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Our August Run Has Begun

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 28, 2018

Well, we finally caught The Pirates. That’s rad. Arizona had the worst VMI number for hitters last night, not a big surprise to me that Stratt shut them down. Well, a little of a surprise since Stratt sucks.

I didn’t catch too much of the A’s game but they got their ass handed to them by the better team last night. Houston has Altuve back, that’s gotta be a big boost both emotionally and from a production standpoint. And this “Throw a 5th starter out every game and see what happens” can only work so long for Oakland. You’d think, anyway.

Bummie goes today as we continue chipping away at the 6 teams in front of us in the Wild Card….

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  1. zumiee said, on August 28, 2018 at 6:19 am

    The Giants can look so good against good teams and so bad against bad teams.
    Hard to figure.

  2. willedav said, on August 28, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Encouraging sign to see Duggar pull the ball with some power behind it. Dropped bat head on down and in and whacked it right out the yard. More pls.
    Strat also very encouraging outing and still gives props to Vogs for helping him out with mechanics.

    AZ is not high scoring team (middle of pack NL runs/bombs) even tho they have 30 more HRs than Giants. But they have 2nd best ERA in NL and have dramatically lowered runs against over last couple years. I believe this is good blueprint for Giants; other side of equation from how many bombs you hit/runs scored is to keep those numbers down as pitching staff. For SF to succeed future years they have to be closer to top and lower ERA.

    • Flavor said, on August 28, 2018 at 7:33 am

      that *30 more HR thing* gonna be an issue….and please, let’s not talk about park factors. SF has 60 road bombs. Pathetic. A’s have 116 on the road.

      • willedav said, on August 28, 2018 at 7:55 am

        that’s why it is so impressive to me what AZ has done with their pitching. It’s a faster IF and more bomb friendly yard than ATT and yet they still keeps runs down. All we talk about is how awful giants O is–I don’t deny it I just think the other side of the equation is even more important. Last 2 Ws have been for most part well pitched games and Giants just beat a legit ace in Corbin.

      • sandog said, on August 28, 2018 at 7:57 am

        C’mon man. The park is big factor. Its a ballpark built for a game where everyone is on steroids and HGH and needs to be fixed. The American League is a softball league full of hitter’s parks and that skews those numbers as well. And yes, the A’s do have better power hitters than we do.

      • Flavor said, on August 28, 2018 at 8:02 am

        i disagree on the park being a big issue. You bring the fences in, the Giants hit 1 more bomb a game. Great. the oppo hits 3 more a game. We have no power at home or on the road. This is fact. Moving the fences in won’t help us in the slightest, it would just create higher scoring games and probably bigger loss differentials.

      • unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2018 at 8:51 am

        The only thing I’ll say to this is that the NL West has most of the pitcher’s parks in the entire game. San Dawg (29), us (30), and LA (23) all rank near the bottom in bombs. And SD has moved their fences in twice and still rank 2nd to last.

  3. Flavor said, on August 28, 2018 at 8:13 am

    by the way, I am for moving the fences in 20-30 feet or so in triples alley. It’s a novelty that’s worn thin with me. Bottom line though is that we need better hitters, not a smaller park.

  4. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Yeah, just take the notch out of the OF and put the bull pens in the fucking garden. Although I do like the whiskey bar out there.

    The only guy that would benefit form moving the fences in would be Aaron Rowand. He hit everything to right center.

  5. blade3colorado said, on August 28, 2018 at 8:28 am

    All of a sudden (last 2-3 years) the park is the Boogeyman? I don’t think so. Our hitters are weak. The formula doesn’t have to be “bombs away,” but we do need a lot of what we had in 2010, 2012, and 2014 . . . Same deal with pitching. Mostly due to injuries/age, we can’t count on anyone on our pitching staff, sans the DRod kid.

    This team sucks and will continue to suck, until these old guys are gone and our farm system begins producing a few studs. That being said, I have no idea how Sabes & company makes that happen. We do know the Giants will not breach the luxury tax threshold; nor will they be able to trade their way out of this predicament, because our guys have little, if any value to the rest of MLB. In short, this franchise is s Rubik’s cube, with a lot of questions.

    • snarkk said, on August 28, 2018 at 8:48 am

      When it comes down to it, the Giants just need better players.
      My hope is that David Bell revamps the farms system into one that consistency develops MLB ready talent.
      Guys like Duggar and Slater are OK, they aren’t difference maker players. If the Giants don’t consistency hit big on some of the inevitable pitching heavy drafts, they are screwed because they then pay big for pitching, and then have to pick up scraps and old dudes, not farm studs, to fill out positions on the cheap due to the lux tax BS…

  6. Flavor said, on August 28, 2018 at 8:39 am

    lol

  7. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Too funny. Throw Joe (did you know my dad?) Buck in there and you have it covered.

  8. snarkk said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:03 am

    What happened to Gorkys?
    The guy seems to have disappeared…

    • blade3colorado said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:11 am

      Holograms are made by using a single laser beam. The beam is then split into two beams by a special lens. That way, you get two laser beams that are exactly the same. One of those beams is the “reference beam” and is shone directly onto the film.

      In effect, Gorkys laser beam is out of service until further notice.

  9. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Oh, to be involved in this evening. . .

  10. snarkk said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Samardzxxxx shut back down again with shoulder issues.
    Visiting Stanford orthopedists for consult…

  11. gianthead said, on August 28, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Regardless of how the A’s finish…if they made the wild card, they lose…

    • Flavor said, on August 28, 2018 at 11:37 am

      it’s one game, anything could happen

      • gianthead said, on August 28, 2018 at 2:45 pm

        They dont have a go to starter…Flav have you ever been to Keeneland???

      • Flavor said, on August 28, 2018 at 4:22 pm

        i have been to Keenland once, back in 2004 or so. Never Churchill Downs. Kentucky Downs is a big deal for me tho. This has been on my list forever. All grass racing, Euro style, it’s gonna be amazing.

    • alleykat69 said, on August 28, 2018 at 11:47 am

      Giants know all about 1 and done with W/C games I wouldn’t count A’s out of one..

      • gianthead said, on August 28, 2018 at 2:46 pm

        I’m counting them out…

      • gianthead said, on August 28, 2018 at 2:46 pm

        They have no Bumgarner…

  12. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2018 at 11:27 am

    I’d so love to see the Yankers go down in the play-in game.

  13. djloo27 said, on August 28, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Yanks visit SF next season, BTW…

    • Macdog said, on August 28, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      First time since ’07. I think Giants won 2 of 3 in weekend series, easily the high point of that season.

      • zumiee said, on August 28, 2018 at 5:00 pm

        I went to one of those games. It was very cool. The Giants won, and the giveaway item was a replica New York Giants cap.
        In that game, A-Rod hit a monstrous juiced-up HR to centerfield.

      • zumiee said, on August 28, 2018 at 5:04 pm

        My vague memory is that the game went into extra-innings and Schierholz got the walk-off hit.
        Maybe someone could help me out and track down the boxscore. I’m not sure how to do that.

      • zumiee said, on August 28, 2018 at 5:11 pm

        Ah, here it is.
        Dave Roberts batted lead-off for the Giants that day!
        https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SFN/SFN200706230.shtml

      • djloo27 said, on August 28, 2018 at 5:42 pm

        Well Zum, at least you got to see Luis Figueroa in person…

  14. Flavor said, on August 28, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    for people that still think it’s our pitching….

    • Flavor said, on August 28, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      I haven’t bothered to fact check that Fareed tweet claim, but if that’s true that’s fairly incredible. THE BEST ERA in nearly the last 3 months of baseball. And even with that our record is terrible. This is nearly 100% on the hitting at this point. It’s always the fucking hitting.

      • snarkk said, on August 28, 2018 at 6:31 pm

        I’ve been saying that for a long time. Giants can put together pitching, usually. Getting hitters and RBI guys is another. You can’t win if you can’t score. The oppo stat should be looked at is rank in runs scored over same period…

      • djloo27 said, on August 28, 2018 at 6:33 pm

        Remember “We Score, We Win”?

      • snarkk said, on August 28, 2018 at 6:58 pm

        Looked it up. Since AS break, SF in runs scored is 27th in MLB. 13th in NL. Pretty much reverse of the ERA stat…

      • Bozo said, on August 28, 2018 at 7:21 pm

        I’m not double checking the ERA quote but since 6/1 the Giants are 40-37 with about 8 blown saves.
        If only our fucking hitters kept us out of those save situations.

      • Flavor said, on August 28, 2018 at 7:35 pm

        blown saves is a pretty bullshit stat. It’s not nearly as bad as it sounds.

      • Bozo said, on August 28, 2018 at 7:48 pm

        Maybe, but it sure would have been nice to win some of those games that we gave up the lead late in the game.

  15. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Cueto was sporting an 0.82 ERA before he went down, so it could very well have been better with him. Smargle? Hell to the no.

  16. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on August 28, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Forgot to issue a *lulz* to Craig’s comment a day or so ago after the win when he said and now the team begins its August run …. ha, on the 27th of August, no less…. pretty funny.

    • Flavor said, on August 28, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      it’s nearly that bad on KNBR but they aren’t joking. I kinda get it, KNBR is completely dependent on the success or failure of the Giants in terms of their overall ratings. They admit it openly, too.KNBR has just been praying for a run this season, any run, to try to generate some excitement around here.

      • snarkk said, on August 28, 2018 at 8:21 pm

        KNBR made a grave mistake letting the Dubs get away to 95.7 FM.
        They could have hitched their winter wagon to a real winner, but wouldn’t push the Giants off to KSFO for spring conflicts. 95.7’s main signal is crap, and the network in NorCal is a bunch of wimp stations. But, they flog the hell out of the Dubs, and they should…

  17. Irish Kevin said, on August 28, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    There was a good article on the decline of baseball, can’t find it now, but it said that teams only look for flame throwing pitcher and power hitters, there are very few teams that play small ball now, sad to say it appears that article is true, they interview a few old timers and they said they could no longer watch a whole game of baseball the way it is played today. The league baby’s it players because they pay them so much money. It pointed out that in the next 3-5 years starters would only go 5 innings and then bring in 2 or 3 flame throwing relievers. Sad commentary on the future of baseball. I am glad to have seen the Giants win their 3 WS the way they did.

  18. xoot said, on August 28, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    The pitcher got Belt 0-2 and then hit him with a back foot slider. “That’s a mistake,” said Krukow. Kruk’s done. He should hang it up.

  19. Bozo said, on August 28, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    That pitch to Bum wasn’t even close.

    • xoot said, on August 28, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      Nearly a foot outside

  20. Flavor said, on August 28, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    lol, this is typical from this guy but read the ad words. Man, times have changed.

  21. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on August 28, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    “A one-way street stripe… that leads to the action.” Yeah, I had a whole wardrobe of shirts with one-way street stripes that led to the action, just in case the girls didn’t know where the action actually was… .that’s funny.

    • djloo27 said, on August 28, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      The girls I went with followed the stripes in the wrong direction…

  22. djloo27 said, on August 28, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Slater played that like Yaz off the green monster…

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      Yaz was great out there, a joy to watch. At least until his later years. I went to his farewell game, I think it was ’83, he hadn’t played the field in quite awhile, but they put him out in LF one last time. He fielded flies fine but one time he fielded a single with a runner on 2nd, who of course headed home, drawing the throw…. such as it was… about 8 hops to the infield… everyone just laughed, including Yaz….

      • xoot said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:33 pm

        I went to the Oakland Coli to see Yaz at the end. Big crowd for that era. When he walked to the on deck circle the standing O began.

  23. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    How the fuck do you take a leak? That’s a whole lot of brass button action just to drain the vein.

  24. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Acetate? You drop that roach and you’ll go up like Richard Pryor.

  25. xoot said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Slater just cinched a slot in Giants history. Wtf is Girkys?

    • xoot said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:11 pm

      Gorkys

  26. zumiee said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    What in the wide world of sports….

  27. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Oh, fuck me sideways, really?

  28. djloo27 said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    A fuckin’ store dummy would’ve made that play. WTF was that???

  29. alleykat69 said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Are you fucking kidding me Slater??
    That’s the fucking worse play I’ve seen in baseball all year!!
    Bum’s gonna brand you with a cattle prod !!!

  30. Bozo said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    That’ll get some replays.

  31. Bozo said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Got out of it, way to pick Slater up.

  32. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Wow. Slater owes Bummie a few after the game.

  33. xoot said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Did anyone hear Jon Miller call that error? I’ll bet he was merciless, incredulous.

  34. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Not seeing the action, so, Slater first made a great play and then made a not so great play?

    • djloo27 said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      Good not great followed by embarrassingly awful…

  35. unca_chuck said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Slater droppped a can of corn fly ball that he then tried to pick up and kicked it to the wall for a 3 base error. With one out. Bummie got a pop up and ground out.

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      Ouch

    • willedav said, on August 28, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      and slid on his butt while trying to go after it

  36. xoot said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Hundley’s a good catcher

  37. blade3colorado said, on August 28, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Like Paul, I’m “watching” via Gamecast. Seems to be a well pitched game by both sides. Surprised somewhat by Bucholtz . . . Dude must be 34 or 35. Renaissance in AZ?

  38. Lurker John said, on August 28, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Yes!

  39. snarkk said, on August 28, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Gorkys out from the shadows to hit the walk off single !
    One of the best games of the year…

  40. djloo27 said, on August 28, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Yay! How many GB now?

    • zumiee said, on August 28, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      6, I think.

  41. xoot said, on August 28, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Good call to leave Duggar in and to resurrect Gorkys when we needed him. Good job MadBum.

    • zumiee said, on August 28, 2018 at 10:23 pm

  42. willedav said, on August 28, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    always the hitting lol…Giants held AZ to 0 runs in 18 innings and won twice, but no doesn’t matter. Good pitching stops good hitting, always.
    don’t never forget it

    • Flavor said, on August 29, 2018 at 6:03 am

      lol, counting on shutting the other team out and scoring one fucking run is not a clear path to the post season…..

      • willedav said, on August 29, 2018 at 7:14 am

        but it’s exactly how AZ has been in contention last 2 years, by drastically reducing runs allowed. Buchholz had an ERA of 2.07 prior to last night. Do Giants have SP like that? If they did they could shave some Ls off from where they are.
        As is they’ve gone from 98 to likely near 81 no small accomplishment.

  43. zumiee said, on August 28, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Back up to .500!

  44. snarkk said, on August 28, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    What happens if the Giants go on a win streak without Posey?…

    • blade3colorado said, on August 28, 2018 at 10:30 pm

      Hundley goes to the HOF and gets the girl?

  45. djloo27 said, on August 28, 2018 at 10:33 pm

  46. snarkk said, on August 28, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Slater certainly blew that EZ catch in LF. Didn’t really get under it.
    But, the reason he kicked it for the extra base to third was that new sod out there. Watch the highlight and you’ll see that he slipped because a big chunk of sod flew out as he put his foot down with momentum towards the outfield wall, to pick up the dropped ball.
    What was the thing they last had at ATT that caused the need for all that new sod out there?
    Do they really need the money that badly to mess up the field during the season with some concert or motocross or whatever the hell they’re doing?…

    • zumiee said, on August 28, 2018 at 11:09 pm

      The Giants are committed to using the ballpark as much as possible for other events besides Giants games. They’re all in on that idea.

      • snarkk said, on August 28, 2018 at 11:20 pm

        Slater could easily have blown out his knee on that one…

      • zumiee said, on August 28, 2018 at 11:37 pm

        Does Charles Johnson even watch the games? Who knows?

  47. mrsprtdude said, on August 28, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Mixed feelings..Love winning but we are helping the damn Dodgers! Grr


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