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Treading Water

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 12, 2018

Yesterday was a perfect example of the preseason fears that some pudits had for this team–the other team hit a little better than we did and pitched a little better than we did. Dyson is losing Bochy’s trust fast but we may have found something in Suarez—I love his windup, he hides the ball well, and he didn’t seem overwhelmed by the excitement of his first big league start.

I am optimistic about Stratton tonight, he will pitch well enough to win. San Diego is coming off a heated series in Colorado and teams, in general, don’t hit well in their first game away from Coors. The question is, will we hit enough to win?

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  1. sandog said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Any chance you’re thinking of the awful Manny Trillo, Chuck?
    He straightened up and took the first pitch almost always.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      I was thinking of someone more recent.

  2. Lurker John said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Interesting piece on the Giants and veteran players:

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/22544678/while-mlb-goes-young-here-why-giants-doubling-players-their-30s

    • blade3colorado said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:23 pm

      Yeah, good read. Actually, this was written almost 2 months ago.

      • Lurker John said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:25 pm

        Hmmm…just saw it front page of ESPN.com. Wonder why they reposted it now.

  3. zumiee said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Specs’ bunt for a hit against the Dodgers was a thing of beauty.

  4. Lurker John said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    No Flav, Strat does not miss many bats. Distinct drop off in the competition level tonight after two weeks of grinder games.

  5. Lurker John said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Glad to see Smith is finally rehabbing. Perhaps it won’t be long before we’ve seen the last of Oshit.

    • blade3colorado said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      I have no confidence that he’ll be effective this year. Usually takes more than a season to recover from TJ surgery. Who knows? He might be the exception.

  6. mrsprtdude said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Hi all. From the OC… Los Alamitos and HB are saying piss off to being sanctuary cities. A complicated issue and too much for this blog..but since when do cities get to pick and chose what laws they follow? Being a nation of laws is the main thing that keeps America free. Trump is an idiot. Not the 1st president to be one, Not the last. 242 years of America following the law. IMO this is not the time to change it…peace out:)

  7. mrsprtdude said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    And bunting is a thing of beauty if done right. Teams with no power (Giants) should be using it more..

    • blade3colorado said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      Agree on both your points. Moreover, it’s been part of the game since the inception of the game (1800s). Conversely, IMO you can shit can the DH; lowering of the mound; rabbit balls; and prohibit all baseball in Colorado and on the moon.

  8. snarkk said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    I like Specs because he does the little stuff consistently well.
    He knows his limitations. So, he focuses on what he can do well. Speed, going oppo field to push the runner ahead or go with the pitch. Bunts well, runs the bags well, solid but not Spectacular glove, clutch hits…

  9. unca_chuck said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Oh boy. Let’s see how this goes.

    • xoot said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      Derek Law? I feel better so far this year knowing that he can hit the road back to Sac real quick . . . .

  10. snarkk said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Ohtani – 3 run triple tonight.
    Dude has wheels. Long strides…

  11. alleykat69 said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    San Dawg report in so I won’t have to assume your the idiot (just kidding) that just held up the game by running around the outfield..

  12. snarkk said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Nice job by Stratton.
    7 full, 1 hit, 3 walks, 4 Ks.
    I thought he’d get more Ks, but he subdued a desultory Friars LU, with one frame that was a little dicey,
    Finally got run support.
    I think SF has a keeper #4 for this season…

    • xoot said, on April 12, 2018 at 9:59 pm

      MadBum, Cueto, Smarj, Stratton, Suarez. We can hope, anyway.

      • snarkk said, on April 12, 2018 at 10:02 pm

        If healthy, that’s not bad. And, assuming Suarez smartens up on gopher balls.
        Beede looks like he needs to stay down and find some command in between photo shoots and tweets with the missuz….

  13. snarkk said, on April 12, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    First time in 83 years a team has thrown a one hitter at an oppo, where the one hit was by an oppo pitcher who did not pitch in the game…

    • Lurker John said, on April 12, 2018 at 10:10 pm

      Amazing. I’m surprised it happened even one time before.

    • YogiBarrister (@Yogi47951368) said, on April 12, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      Wow! Who did it 83 years ago?
      If the Angels get one-hit this year, it might happen again.

      • Macdog said, on April 12, 2018 at 10:58 pm

        From Baggs: Tonight the Padres became the first major league team to be one-hit with a pitcher who didn’t start the game collecting that hit since June 28, 1935, in the Pirates’ 8-0 loss at Wrigley (Mace Brown). Per Elias.

  14. snarkk said, on April 12, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    So, San Dawg, are the Friars looking that bad, or was this one just off the rails for them after a brawl game?…

    • willedav said, on April 12, 2018 at 10:19 pm

      flav did call that one. Props to Stratton who was laboring that inning and worked his way out of it. Previous 2 times out he ran out of gas and pen guys allowed his inherited runners to score. Tonite he took care of it himself.

      • zumiee said, on April 12, 2018 at 10:21 pm

  15. YogiBarrister (@Yogi47951368) said, on April 12, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Someone on KNBR said curveballs are king. If so, Stratton is a prince.
    The only frustrating Giants related news is Jackson’s ‘tight groin’. Why didn’t they put him on the 10 day DL and call up Williamson? Blanco and Gorkys are both hitting better than him, Mac would at the very least, light a fire under Hunter’s ass, maybe win the job outright.

  16. YogiBarrister (@Yogi47951368) said, on April 12, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Posted by Bill James on Twitter: “Mike Trout is today’s Mickey Mantle. Joey Votto is today’s Ted Williams. Madison Bum is today’s Warren Spahn, and Kershaw is today’s Whitey Ford. We have no Willie Mays, no Henry Aaron. But who is today’s Stan Musial? Bryce Harper? Whaddaya think?”

    It’s funny, I figured James was setting up Bryce Harper for a smackdown, but guess which comparison got the most criticism. It wasn’t Bumgarner/Spahn, which I absolutely love.

    • willedav said, on April 12, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      um whitey ford i’m pretty sure has more rings than Opie will ever have.

      • YogiBarrister (@Yogi47951368) said, on April 12, 2018 at 10:32 pm

        Well played!
        I don’t know if James still holds the position he took in the first edition of The Historical Abstract, that winning percentage for starters is of paramount importance, second is innings pitched. I honestly can’t think of a sound argument it isn’t.
        Whitey had a lot of help acquiring all those rings, but you can bet your bottom dollar he would’ve never accepted one for losing the World Series.

      • snarkk said, on April 12, 2018 at 10:44 pm

        I’d compare Bum more to Carlton (329-244 lifetime, career 3.22 with 1.25 WHIP).
        Wicked lefty sliders, big 6-4, 6-5 guys, mean streak…

      • YogiBarrister (@Yogi47951368) said, on April 12, 2018 at 11:25 pm

        James was comparing players from the 50’s. He was also considering Spahn’s HR hitting prowess.
        Carlton is more similar as a pitcher and personality, he even hit 13 HRs.


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