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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 3, 2018

Winning games, staying at or above .500, this is exactly the blueprint we had hoped for when the season started. Unfortunately, things are looking grim. Injuries are a part of the game, next man up, yadda tadda, but this team isn’t built to withstand these types of blows.

The only sliver of hope is that we can hit this year (unlike last year). Maybe we stay competitive on the strength of our bats but I’m really just saying that rather than believing it….

I guess we’ll see what happens. Pffftttt…..

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  1. willedav said, on May 3, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Braves shut out Mets last night and took over division lead.
    They are top run scoring team in NL with plus 46 run differential, and lead in BA (.273) OB SLG OPS 6th in HRs.
    Enciarte about only reg that isn’t hitting. Freeman has OPS over 1.000. Markakis is hitting .320

    Couple familiar faces mixed in with younger players: Stewart at back up C and Culberson reserve IF.

  2. blade3colorado said, on May 3, 2018 at 8:34 am

    In the pre-season, I strongly suggested the Phillies would be contenders (thus far they are) one year earlier than most people projected them to compete. I missed on the Braves, as did many others – who indicated that they would likely become relevant in 2019. Two points: 1. along with all the other projected Wild Card and Division teams expected to compete, you now have 2 more teams with their “hats in the ring”; and, 2. This makes it much more difficult for the Giants to compete for the 2 WC slots.

    I wish I could remember the Flapper who said (yesterday or the day before) that it will take more wins than what was predicted in the pre-season for the Giants to secure a wild card spot???* Maybe it was you Willie or AK. Regardless, IMO, they’re absolutely right.

    *I’m still wait and see until mid-May on where our team is going. To date, I’m amazed that they’re competing as hard as they are.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 3, 2018 at 8:41 am

      By the by, the Pirates are obviously outperforming their critics (including myself). Very surprised they are competing so well in the early going.

    • willedav said, on May 3, 2018 at 8:45 am

      GH I think said that Blade. I agree he’s probably right, and agree with both your 2 points. Top teams everyone figured were shoo-ins looking up right now

  3. willedav said, on May 3, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Braves throwing Teheran today in NY so Giants will miss him.
    SF plays 17 consecutive days after today. See how rotation fares. Blach Strat Smrdz this weekend.

    NL Division leaders 30 ish games in:
    AZ up 5 games LA 8 back at 13-17
    MIL half game over STL 1 game over Cubs 1 and half over Pirates
    ATL half game over Mets Nats still under .500

    Passan had long column in yahoo about uncompetitive teams. Pointed out worst division shaping up to beAL Central with Tribe Twins and 3 very bad teams. Interesting thing here is, interleague play will have NL Central as their primary opponent, so big opportunity for top 3 in that division to fatten up.

    Giants first inter games vs. Stros on road in 3 weeks.

  4. djloo27 said, on May 3, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Sounds like DeGrom’s ok.
    What time is Cueto’s appointment with Andrews?

  5. unca_chuck said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Pirates are fading already.

    We score we might win… heh heh. Good news is we took a series from the fucking Pads. Haven’t done that since the 90s. At least it feels like that.

    May is a tough month as well, 18 of the next 25 games are roadies. Braves Phillies Pirates Astros Cubbies, Rox on the road is gonna be a challenge.

  6. Macdog said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:13 am

    I thought this would make for interesting off-day reading: Ralph Steadman recalls (as best he can) drunk adventure with Hunter S. Thompson at ’70 Kentucky Derby:

    https://www.courier-journal.com/story/entertainment/events/kentucky-derby/2018/05/02/kentucky-derby-hunter-s-thompson-ralph-steadman-friendship/446608002/

  7. Flavor said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:16 am

    If Cueto is gone, man, I don’t know how we’re gonna do this. No Bum, half-there Smarge, no Cueto….can only withstand so many blows.

  8. unca_chuck said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Bum has another 3 weks out? Don’t know his time frame. Samarjj’s next start should be an indicator of where he is. Otherwise It’s Southbound Suarez, Stratton, and . . . . . Blach and Blue?

    • blade3colorado said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:32 am

      Six weeks . . . All 3 (Melanoma, Panik and Bum) out 6 weeks minimum.

      • chipower9 said, on May 3, 2018 at 11:06 am

        Melanoma (love it, Blade)was put on the 60 day last week. He’s done, IMO. I will be very surprised if he ever pitches again.

    • unca_chuck said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:39 am

      Ouch.

    • snarkk said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:44 am

      Melanoma being out or back, to me makes little difference.
      His deal after a year and half is already a bust.
      How can U miss a guy that basically never did much?…

      • chipower9 said, on May 3, 2018 at 11:07 am

        Agree. I see him having no bearing on this season.

  9. djloo27 said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:31 am

    You can’t find a baseball fan in NY who can name a current Giant SP other than Smrdja…

    • unca_chuck said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:39 am

      You’d be hard pressed to find one at AT%T.

    • xoot said, on May 3, 2018 at 10:54 am

      espn makes sure everyone knows who pitches for the fucking yankees. Last night the announcers used imitation texas accents when they mocked the astros at the end of the “second shutout in a row”

  10. unca_chuck said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail is a must-read.

    • chipower9 said, on May 3, 2018 at 11:09 am

      As is “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”

      • xoot said, on May 3, 2018 at 12:30 pm

        I’m with you on that one.

  11. dirtnrocksnomo said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:38 am

    The club has been rolling so maybe they can overcome losing Cueto in the near term (2 weeks?) and then Bumgarner comes back in June. Just trying for a positive spin I guess. This club has gone from power arms in the rotation to a majority of soft tossing control types which won’t get it done if they’re able to get into the post season.

    • unca_chuck said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:42 am

      Playoffs! Playoffs? Playoffs?!?!? If we get healthy and get into the playoffs, I like our chances, but there’s a lot of shit that has to work out to get there. And it is only if Cueto and Bummie are there.

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:52 am

        Even after Bumgarner went down I was pretty positive about the club going into the season (unlike some of the doomers up in here) and thought the first or second WC spots were attainable but that assumed Cueto was in the rotation. Now we’re looking at a rotation of Bumgarner (eventually), Samardjiza, Stratton, Blach & Juarez? I don’t know who holds down Bumgarners spot until he return – Beede? pfffffft.

        If the club can somehow stay in the hunt they’ll have to pick up a power arm so say goodbye to any up and comers like Shaw, Slater, Gomez, Williamson and Ramos.

      • snarkk said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:59 am

        Giants not picking up any big salary. They are up against the lux tax limit. That’s Baer’s DMZ, the Don’t (pay more) Money Zone…

  12. snarkk said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Dbacks look like they are in driver’s seat.
    And, they haven’t even had Lamb play since April 3…

  13. snarkk said, on May 3, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Looks like SF will at least be competitive this year, off and on.
    If Cueto goes down, the absolute top they could reach is WCII, and that will take 85 wins at least. Slim chance of that…

  14. djloo27 said, on May 3, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Awful quiet on the “MTO” front.
    Don’t like the silence…

    • unca_chuck said, on May 3, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Made to order? Que?

      • djloo27 said, on May 3, 2018 at 11:18 am

        “Mac The Oaf” which I must continue to push…

      • djloo27 said, on May 3, 2018 at 11:21 am

        I love that nickname. I can only take credit for calling him an oaf.
        I think Xoot coined the nickname…

      • xoot said, on May 3, 2018 at 12:32 pm

        I think he’s eligible Saturday, if his head’s right

      • chipower9 said, on May 3, 2018 at 2:32 pm

        Yep. Saturday is what I have heard.

    • willedav said, on May 3, 2018 at 11:29 am

      thought they might activate him soon as he’s eligible; haven’t heard anything negative. Problem right now is Bochy is going with 13 pitchers. Column in chron suggested Belt and Hanson might play some OF

  15. Macdog said, on May 3, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Braves again beating up on Mets.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 3, 2018 at 11:30 am

      I’m surprised by Cabrera’s performance thus far this season. Nothing in his past indicated he would have 5 bombs and a .337/.388/.567 slash line, with a .955 OPS. Any ideas why from you or Loo? Also, didn’t Loo propose a trade of Cabrera for one of our guys (forgot who he suggested)?

      • djloo27 said, on May 3, 2018 at 12:08 pm

        I had a concoction to get us Lagares and Flores, but never Cabrera, Blade.
        Braves can sure hit. Also no-hitting Mets in 7th…

    • willedav said, on May 3, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      just saw tweet: Braves top 7 have 14 hits (and lead 11-0) Mets have none.
      wow
      .looks like Harvey got lit up again. He’s gotta be toast.

  16. willedav said, on May 3, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Passan wrote interesting book on pitching/surgeries/alternative treatment/comebacks yada yada. As he says, it’s strange that with so much $$$ teams have invested in pitching these days no one has any clear cut idea how to prevent diagnose or treat most injuries.

    Given overall health of athletes today plus much improved conditions for travel clubhouses et al, frequency of season ending injuries (to position players too) is just odd. Look how rare it is for most SPs to go beyond 7.

  17. willedav said, on May 3, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    from Dave O’Brien tweet: “Matt Harvey said he wasn’t a reliever. He was right.”

    • djloo27 said, on May 3, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      Harvey owned the town a few years ago. He would get huge ovations at Ranger games when they would show him on the big scoreboard in attendance…

  18. YogiBarrister (@Yogi47951368) said, on May 3, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    There is a viable route to the playoffs and way to enjoy the season . It’s not the high road, not the low road, it’s the middle road, flat as a Kansas highway and more scenic than one would expect.
    It does require a sacrifice on the part of Giants fans, rooting for the Dodgers when they play the D-Backs and Rockies. Rooting for American League teams.
    83 wins might be enough, just two measly games over 500 and the Phoenix descending back to the ashes.
    Here’s how it’s done.
    http://proxy.espn.com/mlb/standings?year=2006

    • James said, on May 3, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      Perhaps I’m being too literal, but wouldn’t the Phillies have been the second wild card? They led the league in runs scored in 2006.

      • YogiBarrister (@Yogi47951368) said, on May 3, 2018 at 2:38 pm

        Forget the wildcard. Winning the division title is the easiest path. The Cardinals won the World Series that year, after an 83-78 regular season. They didn’t even have to play the make-up game.

      • James said, on May 3, 2018 at 2:59 pm

        It’s certainly not impossible for Arizona to go 61-70 the rest of the way. Not a bet I’d make, though.

  19. alleykat69 said, on May 3, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    One positive note for the Giants, they have a winning record since Bruce Bochy opened a Twitter account!!!

  20. chipower9 said, on May 3, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Slow news day…

    Pence, in four games with the River Kitties, is 5-16 (.316) with no extra base hits. 1 walk, 4Ks. Uggghhh…

  21. unca_chuck said, on May 3, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Someone needs to go all Tonya Harding on his ass . . .

    • YogiBarrister (@Yogi47951368) said, on May 3, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      Better they err on the side of caution and go all Pope of Greenwich Village on him.

    • xoot said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:16 pm

      “They broke my thumbs,” from The Hustler would be more appropriate, given the weekend we approach.

  22. djloo27 said, on May 3, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Well, nothing wrong with 5-16 (all singles) and a BB. You know I think he batted lead off quite a bit in 2014 if not other years – and with Panik out, he could wind up there again. I’d like to know how he looks, not just the small sampling of numbers.

    • djloo27 said, on May 3, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      Much like I will talk myself into some loser in the Derby, I have convinced myself that Pence will return and hit lead off in a last ditch effort to revive him and keep the team energized…

      • zumiee said, on May 3, 2018 at 6:26 pm

        The contract will likely mean more chances for him.

      • xoot said, on May 3, 2018 at 6:43 pm

        this was the last time the Giants had someone in the OF resembling present Pence
        http://technifex.com/portfolio/old-navy-splash-landing/

      • zumiee said, on May 3, 2018 at 8:16 pm

        Rusty was a terrible idea.

      • zumiee said, on May 3, 2018 at 8:35 pm

        Larry Baer probably winces if someone ever mentions Rusty.

      • Macdog said, on May 3, 2018 at 8:46 pm

        How long did Rusty last? I have absolutely no memory of that.

      • xoot said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:15 pm

        oh, it was ugly

  23. James said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Collectively, the revival of Hunter, Pablo, and Rusty could emotionally overwhelm the team.

  24. unca_chuck said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Rusty rusted, i guess. As did Hunter.

  25. snarkk said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    I liked Rusty a lot better than Rohand, who came much later.
    And, Rusty wasn’t near as expensive…

    • xoot said, on May 3, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      Well, Rowand The Squat earned $48 million over 4 years for his efforts. And his only time on the DL, I think, was after he took a dodger FB to the jaw. wtf knows how much Rusty cost; he was always on the DL for bad mechanics. My son saw Rusty a few times when the park opened (his fourth grade teacher and her husband took him to a bunch of games) and my son has never forgotten the experience. I only remember seeing Rusty on tv. It was ugly. On balance, I’d say Rowand was better. Slightly.

      • zumiee said, on May 3, 2018 at 10:36 pm

        It seems like Rusty didn’t make it through the first season.

      • xoot said, on May 3, 2018 at 10:43 pm

        that engineering and design firm still includes Rusty on its résumé


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