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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 18, 2016

Trevor Brown seems to have nudged ahead of Andrew Susac for the back up catcher spot and that is this spring’s biggest surprise. Peavy loves this guy and that goes a long way with Bochy who would follow Peavy to the end of the earth.

Gotta think Gorkys Hernandez is the odds on 5th outfielder over Mac and Parker, two guys who the Giants want to have play every day. And it could be time for Kyle Blanks to wave the white flag on his feet—dude cannot stay healthy.

Peavy has shaved his ERA under 9.00 so there’s that….


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  1. willedav said, on March 18, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Wow Mac is right, SC found multiple ways to Heimlich a game in last minute.
    Sorry SD but I had bad feeling about Arizona.

    Brown at C, really? So what do you do with Susac? Just say no to 3 Cs.

    Hernandez has never hit much. Granted the other 2 are kids and corner OFs, but I’d imagine Blanco would give you more in the LU than Hernandez would. And Span is supposed to play CF tonight.

    As for Cal, with Singer the ball will move around more (hopefully mostly to Rabb) but he is not near the offensive threat going to basket Wallace is. They did win games without him but that means Bird and Matthews have to shoot well, because the other guys like Rooks and Okoroh or Chauca aren’t scoring much either.

    • willedav said, on March 18, 2016 at 8:30 am

      I also liked Purdue a lot after watching them play Sparty tough in Big 10 final. Then they get taken out by Arkansas Little Rock. No explanation for Baylor. I’d bet they hear about that a lot next year on the road.
      Tough night for the Hall, whose Gs just didn’t make shots like they did in conference tourney. See this a lot at all levels, team’s big star has off night when nothing will fall and supporting cast isn’t able to make up for it.

      As for Brown and Peavy, is this something like where Posey doesn’t C someone in rotation and it turns into his regular day off? Because rest of rotation is going to be different from last year except for Bum and Posey always Cs him; Brown would have zero hist with Cueto or samrdz, or Cain.

      • Macdog said, on March 18, 2016 at 8:52 am

        Hall showed when the transition game isn’t there, then it’s a long night. Their half-court offense was atrocious, jacking up shots early that were at best halfway-decent looks, Whitehead being the biggest culprit. The lousy free-throwing shooting, another problem this season, didn’t help. And they had no answer for Sabonis, easily the best player out there.

  2. dirtnrocksnomo said, on March 18, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I haven’t seen enough of Brown to say it is better to carry him over Susac. Does Susac have options left? Maybe the extended look at Brown is indicative of movement on contract talks with Belt. If they’re making some headway with Belt, moving Susac may follow a deal.

  3. unca_chuck said, on March 18, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Hey Snarkk, Chi, or whoever’s done spring training recently. I’m thinking of going down to Scottsdale on Wed. night for a couple games with my son thurs fri and sat. How hard/expensive is it to get game tix? I looked on the giants site and it’s like $46 for lawn seats and up. WTF? $64 for bleacher seats? Holy fuck. That’s more than goddamn AT&T. I saw the Sat game at the SS Dodger game at their stadium is sold out.
    Jesus. Seriously? ASm i going to be scalping game day tix for $100.00 each?

    • chipower9 said, on March 18, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      ST has become so damned popular, that what you describe with ticket availability and prices, is, unfortunately the new norm for ST ball in The Valley of the Sun. In years past when I knew I was going well beforehand, and had dates locked-down, I would jump on the Giants site the day tix went on sale, and many times, the game would sell-out before I got tix, and I would be at the mercy of the open market on StubHub.

      It is a jungle out there brother. What I have been doing in recent years is targeting a majority of my games in the other team’s yard, and then going to like one game at Scottsdale Stadium. You can typically get better seats for less coin at the other team’s yard.

      Good luck Charlie…I hope you score some decent tix for less $$. Don and Charlies is a good place to check-out if you can get in (I would typically make reservations a month or so in advance). TONS of cool sports memorabilia and I have seen the likes of the Say Hey Kid there, too. If you want to check out the local strange, The Salty Senorita and R-n-R (both within spitting distance of one another in Old Scottsdale) are fine places to check out the local wildlife. Grimaldi’s with their coal-fired ovens has what I think is the best pizza in town. There are tons of cool places to check-out. Enjoy!

  4. gianthead said, on March 18, 2016 at 9:37 am

    I’d rather Susac hit ting every day and at least also increases his trade value. I don’t know what gorkys gives us off the bench. We need pinch hitters who might jack the ball…Parker as a lefty option is also a plus…

  5. unca_chuck said, on March 18, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Is a dead-pull lefty that hard to find?

  6. Macdog said, on March 18, 2016 at 9:52 am

    This from Baggs’ story: “He (Peavy) would’ve had a cleaner line if he hadn’t served up home runs to Jon Jay and Matt Kemp.”

    Uh, yeah.

    He also said “the Giants already were skirting the ‘four regular’ rule…” with regards to last night’s lineup. I’ve never heard of that before.

    • zumiee said, on March 18, 2016 at 11:12 am

      I hadn’t heard of that before; but it would make sense, to give the ticket-buyers more value for their money, and to help maintain interest in Spring Training games. Of the three major sports, by far, baseball has fans with the most interest in pre-season games, in regards to attending in person. I know the NFL does OK with their television ratings for pre-season games. But the seats are mostly vacant.

  7. Flavor said, on March 18, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Bird isn’t playing because he’s sick? that sounds shady.

  8. sfsarge said, on March 18, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Hey Flappers, I’m looking at going to San Diego for the series in July. Can anyone give me a lay of the land as far as where to sit? Is there a bad seat in the house?

    • Flavor said, on March 18, 2016 at 11:35 am

      definitely a San Dawg area of expertise. I’m sure he’ll read this and get back to you.

    • chipower9 said, on March 18, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Sarge – where you sitting opening day? I am in the club, but let’s meet up before the game (either at the Public House), or out in the CF area for a brew before the game. 1st one is on me. Chuck (Chi).

      I have your phone number from the emails we swapped. I will shoot you a text later today just to ensure I have your number correct.

      • sfsarge said, on March 18, 2016 at 2:22 pm

        I got a view reserved seat. But I doubt I’ll even use it. I’d much rather stand behind the field club and watch from there. CF sounds better to me, public house is gonna be crazy.

      • chipower9 said, on March 18, 2016 at 3:11 pm

        All good. I will plan on connecting with you that morning. My daughter and I will be coming from Placerville, but I always like to get down there early for opening day. Yes, CF is probably a better bet re: meeting for a brew.

  9. zumiee said, on March 18, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Grant Brisbee with an entertaining column about the LaRoche situation:

  10. zumiee said, on March 18, 2016 at 11:31 am

    At 7:00 PM Pacific Time, the Giants play the Padres again tonight, but the Giants are the home team. It’s being broadcast on TV on the local NBC affiliate. Miller and Krukow probably doing the broadcast.

    • zumiee said, on March 18, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Supposedly, Cainer gets the start.

  11. Flavor said, on March 18, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Couldn’t be a worse week for Cal. Everything has gone wrong. I’ll be shocked if they win this game. They have nobody to score the basketball.

    • unca_chuck said, on March 18, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      huh. Getting the game live on my laptop.

    • unca_chuck said, on March 18, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      They havent scored since I started watching. 0-6

  12. unca_chuck said, on March 18, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    If I had done a bracket, it would already be blown to bits.

    • chipower9 said, on March 18, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      I am 14-6 as of now. I lost Cal and also Michigan State (had them going to the final four). We redraw after the 2nd round, and our pool is on a point system, so I may still squeak out a win. I did have a few 1st round upsets such as VCU, Gonzaga and Wichita State, and a couple of 8 seeds over 9 seeds (Butler and Providence).

  13. unca_chuck said, on March 18, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    There you go. Cal on a 12-2 run.

  14. unca_chuck said, on March 18, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Hawaii is hitting prayers, and Cal is giving the ball away.

  15. unca_chuck said, on March 18, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks chuck. I may just forget about it. Going on a whim and a
    Prayer doesn’t sound like a good plan.

    We’ll see. The boy gets back from school when I get home from work.

  16. snarkk said, on March 18, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Unca- Chi gave U good advice re: Giants ST games, no need to repeat. I didn’t see many scalpers at the game I saw at Scottsdale stadium, so not sure about effectiveness of that route. Berm tix cheaper there, but honestly, I looked from the right center and left field areas, you’ re not going to see action very well. Infield action is far away, you need field glasses to see what’s going on, IMO there’s no point unless U just wanna drink $12 beer and enjoy the whole experience…

    • snarkk said, on March 18, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      I mean no point in getting tix in the berm if you really want to see the players, and pay attention to baseball…

      • snarkk said, on March 18, 2016 at 4:37 pm

        U can go to other games, too. Probably cheaper, and enjoyable. I heard that the Cubs games were worse to get tix than the Giants , tho

  17. snarkk said, on March 18, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    This LaRoche thing. To walk away from a guaranteed $13 million for some amorphous principle IMO is not commendable, it’s stupid. The guy must have money to burn. If I walked away from that much cash because my daughters couldn’t come to my work for 6 months, they’d both yell at me for being a moron and tell me to get back to work…

    • Flavor said, on March 18, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      couldn’t agree more. But I’m surprised at how many players are coming out in support of LaRoche. They must really hate KW.

      • willedav said, on March 18, 2016 at 8:23 pm

        I don’t get bringing a 14 yr old into locker room every day, with his own locker. Supposedly it was his own teammates that raised a stink and I can totally understand that, and how KW handled it.

    • Macdog said, on March 18, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      I heard a radio guy say the White Sox GM did this because he knew this would be a way to get LaRoche to retire.

  18. zumiee said, on March 18, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Very enjoyable Giants game, even for a Spring Training game. 🙂

    • eddacker said, on March 18, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      And Cain got 30 pitches in. Hoping he feels good tomorrow. 🙂

      • zumiee said, on March 18, 2016 at 8:47 pm

        Nice to see the Cainer out there. He seemed pretty comfortable.

      • eddacker said, on March 19, 2016 at 8:10 am

        I heard Mike say that after the surgery cain’s arm is just a wee bit longer and he had to get use to a new release point. the finesse of the game of inches.

  19. willedav said, on March 18, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Watching DeAndre Bemby of St. Joe’s Hawks with 20 at half as they take on cincy bearcats.
    He got 30 in A-10 champ game vs. VCU. Great fro cool player. Winner gets Oregon 1 of 2 Pac teams still in.

    Northern Iowa with 44 at half vs. Texas. Love the Mo Valley, lot of great players from there.

    The upset Ws to high seeds by likes of Yale, SFA and Middle Tennesse St. and all is just more reason to give Monmouth’s of the world a shot. The power conference teams just as likely to go down as any to a team from smaller league that is playing well.

  20. willedav said, on March 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Warriors 130-112 over Dallas. Curry with 31 10 assists 9 boards Klay with 39, Barnes with 20 (yeah) Speights 6 of 8 from floor.
    Tougher game tomorrow, vs. SA in warriors house of horrors.

  21. zumiee said, on March 18, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Span with an HR and a triple.

  22. unca_chuck said, on March 18, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Bogut’s out as well, Willie. Along with Iggy. As we saw tonight the D is not as good without them. Not to mention Festus. Gonna be tough.

  23. willedav said, on March 18, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    wow couple wild endings within minutes of each other.
    Texas Isaiah Taylor scores to tie with 2 seconds left but UNI inbounds near half court and player takes one dribble and banks in a 3 at the buzzer for the W.
    St. Joe’s Isaiah Miles hits a 3 to go up 2 with 10 seconds left. cincy player drives to hoop as 3 guys run at him he dishes off for a dunk as buzzer sounds. On the replay player who was wide open right in front of hoop did not get it off in time as he rose up to dunk it instead of just shooting and tying basket is waved off, Hawks win and face Oregon.

    Yeah if Bogut is out too GS will have lot less D inside.
    Time for Draymond to channel Magic as point C (with Kareem out) when Lakers beat Philly his rookie year.

    • xoot said, on March 18, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      That kid for northern Iowa made a great long shot, imho. Long distance but straight to the basket. He must’ve aimed at that square above the hoop. Unbelievable ending to the game. Effed my bracket even more.

  24. xoot said, on March 18, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Heston sure seems to hit a lot of batters, doesn’t he? He hit two in his no-no, if I recall correctly. Many others. One tonight.

  25. sandog said, on March 19, 2016 at 9:06 am

    @Willie: Nice call on Arizona–I should have gone with you on that one. BTW, did you happen to see the point guard for Florida Gulf Coast, Christian Terrell, play against UNC? I loved his game. Shifty point guard who constantly got in the paint and then threw CATCHABLE passes to his bigs for easy shots. I’d love to show a tape of him to some of my ballhandlers. Only a sophomore too. Looking forward to Wichita/Miami in a few minutes. I bought a set of Larranaga’s practice DVDs from George Mason and I like his style.

    @Sarge: I think most seats at Petco are pretty good, but I’m an easy guy to please. Hell—I think the upper deck seats at ATT behind the plate are awesome. For me, the only lousy seats at ATT are those upper deck seats deep in left field. I would say the same about Petco. Stay away from the upper deck seats deep in either outfield and you will be fine. Plus, even if you have crap seats, they have these cool standing areas all over the lower level with a little railing to put your food and drink on. Its easy to get a spot at one of those if you ever want to spend an inning or 2 really getting a good look at the action.

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