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I Hate Games in Colorado

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 12, 2016

Mostly, this feeling has to do with DFS. Contrary to popular opinion, these games aren’t always 12-10 barn burners. Yet the prices of the players who play are always (rightfully) jacked up. But not every hitter goes off. And if they do, and you have them, they’re likely over owned. But fading players in Colorado games is dangerous for obvious reasons.

And then there’s the weather……

I know most of this doesn’t affect any of you. Just wanted to get it off my chest.

How many HR’s get hit today? 3? I’ll say Blackmon, Parra and Pence go yard. Who are your 3? And remember, you only get 3. Unless you think more will get hit. Ok, go!

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  1. unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Posey pence belt and crawfish

  2. sfsarge said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Belt Pagan Craw

  3. alleykat69 said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Panik,Belt,Span

  4. Lurker John said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I feel the same way about pending games in CO. It seems like all bets are off and anything goes. Your pitching could be red hot coming in and in tatters leaving.

  5. Lurker John said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:43 am

    I’ve found a few of these vids lately from various seasons. This is from Willie Mac’s MVP season. Interesting to see the Stick when it actually looked like a baseball park, and various Giant’s greats in action. Note how fast McCovey was in the first part of his career. A lot of people don’t know that about him:

    • Lurker John said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:04 am

      Towards the end of the vid, Lon Simmons calls Willie Mays’ 600th homer.

      • Flavor said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:07 am

        not a single person within a mile of where that ball landed.

      • Lurker John said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:46 am

        LOL. Nowadays it’d be up on flea bay for thousands before the day was out.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:45 am

      That was about 13 years into his career, but yeah for a big man he was fast.

      Love the McCovey shift. They even did it in the OF. Crazy.

      • Lurker John said, on April 12, 2016 at 3:11 pm

        About 10 years, yeah, but you can see him wheeling around the bases pretty good on some of those doubles and triples. His knees were still okay at that point. He played a fair amount of OF earlier in his career.

    • eddacker said, on April 12, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Who knew, what a nice find. By 1969 I was a long time fan and living and working in
      SF. I think I may have teared up a third of the way into this with all the great teenage baseball memories.

      In describing a Bonds bouncing bunt towards third, created with a full swing, Russ Hodges says, “He got all of the varnish on the fat of that ball.”

      WOOT!
      Giants history.

      • Lurker John said, on April 12, 2016 at 3:05 pm

        Russ was a great broadcaster, and hearing Simmons as well really make the video special. What a pair to call a game.

  6. Lurker John said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Belt, Pence and Duffy.

  7. Flavor said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:04 am

    small sample size (14 inn) but Smarge has a 1.88 ERA at Coors Field–only one start……

  8. willedav said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Well hope we don’t have a Stripling redux vs. Tyler Chatwood.
    He was out all last year after second TJ. Won in AZ going 6+ giving up 7hits 0 BBs 1 ER.
    Had a good season for Rox 2013, going 8-5 with 3.15 ERA in 20 starts. Missed all of last year.
    Funny note on ESPN fantasy line–“If he can stay healthy through ST he has good shot at Rockies rotation.”
    As would Barry Zito I imagine.

  9. Bozo said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Three homers for today’s game? I’ll go with six.
    They raised the fences at Coors but it didn’t seem to bother the shutout prone Padres, hmmmmm…
    Chatwood is a groundball pitcher, but he’s also coming off of a TJ surgery, hmmmmm…
    The Shark didn’t do that well on the road in his last outing, hmmmmm…

    OK, I think this will be a bullpen day, so off the starters I think Parra and LeMahieu will each hit one off of Samardxjia and Crawford off of Chatwood. The Rockies will hit one more off of our BP, I’ll go with CarGo here. Belt and Pence will hit one each off of their BP.

    The Giants win because they have a merry-go-round 7th inning and are able to hold off a late attack.

  10. wilcojoe said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Both pitchers will homer and I won’t get shit for it on DFS.

  11. unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Colo has been the site of some spectacularly weird and ugly losses, so I’m not holding my breath.

    That being said, I think the offense can carry us. Smarge needs to be as coo as the Norge . . .

  12. Paul Sorensen said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Don’t know how many HRs, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Rox go up something like 6-1 thru 5 innings and then the high-altitude drugs kick in for our boys and the G’s end up winning 8-7. I’m stickin’ with my “no sweat” attitude this season when it takes ’em half a game to put their hitting shoes on.

    On another note, my last full day in the Northeast. Can’t believe how f-ing cold and damp it’s been here for my 12 days here. Tomorrow at last I fly to SFO. Weather forecast here tomorrow? A lovely spring day. Every time I visit here in winter, it’s all record snowfalls. This year I didn’t come here in winter, and they had one of the mildest winters ever. I really pissed off the weather gods at some point in my life. Fuck ’em.

    • chipower9 said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:54 am

      lulz…safe travels. Hope to meet up with you and Blade.

    • Flavor said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:54 am

      visual memory index would support this take, too

  13. chipower9 said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Posey, Pence, and Belt, and it would not surprise me if there are more. I cannot really make a call on the Rox…don’t follow them at all…outside of the rook who is lighting it up.

  14. Flavor said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:56 am

    DFSers— I’m playing 10 teams that stack the game, 10 teams that mostly fade it. We’ll see which approach works out. Draftkings has a very nice $1mil tourney tonight (150k to first) that I had to get in on…..

  15. Macdog said, on April 12, 2016 at 9:51 am

    So do I.

    Arenado, Story, Duffster.

  16. willedav said, on April 12, 2016 at 11:18 am

    LJ thx for the vid, way cool to see Mac Mays Marichal Bonds plus good solid players like Dietz Davenport Ken Henderson Ron Bryant and Linzy. Simmons call a classic.

    I just want Smrdz to give SF 30 some odd starts with as many “quality” ones of 6+/3 runs or less as possible.
    ATT (once he gets to pitch there esp at night) should suppress his HR rate and Giants D and pen will be best he has ever had behind him.
    He’s likely not near as good as Bum or Cueto but could easily win as many games regardless of what the peripherals look like.

    Dug Loo’s comment about internet useful for finding old classmates yada yada.
    Novel I read bout Hispanic family in Texas that puts old patriarch into rest home against his will. He steals the Obit section from daily newspaper of another resident, they come to his room where he’s locked himself into bathroom and reading it. Attendant asks him to slide it under the door so the other guy can have it back.
    He says, “Why? So he can find out if he’s in it?”

  17. dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 12, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Gonzalez, Parra, Panik

  18. zumiee said, on April 12, 2016 at 11:56 am

    The 2 Brandons and CarGo.

    Better Call Saul ended on a heck of a cliff-hanger last night. The credits flashed and I went: “Doh!! Gotta wait a week!”

    • eddacker said, on April 12, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Gotta wait a couple of months till ‘Saul’ comes off pay-per-view. Great first season, fer shure. No spoilers please.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Ditto!!! I’ll watch the finale tonight . . .

  19. zumiee said, on April 12, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Van Slyke had an awkward swing against Bum on a high fastball, and ends up on the DL.
    Grandal and Kendrick are coming off the DL. Crawford goes on the DL.
    “they placed outfielder Scott Van Slyke on the 15-day disabled list with lower back irritation.
    The move is retroactive to Sunday, so the earliest Van Slyke could be activated is April 25.
    Van Slyke left Saturday’s game after just three innings with lower back tightness, felt both in the field and on a swing while batting.
    “He took a funky swing. When you’re dealing with the back, it’s the core and that’s the scary thing,” Roberts said. “We have a long way to go, but I like to head things off and nip it.
    Fellow outfielder Carl Crawford was placed on the disabled list on Saturday, also with lower back tightness, but did not have an MRI exam on Monday as originally planned.
    Crawford is eligible to return from the DL on April 24.”

  20. unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Has Crawford even played? I don;t remember seeing him against us.

    • zumiee said, on April 12, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      He had 11 plate appearances, against the D-Backs, I guess.

      • ewisco said, on April 12, 2016 at 2:55 pm

        that would be the padres. we saw him play Wednesday night when we were down there.

      • zumiee said, on April 12, 2016 at 3:17 pm

        Right, the Padres. I had a brain glitch. 🙂

    • unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      Ahhh, thx.

  21. alleykat69 said, on April 12, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    One Giant hits 3 bombs…O,OO,OOO!!!!

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

    Loooks like Grienke is missing the Dodger series. Too bad. If there’s anything to motivate him, it’s facing his former team.

  23. willedav said, on April 12, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    McCoveyChron guy Brisbee blog today lists all ex-Giants playing in minors (including those in Sac).
    G Hill is a minor league mgr.
    Ishi didn’t make White Sox cut, tho E Burriss pinch hit for philly last night and is back in ml baseball.

    They might not win much else but Phils gotta lead league in diversity. I was watching them beat the Mets on mlb Sunday morning before Giants game. They took 2 of 3 in NYC, more games than they won there all last year
    Burriss is on bench with backup C Carlos Ruiz and Andres Blanco
    IF: ryan howard cesar Hernandez maikel franco freddy galvis
    OF: Cedric Hunter and Odubel Herrera
    Pen includes Hector Neris and David Hernandez

  24. Irish Kevin said, on April 12, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Hmm…Pagan, Duffy, and Belt.

  25. Irish Kevin said, on April 12, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Hi all, I still read most to all comments out here, but I don’t post a lot, I think the Giants have a very solid team this year, so not a lot to complain about, with that said I posted I am taking care of my 90 year old mom. On April 1 (my birthday) she fell and broke her lower right leg, badly. Spent from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm in Kaiser emergency. That was due to deciding if Surgery was the way to go. The doctor decided to set the break and put a splint on. From hip to ankle. Now it is wait to see if the set is going to heal properly. If it does then they will put the leg in a fiberglass cast. Mom is not a good patient, ha ha, at 90 she has earned that I guess. So just know I still love this blog and I think you guys are the best writers, analysts, and comedians out here!! Have great days and go Giants!! Even year and all.

    • xoot said, on April 12, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      IK, I’m in exactly the same situation. I watched the last half of Sunday’s Giants/bums game on a nursing home flat panel tv. My mother’s gradually developed into a Giants fan over the years. I think she enjoys talking to my kids about the team. It’s tough to rehab at 90 yrs old.

  26. Irish Kevin said, on April 12, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Now for a baseball question, on paper and early this season the Giants appear to be a great team and headed to the playoffs and beyond. With that said have we all set our own expectations high? How disappointed will you all be if the Giants don’t win it all? For me and maybe I am being complacent but it won’t be as devastating since they have won it all 3 times. Yes I would love a 4 ring and beyond.

    • sfsarge said, on April 12, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      That’s a great question. I would say that I’m in your boat. It won’t bother me as much if they don’t win the whole enchilada, but it’d be a lot cooler if they did. But not a soul crushing disappointment.

    • chipower9 said, on April 12, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      I expect them to do really well this year, but as is always the truth, two things must happen:

      1) the team must stay relatively healthy
      2) guys must play up to, or near expectations.

      If those things happen I like this team’s chances.

      But, like you and Sarge, I will not be devastated if they do not win it all this year. All I ever wanted was at least ONE world series title in my lifetime. Well, they satisfied that in spades. So given they have already won three in five, I would not be devastated. Bummed, yes, but not devastated.

      But, FOUR in SEVEN does have a really nice ring (pun intended) about it.

      The Door to Four (cannot remember which Flapper coined that one, but I love it).

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

    • Flavor said, on April 12, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      won’t be disappointed even a little bit unless we lose on some bullshit call or fluky play…..

    • Bozo said, on April 12, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      I’m a weirdo, I expect them to win every year, no matter the roster. So when they lose it pisses me off, even with the championships.

      Sorry about your mom, Kev. Hang in there man.

  27. chipower9 said, on April 12, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Go get ’em boys! Rock the Rox…

    1. Denard Span (L) CF
    2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
    3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
    4. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
    5. Matt Duffy (R) 3B
    6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
    7. Angel Pagan (S) LF
    8. Trevor Brown (R) C
    9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P

    So much for my prediction of Posey hitting a bomb today…unless he comes in for a late inning PH…

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 12, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Still a pretty strong line up there.

  28. Flavor said, on April 12, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Henry Schulman ‏@hankschulman 4m4 minutes ago
    Posey appears to have a foot injury. Not serious. Day to day. Took a foul tip hard off for the other day. #sfgiants

    • chipower9 said, on April 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      X-rays were negative…

  29. Flavor said, on April 12, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I can’t keep track of all these bomb-predictions but will go through it as the game wears on and see who nails it cold! lqtm.

  30. Flavor said, on April 12, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Where’s Blade? Is he still bangin’ that broad all over Thailand?

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on April 12, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      lulz. I think they’re getting breakfast right about now.

    • chipower9 said, on April 12, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      You mean THIGHland… 😉

      Think he flies back on the 16th…

  31. Flavor said, on April 12, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    If you’re playing DFS at DK today you could do worse than a $2700 T-brown. I also think Phegley goes bombs away v Santiago

  32. unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Downtown Brown, baby . . .

  33. zumiee said, on April 12, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Speaking of moms, my mom has become a big Giants fan and a fan of baseball in general. A big part of it was when my dad passed away several years ago, she needed things to fill her time, and baseball became a big part of that. And she bought a big-screen HD TV, and she can see the games much better now. She loves the MLB Network, too. She’s hard of hearing, and she loves the information ticker that runs along the bottom of the screen. She reads the game stories and other baseball features in the newspaper now, also. The joy of the everyday-ness of baseball has been a great thing for her. She even watched the Hot Stove stuff on the MLB Network during the off-season.
    And, of course, the Giants winning championships has been part of her big appreciation of baseball, too. 🙂

  34. zumiee said, on April 12, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Chuck, last night’s episode of Saul wasn’t the season finale. I think there’s a couple of episodes still left in this season.

  35. zumiee said, on April 12, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Dodger pen coughed up a lead again. Maeda pitched 6 innings and handed a 1-0 lead over to the pen, and Baez gave up a solo HR.
    Maeda hasn’t been scored on yet. But he hasn’t gone all that deep into games yet either.

    • zumiee said, on April 12, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Then Goldschmidt goes yard on Hatcher.

  36. Lurker John said, on April 12, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Me thinks the Snakes will end up regretting that long, massive contract they gave to Greinke. It’s certainly off to a rocky start.

  37. zumiee said, on April 12, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    4-1 D-backs now, the Dodger pen gives up a couple more.

  38. unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Cool. Hatcher has been a turd for the Dogs this year. Love it.

  39. unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    AZ had their chances against Maeda and didn’t take advantage. Rogue Brewery is in walking distance. Saw a little of the game at lunch. Their pen on the other hand . . .

  40. Flavor said, on April 12, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    #Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig on his 6th-inning relay throw: “I throw to the cut-off man. I never throw to the cut-off man in my life.”

  41. Flavor said, on April 12, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    raising the fences at Coors is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of. That doesn’t even the playing field it just takes away the best part of baseball in that park—the homerun. They’re still going to be giving up a shit ton of doubles and triples off those new walls. How does that help the pitchers?

    • Bozo said, on April 12, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      True that. After being shut out in their own park, the Pads were able to score 32 at the pinball machine called Coors.

  42. James said, on April 12, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    My favorite stats of the year so far:

    Belt: 3 Ks in 32 PAs
    Jeff S: 95 mph fastball

  43. unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    One down. 3 to go . . . Although Buster has to do it off the bench.

  44. unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Was gonna say a 1-2-3 would be nice. How about a shutdown inning.=?

  45. Flavor said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    loving these Story k’s….

  46. unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Well, that was lucky. If the guy on 2nd runs that out, he scores easily.

  47. unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Nevermind. Thought the runner was on 2nd. He was on 1st.

    • djloo27 said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Well, it can be tricky, Chuck. It would really help if they put numbers on the bases.
      They all look alike…

      • unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:34 pm

        IS that why they had a 12 on 3rd base the other day?

  48. unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Downtown Brown!

    • willedav said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Gonna make it tougher on Susac.

      Downtown Ollie was classic.

      So was Sonics Downtown Fred. He and Rick Barry got into to a shooting war last couple days of a long ago season, each of them scoring 60 some.

      • unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:50 pm

        Yeah, Freddie was bad ass. Loved the Sonics back then. Fun team to watch. He and Slick Watts were a killer backcourt

  49. unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Smarge! 2 down 2 to go . . .

  50. zumiee said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Brown’s legit.

  51. djloo27 said, on April 12, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    It was early 1965 when Downtown was #1 in America…

  52. djloo27 said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Brown and out!

  53. Irish Kevin said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Boy if they played all their games in CO, Posey might lose his job!! Ha ha just kidding

  54. Bozo said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    I gotta say, being wrong doesn’t feel bad. WTG Brown.

  55. unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Large Smarge is in charge.

  56. unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Good to not see Romo. This is his personal house of horrors.

  57. xoot said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    My son watched the bums lose today. He’s telling very funny tales of Vin Scully’s rambling digressions. “His name is Socrates Brito, and he really served the hemlock to the Dodgers with that triple. Socrates, for those of you who may not remember, was a . . . .” Apparently they had trouble conveying Scully from the opening day pre-game festivities on the field to the booth. The first couple of ABs of the game had no spoken commentary.

  58. Carstie Clausen said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Coming into tonight the big story was about Trevor. So Trevor is the big story tonight as well, but it happens to be Downtown Brown and not Trevor Story. Other big story is about SamWhatAM. Could be the Giants braintrust knew what they were doing when they shot that fat contract at him. Dogs down to a 4-4 season record and if untold events do not overcome us in the 9th with at least a 5 run outburst by the Sherpas, we could be looking at a 2-game lead eight games into the season.

    Downtown Brown keeps up any kinda offense. Currently his slugging percentage is somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.500 while the story on the other Trevor is less than 1.000. Still pretty respectable, though. Meanwhile, several catcher-hungry teams may be wondering what kinda offer they might need to make to land Susac. Giants will hold tight to see how matters develop with Brown. They do love his defense and game calling abilities.

  59. xoot said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I liked Buster’s genuine delight in the dugout after the Brown HRs. “Hey, I’m gonna get some rest days this year. Yeah!”

    • James said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Very nice and likely accurate read.

  60. gianthead said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I say Trevor Brown hits two out and Pence one for good measure….)

  61. Bozo said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Good game and win.

  62. zumiee said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Fun stat:
    HRs:
    Trevor Brown- 3
    Entire Dodger team- 3

  63. gianthead said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    6 down 99 to go…

  64. Carstie Clausen said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Six and two to start the season. Could be we got us a monster. Now 4 of the five starters have turned in praiseworthy performances, with SamWhatAM showing Giants fans what he’s made of. And that offense! Should this season keep going in its current direction, SF will be big winners. Four in 7? Could happen, but even if that does not transpire, there will be a pile of victories and this organization will be regarded as the new Gold Standard for the game.

    Prophets, prognosticators and poobahs have not rated the Giants pipeline very highly. The system is not exactly crowded with multi-tooled 1st Round picks who get those observers drooling. But now with Downtown Brown looking to be the latest exemplar of SF’s scouting and development system, there will likely be a good number of outfits looking to create some of the same magic.

    For someone who became a Giants fan clear back in ’54, the most recent editions have been nothing less than heartwarming and a soothing balm for all those years in the wilderness. At this stage it looks like SF will dominate the NL West.

  65. Lurker John said, on April 12, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Buster got Pipped!

  66. Irish Kevin said, on April 12, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    A friend of mine posed the last time the Giants started 6-2 they went to the WS. 2010 and 2014. Cool

  67. Macdog said, on April 12, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Got my Floyd fix tonight seeing David Gilmour at MSG, excellent concert. Afterward checked the phone and saw the Giants were up 7-2 in the 9th, and for once that was more enough in that ridiculous bandbox. And the Brown Bomber went deep twice — anybody have that? Awaiting highlights on MLBN.


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