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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 28, 2016

Staying in lockstep with the boredom of this 2015 spring, the Giants made the final cuts on a team that will offer few surprises opening day.

Cory Gearrin is the new face in the bullpen and Trevor Brown has probably made the club as the back up to Buster. Agent 000 will man his usual spot on the bench.

13 pitchers and a bench so thin you’re not even sure if it’s there….

For those of you who wanted “Jimmy” or someone else, I’ll let Coach Dale explain it to you.

But who cares? Baseball is almost here.

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  1. gianthead said, on March 28, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Adrianza made the roster????

    So just him and Goggles as the two utility guys???? That is not going to last…maybe there will be a surprise release somewhere in baseball that we can add a right-handed power hitter…

    How the hell did Syracuse get into the Final Four???? I always said that is the one sport where coaching matters….

  2. Bozo said, on March 28, 2016 at 6:46 am

    We go out and spend huge bucks for a couple of inning eating starters but start the season with 13 pitchers? I guess Bum is our power bat off the bench.

    • willedav said, on March 28, 2016 at 7:41 am

      Agreed, I don’t get it. And as far as power bat off the bench, they could have kept Byrd instead of bringing in guys like Blanks Gorkys and Gillaspie. Curious moves, but starting 8 should be solid enough.

  3. sfsarge said, on March 28, 2016 at 7:55 am

    I understand that there are 23 games in the first 24 days, so they are carrying 13 pitchers to start the season.

    • zumiee said, on March 28, 2016 at 8:28 am

      And the Giants’ starting pitching in Spring Training made the Giants’ brass a little nervous.

  4. willedav said, on March 28, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Snarkk to answer your ? yesterday about lack of respect for what Warriors have done:

    League is down, overall talent level and quality teams overshadowed by a few individuals. Warriors are I believe 11-1 vs. 5 other best teams and haven’t lost at home all year. Fitz always comes up with some stat where GS is the only one in the picture, head and shoulder above all others. That’s not good—GS needs a legit full time rival to challenge them, which might happen in playoffs but hasn’t in reg season.

    One reason would be influx of all the one and dones that are still figuring things out, and way too many bad teams that simply have not. But even better teams from a year ago—Clips Rockets Cavs (now healthy) do not seem to have gotten any better and might be worse off.

    Second is the perception that no one plays D anymore now that handchecks no longer allowed, and Warriors benefit greatly in this regard. Not sure how true that really is, but Curry and Thompson have a lot of skills beside just hoisting long range Js. A lot of individuals can do things like them, but overall team D just doesn’t seem as important. Not sure you see much change in styles until playoffs happen, if then.

  5. xoot said, on March 28, 2016 at 7:56 am

    I like Brown. Double O zero is the effing phantom of the roster. Strange thing. Buddy Holly makes more sense. After April they’ll know if they can win with 12 pitchers.

    Interesting note: High heat stats tweeted that 25 years ago today, after hitting .360 in ST, Kirby Puckett woke up with a black spot in one eye. Glaucoma. Never played again.

    • gianthead said, on March 28, 2016 at 8:12 am

      Xoot, that must be 20 years ago…they beat the Braves in 2001 WS….

      • zumiee said, on March 28, 2016 at 8:24 am

        1991 World Series.

      • gianthead said, on March 29, 2016 at 5:37 am

        Doh yes

    • xoot said, on March 28, 2016 at 9:39 am

      yeah, typo. 20 years ago today.

  6. alleykat69 said, on March 28, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Classic title with the Hooisers Flav!
    “Boch, this is our bench, led by OOO Opie!”

  7. willedav said, on March 28, 2016 at 8:28 am

    With roster set, LF seems to be only spot in LU open to ?. What do you guys think happens there?
    If/once Giants figure they don’t need 13 pitchers and barring injury, who comes up?
    Once he’s healthy what do you do with Susac? Would Giants keep 3 Cs?

    For those who watched ST, which one of the kid OFs could help the team most this year? While I can agree both are better off getting reg starts everyday for Sac, I’d like to see one of them get a shot with big club. Not easy I know, since SF is in it to win it and not rebuilding.

    • zumiee said, on March 28, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Maybe they’ll go with whichever, Mac or Parker, is off to the better start in AAA.
      Maybe Pagan will stun us with an epic comeback. Crazy talk! πŸ™‚

  8. Flavor said, on March 28, 2016 at 8:32 am

    my prediction: Agent 000 gets a 50 game ban for steroids within 10 games of the season starting.

    • zumiee said, on March 28, 2016 at 8:46 am

      What? You think adding 20 pounds of muscle in 4 months is suspicious?
      πŸ™‚

    • willedav said, on March 28, 2016 at 8:48 am

      lulz!
      maybe that gets Loo up and rolling.
      thought the death of back up DB Caesar Belser from old Chiefs might do that. He was another one of those finds from small black school (now known as Arkansas Pine Bluff) that were all over Chiefs roster of Stram.

    • snarkk said, on March 28, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Kruk says he looks like a man now. Surely it’s all hard work over the offseason, nothing more. The giants wouldn’t stand for anything but that, right ?…

      • chipower9 said, on March 28, 2016 at 10:18 am

        Absolutely! We all know the Giants history when it comes to their players and performance enhancing drugs. Hell, the courts of law have stood behind our own Barry Lamar in this regards! lulz…

  9. chipower9 said, on March 28, 2016 at 8:47 am

    I believe the 13 pitchers and thin bench is simply because of, as Sarge pointed-out, the boys play 23 games in the first 24 days. Bochy does this regularly (carries and extra arm), so I do not think it has anything to do with them not trusting their starters, just knowing that with the schedule, they will need some pitching depth.

    But as I mentioned late last week, even though it is SP, and the air in AZ can effect the pitching/ball carrying, I am still a bit concerned with our pitching, overall.

    Regarding WillieD’s 8:28 about who will come up when the drop-down to 12 pitchers, my guess, as I have stated throughout the spring, is Parker. Also to that post, I do not think there is any question about who is the regular in LF. I believe Crazy Horse owns that job until it is apparent that he cannot perform to expectations. Blanco will start the season as the 4th (and only back-up OFer until they drop the 13th arm and add another OFer). That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

    Like Flav, regardless of all the questions, I am ready for some baseball that counts in the standings! GIDDY UP!

    Four in Seven! Humm Baby – Let’s Do It Again!

  10. zumiee said, on March 28, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I’ve been reading the SI baseball preview issue, and liking it.
    They pick the Giants to be a Wild Card, and Cubs vs. Astros in the World Series. I hope the Cubs flop this season. They’ve become media darlings, and they haven’t done jack yet.
    I could have done without a 7-page article on Manziel.

    • chipower9 said, on March 28, 2016 at 10:19 am

      This year’s cubbies are past year’s dodgers. Spend big and supposed to win it all…I am with ya, Zume…hope the cubbies fall flat on their cute little bear faces…

    • Bozo said, on March 28, 2016 at 11:31 am

      The Giants are at Wrigley, Labor day weekend. I think I’m going to the Friday game since I’ll be in Chitown that weekend.

  11. Irish Kevin said, on March 28, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Is everyone dangling a leg over the ledge or what? 162 games to go, relax it is baseball and it will start soon!! Go Giants!!

    • sfsarge said, on March 28, 2016 at 9:11 am

      Well, two legs actually.

      • Irish Kevin said, on March 28, 2016 at 9:25 am

        πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

      • sfsarge said, on March 28, 2016 at 10:04 am

        I have an Android so I can’t make out all of your emojis.

  12. Flavor said, on March 28, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I imagine we’ll see Loo back here before 000 gets busted for dirty pee. It’ll be close tho.

  13. snarkk said, on March 28, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Williamson is a pat the bat type fielder, but should hit for higher average than Parker. Neither are top flight prospects but at least they have pop. I like Wilison better due to being RH at ATT, where right center is Death Valley …

    • chipower9 said, on March 28, 2016 at 10:28 am

      I like both. Parker has the better glove to me, and I have stuck to him on my predictions of he getting the first nod because of the success he had at the end of last year (dude went on a tear at the end of the year).

      For Sept/Oct of last year, here is Parker’s line:

      17 games, 9 starts, .400, .467, .900, 1.367 – 40 AB, 11 R, 16 H, 2 2B, 6 HR, 14 RBI, 5 BB, 16Ks. Sure, a fairly high number of Ks for the number of ABs, but as I pointed out a few times, the delta between ABs/Ks between Parker and Williamson is not that great.

      I still think Parker will get the nod before Williamson. I have a cold one that says I am right. Any takers for a wager of one ice cold adult beverage (or beverage of choice for those who do not partake)?

      • Irish Kevin said, on March 28, 2016 at 12:38 pm

        Double or nothing Chi?? I still owe you for some Pagon beer. Ha ha

      • chipower9 said, on March 28, 2016 at 1:48 pm

        Double or nothing Kev,,,if you have the balls for this bet. πŸ˜‰

      • Irish Kevin said, on March 28, 2016 at 4:33 pm

        I am no Indian, but I know war talk when I hear it!! You are on!!

  14. Macdog said, on March 28, 2016 at 11:10 am

    One week to go.

  15. xoot said, on March 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    wow. I really don’t remember Mullin looking like that out of college, but clearly he did.

    • Flavor said, on March 28, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      back when he was still boozing.

  16. wilcojoe said, on March 28, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I was just going thru my old card collection at my Mom’s yesterday when I came across my Chris Mullin rookie card. Brought back some great memories.

  17. unca_chuck said, on March 28, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Yeah, saw Mulin in his prime at 42nd Street in PA when he was still hitting it hard. Must have been a few months before he quit because he was obliterated.

    • snarkk said, on March 28, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Why was Mullin essentially divorced from the Dubs? He was associated with the old regime, but did he have a falling out with new ownership from the start? His number retirement was a debacle, but that couldn’t have been the reason…

  18. unca_chuck said, on March 28, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I think Mullin was out before Lacob bought the team. He went to the Kings for a while and them to St John’s. Other than that, I think Lacob just wanted his own guys.

  19. alleykat69 said, on March 28, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Think Cohan and Mullin just didn’t click. Then again no one clicked with Cohan a nonexistence owner..

  20. zumiee said, on March 28, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    The Braves cut Nick Swisher. They have to eat $10 million. Might be a dumpster dive for some team.

    • ewisco said, on March 28, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Not a chance. He done.

    • xoot said, on March 28, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      The a’s can’t miss first round pick in the 2002 draft made famous by that romance novel, pennyball. They took Joe Blanton with their next first round pick, right after the Giants picked Cain. Back in those days, the algorithms didn’t work so well on HS players. Let’s hope Matt the Horse returns for a couple of seasons to slam the book on that Billy Beane myth once and for all.

  21. snarkk said, on March 28, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    This year, Swisher’s actually getting $10M from the Braves and $5 million from Cleveland = total $15M.

    Per an online article:
    “Swisher, 35, will still be paid his $15 million salary for 2016. The Braves owe him $10 million and the Indians owe him the other $5 million as per the terms of their trade last year. Any team can now sign Swisher for the pro-rated portion of the league minimum.

    Last season the switch-hitting Swisher hit .196/.312/.320 (75 OPS+) with six home runs in 76 games after coming back from surgery on both knees. He’s hit .224/.315/.373 (93 OPS+) in three years since signing his four-year, $56 million contract with Cleveland.”

    Dang, @ $14M a year that’s a putrid contract…

  22. snarkk said, on March 28, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Cain threw 90 pitches and allowed one run today in 5 1/3 — against Cubs minor leaguers…

  23. xoot said, on March 28, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Posey just picked pitch out of the dirt, twisting to his right, and then twisting the other way threw a good runner out at 2B with a perfect strike. I don’t think a catcher with a significant hip injury makes that fine play.

  24. snarkk said, on March 28, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I don’t see much need for these next few games. One in Sac, the others the Bay Bridge. Hopefully nobody gets hurt or hit by a pitch. Looking forward to the season. Giants should score a bunch of runs, barring injuries. To me, the question is starting pitching, and a couple of the geezers in the Pen — Romo and Casilla in particular. Kontos got absolutely blasted yesterday — hopefully he didn’t throw his arm out with all those appearances last season…

  25. zumiee said, on March 28, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Heston got worked over tonight.

    • snarkk said, on March 28, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Wouldn’t that be a turnabout if the Giants turned into a squad that scored a ton of runs, but had swiss cheese pitching? If they were the new, Big Red (Orange) Machine, I’d actually be interested to see that kind of team…

      • zumiee said, on March 28, 2016 at 8:44 pm

        Hopefully the pitching has gotten the weirdness out of their system in ST.

  26. willedav said, on March 28, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Flav iirc you had a POTD from Loo that read he wanted Adrianza
    gone by Kwanzaa

    Nice pic too, my main man #45 out of Jackson St. Cue Dick Callahan!

    • Flavor said, on March 28, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      As a 10 year old, I used to fashion my shot with an arc like Purvis Short. It didn’t go in that often but it looked awesome. He and Bernard King were my main men back then.

      • willedav said, on March 28, 2016 at 9:30 pm

        King was a monster for GS, just unstoppable. I always wanted to have moves like the 6-7 guys when reality was more like 5-7.

  27. Macdog said, on March 28, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Jazz beat Lakers 123-75, the worst loss of Kobe’s career. A fitting near-end.

    • zumiee said, on March 28, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      This season, for Kobe, was just about getting the $25 million. A total wasted season for the Lakers, other than a high draft pick.

    • snarkk said, on March 28, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      Kobe played 28 minutes and got 5 points and a coupla assists ; 1-11 from the field. That’s worth a few million there, right?… πŸ˜‰

  28. xoot said, on March 28, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Gearin, Osich and Strickland — all TJ survivors. Add Peavey, with his shoulder surgery. That’s quite a quiver of seriously reconstructed arms. (Cain’s bone chips and cysts don’t come close.)

    • xoot said, on March 28, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      Shee-it. I forgot Kontos.

  29. eddacker said, on March 29, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Cain? Healthy? Can dreams come true?
    Wednesday Giant’s game is broadcast at 6pm on local channel 31 NOT PAY-PER-VIEW!!
    cool. This game could be more interesting than all 3 As games combined.
    Viva Gigantes
    incluso el aΓ±o 2016

  30. chipower9 said, on March 29, 2016 at 8:18 am

    I am SO READY for them to start playing for keeps. I think the pitching will be better than what we have seen coming out of The Valley of the Sun (could it be any worse??? – rhetorical question). GIDDY UP!

    Four in Seven! Humm Baby – Let’s Do It Again!

  31. alleykat69 said, on March 29, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Bench..Brown,Specs,Blanco,OOO
    Doesn’t inspire me at all with no power!
    Madbum the best option now for power.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on March 29, 2016 at 8:44 am

      By May the team will likely drop one of the 13 pitchers, leaving a 5 man bench. Who is to say what it may look like by the Break. Main issue for the team is those starters coming around. Only dread i have in the early season is playing Az in the Snakepit. Giants pitchers don’t like that place much better than they do the Box of Rox.

  32. unca_chuck said, on March 29, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Just saw my 2nd or 3rd little bit of spring training baseball last night. Saw Belt crush a ball to the wall to score Duffy, then immediately get picked off 2nd base! Yikes. There’s your Giants replay.

    Wellington Lara (?) came in, and struck out someone on a wicked breaking ball, then proceeded to get roped, and throw a ball to the outfield on his own pickoff attempt.

    Saw Kontos say he was relieved he got shelled the other day to get his mulligan out of the way . . .

    I think all of our pitchers have safely taken care of this.

    Start this shit up!

    6 days!


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