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.500. Always .500.

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 1, 2018

For his second straight start, Suarez got to face the team with the worst hitting VMI number on the board. That’s some sweet luck and he took advantage of the opportunity to throw another *shut out*. He could be a guy we count on in next year’s rotation. If nothing else, he battles, although you can say the same thing about Ty Blach and I don’t want him in the rotation next year.

Awesome to see this Garcia kid come up and have such a great night. Is it so hard for Giants brass to embrace this? Screw the vets, this team is toast, play the kids and see what happens. What’s the worst outcome? A loss? Newsflash: that’s likely no matter who you send out there.

I’ve seen enough Hunter Pence and Gregor Blanco to last me 10 lifetimes……

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  1. zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Regarding .500, the A’s are currently 26 games above it, and are making a serious run at a division title.

    • Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 7:54 am

      their pitching is starting to catch up with them. It was probably never sustainable anyway. I wouldn’t expect this *serious run* to last through Sept. They simply don’t have the SP

      • zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:29 am

        The A’s are just having fun anyway. Zero pressure on them. No one expected anything from them. The loosest team in baseball.

  2. djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 9:24 am

    It would be fun to watch Gearrin bring the excitement of a game 7 to a complete halt…

    • Bozo said, on September 1, 2018 at 10:35 am

      Pure gold.

  3. Macdog said, on September 1, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Blanco with a pinch-hit double in the 6-run 8th, that oughta get him a run of starts the rest of the season.

  4. djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 10:24 am

    The difference between seeing all the games and just reading a few offensive stats:
    Haven’t heard a peep from anyone in NY about McCutchen’s decline as an outfielder…

    • Macdog said, on September 1, 2018 at 11:01 am

      Cutch’s deficiencies on defense may get masked at that ridiculous RF bandbox, where balls that would hit off the wall or into the gap at AT&T will instead end up in the seats.

      • djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 11:14 am

        True Mac, but he even screwed up on balls that were hit almost right at him.
        Can’t recall how many of his fuck-ups were on the road.
        It does seem like they were mostly at AT & T…

  5. xoot said, on September 1, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Hunter Pence starts in LF today. And so he begins his farewell tour.

  6. snarkk said, on September 1, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Blanco shouldn’t get one AB in September unless he’s the third of three still healthy OFers, and the only PHs left are pitchers…

  7. blade3colorado said, on September 1, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Shaw, Duggar, Slater and Williamson seem to be the candidates for OF positions next season. They all excel in some aspects of the game, but they also have significant holes in their game too. Out of all of them, Williamson.has impressed me the most. Too bad he’s the oldest though and coming back from significant injury (concussion).

  8. djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Speaking of the unfortunate incident that befell The Oaf, if they’re not going to build real bullpens, they should at least get rid of the mounds on the sidelines. Would it kill these guys to loosen up on flat ground?

    • zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 11:23 am

      They could get rid of the mound on the playing field. There’s no rule that says there has to be a mound. There’s only a rule limiting how high the mound can be.
      I could see Bill Veek or Charlie Finley doing that for one game, just for the sheer stunt of it. The “no mound” retro game, like the 1800s.

  9. snarkk said, on September 1, 2018 at 11:21 am

    There’s some cool Giants hitting dingers and pitching on this vid…
    https://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/the-men-who-have-taken-wiffle-ball-to-a-crazy-competitive-place

  10. wilcojoe said, on September 1, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Sitting at a sports bar in Austin wachting college football. There may be more enjoyable ways to spend a Saturday afternoon, I have yet to find them.

    • zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 11:24 am

      Falling asleep while reading works for me, too. 🙂

      • djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 12:23 pm

        “And he’s the social director”
        -Oscar Madison

    • Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      i need the Cal game to be like 60-55 lol

    • Lurker John said, on September 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm

      It’s even better if you can go to the games. There’s still nothing like the atmosphere of a college game on Saturday.

    • djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      I love afternoon drinking, Wilco, but it kills me for the evening…

  11. Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Cutch leading off with Stanton right behind him. Gonna see some strikes, if nothing else…

  12. Lurker John said, on September 1, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Suarez has a better arm than Blach, and better stuff. I think he can be a solid 3 or 4.

  13. zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Oklahoma hosted Florida Atlantic. Business as usual. Oklahoma gets an easy win, and Florida Atlantic gets a nice chunk of money.

  14. snarkk said, on September 1, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Gruden smartly got rid of Mack for a bundle of draft picks. He rightly assessed that paying one guy so much would hamstring the team to get the bodies it needs. Same with Bum…

    • Lurker John said, on September 1, 2018 at 3:04 pm

      Smartly got rid of a former defensive player of the year and one of the elite pass rushers in the NFL? That one will end up biting Gruden squarely in the ass. Stupid move by a coach with a miserable draft history. There’s already reports of fissures in the Raider’s locker room. Carr and Mack are tight.

      • djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 3:31 pm

        How’s Raider Nation taking it?
        Not good from what I hear…

      • Lurker John said, on September 1, 2018 at 3:45 pm

        No, they’re not happy. The two most difficult positions to find in today’s NFL are QB and pass rushing DE. Ask the Niners, they’ve been unable to find a rusher for a long time. There’s just not that many really good ones out there. Mack is one of them.

  15. zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Which is more annoying: Krukow saying Dutch Holland all the time, or Brenley saying Goldy all the time?
    (Trick question. They both grate on your nerves like someone using a jackhammer.)

    • djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 1:17 pm

      Goldy by far…

      • zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 1:26 pm

        Brenley also annoys me by always saying “ballgame” instead of “game.”
        “Ballgame” once in a while is fine, but all the time makes me cringe.
        And in just a few minutes of watching football, I got to hear “football” all the time instead of just “ball.” It’s brutal.

  16. djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Cutch K’s looking…

    • Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 1:52 pm

      well, i did say he’d see strikes….

      • Macdog said, on September 1, 2018 at 2:03 pm

        Lulz.

  17. zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    LeMaster is a southern cracker. Who knew?

    • snarkk said, on September 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      Everybody?..

      • zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 1:42 pm

        I’m the only one who didn’t know. 🙂

  18. djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Hunter & Lexi’s children will probably have big laughs someday when they see video of daddy homering in his “Underpants” jersey. At least he’ll have that to show for his season…

  19. Macdog said, on September 1, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    The Giants seem to have the striking out part of the modern game down pat anyway.

    • djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      Solid Iridium!

  20. Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    fucking classic Niner bullshit.

    • snarkk said, on September 1, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      The NFL is a mess. I’m not watching it anymore. I’ll read some Niner game articles, but that’s it. Unwatchable, this kneel protest stuff is a mess, 80% or more of dudes playing it will get CTE, on and on. I’ll pay attention to college Ball that is only 50% BS, and that’s the NCAA and corrupt coaches part…

  21. Bozo said, on September 1, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    He got all of that one.

  22. Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Nice bomb. Playing baseball for Longo must be a trip. Every season his team sucks, he never gets to experience post season play, you wonder if this guy has just gotten used to playing with zero pressure.

    • snarkk said, on September 1, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      maybe next year he’ll take a little step up before the contract turns really ugly in the final years. Every time I hear his ONP is around .285 it’s WTF time— how is that possible for a guy making that much Coin?…

      • snarkk said, on September 1, 2018 at 2:17 pm

        OBP

    • Lurker John said, on September 1, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      He went to the World Series with TB in 2008.

      • djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 4:59 pm

        He plays like he has TB now…

  23. djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Cutch K’s swinging…

    • Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      but he’s seeing strikes, right?

      • djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 2:45 pm

        He was just grazed by a pitch. He seems to be squinting a lot as if his contact lenses are uncomfortable. I don’t know if he even wears contact lenses…

    • snarkk said, on September 1, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      Shaw needs to play everyday to see what he can do. Maybe they can shorten that swing a bit to cut down on the Ks…

      • djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 3:00 pm

        Duggar’s also got that long swing…

  24. zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Hanny with the D!

    • zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      And Frazier with some of that awesome MLB baserunning.

      • djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 2:47 pm

        I can’t stand Frazier.
        Not sure why…

  25. djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Melancon gets through innings the way I got through algebra…

  26. snarkk said, on September 1, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Need a gorkys dinger here…

    • snarkk said, on September 1, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      Didn’t get it, tho’…

  27. zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Ump blew the foul tip call. Giants catch a break.

  28. Macdog said, on September 1, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    What do Belt and a TV have in common? Both are 4K.

    • zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 3:44 pm

      Belt’s swing looks slow.

  29. djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    No one would’ve got the runner at home, but Pence’s throw was still sad.
    Cutch grounds out…

    • zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      Pence gets to be a major-leaguer for one last month.

  30. zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Strick was throwing low-90s fastballs. What’s he without a high-90s fastball?

    • snarkk said, on September 1, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      The losing pitcher?…

      • zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 4:05 pm

        Yep. He’s had years to work on an off-speed pitch and he still threw a lolllipop hanger to Flores.

      • snarkk said, on September 1, 2018 at 4:18 pm

        Musclehead needs a change of scenery in the offseason…

      • djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 5:10 pm

        I would add Belt and Panik to that list…

  31. zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Craw has missed two games in a row for some reason.

  32. Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    i was listening on the radio and when Strickland gave up the double to Flores he really gave it to Strick. Kept going on and on about what a terrible pitch it was. That’s not the first time I’ve heard him go off on him. Miller doesn’t like Strick.

    • zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 4:26 pm

      Low baseball IQ plays really set Miller off. He’s old-school about that.

    • xoot said, on September 1, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      Wtf does like stricknine?

  33. Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Yanks got 2 hits today and still won. That’s hilarious. Cutch right at home with a team not hitting

  34. Macdog said, on September 1, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Giants gave up 6 runs in five games this week and still found a way to lose twice.

    • Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      staff still leads mlb in ERA since June 1. That’s the stat of the year as far as I’m concerned

  35. zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Strick and Smarj never get better. They live out the “dumb jock” stereotype.

  36. snarkk said, on September 1, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Another one run scored by Giants, this time over 11 frames.
    Pathetic…

  37. snarkk said, on September 1, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Musclehead gave up the winning sac fly on a 1-2 count, the catcher called for high fastball, which Muscelehead delivered not high enough, and the fly ball resulted. You need a grounder in that spot, or a strike out. Why is the catcher calling for a high ball in that situation — I don’t get it…

    • zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      Didn’t look like a fastball to me. Looked like a hanging breaking pitch.

  38. xoot said, on September 1, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    So this is what it’ll be like following every game to the end, to the end. At the NorCal weather is improving.

    • xoot said, on September 1, 2018 at 4:47 pm

      At least

  39. alleykat69 said, on September 1, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    The Razor (Ralph Barbareril sp?) was always getting on the carribiean players for being dumbshit..Especially Benitez who personally helped Sabean to finally get rid of him with all the bad criticism he was getting.,

  40. Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Belt hit one bomb in July. No bombs in Aug. This guy fucking needs to go too, time for a scenery change. He needs it.

    • djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      Just said the same thing a few minutes ago up higher.
      I think he can block trades to 10 teams. He has $48 million coming through 2021.
      I apologize for only having knowledge of the NY teams, but he is ideal for the Mets who also crave defense and have a mish-mosh at first base. That’s why I think there’s a deal there, and Jay Bruce is absolutely part of it which is fine with me for $29 million through 2020. Some other pieces as I’ve said ad nauseum could be Panik, Strick, Lagares, Flores, etc. I promise I’ll stop now…

      • zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 5:49 pm

        Bold moves are needed, regardless of whatever backlash happens from fans attached to certain players.

      • Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 5:57 pm

        despite Belt’s shit year he should be able to bring back something other than other bloated salaries of guys who are overpaid or who suck. He’s still very good defensively. And the illusion of him being able to hit bombs regularly is still in tact. But they need to trade him this off season, they can’t wait till next year at the break. The cat will be out of the bag by then….

      • djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 6:08 pm

        I’m not suddenly in love with Bruce, but he’s only a year older than Belt and they’d only be stuck with him thru 2020. He’s learning 1B and he should be good enough for as often as they’ll need him there. He might still have something left. He looks a lot livelier out there than Belt does lately…

      • Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 6:18 pm

        they need less LH batters, not the same or more. If it were me I’d build this team 80% right handed hitters. Maybe more.

  41. Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    having said all that I do like the idea of only being stuck with Bruce thru 2020. We simply have to find a way to rid ourselves of all these bloated deals.

  42. djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Lefties would do fine there if they would just pull the Goddamn ball…

    • Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 6:50 pm

      we have too many line drive hitters who have shunned the ways of the home run swing. They all suck in today’s game. ALL OF THEM.

  43. Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    launch angle is for real. It makes no sense to try to hit the ball hard if it’s just gonna go die in the shift. Get the ball up, try to get it out, there’s no other way to play the game now.

    • djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      Hernandez was saying the wind at ATT always blows out but you have to hit the ball high (above the stadium) to take advantage of it, because the inside of the park is sealed off from the winds.
      That would play into the launch angle angle…

      • Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:13 pm

        he’s correct. The wind is mostly minimized inside the park. You have to get the ball pretty high to take advantage of it but it can be done

  44. snarkk said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    I agree that the offense has to get right handed. With this ballpark configuration, a mainly LHed hitting lineup is insane. Lefty hitters should be gap power and fast, the RH hitters have to be power hitters…

    • Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      agreed. If we aren’t gonna move the fences in we’ve gotta get lefties who can hit doubles and triples. Melky’s line in 2012 was real nice: 25 doubles, 10 triples, 11 bombs…and he did all that in like 100 games. Forget the juice, the approach he had is what we need more of from lefties. We need more triples out of triples alley. It’s that simple.

    • djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      I agree, but nowadays, it shouldn’t matter as much. Look at the Yankees.They always stocked up on LH batters to take advantage of the short porch in right. Now they’re loaded up with RH power and haven’t missed a beat…

    • zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:20 pm

      I’m sure Sabean would say it worked in the past, and it did.
      But the game has changed in just a few years. A juiced ball, all the shifting, and so many relievers coming in throwing mid to high 90s. It’s hard to string hits together for rallies. You need some power in the batting order.

      • zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:22 pm

        I’m talking about the Giants having so many left-handed hitters in the recent past.

      • Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:24 pm

        exactly. And I believe shifts have nearly ruined the left handed hitter who can’t get it over the shift consistently. The shift definitely fucks the lefty’s, Boras isn’t crazy about that he’s dead right.

      • zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:29 pm

        Yeah, you can put a second baseman out into the outfield on the right side in a way you can’t do with an infielder on the left side.

  45. Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    also in 2012….Pagan. 15 triples. More of that please.

  46. Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    So, to recap, Melky (in half a season) and Pagan hit 25 triples between the two of them in 2012. This year our entire team has hit 26. Fucking pathetic.

    • zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      Huff hit 5 triples in ’10, which is impressive given his limited speed.

  47. zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    D-Backs have 2 runs off Kershaw tonight. 2 solo HRs.
    They lead 2-0, but there’s still 2 innings to go.

  48. Flavor said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    i’m sure it’s happened but I’ve never seen this before

  49. snarkk said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Cal over N.Carolina today 24-17. They probably should have won by another TD. But, the defense showed some skills and takeaway ability, which is what they needed to improve. Onto a BYU roadie next week, which may prove tough to handle. Offense is still finding its way, and the QBacking situation is fluid. I’m figuring this team might grab 6 wins this season to get to a crappy Bowl, but the defensive improvement is encouraging…

  50. zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    Machado gives the Dodgers another batter that grinds out long ABs, wearing down the pitcher.

    • djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:49 pm

      Even if the Giants wanted in on Machado, he’s financially blocked by Wrongo & Crawfat…

      • xoot said, on September 1, 2018 at 9:05 pm

        theoretically there’ll be no financial block after the Giants reset the luxury tax this year–they’re supposed to be willing to go all in, knowing that the tax will end forever when the current CBA expires. That was the reason for straining to squiggle under the bar in the first place. As I’ve said before, I think they’ll revise those grandiose plans and instead go light on the FA bidding, despite their original PR bs. But, theoretically, there should be no block . . . .

      • djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 9:08 pm

        I get ya, Xoot, I was only thinking about positions he could play.
        I didn’t word it well…

      • xoot said, on September 1, 2018 at 10:38 pm

        That’s a great point though (now that I understand it).

  51. zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Kemp 3-run HR. The D-Backs bullpen just can’t close them out.
    D-Backs have the tougher schedule and are in big trouble. Goldy better start getting some clutch going or the D-Backs aren’t going jack anywhere.

  52. zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Machado has the worst haircut in baseball.

    • zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      And it’s tough to outdo Harper.

  53. snarkk said, on September 1, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Ohio State had a rough time, but managed to squeak by Oregon State without Urban Meyer:
    77-31 …

    • zumiee said, on September 1, 2018 at 9:01 pm

      Oregon St. got paid some blood money.

    • Macdog said, on September 1, 2018 at 9:15 pm

      Rutgers won today, bring on the Buckeyes!

  54. djloo27 said, on September 1, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Can’t start snowing soon enough for me…

    • blade3colorado said, on September 2, 2018 at 2:26 am

      Agree Loo. I just arrived at my condo in Colorado and am looking forward to snow and cold weather.

  55. snarkk said, on September 1, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    Raider Nation is finally PO’d because Gruden got rid of Mack for a bunch of draft pix? Raider Nation has to be the stupidest fan base in pro sports. Having their team abandon them twice in Oakland, stick it to them with a ridiculous PCL program when they returned the first time, screwing the Colossem with Mount Davis and leaving Oakland holding the debt for it, fielding crap teams for two+ decades run by a senile owner for the last 6 or 7 years, NOW they’re pissed?…


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