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Opening Flop

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 4, 2018

The optimist in me points to outscoring the Mariners 4-2 after the first inning. And Longo(ut) finally got a hit and it was a beaut.

Unfortunately, too many guys were still just waving and chopping at the offerings from a below average pitcher.

Today is an intriguing match up. Cueto looked great in his first start and King Felix has been declining for a couple of years (though his first start was a pip, too).

 

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  1. gianthead said, on April 4, 2018 at 6:00 am

    Cant say it is a must win bit would be nice…

  2. blade3colorado said, on April 4, 2018 at 7:12 am

    Who does this? lulz

    • Flavor said, on April 4, 2018 at 7:29 am

      Jesus, imagine this guy’s bathroom routine

  3. willedav said, on April 4, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Doing cardio at gym saw some graph about decline in Opie’s velocity. I think it was for his opening day starts.

    anyway, one of the 2 LHs that hit bombs off him last night was by local guy Daniel Descalso. Grew up in Redwood City/San Carlos area went to St. Francis HS Mtn. View and UC Davis for 3 yrs. Cards picked him in 3rd round.
    His first team Batavia MuckDogs of NY-Penn league. Wow what a great nickname.

    His career as journeyman backup IF 2000 ABs .240 BA .678 OPS.

    • alleykat69 said, on April 4, 2018 at 8:21 am

      Dan Descalso has 2 W/S rings to shine though..

    • alleykat69 said, on April 4, 2018 at 8:21 am

      Dan Descalso has 2 W/S rings to shine though..

  4. xoot said, on April 4, 2018 at 7:57 am

    during BP at the CF wall yesterday Cueto was hustling like crazy to shag fly balls. He only responded to fans calling to him in authentic Latin American accents. He tossed a few balls to them. (“Ay yi yi, Johnny. Por favor, amigo!” wasnt cutting it.) Meanwhile, Holland was jogging back and forth on the warning track; he stopped and tossed some balls to the honkies and gringos pleading their case. My son got one of those, with a nice bright grass stain. But, back to the point, Cueto sure was working out.

  5. blade3colorado said, on April 4, 2018 at 8:04 am

    This is what I like so far:

    Moronta (0 era, 1.13 WHIP in 3 appearances).
    Johnson (0 era, 0.67 WHIP in 3 appearances)
    Panik
    Dyson
    Gearrin
    Blanco (3 for 4 in 3 appearances – one start and 2 substitutions)
    Posey
    Cueto
    Watson
    Strickland
    Stratton
    Holland

    • sandog said, on April 4, 2018 at 8:14 am

      I dig the positivity Blade.
      I’m in San Felipe Mexico with one of my brothers and our oldest boys. Caught some of the game at a bar.
      Didnt see Longo homer, but man was I glad to hear about it.
      Nursing a bit if a hangover this am. Got my skink on with too many Gatorade and Tequilas last night.
      (Hey, sometimes you gotta improvise)

      • blade3colorado said, on April 4, 2018 at 8:33 am

        hahaha . . . Still taking a wait and see approach. I have said previously, I’ll know one way or the other by end of April/early May, but I forgot to account for MadBum and Smarg’s return. Consequently, those reinforcements could be the difference.

        By the by, if you get a chance, check out the hot springs at Puertecitos on the Sea of Cortez (just make sure you gas up beforehand, and at least when I was there, be prepared to camp out on the beach). Great times!

      • chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 11:10 am

        Oh man! This brings up memories while in the Air Force of drinking Soju and Gatorade in clubs in Korea…an wait….and watching Russian strippers! Damn, I nursed a few serious hangovers…

        Enjoy Mexico Sandog!

    • willedav said, on April 4, 2018 at 8:23 am

      I think the relievers not named Gomez and Oh F combine for 13 scoreless innings.

      • blade3colorado said, on April 4, 2018 at 8:28 am

        Yes, you’re right Willie. Quite impressed with the rookies, but Watson has been a revelation so far – lights out, with.5 SOs in 2 innings pitched.

    • chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 11:07 am

      I’ve always been a Buster supporter, but is it me, or is truly grounding into more DPs and killing rallies. I still think he is a big part of the team’s success, but damn, I sure seem to be noticing his lack of getting it done more of late. Pftttt…

  6. sandog said, on April 4, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Guy eating garlic fries looks like Steve Stricker or Marty Schottenheimer. Neither makes sense as Strick should be in Augusta (I actually have money on him to win the Masters) and Marty is in real poor health these days.
    I met him once at the McDonalds in the airport in SD. He was reading a golf mag. Told him I thought he did a helluva job for the Chiefs. He was Charger coach at the time.

    • willedav said, on April 4, 2018 at 8:28 am

      when Marty had the Chiefs he owned Raiders.

  7. unca_chuck said, on April 4, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Looks a little like Sam Wyche, Montana’s old QB coach, and bengals coach back in the day.

    Pissed we didn’t sign Trayce Thompson. That’s a gimme. Gorkys can go piss up a rope. Dumb.

  8. zumiee said, on April 4, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Garlic fries are just yuck, in general, IMO.

    • gianthead said, on April 4, 2018 at 9:29 am

      Sacrilege???

      • gianthead said, on April 4, 2018 at 9:34 am

        I said to my 16 yr old daughter on Easter (the girl turns 17 today) in front of her grandparents who are my in-laws…”Daughter, do you know today is the day that after he was crucified that Jesus rose from the dead???? APRIL FOOLS!!!”

        My mother in law almost had a heart attack and used the sacrilege…of course a few years ago when she condemned Henry the 8th (right?) from breaking away from their Catholic Church, I responded yeah how dare he that he just wanted to divorce his wife. How outrageous of him!!!

  9. zumiee said, on April 4, 2018 at 9:15 am

    That is an awesome Giants orange polo shirt the guy is wearing, though. I would love to have one of those. If he bought it at the Giants Dugout store, I can only imagine the gouging price, though.

  10. gianthead said, on April 4, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Dog…people actually go into Mexico???…never again for me…

    • xoot said, on April 4, 2018 at 10:55 am

      I’m glad to hear Baja’s still good. First time I went surfing there, 1970, the federales wouldn’t let us cross the border until we got haircuts. Of course, there was a barbershop nearby, raking in the dollars. We camped near K41, iirc. Some years later I spent a lot of time at a beach hotel much further down the coast, at Matanchén Bay. Then I spent a couple of winters inland–one in Cuernavaca and one in San Cristobal de las Casas. Trump may be raising the hostility level now, I suppose . . . . but Mexico is a great place (outside the drug corridors).

  11. snarkk said, on April 4, 2018 at 9:39 am

    The squad needs 30 games before we see where it’s headed. They will not continue to be this poor at hitting. But they aren’t going to score lime the Ricks and LA, either. Radio says Blach was screwed up by waiting 12 extra minutes after his warm up time due to opening day whoop de do going long. Might be something to it…

    • chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 11:15 am

      We were discussing the delay to the players and how it might effect themmm.esoecially the pitchers. I agree…could be something to it.

      Also agree that it is WAY TOO EARLY for any hand-wringing. Flannery had it right on the KNBR pre-game…”take a deep breath, it’s early.”

  12. blade3colorado said, on April 4, 2018 at 10:30 am

    I’m stoked about Shohei Ohtani hitting his 1st bomb. He also added a pair of singles. Per MLB website, the single in the eighth inning was on a 112.8-mph line drive, which is the Angels’ hardest-hit ball of the season, according to Statcast. Though Ohtani was playing as a DH, it also was the hardest-hit ball by someone regarded as a pitcher that Statcast has ever tracked, topping a 112.5-mph homer by MadBum on April 2, 2017. Ohtani also had three batted balls tracked at more than 100 mph. No pitcher has ever had more than two of those in a game.

    I think he is really going to be good for the game. Equally important, him and the Angels will give the Bums a run for their money, insofar as attention in Southern California.

    • alleykat69 said, on April 4, 2018 at 10:38 am

      All right that’s it,we need Ohanti and Bum in the HR derby that could be worth watching.,

    • chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 11:17 am

      I knew we had no chance at any of the big free agent fish in the last off-season, but of all of them, Ohtani was the one I most coveted!

  13. alleykat69 said, on April 4, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Yeah I’m going with Steve Stricker on the anal guy with his latex gloves on..
    If you blow up your phone the dude next to him looks like he has a cigar in his mouth, just the perfect lighting..

  14. blade3colorado said, on April 4, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Been thinking about why Belt didn’t play yesterday and the more I think about it, the more it doesn’t make sense. Yes, Posey needed a break from catching, so no problem with him going over to 1st. However, Belt had four good at bats Sunday (1 for 3, with a double and a walk). Also, he started against the first three lefties the Giants faced so far this season, so why not yesterday in the home opener? Equally important, this was the home opener and Belt doesn’t even get to make an appearance. Last, but not least – as Zum pointed out yesterday, Pence looks like an old man, i.e., Belt knows how to play left field and Bochy could have easily given Pence the day off. Makes sense since Pence is 4-5 years older than Belt.

    • chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 11:19 am

      The way Pence has looked (like dried dogshit), I would definitely put Belt in LF and sit Pence on occasion.

      • blade3colorado said, on April 4, 2018 at 11:46 am

        You and your daughter are usually fairly close to the Giants dugout in left too . . . How did his arm look Chi?

      • chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 12:32 pm

        We sat in club level yesterday, section 233, and from there, you cannot see plays in the deep LF OF. So I cannot give ya much there brother. And we didn’t see much of Pence when we were in AZ, either. I hope he comes around. Again, it’s early….we need him to have a decent year.

  15. xoot said, on April 4, 2018 at 11:06 am

    mlb claims Ohtani’s HR last night was “Harder than any exit velocity recorded by a pitcher in #Statcast history.” I don’t know. i attended that game vs. Colorado some years back when MadBum hit a grand slam. That was a bomb. I suspect statcast’s velocity stats don’t go back that far.

  16. chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Xoot – was awesome to meet you and your son at yesterday’s game. And was nice to tip one for Stix. Shoot me an email if you come-up with current contact info for our locked-down Flapper.

    • xoot said, on April 4, 2018 at 11:32 am

      Chi–likewise for me, it was great to meet you and your daughter and Kelly. I was in such a good mood even the top of the first didn’t dampen my spirit. I’ll send what info I’ve got. To Stix . . . . !

  17. chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 11:43 am

    WTF is up with a 4:15 start?! That is just one weird-ass time to start a game. I’m a fan of earlier starts since I go to bed/work early, but that is just an odd start time, IMO.

    • zumiee said, on April 4, 2018 at 11:58 am

      It’s for convoluted schedule reasons, so the Mariners can have an earlier get-away. The Mariners have a day game tomorrow at the Twins. It’s the Twins’ home-opener.

      • chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 12:34 pm

        Yeah, and the Giants have gotten raw deals on multiple occasions when in the situation the M’s are in today. What’s good for the goose should be good for the gander.

  18. zumiee said, on April 4, 2018 at 11:54 am

    “”take a deep breath, it’s early.”

    I totally see that point; but also at the same time, it’s not early in the sense that the Giants have been bad since the middle of ’16. The pretty good showing in the playoffs in ’16 helped us feel better, but we’ve been seeing guys like Pence and Crawford struggle for quite a while now. They foul off fastballs down the middle, and flail at breaking stuff. Their bats just look slow. So, with the pitcher, that makes 1/3 of the batting order weak. And the new guys aren’t contributing much yet. Although great to see Longoria do well yesterday. Maybe it’s a sign of the team starting to break out of its hitting funk.

    • chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      I hear ya, Zumie, but I am playing my optimist card for now.

      Take a deep breath…
      Take a deep breath…
      Take a deep breath…

      OM…

      Yadi yadi yadda….

  19. xoot said, on April 4, 2018 at 11:57 am

    about 1:25 mark, Cano’s drive to the LF corner and Pence’s throw to Crawford, standing way out in the grass to make the relay. The thing speaks for itself.

    • zumiee said, on April 4, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      Yikes. That was an alarming throw. He looked like a guy with a damaged arm.

    • xoot said, on April 4, 2018 at 1:45 pm

      Pence is out today with a sprained right thumb, injured during a dive–maybe teh dive for Cano’s drive. That could help explain the weak throw in the video, I suppose. But Crawford seemed to know way ahead of time that he had to be way out there in LF to get the relay . . . .

  20. zumiee said, on April 4, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Pence had a terrible Spring Training. He did have one very long HR, and of course, after the HR, Krukow then declared Pence back to his former self.
    When it’s over, it’s just over. It’s so painful and frustrating to watch these guys get put out there to struggle and struggle because they have a year left on an expensive contract.
    The Red Sox were willing to eat about $50 million of Panda contract in order to put the best team on the field.

  21. alleykat69 said, on April 4, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Not defending Pence but he was swung way over to left center field on that play.Is Wotus only the 3rd base coach now not in charge of outfield shifts? Just wondering..

    • chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      Not sure, Kat, but the defensive positioning has typically been handled by the bench coach in the past.

  22. alleykat69 said, on April 4, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Hensley Muelens is the bench coach now, so I have to assume he’s in charge of outfield alignments now..

  23. chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    1. Joe Panik (L) 2B
    2. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
    3. Andrew McCutchen (R) RF
    4. Buster Posey (R) C
    5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
    6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
    7. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
    8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) CF
    9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

  24. alleykat69 said, on April 4, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Longoria to the bench after his bomb whatever..

    • zumiee said, on April 4, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      Gorkys and Blanco starting, though! The stuff dreams are made of!

  25. Macdog said, on April 4, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Today’s Mets-Phillies game is being shown exclusively on Facebook. Best part so far is no commercials. Announcers are a young play-by-play guy named Scott Braun with Cliff Floyd and John Kruk.

  26. zumiee said, on April 4, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    The Dodgers get only 1 hit today, and lose 3-0 to the D-Backs.

  27. unca_chuck said, on April 4, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Most excellent. Just hope we start rolling. Johnny Lightning needs to kick ass.

    The Three Amigos (Pablito Gorkys and Gregor) get starts tonight? Hmmmmmm. I guess that improves the bench . . .

    Hah!

  28. unca_chuck said, on April 4, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    I thought Hunter ended up batting around .280 in ST. I don;t know. Bring me Duggar or bring me Trayce!

  29. alleykat69 said, on April 4, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Bring me Dee Gordon dude just wrecks havoc to pitchers..

  30. Flavor said, on April 4, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    anyone know why mlb.com jizzes on Ohtani so hard? He dominates the main page every time he hits a home run. Who gives a shit? Lots of guys hit home runs, they don’t get the entire mlb home page dedicated to them.

    • Lurker John said, on April 4, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      The allure of a dual-threat talent perhaps.

      • chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 6:28 pm

        Yep! There hasn’t been a player like him in a long time. Too early for comparisons to you know who…

  31. Lurker John said, on April 4, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Wow, Gorkys.

  32. Macdog said, on April 4, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Gorkys parks one!

  33. Lurker John said, on April 4, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    G-men roughing up King Felix so far.

  34. alleykat69 said, on April 4, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    That was a hilarious foul ball bungle.
    Old guy whiffs on it, the ball slams right into a full beer, as 4 babes are busting a gut over it.
    The guy doesn’t even want to look their way he’s so embarrassed..

  35. Lurker John said, on April 4, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Cueto looks like he added a nice gut this off season. That’s not going to help anything this year.

    • chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 6:29 pm

      If he puts up zeros like tonight, who cares….

  36. alleykat69 said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    No way Pence makes that play!
    Great Ketch Cutch,saved 2 runs..

  37. Flavor said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    how great is this. Jack on the tee with him, too

    • Macdog said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      My wife just read that tweet and we watched this moments ago, the kid’s 15, amazing.

      • wilcojoe said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:38 pm

        This was one of the coolest things I have ever seen.

    • Lurker John said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      Cool moment.

    • alleykat69 said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:53 pm

      Unbelievable cool 😎 moment ..

  38. Macdog said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Oppo-Belt!

    • Flavor said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      dude has so much power. I wish he’d just embrace it and try to hit bombs more often

  39. Lurker John said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Giants breaking out the lumber today, finally.

  40. Lurker John said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    That was at Augusta?

    • Macdog said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      Yep, Masters starts tomorrow.

    • wilcojoe said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:44 pm

      Yeah it was during the Par 3 contest. Jack asked his 15 year old grandson if he wanted to hit one for fun. His first ever hole in one. Check out the interview with Jack afterwards. Be sure to have some tissues by your side. Fantastic moment.

      • alleykat69 said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:56 pm

        Jack picking up the tab at the bar?
        Getting off cheap when the grandson orders a Root Beer ..

    • Lurker John said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:47 pm

      That’s awesome. That is a big 15 year old with a heck of a nice golf swing. He’ll never forget that, an ace in front of Grandpa Jack.

  41. Flavor said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    he’s still got it……

  42. Lurker John said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    That was one hell of an at bat. Wow.

  43. Lurker John said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    I love Felix, but the Giants are getting well tonight at his expense. They needed a game like this.

  44. Macdog said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Wow, what a day for the bench guys.

  45. Macdog said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Bombs away!

  46. alleykat69 said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Back to back jacks!
    That’s a fact!!

  47. Lurker John said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    B-Craw!

  48. xoot said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Two home games, two splash hits, plus Longoria and Crawford, etc. These guys don’t seem doomed to be last in HRs again.

    • xoot said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      plus Belt–wtf did I lump him into “etc”? It’s some sort of psychological syndrome afflicting so many Giants fans . . .

  49. Lurker John said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    5 in , still no outs.

  50. gianthead said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Who is this team I see before me on tb playing by the bay??? Belt Panda and Crawford going yard…the world just revert to 2014???

  51. wilcojoe said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Flav, I have Panda in a DK five game evening slate. His ownership is 0.5 percent. I don’t think I have ever had a player with such low ownership.

    • Macdog said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      What was the percentage for Gorkys?

    • Flavor said, on April 4, 2018 at 6:50 pm

      I don’t think I’ve used Panda in close to 3 years. Nice hit tonight tho!

  52. Lurker John said, on April 4, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Gorkys 3 for 3.

  53. alleykat69 said, on April 4, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    That was a BS strike 3 on Joe.
    Fact:Joe Panik was the toughest guy in baseball to strikeout last year.9.5 AB’s before he K’s.Not even close the runner up was at 6.8 ..

    • chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 6:32 pm

      Read that earlier today in the Chron. I knew he was tough to K, but had no idea.

  54. Lurker John said, on April 4, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    I just read that Nicklaus has 22 grand children, most of whom have participated in the par 3 over the years. Thats a lot of grand kids.

  55. chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Gotta love a good ol’ nail-brighter….

    Maybe we get a laugher against the bums this weekend…

    • zumiee said, on April 4, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      It’s already pretty funny that the Dodgers fall 1.5 games behind the Giants after tonight, after coming off last Saturday and Sunday’s games.

  56. zumiee said, on April 4, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Jon Miller mentioned that Gorkys had 0 HRs last season in 300+ ABs. The fact that Gorkys had 300+ ABs is the stat that stood out to me more.

  57. snarkk said, on April 4, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    On that Nicklaus ace, you can hear Gary Player calling it in the hole as soon as it landed and started heading back. He knows the place. Player is amazing for his 82+ age. He’d kick my butt in any athletic effort, he’s probably in the shape of an in-shape 40 year old…

    • alleykat69 said, on April 4, 2018 at 7:07 pm

      Yeah no doubt Snarkk.
      Player was a maniac working out all his life. He was probably doing one arm pushups in 1st class out of boredom with the zillion frequent flier mileage he accumulated over his lifetime..

    • Macdog said, on April 4, 2018 at 7:19 pm

      Player looked just as happy as Jack.

  58. snarkk said, on April 4, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Gorkys hit a dinger?
    Crap, Duggar is buried at AAA now until at least mid July…

  59. chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    .500
    While Missing our 1 and 2
    And taking the first two in LA, scoring TWO runs…

    I’ll take it…

    Hoping today is an indication of more to come….

    BOOM! 💥

    • zumiee said, on April 4, 2018 at 7:48 pm

  60. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on April 4, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    All those HRs. An easy win. …. Who are those guys? …..

  61. Irish Kevin said, on April 4, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Let’s hope this is a preview of the way the offense can be. Not 10 every game but 3-4 would be good

    • chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      3-4works if you have solid pitching. Four runs didn’t mean jack shit yesterday. Well, actually it did. A loss.

  62. zumiee said, on April 4, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    How about the shaven Brian Wilson yesterday? He and Baer patched things up. Cool.

    • chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 9:11 pm

      With all the hype on KNBR about who would toss out the first pitch, we (my daughter, Kelly, and I) were really pulling at stars, but we never saw the Wilson thing coming. That was pretty damned cool, IMO.

  63. zumiee said, on April 4, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Fun fact: the Dodgers got shut-out 3 times in the first week of the season.

    • chipower9 said, on April 4, 2018 at 9:11 pm

      What? Only three?? 😂😂😂

      • zumiee said, on April 4, 2018 at 9:22 pm

        Almost 4. They only scored 1 run yesterday. 🙂

  64. unca_chuck said, on April 4, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    I’m just glad we aren’t playing tomorrow. When we put up a 10-spot, we usually slumber the next day.

    • zumiee said, on April 4, 2018 at 11:41 pm

      And it’s looking like Friday will be a rain-out.


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