Today, vs. the Padres, at 3:00 PM Pacific Time, on the local NBC affiliate (Channel 31 in the Northern Central Valley; I don’t know what channel it is in the Bay Area.) Bumgarner starting.
Tomorrow night, vs. the A’s, at 7:00 PM Pacific Time, on the A’s Comcast channel (Ray Fosse, oh yay), and on the MLB Network in certain parts of the nation. Cueto starting.
The Dodgers breathed a sigh of relief as Seager’s MRI came back with good news, no structural damage in his knee. Just a sprained a knee. He’s going to be out for a week or so.
I wonder what it says about his ability to play MLB shortstop all season, though. He’s projected more as a future thirdbaseman. Shortstop is a grind.
I was watching some of the Red Sox game yesterday, and Pablo’s going to have somebody pushing for his starting 3B spot during the season. Travis Shaw is showing power in Spring Training, and he filled in well for Pablo in the second half of last season.
Speaking of showing some power, the Dodgers’ third-string catcher, Austin Barnes, hit his 3rd HR yesterday. The guy looks good. Too bad for him he’s going to toil away in AAA this season, probably.
I know ST stats mean very little right now, but still, Farrell has to look at this comparison and wonder a little.
Sandoval: .125, 0 HR/1 RBI
Shaw: .525/2 HR/ 8 RBI
Bum scratched today,( maybe to miss 2 starts, but says he will be ready for the opener) has 2 injuries dealing with neuroma in his left foot and a right side rib cage discomfort which the crack staff medical team gave him a cortisone shot. Not the news i wanted to hear, with a banged up ? mark staff already this spring…
Thank god for the crack medical staff that we can all rely on.
Kentucky holds off A&M as Vitale screams. Defensive rebounding suspect but great G play from Ulis.
Sparty and Purdue with Raftery going on now. I just enjoy this entire week of league championships more so than Madness, until second week.
Giants just have more depth to rotation and position guys than last season. I think they can survive the aches and pains of ST and even reg season lot better than 2015 or 2011.
Occasionally KY’s guards and bigs all play well. No limit to what they can do when that happens. But last couple of games Ulis’s heroics have saved them. You’d think a good coach with a good team could prepare a plan to stop the 5’9″ hotshot. We’ll see. At the start of the season, I thought Cal and KY were actually fairly comparable. Both 4 seeds in the NCAA now. I didn’t get the chance to follow Cal as closely as I planned to, but I thought C. Martin got out coached often early in the season. It looks as if things changed.
In ST, about the only news that gets real attention is injury news for guys on the 25. Not great news for Bum. I saw him last Tues night, he looked rusty, which is understandable. He was high, he was in the dirt, had the occasional overpowering AB. Anytime cortisone is involved, that’s not good news for short term recovery. Anyway, Parker and Williamson are making some noise with their bats. I like it, even if one or both will be AAA guys at the ready. Parker’s blast to right center I saw in Scottsdale was a McCovey-like bolt. The guy has power; but can he hit in the bigs for any kind of average?…
I’m no fan of Susan Slusser, the A’s beat writer for the Chron. She of the no vote HOF for Bonds, and apparently knows who did and did not use steroids. Anyway, I’ll give her props today — on the A’s radio station she ripped A’s management (nobody in particular) for bringing Jarrod Parker back way early from a second TJ surgery — he broke his elbow again late last week, and is likely done playing ball. She said a second TJ, risky at best, has been shown to need nearly 2 years of rehab before coming back properly. Parker was only into this rehab at 11 months. A’s management isn’t going to like that kind of PR. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard a Giants beat writer ever smite Giants management that directly…
I’m very surprised that Slusser ripped Beano et al. I’ve never seen her do that before. In fact, despite her intelligence, baseball knowledge and writing talent, her homerism has ruling a lot of her work. She grew up an a’s fan, in Alameda, reading Roger Angell in her father’s New Yorkers, and the a’s generally can do no wrong. She and her husband, Brown, sports writer with the Merc, engineered Angell’s induction into the baseball writers’ HOF a couple years back. Yet she seems to ignore Angell’s calls for Barry Bonds to be admitted to the players’ HOF. Slusser’s been strangely contradictory. If she’s finally calling out the a-hole a’s owners and management, then maybe she’s ready to burn some spectacular bridges and move on. That would be fun to see.
the rib cage injury, which they are completely downplaying on KNBR right now, is the one I’d be most worried about
Sigh….in-game interviews. Hate ’em.
The Warriors sort of quietly clinched their division today.
Nice piece of opposite field power by Big Mac Williamson!
4 bombs in 29 AB’s, even though it’s ST yada yada he’s making a great statement..
No love for the Gaels. That’s just gotta suck.
yeah that was tough one; Monmouth too. In power leagues it’s OK to lose to a crummy team on the road (like USC did) but not for the mids. Unfair qualifications, imo.
As long they don’t fall in opener, Cal Maryland a great match up.
Disappointing but hardly surprising. Committee sends out the usual message: The MAAC-type conferences are 1-bid, while finishing 7th in a major conference still gets you in. Chair head said MU’s 3 bad losses did them in. Never mind that Syracuse, which didn’t even get 20 wins, lost to god-awful St. John’s and Georgetown, a team MU beat. And then there’s Tulsa, a team that just got annihilated by Memphis in conference semis.
Nice job by Heston.
Anything getting a cortisone shot for is a worry. That usually doesn’t fix anything it just masks it,
this doesn’t make me like him more….
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Belt says sometimes he watches replays of the 18th inning homer as a little “dig me sesh” to make him feel better about himself.
Coonrod’s looking great today.
I like Cal’s seeding…I could see a Final Four run…how has Heston been pitching? I have not been paying attention to box scores but news on Cain ain’t great..
Heston did well today.
Wow, I’m surprised they gave Cal a #4. And, they don’t have to travel East. I don’t know anything about Hawaii. They certainly have a shot at moving into the round of 32, then see what happens. Maryland is pretty good, if that’s the matchup in round 2. First things first, win round 1 game…
I always like picking against Kansas so that is a plus for Cal. I CONN is a dangerous team as well that I have beating Kansas first…
Cal ALWAYS gets fucked on where they play. Maybe this is a sign that they might make a run this year.
I think these were the best Conference tournament games, at least the most buzzer beaters, that I can remember.
Of course Michigan’s corner three over Indiana and a meaningless 3 by Iowa State in a loss to Oklahoma cost me some decent money:(
One of the most significant aspects of ST is to get some glimpses into the team’s depth. We sure saw it today on the mound, with Heston and three relievers all turning in good to excellent performances. Rotation depth is ultra-critical. We’ve seen that before and some of the gang are already chewing the fingernails~ perhaps for good reason. Likely Chris will see quite a few starting opportunities and maybe he’s more ready this go-round for the long haul.
The outfield has been a black hole for this team in recent seasons. This could be Williamson’s breakout year. His power production seems to be trumping his pre Tommy John surgery which cost him 2014 and a delayed recovery last year. And we cannot forget Parker either. That dude put on a pretty good show in the latter part of 2015 and still appears to be the favorite for the #5 slot. Expect Williamson to put up some huge #’s for Sac-town in the meanwhile.
NIT is actually going to be interesting too. St. Mary’s, a fun team to watch, gets a home game. UW is in it, Monmouth, Creighton which almost beat Seton Hall the other night, BYU, VCU and SD St. Most of these teams have at least 1 super player who might eventually make it to NBA.
Pac got 7 teams in, couple of suspects and an AZ team not near as good as in past years. Just hope few are left after first weekend.
re about the 3rd post recently: “…the one I’d be most worried about…” and perhaps to avoid a thread with 25 of same, one each for giant on opening day roster, I’ll start with 2 options for Belt (if he’s not traded):
#1–in attempting to scoop an errant Crawford missile, ball ticks off Belt’s outstretched glove giving him a black eye. After all tests come up negative and accepting a beer from Bochy, Belt is fitted for a b-ball type protective mask…which he decides to wear during batting/IF practice, on defense and in the dugout, 24/7 at the yard.
#2–after continuing to be victimized by umps calling outside pitched strikes and frustrated at swinging and misses fastballs down middle/backfoot breaking balls, and in effort to keep OPS at highest on team level, Belt decides not to swing at any more than 1 pitch per AB.
The enigmatic Mr. Belt.
A Williamson/Parker platoon in left field by the All-Star Break. Pagan on the DL.
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I think it was a year ago, maybe 2015, when Cards just embarrassed Puig. there was highlight reel of them striking him out over and over in playoffs. I just think league adjusted to him and he hasn’t figured out how to get back anywhere near where he was. He’s a super athlete but just an average hitter.
His own teammates, like AGon, have been exasperated with him. His own mgr. demoted him last year and Mattingly made fun of him bailing out and claiming various injuries. Too many red flags.
There are a few Dodgers I wish the Giants had but he ain’t one of them.