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Giants and OBD

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 5, 2016

Busy today, just a quickie to get ya going. Carl Crawford got Df’d today. Money well spent. If we didn’t have to pay for the next year and a half of his deal, I’d let him run around in right field till Pence got back. He could be the ghost of Reggie Smith. Loved that dude in ’82.

OBD tonight at 5pm. Les go.

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  1. unca_chuck said, on June 6, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Yeah, short of some blockbuster trade, we go the Markakis route. It’s not like they are in a strong position to get a hot young OFer any time soon. And yes we should be making hay now, but going .500 on the road is still a positive. For all the games they blew they only lost one game in the standings.

    Thing is, coming home Could be a downer in disguise. We aren’t hitting anyway, and the home woes could escalate that. Just hope Cain doesn’t get Cained again. And welcome back Palblito…

    • bassbaldy said, on June 6, 2016 at 8:14 am

      Chuck, you do realize Cain is still on the DL do you not? And, I’m pretty sure Panda is not traveling with the team.

      • bassbaldy said, on June 6, 2016 at 8:21 am

        I think Suarez gets the start, then Bum vs Price. St Louis is hitting this year and we are not. The Red Sox are hitting in away that makes the Cards look feeble. We can pretty much count on the fact that we won’t hit … So, the new guy and Bum will have to be extra special to keep us in these two games … the pressure will be all theirs.

  2. chipower9 said, on June 6, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Lisle – I get your frustration, but the stats do not back up that our offense is “weak.”

    NL rankings (out of 15 teams):
    Avg – 6th
    RBI – 5th
    OBP – 4th
    SB – 5th
    2B – 7th
    3B – 2nd

    MLB rankings (out of 30 teams):
    Avg – 14th
    RBI – 10th
    OBP – 6th
    SB – 11th
    2B – 13th
    3B – 2nd

    In the top third in NL in most categories, and in the top half of all teams, MLB-wide. IMO, that, with 35 wins, does not translate to a weak offense.

    Not calling you out, just trying to put some perspective with stats on the subject. I get it…some of us are Pollys (the glass is half full and all that other happy horseshit), and some are Doomers.

    It is all good, brother.

    Good luck with the move. Safe travels and happy trails.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on June 6, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Chi: Fellow polly here, as you well know. One cavil: Thing that does not show up in those stats is the Giants ranking with RISP. Too distracted at the moment to look it up but guessing it would be in the lower third in the NL.

  3. willedav said, on June 6, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Lisle, I do agree with you the O has been disappointing.
    But I think healthy Belt gives Posey more rest and he will be fine.
    Moving Craw up in the order might produce some nice benefits to run scoring.
    Panik and Duffy I like still, and the Giants IF D is very important winning factor in close games. Even if neither of them approach last year, glove work will be big asset. Having Span in CF is a big upgrade defensively and Blanco can play anywhere.
    As for bench play, this has been a thony Giants issue for a while now–no more Ehire deAza or Byrd is a good thing. I like Specs Brown Blanco and getting Parker/mac some ABs at ml level should have been done a while ago imo.

    Sure there are flaws and disappointments, but I think this team goes a long way.

  4. wilcojoe said, on June 6, 2016 at 9:12 am

    The thing about this team is that they remind me of every one of our previous World Series championship clubs. Back end questions with the rotation, questionable middle relief, no bench and an offense that indeed feels “weak”. The biggest common denominator is the MASH unit. Yet somehow, someway, they find a way to pull it off in these even numbered years. I don’t think this year is any different. So I have decided to just sit back and enjoy the turbulent ride. Wake me up in October.

  5. Carstie Clausen said, on June 6, 2016 at 9:14 am

    We could have won last night’s game. It might have been tight, but Bochy made the wrong move, or couple of moves made and not made there in the 6th. Leadoff double should have led to instant action in the Pen. We are talking the heart of the Cardinals order here. We are also looking at a manager who generally is the maestro of the bullpen, but also guilty of having a bit of a bromance with Peavy. Second double brings the hook in a now 3-2 game.

    Who gets the ball, the FIREMAN, of course. Who dat? It’s not set in stone yet, but take a look at those game pitching stats. Who was the shut-down reliever who ultimately did get the call in that inning? Gearrin. If BB15 had a sense of baseball history he would take the time to read up on the role of the fireman a few decades back. At that time (50’s well into the 70’s) the fireman outranked the closer. In fact during the earlier part of that period, i do not even recall the term “closer” being used and if my memory glands are sagging a bit, it may have been current but infrequently employed.

    St. Louis has transmogrified from a speed, defense and pitching champion into a hitting and power contender. You do not take chances with a gassed or even half-gassed starter with those boys. Quick hook when there’s ducks on the pond and a tenuous lead. Time for the fireman. Again, not doing the research, but my impression is that the 6th inning is all too often the pivotal point in the ballgame. It sure was last night.

    • unca_chuck said, on June 6, 2016 at 10:02 am

      Carstie, if there’s anything I’m 100% sure of, it’s that Bochy knows his baseball history.

      Roles have changed and all that over the years. Closers used to come in in the 7th or 8th and go as long as they could. Teams used to carry 4 starters and 5 relievers. Maybe 6. Now you have 12-13 pitchers on a given staff. You’d burn out guys faster than they burn out now.

  6. wilcojoe said, on June 6, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Snarkk had some good points about the East Coast bias within the national media last night. I will say that at least in Houston, the Warriors (specifically Steph) are getting more respect than the Giants ever did. Obviously Steph has a lot to do with that, maybe everything to do with that in fact.

    I took the boys to Dave N Busters last night and the bar was packed with people watching the Finals. Even noticed a couple Steph jerseys in the crowd. However what caught my eye is that of the dozens of TV’s in that place, not one had the Giants-Cards Sunday night game on. 80% were on the Finals but the rest were either soccer or some NFL network bullshit. I have quit asking bartenders to change the channel anymore, they act like I just ordered a round of ice waters for the joint. Most of the time you have to ask four times before it gets done.

    • zumiee said, on June 6, 2016 at 9:48 am

      That kind of thing gets MLB nervous.

  7. zumiee said, on June 6, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Giants could have skipped Suarez this time through, and pitched Bum on Tues. night, and then Bum on Sun. night vs.the Dodgers.
    But, Bochy likes to play the “long game,” and it’s hard to argue with his success. He feels that giving Bum, and the other pitchers, the extra day of rest is better in the long term, for success during the season.


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