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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 11, 2016

Giants have scored the most runs in either league this year, I’ll try to remember that if I get tempted again to post something negative about the offense. That run total figures to take a healthy add when we get to Colorado tomorrow.

Looking forward to watching Trevor Story. He’s the first rookie to ever hit 7 hr’s over any 6 game stretch in any season. That’s a wild stat. Maybe start throwing this dude some off speed stuff? Because he seems to be hammering the fastballs.

Get to Denver and rest up. A tsunami of runs is pending…..


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  1. Bozo said, on April 11, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Very entertaining series, even the, shoulda, coulda been a win, loss was must see TV.

    Pence is starting to heat up and Span will soon. Using Angel as the number 9 hitter has worked so far (he leads the team in Runs scored).

    With the Shark, Peavy and Cain throwing at the rock quarry, we could see some crooked numbers getting put on the board by both teams. Although, I have a feeling Cain is going to pitch a gem.

  2. willedav said, on April 11, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Flav I hear your rant from 7:22. Warriors waltz into San Antone and win, something no one else has done all year on second night of back to back. Btw, the Spurs have won 65 games this year–9 more than LeCoach and 11 more than nearest competitor. And Steph got 37 despite every effort to stop him and his buddies.

    Weird thing about Sherps is they won 2 of 3 in AZ and then let the Pads beat up on them in Katmandu.
    Dodgers sure have to be feeling different about their pitching staff after this weekend than when they left Petco.

  3. willedav said, on April 11, 2016 at 7:12 am

    On yahoo this morning is a link to that blog Zum mentioned TrueBlueLA, from SB Nation. Pretty funny read, set up like the McCoveyCove blog. And yeah comments are awesome. Liked this one from Jack:

    JP Howell
    meet pasture

  4. Lurker John said, on April 11, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Hey Chuck, from yesterday, I think the reason Pop didn’t rest more guys was because he wanted to keep the undefeated streak at home alive. Otherwise, I’d guess the minutes for his main guys would’ve been cut back quite a bit.

  5. Lurker John said, on April 11, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Hey Craig, who are the 2 Flappers in the picture from a couple of days ago?

  6. alleykat69 said, on April 11, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Yeah I would definitely feed Trevor Story a diet of off speed pitches, the dude is feasting on the cheese!

  7. Lurker John said, on April 11, 2016 at 8:29 am

    It’s always nice when the Giants kick the crap out of the Dodgers. Getting the upper hand on them early in the season is a good thing. Can’t wait til they play the Diamondbacks and see how we stack up against them.

    • willedav said, on April 11, 2016 at 8:40 am

      LJ, AZ played 2 series at home so far and lost 5 of 7 after Cubs smacked them around.
      Their team ERA is 6.57 and zero wins out of SPs.
      Greinke is 0-2 and has given up16 hits in 10 innings.
      Shelby Miller has given up 15 hits 10 runs 5 HRs in 11 innings.

      They play at LA before Giants come in. LA spanked them last year, 13 Ws.

      • chipower9 said, on April 11, 2016 at 12:13 pm

        And to think I was big on the Giants getting Miller.

  8. Lurker John said, on April 11, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Give NL pitchers some time and they’ll find this guy’s holes.

  9. Carstie Clausen said, on April 11, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Whodda thunk it just some few years ago when the Horse was regularly getting Cained in 2-1 and 1-0 games and when the Giants offense consisted of a buncha popguns and a couple rusty Iver Johnson revolvers. We are witnessing the arrival of an offensive juggernaut which can come atcha from anywhere in the lineup ~ at least when Bumgarner’s batting 8th.

    There is no concentration of power or OBP proficiency. When your predominantly #9 hitter leads the league in runs scored, we just ain’t in Kansas anymore. LaBumbos pitching coaches hafta be shaking their heads and looking at videos and stats mumbling “how the hell can we pitch to these guys?” The major surprise is that SF hitters are close to the top in home-runs, with not one single hitter on the leader board.

    Okay, so it’s only Week One in a lonnng season. Yet, Flappers in general were looking forward to the offense this season. The power uptick is serendipitous, but we knew the OBP and Conga-line was to be an ongoing phenomenon.

    More than one of us has mentioned it already ~ the series in the Box of Rox could readily score upwards of 50 runs (combined) in a three game series. Let’s hope that the majority of the tallies come from the guys with an intertwined “SF” on their caps.

  10. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Yeah, the hope that this offense would show signs of life are great to see early on. And this is without Span or Crawfish doing particularly well.

    Every starter has a home run, plus Bummie, but no one has more than 2. Odd to say the least, but share the wealth I say. Production is scattered across the lineup.

    • chipower9 said, on April 11, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Hey, Span had a couple of knocks yesterday…well, one was a swinging bunt, but when you’re hitting below .200, you take anything you can get! I think Span will be just fine, and Blanco is, and will be, fine as a 4th/5th OFer.

  11. Macdog said, on April 11, 2016 at 9:45 am

    My big take from the weekend is the Giants beat the crap out of two of the Bums’ starters. That team really is going to miss Greinke over the long haul of the season.

    • Flavor said, on April 11, 2016 at 9:47 am

      Arizona is going to miss the old Grienke, too.

      • unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2016 at 9:59 am

        Nice. When greed is greater than or equal to indifference, you get this. Call it the Pablito syndrome. Hey, Grienke might come around, but the hope is these guys get buried early and don’t have the wherewithal to unbury themselves.

      • Flavor said, on April 11, 2016 at 10:07 am

        I feel like Grienke is a particular risk of implosion due to his social anxiety issue. If things turn negatively on the mound for him there’s no telling how far this fall might go. He’s been all good the last few years with medication and great success on the mound. Take away the great success and he might have a problem….

      • unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2016 at 10:33 am

        Yeah, when (if) the fans turn on him, you have to wonder how that’ll affect him.

      • Macdog said, on April 11, 2016 at 11:51 am

        Greinke’s last start vs. the Cubs was pretty similar to Cueto yesterday, although Greinke gave up only 3 runs in the first inning instead of 5 before settling in. It didn’t help him that the opposing pitcher was Arrieta and not Kazmir.

  12. wilcojoe said, on April 11, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Both the NL and AL player of the weeks were rookies. I wonder if that has ever happened in the weeks first season.

  13. gianthead said, on April 11, 2016 at 10:35 am

    The Spieth meltdown is still hard to fathom. What I never understand is these greats over think so much. When he hot the first one in the drink, why didn’t he just take the drop as close as possible and just wedge one up and on????

    Spieth said he preferred an 80 yard shot to a 65 yard one but looked no longer than 50 yards from the edge of the water to the flag. He could have put it a little left and took the back traps out of play…but the Warriors victory was sweet. Must-win the championship after Wednesday’s record setter…

  14. bassbaldy said, on April 11, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Great observations and factual tidbits by all here this morn. So many times in the past I’ve whined about us not having a big slugger and hoped we’d have a FA signing or trade for one. Yet, the idea of a truly balanced offense – one like we might be witnessing the emergence of this year – was something I never really considered or believed possible. Simple arithmetic proves if all eight starters hit 20-25 hrs a season, the high end of that number places us in the top five power hitting clubs, the low is still in the top 10 (based on last year’s stats). I understand it ain’t all about dingers but we would’nt have survived this last series without them.

    I sense our offense may be like one of those supercharged street racing cars with a gazillion horsepower .. sometimes when you stomp on the gas it’s impossible to predict what is going to happen because that kinda power can get outta hand real fast and you can end up crashed and burnt in the ditch 40 feet from the starting line.

    CWS and SF are the only teams with a zeroed DL. I’m gonna go light some incense and make an offering at the altar of the Eye-in-the-Pyramid-Shaped-Field Gods.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2016 at 11:56 am

      I think we’re more like a ’68 Nova with a big fat engine.

      Don’t look like much, but it goes like a motherfucker.

      You see this guy, don’t race for pinks.

      I love the line “you race a Bugatti Veyron, you win!”

      • chipower9 said, on April 11, 2016 at 12:28 pm

        That is one bad ass Nova! Dual superchargers…giddy up motherfuckers!

      • unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2016 at 3:20 pm

        Love the whitewalls. Those have to be pretty beefy tires to handle all that HP though.

  15. chipower9 said, on April 11, 2016 at 10:56 am

    What a great week of baseball. And yesterday was just wonderful. Our boys claw back from a 5-zip first inning deficit, and then the Warriors win in San Antone for the first time since 1997, and tie the record at 72 wins. Wednesday night they go for the record, at home, against the Griz. Go Warriors!

    Oh, and the Sharkies open the NHL playoffs against their hated SoCal rivals the la la queens.


  16. chipower9 said, on April 11, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Hey GH – Blade and I have not talked specifics on the Giant-Boston series, but what I want to do is catch the second game in Boston, and then catch two at YankMee Stadium. Or, perhaps two in Beantown and one in NY. Blade and I are gonna talk details when he returns from Thighland. (I am trying to minimize how many vacation days I use for the trip.)

    Both Boston games are 4:10 starts. Will let you know when we get things a bit more dialed-in.

  17. zumiee said, on April 11, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    “Grienke is a particular risk of implosion due to his social anxiety issue.”

    I’ve always wondered why it doesn’t happen to more players. It’s amazing to me the way these guys can perform in such a fishbowl environment in front of so many thousands. No wonder so many of them obsessively/compulsively spit, chew, or eat sunflower seeds. Bochy does that thing where he runs his tongue around the inside of his mouth. Dusty has toothpicks. No wonder the players, coaches, and managers have so many rituals. It’s a way of calming themselves through acts of repetition.

  18. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Seeing Jim Leyland and Lou Pinella sneak down the clubhouse walkway for a quick smoke was always entertaining,

  19. alleykat69 said, on April 11, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Yeah don’t forget Earl Waver as well, especially when he brought in Dan? rr Don? Stackhouse..
    Use to smoke a pack while he was in the game..

    • alleykat69 said, on April 11, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Damm phone, are my damm spelling as well , That’s Earl Weaver, believe it was Don 2 pack Stackhouse!!

  20. Bozo said, on April 11, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    What? The two Flap Down cap give away. Man, I’d love one of those.

  21. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Can’t find my old bucket hat. Must have gotten it in the 90s. One of my kids took it . . . grrrrrr.

  22. Macdog said, on April 11, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Went to my daughter’s softball game at Barnegat HS in NJ today for a few innings before trudging off to work. But before the game started, I saw the Barnegat baseball team play an inning. Why am I mentioning this? Because their starting pitcher, a 6-5 lefty named Jason Groome, is one of the top prospects in the country and might very well be the top overall pick by the Phillies come June 9. Lots of scouts with speed guns behind home plate, although apparently not as many as last week when the kid made his first start. I saw him strike out the side in the 1st, max heater at 94, and froze one poor kid with a wicked curve for strike 3. He ended up throwing a no-hitter with 19 Ks and faced the minimum 21 batters. I last saw him pitch his final game as a sophomore, a 1-0 loss in the state playoffs where he had 17 Ks but gave up a run in the 7th on a walk, stolen base/error and passed ball. He then went to play at the IMG Academy in Florida last year, but decided to come back home and play for the school team for his senior year. So there it is, if the kid gets taken No. 1 overall, you heard it here first.

    • zumiee said, on April 11, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      Wow, that kid’s going to make a lot of $$$$$.

      • Macdog said, on April 11, 2016 at 4:49 pm

        Haha, that too. His top speed today was 97.

    • Flavor said, on April 11, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      very cool, thanks for sharing. I will remember his name!

      • pawliekokonuts said, on April 11, 2016 at 8:19 pm

        a Flapclusive!

    • pawliekokonuts said, on April 11, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      and a perfect name for hed writers

  23. pawliekokonuts said, on April 11, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Can’t we just walk Trevor “What’s His” Story? Or is it against some unwritten rule to accord that much respect to a rookie?

    • Macdog said, on April 11, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      They already get crushed by Arenado.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on April 11, 2016 at 8:23 pm

        true, true

  24. pawliekokonuts said, on April 11, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Saw “Demolition.” Liked it a lot despite some heavy doses of Hollywood sap.

  25. pawliekokonuts said, on April 11, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Nearing completion of “A Fan’s notes” by Frederick Exley. It stands alone as a “fictional memoir,” but more sad than funny. Macdog and Loo, take note: about a fan obsessed with Frank Gifford and NY Giants. That, and insanity and alcoholism.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on April 11, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      … saying take note if you are NY Giants fans, not crazy alkies…but still, if you are…no judgment here

  26. unca_chuck said, on April 11, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    I resemble that remark. Gonna get the Bill Walton book one of these days. Just read The Picture of Dorian Gray for some reason. Been on my list for years and finally got around to it. Pretty wild shit for the turn of the 19th century. . .

    Haven’t been reading much lately.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on April 11, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      embarrassed to say have not read it

  27. xoot said, on April 11, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Sorry, off topic on an off day. Local football. I sat next to a NFL QB on the flight home this evening. Pro Bowler these days, college star. Passer. Seemed like a great guy. (He was gracious and respectful to all the fans who asked for pics. Some of them approached with tears in their eyes, saying, “We’ve been season ticket holders since . . . .”). Anyway, the man has small, tiny, minuscule hands. I was surprised. My medium sized mitts looked like Willie Mays or Albert Collins by contrast. So just how “small” are Jared Goff’s hands? How the hell do you measure hands, anyway? Seems like you’d need at least two dimensions, but the official stats only offer one. I predict Goff will go high in the draft later this month.

    • xoot said, on April 11, 2016 at 11:13 pm

      Btw, I cut out: If Trump had shown those hands to America a couple of weeks ago, he’ be long gone now.

    • wilcojoe said, on April 12, 2016 at 5:57 am

      Derek Carr? If so, was his hot wife with him? My God, she is gorgeous.

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