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So Where Do We Go From Here

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 1, 2017

I am generally a pretty positive person. I just don’t ignore reality. I’m trying to find something to hang on to that looks like hope for the 2017 Giants season and I’m just not seeing anything realistic to grasp.

Marty Lurie likes to do a show where he has caller finish sentences. I think he does this to focus them and lessen the chances they go on some dumb fan-tangent. One of the sentences he floated yesterday: “The Giants still have a chance this year because….” One person said “because there are still 136 games left.”

Sorry, that one doesn’t work for me. That’s just a fantastic opportunity to go 36-100 the rest of the way.

In order for optimism to bloom there has to be something the team is good at. Even one thing. Let’s take a look at what we aren’t good at. It’s pretty encompassing.

  1. We are slow. We are last in the NL in SB’s with 11 and now that Nunie is jogging the bases instead of flying around like his helmet’s on fire I expect that number to sit quietly where it is.
  2. We are weak. We are last in the NL in HR’s with 16.
  3. We don’t get on base. We are 2nd to last in OBP checking in at a pathetic .289. We are ahead of only the Padres who have been kicking the shit out of us this year….
  4. We are bad at pitching. Our team ERA is 4.45. That is 10th in the NL and behind the Brewers and the Phillies. Think for a second how bad our pitching has to be to be BEHIND those 2 homer happy parks.
  5. We lead the NL in blown saves with 5. So even if we do some how luck our way into a lead we blow it.

And there you have it. There are 136 games left. How many would need to be left for us to win 90 games if these 5 points hold true? 220? 500? More?




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  1. unca_chuck said, on May 1, 2017 at 10:16 pm

  2. pawliekokonuts said, on May 1, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Blade, where’d you get that photo of Craw as a kid? Epic.

  3. Macdog said, on May 1, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Royals beat White Sox tonight to end a 9-game losing streak. Their last win? April 19 vs. the Giants.

  4. mrsprtdude said, on May 1, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    A quality win. Good start. A few homers, and a bullpen that held a one run lead for 2 innings. Nice.
    Trade Craw after a month? Get serious. Top 5 ss in all of baseball. Gold glover. What happened to you guys??
    Arroya hopefully will be good, but stick him at 3rd and play our homegrown if 5 for a few years more…
    PS How much money in a bar bet Strick would finish april with era of 00

  5. willedav said, on May 2, 2017 at 12:13 am

    If you can’t trade Craw, who will be 31 next year and more than likely see the D begin to slide along with O as his salary increases, then Belt has to go. The Giants are NOT fixing the OF by trading Nunez Span or anyone else.
    It’s Belt by default to bring in what the minors cannot—a legit every day player for the OF that can hit for average and some power and he has to bat RH. Other than a cheap controllable pitching prospect like a Beede (absolute NO), who else can Giants deal and expect to bring back an OF of quality?

    . Anyone else notice how teams load up with LHP vs. Giants, even out of the pen? With Span or Parker in LU there’s 4 LHs in there every day. That can’t last, because ATT will drive down their production. And you can’t keep running Gorkys and Stubbs out there either because they are all glove and zero offense.

    1b can be filled by dang near any RH bat including Posey in a year or two. Yes there will be a defensive drop off, but what could be gained at the plate I can see making up for it. Morse seems fine for right now–he hit the hardest ball all game yesterday, line shot off the wall to RF.

    Look who beat Opie, Giants long time nemesis, tonite—no Craw no Belt no Gillaspie no Span/Parker. HRs from Posey and Pence and good ABs from Arroyo and even Nunez and Gorkys.

  6. djloo27 said, on May 2, 2017 at 4:58 am

    It’s hard to make trades even if you want to, especially if you’re trying to move a long term contract. Even in their down years, the Giants have never really been sellers. I may not agree with it, but I guess the strategy with just 1/6th of the season gone is to hang tough, get everyone healthy, and as usual try to fill their needs at the deadline if they’re somehow within striking distance. Otherwise, it’s just wait till next year…

  7. blade3colorado said, on May 2, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Paul, the Crawford kid photo has been publicized in the bay area since he came up, especially by the Giants. Again, as I said earlier, they will NEVER deal him (until it’s too late and he has zero value). Same deal with Posey and Bumgarner. “Faces Of The Franchise” types are NEVER dealt until it is too late.

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