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Monday Blues

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 9, 2018

With Brandon Belt still passively waiting around for that perfect pitch to drive, we impatiently wait for tonight’s game to begin. Strangely, Hunter Pence has the best numbers against Zach Godley (4 for 5 with 2 bombs). Belt has a walk against him (4 at bats), of course.

The Giants are doing what you would hope they would do without their ace and #3, they are surviving. That could be changing quickly. Arizona is all business. Solid starting pitching, good hitters. Not sure what to expect from Holland tonight. Maybe he’ll be an “AT&T” guy but that’s really just hoping he will be more than anything else….

Now I’m off to begin the day, a day where Patrick Reed is a major winner. That sucks and makes today a little less than what it could have been….

 

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  1. zumiee said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Fangraphs has a recent article about Godley’s curveball. It has a high swing and miss %.

  2. djloo27 said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Any Godley & Creme fans out there?

    • unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:13 am

      Yes. 10 cc was a killer band in the eary/mid 70s.

  3. wilcojoe said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:42 am

    The Patrick Reed story is going to become a movie. I guarantee it. It sounds like the dad was verbally if not physically abusive with Patrick growing up. In fact the Dad looks like a mean SOB. Doesn’t excuse Patrick for being a snake, which he is, but it still will make for a great movie.

    • Flavor said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:51 am

      he’s everything that is wrong with golf in terms of the stereotype of the golfer who treats everyone like shit, rules don’t apply to him and he thinks he’s a better human being than everyone else out there. Fuck guys like that. Everyone hates this guy, except his own family, but he hates them. Great role model…..

      • gianthead said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:20 am

        It is just not golfers….I think we can say it about almosy every superstar athelete…and probably the elite actors in Hollywood…

  4. Flavor said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Who is with Dale Murphy here? Bob Horner? Man, those 2 got old!

    • djloo27 said, on April 9, 2018 at 5:20 pm

      I have a theory that a lot of these guys look older because they didn’t use sunscreen back then…

  5. wilcojoe said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Zum’s mentioning of umpires brought to mind something I realized recently while umpiring one of my son’s little league scrimamages. It’s damn near impossible to judge a strike when standing behind the catcher. I seriously have to wonder whose idea it was to place an umpire back there? As parents we decided it was much easeier to judge balls from strikes by standing beside second base.

  6. alleykat69 said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:07 am

    I can see Reed ordering collard greens&fried chicken at the Masters dinner next year just like when Fuzzy Zoeller did that to tick off Tiger..

    • gianthead said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:17 am

      I dont think Zoeller ordered it but made a very poor joke that is what Tiger should serve after he won…

  7. Flavor said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:07 am

    agree with him that he’s the rookie of the year, hands down and this is a funny quote from him

  8. gianthead said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:15 am

    I was hoping Rory was going to make a run…fortunately only one person in my year long majors pool had Reed (just cant find myself rooting for him) but he also had Ricky and Rory, who were my top 2 with DJ hopefully ending up with a couple of points.

  9. willedav said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:15 am

    At least Giant killer J Lamb is on DL. They do bring 2 more LHPs after Godley. Ray won 15 last year with 2.89 ERA. Cutch Longo and Jax were supposed to help vs. LHP and only 1 has done much. See how Giants LU fares vs. LHP. Most teams seem to load up on lefties out of pen vs. SF too.

    Saw pic of Pirates J Taillon who threw complete game W over Reds in what looks like old 3 ring hat/yellow top/black pants unis. I still have one of those hats in closet from 40 yrs ago.

  10. Flavor said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:18 am

    good LA Times article about how he was actually received yesterday by the crowd
    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-masters-plaschke-20180408-story.html

  11. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Joe, I remember some Little League games with just one ump, standing directly behind the pitcher to call balls and strikes. I pitched a lot in Little League, and I thought the umps behind the mound called a better game.

    • Flavor said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:24 am

      one thing is for sure— the view from behind the catcher is most definitely different than the view from behind the pitcher—helps explain why P’s sometimes get so upset about calls.

  12. zumiee said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Goldschmidt has been quiet so far this season. Hopefully he stays quiet for a few more games…..
    I thought the D-Backs would struggle more without Martinez, but they look very solid still.

  13. snarkk said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Loo’s 7:41.
    Like an Austin Jackson bunt attempt, makes me Cry…

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

    Regarding balls and strikes, and umps, and pitch-framing….that all came to a head in the D-Backs/Cards game yesterday. The D-Backs manager got fed up with the ump rewarding Molina for yanking pitches into the strikezone, and he went off on the ump (after one of his players went off.) In the course of going off, he had some choice words about Molina, and Molina took offense, and as Strickland would say: “It was ‘go time.'” Molina has been in a fair amount of these donnybrooks, as the Cards in general have over the years, especially when LaRussa was involved with the team.

    • zumiee said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:15 am

      Molina shoved the ump to the side to go at the D-Backs manager, and although the D-Backs player and manager were ejected, Molina was not ejected. Interesting.

    • blade3colorado said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:32 am

      Cards are going to be tough this season, although they’re scuffling right now. They have one of the hardest throwing relief pitchers in the MLB – a guy named Hicks. Yes, he throws as hard as you know who on the Yankees. The rest of their bullpen throws hard too and they also just got Holland for insurance.

      That being said, the Pirates are one of my favorite teams (the Indians being the other) and I hope they continue doing well, despite the loss of Cutch and Cole.

  15. unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Speaking of Godley and Creme . . . one of the funnier videos from way back in the day. Fricking 1978 . . .

  16. unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Ahhh. Godley and Creme had left by then . . .

  17. unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Give 10 CC’s Sheet Music a listen. Great stuff.

    • Flavor said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:48 am

      I liked that song by CC and The Music Factory. That was classic 90s baby.

  18. blade3colorado said, on April 9, 2018 at 10:51 am

    A very good article about why MLB players are in the show and minor league players aren’t.

    “Here, the difference between being a long-time big leaguer and a long-time minor leaguer is sometimes decided by the slimmest of margins—and players can spend the next five seasons being reminded of that difference. One player who makes one adjustment ends up earning $10 million or more over their career, while another who can’t ends up as the dreaded AAAA player who makes less than one-tenth as much.”

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/so-close-so-far/

  19. Macdog said, on April 9, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Flav, thanks for those articles on Reed, especially the one yesterday. Fascinating and sad situation all around. The guy’s got immense talent, though, so we likely haven’t seen the last of him.

  20. wilcojoe said, on April 9, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Who should play Patrick Reed in his biopic? Sarah Jessica Parker has to play his wife.

    • sandog said, on April 9, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      How about Jonah Hill?

  21. alleykat69 said, on April 9, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    How about Lumpy from Leave it to Beaver?

  22. Flavor said, on April 9, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    • djloo27 said, on April 9, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      I feel like he’s been here for 3 years…

      • Lurker John said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:28 pm

        He hasn’t?

  23. Flavor said, on April 9, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    look at this shit. If all you can do is hit the ball to one area of the field you really aren’t a very good hitter.

  24. djloo27 said, on April 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Anyone interested in this old tradition?
    Twin started it and got real annoyed at DMD who seemed to enjoy beating Twin to it at times…

    Panik
    Belt
    McCutchen
    Posey
    Longoria
    Crawford
    Pence
    Blanco
    Holland

    • Flavor said, on April 9, 2018 at 6:07 pm

      he used to always get extremely mad at me if I ever picked a POTD during one of the threads he wrote.

    • Macdog said, on April 9, 2018 at 6:15 pm

      I posted the Opening Day lineup last year, The Giants went 64-98. I’m not posting lineups again anytime soon.

      • sandog said, on April 9, 2018 at 6:51 pm

        I always appreciate it when someone posts the line-up, and yes, it was a hoot when DMD used to scoop Twin on the line-up. I still remember Twin finally calling him out on stealing his thunder. I loved me some DMD.

  25. Flavor said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Denny was tolerable till he’d get drunk and spew out a bunch of stupid racist bullshit. He had several chances to stay here but finally he had to go.

  26. Macdog said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Giants-DBacks is free game of the day on mlb.com.

  27. willedav said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Golds must think every Giants pitcher is Lincecum.

  28. Flavor said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    at least Belt is swinging the bat….

  29. willedav said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    well with Beede due to start, sets up the awesome match up of Amy G and Mrs. B.

  30. Flavor said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    greg holland not exactly endearing himself to Cardinals fans. Wow, they might put up with that shit in Colorado but not in St Louis.

    • Macdog said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:46 pm

      Yikes, 4 walks.

  31. Lurker John said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Crawford has been waving at the breaking pitch out of the zone since opening day. He needs to start picking it up, because I’m losing confidence in his ability to hit consistently any more.

  32. James said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Longoria looks like he’s even more stupid than Pablo.

    • Lurker John said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:54 pm

      If you mean he’s flailing at pitches that aren’t even close, then I agree.

      • James said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:59 pm

        Yep.

  33. James said, on April 9, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Here BTW is the chart for Belt’s AB:

    http://tinyurl.com/yat6xn7o

    The pitch he was called out on was higher than anything Cutch saw the night before, contra Baggs. It was a ridiculous call. And if you want to be pissed at Belt, you should be even angrier at the inside cutter he didn’t swing at earlier. Just because it wasn’t called strike 3 shouldn’t make a difference, since he was being “passive.” Never mind that he would have missed it.

    • Flavor said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      that ball wasn’t at his shoulders as you suggested, that was a ridiculous comment. And he could have easily fouled it off. It was one inch about the top of the strike zone

    • Lurker John said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      This hp ump has been all over the place so far. That has to drive pitchers and hitter crazy.

    • Flavor said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      i agree with you that he has trouble with high pitches and so maybe it was best that he didn’t try to hit it. But it was a ball that most major leaguers could have handled by fouling off.

  34. willedav said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Giants sure helping this guy out a lot. Make him throw you a strike.

  35. alleykat69 said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Well atleast Belt his swinging for his strikeouts!

    • James said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      He knows all he has to do is swing at anything, no matter the result, to win over the fans!

  36. Lurker John said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Kerwin Danley. Horrible balls and strikes ump.

  37. alleykat69 said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Where the hell did this Godley dude come from?
    8 K’s thru 4 innings on a measly 47 pitches..

    • zumiee said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      Drafted in the 10th round in 2013 by….the Cubs. Then traded to the D-Backs.

    • blade3colorado said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      So does our guy.

  38. Lurker John said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Shout out to the Flap Universe!

  39. willedav said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Like to know how AZ finds all these OF for their system. In addition to Pollock and Peralta, they’ve traded away Gerardo Parra Adam Eaton and Ender Inciarte.

  40. Lurker John said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Holland has been solid his first two starts.

    • Flavor said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      we need him. And you’re right, he’s been good. 8k’s thru 5 is outstanding. Now, about our bats….

  41. alleykat69 said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Posey has no problem figuring this guy out..

  42. alleykat69 said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Pence you suck!

  43. alleykat69 said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    This ump stinks 😷

  44. blade3colorado said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Kuik says, “The last thing you want to do is not swing the bat with 2 strikes on you.”

    Umm . . . Like Belt you mean?

    • James said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      K&K have disdained Belt for years. At least Bochy had a little breakthrough defending him last night. Of course, not accusing you of going soft on Belt 🙂

  45. xoot said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Out of all the many bad calls tonight that high-outside pitch to Blanco has to be the worst. wtf?

  46. snarkk said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    I dare anyone to listen to “Cry” on youtube by Godley and Creme without getting an immediate ear worm…

    • xoot said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:48 pm

      never heard it before now. mid 80s Berkeley/Santa Cruz. pop music didn’t exist.

    • James said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      Prefer Graham Gouldman.

  47. Lurker John said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Danley has had a reputation as a mediocre umpire for a long time, and not just behind the plate. It just stands out more when he’s calling balls and strikes.

  48. snarkk said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Hey, I told you dudes Holland was pretty decent.
    Knock on (wooden) bats…

  49. unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Jesus. 27 balls in the dirt and Posey can’t get to 2nd, let alone 3rd? Fucking annoying. It may not have changed the outcome, but it may have.

    Even more annoying is Pence and Blanco coming to the plate to do their thing.

  50. alleykat69 said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Maybe it’s just a Arizona thing for Holland ST/and facing Arizona..

  51. unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    Another schlub that looks like Cy fucking Young when he gets here. Godley’s creaming his uni facing this squad.

    Sorry, I’m on pain meds and losing my shiot.

  52. Lurker John said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    This is ridiculous. This guy is just mowing the Giants down.

  53. alleykat69 said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Golden Sombrero for Belt 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻

    • Lurker John said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      Between him, Longoria, Crawford and Pence, it looks an awful lot like last year.

      • James said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:59 pm

        I’ll take Belt’s 2017 823 OPS over a full season. The others sucked last year. Belt didn’t.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      Yup.

  54. James said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    The new Mark Portugal.

    • willedav said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:59 pm

      ouch.

  55. unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Gomez gets a shot here. He’s got some crazy movement on his shit.

  56. unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Gomez nearly slept through that. Nice play though.

    • Lurker John said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      Yeah, but what was Owings thinking?

      • unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:07 pm

        He thought Gomez wasn’t paying attention.

  57. alleykat69 said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Like this Gomez kid’s moxie..
    Nice step off helped by Posey to nail that runner.He seems comfortable out there..

  58. xoot said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Alex Pavlovic
    @PavlovicNBCS
    12m12 minutes ago
    Giants announced a crowd of 36,997, their smallest since Sept. 15, 2010.

    • xoot said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      first, how in the fuck did only 36K show up mid-Sept 2010? The bandwagon got started THAT late that year? second, my son failed to talk me into going to the game tomorrow night. I’ve got things to do. He’s got good but cheap tickets lower box near the plate. hmmmm.

  59. unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    fuck. Posey for Cutch isn’t good. There goes the speed.

  60. unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Longo’s got to take advantage of that mistake.

  61. Lurker John said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Eva can’t even hit a hanger right down the middle.

  62. unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    pffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffft.

  63. alleykat69 said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Speed doesn’t matter when you get a Taylor made DP ball.Thanks Longo ..

  64. snarkk said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Giants lead MLB in…
    worst hitting with RISP….

    • James said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      SF came in 4th in hitting, 9th in slugging and 14th in OBP. The last stat is more relevant than RISP, which is usually lousy for any stretch you’re not scoring.

    • snarkk said, on April 9, 2018 at 10:39 pm

      James, Giants are last in NL in scoring.
      Is that stat relevant for you?…

  65. zumiee said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    The Giants are in a heap of trouble if Longoria struggles for a long time.

  66. unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Crawford Pance and Blanco

    AKA outs 1, 2 and 3.

    • xoot said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      a PRODUCTIVE out!

    • unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      Will wonders never cease.

  67. unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Hey! An xbh.

  68. alleykat69 said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    That’s a nice swing by Crawford.
    Can we please break this 7-60 RISP streak!!!

  69. unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Get Panda up there for Blanco.

  70. unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    At least Pence got Crawfish over.

  71. alleykat69 said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Pence hits like he throws a girl now..

  72. unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    See that, Mr. Belt?

    • xoot said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      two productive outs!

    • James said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      Mr. Belt might have fouled that one off, too. See the chart I posted. The ball he took was a few inches above the strike zone.

      • unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:36 pm

        The point being he shouldn’t leave it up to the ump to make the call. Try to foul it off.

      • James said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:41 pm

        He left it up to the ump previously with two strikes. It was called a ball. Did you have a problem with that? How high does the pitch have to be for him to take it?

      • unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 10:33 pm

        I have a problem with him letting called 3rd strikes go by. Especially in scoring opportunities. McCutcheon fouled off pitches high in the zone. and was able to get a pitch to hit If it’s close enough, Belt should do his best to foul it off, not hope for the ump to see it his way. There’s being too picky. Pablo has a better career swinging at anything and everything

        Pitchers will continue to get Belt out high in the zone. His stubbornness will be his downfall. Or his borderline meh-ness.

        Look, I’ve been one of the people supporting him. He led the team in home runs and missed the last 2 months. Sure, that’s an indictment of the team as well as anything else, but if he was surrounded with a bunch of better hitters, he’d be perfectly fine. He isn’t, so his failings are more obvious.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      Time for a knock

  73. James said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Come on, Pablo, make my comment look ridiculous!

  74. alleykat69 said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Went down with the cheese atleast , a good AB but Denied!!

  75. James said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    A noble, manly AB, although taking ball 4 might have been a better option.

    • sandog said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:40 pm

      Lulz! And excellent body language after the strike out too.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:42 pm

      Better to be aggressive than passive when you are trying to get on base.

  76. unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Dyson? Wow. Not feeling this move.

  77. James said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Thank goodness Belt is not hitting 3rd in the 9th.

  78. James said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Can’t believe Panik took that pitch!

  79. xoot said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    not a huge deal, but I’m still impressed when Crawford deliberately backhands a routine bouncer just to simplify his throw to first. Like he’s warming up.

  80. Macdog said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Again.

  81. xoot said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    three close takes in a row? is that what just happened in the SO?

  82. unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Belt playing with fire again. And he gets burned. He took 5 strikes iun that AB according to the stupid strike zone.

  83. alleykat69 said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Make that 4 K’s for the 🦒

  84. James said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Jesus fucking Christ, Belt! You fucking asshole, I laid it all on the line for you! Fuck you, you goddamn pussy!

  85. xoot said, on April 9, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    used to be Belt got burned, frozen by heat on the black. now it seems he’s extended his personal “zone” up and down, as well. I think it’s time for a one on one meeting in Bochy’s office, like the one before the 2011 season, with lots of tears pouring down Belt’s face when he leaves.

  86. James said, on April 9, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Do I at least get POTD?

    • unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      If you have to ask, then no.

      • James said, on April 9, 2018 at 10:32 pm

        Not a serious question, Chuck.

  87. snarkk said, on April 9, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    The whole team hitting sucks, Belt is just the lightning rod. Again.
    Hey, but the pitching is better than expected without Bum and Smardzxxxx…

  88. unca_chuck said, on April 9, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Gomez for his effort gets sent down for Beede who gets the start tomorrow.

  89. snarkk said, on April 9, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Somebody tell me WTF is going on with Votto here.
    Denying fans a foul ball is his usual MO?
    What a Dbag….
    https://www.mlb.com/cut4/joey-votto-denied-fans-a-foul-ball/c-271498232

  90. unca_chuck said, on April 10, 2018 at 7:36 am

    They are Phillies fans.


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