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Tampa Beat Down

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on June 18, 2016

The Shark is back on the beam and Tampa Bay looked tepidly average, at best. I’m guessing they look better today against Suarez who I continue to have no confidence in. And could Matt Duffy get a hit, like, on the road? His splits have wandered into the absurd. He’s hitting .356 at home and .126 on the road. I think the mental aspect of his game has to get looked at. Nothing explains those splits this far into the season. If you want a silver lining, he’s got 2 bombs on the road, 1 at home……

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  1. Carstie Clausen said, on June 18, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Duffy dilemma? Perhaps your last “silver lining” sentence explains it, Flav. Psychologically he may have adjusted to a smoother swing at home and thus gets his base knocks at Willie Mays Field. When he goes on the road perhaps he’s a bit like a little kid on Christmas morning and succumbs to a subconscious temptation to smash that ball.

    • Flavor said, on June 18, 2016 at 7:37 am

      well, 2 homeruns doesn’t suggest that he’s trying to mash the ball on the road. And the defenses aren’t any differently aligned at home v road. I think the road is in his head. And that’s some fucked up shit to happen at this point in the season…..

  2. wilcojoe said, on June 18, 2016 at 7:55 am

    For some reason I want to say that Bengie “big money” Molina had a couple seasons where his home spits were far superior to his road ones. Or maybe it was Panda’s first season? Or both? Or neither?

  3. wilcojoe said, on June 18, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Well my golf partner appeared to have his fifteen minutes of fame as he begins his slow fade back into obscurity…In my best Vin Scully voice (Loo that was gold last night), “it’s interesting to note, that the current top three players on the US Open leaderboard (D. Johnson, Westwood and Garcia), are arguably also the top three players in the world to have never won a major.”

    • Flavor said, on June 18, 2016 at 8:12 am

      DJ gets way too much shit about never winning a major. Stenson and Garcia don’t get half the shit that DJ gets…..

      • Macdog said, on June 18, 2016 at 8:59 am

        I’m rooting for him to break through. Saw him win Barclays in NJ back in ’11 when tourney was shortened to 54 holes due to impending storm. He might’ve won the PGA some years back if not for that silly bunker ruling on the last hole.

  4. unca_chuck said, on June 18, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Crazy splits. At least it doesn’t affect Duffy’s defense. The throw late in the game on the ball hit down the line was a fricking laser.

  5. Flavor said, on June 18, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Tim Lincecum Day at O.Co! I had like 12.5% of a motive to go to that game but fizzled out quickly…..

    • willedav said, on June 18, 2016 at 8:28 am

      Still think he would have been perfect fit for A’s and Beane. Place would be a lot fuller every time he pitched and contract would have been a bargain. Might have been able to flip him later.
      Watched some of last night game…plenty of good seats available would be understatement.

  6. Flavor said, on June 18, 2016 at 8:27 am

    one thing I’d like to see the Warriors stop doing: crying after every non-call they think should be a foul. They often don’t even get back on D as they are whining to the refs on the other end. What good does it do to cry about a foul that didn’t get called? The single make up call they MIGHT get later has got to be secondary to the irritation they give to the refs. Why would the refs want to give them make up calls when they are crying like girls over EVERY CALL they don’t get?
    And I put this 100% on Steve Kerr. HE has to be the one to tell them that this is the finals, you aren’t going to get calls you get in the regular season.

    • Macdog said, on June 18, 2016 at 9:01 am

      That’s a problem hardly exclusive to the Warriors. Every team has players who do that.

    • snarkk said, on June 18, 2016 at 9:25 am

      LeBron is a whiner extraordinaire. If he ever were called for a foul on his typical manhandling of Curry, or the occasional forearm shiver Curry gets, he’d whine and make faces as if he were being singled out for no reason…

  7. zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 8:27 am

    There’s a chance it’s not going to go well for Timmy. I hope he limits the amount of walks. He averaged two a game vs. the minor leaguers in limited innings
    Here’s hoping Timmy has a good performance today!

  8. zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 8:42 am

    It’s likely Timmy will never make the Hall of Fame, but a lot of Hall of Fame pitchers would love to have his accomplishments. 3 Championships, 2 Cy Youngs, and 2 no-hitters.

    • Lurker John said, on June 18, 2016 at 10:00 am

      He’ll always be a member of the S.F. Giants HoF. The MLB Hall is all driven by politics anyway.

  9. zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 8:53 am

    It’s an amazing coincidence that Timmy is pitching on the same day, at the same time, as the Giants’ replacement starting pitcher Suarez. It makes for an immediate narrative.

  10. snarkk said, on June 18, 2016 at 9:30 am

    So, with Suarez going to give Peavy an extra day off, is Peavy injured or is Boch just finally figuring out that Peavy on normal 5-day turn is not nearly as good as Peavy on a 6-day turn?…

    • zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 9:39 am

      The latter, according to a thing I read. I think it was Henry S. in the SF Chronicle.

    • Lurker John said, on June 18, 2016 at 10:05 am

      I think Peavy buggered up his neck on the diving play at first in the last game.

      • Bozo said, on June 18, 2016 at 11:11 am

        I heard/read that too LJ.

  11. zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Posey to DH today. Blanco gets the start in rightfield instead of Parker.

  12. Lurker John said, on June 18, 2016 at 10:01 am

    It sounds like the guy pitching for the Rays has been on a roll lately, big southpaw.

    • Lurker John said, on June 18, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Matt Moore, last start anyway, 7 IP, 2H, 0 ER, 10K. Overall, he’s pretty mediocre.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on June 18, 2016 at 11:40 am

      At 3rd in OBP and 5th in OPS, Belt statistically is one of the absolute top tier hitters in the NL ~ rather quietly so as his power numbers per se are somewhat mediocre (home park effect). BB9’s improved production has made the loss of Pence a far less daunting factor. Add in the gradual improvement in Posey’s AB’s and Crawford’s quick climb in RBI’s and SF has a trio which has generated a good many runs lately.

      Between a solid third of the 15 best starters in the NL and that triad of thumpers in the lineup it is quite possible that the Giants will be strong, even through the heavy schedule in early August, likely sufficient to keep the crew on top of the NLW and equally high in league standings to fully benefit from a presumed return of Pence between mid-August and mid-September. Four strong bats and no particularly weak ones along with 3 playoff pitchers should make for a solid showing vs the Cubs and/or Nats in early October.

    • James said, on June 18, 2016 at 11:42 am

      The reduced K rate and extra balls in play have boosted him from a low-mid 800’s OPS caliber player into the 900’s. New territory for him. Hope he can sustain it for the entire season.

  13. Bozo said, on June 18, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Ishi had those weird splits but one year he was better at Home and the next year he had better splits on the road.
    in 09 he hit .349 and 7 HRs at Home – .162, 2 HRs Away
    in 10 he hit .194 and 0 HRs at home – .326, 3HRs away
    Maybe Ishi worked with Duffster in the offseason..

  14. James said, on June 18, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Just for the heck of it, I looked up Denard Span’s contract terms. So far it appears to be a low profile waste of $$$ at 9 million/yr. He has given SF nothing that Blanco could not have provided.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on June 18, 2016 at 11:50 am

      Though only slightly above league average in BA, Span is top 20 or so in bases on balls and shows odd, occasional power. He may not be your ideal leadoff man, but does add to the conga-line effect and that could take a significant jump should Panik revert to fine form and what with BB9 finally slotted into his logical situation, batting in Willie Mays’ three-hole. Most of us understand that if he plays maybe four games per week, Blanco is an excellent hitter and in those games may make for the better choice at lead-off. With that realization goes the fact that whether physically or psychologically El Tiburon Blanco simply loses it if he is on the field on a daily basis. For now, 3 games per week in the starting lineup, carefully chosen by Bochy and his assistants, will give Parker sufficient opportunity to adjust to ML pitching without dragging the team down when he flails. By playoff time we should have Pence back and a rotating 3rd outfielder based on matchups and such. Not a bad prospect.

      • James said, on June 18, 2016 at 12:03 pm

        Stix, Blanco put up an 800 OPS starting last year. That was over 300 plate appearances. I don’t think Gregor would perform like that all season long starting, but he’ll give you a 650-700 OPS. Basically, if you’d stick him out there day after day, the offense would score just as many runs as it’s doing with Span right now. For the money we’re paying him, Span should give us at least the Pagan-like numbers he produced for the Nationals.

  15. Flavor said, on June 18, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Span has been underwhelming but I don’t think anyone, not even you James, wants to see Blanco play every day

    • James said, on June 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Right, because he would be as underwhelming as Span has been šŸ™‚

  16. Flavor said, on June 18, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Giants wearing uni’s from ’78 for this game. EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!

  17. Flavor said, on June 18, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Someone needs to explain to me why Vida Blue has a radio show AND a tv spot on Comcast pre-game. He is worthless. He says nothing of interest. And his lack of knowledge of even the most basic things like who the players are on the opposing team is mind boggling…..

  18. Carstie Clausen said, on June 18, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Preview of pipeline pitching prospect possibilities include two starters and a closer currently playing for the Richmond Flying Squirrels:

    Rated as #10 of the Giants top 30 prospects is starter Adelberto Mejia. 23 years old on Monday, the 6’3″, l95
    pound lefty from the Dominican Republic has a nice set of stats staring us in the face. For the offensively
    challenged AA Flying Squirrels Mejia has a 3-2 record on a sparkling 1.94 ERA. In 65 innings he has given up a scanty 48 hits along with 16 walks vs 58 K’s for a very nice 0.98 WHIP.

    Not harshly outdone by his rotation mate is Joan Gregorio who is not on the Top 30 list but has served up only 15 hits and 6 walks in 27 innings for Richmond. His 0-2 WL record is offset by a 2.33 ERA with 30 K’s over those 27 IPs and a VERY nice 0.78 WHIP.

    Should SF need a closer by no later than next year the pipeline contains a 6’5″, 187 lb beanpole who was a 10th round choice in 2013. Tyler Rogers too is not rated as a top 30 prospect, though he has racked up 8 saves since May 26. The 25 Y.O. righty has ceded 20 hits in 31 IP with only 8 walks compared with 21 whiffs. His WHIP is a very acceptable 0.90 and now you hafta hold your hats on. In his 31 IP for the Flying Squirrels to date, Rogers posts a remarkable ERA of 0.00. Smoke that in your pipes and stick it.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on June 18, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Note on posting: Mejia got caught up in a PED snangle last season and sat out 50 games or so. But that does not subtract a whole lot from his current stats.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on June 18, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Jeeze: Can’t edit back through scrolling on this service so i missed a misplaced decimal point. The ERA is 1.94 for Mejia, not .194. Still pretty good, though.

    • zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks!

  19. djloo27 said, on June 18, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Timmy’s the free game on MLB.com…

  20. Flavor said, on June 18, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    this is a first. I’m watching an A’s game with the option of watching the Giants game. First inning anyway.

  21. zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Vida’s “key to the game” today is that the Giants offense needs to keep it going.
    That’s pretty funny.

  22. Flavor said, on June 18, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    If I bought a ticket to an A’s game and I was in front of those dumbass drummers I would likely get arrested for assault and battery by the 3rd inning…….

    • zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Whatever happened to Crazy George? I kinda miss that guy. A little.

  23. zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    The Duffinater!

  24. Carstie Clausen said, on June 18, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    As per my opening comment, Duffy smashed the ball while batting on the road. Cozy confines bring out his power stroke. Hopefully he will not strike out in his next 3 ABs.

  25. Macdog said, on June 18, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Make it 3 bombs on the road!

  26. ewisco said, on June 18, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Timmy hitting 99 pretty regularly. Lot of pitches tho

    • ewisco said, on June 18, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Sorry 90

  27. zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Span rarely squares up anything these days.

  28. zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Suarez is meh today.

  29. Flavor said, on June 18, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Timmy looks like he has the last 4 years. Lots of balls nowhere near the strike zone. He’s only given up 1 run but this is the A’s. A good hitting team would have more.

    • James said, on June 18, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Yep.

  30. Flavor said, on June 18, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    What’s Nagy gonna tell Tim Lincecum? lolololol

  31. zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Come on down, Chris Stratton.

  32. zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Yikes.

  33. djloo27 said, on June 18, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Duh-nard…

  34. Flavor said, on June 18, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Span is a dunce. Any ball that gets hit down the line, he scores easily from 2nd. No reason in a million years to *guess* and just take off running.

  35. snarkk said, on June 18, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I’m listening to the A’s radiocast because Timmeh is pitching. Good thing I don’t have to listen to that on a regular basis. Ken Korack is OK, if you’re an insomniac. Same with that Vince guy. Doesn’t help that I don’t know who the hell these A’s players are. I doubt the A’s fans do, either…

  36. zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Timmy’s getting some good run support today.

  37. wilcojoe said, on June 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Duvall just hit a game tying opposite field two run homer in the bottom of the ninth with two outs. Unreal!

    • wilcojoe said, on June 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      I am now about 99% sure he is on something.

  38. snarkk said, on June 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Timmeh – 6 IP, 4 hits, 2Ks, 2 BBs, 1 ER; leading 7-1 over the A’s…

    • wilcojoe said, on June 18, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      Nothing wrong with that. Welcome back Timmeh!

      • snarkk said, on June 18, 2016 at 3:35 pm

        Yep, I’d take that every start. Even against the horrible A’s, that’s a good start. Angels should take him out, he’s near 100 pitches. Let him have confidence in a good start…

    • djloo27 said, on June 18, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      and probably done after 98 pitches…

      • Bozo said, on June 18, 2016 at 4:18 pm

        Probably done in 2011.

    • zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      By a quirk in the schedule, I think his next start is also against the A’s.

  39. zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    What’s with the bunts?

    • zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Duffy hit an HR earlier. It makes no sense. Especially on that fast turf.

      • zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 3:49 pm

        Craw picks him up!

  40. James said, on June 18, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I feel like I put unnecessary pressure on Span today . . . .

  41. zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Span the rally-killer.

  42. James said, on June 18, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Yes!!!!

  43. djloo27 said, on June 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    YESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Flavor said, on June 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    nice.

  45. zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Wow!!!

  46. Bozo said, on June 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Fuck yeah – WTG Panik.

  47. djloo27 said, on June 18, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    I didn’t realize Cory Gearrin is already 30 years old…

    • Flavor said, on June 18, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      yeah. Braves gave up on him for some reason

  48. Bozo said, on June 18, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Good game.

  49. Flavor said, on June 18, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    I’d wager that’s the first time a dude has been hit in the head and then hit a game winning home run in the 9th. Well, maybe not the first time. But that was something very rare we saw today.

    • djloo27 said, on June 18, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      Dinged and a Dinger…

  50. Macdog said, on June 18, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Two great comebacks today: The Giants, and, of course, Timmy.

  51. Carstie Clausen said, on June 18, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Holy Kowabunga ! They gone and done it again. Now Panik and Duffy are catching up to themselves. Posey is back in the saddle, the congaline goes in fits and starts and Suarez was not all that bad ~ save for the three solo shots he gave up. Bochy did yet another successful mix n match with his bullies and all ended well.

    Missed the last 4 innings as a couple friends came by to help mow and clean the firepit zone up on Echo Ridge ~ a location with an amazing moonscape where when she’s full, the rising is bright orange above the tamarack trees a half mile past the swampmeadows of peated in Upper Pine Lake. Monday night there will be a few friends over to celebrate a rare occasion which happens only every 30 years or so when full moon coincides with the Summer Solstice. We will get the full show, bottles will get drained and bug spray will be used by the few tenderfoots amongst the gang.

    • zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      Pretty darned cool, Stix.

      • Carstie Clausen said, on June 18, 2016 at 6:10 pm

        Thanks, Zumiee. You’re invited in case you wanna hop in the old Lear jet and scoot on up here.

      • zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 6:14 pm

        šŸ™‚

      • zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 6:23 pm

        Sounds like an awesome gathering.

  52. wilcojoe said, on June 18, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    The Giants uni’s they wore today are probably my favorite ones of all time, even though I was just a tad too young to really have much recollection of them. They just scream “Jack Clark” every time I see them for some reason. I dig the script Giants font.

    I would love to see them wear the ones that replaced those, which really conjure most of my best childhood memories of the eighties and early nineties. The classic white home uni’s with block lettering which will always scream “The Thrill” to me. Next year will be 25 years since they last wore them, so I hope we get several good looks at them then.

    • zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      Even with some of heartbreaking endings, there were some amazing and fun seasons from ’86-’93 with that core of players.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on June 18, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      I like those ’80s block letters.

  53. zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    The Dodger game will be on the MLB Network tonight in certain parts of the nation.

  54. pawliekokonuts said, on June 18, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    zumiee, tnx for the Timmy gif. I’m happy for Timmy. Glad he won, even if it against a bad tem. Did Panik need or get the concussion protocol test? Boom!

    • zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 8:15 pm

      The trainer examined him for a while at firstbase. Panik was smiling and chatting the whole time. He never seemed uncomfortable.

  55. pawliekokonuts said, on June 18, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    I really haven’t watcvhed the Warriors a lot, not like you guys. I finally figured out Steph Curry. He’s the wiseguy kid in the back of the classroom. He is fearless and cocky and knows how to skirt trouble but stay out of it. Some hint of Eddie Haskell. The classmates love him. He frustrates the teacher, who secretly likes him but really wants to nail him. On something, any thing.

  56. zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    The Brewers are awful. But we knew that already.

  57. snarkk said, on June 18, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Unis the Gyros wore today are some of my least favorite, they remind me of sucky times for the team, and I just don’t like the look. A good win like today was all too unfamiliar during the times they wore those unis.

  58. djloo27 said, on June 18, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Dodger game is 2 hours old and they’re still in the 4th inning.
    Scully sounds exhausted…

  59. zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    The Brewers are putting on a clinic on how to play terrible baseball.

    • zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      The Dodgers play the Nats this week; that should be interesting. The Giants go to Pittsburgh. Their ballpark is my second favorite in MLB, after AT&T. I love that yellow bridge beyond centerfield.

      • zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 10:04 pm

        The Pirates have to travel, too, coming home from Chicago, late Sunday night.

      • zumiee said, on June 18, 2016 at 10:06 pm

        Should be a battle, seems like it always is there, other than the playoff game in ’14.


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