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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 15, 2017

Two more hits for The Donger and his magical spring carries on. Now hitting .346, it will be interesting to see if Bochy casts a watchful eye his way. He is easily my favorite player in Arizona.

Does anyone know what happened to Chris Stratton? After watching Kruk throw the once coveted and stupidly not traded Kyle Crick into the trash bin I started wondering what happened to Stratton who was supposed to be hit the rotation right about now. Unfortunately, he’s 26 and looks to be maxing and relaxing in triple A.

How many home runs do you guys think Brandon Belt hits this year? Assuming health, let’s toss out predictions and see who nails it cold. I’ll say 16……

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  1. chipower9 said, on March 15, 2017 at 7:04 am

    18 bombs for the Giraffe…

  2. zumiee said, on March 15, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Just to be different, I’ll say 17 HRs for Belt.
    Stratton didn’t do much when he was brought up last year. He pitched against the A’s in the infamous game Bochy gave up on, letting Stratton hit late in the game, with the bases loaded and no out. Stratton killed the rally with a double play.
    Not all that long later, Bochy admitted himself into a hospital.

  3. Bozo said, on March 15, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Looking into my crystal ball, I see 24 HRs for Mr. Belt.
    I also see that he’ll get 5 more SBs than he had last year (he didn’t have any, so 5 SBs this year),

  4. Bozo said, on March 15, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Like Crick, Stratton is inconsistent and walks too many hitters. Also like Crick, he’ll probably end up as a Reliever if he makes it to the bigs. Another first-round flop?

  5. unca_chuck said, on March 15, 2017 at 7:33 am

    25 for Belt

  6. sandog said, on March 15, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I’ll go with 19. 15 on the road and he should be able to get 4 over the wall at home in 80 games. He hit 6 at home last year, which is super impressive in my eyes. It’s going to be tough for him to match that level of home power production in back to back years.

  7. zumiee said, on March 15, 2017 at 7:42 am

    The Japanese team is a little annoying to me. All the batters have a big leg-kick. All the pitchers have a pause in the middle of their wind-up. Cookie-cutter baseball.

    • chipower9 said, on March 15, 2017 at 9:36 am

      For the hitters, I wonder how much of that is related to the great Japanese baseball player, Sadaharu Oh. He had a stance that he developed over time with his hitting instructor, and it is often referred to as the “Flamingo Stance.”

  8. willedav said, on March 15, 2017 at 7:46 am

    21 with fewer triples, hopefully more consistent season, pushing OPS up near .875-.900 range. Not an NL AS but very solid player…contract goes way up and F/G has a column he’s actually a bargain (!).

    wow, first time I’ve watched Warriors in a while and they did not look like a team ready for playoffs for 3 quarters.
    too much dead weight in non factors McCaw McAdoo Clark and Livingston and Ig not playing as soundly as last year either.
    Warriors beat themselves with stupid passes and bad decisions, like Curry’s inbound and Barnes blowing a needless dunk instead of stalling out clock at end.

    sixers aren’t that far away–one more shooter and a steady vet point that can mentor others and keep team under control.

  9. willedav said, on March 15, 2017 at 8:15 am

    mercnews site has Evans concerned about Cain. “I think we’ve got to break (camp) with the guys who are going to help us for the whole year.” Further adds they have to see how rest of ST goes for him, and that pen doesn’t seem like a good fit. Hmmnn.

    Btw, if teams are giving Draymond the wide open 3 it’s because it isn’t a good shot. So be smarter, take up the slack and get closer or all the way to the rim. I wish this guy had a post up inside game.

    There was a play where McGee caught a pass ahead of everyone, raised the ball up in one hand and then finger rolled it in. Barnett right away mentioned Connie Hawkins, who used to do that one all the time in his day.
    Used to watch him every time he came to town with Oakland’s own Paul Silas for Phoenix Suns.

    • unca_chuck said, on March 15, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Have you read Bill Walton’s latest book? Lots of great stories about the game in the 60s and 70s.

    • unca_chuck said, on March 15, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Yeah, Draymond did actually attack the rim last night but has a hard time finishing. Although 11-14 at the line is fine.

      Okafor had no problem scoring when he was fouled.

  10. unca_chuck said, on March 15, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Pretty ugly game indeed. Missing shots is one thing, but Curry had about 5 lazy-ass passes for turnovers, and 35% shooting. He nearly lost the game for them.

    He’s been in a shooting funk lately. Better now than later, but KD better come back strong.

  11. willedav said, on March 15, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Snarkk, I understand your take but imo IF Rabb was healthy enough to play and didn’t I’m disappointed in him.
    I like him a lot and think he is gonna be a solid pro at next level. but…

    Cal wins that game they get another at home vs. Colo St (nothing special) and buy a couple more days for J Bird to recover from concussion. They are good enough to maybe win the NIT and finals are in the Big Apple where he can continue to lead his team and showcase his talents. I don’t think that’s meaningless to his team, his coach, or the program.

  12. sandog said, on March 15, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Chuck–my brother said that Walton book was great and he sent it to me. I haven’t started it, but look forward to it.
    I apply the same rule to Spring Training baseball and the WBC as I do to the Olympics. Zero tolerance and zero viewing by me.
    And as much as I love the NCAA tournament, I get a little sick of all the canned lines about “buzzer beaters!!” “MARCH MADNESS” and “my bracket is in tatters.” Its a cool event and I will follow it closely, but it ain’t the greatest show on earth IMO.
    Yeah, I’m turning into my dad, I know. The other day I was grouchy because I missed the start of 60 Minutes. I like to start my Sundays with Meet The Press and end them with 60 Minutes. And no, I don’t have a DVR.

    • gianthead said, on March 15, 2017 at 11:23 am

      The teams are notbas goodbas they were 20-30 years ago but I love the spectacle…

    • unca_chuck said, on March 15, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      He is a very intense guy. At turns arrogant and humble.

      Bumped into him a few times at some dead shows back in the day.

      • djloo27 said, on March 15, 2017 at 5:49 pm

        How were you able to spot him?

  13. Macdog said, on March 15, 2017 at 9:29 am

    22 Belt bombs in honor of Will the Thrill, who turned 53 on Monday.

  14. gianthead said, on March 15, 2017 at 9:37 am

    21 my kucky number…Chris Stratton, soon to be Indians pitcher Chris Stratton…

    • gianthead said, on March 15, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Kucky = Lucky

  15. xoot said, on March 15, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I’ll go with 20, but hope he blows by that number by the end of July. The ghost of William Carlos Williams says this:

    So much depends
    upon

    a Belt at
    bat

    frozen by heat
    on

    the black
    again

  16. snarkk said, on March 15, 2017 at 9:45 am

    26 for Belt…

  17. gianthead said, on March 15, 2017 at 11:36 am

    I have been unable to watch any of the Warriors over the last week, including last night. But it seems to me that Draymond has to step up and start scoring more. Once he becomes more of an offensive threat (and not just relying on the open 3 pointer most teams give him), will open the floor more for Klay amd Curry. I am very nervous about these playoffs and if we come up short, I do everything I can to land Cousins and I would put Klay on the trade block.

    The Cousons-Anthony Davis experiment was silly from the get go. Klay would be a huge get for the Pelicans and an inside game with Cousins could win 3-4 championships with KD and Curry..

    • chipower9 said, on March 15, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      NO fucking way I would trade Klay…especially to pick-up the head-case Cousins. That guy is a fucking cancer.

      • gianthead said, on March 15, 2017 at 8:05 pm

        Mark my words Chi…Cousins will be a Dub within the next two years…

  18. zumiee said, on March 15, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Adrian Gonzalez is doing some major whining about the World baseball tourney. He’s a talented player, obviously, but there’s something lacking in his make-up. The Red Sox jettisoned him, and then won the World Series the next season; that’s pretty funny, and maybe indicative of something.

    • Bozo said, on March 15, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      If he’s a jinx, then I hope he stays in LA.

  19. sfsarge said, on March 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I’m going 21 taters for Belt…

    Cain is done, I hope they don’t keep up the charade for 6 weeks or so letting him go out there and get raked every 5th day. I don’t see any easy way of doing it, so just give him his gold watch and say sayonara. I will always be thankful for his contributions to the Giants success and how he and Timmy pretty much carried the team through the Sheeto and gamer years. But he’s done, time to cut losses and move on.

    As far as the Warriors go, I didn’t really understand just how thin their bench got until Durant went down. Compounding that, Livingston and Igoudala just look old and they can’t bring it every night because it’s not there. McGee shoes flashes of brilliance, and then he looks like the Shaq has been destroying for years. I would have liked for them to hold on to Weber, but the Durant injury forced their hand. I know they were going to get Calderon, but I liked what I saw from the guy. I just hope they can tread water until KD can come back and contribute. I also think Curry never fully recovered from his knee injury, as he has not been the same player since.

  20. zumiee said, on March 15, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Belt, working on his swing.

    • zumiee said, on March 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Ah, just joking, of course. 🙂

      • snarkk said, on March 15, 2017 at 6:29 pm

        He friggin’ needs to listen to Bam Bam and Kruk — fix your grip, dammit!…

  21. alleykat69 said, on March 15, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    24 Dongers for Belt which will lead the team.

  22. Flavor said, on March 15, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    I’m not going to organize all the Belt-Bomb predictions but the thread will be here at the end of the season for us to check on. Looks like I took the low end (16) and Snarkk clipped Unca for the high (26>25).

    • snarkk said, on March 15, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      I’m the blog apologist for Belt, so I had to go high…

  23. djloo27 said, on March 15, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    In honor of Stix, who referred to Belt as BB9, I will go with 9…

  24. snarkk said, on March 15, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    As far as power bats in the OF go with the Gyros, I wouldn’t draft power in the OF unless it is RHed. The LF outfield draft targets should have speed and gap power to take advantage of Triples Alley. LHed outfield dinger power is wasted at ATT…

  25. alleykat69 said, on March 15, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Well since they don’t know how to draft outfielders it’s a mook point Snarkk.Of course you could just hand the job to Arroyo in LF and see if he can pepper the walls in left like Kent use too.But of course that’s not the Giants way to let a legit prospect play until he’s 25 or older.. with 1,000 plus AB’s in the minors..

    • snarkk said, on March 15, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      Most of the past 20 years, the Giants home grown OFers have definitely been baseball mooks…

  26. djloo27 said, on March 15, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Well Snark, the old Yankees who won the WS almost every year didn’t look for speedy guys to take advantage of “Death Valley” in left center (457 feet?). They looked for guys to take advantage of the short porch in right. I know the wall at ATT is crazy high but 307′ down the RF line is a friggin’ pop-up…

    • Flavor said, on March 15, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      exactly. JT Snow’s epic pop up HR vs the Mets was an out pretty much anywhere else.

  27. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on March 15, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Belt, 14 HRs. Parker will lead the team with 22.

    • snarkk said, on March 15, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      Now, that’s a helluva prediction! I’d take 36 dongs between those two any way you slice it…

      • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on March 15, 2017 at 8:11 pm

        Me too…. And of course, we don’t even know yet if Parker will get those starts in LF…..

  28. willedav said, on March 15, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Hey SD guess who is the new interim coach at Cal, now that Cuonzo Martin resigned and is going to be hired at Missouri.
    Your buddy Wyking Jones!
    Watching your boys from SC come back from 17 down to take lead over Providence Friars with 5 to go.

    • willedav said, on March 15, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      I love Metu, and Enfield is hella good coach to bring this team together. They beat UCLA earlier too.

  29. xoot said, on March 15, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    You see a lot of HRs to right field during BP. My young son caught one off the bat of Mike Fontenot older son said it sounded like a cannon when it hit the glove. Not so much during games. Pablo hit some.

  30. willedav said, on March 15, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Went back and looked this up. 2000 first year in the yard JT hit 19 but never went higher than 12 I don’t think after that. Giants did hit 226 HRs that year. Bonds had 49 Kent 33.

    Huff had 26 in 2010 as LH but of course was a one and done.

  31. snarkk said, on March 15, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    KNBR said today that the Giants home schedule has no Dodger games on weekends — all midweek. And, I looked at the rest. One weekend of Mets, one of St. Louis. Rest of weekend games has lots of Pads and Twins type quality opponents…

  32. unca_chuck said, on March 15, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    GH, I couldn’t disagree more. Draymond needs to attack the hoop, sure. But he needs to stop with the 3s. He needs to be the defender and the facilitator. Not the scorer. Even with Durant out. Durant has surprised me with the defense and rebounding he brought to the team. They really miss that more than anything else. The Warriors score off their transition defense, and without KD, they aren’t nearly as fluid.

    As far as Klay goes, Thompson, for about 20 minutes in my head, was going to be trade bait as they worked out the rotations early this season. No way now. Especially for a head case like Boogie Cousins.

    Everyone cries that the Kings got fleeced, but they were going nowhere with him. Granted, Divac did nothing for him in the last few drafts, but still and all, he’s going to be a bigger distraction than the positives he brings.

    Maybe in a vet org like Boston could Cousins do well but there is no way in hell that Thompson will be traded for him. Cousins is a FA after next year anyway and he’s going to be looking for a $200 mill deal. Thompson has a couple years left on his contract.

  33. eddacker said, on March 15, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I am thinking better than 20 for BB9. This whole right field porch thing proves what a talent Bonds was. “I can see that is the spot so I will aim over there.” And then he hit them there. When they weren’t IW him.

  34. mrsprtdude said, on March 15, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    22 Hrs for Belt. Re Curry and the Dubs…I read once the tiger was never the same “Major” player once he lost his 1st 54 hole lead down the stretch to a no name ( can’t remember) and lost after being crazy like 20-0 with the Sat night lead. I feel that way about Curry now. His confidence was so high he made all those crazy shots.
    In game 6 and 7, especially with the game and the championship on the line he missed every shot he took. A few were the “i’m wide open” kind he NEVER missed. Now he hasn’t been the same. All year he has been in a funk. Don’t get me wrong, he is still great. No longer the best shooter ever. imo we won’t see that guy anymore:(


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