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When Everything Goes Your Way

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 22, 2015

Yesterday, wow, what a day. We won. Byrd hit everything. Bumgarner homered. The Dodgers got no hit. My recurring lifelong dream did not come to pass. I’m sure some other pretty rad stuff happened, too…..

All in all, a pretty spectacular August 21st…..

My expectations for Leake tonight: low. Besides keeping his hammy in order he’s probably going to be on some kind of a pitch count. And then there’s the issue of hitting Gerrit Cole. But you know what? He’s been pretty bad for the entire month of August so…..

Yesterday was the 7th time in baseball history that a no hitter has been thrown on the same day a dude hit 3 bombs. But 3 of those 7 have happened THIS YEAR. What are the odds of that?

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  1. djloo27 said, on August 22, 2015 at 9:21 am

    I’m very happy you’re alive.
    Tonight’s game is today.
    Willie: Heston would definitely be eligible. I think anyone who was on the ML roster at some point before September 1st is eligible for the PS. Melky would have been in 2012 if I remember right.

    • Flavor said, on August 22, 2015 at 9:35 am

      day baseball fucks up all my shit.

      • Carstie Clausen said, on August 22, 2015 at 10:34 am

        Flav ~ somehow that sounds a bit kinky. Anyhoo, i’m glad you’re still with us and keeping this kickass blog happening.

  2. snarkk said, on August 22, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Congrats BF, for NOT breaking through to the other side…

  3. snarkk said, on August 22, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I’ve been outta the Giants loop pretty much the last few weeks. WTF is wrong with Panik’s back? Is it a muscle deal, a disk, the usual mystery injury? I keep hearing various projections on when he’s back from end of this month to mid September, which makes me think he won’t return at all, given the usual Giants horse hockey on medical issues. What’s the deal? Zum, you’re usually down with the injury situation — any details?…

    • ewisco said, on August 22, 2015 at 10:45 am

      based on the medicos history it’s clear that panik will indeed be back. he won’t be quite ready. he’ll reinjure something. and so it goes.

    • chipower9 said, on August 22, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      snarkk – The word was no structural damage and inflamation. He is supposed to swing a bat this weekend. If no set-backs (there have been no so far), he is expected back earmy Sept.

  4. snarkk said, on August 22, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Re: a few late comments last night. I gotta believe Heston will come up so he’s eligible post season. I don’t see how he can be tossed on a post season scrap heap, and rely on Cain and Peavy and Voggy to maybe get a job done in a long series — too much uncertainty. I want Heston available to pitch at ATT in a division series…

  5. snarkk said, on August 22, 2015 at 9:50 am

    BTW, I think the rule setting post season eligibility early in September sucks. If you’re on the 40 man, or can come off the DL as the playoffs start, I see no reason why you can’t play in the playoffs. The rule should only apply to guys coming from other teams, so you can’t go into the playoffs and trade for Greinke the day before the series starts, or some such…

  6. alleykat69 said, on August 22, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Glad your back from your “Night of the Living Dead” moment Flavor!!
    Not to be unsympathetic but wtf , who would of taken over command of the Flap Nation Universe if you went belly up on us?

    • Flavor said, on August 22, 2015 at 10:18 am

      I would have continued to pilot it from the Land of the Dead….

  7. Flavor said, on August 22, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Snarkk— there is no real info on his back just like there was no real info on Pagan’s knee. There is some bizarre, paranoid unwritten rule the Giants adhere to that covets and protects all medical information about their players.

    • snarkk said, on August 22, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      I get keeping info close if you don’t want teams to screw you in a trade deal because they might know Panik or Pence is done for the year. But, other times, the injury stuff is laughable how far off the puff info they give to the media is, and the media laps it up…

    • chipower9 said, on August 22, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      There were initial reports of inflamation and no structural or muscle damage.

  8. alleykat69 said, on August 22, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Mike Leake’s 2-0 this year with a 2.18 era against the Bucco’s.
    Lifetime 2.54 at PNC in 12 career starts, great numbers,like our chances today..
    LU
    Aoki
    Duffy
    Belt
    Posey
    Byrd
    Crawford
    Blanco
    OOO
    Leake

    • ewisco said, on August 22, 2015 at 10:47 am

      i’m looking at that and thinking it doesn’t really suck. especially with a good hitting leake behind 000, there’s only one weak bat in there. get ‘er done boys.

  9. pawliekokonuts said, on August 22, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I was Internetless last night. Gotta catch up on what the references are to Magnum’s near-death encounter or whatever. But glad he is above the dirt. The Heston move took me by surprise. Hey, toldya I liked Byrd. BTW, Magnus, does your recurring dream involve dwarf twins from Sweden?

    • chipower9 said, on August 22, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      I need to catch-up on the Flavor situation, too. Glad you are still with us Craig.

  10. pawliekokonuts said, on August 22, 2015 at 11:32 am

    It was 50 years ago today.

    http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/13463881/juan-marichal-hit-john-roseboro-bat-ugly-baseball-brawl-50-years-ago

    No that this is something to brag about, but the East Coasters who gloat over the Bosox-Yanks rivalry need to know that it pales in comparison to the Dodgers-Giants animus. Y’all ain’t got shit like this in your highlight reel.

  11. Lisle Ellis said, on August 22, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Huge Congrats Flav for reaching the half way point of your terminal target!

    Yes, Wow! What a day it was … Marlon Byrd’s song is still ringing in my ears. Can we take a moment to imagine what it would have been like if Byrd had flapped for the cycle? Would we be still dancing in the streets in celebration of a hitherto unforeseen achievement in the annals of MLB history? A pointless reflection, I suppose … but quite a pleasant dream – unlike your (Flav) nightmarish premonition that, thankfully, did not come to pass.

    I’m going to step outside my ‘box’ and display some uncharacteristic optimism here and proclaim that Flavor’s conquest of his rather Jungian netherworld and Byrd’s loud arrival yesterday – in yet another nesting ground – is a sign that our Giant’s luck is truly going to change up. I mean, man, we’ve have had some bad breaks, literally and figuratively, this year. The fact that Byrd revealed his secret desire to have wanted to be GIANT and backed it up with a near milestone premier performance is just the kinda mojo we need.

    I do not pretend to possess anywhere near the precognitive powers of Flav … however, I am a seventh son (Roy, Harvey, Danny, Freddy, Malcom, Lorne & Lisle) and thereby do, on rare occasion, experience a sensitivity towards certain uncertainties. And today is one of those days I am ‘feeling it’!

    Thus, I do declare, if we can … and that is a big ‘IF’ … pull off a ‘W’ today against Mr. Cole, we are going to witness the beginning of something extraordinary and unprecedented in Giant’s baseball.

    Lookout, 4 in 6 here we come motherfuckers!!!!

    • djloo27 said, on August 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Optimism can be very fleeting around here, Lisle. Pretty much game to game…

  12. Flavor said, on August 22, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I had no idea that people still write letters to the editor. Anyway, these are some good ones to the LA Times. lqtm
    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-letters-20150822-story.html

    • snarkk said, on August 22, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Doghair fans are obviously onto the LA management. Real fans are pretty much the same anywhere. Stop the management BS, and get real. Giants have run circles around LA for a while now. Sabean has done what he always does. A mid-season correction, this time a pitcher, then a dumpster dive or two to plug an acute need (Byrd, although a month late). Dodgers seem to just be acquiring parts because they can…

    • zumiee said, on August 22, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Very entertaining letters. 🙂

  13. zumiee said, on August 22, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Regarding Panik’s back, the Giants are being as tight-lipped as they’ve ever been.
    All that silence is ominous.
    Fortunately Tomlinson looks like a real player. His D should keep improving with more playing time.
    I don’t get OOO starting today. That’s undeserved, IMO.

    • snarkk said, on August 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      thanx…

    • chipower9 said, on August 22, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Panik was discussed on the pre-game. See my earlier comments…

  14. djloo27 said, on August 22, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Do we have a backup 3rd baseman?

    • zumiee said, on August 22, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      I guess it’s Adrianza in a pinch.

      • djloo27 said, on August 22, 2015 at 12:56 pm

        Thanks, Zum…

    • chipower9 said, on August 22, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      Tomlinson has played 3rd.

  15. pawliekokonuts said, on August 22, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    OK. Checked out Magnus’s 8:33pm from last night. Something outta Jorge Luis Borges. OK. We’re all alive. For now. Which is all we can ever say. Except for PLAY BALL.

  16. Larry Mantooth said, on August 22, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Well this is Mantooth aka Manny from previous posts. Happy to see Flav still alive and kicking today. I had to long in through Facebook which put my real name out there for the masses that read the Flap to see, not that I give a shit who knows my name.

    • chipower9 said, on August 22, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      Good to see ya Manny.

    • Lisle Ellis said, on August 22, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Yeah, I did the same thing when I signed up … I stupidly thought that somewhere in the registration process I’d be able to invent a pseudonym … nope, that option didn’t happen. Anyway, good to meet you here Manny … I’m a relative newbie, still learning to fly & earning my wings here in the Flap Nation.

  17. Macdog said, on August 22, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Craw got Perez’d.

  18. chipower9 said, on August 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Sure, it’s early, but Leake is looking damned good. I was pushing hard for this guy, and think he will be huge down the stretch.

  19. Macdog said, on August 22, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    RBIhire!

    • zumiee said, on August 22, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Maybe he’ll get to .200 yet. 🙂

  20. zumiee said, on August 22, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    First Giants fail for Byrd in that AB.

  21. chipower9 said, on August 22, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Bummer that Leake is done for the day. Erring on the side of caution I suppose….but damn, he was dealing. Ya gotta like what you see there. Need to get this run home.

  22. Macdog said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    The old Strickland is back.

  23. chipower9 said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Fuck!

  24. zumiee said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Strickland just is what he is. Didn’t improve.

    • chipower9 said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      I disagree. He has added a couple of pitches, and that was only the 3rd HR surrendered this year. Certainly room for improvement, but I think he has improved.

      • zumiee said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:15 pm

        I’m not sure he can be trusted in crucial moments, though. I already have more faith in Osich.

      • chipower9 said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:19 pm

        I dunno, Osich came in and gave up a pair of runs the other night too. I like both.

      • Lisle Ellis said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:35 pm

        I think the issue is not that he is giving up the occasional home run (everyone does that at some point) but WHEN he is giving them up … he lost those two games in row against the Cards – maybe they both were not homers (I cannot remember exactly) yet, they were hits he allowed in extremely crucial situations … that is a sign of a lack of maturity …

  25. chipower9 said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    I hope this damned game doesn’t turn out like a couple of those coulda shoulda won games in St. Louis.

  26. Macdog said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks for the gift, since Giants seem incapable of getting runs in on their own today.

  27. Lisle Ellis said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    What’s Posey average dropped in the last week …15 points or so? Trade da bum! Only echoing that (trade) which someone said yesterday.

  28. zumiee said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Byrd’s a big-time hacker.

    • Flavor said, on August 22, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      age goes up, contact rate goes down, guy swings harder, power numbers are retained. Lots of older guys play it that way…..

  29. zumiee said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Crawford could be a little more selective, himself.

  30. Lisle Ellis said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Does it seem like we are “pressing” a bit? Whatever that really means … does it refer to ‘trying to hard’?

    • chipower9 said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      I don’t think so.

    • snarkk said, on August 22, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      Trying too hard is an age old excuse, and as lame then as now. Either Lombardi or Yoda (quoting Lombardi) said: Do. Or do not. There is no try…

  31. Macdog said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    They sure pissed that one away.

  32. chipower9 said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Dammit!

  33. chipower9 said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Coulda shoulda. I go back to Leake having to leave after 6. That, IMO, was huge.

  34. zumiee said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    It’s such a love/hate relationship with bullpens for all baseball fans.

  35. zumiee said, on August 22, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Hopefully the Dodger bullpen implodes again.

  36. snarkk said, on August 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Losing all these one run games is not unexpected when you’re down Pence and Panik, and Pagan has been hurt pretty much all year. Little margin for error. Pulling Leake who was dealing will be questioned I suppose. You can’t leave guys on 3rd with less than 2 down a few times and expect that not to bite you in the ass. As far as Strickland goes, he’s throwing straight fastballs that these guys can hit, or throwing a cookie breaking pitch. If we’re in the playoffs, not sure you can pitch this guy in a close game, and that’s a problem. They need to pitch him earlier and work on location, or something…

  37. Lisle Ellis said, on August 22, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    True story … Not to insinuate my own ego and sense of self-importance into this loss, but if makes anyone feel better, I’m willing to take full responsibility for this loss. I was listening to the game on KNBR, two outs in the ninth, Marte coming to the plate and – because of the shitty KNBR reception I have here in FresNO – I decided to quickly switch to the KNBR feed on the local station so as to have the utmost clarity in reception for the nuances of every pitch for the crucial moment of the final out to take us to extras … as I dialed in the station, my dumb ass hyper-superstitious self asked: “Ellis you stupid shithead, what do you think you are doing? We’ve got two out, things are going ok so far, we could win it in extras … It’s Marte at bat, don’t jinx it by switching up” … I didn’t heed my own advice to myself … I landed on the new station exactly in time to hear Miller’s call … my bad … I fucked up … So sorry!!

    • snarkk said, on August 22, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      Lisle, you get the blown save if you also get Kontos’ last paycheck…

  38. pawliekokonuts said, on August 22, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    My friend Sam and his wife Naomi were at the game. I told him he could send me text updates while I was offline ONLY on the condition the news was favorable. When he texted me how much he hated Strickland, I knew that was not favorable news. Lisle, you gotta read THE JUJU RULES, by my friend Hart Seely. It is all about the superstitions you so ably describe above. Well played.

    • Lisle Ellis said, on August 22, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks so very much for the sage advice Pawlie. I will definitely search out THE JUJU RULES. I have always had this crazy inclination toward superstitions. If I am watching a Giants game on TV and they are not doing well, I will change up and switch to the radio, if that doesn’t work I’ll try the MLB At Bat app on my iPad. Sometimes, I’ll even run out to the car and tune in there, and vice versa, etc, etc … and around, and around I go … true insanity!

      • Macdog said, on August 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm

        Twice at work this year, I put the radio feed on the Iphone for the 9th inning only to hear Casilla blow the game (Marlins, Braves). I no longer do that.

      • Lisle Ellis said, on August 22, 2015 at 5:59 pm

        I thank you Mac for not doing that any longer. Maybe I can learn a similar lesson from today.

  39. pawliekokonuts said, on August 22, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    IDK, they keep sayin’ Strickland matured as a pitcher and that he picked up a few pitches. I guess the dude is always at risk of giving up the kaboom.

  40. pawliekokonuts said, on August 22, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    C’mon, Kazmir. It would help us to have Greinke lose. C’mon, FormerlyKnownAsLastros.

  41. ewisco said, on August 22, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I said jokingly yesterday that we should discuss trading posey. While obviously we don’t do that he is definetly struggling. 2 for something like 25 on this trip? Bite the bullet and give him a day tomorrow. Crawford needs a break as well. Do a bb special and just toss out a scrubini lineup on Sunday? That still have a game Monday but I’m not sure I wait.

  42. ewisco said, on August 22, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Stros up 3-1 against grienke. Hopefully they get into the bullies.

  43. willedav said, on August 22, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Loo, another reason there aren’t more guys in mlb named “Willie”:

    Marvell Wynne II, son of former Pirate OF, now plays professionally for….San Jose Earthquakes pro soccer.

    Turned his back on Dad’s sport, ran track (10.39 100 meters) and soccer 2 yrs before turning pro.

  44. Macdog said, on August 22, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Da Bums lose again.

  45. zumiee said, on August 22, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    With the Giants and Dodgers both hitting a tough patch, the D-Backs and Padres are trying to put themselves back into the division conversation.

    • Flavor said, on August 22, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      If the Giants can’t win this shit division, I don’t want to see them in the playoffs…..

  46. zumiee said, on August 22, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    The Dodgers are 0-4 with new thirdbase coach Ron Roenicke. Someone online wrote:
    “Roenicke feels like the Maytag repairman.”

    • djloo27 said, on August 22, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Now your manhood is took and you’re a Maytag
      Spend the next two years as a undercover fag

      • zumiee said, on August 22, 2015 at 11:24 pm

      • James said, on August 23, 2015 at 9:20 am

        I saw Grandmaster Flash at what might have been their first Bay Area show at the Old Waldorf. It remains the only rap concert I’ve ever attended.

  47. Lisle Ellis said, on August 23, 2015 at 4:31 am

    Not lost Zum, only misplaced … I do it for 6 months every year … I always find it again in November … Baseball is the only sport I indulge in … but what a fuckin black hole it is … every fuckin pitch, of every fuckin inning of every fuckin Giants game! I begin circling the black hole again in December, hitting the event horizon by March, then I’m sucked back in by April … That’s Life!

    • eddacker said, on August 23, 2015 at 6:58 am

      Welcome to life. We’re glad you’re here.
      Just no more 1985s for us loyal, every pitch, every inning fans, please.
      🙂

  48. Flavor said, on August 23, 2015 at 9:38 am

    and then there was new…..

  49. willedav said, on August 23, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I think Stix made good point in previous thread about value of Byrd in middle of LU as another dangerous hitter than can affect others and how they are pitched to. Giants are still way up there in terms of overall offensive stats in NL for runs BA OB SLG OPS. 7 different guys (Pence out tho) in LU over 120 OPS +. Cards and Pirates both have good pitching staffs and games have all been close.

    Rough week for Strick–14 batters faced, 1 BB 1 K (surprising) 4 hits vs. 13 official ABs, all for extra bases including 2 HRs.


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