us if it means the Doghairs lose the division….Rumor down here is that the ‘Stros may make a huge push for Hamels. If that happens it would say a lot about ownerships desire to win now and in the future. I still think they need another bat. Springer has a similar injury to Pence, and we saw how long he was out. They have a dark hole at 1b and unfortuately the Giants would never trade Belt during a pennant race (as Blade alluded to earlier) regardless of the haul Houston could/would give up.

  25. unca_chuck said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    On Bart. WHt happened? Besides another shitty work week for me.

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Notta. 1st and 3rd, 2 out, Pence up.

  26. chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    I can see the Shields argument. But they may able to get the likes of a Leake for less money on similar terms. And I don’t see a big difference between what any of those guys would bring to the table from a pitching standpoint.

  27. blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    It may not happen this inning, but eventually the Giants are going to light up Lohse. Dude sucks as a pitcher. I was salivating when I saw he was pitching.

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Hope you are right…I am going to hold ya to this on, Steve. 😉

      • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:42 pm

        Fairly confident his 6.29 ERA and 1.45 WHIP will be maintained this evening. 🙂

  28. Flavor said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    If you watch enough baseball played by other teams you really can appreciate how good our defense is. It’s almost like we take it for granted—till you see other infielders airmailing throws, bumbling grounders, missing plays that Panik makes. Stuff like that.

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Good to know. Thanks for sharing. I watch almost no baseball other than the Giants…

    • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      Like right there . . . And they’re all home grown too.

  29. chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Even with lining out, right now, there just are not many better SSs than Craw….

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:55 pm

  30. Lisle Ellis said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Very nice bat by Aoki. I don’t have any broadcast … how was Aoki’s “welcome back” reception?

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      It was no standing ovation, but a decent welcome back

  31. Paul Sorensen said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Agree there won’t be any “panic” moves by Sabevans, no need for that. But i do feel like they need to add a frontline starting pitcher. But not just as a rental for this year, there would have to be another year or two of “ownership”, I would think. But not a Hamels (who I would LOVE to see in SF) or Price, probably too expensive, more like a Shields or Shamalama-dingdong. But maybe they’d be ok without an addition. I mean, thinking back to the post-season last year, aside from SuperMad saving the day, I cannot recall ANY other pitcher’s performances or contributions, and yet, they won it all. Again. But they’d be pushing their luck to try that again. I think. But maybe not. Man, I’m glad I’m not Sabevans. Actually, I’d LOVE that job. I would just really suck at it. 🙂

  32. djloo27 said, on July 27, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Everything I read makes it sound like they are really trying to land another starter…

  33. willedav said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Isn’t Lohse one of those guys the rest of the league lights up but who mystifies SF for 6+, by changing speeds from slow to slower?

    And there’s more D for you, another DP bailing out Heston. If you watched the A’s series, they were mostly awful in the field except for that one fine DP flip play.

  34. blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Carlos Gomez? Him and Bumgarner are best friends. lqtm.

  35. willedav said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    I was thinking about this earlier—Giants have had a bunch of post season heroes that had less than stellar reg seasons, as in Ross Rent and of course Ishi. Kinda glad they kept Max around; I could see Max whacking a big HR off the bench.

  36. chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    DuffMan!

  37. blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    No kiddin’ . . . He definitely “whiffed” on that ball. Still, I hope they gave Duffster the hit.

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      Scored a hit…

  38. alleykat69 said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Nice inside out hack by Duffy for the double.
    Though Parra should of made the play. He whiffed on it at the track.

  39. willedav said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Saw this on Yahoo—“Unspeakable” 7 character play about Richard Pryor due to open in early Oct. in Chicago.

    Saw him live at the old Circle Star in San Carlos, hilarious mother for ya. LPs were good too.

    One of the best lines ever about coke:
    “Man, I coulda bought Peru, money I spent.”

  40. willedav said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    And no, the Sac fly does NOT help the OPS–it’s just a ribbie.

  41. Bozo said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    WTG Belt.

  42. chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Craw!

  43. blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Craw!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. alleykat69 said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    CrawDaddy!!
    Deepest part of the yard !!

  45. Bozo said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    WTG Craw.

  46. willedav said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Wow, that one does, what a shot from Craw. Last time he’ll get a cookie on 3-0 I’d imagine.

  47. Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Brandon barrage. Long fly, one run. Longer fly, two runs.

  48. alleykat69 said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    You know if Sabes/Evans wants to do the usual “dumpster dive” a pitcher like Milwaukee ‘s Mike Fiers for the 4-5 role wouldn’t be bad. Has a cheap ass contract 500k,and is controlled thru 2016.

    • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      AK, astute point . . . Fiers would be a “God” in the phone park, coupled with Righetti coaching.

      • alleykat69 said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:05 pm

        Thanks Blade..
        Fiers would do well at our park under Rags. He’s given up 12 bombs in that launching pad(Miller Park) but only 2 on the road. Would think he could give us quality starts down the stretch..

    • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Fiers throws four pitches. Per a report I just read, he leads with a four-seam fastball at 88–91 mph. He also has a slider (82–85), curveball (70–73), and changeup (79–83). He also experiments with a cutter in the mid 80’s for some extra movement to induce ground balls or surprise hitters. His primary off-speed pitch to lefties is the changeup and to righties is the curveball. His changeup is considered by many to be his best pitch, and he has excellent command of the strikezone with all of his pitches. Despite having relatively low velocity, his command, the movement of his pitches (particularly his slow, looping curveball) all make him quite capable of racking up strikeouts. He had a K/9 of 9.6 during his four years in the minors, and so far in Milwaukee, has a K/9 of 9.2.

      In short, this guy can pitch. In the phone park, he would be outstanding.

  49. zumiee said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Ha! Craw’s saying “Take THAT, 421 foot wall.”

  50. pawliekokonuts said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    And to think: that utterly, definitely, horribly bad stretch before the ASG? History. #longseason

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      What bad stretch?

  51. alleykat69 said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    “Smooth as Silk”
    That’s what the best double team combo in baseball are!!
    Crawford & Panik are so fun to watch!!

  52. zumiee said, on July 27, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Heston is not very sharp tonight. Get on that phone, Sabean/Evans. 🙂

    • djloo27 said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      Take that GIF KING!

  53. chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Nice inning by Ben Hur…

  54. chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    You could argue that Craw is the Human Rain Delay Jr. But nice AB. I thought that was the other Brandon up there with the Bb.

  55. chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    White Shark sighting….story at 10…

  56. Bozo said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Blanco and Craw on that one.

  57. willedav said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Insurance runs always imp.
    Nice shot from Blanco, having a fine season at the plate.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      Jeeze Willedav: Were we on the same page in that assessment or what?

  58. Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    El Tiburon Blanco strikes again. Wonderful insurance policy. That dude is having himself one helluva season. Hoping Bochy sees fit to do some platooning with him and Pagan.

  59. alleykat69 said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Fucking Pagan that’s bush league pal!!
    Your taught from little league on to help a runner score on plays at the plate. But your sorry ass is gellin your hair in the on deck circle checking out the babes in the stand, some fucking teammate!
    Hope Crawford gets in your grill for that!!!

    • djloo27 said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      Let the guy have a little fun, Kat.
      It’s hard to meet chicks in an MRI machine…

      • Bozo said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:21 pm

        That there is a champion post, Mr. Loo. I bow in your general direction.
        Cracked me up, cheers.

      • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:26 pm

        LMAO…but a lot of truth there, too.

  60. Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Another fine, fine, outing by Heston. He pitches and these days you expect a Giants victory. What a story for this season. Double figure wins already in the books and a 3.14 ERA as of tonight going a full seven with something like 95 pitches with only 8 baserunners and two runs over that span. Cainer is gonna hafta go ballz to the wallz to get his old #2 starter spot back. Right now Heston owns it.

  61. chipower9 said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Strickland with the heat. I think he is doing most of the closing next year..

    • Bozo said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      Don’t forget about Derek Law. As he makes his way back from TJ surgery he could make things interesting next year. Could be a very young and talented BP next year.

      • chipower9 said, on July 28, 2015 at 7:46 am

        Agree, Clown. Law will need to prove his meddle…he certainly has (or had, prior to TJ surgery) the tools. Time will tell. Strickland has made huge strides when you compare him to last year. Even with all the HRs last year (6 bombs in 8.1 post-season IP), I predicted the kid would add some other pitches and be damned good. And on that note for this year:

        26 games. 25 IP – 1.41 ERA, 0.969 WHIP. NO HRs…

  62. djloo27 said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Victorino to the Angels…

    • alleykat69 said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Take Pagan and his MRI machine with him..

  63. blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Duffman was safe. Ump still blind.

  64. alleykat69 said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Cuzzi another Giant hater umpire.
    Glad when they make him look bad!
    Gotta be tough to swallow your pride among other things, when you screw up in front of 42,000 fans and some poor sap in NY trying to finish a pizza and vino watching the replay on a burnt out Philco TV set..

    • alleykat69 said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Hey dipshit Cuzzi, You just went ZERO FOR 2 on calls LMAO!!’

  65. djloo27 said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Daily example of idiotic base running…

  66. blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Gomez = Imbecile. Took his team right out of the game.

  67. djloo27 said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Tulo to Toronto…

    • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Tulo will receive a $2M assignment bonus for being traded and his contract converts to include full no-trade clause from here on out. Nice “Get Out Of Jail” card escaping from Sherpaland. Same thing with LaTroy Hawkins who also gets to go with him.

      • alleykat69 said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:57 pm

        So Tulo now switches from Coors beer to Labatts?

  68. zumiee said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Gomez is such an idiot red-a##.

  69. Bozo said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    YES.

  70. alleykat69 said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    That’s getting in done Sergio!!
    1/2 game out and on a roll!!!

  71. blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Tomorrow, we shoot for 1st place.

    • zumiee said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:56 pm

  72. Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Nice recovery by Romo. Heston ties Bumgarner once again for the team lead in W’s. Tonight’s was game #99 with the record at 55-44. 63 to go. Looks like the team is priming up for that tough August schedule. One way or another they just keep on a winning ~ particularly on Heston starts.

  73. Lisle Ellis said, on July 27, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    It’s in our sights now .. Hang on tight!

  74. blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Jose Reyes come on down . . . Sherpa prison awaits you. lqtm.

  75. willedav said, on July 27, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    To get back in first SF will need some help from…the A’s of all teams, who lost Clippard today to the Mets and likely have more pieces dumped off any day..
    Gray vs. Anderson tmw, Chavez vs. Kershaw wed.

  76. Lisle Ellis said, on July 27, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Wonder what the Jays have in mind for their infield? They already got a pretty decent ss in Reyes (.285); Donaldson at 3rd. They need a 2nd baseman … hmmm, who gets to learn a new position?

    • zumiee said, on July 27, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Reyes was part of the trade.

  77. Lisle Ellis said, on July 27, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    They traded Reyes?

    • chipower9 said, on July 28, 2015 at 7:50 am

      Yep. He was part of the trade that sent Tulo and Hawkins to the Jays…Reyes was dispatched to the far reaches of Siberia…he is now a Sherpa…

  78. Bozo said, on July 27, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    So 99 games into the season and Crawford is leading the team in Home Runs. Wait, what did I just write?
    Crawford is leading the team in HRs, yeah you right. Attaway Brandon, attaway.

    • zumiee said, on July 27, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      And, man, he crushed that one.

  79. zumiee said, on July 27, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    LOL Red Sox. 13 games out in their division now. But, hey, only 9 games out in the Wild Card.

  80. snarkk said, on July 27, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    There’s artificial turf in that home park in Toronto. Look for Tulo to get hurt on that stuff…

    • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      Yep, with the wheels (and bad hips) he has, no doubt he is on the DL before long.

      • Macdog said, on July 27, 2015 at 10:55 pm

        That’s the first thing I thought of, too.

  81. blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    I’ve read 2-3 articles in the last week, where the Blue Jays wanted pitching. Similarly, the Sherpas need pitching too.

    WTF is going on here, with this trade? It makes no sense. Fans in Colorado are going to say this is a salary dump. Blue Jay fans I dunno . . . Maybe this is part of a future trade for them (flipping Tulu and/or other Blue Jays for pitching)? Regardless, right now this trade is stupid, except it frees up about $50 million from that skinflint owner Monfort. No way, no how, he uses that scratch for future pitching needs. You heard it here first.

    • zumiee said, on July 27, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Maybe just a certain amount of frustration from the Toronto front office. They’ve made a bunch of roster moves the last couple of years, and here they sit with a record of 50-50. The very definition of mediocrity. Throw Tulo in the mix and see what happens, like rolling the dice in Yahtzee.

      • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2015 at 10:38 pm

        The Jays were dealt a blow before the season when Marcus Stroman went down for the season with a knee injury. Consequently, acquiring Tulo makes no sense in my mind, unless they are going to deal Tulo and/or another Blue Jay(s) in another trade for pitching, which they need. Hitting is the last thing they need.

      • Lisle Ellis said, on July 27, 2015 at 11:01 pm

        It all kind of makes sense to me but that is because I know Toronto, I’ve lived there … it’s one weird assed town!
        I’m trying to remember a great quote by Aleister Crowley when he was asked his opinion of Toronto after a brief visit …. it went something like this: “Toronto as a city carries out the idea of Canada as a country. It is a calculated crime against the aspirations of the soul and the affection of the heart.”

  82. zumiee said, on July 27, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    What was up with Counsel in the 9th inning? The ump called the runner safe. It was New York who over-turned it. What could Counsil possibly be angry with the umps at the game about? It’s just a dumb move on his part to argue that, other than he wanted to get thrown out to make some point that’s only apparent to him.

    • Lisle Ellis said, on July 27, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      Maybe trying to fire up/ wake up his guys? … I dunno … it certainly was a strange move.

      • zumiee said, on July 27, 2015 at 11:21 pm

        Yeah, it seemed unproductive to do that with one out in the ninth, and no runners on base.

    • chipower9 said, on July 28, 2015 at 7:54 am

      I think mainly he was arguing about his player being tossed…dipshit…

  83. Lisle Ellis said, on July 27, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Well, once dude was confirmed to be out at second, and then tossed out the game, maybe Counsel felt it was time for drastic measures … It was definitely weird all around. Gomez attempting the steal in the first place then flipping out with the overturned call … if they had been patient Romo might have obliged them and imploded!

  84. snarkk said, on July 28, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Romo sure has trouble with LHBatters. Gennet took that double off him tonight. Righties, he can still deal when he’s on, but don’t throw him against a bunch of lefties…

  85. wilcojoe said, on July 28, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Rosenthal reports Giants are making strong push for Hamels. A trade would require his approval. I had no idea SF is on his no-trade list. What is up with pitchers not wanting to play here? It really makes you think some of these conservative red-asses really have a phobia of the City.

  86. wilcojoe said, on July 28, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Hamels is from San Diego, so maybe it’s just too cold. I don’t know, but after last year when we couldn’t close a top line starter it made me think there is something more to it.

  87. unca_chuck said, on July 28, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Yeah, who would want to come to a pitcher-friendly park where the defending champs (and winners of 3 in 5) play?

    Throw in the best weather in the country and yeah, mind boggling.

    Fuck that place.

  88. willedav said, on July 28, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Giants going the smart route in terms of years of control—if Hamels is in ace mode price is very reasonable next few.
    Trade for most of the others out there now (key word), it’s a rental with the idea next deal cost will skyrocket.

    Cueto is a great pickup for Royals, but what will he cost them after this season is over in terms of years and $$$? Esp given what guys like Scherzer and Lester have already signed for?

    What stood out for me with Counsel was that hoodie he was wearing onto the field…what a dumb look for a guy who is supposed to be a mgr. Should have gotten tossed for that alone as soon as he went out there.

  89. chipower9 said, on July 28, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Giants certainly have the coin to make a run at Hamels with about 50 mil coming off the books at year’s-end. He is owed 23.5 mil per for the next three years, and probably about 10 mil remaining this year. There is also a team option in 2019 with a 6 mil buyout (Vests if he:

    1) has 400 IP in 2017-18, including 200 IP in 2018, and
    2) is not on the disabled list with a shoulder or elbow injury at the end of the 2018 season.

  90. chipower9 said, on July 28, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Also, re: Hamels…

    For this season, he may block deals to all clubs except Atlanta, Chicago Cubs, LA Dodgers, NY Mets, NY Yankees, St. Louis, San Diego, Texas and Washington.

  91. willedav said, on July 28, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Partial list of top SPs who will be FA after this season:
    Cueto
    Fister
    Greinke who would pass up 3 yrs/$71 mil
    Iwakuma
    Kazmir
    Kennedy
    Latos
    Leake
    Price
    Samarzdjia
    J Zimmerman

    • chipower9 said, on July 28, 2015 at 8:29 am

      And all of those who are on par, talent-wise, with Hamels, will get much bigger contracts than what remains on Hamel’s current deal.

  92. snarkk said, on July 28, 2015 at 8:06 am

    In Phoenix a few days on biz. Already 92 F at 8 am. Heading for 107, hey a cool day apparently. Giants look like they should take this series against the Brew Crew…

  93. blade3colorado said, on July 28, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Miguel Castro, and two other minor league players – Jeff Hoffman, and Jesus Tinoco traded, along with Reyes to Colorado. This is the most definitive info on the Tulo trade:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/07/blue-jays-to-acquire-troy-tulowitzki.html

    • chipower9 said, on July 28, 2015 at 8:38 am

      Good read, Blade…thanks for the share.

      • blade3colorado said, on July 28, 2015 at 8:39 am

        🙂

  94. alleykat69 said, on July 28, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Doubt Reyes stays in Sherpaville, he will move to a real baseball team before the deadline..

    • blade3colorado said, on July 28, 2015 at 8:39 am

      Yep. Rockies will eliminate $53 million approx., with Tulo gone. Reyes costs $22 million for the next 2 years. Monfort will jettison him for more pitching prospects. Also, Cargo will likely be traded before Friday (per everything I am hearing in Denver).

      Blue Jays are planning something else. This trade helps them IN NO WAY . . . Unless of course, it is part of another deal. It can’t involve Tulo, since he has a no trade clause due to this consummated deal between the Sherps and Toronto.

  95. Flavor said, on July 28, 2015 at 8:50 am

    new thread


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