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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 5, 2018

Baggs had some incredible and depressing stats in his Athletic article today. We scored 3 runs at Coors. The previous low we’ve scored in a 3 game series there was 7. He also noted that, somehow, every Giants starter has a better OPS at home v the road. Think about that. They all hit better at AT&T than anywhere else. Except Longo, he’s got a higher road OPS. But he still isn’t swinging a bat so he’s not worth even discussing right now…

I’m deep in golf mode. If you want to find me I’m either playing Big Meadow or Glaze Meadow every day for the next week….

 

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  1. chipower9 said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Wow. Interesting split. That sucked to get swept, but in recent years, Coors Field has been an absolute house of horrors. All things considered, I am not sweating it.

    Our npbiys are two over .500 and only 3.5 back with 74 left to play. With all the damned injuries, To be where they are, i’ll Take that, and we get Cueto back today.

    Let’s see them put that home OPS kit to work and kick some red bird ass.

  2. Stan Shell said, on July 5, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Xoot, $65-75/ oz.

    • xoot said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:24 am

      wow. That’s about 15% of the going rate here.

      • Stan Shell said, on July 5, 2018 at 2:52 pm

        This state is swimming in it and we can’t legally export it. You have “ask” for it, though. Expect same in California when things get humming.

  3. willedav said, on July 5, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Cards threw their kid sensation Mikolas last night vs. AZ and won with big rally vs. AZ pen. Guy they are throwing tonite L Weaver has ERA over 5.00, vs. Cueto. Obviously more roster moves coming.

    Giants still have great record at home 26-14. They’ve played 9 fewer games at home than LA and have just as many Ws. 10 game homestand—4 with STL 3 with Cubs 3 with A’s before AS break.

    • Cardinal70 said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:55 am

      I don’t know that I’ve thought of Mikolas as a kid. He’s spent the last few years in Japan, which is why folks haven’t heard of him. He’s not one of those like Weaver or Reyes or Wacha or the like that they’ve developed through the system. Mikolas will turn 30 at the end of August.

      Weaver….I don’t know what’s going on with Weaver. Tends to have blowups somewhere in the game. Might get through the first couple of innings OK but that’s not a tell for later success.

      • chipower9 said, on July 5, 2018 at 10:17 am

        .

      • willedav said, on July 5, 2018 at 11:14 am

        thanks great story on Mikolas, completely unaware.

  4. willedav said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Like to see Cutch give them boost and pick it back up again July. June he hit .300 with .550 slugging .890 OPS.
    He does hit better at home too, .804 OPS vs. .742. Still I was hoping for more like .859 of last year.
    However, 10 for his last 43 with 1 bomb and 3 rbis. Other than that one big game last week, 1 for July.
    Um, this is contract year! Having a season like 2 years ago ain’t gonna cut it.

  5. willedav said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:22 am

    J Bart is up in Oregon playing for Salem-Keizer, where he slammed 2 bombs in his first game Wed night. Years ago company had a mgmt. conference up there where one of owners has a hotel and we rode Willamette ferry boat up and down river.

    • Flavor said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:23 am

      Would you trade Bart straight up for degrom?

      • pawliekokonuts said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:47 am

        I would not.

      • willedav said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:51 am

        mm no but Wilmer Flores looks like decent hitter for Mets and would be great back up or replacement guy for IF. Mets I’m sure want lot for de Grom.
        Dunno anything about Oregon geography-how far away is S-K from where you are? Kid who played b-ball in Asian leagues for me in middle school years was a running back/kick returner for Willamette.

  6. pawliekokonuts said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Could be worse. At least they’ve been winning at home. There have been times when that was not so, such as the first 8 games ever played at PhonePark.

  7. Cardinal70 said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Hey guys! Always enjoy peeking in over here and with the Cards heading to your neck of the woods it seemed a good time. Hopefully we’ll see a good series–well, at least you will. These late night starts get to me…..

  8. chipower9 said, on July 5, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Nice to see you here, Daniel. Always great to get your perspective on the Redbirds when they match-up with the Giants.

  9. zumiee said, on July 5, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Bobby Evans was on MLB Network today via phone interview. Nothing of note in the interview, other than Evans saying the Giants don’t want to go over the lux tax line, but we already knew that.

  10. alleykat69 said, on July 5, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Giants Just mystify me!
    Awhile back they sweep the Braves,then they go to Miami and get sweeped, they go to Arizona sweep their asses, then get swept by Rockies wtf, no consistency at all to put a streak together..

    • snarkk said, on July 5, 2018 at 11:27 am

      That’s what a .500 team does…

  11. Flavor said, on July 5, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Welcome back Daniel! I think you’re gonna be happy tonight, Weaver gonna shut us down.

    • Cardinal70 said, on July 5, 2018 at 10:56 am

      I understand that feeling. The Cardinals tend to have that happen to them as well. Feels like these two teams are a lot alike!

      • Flavor said, on July 5, 2018 at 11:06 am

        first game out of Coors is usually tough for hitters and it will be no different tonight. VMI for the Giants is -24.71. Weaver gonna shut us down tonight.

  12. snarkk said, on July 5, 2018 at 11:29 am

    If this VMI stuff is so key going to and from Coors, why don’t the Rox dominate everybody there?…

  13. Flavor said, on July 5, 2018 at 11:33 am

    they have to go to and from it, too. You’ll recall I said it was a pretty even playing field before game 1 and that’s how game 1 played out till near the end when the Rox did enough to win. I haven’t looked at their record when they are already on a homestand and they get to play a team coming in. Would be interesting to see the long term stats on that.

    • snarkk said, on July 5, 2018 at 11:36 am

      So, if the Rox come off a roadie, they have to adjust from heavy to light air, where the oppo has to adjust from heavy to light? ..

      • snarkk said, on July 5, 2018 at 11:38 am

        Meaning the Rox have the advantage to VMI the longer they get into their homestand since they have time to adjust …

      • Flavor said, on July 5, 2018 at 11:39 am

        they have to adjust just like the road team if they’re coming off a long roadie. And it depends on where they’re coming from.
        VMI doesn’t explain everything, it doesn’t explain why they got shut out in Game 3, they should have been adjusted by then. But it is a reliable guide. I’ve seen it work for 3 years now.

      • alleykat69 said, on July 5, 2018 at 12:37 pm

        Every once in awhile I have to adjust from a heavy beer 🍺 to a light one..

  14. Flavor said, on July 5, 2018 at 11:39 am

    I gotta hit the course Snarkk, I’ll catch up with your comments on this when I get back

  15. willedav said, on July 5, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Suarez shut them down til the bomb, which was crushed but barely fair. Giants got 2 on and Craw hit one pretty hard but not far enough. Suarez has ERA down to 3.92. Hope he holds up, come long ways. Suarez held Arenado hitless too in 3 ABs, no mean feat for any SF pitcher; plus Arenado kills LHP.

  16. willedav said, on July 5, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Cars have similar record than Giants so far but luckily Giants division has been up and down too and they are only 3.5 out. Dodgers right on DBax heels.

    Guess I’d ask Daniel if Cards were to add to the team (since Giants are apparently tapped out at the window) what area would he like them to fortify–offense starters or pen?
    DeJong is due back right away and Fowler (read your blog column very insightful on tough situation for all) too from his paternity leave so who goes/what problems does this solve?

  17. chipower9 said, on July 5, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Not baseball related, but Scott Pruitt has resigned as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Halle-fucking-lujah! Hope the asswhipe rots in hell.

    • unca_chuck said, on July 5, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      Right. Trump is draining the swamp. Of his own people.

  18. dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 5, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    I’m excited to see Cueto return. Is it pretty much a given that Tomlinson gets optioned?

  19. pawliekokonuts said, on July 5, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Hey there [insert the rapidly dying vocative comma here] Daniel! Correct me if wrong, but by some circuitous, zigzag route, you got here via some of your fellow fans — or directly with you — while interviewing for Baseball’s Starry Night in early 2012. Right?

  20. unca_chuck said, on July 5, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    So who’s the troll hitting the thumbs-down button on all these posts?

    • Flavor said, on July 5, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      who are we kidding, we probably all need more t-downs to keep us honest…but seriously, if there’s some dude out there who gets his kicks by t-downing some brilliant shit one of us writes, that doesn’t diminish the brilliance one fuck in my opinion….
      Just played 9 today. I shot a 46 on the front at Big Meadow and that included an 8 (8!!) on a par 3 and I didn’t lose a ball. Missed the green. Chipped it in the trap. 3rd shot stayed in the trap. Hit it on green. Four putt. Probably the worst hole of golf I’ve ever played…..

      • alleykat69 said, on July 5, 2018 at 4:59 pm

        No big deal BF, thoug I can imagine you steaming some!
        I played a tournament with my club at Seascape Aptos ( beautiful fun course ) I hit a great drive on a par 4, had about 120 yards left, 2nd I ended up in a bunker, 3rd didn’t get out, 4th came out hot shot into another bunker across the green, left another one in that bunker,now hitting 6, got out,with a zip code length putt and ended up 3 putting for 9!! Game is brutal and fun at times like our SF Giants!!

      • Flavor said, on July 5, 2018 at 5:07 pm

        played Seascape several years ago, very nice course.

  21. Flavor said, on July 5, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Torres with the big collar, shirt unbuttoned to close to his bellybutton, chest shaven tightly, 3 pounds of jewelry…Twinner loved this dude.

    • chipower9 said, on July 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks for posting this, Flav. It will be cool to see what Torres has been up to of late.

  22. Flavor said, on July 5, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Tony Graziani’s daughter is staying at our house tonight. Flap gold medal to the first Flapper who can tell me who he is w/o googling

    • zumiee said, on July 5, 2018 at 5:46 pm

      QB from a Central Valley high school (same high school Joe Rudi went to, and George Lucas.). Went to Oregon or Oregon St. Then bopped around the NFL for a while.

      • Flavor said, on July 5, 2018 at 5:49 pm

        Nice. His daughter thinks she’s the shit. I might have to tell her that her dad was just a guy.

      • zumiee said, on July 5, 2018 at 6:10 pm

        I vaguely remember him being with the Falcons for a while, if I remember that correctly.

    • snarkk said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      My guess was he was an actor on Sopranos…

  23. chipower9 said, on July 5, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    1. Alen Hanson (S) LF
    2. Buster Posey (R) C
    3. Andrew McCutchen (R) RF
    4. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
    5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
    6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
    7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
    8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) CF
    9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

  24. zumiee said, on July 5, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    It’s possible Torres is so unbuttoned because they’re getting make-up applied for the TV appearance which is a very standard thing.

    • Flavor said, on July 5, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      Guessing that’s just how he rolls

      • zumiee said, on July 5, 2018 at 6:11 pm

        Yeah, he’s on now. Seriously unbuttoned.

  25. pawliekokonuts said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    In Torres’s last days of pro ball, he was on the Pawsox. I met him in Syracuse after a game, in July 2014, as he was walking to the team bus, Thanked him for WS. Really sweet guy. Was with his son, I think. No autograph. Didn’t need or want one.

  26. pawliekokonuts said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    I dunno, I think we all deserve a thumbs down now and then, as well as a thumbs up. We’re not a cult. I’ve thumbed down as well as up here, depending on how I truly felt. It adds credibility. It’s like book reviews on Amazon. If they were all good, someone would think I had shills reviewing for me. Hey! There’s an idea!!

    • willedav said, on July 5, 2018 at 8:08 pm

      shills do happen pawlie. Co. instructs employees to buy a product then give positive review. They can keep the product and get reimbursed for it.

  27. chipower9 said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Let’s hope this is the Cueto of old…load ‘em in the first, give up a run, and then shut ‘em down.

    • pawliekokonuts said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:25 pm

      I’m worried because some of his comments have sounded tentative, as if maybe he doesn’t believe he is better. I mean, c’mon, they considered Tommy John surgery FFS.

  28. James said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    We’ve seen Cueto at low velocity before, but this is not encouraging.

  29. chipower9 said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    So much for the Cueto of old…FUCK!

  30. James said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    No, it doesn’t tell you how the ballpark is playing, it tells you Cueto is not right.

  31. gianthead said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Just maybe Cueto was rushed…

  32. snarkk said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    I said last week that coming up now seemed pretty quick given that an elbow ligament strain is still a ligament tear. I guess we’ll see where this goes, not a good start for sure…

  33. gianthead said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    So Flav…you bogey that par 3, you shoot a 42. Pretty sweet. In Florida with the wife. Top hot for golf evwn though we are staying at a Ritz golf resort…lol. 3 days of the pool…

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:44 pm

      No Mar-a-Lago? :-p

      • chipower9 said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:58 pm

        I am sure G-head would jump on that…or maybe he is already there….😂

  34. zumiee said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:44 pm

  35. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Well at least it’s still only the 2nd inning. Plenty of time for the G’s hot bats to…. oh nevermind…

    • zumiee said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      The Giants have Nerf bats, though.

  36. zumiee said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Trying to stay above .500.

  37. chipower9 said, on July 5, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    The Flappers watching probably heard about Miami being up 9-0 over the Nats, and the Nats came back and won. It’s early in this game, but it doesn’t matter where they are in any given game if the bats don’t wake the hell up.

  38. chipower9 said, on July 5, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    So at whose expense is Smardj getting his start this weekend? Not D-Rod. Probably Holland (I hope).

  39. pawliekokonuts said, on July 5, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    I got a Twitter liked from Tim Flannery

  40. Flavor said, on July 5, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    hmmmm Giants getting shut down at home by a pitcher with a 5 Plus ERA. Who could have seen this coming, shocking, I know.

    • willedav said, on July 5, 2018 at 8:10 pm

      VMI on fire so far.

      • Flavor said, on July 5, 2018 at 8:16 pm

        it’s certainly not a guarantee for anything but if I posted the VMI numbers everyday and we picked the games to bet over/under you’d be shocked at how often they went your way. Weaver sucks but he’s going against an average hitting team in a pitchers park vs a team that has the worst VMI on the board tonight. That is slam dunk shit.

  41. xoot said, on July 5, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Gearrin getting loose in the pen. This game is about to turn even worse, I fear.

  42. xoot said, on July 5, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    wtf thought it would be a good idea to send Amy G to harass Orlando Cepeda?

    • zumiee said, on July 5, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      Yeah, that was pretty awkward. How about what she said to the little kid. “We’re not ready for him to disappear.”

  43. zumiee said, on July 5, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Giants’ warning track power on full display.

  44. Flavor said, on July 5, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    for all those guys who thought Cutch was done when he got here and love to use saber stats to prove their point, hearty lol right now….

  45. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on July 5, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    3 runs in their last 32 innings? Maybe they’re just a month late this year on their swoon month. Or just tired, it’s been hot, right? The weather, that is….

  46. Flavor said, on July 5, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Flavor said, on July 4, 2018 at 8:46 pm (Edit)
    not gonna be any better tomorrow. They have the worst VMI number on the board for hitters tomorrow. Likely shut down again…..

  47. Flavor said, on July 5, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    and look, Weaver isn’t even good. There are a lot of factors contributing to this night.

  48. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Ok, Craig, you’ve convinced me about this VMI thingee….

  49. zumiee said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Hanny!

    • djloo27 said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:05 pm

      • xoot said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:07 pm

        Wild Man Hanson ain’t got no VMI lag

  50. snarkk said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    And I thought VMI was some military school back east for dudes that can’t make it to the real military academies…

  51. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Looking at the upcoming trading deadline, MLB’s view of the NL West is…. Buyers: LA and AZ. Sellers: SD and maybe Rox. Doing nothing: Giants. We often say here that of course the team that’s on the field now (even though we’re now in July) will not resemble the one that takes the field at the end of the season. Might not be the case this year….

    • xoot said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:17 pm

      if they need to dump salary to be sure to slide under the luxury tax threshold, they’ll trade someone.

      • djloo27 said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:28 pm

        Maybe Watson?
        That’s about it…

      • xoot said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:39 pm

        if Dyson bounces back a bit . . . . I’d hate to lose Watson

  52. djloo27 said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Do the Giants realize that the “sleep on the field” ad behind home plate is not directed at them?

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:19 pm

      lulz redux

    • alleykat69 said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      Cards even landed a hour are 2 after the Giants did.Those midwesterners never need sleep, their up at the crack of dawn eating their vittles then shucking hay barrels..

  53. xoot said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    The look on Holland’s face as he watched that velocity exit the ballpark was pathetic–bemused? nonplussed? mildly resigned to see his worthless pitch blasted into oblivion?

  54. willedav said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Might be time for another Pablo stint on the mound.

  55. Lurker John said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    It’s about time to blow this piece of shit up and start over. What a joke.

  56. zumiee said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Non-competitive product tonight. Bummer for the people that went to the game.

  57. mrsprtdude said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    This sucks! Just sayin

  58. alleykat69 said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    I take it we’re not gonna get a Clint nod tonight?

  59. alleykat69 said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    When they suck this bad,a clip from“Scanners” would work..

  60. xoot said, on July 5, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Kruk’s optimistic — Cueto worked on his “arm strength” tonight. My gawd. Cueto is disabled.

  61. unca_chuck said, on July 5, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    This IS just magnificent. The reaction in the theater I was in was fantastic.

  62. unca_chuck said, on July 5, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Earlier I was just wondering who would waste their time to thumb-down like 35 posts in a row on the last thread. Odd.

    Brisbee’s bemoaning the game? Huh? The game has nothing to do with Cutch maybe getting some bad breaks on hard-hit balls. It’s these new and utterly useless stats that are fucking stupid.

    Like I give a shit Pence’s groundout to 3rd was traveling at 78 MPH? Or Billy Bob’s home run was going 104 MPH? Or that launch angle of Posey’s popup? Oooooh, 90 degrees!

    Like more arcane numbers are going to entice more people to watch the game? Fucking glue heads all of ’em.

    And what’s with Cueto? I missed the game.

    • Lurker John said, on July 6, 2018 at 12:23 am

      It has to be some misbegotten troll who gets off on such things. I’m not sure there’s that much value to the thumb ratings anyway. I certainly didn’t miss it before.

  63. snarkk said, on July 5, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    I heard that bad first inning on car radio, and never went back. Good thing. Why do I have a feelin’ we’re going to watch Cueto and Smardzxxxx stink up the joint their next few starts while Rodriguez ends up in the Pen or in Sac? And, Pence and Actionless will continue to also stink it up when they’re in there. This thing better not go South over a cliff heading into a second half again — or ATT is going to have seagulls sitting in the Lower Box seats waiting for the 7th inning meal gong…

  64. snarkk said, on July 5, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    What was Cueto throwing on the gun? Anybody know?…

  65. Lurker John said, on July 6, 2018 at 12:24 am

    Good call on Scanners, Kat. Classic. Imagine the mess a massive cranium like Bochy’s would make.


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