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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 15, 2016

I can’t bring myself to discuss yesterday’s disgusting blow game. And to be clear, that’s what it was. You can’t put the whole thing on Casilla. We stopped scoring in the 5th, Strickland sucked. Casilla had nothing yesterday. It happens.

And still, we are 1 game up in the NL. How could this be? Without citing numbers (you guys all know what the numbers are) I decided to go through each position on the team and see if that position is meeting, exceeding or failing to meet pre-season expectations.

LF: EXCEEDING. Pagan has been better than I thought he was going to be.

CF: FAILING TO MEET. Span has way too many games where he does absolutely nothing.

RF: FAILING TO MEET. Not really Pence’s fault because of injury, but I expected more production out of RF this year.

3rd Base: FAILING TO MEET. Whether it was Duffie or Nunie, 3rd base has not been good this year. Although that’s not really fair to Nunie who has had the significantly better overall year. He needs to get it going here though.

SS: EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS. Crawford has been brilliant.

2nd Base: FAILING TO MEET. Again, partly because of injury, but even when he’s been playing he hasn’t been as good as I had expected.

1st Base: I’ll go with MEETING EXPECTATIONS just because Belt has been pretty bad since the end of June.

Catcher: MEETING EXPECTATIONS. Buster is Buster. I’d like to see more for all that dough but  nobody seems to have a problem with him so I’ll go with “MEETING.”

SP: FAILING TO MEET. Not by a lot. But I expected more from Smarge and thought either Peavy or Cain would rise from the ashes. Bum has been great and Moore is who I thought he was. But still, Cueto and Smarge and Cain are 60% of the rotation and they have not been reliable, collectively, at any point this season.

RP: the only guy I trust out of our bullpen is Derek Law. That’s it. That’s not good.

“FAILING TO MEET” led my list. And yet…..

still in first place. What to make of that?

 

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  1. unca_chuck said, on August 15, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    What the bloody fuck? Safe, aaaand out.

  2. zumiee said, on August 15, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Krukow with the endless pumping up of Peavy. It’s just endless.

    • snarkk said, on August 15, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      The bigger the contract…

  3. eddacker said, on August 15, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    this has probably been already mentioned:
    Jes_s F_ckin _hrist!
    And that should have been all caps because this is proving to be not just a frustrating run of games for a fan like me, but freaking, ‘I just got picked up by the hottest girl in the club and I feel the herpes flaring up’ kind of frustration. hard on frustration. fully, amazingly frustration.

    Go Gigantes!

  4. zumiee said, on August 15, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Smardj against the Pirates lineup tomorrow. That has fun written all over it.

  5. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on August 15, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Hey, it says you could be watching the Flying Squirrels game in Reading, PA on MiLB network. Didn’t even know there was such a thing. Sam Coonrod is pitching for Richmond. Damn, I hope he makes it to the bigs, great name.

  6. snarkk said, on August 15, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Rally in progress?…
    Hey,this team ain’t got no quit in it.
    Not sure what it DOES have in it, but it ain’t quit…

  7. snarkk said, on August 15, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Nunie HR ties this puppy.
    Come on Nunie!…

    • snarkk said, on August 15, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      Or, a ground out to end it…

  8. snarkk said, on August 15, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    The Good News — Vogey wins!
    The Bad News — oh yeah, he’s not a Giant anymore…

  9. eddacker said, on August 15, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    I think if I had a number on what the next batter did when the gmen have 2 on and 2 out it would be an outlier compared to other teams. It seems like that situation has been death valley for us.

    And tonight has shown why the flap nation has low expectations for Belt. He goes 3 fer tonight and the one hit he didn’t get was with two on when we needed it. 3 hits = 1 run, a hit that could have been a game changer is not made. Next, he is on base and there are two wild pitches and he never advances.

    Again, Nunez hits a smash headed to the alley, with two on and we need it, and mccutchen makes a diving,. sliding catch to end the inning. Meanwhile, the aforementioned center fielder has 2 hits, both bloops that fall and each scores a run.

    And that has been the season I have been experiencing since the AS break. A smash to the alley by us – nothing. A bloop to right by them – a run scores.

    • snarkk said, on August 15, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      As they say edd, “that’s baseball”…

      • eddacker said, on August 15, 2016 at 11:02 pm

        They also say “after 162 games the breaks equal out.” So either we had one boat load of breaks before the AS game or we have a few in the bank for September/October. WOOP!

  10. snarkk said, on August 15, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    This game was apparently so bad, Miller isn’t even hanging around to do the post-game radio wrap…

  11. unca_chuck said, on August 15, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Half that shit is wrong, Ed but twhatever. To pick Belt out from all of them failing all over the place is a bit disingenuous. Moore and the pitchers blew this. Sure they made base running mistakes and didn’t get timely hits and when they did they still didn’t score but you give up 8 you lose.

    • eddacker said, on August 15, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      You are right and I was not singling him out for this game. I was seeing what he did in this game as a summary of why so many flappers get frustrated with Belt. Me not being one of them. Until now I have seen the defense, hits, walks and his game as great. But when viewed with a certain perspective it can be seen as not very nice.

      As to why we are losing so much this August? It is because at least one of the parts (and often more) has failed. It is just a frustrating time and I cannot wait for it to end.

      • unca_chuck said, on August 16, 2016 at 6:59 am

        Yeah I know. This is maddening and seemingly has no end.

  12. zumiee said, on August 15, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Still in first place!

    • snarkk said, on August 15, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      Do these things burn down and blow up?…

    • eddacker said, on August 15, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      shine on crazy diamond 🙂

  13. mrsprtdude said, on August 16, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Morning Flappers. The Nunez vs mccutchen comparison brilliant. Teams that are sucking somehow catch fewer breaks..


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