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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 27, 2016

Something seems to have been lost, or ignored, in last night’s “Cain-issance”: his ERA actually ROSE for a third straight game. It now teeters on the edge of 6.00 (5.95). So while it’s nice that we somehow held off the unstoppable machine that is The Reds, as Mr. Wolf once deftly stated, “let’s not start sucking each other’s dicks just yet.”

But whatever, we weathered the Peavy/Cain rain and now we get Mr. Automatic. Mr. “Time for a New Agent. Again.” Nice, hot day today. We’ve seen what the Reds can do when they get the ball in the air. It flies far, far away….

 

 

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  1. dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 27, 2016 at 8:02 am

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:04 am

      I REALLY try to keep from using the word “hate,” but I cannot help it…I HATE THIS COCKSUCKER!

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:11 am

        If he ran the Giants he would get the most brilliant people in the front office and make the best trades. Absolutely, believe me.

      • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 12:40 pm

        No. He would run the team into the ground…into bankruptcy…just like he did his company SIX times. FUCK! HIM! (I know…or hope, that you are making fun.)

  2. pawliekokonuts said, on July 27, 2016 at 8:07 am

    When you score 9 runs, it should be an easy ride. In theory. James (where’veyabeen?) may be right on pitching as the key. Is that his theory?

    I’m beginning ever so slowly to dislike Casilla, not for his results so much as for an apparent dumbass/stubborn streak. He seems to persist in stupid pitch selection, doggedly, even when the catcher tells him otherwise.

  3. willedav said, on July 27, 2016 at 8:34 am

    I’m not in on Bruce. He and Duvall, because of where they play, just go all out and try and blast everything. Votto is a real hitter, patient with a good eye and able to hit singles. The other 2 have a low BA and OB down below .300.
    Imo that wouldn’t play at ATT/conga line Giants, who scored 9 yesterday with 1 triple and a HR from SP.

    I think Mac and Parker have a chance to be better overall players and smarter hitters in years to come and wouldn’t cost $13 mil like Bruce does. Duvall obviously cost his team by botching the fly ball and putting Reds behind early. Given a crowded OF their time is likely a year away but I think they’ve served notice of what they can do.

    Casilla is what he is–he still throws 95 and has killer breaking ball. His command can be off and show wildness. last night West wasn’t giving inside corner vs. LH but did give the outside one that got Pagan tossed.
    Casilla was mad he didn’t get a call inside, but went back out for the last one and K’d Bruce with game on line.
    It’s not about clean innings, it’s getting the W. He was going to be an afterthought til Romo got raked and Giants couldn’t add on in 8th.
    The Nats are still using Papelbon, who blew up yesterday and allowed 3 in 9th to Tribe and took 4th L.

    • Flavor said, on July 27, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Great post

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:06 am

      Very insightful post. I retract my statement (in response to I believe snarkk’s post last night), that I was down with Bruce, with the exception of Arroyo. I must have been tired as hell, as every time Bruce’s name has come up in the past, I have always been of the “NO” camp.

    • snarkk said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:16 am

      I’d take Bruce, our OF needs an upgrade, and the squad is on the floor in power. If Bochy is going to manage like he’s waiting for a 3 run homer, which he does, then get a guy who can deliver one…

    • Bozo said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:18 am

      I think Hunter Pence would make a nice addition to the OF, they should go after him.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:55 am

        good one…and some good ones last night

      • Bozo said, on July 27, 2016 at 11:06 am

        Thanks, Mr. K.

  4. Bozo said, on July 27, 2016 at 8:41 am

    He gave up 4 runs but got 3 of them back, that should count for something, right? Right? Damn crickets are loud…

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:07 am

      I second that thought, John. But his pitching still sucks.

  5. wilcojoe said, on July 27, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Fleming (yes he was actually doing a Giants game for once) did make an astute point that when Casilla gets upset, the results usually aren’t good. He was concerned that was going to happen as he was showing his displeasure with West. Fortunately it ended well.

  6. Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Call me an irrepressible polly, but i’m less concerned about Cain now than i was when he was slated to pitch in front of the Green Monster…and in it’s inevitable aftermath. Bahhstin and the Reds just happen to be the sluggingest two teams in MLB and had Bochy not left Cain return in the 6th he would only have given up the one tater and two earnies after 5. Even at Bayside, McCovey Cove, that’s not bad, considering.

    We also maybe gotta bear in mind that rustiness can be expected after such a long hiatus. So while i was quite ready for Matt to get an “undisclosed” injury after the Fenway fiasco, i think an inveterate flyball pitcher like him gets two or three more shots at getting into his game before being put out to pasture.

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:08 am

      Good post, Stix. I agree. And you and I know, that with Bochy, his rope will be very long.

      • snarkk said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:16 am

        $20 million long. If Cain were a young guy with options, he’d be long gone…

  7. willedav said, on July 27, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I think because we see him all the time Giants fans lose perspective, as if other pens don’t have problems and other closers don’t ever blow up.
    The Cards have put Rosenthal on the DL after removing him from closer role.
    Jansen has as many blown saves as Casilla does.
    The Giants scored off Betances and Miller in back to back innings last weekend to tie a game up, with Mac nearly blasting one out the yard off the most sought after reliever in the game right now.
    And the Cubs haven’t even been able to use Chapman as they’ve lost twice in a row to ChiSox after being shutout yesterday 3-0.

  8. chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Good post, WillieD. Good, grounded perspective.

    I too have been saying (mostly) that I am not too worried about this skid. I have definitely said over the past several weeks that I thought this team needed a really good shot of adversity (recall 2010, 2012, and 2014…each had their own perilous trail to glory). And dammit, the Giants are delivering!

    To borrow words from Bob Marley (bless his soul) – “Everythings Gonna Be Alright.” Ja Man….

  9. snarkk said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:20 am

    When/if they get Panik and Pence back, things will look better. I still think you can’t win a division if the 3, 4 , 5 starters can’t give you 5 innings without giving up 5 runs, especially with this scoring starved lineup. LA will make a move with starting pitching before the deadline, Giants should, too…

  10. chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:27 am

    At the end of the last thread, there was a bit of banter about the middle and back-end of the rotation. Small sample size, but our 3-5 guys are getting roughed up a bit.

    Shark:
    Last seven days: 1 start, 0-1, 5.2 IP, 7.94 ERA, 1.588 WHIP, 2 HRs
    Last 14 days: 2 starts, 0-1, 10.2 IP, 7.59 ERA, 1.688 WHIP, 4 HRs
    Last 28 days: 4 starts, 1-1, 24.1 IP, 5.55 ERA, 1.397 WHIP, 5 HRs

    Peavy:
    Last seven days: 1 start, 0-1, 5.0 IP, 10.80 ERA, 1.200 WHIP, 3 HRs
    Last 14 days: 2 starts, 0-2, 11.0 IP, 8.18 ERA, 0.909 WHIP, 5 HRs
    Last 28 days: 4 starts, 1-2, 22.0 IP, 5.32 ERA, 1.136 WHIP, 5 HRs

    Cain:
    Last seven days: 1 start, 1-0, 5.1 IP, 6.75 ERA, 1.313 WHIP, 2 HRs
    Last 14 days: 2 starts, 1-1, 7.2 IP, 10.57 ERA, 1.826 WHIP, 5 HRs
    Last 28 days: same as last 14 (was on DL).

    The point of all this ties in with my comment last night, that at some point (and I would hope sooner rather than later), something has to give (these guys get their shit together, OR, the Giant’s brass entertain the idea of going after a starter).

    I mean seriously, if the 3-5 guys continue to put up numbers like this, don’t worry about going deep in the playoffs, it will be questionable that they even make the post-season.

    With all that said, I have no idea “how,” but I still believe that between our guys getting their shit together, and potentially some trades, that “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” Yep…that is my inner-Polly shining through.

  11. unca_chuck said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Well, the big 2 (and a half?) had better get their wins these next couple games. They bear the brunt of a wobbly staff, pen, and inconsistent hitting.

    After today, we have a very tough stretch and another east coast swing. Don’t know the temps back east but hopefully things are cooling off.

    I still think we need pen help over everything else. Peavy, Cain, and sometimes Smarge aren’t going deep at all into games, and another trusty arm would go a long way.

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Agree, Charlie…I am just saying that we may need both. But at this point, I agree…priority is a BP arm. I would love to have someone like, oh, you know, that guy we let get away (Petit). Someone who can give you a couple of innings, take over a game if a starter has a meltdown, and can also do a spot start here an there.

  12. Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Senior moment last night when i brought up our missing longman. Snarkk, i believe, gently reminded me his name is Suarez. If Bochy is not comfortable using him, which he should have to start the 6th, perhaps he or another bully should be dropped, dumped or traded (in combo) and the Braintrust should call up Blach from Sacville. His ERA is somewhere in the 3.60’s (decent enough for PCL) and he leads the league in wins. Cardinals have had mucho success over the years in calling up young starters and initiating them in bullpen roles. Blach or possibly Mejia might prove pleasantly surprising in a longman role.

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Stix – I mentioned needing a long-guy in my post above. I suppose I am either not convinced Suarez is the guy, or if he is, Bochy needs to get him into the appropriate situations to prove he is the guy. Not ready to give-up on him, but still need to see more to get to a point of comfort we all had with Petit.

  13. wilcojoe said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Assuming Pence and Panik (Duffy would be Icing on the cake) come back, the offense will not be an issue. They have to find a legit #3 starter among the current motley crew if they are going to have any hope of advancing into the postseason and beyond. That means someone needs to get their shit together and I think that has to be Smardj.

    There doesn’t appear to be any legit #3 or #2 guys that I like on the trade market and they sure as hell don’t have the prospects to get Sale let alone Archer (unless they deal Arroyo and Beede). The one area that they can improve upon is the pen as those deals won’t cost as much. If I was the Giants I would be looking at the non-contending teams (I forgot Seattles closers name but he has looked good the few times I have seen him pitch against Houston) closers and set up men to target.

  14. Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:42 am

    First sentence on MLBTR this morning is that according to Morosi, Giants are still in active talks with the Pads on Andrew Cashner. Would he replace Peavy or Cain or do they see him as a possible longman as his opening role?

  15. wilcojoe said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I would take Cashner over Peavy and Cain but I don’t know if I want him as my #3 in the postseason. Again, Smarj is the most important player on the team moving forward, IMO.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Cashner possesses neither the high nor the lows we experience with our two vets and yes, he’s at best a #4 starter. Samardzjia could definitely use a hypnotherapist. His problems seem to be primarily in his head.

  16. wilcojoe said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Astros fans have started a gofundme page to pay off the remainder of Carlos Gomez’s contract, so he can be DFA’d. I think that is hilarious. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving person.

    • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:15 am

      What’s wrong with him? Is something physically wrong with him to go along with being a head case? Dude was a stud as recently as a couple of seasons ago.

    • Flavor said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:16 am

      that’s pretty funny. What happened to that dude? He got to Houston and immediately tanked.

      • wilcojoe said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:33 am

        Yeah he was having a shitty season with Milwaukee when they traded for him and then things just hit rock bottom. He looks completley overmatched on every AB. I think it’s mental. He has this “false sense of confidence” where he still wants to do bat flips and all his bullshit theatrics yet he obviously isn’t good enough to be a major leaguer anymore. Talk about a dude that could use a shrink. Astros fans are normally pretty tame but they pretty much boo his every AB.

    • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:21 am

      By the by, take a look at Dahl of the Rockies for DFS. They just brought him up recently (highly rated phenom) and he has a good platoon match up against the Baltimore pitcher today.

      • Flavor said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:35 am

        yeah, I’ve got him on every team. DK has had him in their system for a while but FD just got around to making him available today even tho he’s already played a few games. So nice of them. I’m a little worried about riots in Baltimore over the Gray ruling, keep an eye on that, too

      • wilcojoe said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:39 am

        What position is he?

      • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:43 am

        OF

      • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:44 am

        He’ll likely platoon with Parra.

      • wilcojoe said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:49 am

        Thanks, I will check him out.

  17. unca_chuck said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Wilco, you took the words out of my mouth. If Smarge can get back on the beam and provide 6+ innings of decent shit, it’ll do a world of good with the rest of the team. We can’t have 3 guys not able to get through 6 innings.

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 11:12 am

      Yep, of all the maladies facing our boys, Shark is the long-pole.

  18. snarkk said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:45 am

    With the 3, 4, 5 spots laying turdish starts regularly, I’m starting to fondly harken back to the golden days of Todd Wellemeyer (sp?) …

    • pawliekokonuts said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Worrell?

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Ouch. Had not thought of him in quite a while Yes…Wellemeyer is correct. He pitched for us in 2010…had about 10 starts if memory serves me correctly (that is not a safe bet).

  19. snarkk said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Trump just basically said he hopes Russia did hack Hillary’s email so that they can release them. Not to mention the other day he effectively invited Putin to invade the Baltics. This guy is a lunatic…

    • pawliekokonuts said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:57 am

      We have entered the post-modern, post-rationale post-New Age Twitter age. The more reckless Trump is, the more popular. Enter your bunkers.

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 11:15 am

      He is a scary motherfucker. See my comment at the beginning of the thread. Here, I will say it again…I HATE THAT COCKSUCKER.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      Russia has no intention of invading the Baltic states. They likely have no intention of incursions anywhere. They have upset the Globalist/bankster scheme for overthrowing Syria on behalf of the Saudis and the pet project in Occupied Palestine.

  20. unca_chuck said, on July 27, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Can’t remember who said it the other night, but she said that this election is very important because it very well may be the last one we have.

    Sure, it sounds a bit overwrought, but handing the nuclear codes to Trump, especially after his doom-and-gloom speech the other day that included saber-rattling toward China, well, the possibility that he does something completely off the rails, isn’t that far-fetched.

    I could very well see Trump making an alliance with Putin to go after China or some completely bat-shit idea like that.

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 11:18 am

      That asshole must be defeated at ALL COSTS. I am hurt and mad as hell about the whole DNC shenanigans, and how Sanders got screwed. So, as much as it pains me, I will exercise my vote, and it will NOT be for Trump, or one of the fringe candidates (I will let you make your deduction).

      I begin getting ill every time I imagine Trump as commander in chief. Let’s play and talk some ball.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      Ain’t gonna happen with that guy. He’s into deals ~ some of them a bit shady. Now Hildabeest on the other hand is a certified psychopath. I won’t vote for either.

  21. djloo27 said, on July 27, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    I don’t know what Obama’s legacy will be, but he sure was our lucky President.
    All 3 championships were won with him in the White House.
    We got one more chance….

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Four in Seven, Baby!

    • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      Obama? A giant among Giants!

  22. Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    WhiteSox look to be a clearinghouse operation. James Shields, who has been good lately, after a disastrous start for the Southsiders, joins virtually their entire team on the table currently.

  23. bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Has anyone seen Mr. Wiki-leaks — Julian Assange’s quip the other day? In a nut, it went something like this:

    It doesn’t matter who wins the election. Whoever it is will have to quickly fall in step within the design of the bureaucracy and there will be a few levers that they will be allowed to manipulate but the corporations will ultimately hold influence on the how much effect those actions have.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      It is not so much the corporations, per se, as their primary investors, the City of London bankster cabal. They are the biggest players, for example in Lockheed-Martin the largest no-bid, cost-overrun contractors in the WarDefense scam. They own scads of prostiticians in the District of Corruption.

      • bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm

        Do you think Assange is correct, even if only in a general way?

    • Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      In a general way both the Republicrats and the Democans are at best sock-puppets for the .0000001%. So without quite cutting to the heart of the matter Assange is correct.

      • bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 1:18 pm

        Curious, that is basically what my wife is always saying. She is much more informed and astute than me. Would like to hear if you have any suggestions of links to follow for further study.

      • bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 1:24 pm

        You’ve probably seen me post this before …. my ignorant, chronically cynical, gut sense tells me that if voting could change anything we wouldnt be allowed to do it!

      • bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 1:24 pm

        You’ve probably seen me post this before …. my ignorant, chronically cynical, gut sense tells me that if voting could change anything we wouldnt be allowed to do it!

      • bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 1:26 pm

        Sorry for doubling up .. not sure how I did that .?

      • djloo27 said, on July 27, 2016 at 1:27 pm

        This might help, bb:

        http://tinyurl.com/zs2cp4q

      • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 1:41 pm

        Touché, Loo! lulz

      • bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 1:42 pm

        Lulz … !

      • Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2016 at 5:17 pm

        Lisle/BB: Try the Greanville Post for starters. Unz Review if you can handle generally well thought-out, longish essays and a wild potpourri of comments from readers from all over the globe and with every imaginable consciousness level.

  24. Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    As the Deadline looms it looks more and more like it will be mostly in the down to the wire category. Major LaBumbos pickups would essentially force our Tightwad billionaires, etc hands~ hopefully not too late and too desperately.

  25. bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Anyway, back to baseball ..

    Earlier, Unca (I think it was) mentioned the upcoming schedule. Paraphrasing what I posted at the end of yesterday’s thread … Things get rough in the next week. We are looking at 7 games against the Nats who have not been playing real well lately but it would be just like us to accommodate them in getting their groove back. In the 4 home games against the Nats we will have only one competent starting pitcher: Johnny C.

    After the dreaded spin out East Comes what might be the toughest home stand of the year: O’s, Pirates & Mets. The Pirates series should be interesting. If the current rotation order maintains, we will be throwing Smardge, Peavy & Cain at ’em. Ugh!

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      My daughter and I are going to the O’s game on the 14th.

  26. djloo27 said, on July 27, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    The Grim Ripper!

  27. bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Damn, is rhat right? Straily st less than 40 pitches in the 4th inning?

  28. Bozo said, on July 27, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    This guy can hit, he’d probably do alright batting third in our LU.

    • Bozo said, on July 27, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      Maybe they should call him up.

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      WTF…give the kid a shot!

  29. unca_chuck said, on July 27, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Forgot the game was on . . .

    Fuck. Come on, Angel . . .

  30. wilcojoe said, on July 27, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Giants are on MLB network for those that may be interested.

  31. bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Comon Giants, now make ’em pay!

  32. unca_chuck said, on July 27, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Jesus. We don’t score we don’t win.

  33. unca_chuck said, on July 27, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Christ, how bad did Pagan play that? He’s becoming more and more of a liability out there.

  34. wilcojoe said, on July 27, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Jay Bruce he is proving he can hit at AT&T. I guess his stock price just went up by another prospect.

    • bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Seems just about anybody can hit in our park except us.

    • alleykat69 said, on July 27, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Guess we can’t throw in OOO as a prospect anymore dammit..

  35. unca_chuck said, on July 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    5-6 with a 4.01 era and Strailly’s Cy Young and Nolan Ryan’s love child.

    The heart of the order goes down meekly. The slump continues. . .

    Forget Cained, we are on to Bummied. Of his 5 losses, he has 1-0 loss, a a 2-1 loss, and a 3-2 loss.

  36. bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    This fuck all offense is getting to me more than our fuck all 3, 4 & 5 pitchers.

  37. Macdog said, on July 27, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    MadBum stays in to hit . . . and gives the offense a pulse, however faint.

  38. unca_chuck said, on July 27, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Anyone else think we should pinch run for Bummie?

    • Macdog said, on July 27, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Looks like Pena.

  39. unca_chuck said, on July 27, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    ahhh apparently Bochy does.

  40. alleykat69 said, on July 27, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Sure bring in a runner (Pena) with a cracked ball to run for Bum..
    Btw Pena’s cup was autographed this morning at “Amchi’s) for Bochy’s homeless project with his wife..

  41. unca_chuck said, on July 27, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    What happened? Flem said Blanco was safe.

    • djloo27 said, on July 27, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      He was out, They didn’t review it…

  42. Lurker John said, on July 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Fuck, Bum getting Cained again. These guys better pull their heads out of their asses because they are playing like absolute shit right now. Bum throwing up that good of an 8 innings and losing just sucks ass. Please at least tie the game in the bottom half of the ninth.

  43. Macdog said, on July 27, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Paging Mr. Posey. Your services are desperately needed — right now.

  44. bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Im sorry guys but im in a shitty mood now .. im not trying to shove anyones nose in it but ive been saying all year how shitty this offense is.

    Today 4 hits, one by the pitcher, one by a sub, 2 by Pagan. Need I mention who produced most of our runs yesterday?

    Sure we got guys down but of those only Pence was producing consistently. With the exception of Pagan we got a bunch of middle average hitters. Little pop, no clutch.

    • chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      Lisle – my concern, more so than the shitty offense is pitching that cannot control/close out a game. This team has proven that you do not need a line-up of juggernauts to win a fucking world series. IMO, it all starts, and ends, with pitching.

      • bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 3:33 pm

        There are legit concert in both areas Chi. We got two starters who can get ‘er done … BUT … WE GOTTA SCORE SOME RUNS!!!

      • bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 3:36 pm

        … just one more than the other guys.

  45. Macdog said, on July 27, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    To quote Henry Hill, “This is the bad time.”

  46. Carstie Clausen said, on July 27, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Baseball gods are jerking our strings again. BBIP: No fewer than 5 line-outs. This one was tough to take. It sure looks like Pence is cremating AAA pitching. Perhaps this time the Braintrust should err on the side of derring-do.

  47. chipower9 said, on July 27, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Fuck! I got caught up in meetings. Check my phone. 2-1 loss to the pathetic fucking Reds. Jay Fucking Bruce hits ANOTHER HR…

    I just want to scream! At home. Bum on the bump. Against the lowly Reds. These are the games ya gotta win!

    At least the bambinos lost, but that is not something on which to pin your hopes, long-term, if you are serious about Four in Seven.

    • Lurker John said, on July 27, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Turns out the Reds aren’t so lowly after all.

  48. zumiee said, on July 27, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    It kind of blows my mind that the Giants played their game about 90 miles from where I live in 40 degrees cooler weather! 40!

  49. bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Say want you want about Stone Glove Pagan, he has been damn consistent with the bat all year. We thought Belt was going to have career year but he is slipping back to his old form. Posey is dead in the water and has been all year. Craw is right where we would expect him to be. Who else we got? Span?

    When Angel Pagan is your best hitter and Craw is your rbi leader … well, it does not inspire confidence in this team’s ability to put runs on the board.

    • djloo27 said, on July 27, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      Reinforcements should be here by the weekend – followed by deadline acquisitions.
      The roster could turn over by 5-6 names in the coming days…

      • bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 4:03 pm

        Pence’s return is the only one that excites me. I’m hoping his voodoo/mojo presence will snap these guys out of their somnambulism. Panic & Duffy weren’t doing much before they went down but maybe the time off has straightened them out. We will see. Specs? 0-0-0?

      • muchosereno said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:14 pm

        that’s a smart optimistic view. I’ll be in the park Friday night, ruining my vocal chords in an attempt to help get things going

    • zumiee said, on July 27, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      Posey: .360 on-base, .815 OPS, 12 HRs. There’s not a lot of catchers doing that. He may never match his career season in ’12, but he’s still an All-Star catcher. He’s not a prototypical #4 hitter. Maybe he moves to #3 when Pence comes back.

      • bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 4:08 pm

        I agree Posey is a treasure but this year you must admit he has been a bit off, no matter what the numbers say. Overall, he hasn’t been there when we have needed him most. In games where we’ve been cruising along he has contributed and at those times, he possibly helped pad his numbers. But this isnt about one guy. I don’t put it all on him.

  50. bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Someone presented the theory that as goes Belt, so goes the offense. Mired in his current slump, Belt’s missing bat is maybe a likely source of our current woes. But overall, Pagan has been swinging the most steady bat all year. He hasn’t had a long prolonged slump such as Belt is currently in the throes of (granted, Pagan hasn’t had as many PAs either). Posey has been consistently inconsistent, Span has been consistently poor and Craw has been steadily “ok” if not spectacular. But I never expected to be spectacular,other than in the field. The fill-ins have generally been better as a group and individually more steady than most of the regulars.

    When we have an offensive powerhouse such as Angel Pagan has our most productive veteran player and Craw as our rbi leader, I think it speaks volumes to the reality of just how challenged this team is to be able to put up more than 2 or 3 runs per game on the board. We do it sometimes. Sometimes we score more than the minimum, much more. Lately, much of that run production, especially in crucial situations, has come from the subs. Maybe that is a good sign in someways but probably not a good sign in terms of preparing to contend for and win a pennant race.

    In that respect, we better hope like hell that Bum & Cueto can continue their excellence, Peavy can be solid if not spectacular, Smardge will only implode occasionally and not on a regular basis, and exemplary performances by the Bullies will only be needed on a most infrequent basis. Unfortunately, with the way Cain looks, and with this offense, such as it is, and this pen, such as it is, we can pretty much count on losing most every game he starts.

    So, with the present complexion of the Giants, I see that with a little luck we can win 80% of Bum & Cueto’s starts (as long as the pen keeps their noses out of things for the most part); 40% of Peavy’s starts; 20% of Smardge’s; 1% of Cain’s. That should put us a little under .500 the rest of the way. I predict a tight race to the finish but we still stand a chance at making the playoffs.

    PS

    Willedav, thanks for the input a couple of days ago and I agree we don’t have to be great to win it all. Your citing of the facts leading up to and through our WS Championship runs in 10, 12, & 14 does prove that. However, I’m not looking for us to be great but it it would help for us to be good … consistently good, would be more than acceptable.

  51. ewisco said, on July 27, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    since the break the pitchers are averaging over 2 home runs a game. over 2! that’s just a ridiculous number.

    • bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      And what are our home run hitters hitting? Oh, I forgot … we don’t have any.

      Cue …Zum’s troll alert!

  52. unca_chuck said, on July 27, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Game-time anger somewhat dissipated, the biggest problem with this team is still the injuries. Frankly I was more than surprised we were able to play at a high level with Pence and Panik, and to a lesser case, Duffy hurt. It looks like now that the party is over. These guys are all struggling offensively and defensively.

    Pence was leading the team in HRs and RBIs when he went down. And he’s been gone a long time. Panik was doing a shit-ton more than his replacements, and HE’S been missing longer than expected.

    Crawfish leading the team signifies nothing more than he’s an outstanding player. Pagan’s production is gravy. Span was supposed to be carrying the load. He’s the biggest disappointment to me. Yeah, Posey should be hitting 30/120. But that will never happen with him catching. His numbers are what they are. And they are consistently solid for a guy who is the best pitcher manager in the game.

    • bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Well there you have it. Pagan is the gravy on a blue plate special of Span/Posey/Belt with a side of over done Rivercat veggies. Craw is an outstanding dessert with Pence coming back to be the icing on the cake. A coffee aperitif of Panik & Duffy hopefully, will wash it all down nicely.

  53. unca_chuck said, on July 27, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Uh, sure. Buster has been the silver slugger recipient at catcher for 3 of the last 4 years, and his numbers are in line with that this season. If you think they are all meaningless RBIs then you are watching something else.

    • bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      Posey? Posey? Where did I say I’m putting all this on Posey? … Oh, in fact at 4:08 I stated the opposite.

  54. wilcojoe said, on July 27, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    It seems like we haven’t heard the “when are they going to move Posey to 1B” argument in quite a while. With Belt struggling and Posey having a “meh” kind of year, I wonder if it wouldn’t hurt to move Belt to LF, Posey to 1B and Brown at catcher just to shake things up a bit. Yes, the defense takes a bit of a hit but none of those guys are going to embarrass themselves and it wouldn’t be permanent. Just try it out until Pence gets back.

    • bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      But Joe, how could Posey be having a “meh” year when, as Unca declares, his numbers this year are in line with, once again, being a silver slugger? Just asking …

      • wilcojoe said, on July 27, 2016 at 5:25 pm

        Well for a catcher they are in line with a sliver slugger type year. But based on my eye test, he is having a “meh” sort of year. I just think that for the size of the contract, he should be having 30/120 type years but as Chuck correctly stated, that will not happen as long as he is catching full time.

      • bassbaldy said, on July 27, 2016 at 6:04 pm

        Chuck may be right about Posey remaining at catcher but what I find ironic is you use the term “eye test”. That is exactly what I have insinuated all along if not using precisely that term. But I guess you and I, as
        Chuck suggests, are ” … watching something else.”

  55. blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    PaulinAsia Banh Bao (Mr. Pork Buns) . . . I will be in Ho Chi Minh city on the 14th of September. Looking forward to seeing you, along with others (mutual and otherwise). 🙂

  56. wilcojoe said, on July 27, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Not to mention Posey could use the rest after all the catching he did during the east coast heat wave.

  57. Flavor said, on July 27, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Had a great talk with San Dawg catching up on the NY trip. We also had a spirited convo on how to cook my Prime bone in rib eye tonight. I was leaning towards pan frying it but Diggity talked me into bbq. Then he found out I don’t have a gas grill and tried to back track on the recommendation. So now I’m sorting out my options and promised him I’d take a pic of whatever I decided to do.

    • wilcojoe said, on July 27, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      I would get a good char on both sides on the grille and then cook it to a perfect medium rare in the oven on broil. Snarkk will chime in on the accompaniments and the perfect wine to pair with it.

  58. blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Dahl – Making money for Flappers 24/7. 🙂

    • Flavor said, on July 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      yeah. He was a plug and play for me at that price. As I said, FINALLY FD priced him in.

      • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2016 at 6:40 pm

        Wilco sent me an email and apparently it worked out for him too. However, he said something about a poor AB he had. Dunno, as I didn’t watch the game.

      • wilcojoe said, on July 27, 2016 at 6:44 pm

        I was just getting nervous because he had a goose egg going until he homered in the 6th.

  59. sandog said, on July 27, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Cespedes with an epic home run off Wainright to pull the Mets ahead. Man, he would have looked nice in orange and black…

  60. wilcojoe said, on July 27, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    The other day I said that I couldn’t ever remember a trade going down on a Sunday and that this year the July 31 trade deadline falls on a Sunday. Well, they are extending it till Noon on Monday 8/1.

  61. sandog said, on July 27, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Familia no blown save streak sapped at 52. Great game.

  62. djloo27 said, on July 27, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    It’s amazing how major leaguers have no idea how to run the bases as Yadier Molina just proved in NY…

  63. snarkk said, on July 27, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    BF, I agree with WilcoJoe on the steak. Brown it in a hot oven proof pan on the stove, both sides. Maybe 1.5 min a side. Cast iron is preferable. Then throw pan with steak into well preheated oven at 450. 4-5 min per side, turn once. Should get U to medium rare, assuming about 1.5 in thick. Pre-cook, rub with your favorite meat rub or a cut clove of garlic and lightly salt. Sprinkling of dried thyme is usually a winner, too as an herb rub

    • snarkk said, on July 27, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      And I usually use a light bit of high heat oil in the pan, not olive oil as it burns at high heat. If u use an herb like thyme, I’d rub or spray oil on the herb rub so it doesn’t burn

      • unca_chuck said, on July 27, 2016 at 8:06 pm

        Throw in a dash of Worcestershire sauce and you are righteous.

        Smokes like a mofo so get the fans going.

    • Flavor said, on July 27, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      I just bbq’d it. Had a very average Cab to wash it down. I texted San Dawg a pic of it.

  64. blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Powerful DNC profile of Barack Obama. Whew . . . part about Sandy Hook children was heart breaking (again).

  65. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on July 27, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Uh oh, Steve’s comin’ back to VN. I’ll be spreading the word, lock up your wives and daughters…… I might just have to “reserve” a few for myself before he gets here. 🙂

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on July 27, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      A few more, I should’ve said…

    • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      lmao

    • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Paul, it’s weird, but I always thought Banh Bao was a Chinese food . . . I am going to have to try the Vietnamese version.

  66. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on July 27, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    “Banh” in VNmese refers to an assorted variety of breads and cakes. Banh mi is most popular, it’s the baguette sandwich you can buy almost anywhere on the street. Banh bao lan is like a poundcake kind of thing. Banh xeo is sort of like a crepe. Yummy. Banh bao is a white, doughy puffy thing usually filled with meat. Not really like the jiao zi dumplings you get in China, it’s fairly unique to here. I don’t eat it much, it’s very sweet, but very popular with the locals. The nickname for me didn’t arise from other slang meanings (white and fat, although there’s an argument that could relate to me)… sometimes a nickname for breasts, which I suppose also could relate to my fondness for such features…. it arose years ago because most VNmese cannot pronounce Paul, the aul sound is not one they’re used to, so usually my name is reduced to Pao (Mister Pao!, Mister Pao! from my students), which one particularly lovely bar girl once turned into Banh Bao, and so the nickname stuck. And that’s your VNmese food and language lesson for the day. Discuss.

    • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      Wow! Excellent explanation and story Paul . . . Whoops! Mr. Pau!

  67. unca_chuck said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    I recently bought a big old cast iron skillet for this very purpose. It works excellently. It does smoke like a bitch though. Still haven’t hooked up my natural gas barbeque.

    Obama is pretty righteous himself. For once the outgoing guy is in a position of being well-liked and coveted. Gore certainly turned tail on Clinton, and Bush I distanced himself from Reagan. But Obama’s speech was flat spectacular. Biden was very good himself.

    • djloo27 said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      I recently bought a Scrub Daddy. It works fine, but the mouth is too wide and causes it to rip apart pretty quickly. I would recommend it to lonely, depressed people who are able to find solace in a sponge that smiles at them…

      • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:31 pm

        One of the best Shark Tank shows.

      • djloo27 said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:40 pm

        Do you read my posts in Woody Allen’s voice now, Blade?
        I tailored that last one especially for that reason…

      • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:52 pm

        lulz . . . No. For whatever reason there’s 2 Loos. Sort of like Superman’s Bizarro World alter ego. Woody just doesn’t translate here.

      • unca_chuck said, on July 27, 2016 at 10:01 pm

        Isn’t that what inflatable sheep are for?

  68. djloo27 said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    I wish Giuliani was president…

    • blade3colorado said, on July 27, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      See? Woody would never vote for Giuliani.

    • muchosereno said, on July 27, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      I wish Giuliani would fuck off and die. But maybe I would as they say chill if I actually knew the vicious asshole personally.


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