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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 20, 2018

Congrats to the Rays for having the balls to let Yarbrough pitch to two batters three times. He faced Pujols and Simmons 3 times. Wow. I can’t believe he made it through such a grueling task.

Here’s a cutting edge idea: how about you just never pitch your starting pitcher at all? Yeah, announce him as the starting pitcher….but just start Romo every game….at some point….warm him up 2 or 3 times….then….never….bring…..him….in.

That would trick the shit out of the opposition, eh? Saves wear and tear on that arm, too.

Cautiously optimistic about Blach today. He’s from Colorado and has pitched well against them in the past. Today is a pretty critical game. We are about to embark on a most difficult stretch of the schedule. Two in Houston, three at Wrigley and then three in Nepal. If we went 3-5 I’d be ecstatic but feel like it’s going to be worse than that…..

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  1. Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 7:03 am

    • snarkk said, on May 20, 2018 at 9:52 am

      When I was a kid I loved this thing. Yeah, we used to fly off occasionally, that was part of the deal. That’s why I only saw them set up with dirt or grass around, like this one, not asphalt. Not saying there never was one on asphalt, though, and I would have got on it anyway. Hell, I went to parochial grammar school, we used to play all sorts of S on the asphalt playground, we used to fall all the time, our hands and arms were scraped up on a regular basis. I think that was a reason we boys had to wear the thick salt and pepper corduroy pants. The girls were tougher and smarter, they played on the asphalt in skirts, and they would fall once in a while, not as often as the boys. This circular thing was a low tech version of the Mushroom ride that you see at the Fair and Amusement Parks. I still love getting on the Mushroom…

  2. chipower9 said, on May 20, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Yep, I’ve mentioned a number of times recently that the team needed to have a good home stand because of that upcoming road trip.

    And agree Flav…I would be pretty damned happy with a 3-5 roadie, given the team’s our boys will face.

  3. Macdog said, on May 20, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Romo is starting again today!

    • djloo27 said, on May 20, 2018 at 8:32 am

      I remember Wilbur Wood starting both ends of a DH 40 some years ago. Not really the same thing but that might be the last time. Also different was Mike Hampton (IIRC) starting consecutive post-season games for the Mets, but that was more of a scheduling quirk. Romo could start 4-5 in a row if there’s a day off in there…

      • Macdog said, on May 20, 2018 at 10:07 am

        Sorry to say, Hampton did not make consecutive playoff starts for the Mets, Was it end of NLCS/start of World Series you thought of? Leiter started WS Game 1.

      • djloo27 said, on May 20, 2018 at 10:51 am

        Yes, looks like I was wrong about that. I was really sure, too.
        I wonder what I was thinking of…

      • djloo27 said, on May 20, 2018 at 11:05 am

        I see he closed out the Cardinals in the NLCS and then was able to come back and pitch Game 2 of the WS which is probably not unusual at all. I obviously forgot Leiter pitched Game 1. I might’ve posted tons of false information here over the years…

      • Macdog said, on May 20, 2018 at 11:13 am

        And then he left for Denver and its wonderful school district.

  4. unca_chuck said, on May 20, 2018 at 8:33 am

    This MUST have been against the Giants . . .

    • djloo27 said, on May 20, 2018 at 8:41 am

      I remember the 44 year old Spahn as a Met throwing an 80 pitch CG against the Giants in ’65. The pitch total was mentioned in the newspaper article about the game. That’s how I know it…

    • snarkk said, on May 20, 2018 at 9:35 am

      It helped that umps called a strike on pitches he threw 8″ outside….

  5. alleykat69 said, on May 20, 2018 at 8:53 am

    I remember that epic game in 63 when Warren Spahn dueled Juan Marichal for 16 innings before Mays hit one out off him to win it.
    Marichal was asked if you want to come out and he said, if that old man can still pitch so can I..

    • willedav said, on May 20, 2018 at 9:03 am

      yeah wonder how many times they both went through the LU. Lot of HOF guys in them too.

      • zumiee said, on May 20, 2018 at 9:17 am

        Man, that Braves logo in those days…..

      • willedav said, on May 20, 2018 at 9:21 am

        thx Loo! Awesome game in Giants hist. I know it’s funky but I always dug Braves logo and road unis
        so much cool stuff there. Spahn with the Braves only XBH Cepeda with SB Kuenn at 3b Mac in LF
        Hiller hitting .183 in July Mays gunning down a guy at the plate
        looks like answer to my question would be 6 times for both of them to go through the LU

      • Macdog said, on May 20, 2018 at 9:23 am

        The Giants struck out two times in 56 plate appearances.

  6. willedav said, on May 20, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Craw has always been one of their streakier hitters. Last year he just never got out of the funk til late season.
    Right now he’s hitting .302.

    I looked up 2015 and 2016 when he had .780 OPS and 2015 hit 21 bombs.
    That year he hit .340 in May 217 in June and Sept. 6 of the bombs came in one month July.

    2016 April and July BA was in .240s. June he hit .315 Aug .299 to wind up at .275

    what I’ve seen he’s using whole field a lot. Vs. shift one fielder takes away right up middle so he’s adjusted by powering ball over it to LCF and CF.

  7. snarkk said, on May 20, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Against Blach in his short career, Arenado is 7-11.
    I suggest if Arenado is up with the bases loaded, Bochy waive the 4 fingers…

    • willedav said, on May 20, 2018 at 9:58 am

      maybe even if they aren’t. So far no bombs yet, right?. Blach’s ERA of 4.00 is dang site better than guys around him.
      Arenado is amazing player tho. wonder if he plays D against everyone else like he does vs. SF.

      • snarkk said, on May 20, 2018 at 10:03 am

        All I know is I wish the Giants had the guy. I think SF has his younger brother somewhere in the minors?…

      • alleykat69 said, on May 20, 2018 at 10:48 am

        Yeah his name is Jonah Arenado he was playing at SJ last year, only 22 , so room to develop has pop like his brother which would be great down the line.

  8. snarkk said, on May 20, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Nats call up a 19-year old kid from the DR.
    No idea whether he’ll succeed.
    But, why can’t the Giants scout and pick up OF international talent like this?…
    https://www.mlb.com/cut4/juan-soto-is-first-nationals-teenager-since-bryce-harper/c-277530214

    • Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 11:25 am

      Ramos is 18….and hitting .212 in single A

      • snarkk said, on May 20, 2018 at 11:31 am

        What are Giants scouts doing — drinking DR rum? SF has an “academy” down there, where’s the results?
        With the Giants revenue, they should have the best scouting staff money can buy…

      • Lurker John said, on May 20, 2018 at 12:40 pm

        There hasn’t been results for years, and that’s one of the biggest flaws in this organization, imo. It’s hamstringing everything they do. I’ve said this before, but hopefully Bell can get it turned around.

  9. djloo27 said, on May 20, 2018 at 11:18 am

    I’m guessing Pence and Oaf are recalled for the upcoming road trip to 3 very HR friendly parks.
    Gomez and Valdez are the likely casualties although it wouldn’t surprise me if they phantom DL’ed an outfielder…

  10. djloo27 said, on May 20, 2018 at 11:24 am

    1. Gorkys Hernandez (R) RF
    2. Buster Posey (R) 1B
    3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
    4. Brandon Belt (L) LF
    5. Nick Hundley (R) C
    6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
    7. Austin Jackson (R) CF
    8. Kelby Tomlinson (R) 2B
    9. Ty Blach (R) P

  11. dirtnrocksnomo said, on May 20, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Wasting Samardjiza’s decent outing Thursday seems like a missed opportunity. The club could be going for the series win instead of a split today on their way out of town for a tough road trip.

    Ramos is still young and moved up a level this year. Hopefully they hold onto him. The outfield will be interesting next year: Shaw, Slater, Williamson and some combination of Jackson, Hernandez,Duggar? Best thing you can say is at least they be younger.

    .

  12. YogiBarrister (@Yogi47951368) said, on May 20, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    These newfangled ideas about how to use the pitching staffs are wreaking havoc on fantasy baseball.
    This one is intriguing, it might even work for the Giants current rotation.
    Opposing teams have scored 18 times in the first inning for a total of 39 runs.
    With two more against the Rockies, the Giants have scored 12 times, 24 runs.
    If you disregarded first inning runs, four Giants losses would be reversed, two of their wins would become losses ( McCutchen’s big walk off doesn’t happen), two of their wins and one loss would become ties.

  13. YogiBarrister (@Yogi47951368) said, on May 20, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    My case for Segio Romo as a Hall of Fame caliber pitcher is coming along nicely. What it lacks is the ability to compare him to other relievers with fewer than 1000 IPs (Baseball Reference.com minimum) and more than 500. That list could blow it out of the water.
    When he left the Giants, Romo had a better Command Ratio than every pitcher in history with 1000 IPs. or more. Since then, Chris Sale has taken the top spot with 5.1 K’s to BBs. Interesting thing about Command Ratio, if you throw out the 19th Century pitchers, 9 out of the top 15 are still active and all of them but Schilling (retired 2007) and Pedro Martinez (2009) pitched in this decade.
    Romo’s other big claim to fame is his career WHIP. He’s also second best all-time, nestled between Hall of Famers, Addie Joss and Big Ed Walsh.
    Unlike Command Ratio, the top 31 offer a nice mix of eras. Kershaw is 4th. Bumgarner is 22nd, Scherzer, 31st. with Marichal and Koufax right on Bum’s ass 23rd and 25th.
    https://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/whip_career.shtml

  14. blade3colorado said, on May 20, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    I have no idea why players don’t run through the 1st base bag.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 20, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    • alleykat69 said, on May 20, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      In Blanco’s case he face plants 1st base so it extends him another week are 2 in Bochy’s mind..

  15. alleykat69 said, on May 20, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Great gun by Crawford to nail that Rocky at the plate Bullwinkle!

  16. sandog said, on May 20, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Gork is becoming another Andres Torres!

  17. Macdog said, on May 20, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Stay test-free, Gorkys.

  18. willedav said, on May 20, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    FLR is dominating.

  19. Macdog said, on May 20, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Triple Specs!

  20. zumiee said, on May 20, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Specs roped it!

  21. Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    just to be clear, we are winning because of power from GorkHead and Specs. Uh huh. I see….

    • Macdog said, on May 20, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      And Posey scored the first run after hitting a triple.

  22. blade3colorado said, on May 20, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    We need a ball bag double or triple.

  23. Macdog said, on May 20, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Rox BELTED!

  24. blade3colorado said, on May 20, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Belt Bomb!

  25. Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Belt finally deciding to swing the bat this year, instead of taking, watching and walking all the time, is a jizz worthy development for all of us. Mrs. James can keep the furniture saran wrapped for the rest of the year it seems…..

    • zumiee said, on May 20, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      He just has to avoid the annual weird injury.

  26. alleykat69 said, on May 20, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    That’s the old Earl Weaver approach!
    A hit a walk and a Bomb!!
    Belted 3 run homer!!

  27. Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Hundley has been outstanding this year.

  28. Macdog said, on May 20, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Bombs away!

  29. alleykat69 said, on May 20, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Back to Back Jacks!!

  30. blade3colorado said, on May 20, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Damn. Take that ump . . . Hundley bomb.

  31. blade3colorado said, on May 20, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Power conga line.

  32. zumiee said, on May 20, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Nice to see Bochy bat Posey second today. That’s outside the box for Bochy.

  33. Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    going on this road trip at .500 is huge. Could be the last time we see .500 for a spell……

    • zumiee said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      We’re getting Verlander and Cole in Houston. Tough draw.

      • Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:05 pm

        If we win 2 games on this upcoming roadie I’d call that a victory

  34. snarkk said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Bochy pre-game did not sound too excited about Mac’s two HRs in the past two rehab games. I’m guessing they don’t bring him up for Houston, after all it’s only a short pop to LF for HRs — too logical. R they figuring Mac can’t handle Verlander and Kuichel ? — yeah, let’s get Blanco out there to handle those guys…

    • Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      that’s infuriating

      • snarkk said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:16 pm

        I see zumiee says it’s Cole, not Kuichel. Well, regardless, I don’t see what they are waiting for to bring up Mac. Belt’s 3 run dinger today shows what power does for you, especially with a starting rotation that can barely go 5 frames every game. They need to score when up against the Stros, the Cubs, and these Rocks up at Coors…

  35. Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    • Lurker John said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      Nice.

  36. snarkk said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Gorkys with 4 HRs, Posey 2.
    Gorkys with 40 fewer ABs.
    On its face, that is astounding.
    Whatever Gorkys is doing, Posey should check it out…

    • blade3colorado said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      Biogenisis

  37. zumiee said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Bringing up both Pence and Mac creates a quandary because there’s no obvious spot (to Bochy) for Mac.
    Bochy wants to hang onto Gorkys and Blanco. And he likes having 13 pitchers.

    • Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      you play Mac every fucking day till he cools off

    • willedav said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      The 13 pitcher stuff is just dumb. And obviously the more hitters available the better. Yes to playing Mac every day.

  38. blade3colorado said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Dirt’s comment about blowing the Smarg game is spot on. We should have taken this series.

  39. Lurker John said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    BB9 going OFF.

  40. Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    despite losing the Smarge game this was a good series and a super critical win today. Leaving at .500 instead of two games down on such a brutal stretch is huge.

  41. willedav said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Hella dumb last out at 3b there by Story. That one base down 4 runs is irrelevant.

  42. Lurker John said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Damn, only 2 games out of first and one-and-a-half out of second.

  43. blade3colorado said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    5, 4, 6, 5, 6, 3, 7 have been the last 7 scores against our pitching staff . . . We need to tighten that shit up or our bullpen will be gassed by the time Madbum and Cueto return.

    • Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      that’s a line I’d expect to see from 5 starters like we have. These guys stink, there’s no reason they should be keeping us in games so often. In fact, it feels like they don’t. How are we doing this?

      • blade3colorado said, on May 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm

        Dunno, except our hitters have been outstanding going 9, 9, 6, 5, 6, 5, 10 against those scores I already mentioned. Obviously, it will be hard to maintain that level of excellence.

  44. zumiee said, on May 20, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Not having J.D. Martinez nor Pollock, and Goldy struggling; the D-Backs are in a total plummet.

  45. mrsprtdude said, on May 20, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Anyone see article in Athletic about Pence going to the same coach Mac went to? And Giants hitting coaches ok with it. If Pence starts hitting homers I hope this coach is making some big money!

    • alleykat69 said, on May 20, 2018 at 5:32 pm

      Actionless Jackson should go see this guru as well! Shit he might even hit a homer ( which he has a big fat ZERO)instead of striking out all the time..

  46. blade3colorado said, on May 20, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Anyone else notice how Blackmon went back to the wall attempting to grab Gorkys bomb? Conversely, our guy Actionless lets the ball (which was inside the park) hit the wall. This is twice in the last 2 games I have seen him watch balls hit the wall over his head versus making an attempt to catch the ball on the fly.

    • zumiee said, on May 20, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      He drives my mom nuts. My mom keeps asking me why the Giants signed him. I tell her: he was cheap.

      • blade3colorado said, on May 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm

        Can’t stand him either, but he came cheap, so no biggie. More concerned about Longo (long term) and Cutch.

  47. zumiee said, on May 20, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Anybody else ever read those chats on FanGraphs where a FanGraph person takes on a load of random questions? Man, those people watch a lot of baseball. One of the chat leaders said he has 4 games on at a time sometimes on 4 different screens. I wonder what they get paid.

  48. Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Jackson hit .353 vs LH pitching last year with an OPS of 1.013. Yes, he was cheap. But they had a plan for him, it just hasn’t worked out so far.

  49. Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    The pitching isn’t going to get better. This is who these guys are. The hitters are just going to have to keep hitting. Nothing wrong with that. This season was severely compromised when we lost Bum and Smarge before the season started and then Cueto. But all is not lost. If they can keep hanging around and then Bum and Cueto come back and Smarge tweaks it a little, the Giants can get another arm at the break if they need it.
    Till then we just gotta roll deep with this Cobbled Together 5.

    • xoot said, on May 20, 2018 at 6:29 pm

      the five fives

      • Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 6:36 pm

        welcome to the POTD. Gold.

      • djloo27 said, on May 20, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      • djloo27 said, on May 20, 2018 at 6:51 pm

  50. willedav said, on May 20, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    regardless of what score is, you always want your team to set a pattern in first couple minutes second half.
    Down 11, Rockets were just awful–lazy passes missed layups dumb fouls and wide open shots for GS.
    Now they are down 21.

    • Lurker John said, on May 20, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      Great third quarter, but I didn’t like that last two minutes.

  51. Lurker John said, on May 20, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Draymond Green continues to do all the dirty work and do it well. He’s played great defense tonight, boxed out like a madman and grabbed 15 rebounds so far.

  52. Macdog said, on May 20, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Curry looks just fine to me.

  53. mrsprtdude said, on May 20, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    They are so much fun to watch when Steph is playing well!!!

  54. Lurker John said, on May 20, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Braves scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 9th to come back and top the Marlins 10-9. Wow.

    • zumiee said, on May 20, 2018 at 7:35 pm

      Swanson hit the game-winner and then was running for his life from teammates who wanted to maul him.

  55. Macdog said, on May 20, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    A 41-point loss, what an embarrassment for the Rockets.

  56. dirtnrocksnomo said, on May 20, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Williamson up to .468 and needs to be with the big club. Even with Belt mashing he’d be the club leader in OPS based on his MLB at bats this year (sss but still), Hernandez could move to CF and Jackson could fill his intended role.

  57. zumiee said, on May 20, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    This guy on McC Chronicles fully agrees with BF:

    Jackson was a very good idea that was totally mishandled.
    The Clevelands gave the Giants a perfect blueprint on how to use Jackson and it didn’t happen.

    Posted by DiaDeLosSlapsy on May 20, 2018 | 6:55 PM

    • Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      phew. Thank goodness, I was starting to doubt myself. 🙂

      • zumiee said, on May 20, 2018 at 7:58 pm

  58. Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Happy the Warriors won but you know what? These NBA playoff games have sucked. Every single one is a blow out.

  59. Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    “The 5 Fives”. Sounds like a band from the 60s

  60. zumiee said, on May 20, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Schulman tweeted:
    “Slater came out of Sunday’s Sacramento game with hip discomfort after a swing.”

    • Flavor said, on May 20, 2018 at 8:10 pm

      I hope Mac didn’t get hurt by association somehow. If that’s possible, it could happen to him I’m sure of it

  61. Macdog said, on May 20, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    • zumiee said, on May 20, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      The Bombers wouldn’t make it as a team nickname these days.

      • sandog said, on May 20, 2018 at 8:37 pm

        😁

      • Macdog said, on May 20, 2018 at 8:50 pm

        My alma mater, Ithaca, still has Bombers for its nickname.

      • xoot said, on May 20, 2018 at 8:56 pm

        The Albuquerque Isotopes, who play in the shadow of Sandia Labs, sort of updated that nickname.

  62. djloo27 said, on May 21, 2018 at 4:56 am

    Could be looking at a pennant race for the ages in the NL West…


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