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Colorado and Closers

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 2, 2018

I actually don’t mind going to Colorado as long as both the Giants and the Rockies are going there at the same time. When it’s the Rockies sitting there waiting for us, it’s more dangerous. Tonight both teams are coming to Sherpatown with a similar visual memory index. It’s a more even playing field. Again, if VMI interests you I encourage you to read about it here:

https://www.baseballvmi.com/baseball-indices-sports-weather

I have found it to be an invaluable tool to assist in helping build daily fantasy baseball teams…..

I have some thoughts on Melatonin. Actually, the closer role in general. I feel like the Giants have been screwing this up since they signed Armando Benitez back in 2004. The A’s do a lot of lame stuff but their approach to the closer is something SF really should pay attention to. As Melatonin was unable to finish a game with a 4 run lead I thought of this text that The Bone (my A’s fan buddy) sent me a couple of weeks ago:

Screenshot 2018-07-02 at 6.10.20 AM

In baseball, free agent signings are a huge risk because the players are locked up like servants for so many years before they can leave their original team. Money changes people, not to mention what all those years of playing BEFORE they get to their new team does to the body, the arm, etc. Paying a closer a fortune doesn’t make a lot of sense and is, in fact, kind of a lazy thing to do.

The Giants need to be more like the A’s when identifying stud closers. Draft them, develop them, trade for them if they’re young and controllable. But do not, ever again, sign one to big free agent money.

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  1. zumiee said, on July 2, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    What a weird game for Craw. He also chose to make that late throw to secondbase earlier in the game. It’s like his internal clock is off tonight.

  2. snarkk said, on July 2, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    I did not understand that situation where down a run, leadoff Hanson does what he’s supposed to do, the fastest guy on the team gets on with a bloop single after a nice, tough AB. Then Gorkys immediately on pitch one grounds into a DP. Not hit and run, nothing. Gorkys now has the green light to crank anytime as 2nd on team with HRs? WTF?
    Also, Bochy again waited too long to take out the pitcher = Bum. You bring in Maronta with the bags loaded and nobody out to face Arenado? He has K stuff, sure. But half the time he’s not sure where his K stuff is headed. And, Maronta wasn’t even getting oiled up earlier — he had to warm up super fast. Again, WTF?. Maronta did OK, Craw let him down….

  3. zumiee said, on July 2, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    The best pitch of the AB for Slater was the first pitch, a fastball down the middle that he took for strike one.

  4. James said, on July 2, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Craw had a Belt-like night at the plate those last two ABs.

  5. Macdog said, on July 2, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Frustrating. This team is incapable of winning more than three in a row.

  6. chipower9 said, on July 2, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Pfffttt…that Crawford guy sucks…;-)

  7. snarkk said, on July 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    The ending seemed pre-ordained.
    Early but slim lead, no add on.
    Bum not sharp.
    Bochy asleep at the hook switch — out of deference to Bum, IDK.
    Dusty is on the payroll now — Bochy taking hook timing advice from him?…

  8. snarkk said, on July 2, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    I’m not sweating this one, Giants always play like donkey doo in Coors.
    Take one and move on back home with a 4-3 roadie…

  9. unca_chuck said, on July 2, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    It’s the one I’m worried about.

    • djloo27 said, on July 2, 2018 at 9:03 pm

  10. snarkk said, on July 2, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    I saw the re-run on MLB of that error throw by Craw late.
    WTF was that? That was a routine play. He just airmailed the throw somehow. Wow, what a gift…


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