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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 10, 2016

If THIS is the best team in baseball, I feel sorry for what fans of other teams have to root for. Seriously, I like our team, said the other day I wouldn’t trade it for anyone in the NL except maybe the Cubs. But when Grant Green and Booby Tejada are driving in your runs it’s time to consider that the team record might be a lil’ over inflated. Just saying.

Sunday night baseball tonight.

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  1. Carstie Clausen said, on July 10, 2016 at 6:46 am

    There is quite a bit of talent parity in baseball. Giants have a couple of rotation powerhouses, an excellent infield defense and a culture of winning. So far this year those factors have brought them to where they are. Add a clever and adept manager and coaching staff and you have a team which knows how to cash in those chits.

    • Lurker John said, on July 10, 2016 at 11:39 am

      Well said!

  2. blade3colorado said, on July 10, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Just means we got a lot of reinforcements coming back from the DL. Glad we got it out of the way – that these guys can play some decent ball without having their ass handed to them. This is money in the bank (experience wise) come September and playoff time, when the pressure will be much higher.

  3. dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 10, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Got to take the wins however they come. I read that Duffy’s rehab has been delayed. If that’s the case, Tomlinson’s return will be a welcome site to man the hot corner. Bullpen issues aside this has been a fun seasonal far. Belt finally breaking out to quiet down the haters (I’m looking at you, blade 😜). Seriously where would this club be without him? And holy crap Crawford! His upward trend at the plate is probably peaking this year are and I am digging it. Damn straight. For all the Posey is the face of the franchise talk I’m thinking it is really Crawford with his quiet confidence that is the leader In the clubhouse.

    I’m getting all the toilets in the house replaced today, Bumgarner takes the hill tonight and I’m headed to the game with my daughter. Life is good.

    • djloo27 said, on July 10, 2016 at 10:09 am

      I’d rather get a new toilet than clean the old one.
      Happy flushing, Dirt!

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 10, 2016 at 11:24 am

        Family life has had a dramatic impact on what excites me. In many ways. Sad face. Lulz.

    • blade3colorado said, on July 10, 2016 at 11:16 am

      lulz . . . Yeah, I was a “hater,” but I am glad he is doing well. Happy for him and us.

  4. unca_chuck said, on July 10, 2016 at 8:36 am

    If anything, it’s under-inflated. We should get better when guys like Pence, Panik and Duffy come back. The pen has been a rollercoaster ride that could have won us 8 more games, so by that metric we are underperforming.

  5. alleykat69 said, on July 10, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Agree Chuck,
    This team will only get better when the reinforcements(Panik,Pence,Duffyand Cain get healthy. Even in ST I thought the 2 most important bench guys were Gilliaspie& Green due their overall experience in the bigs, and I’m glad to see Boch finally seeing that and using both more along with Pena who’s had some big hits as well…

  6. Macdog said, on July 10, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I’m sure there’s been some smoke and mirrors involved, but …

    The Giants are a combined 17-1 vs. the Padres, Brewers and Rays, including that perfect 9-0 vs. the Pads. That’s +16 right there, so, with a couple exceptions (Rockies, A’s), they’ve done a very good job beating up on the dregs of MLB.

    The Giants don’t get swept. The only one I can recall was that 4-gamer at home vs. the D-Backs way back when, but they canceled that out with a 4-game sweep in the desert and are 4-1 vs. the Snakes since.

    For the last month or so, except for that hiccup vs. the A’s, the Giants have been winning series after series after series. They don’t have long losing streaks, and there’s two big reasons why: MadBum and Cueto. Try and find a better 1-2 combo right now in all of MLB.

    Then there’s this, and I don’t think I’ll get much disagreement here: Between Posey, Belt and Crawford, the Giants have three of the top players at their position — batting and fielding — in all of MLB. That’s 38 percent of the starting lineup. Again, try and find a team that has that.

    As for the scrap-heap guys coming in and contributing: The only explanation I have is that the Giants have stumbled upon a bunch of players who are getting a first, second, maybe even third chance to play in the bigs and are hungry as hell to stay. That’s not going to happen for most of them, but making it tough for the Giants to figure out who goes when the injured return is a great problem to have.

    Finally, as we saw with the Lost Lamb play, you make a mistake like that vs. the Giants and even the likes of Grant Green will make you pay.

    Can they keep this up? The pessimist in me, even after three titles, has my doubts, and the schedule will be a challenge after the break. Plus, the Dodgers aren’t going away despite all their injuries. But I know this: The Giants are tough as hell and won’t back down from anyone. Should be a fun rest of the season.

    • djloo27 said, on July 10, 2016 at 10:07 am

      Great job, Mac!
      The old, old Yankees (Mantle and before) were supposedly known for slaughtering the patsies of the AL…

    • Lurker John said, on July 10, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Yeah baby!

  7. Carstie Clausen said, on July 10, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Just checked back on standings at the end of May and determined that from the first day of June on, the Giants record has been an even .667 (24-12). So in essence they have won two out of every 3 game series. When you consistently win two-thirds of your games vs MLB teams you are doing more than one thing right.

    Yes, the schedule gets tougher after the Break, but it is likely that with the staged returns of the wounded warriors, so will the Giants. Meanwhile, that ragtag and bobtail bunch called up as patchwork replacements have demonstrated their hunger to be keepers on what they likely perceive as a championship team. Back in the day a lot of guys on other teams wanted to be Yankees. Now its the Giants who are developing that indomitable rep. A good part of the game is psychological. It is precisely there where SF has its biggest edge.

  8. djloo27 said, on July 10, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I like when the Giants are the Sunday night game, but I wonder why this match-up was chosen…

    • willedav said, on July 10, 2016 at 10:19 am

      mm, I think it sucks for hitters in this time frame, AS game too.
      maybe with AS game in SD, ESPN figured a left coast late game wouldn’t mess up plans for other teams that have guys flying in from East Coast.

  9. willedav said, on July 10, 2016 at 10:12 am

    We all have doubts about pen, but Giants pen has pitched 50 fewer innings than Dodgers has. Continued success of SPs as Mac mentioned will help lessen wear and tear in second half.

    Green, a guy who never had much of a shot anywhere, could make things interesting. As a RH counterpart to Gillaspie he might be a real keeper. Nice to have Specs back to give Craw a day off at SS.

    Not sure what is up with Span, except maybe the Yard just doesn’t agree with him. Remember, when Giants acquired Pence from Philly he hit .219 here for last couple months of the season before breaking out following year. Might not be bad idea to get Parker some more starts in CF tho I doubt it happens with Blanco around.

    All this depth nice problems to have tho.

  10. djloo27 said, on July 10, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Murphy does it again to the Mets.
    I have never seen anything like it…

  11. willedav said, on July 10, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Murphy is leading the league in BA, making his acquisition a pretty sound move by Nats for a guy assumed to be one dimensional. Mets still only 4 back and have the second WC despite all the injuries.

    Did Mac mention Mets announcers wondered if ball was juiced? I count up HRs and total runs scored each day and this year seems like way more days of 40 HRs plus. Friday night there were about 45 bombs and 155 runs scored, really high totals.
    Maybe James has better handle on official numbers for offense around the league.

    • djloo27 said, on July 10, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Everyone seems to think the ball is either juiced or wound tighter this year. I thought I heard that baseball as a whole is on pace to have the second most homers ever in a single season (not sure) although no one individual is even close to threatening the record.

      Murphy has 21 RBIs in 12 games + one inning vs. Mets so far this season. Met announcer said the record for RBIs vs. one team in a season is 28 by Henry Aaron vs. 1962 Mets…

      • Lurker John said, on July 10, 2016 at 12:02 pm

        I think this stuff just goes in cycles, HR’s, pitching, hitting, etc.

    • Flavor said, on July 10, 2016 at 10:40 am

      I took the under in every single game today. My angle is combining my perceived belief in low scoring Sundays with the fact that 3/4 of these guys are checked out waiting for the all star break to start. And the under in the Giants game (7.5) seems like free $$$$ to me.

  12. Flavor said, on July 10, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Dirt– I need to know what prompted the necessity to replace every toilet in the house. Good story there?

  13. ewisco said, on July 10, 2016 at 10:58 am

    With one more game before the break, it’s time to review my traditional first half goals: try to be around .500 and don’t let anyone run away from you. I think we can check both of those boxes. Now we’ll have to see how the second half goals play out: get hot, get in, get deep.

    It might be possible to say that we got our hot streak already going and are maybe peaking too soon. But with all the injuries and the hit or miss bullpen, maybe not. it will be interesting to see if they make any trade moves but not sure any are required. also will be interesting to see how the return of the starters (isn’t that a star wars movie?) will affect the roster. Not good news about Duffy, but of course i trust the crack medical staff to make the right call there. and who else would you want managing panik’s concussion?

    so very nice so far. a pleasure to watch and enjoy and i’m really looking forward to the second half. the only downside is that it means winter’s coming, which sucks.

    • willedav said, on July 10, 2016 at 11:23 am

      winter, eric? We’re pretty spoiled for weather out here. iirc you’ve lived and worked in east coast…what we get out here is awfully mild, year round, isn’t it? Even the heat is dry and it usually cools down by nightfall.

      • ewisco said, on July 10, 2016 at 2:48 pm

        June 21st is a sad day and Dec 21is always a good one. Its not so much the weather as it is the long\shortdays

  14. Lurker John said, on July 10, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I don’t think the record is overinflated if you factor in the injuries and the guys coming back. If we can win this many games with so many guys down, I don’t think it’s a reach to state that we’ll be at least as good when the starters come back.

    • bassbaldy said, on July 10, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Good point LJ. My trepidation is that once our first stringers return it will take sometime for them to knock the rust off. I think we saw that with Pence & Pagan at various points when returning from the DL; right out the gate they were raking for a couple of games, then nose dived.

      Curious that Pena, before getting squashed by Big Mac, was actually producing at better clip than any regular IF other than Belt. But that was a small sample size. There is something about that guy (Pena) I like – I know he booted that routine play yesterday, but every IF does that occasionally.. Maybe it is his realization this could be his last opp for a big league job, I dunno .. He seems to be mostly playing like his hair is on fire … Maybe he really is Scutaro reincarnate? Wouldn’t that be something?

      Has anyone heard anything about Panik? The concussion seems to be taking a while to heal .. I know it’s a tricky injury that cannot be taken lightly or messed with but I’m wondering if there is something else going on? Maybe his back problems again? Although he had some good moments, he didnt seem to be his old self and never got completely untracked before he went down.

      • djloo27 said, on July 10, 2016 at 12:18 pm

        These are the injury updates from Baggs yesterday, baldy…

        Third baseman Matt Duffy is experiencing more soreness in his Achilles tendon, so the Giants are dialing back his program a bit. Duffy is now questionable to return before the next road trip ends July 24, Bochy said.

        The same is true for second baseman Joe Panik (concussion) and Hunter Pence (hamstring tendon surgery). Panik is doing more baseball activities and could be getting closer to a rehab assignment. The Giants still plan to announce Pence’s rehab schedule on Sunday.

        Infielder Kelby Tomlinson (sprained thumb) continues his rehab work for Sacramento and should be further along, but he’s batting just .160 in seven games. So Bochy put him in the same group with the other players. Infielder Ehire Adrianza (fractured foot) will begin his rehab assignment with San Jose on Wednesday, and stay with them for at least a week before continuing to Sacramento.

        Bochy also confirmed that right-hander Matt Cain would return to the Giants rotation in the two-game interleague series at Fenway Park, provided a final rehab start goes well. Cain is scheduled to pitch for Single-A San Jose at Lancaster on Friday. Cain yielded just one hit in six shutout innings Friday night for Triple-A Sacramento. He also covered first base twice and said his twice-strained hamstring has become an afterthought. It’s not like I’m trying to trust it,” Cain said. “I can run, cover first, and it feels good. I’ve been throwing all through this, so I don’t feel I’d lost too much. It’s just about getting the competitive juices going again and getting mentally ready.”

      • bassbaldy said, on July 10, 2016 at 12:41 pm

        Thanks for that update Loo!

  15. willedav said, on July 10, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Bryce Harper would top my list of most unlikeable superstars (non Dodger) in all baseball. HOF dumb haircut, altho Werth lack of same isn’t far behind.

    • bassbaldy said, on July 10, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      Yeah, he is super annoying … yet, I think he is sincere in his desire to increase the visibility and viability of MLB being able to compete with the NFL & NBA and for the game to appeal to millennialis now, and in the future to attract whatever they are calling the next up and coming generation (post–millennials?).

  16. snarkk said, on July 10, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Playing the Rocks, Dbacks and Pads a lot will inflate records. After the break, they’ll be playing some tougher teams, so some padding in the record will be good. The added time on the LA Pen should pay some dividends in September. But, I expect LA’ll upgrade its rotation by at least one arm before the deadline…

    • bassbaldy said, on July 10, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      I was stating a similar thing about a month ago. Basically, pointing out that outside our division we hadn’t played many of the tier teams and other than the series win again the Cubs, we had lost or split series with such teams. However, didn’t the Pads sweep the Cubs at Wrigley? And I seem to recall the Snakes and Rox had some pretty good showings against top teams too. Could it be possible that the NL West is a stronger division than perceived?

  17. snarkk said, on July 10, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I’ll take back some, some of the brickbats I hurled at the Giants medicos. Panic apparently did a good job for a while lying to them about having no concussion symptoms. Finally, it got so bad, he had to tell them. That delay probably contributed to the time needed to recover. Still, the medicos have to expect players will lie, and they should have been on top of that…

    • djloo27 said, on July 10, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      When I was a kid, I always tried to hide injuries from my parents…

      • blade3colorado said, on July 10, 2016 at 1:01 pm

        I dunno why, but your post reminded me of this song . . .

      • alleykat69 said, on July 10, 2016 at 1:33 pm

        Me too Loo, except the ones that were inflicted by them…😩🤕

  18. Flavor said, on July 10, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    new (better) thread.


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