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One is All You Need

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 24, 2016

Jack Black told us that when discussing cock push ups. Also, a great man once told me “We score we win” and his wisdom came to pass once again last night. I think Snarkk brought up a good point last night about the weather. It’s been unseasonably cool this year and cold weather absolutely contributes to less offense. Of course, it’s not like we’re living in Yakutsk so a little more offense would be expected. But we are scoring more than the other team and that’s ALL that matters.

Smarge for the win today and then……

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  1. Flavor said, on May 24, 2016 at 6:54 am

    • chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Fricking hilarious! One is all we need. Last night that is all the Dreadlocked Dominican needed. We Score. We Win!

  2. willedav said, on May 24, 2016 at 7:25 am

    one of my fav Kruk stories is from his Philly days. The O was struggling there was a team meeting called by mgr., he and pitching staff are sitting back waiting for hitters to bear brunt of it.
    Instead, mgr. calls out SPs and says. “Hey they’re scuffling right now it’s up to you guys to pick them up til they get going again.”

  3. willedav said, on May 24, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Bruce Jenkins has long held that every playoff game is different.
    Warriors better hope so and get ball moving and keep Thunder off the FT line. Reserves, esp bigs have to give them something, like in game 2. Thompson and Curry usually rebound from poor shooting night.

    Nice to see SanDawg’s Raptors make things interesting; the have great backcourt (deRozan was a one and one USC guy iirc) and gave Warriors all they could handle. If for some reason Warriors cannot get past OKC, I absolutely do not want to see LeCoach and unwatchable Cavs in finals.

    As for pointing fingers, um, if I were to try and point at all the dumb things Kings have done lately (coaches drafts trades owner FO), I’d run out of hands.

  4. Paul Sorensen said, on May 24, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Fucking Cueto, man. Love this guy. Love that backspin he does with his body after releasing the ball, which actually does seem to move the ball…. tremendous.

  5. dirtnrocksnomo said, on May 24, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Maybe someone will send Jake the Pick of Destiny so he can take his banjo on the road and save us the misery of more “quality” starts.

    • Irish Kevin said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Good luck with that.

    • Bozo said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:25 am

      But he felt good for a whole inning that last game.

  6. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Yeah, the Dubs have gone cold in these playoffs for long stretches, but no drought was worse than the 2nd quarter.

    When it goes bad, they can’t hit anything. Layups, 3s, mid-range jumpers, anything. Draymond, Steph, and Klay all went like 3-20 or some shit. Not tripping too hard, but Draymond has to channel his energy away from fucking with Adams and play HIS game. When they stand around, stop passing, and try to shoot their way out of the slump, it all goes south. Kerr can scream at them to move the ball, but a lot of times they end up in a pass-shoot deal.

    It is rare to see the Warriors get run off the floor, and that can’t happen tonight. But the reason why they did is exactly why the Warriors run so many other teams off the floor. Missed shots turn into fast break points. When you are missing everything, it is hard to get back on D constantly.

  7. Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Major kudos to Belt for literally sprinting around the bases last night and scoring easily from first on Pence’s dunker. He didn’t assume the ball would be caught. That’s how you run the bases.

    And is Johnny Cueto a stud or what? He just goes out and takes care of business.

    • chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Agree. That is the shit you teach in Little League when there are two outs and the ball is put into play.

      Love the Dreadlock Dandy.

  8. Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Crawfish building a strong case for his second Gold Glove in a row. Mr. Pick-it.

  9. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Yeah, I was glad to see Belt going hard most of the way to score easy on that. He’s often knocked for his boneheaded base running, so that was nice. SD was in their doubles defense so Kemp had a lot of ground to cover, and didn’t.

    And they’d better DL Pagan right away. No more of this day-to-day shit.

  10. ewisco said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:25 am

    i can’s say i’m stressing about the hitting. in fact, love where we’re at. as i’ve said before, just stay around .500 until the break and don’t let anyone run away and hide. they’re more than accomplishing that. and then after the break, get hot, get in, get deep, a philosophy that has served me well.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Agree. I’ll take timely hits that win the game any day. Also, as a few people have noted here, OUR STATS ARE JUST FINE, e.g., stolen bases, runs, and triples. More important, we’ll probably get better in all categories.

    • chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Hey, I was going off a bit last night when they could not get a run across with RISP. I can DOOM with the best of them here, but more often than not, I am a Polly. I have said the same thing of late, Eric, that I am not tripping on (insert player’s name here) for scuffling a bit. 11 out of the last 12 are wins, and if they keep that shit up, I could give a flying fuck what Buster, Panik, Pence, or anyone else on the 25 is doing at the fucking plate. To quote the late Al Davis…Just Win Baby! LIFE IS GOOD!

  11. ewisco said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I’ll also be the first to say that Span’s hitting will eventually disappear. he’s doing the same thing that the gamer did, which is moving his head vertically as the pitcher comes to the plate. you can get away with that when you’re young and your hands are incredibly fast, but eventually it catches up with you. it’s hard enough to hit a ball that’s moving in three (four if you include velocity?) dimensions without you adding to one of them.

    • bassbaldy said, on May 24, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Span’s hitting? … someone on this team is hitting? Whodathunkit?
      Love the “vertical head movement” thing tho!

      • chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 2:58 pm

        Hitting? You need HITTING to win baseball games? Whodathunkit, given the Giants record of late, and their struggles with RISP. Just fucking with ya, Lisle…I love what you bring to the table, brother. If I keep hounding you, just tell me to go fuck myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. wilcojoe said, on May 24, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Blade and Flav, the Giants have nothing on me when it comes to a lack of hitting. My DFS lineups are in a slumber of epic proportions.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 11:39 am

      Only been playing a week WJ and so far, so good (albeit, no big winners yet). Still processing the new rules at FD, as well as getting to know the MLB players again.

      • wilcojoe said, on May 24, 2016 at 1:03 pm

        Yeah I was forced to move all my action to DraftKings once FD left Texas on May 1st. Other than being able to make lineup changes, I can’t say I am a big fan. I am convinced the overall level of competition at DK’s is far superior to FanDuel.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      I try to limit myself to only one multi-entry tourney in each format (DK and FD) and that is only the $3 to $5 tourneys. The other 2-3 tourneys/cash games I am playing are either H2H, 50/50 or single entry.

      I only do this for shit and giggles. The equity and commodity markets take up all my time in the morning and that’s where I am serious about making money.

      Oh, one other thing – Flavor told me that he hasn’t listened or read any DFS experts in the last 2 years, albeit, he told me last season, he liked Head Chopper. lulz. Anywho, I think he’s doing his 20-30 LUs a day and doing well, so that’s all that matters. Good luck WJ going forward.

      • Flavor said, on May 24, 2016 at 2:56 pm

        I do like Headchopper but not for daily analysis, at least not this year and as far back into last season as I can remember. He has very interesting takes on general industry news and he’s funny as hell on twitter

      • wilcojoe said, on May 24, 2016 at 4:34 pm

        That’s probably a good strategy Blade. Regarding the DFS experts, I totally agree. Most of that is misdirection bullshit. Those guys are like the Jim Cramer’s of fantasy baseball. If they say avoid a pitcher “in all formats” that’s usually my signal to buy.

  13. Carstie Clausen said, on May 24, 2016 at 10:33 am

    If they decide to bite the bullet on Pagan’s recurrence, here’s the latest on Parker: He’s scored 22 runs on 38 hits for a .281 BA. His XBH’s are incredibly skewed ~ all or nothing, it appears ~ 4 doubles, a triple and THIRTEEN dingers. He’s driven in 29 runs, indicating quite a few of his HR’s have been solos. OBP is at a nice .366, with 16 walks vs 42 SO’s. Slugging percentage is eyebrow raising at .615, making for an OPS of .981.

    Recalling his power outbursts late last season the kid should get the full 15 days to determine whether he might be ready to Wally Pipp Pagan or if he face-plants in front of ML pitching. Start him in LF and probably bat him 7th.

  14. dirtnrocksnomo said, on May 24, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Shane Victorino was recently released. Sabevans is probably suiting up for a dumpster dive as I type this.

  15. bassbaldy said, on May 24, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Our luck has returned. Remember last month, all those ‘one-bad-pitch losses’ & ‘unlucky bounces’? Now we are flush with good fortune. It won’t last, of course. Yet, all we need is to keep this going for another 10, 12 games or so and we will be close to matching early 2014 W/L territory.

    A June Swoon is likely; a July Pie in the Sky is inevitable; a hateful August Blog Us (to death) is unavoidable … but a September to Remember will dispel any notion of a Sober October.

    There … I tried to say something positive ….

    Owwww! It hurts!!

  16. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Ichiro was mentioned on the Flap the other day…..the Marlins gave out a cool bobblehead recently: Ichiro with a number counter on the base of the bobblehead that can be used to keep track of his quest to 3,000 hits. A cool, fun idea.
    http://www.stadiumgiveawayexchange.com/may-22-2016-miami-marlins-ichiro-suzuki-hit-counter-bobblehead/

  17. bassbaldy said, on May 24, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    It’s a curious fact that Cain has a better era than Price … not by much but still better!

  18. willedav said, on May 24, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Imo, thing about Parker is he is not going to learn anything more in AAA where he can hit a zillion bombs.
    It’s May and he’s already got a ton of HRs—what’s the point?
    Bring him up, get him some game experience 3-4 times a week, and let him try and figure out ml pitching.

    He has more pop than probably anyone beside Pence; he has to learn how to make more contact and lay off the bad pitches/off speed stuff in the dirt.

    • zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      Yeah, all those pitches that determine if someone is going to stick in the majors, or be a Bowker. The backfoot slider, the low change-up, the curveball in the dirt, the cutter in on the hands. It’s tough hitting a baseball. But it would be a great opportunity for Parker. Like, here’s your chance, dude. You’ve waited your whole life for this opportunity.

      • zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 2:01 pm

        Williamson’s chance passed, IMO. I think he’s someone you try to package in a trade.

      • djloo27 said, on May 24, 2016 at 2:08 pm

        Fuck that, just put him on e-bay…

  19. djloo27 said, on May 24, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Pagan must have an MRI machine in his den by now…

  20. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    An article with more info about Vogey:
    http://m.mlb.com/news/article/179955528/ryan-vogelsong-on-dl-with-facial-factures

  21. alleykat69 said, on May 24, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I’d bring up Ensign Parker due to Pence’s shaky hammy for depth. But I would go with Specs in LF right now. Dudes hitting .455 for the month so Boch should keep him while the bats hot..

    • Flavor said, on May 24, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      Specs looked pretty shaky on the first play I saw him make on Sat. Ball got hit, clearly not hard and he ended up having to race in to catch it when it should have been a super routine fly ball.

  22. chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    If this is something already covered, then my apologies. Pagan has been DL’d and Parker is getting called up from the River Kitties.

    Regarding VogelStrong – the last I heard (this from Jeremy Affeldt and Lopez, both who have been in touch with Nicole) is that he has a fractured orbital bone and also a broken nose, but Nicole said he will be fine, with time. She also said the Pirates were supposed to put out word today. Get well soon, Vogey! The man was 7-0 in post-season starts for our Giants in 2012 and 2014. For that alone, I will always be grateful, and he will always hold a spot near and dear. Pass me a chicken enchilada, please.

  23. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    The thing that we all predicted with the most certainty was that Pagan would break down physically, and many of us predicted it would happen within a couple of months, and it has. This guy did many wonderful things for the Giants, but he’s not that guy anymore. He and Peavy are probably not major leaguers next season, so I don’t know how much they have to contribute to this season.

  24. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Today’s thread is very fitting- the Giants do play Tenacious D. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Flavor said, on May 24, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    no idea what to expect from beloved Dubs tonight. I never in a million years thought the last game could unfold like that. Really want to see them bounce back, not down with the 73 if it’s just all gonna fall apart like this (with the world watching)

    • bassbaldy said, on May 24, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      I don’t follow NBA but am aware of the Warriors successes these past couple of years and curious what is going on with them.

      What is the problem with the team at present … injuries to key players? They seem to be playing in a kinda schizophrenic manner … does OKC have some sort of kryptonite they are using on them?

    • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      Yeah, the 73 game winning streak is “meh” without the hardware.

  26. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    The Dodgers face a AA guy getting called up for his first major league start tonight. Now this is the type of thing that would cause the Giants hitters some issues, but I don’t know that it affects all other teams that way. The Dodgers’ offense does not conga-line well, but they do have some HR pop. The typical Dodger rally is: somebody gets a walk, then somebody hits an HR, and then they go scoreless a whole bunch of other innings. It’s not an offense built for the playoffs, but it can have its moments during the regular season.
    Their pitching is Kershaw and Jansen and a bunch of question marks. Once again, not built well for the playoffs. There are mid-season trade possibilities, but I don’t know who’s going to be available. Sonny Gray is suddenly not a thrilling trade prospect to teams.

  27. wilcojoe said, on May 24, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    OKC looks to be the Dubs kryptonite. That was an ugly series of possessions.

    • bassbaldy said, on May 24, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      … Didn’t see your post WJ when I posted above … Yeah, kryptonite was what came to my mind … but I don’t know anything about roundball.

  28. Carstie Clausen said, on May 24, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Peavy has a couple more starts this month. The second, on the 31st vs not so hot Lanta, may be the most important one so far as the front office goes. Tomorrow vs Shields and the tremendous Pads offense all he has to do is go 5 or 6 without giving up more than 3 runs. Quality start, they like to call it. Shields, like Pomeranz last night is a good pitcher who is hurtin for run support and may well get his 3rd win vs five defeats. The Atlanta game, vs an extremely rebuilding team is one where they likely expect him to turn the corner a bit. If he doesn’t they might bite the bullet.

  29. blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I went with Verlander with 3 of 5 LUs tonight in DFS. Dude has been money. Conversely, the guy you would think would be money, especially in cash games, Mr. Sale – has completely face planted (6 runs in less than 4 innings).

    • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      Verlander addendum: I am still amazed at the WS we won against his team. Frankly, I thought Verlander was through a couple of years ago, but last year and this year, he has pitched well, although his ERA was not reflecting how well he actually was pitching. In any event, he lowered it substantially this evening. The dude ended the eighth with a strikeout of Odubel Herrera, where he reached back to hit 97 mph to fan Herrera. Unfrickingbelievable.

      • zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 7:05 pm

        Sweeping Detroit in ’12 made no sense on paper, but the Giants pitching was hot at the right time of the season. Two 2-0 victories in that series.

  30. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Dubs are looking like shut rushing passes and playing no defense. Too many turnovers already.

  31. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    The Warriors aren’t bein patient

  32. blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Another pitcher over promoted by the New York media, but is a big zero – Matt Harvey. He of the 6.08 ERA and big mouth agent, Scott Boras.

    • Macdog said, on May 24, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      You do know he’s had Tommy John surgery?

      • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 7:54 pm

        This evening?

      • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 7:57 pm

        Seriously Mac, you are citing TJ surgery from October 2013? That’s hilarious if so.

      • Macdog said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:00 pm

        How so?

      • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:10 pm

        How many bad performances does he get before the TJ excuse isn’t used anymore? Tonight was his 3rd straight ineffective start, allowing five runs and eight hits over five shitty innings. Harvey has given up 16 earned runs and 31 hits over his last three outings.

        So, what does TJ surgery have to do with that? Especially after he pitched well in game 5 of the World Series last season?

      • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:13 pm

        Also, 3 of those 8 hits were bombs . . . tied a career high.

      • Macdog said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:07 pm

        Uh-oh: “Harvey left the scene before reporters could get his take on the situation.”

    • Macdog said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      I’m just suggesting he may never be the really fuckin’ good pitcher he was pre TJ,, when he was electric on the mound and provided the only real excitement at Citi Field. And he wasn’t a creation of the NY media, he was that ridiculously filthy. He’s been good to very good since until this season, so I’m not sure what’s going on.

      • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:25 pm

        OK, that I get . . . You would know better than I (living there). His mouthpiece, Boras, though – I definitely can’t stand. I think he does Harvey a disservice, e.g., when Boras strongly stated that Harvey’s physician wanted his innings capped at 180 and no postseason activity (made worse by Harvey at first agreeing with his agent). Big PR fiasco IMO.

      • djloo27 said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:33 pm

        Lots of theories – too many innings the year after TJ – looks out of shape – too much nightlife. But I wouldn’t say over promoted. When he was good he lived up to it. And he’s a loyal New York Ranger fan. What’s with all the East Coast paranoia out there? And I despise the Yanks and Mets, btw…

      • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:40 pm

        Loo, not just the West coast . . . Mountain zone is bombarded by ESPN and FOX constantly about East coast teams. It’s especially tiresome (and funny, ironic), when fill in the blank team face plants. Not just the Yankees, but also the Knicks, Giants, and Jets . . . Mets actually less so, until the last 2 seasons (probably because they were shitty.).

      • djloo27 said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:47 pm

        I believe you, Blade, but in the ’90’s I spent a lot of time in LA (which was loaded with transplanted New Yorkers) and I didn’t pick up on it…

  33. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I can’t take this officiating

  34. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Dubs playing shit defense. Flat awful.

  35. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    An arm in leftfield! Great throw from Parker.

  36. Macdog said, on May 24, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I’ve got Warriors game on at work over Giants on MLB Network since nothing’s gonna happen.

  37. djloo27 said, on May 24, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    The shifting is out of control. It’s a whole new ballgame…

  38. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    WTF? Parker bunting?

  39. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Parker out trying to bunt for a hit. I so give up on Giants minor league outfielders. HRs got him back to the majors, so he tries to bunt for a hit.

    • bassbaldy said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      Wouldn’t Boch or one of the coaches say something about that to him? Or, maybe it was
      Bochy’s decision?

      • zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:31 pm

        Bochy wouldn’t have wanted him bunting in that situation.

  40. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    The Warriors are being carried by Klay. 19 in the 3rd. But they can’t come back all the way.

    • djloo27 said, on May 24, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      Thank you for making the effort to type out “Warriors”, Chuck.
      “Dubs” annoys me so much that I can’t wait for them to get bounced.

  41. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Platoon Tomlinson in leftfield.

    • djloo27 said, on May 24, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Shoulda been Cespedes out there.
      They’d be 41-6…

      • blade3colorado said, on May 25, 2016 at 6:21 am

        Loo, most Californians don’t even consider LA part of the State. Besides it is Lakers and Dodgers 24/7 there. Sort of a world unto itself.

  42. djloo27 said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    SAFE!!!

  43. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Dubs dubs dubs. Curry tries to call time with 4 seconds left after getting tripped bringing the ball up. The refs let the clock run out.

  44. djloo27 said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    One for Kelly…

    • Bozo said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Close one.

  45. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Blanco’s great slide overcame Kelly’s bad decision.

    • zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      In my opinion. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • bassbaldy said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      I didnt see it … Not calling Kelly outc on the radio … Truly, another bad decision by Kelly?

  46. Macdog said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Tonight’s rallying cry: Let’s get 2!

    • zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      2 would be an embarrassment of riches. ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. bassbaldy said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    On the KNBR pre game They were rattling off all the Giants poor offensive stats … Whooeeee, that was an impressive list … I lost track of most but one stuck out: tied for last with Pirates for poorest with risp

  48. Carstie Clausen said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    I’ll say it again. The ump should kindly hand our cleanup hitter his whisk broom so he can do a bit of cleaning up while at bat. Hoping for high temps in Colorado so the Georgia boy can warm it up a bit.

  49. blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Duvall had another bomb this evening. Is he (technically) a part of the Bowker gang?

    • zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Yeah, even Bowker hit some HRs until the league got a book on him. And the book said “no fastballs. Bend everything.”

    • djloo27 said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      No, he is not but I would like to see an official membership list just for the record…

      • zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:26 pm

        It’s a long list. It’s every Giants minor league outfielder of the last 25 years.

      • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:27 pm

        Me too, including alumni.

      • djloo27 said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:36 pm

        I think Flav, Chuck or Twin can best define the Bowker Gang…

  50. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Smarge is going to have to hurl a bunch of zeroes tonight.

  51. blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    This question is to Willie or anyone else who has religiously followed the Warriors all season long (I have only watched 2-3 games) . . .

    So, honest answer, ok?

    Did anyone see this coming? If so, give me your reasons why you knew this would happen? Last question – if the Warriors are bounced by the Thunder, does this mean the Warriors are all hype and the league will exploit what they are seeing next season? By the by, I have not seen any of their playoff games, including this series with the Thunder, so I have NO IDEA why they are losing.

    • bassbaldy said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Good question Blade. I too would like to hear a response.

    • Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      I called Thunder in 7 before the series started but it looks like it’ll be 5. The Warriors do not match up well with this team, despite winning three of four in the regular season. OKC’s size and length give them fits.

      I’ve also said recently that despite winning 73 games this year, the team did not play well the last month of the season and now into the playoffs. They’ve not been sharp, but their talent and depth has gotten them to this point. Their defense has been inconsistent and as everyone can see, their offense is completely out of whack.

      The record is great, but my opinion is that they achieved it to the detriment of their chances in the playoffs, meaning they are fatigued. Injuries have also been a factor this year as have Kerr’s health issues.. Frankly, OKC is the “new” Golden State. Durant and Westbrook are virtually unstoppable when they’re on. Watching them carve up the Warriors is pretty good evidence of that.

      They are athletic as hell and they have that size and length. They’re going to be tough to beat for as long as they keep this group together.

      • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:00 pm

        Good analysis LJ. Do you see the Thunder winning it all?

      • djloo27 said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:03 pm

        Maybe the Warriors are an odd year SF team…

      • bassbaldy said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:04 pm

        Thank LJ … Very informative. It sure is tough to lose in this round after such an incredible season and Curry’s back to back MVP awards, that unanimous selection and the records he broke. It would have been a bitter pill to swallow losing in the final too, but this seems even worse .. but it ain’t over till it’s over. It does seem over though.

      • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:04 pm

        lulz

      • Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:13 pm

        Until the past few days I had the Cavs winning it, and I hope they do if the W’s don’t stage a dramatic comeback, but now I’m not so sure. Toronto is asserting itself, though I think Cleveland still wins it. OKC is red hot, so it’s a toss-up for me now.

      • Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:16 pm

        I’m not giving up on the W’s, it’s just hard to see them get thrashed multiple times. They picked a bad time to lose consecutive games for the first time.

    • chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:07 pm

      I would love to hear thoughts on this, too. I have watched quite a bit of Warrior basketball this year. I don’t follow it as closely as WillieD and SanDiggity, though. I thought OKC would be tough, but no, I did not see this coming. The only immediate delta between OKC when the Warriors beat them in the regular season, and now, is that OKC has improved defensively, and is giving up something like eight points less per game. Plus, after four games now, I just think OKC has had better game plans (Kerr is getting out-coached a bit), and the Thunder just seem hungrier and to want it more.

      With all that said, if there is ANY team that can rebound (pun intended) from a 3-1 deficit, it is this team. One game at a time. Every game is a true elimination game, now. Time to walk the walk…

      • blade3colorado said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:10 pm

        Yeah Chi, just from me listening to Flappers here – I thought the Warriors were invincible. Apparently, not.

      • Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:20 pm

        Don’t forget that it took an epic comeback and a 37 foot 3-pointer from Steph to beat OKC the last time GS was there. The other games were close as well.

      • djloo27 said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:30 pm

        Plenty of people had the Seahawks winning 3-4 Super Bowls after the Denver destruction.
        How did that work out?

  52. chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    FUCK!

  53. Macdog said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    There’s 2!

  54. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Posey with an RBI double that goes against the narrative.

  55. Macdog said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    3!

    • Bozo said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Even better.

  56. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    3 is crazy talk! ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    How about Parker “parks” one in the water.

    • zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      For some reason, the baseball gods hate Giants minor league outfielders.

      • Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:19 pm

        It sure seems that way.

  58. bassbaldy said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Seems like a long time since we’ve seen Casillia … I’m not missing him.

  59. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Pitchcount’s gonna get Smarge.

  60. chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Blade – great question at 8:35. I gave my spin, but would love to hear the opinions of WilieD, SanDog, Flav and any other hoop hounds out there.

  61. Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Samardzija lost his command fast.

  62. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    No surprise, the Reds are awful.

  63. chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Zume called it, pitch count and putting a couple of guys on did Shark in. Damned good outing, though.

  64. Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Osich had better get this out.

    • zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      Whew!

  65. chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Hell yes! Nice work by Osich!

  66. Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Good play by Panik there. Not as routine as it looked.

  67. Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Gregor still has the wheels.

  68. chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Watch Peavy toss a gem tomorrow, and it will just procrastinate what we all know needs to happen sooner rather than later.

    • zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      Totally agree.

  69. Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    He’s out!

  70. Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Great relay and tag there.

  71. djloo27 said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    What a relay and what a fuck up!

  72. Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    That’s one of the best plays in baseball, the laser relay throw to gun down a runner. Remember the one Marco Scutaro made to nail Fielder in the WS?

    • zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Oh yes.

    • chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      How could I ever forget…

  73. Bozo said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Two overturned calls, one at the plate and one at third, does not look good for this umpiring crew.

  74. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Some more Tenacious D!

  75. snarkk said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    With Blanco on first w no outs last inning, why not send him to steal, up by two runs ? If he makes it, you have a fast guy in specs to bunt him to third, where with one out , all sorts of shot can get him home. Bochy pisses me of with his frequent lack of balls to make something happen…

    • chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Yeah, they have really sucked under Bochy’s watch. (I am just fucking with you Tom.) lull

  76. Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Duffy has turned into a damn good third baseman. Good glove, feet and a strong, accurate arm.

    • chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      Yep…since day one he has reminded me of Bill Mueller. I like the kid a lot, even with his suckage at the plate of late.

  77. snarkk said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    That overturn on the safe call for the Kemp triple is Exhibit A to support use of replay. On the close plays, the umps are basically guessing…

    • zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Yep.

    • Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      Absolutely.

  78. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Duffy finally hurt that Padre shift.

  79. snarkk said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Ok, bases loaded for SF , no out. We’re in deep doo doo now… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  80. Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Yeah baby!

  81. Bozo said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Did we sign Kemp and I missed it. The dude has been playing a couple of great games for us.

    • Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      He looks like a cow moving around out there. Hard to believe he was once a good CF.

  82. Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    That kid is fucking strong. Wow.

  83. Bozo said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Big fly by Parker.

  84. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    OK, I could be wrong about Parker. Maybe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  85. chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Holy shit, stepped away for a few minutes and they fired up the damned conga line. If Parker can ever find some consistency at the plate, the kid is going to be really good.

  86. alleykat69 said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Shit that kid Jarret Parker sure has Roy Hobbs power!
    That was a bomb with leather exploding off of the ball!!!

  87. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    That bunt his first time up was, to put it bluntly, idiotic. He knows that now.

  88. alleykat69 said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Geez this kid Hessler is sure taking his lumps for the team this inning. 47 freakin pitch inning???

    • zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      It’s his total; he came in last inning.

      • zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:57 pm

        .

  89. snarkk said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    I’m gone for 3 minutes and missed a scoringsplosion! 5 runs in, WTF! Parker with a huge jack and a tripl for Craw. Nice…

    • chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      And all with zero outs! I missed it too…had to rewind and catch Parker’s blast.

  90. bassbaldy said, on May 24, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    No Casillia .. Yay!

  91. chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Hector fucking Sanchez…WTF…

    • Lurker John said, on May 24, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      lol

  92. chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Ballgame! 12 of 13…and we saw that marvelous conga line, again!

  93. chipower9 said, on May 24, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    G’night Flap Universe. Make it an awesome day tomorrow.

    • zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      Good night, Chi!

  94. Macdog said, on May 24, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Jon Miller cracked me up on that Duffy double in the 8th: “The ball’s hit to center . . . and there is no centerfielder!”

  95. Macdog said, on May 24, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Madson just hacked one up for the A’s, giving up a 2-run game-winning bomb to Leonys Martin with two outs in the 9th.

  96. Carstie Clausen said, on May 24, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Called it at 10:33 this morning. Well, not Parker’s blast, but the probability of him getting the call and also batting 7th. Of course that was not rocket science, just probability factoring. Also suggested he might Wally Pipp Pagan. That remains to be seen. Good start anyway against Hessler. We will know more after he’s faced some of the pitching the team has encountered lately. But he may well feast on cripples, newbies and has-beens. Betcha the Dagos would like him on their team tomorrow afternoon.

    Nice to see Duffy and Posey get into the action. When the middle of the order produces, the conga-line induces…R U N S in a bunch.

    Our top 3 starters have accumulated 20 wins amongst the trio. Several MLB teams are yet to reach the 20 win bracket. If the trend continues SF could end up with three 20 game winners, all making the All-Star roster.

  97. zumiee said, on May 24, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Peavy pitches tomorrow.

    • snarkk said, on May 24, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      Well, I’ll be scared for YOU and ME…
      ๐Ÿ˜‰

  98. unca_chuck said, on May 24, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    The Dubs certainly can reel off 3 straight, but they are doing what they can’t do, and that’s turn the ball over. They are also missing a ton of shots that they usually don’t miss. Steph and Green had 12 turnovers between ’em. Green was 107, Steph 6-20. And 21 total turnovers. I winder if fatigue is a factor, but Curry got a LOT of 4th quarters off, and the Warriors had a lot of victories where they rested everyone.

    So I’m not buying the fatigue factor. The big problem the last 2 games is Green has played awful. Same with Steph. Green was a -42 on the floor the other day, and a -30 tonight. Maybe Portland wore them out. For being a 5 game series, it took a lot out of them. And Green looks fucked up. Steph is off as well. And what is absolutely killing them is giving OKC so many 2nd chance points. 56-40 on the boards.

    OKC has turned it around because their rookie coach finally got them to pay attention on defense. It took some time to get through to them. Also, Westbrook has finally learned that other guys on the team should take shots occasionally.

    • snarkk said, on May 25, 2016 at 12:04 am

      Let them get back to Oracle, and right the ship. Then, see what happens. I wonder if that knee is bothering Steph…

  99. snarkk said, on May 25, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Parker coming up certainly paid dividends tonight with his dinger. But, anybody see anything in the media about why they brought him up instead of Wiliiamson? I would think they would favor the RH power hitter for ATT usage, not the LHB. At least they DLed Pagan, like they should have done the first time his hammy went whacky…


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