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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 17, 2019

Why is it important for Longo to hit 20 bombs this season? Because he is one of 2 current players on our team who has that power in him. Belt is the other. Please don’t say Posey. I don’t care if he’s healthy this year. That just might mean he CAN HIT A HOME RUN. His power days are long gone. Same with Crawford. And our outfield doesn’t have 20 bombs in it combined, even if you include the bench.

So if we’re going to avoid losing 100 games we need as many bombs as possible. Longo will lead the team in HR’s this year, assuming this is our team and no one else of consequence gets added.

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  1. djloo27 said, on January 17, 2019 at 6:27 am

    As we know our biggest power threat pitches every 5th day…

  2. djloo27 said, on January 17, 2019 at 6:53 am

    I would hate to see him go, but don’t underestimate Bum’s bat as part of his trade value, especially to an NL team…

  3. willedav said, on January 17, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Craw hit 14 last year and admitted he played hurt for months too. Uptick is doable.
    SD put up the number 65 for combined total of Judge and Stanton last year. I was thinking 65 would be nice total for Giants IF (plus C), especially if they can bring in M Gonzalez to play there vs. LHP.

    • Flavor said, on January 17, 2019 at 8:08 am

      M-Gone would be great, I’m assuming there will be more motivated suitors for his services

  4. snarkk said, on January 17, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Curry was insane last night. Made 5 ththrees in space of 2+ minutes and helped turn Dubs around in late Q3 from 13 down to up by 2. Similar to Joe in his hayday, enjoy this now, we‘ll not see the likes of this again..

    • willedav said, on January 17, 2019 at 8:43 am

      yeah that 3rd Q comeback was fantastic, and NO put up hella fight. all the scoring in NBA kinda fun to watch. The Hawks (!) scored 140 night before in rare win over OKC. Would have loved to see Nets game where they came back and beat Rockets on the road in OT 145-142.
      Dunno what’s wrong with NO…love AD and Gentry too. Lost a lot of close games as Barnett pointed out.
      Someone wondered if because Kerr and Gentry are close that GS purposely put Cousins comeback off til Friday. Ian Clark and Gentry had nothing but good things to say about big guy talent and fitting in.

      • Macdog said, on January 17, 2019 at 9:06 am

        Nets comeback was unreal. Dinwiddie buried three 3’s in the final 26 seconds to rally Nets from 6 back and force overtime. Nets then fell behind by 7 in OT, but scored last 10 points in final 1:00-plus, Dinwiddie 3-point play for go-ahead points. Harden can have his 58. I’ll take the win. Insane stat: Rockets attempted 70 3’s, made 23.

  5. mrsprtdude said, on January 17, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Excited to see how Cousins changes things. A small bummer re the timing. They are finally playing well, on all cylinders. Likely a short term blip as they learn how to play together, and how to tweak the rotation…

    Re Giants..Been a long time (maybe never?) that i am less excited about a new season when ST is less than a month away…I’m going to a game in Az, but mostly to visit my daughter…

    • djloo27 said, on January 17, 2019 at 11:18 am

      Same here. Not even gonna get Extra Innings Package. First time since 2003 (when Cablevision made it available) that I ain’t gonna bother. I’ll go with MLB Radio for $19.99 and let Miller put me to sleep by 11:00…

  6. unca_chuck said, on January 17, 2019 at 9:20 am

    That was a fun-ass game last night. Ever since Harden beat them with that late 3, the Dubs have been rolling. Fricking Looney had a great game, FFS. Draymond was going off. And the usual suspects were on fire.

    Can’t wait to see Cousins tomorrow. And yeah, it’s hard to figure how the Pelicans are 3 games under .500 when they have a fairly solid team and Anthony Davis. I can see him getting out ASAP.

    Draymond stands to get the biggest benefit from Cousins’ presence. He won’t have to be the one banging own low for boards. And Cousins is an excellent passer to boot. Put him on the high post and if teams guard the arc, he can just cruise the lane for an easy dunk.

  7. unca_chuck said, on January 17, 2019 at 9:21 am

    The Giants? If they can stay healthy they could do OK. But we haven’t had a healthy season for about 4 years.

  8. willedav said, on January 17, 2019 at 9:54 am

    MLBTR has brief column on NL West. Arenado and Rox supposedly talking about new deal and have to go to arb to resolve $6 mil difference for this year. NA wants $30 mil (yeow) Rox offering $24. Doubt that ends well.

    D Bax just signed Loo’s guy W Flores and plan to play him at 2b, move J Lamb to 1b and K Marte to CF Escobar to 3b N Ahmed at SS. Losing Golds and Pollock is gonna hurt, Corbin too.

  9. dirtnrocksnomo said, on January 17, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Longoria hit 16 bombs last year. Is 20 bombs somehow a major improvement? I guess he’ll have a few more RBI. I’m just hoping he’s healthy over the course of the season, turns in a higher OBP and improves on his career low 51 runs scored last year.

    • djloo27 said, on January 17, 2019 at 11:14 am

      He was pretty crappy in the field too, the way I remember it…

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on January 17, 2019 at 11:22 am

        I don’t really get all the defensive ratings and whatnot but from just an eye test perspective I agree – career high 15 errors last year.

  10. alleykat69 said, on January 17, 2019 at 11:35 am

    15 errors and that was in 125 games. So one boot every 8 games! Not good.

  11. unca_chuck said, on January 17, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Still think Belt leads the team in dingers. Unless he trips over Mac in the on-deck circle and they both go on the DL.

    • Macdog said, on January 17, 2019 at 12:01 pm

      Belt already has led the team in HRs (18 in 2017) despite missing a significant amount of time due to injury, so why not again?

  12. unca_chuck said, on January 17, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Farhand Luke is just going to hope against hope that there isn’t a rash of injuries this season.

    • djloo27 said, on January 17, 2019 at 3:48 pm

      Based on what he’s done so far it looks like he has a failure to communicate…

    • Bozo said, on January 17, 2019 at 4:11 pm

      “Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand”

      • djloo27 said, on January 17, 2019 at 4:18 pm

      • xoot said, on January 17, 2019 at 9:24 pm

        “Ever’thing’s cool’s can be.”

  13. Bozo said, on January 17, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    From Jon Heyman on Sonny Gray –
    #SFGiants interesting new entrant in Sonny sweepstakes. It does make sense; Giants prez Farhan Zaidi, who knows Sonny from A’s days, is said to be fan. It appears some other linked teams — A’s, Brewers, Braves, M’s, Pads, Reds — don’t appear to be at forefront of talks at moment

    • Flavor said, on January 17, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      that dude is another poor man’s Lincecum. We’ve already traveled down the road of what happens when a smallish, talented pitcher starts to lose location. It gets ugly, fast. Sonny is done-y

    • djloo27 said, on January 17, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      Since the Yanks no longer have any use for Panik, I really don’t know what the Giants have to offer. Do the Yanks want yet another relief pitcher (a lefty)?

      • Bozo said, on January 17, 2019 at 8:08 pm

        They could use an established first baseman. I’m not big on trading Belt but that would be a match for the Yanks. Gary Sanchez and Gray for Belt?

  14. alleykat69 said, on January 17, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Ahh one of my all-time favorite movie “Cool Hand Luke”
    “What we have here is a failure to communicate”

  15. alleykat69 said, on January 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    If Farhan has such strong ties with the A’s he should get on the blower with Billy Boy and see what it will take to send Kris Davis to Oracle Park..
    Shit just saying Oracle Park sounds dumb!
    What do you say to your friends,? I’ll meet you at the O?
    Are..I got that “Big 0 feeling about today’s game”

    • Bozo said, on January 17, 2019 at 6:48 pm

      I still call it Pac Bell.

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on January 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm

      I’ve always been partial to just calling it China Basin since the f-ing corporate names keep changing….

  16. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on January 17, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    I kinda get a sinking feeling when ya’ll talk about Longoria being a key to this team. I think he’s mostly done and I would worship the ground Z walks on if he can offload him. But with most Flappers showing some optimism about him, I guess I’m starting to accept the situation and will happily happily happily admit I was wrong if he produces. Hey, according to MLB site, Joey Bart is the top catching prospect, so, we’ve got that to look forward to….

  17. zumiee said, on January 17, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I will never call it Oracle Park. I’m done with the name changes. From now on I will call it the Giants’ ballpark.

  18. zumiee said, on January 17, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    I’m optimistic about the Giants in the longterm, but not for this season. I’ll still watch as many games as possible. Each game will be its own unique story, but I see this being a necessary lost season. Too many bad contracts. The Smarj/Longo/Melan trifecta alone is a mindboggling mess.

  19. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on January 17, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    MLB article projects each team’s starting lineup if the season started today. Here’s SF’s:

    1. Steven Duggar, CF
    2. Joe Panik, 2B
    3. Buster Posey, C
    4. Brandon Belt, 1B
    5. Evan Longoria, 3B
    6. Brandon Crawford, SS
    7. Mac Williamson, RF
    8. Chris Shaw, LF

    I know we’ve joked about too much honkiness on the Giants, and this will probably not actually be the starting lineup, but seriously, in this age of international baseball, how can there not be any Latino or Asian or Islander players in this lineup. Hanson, Pablo, Garcia on the bench, maybe, but still…

    • djloo27 said, on January 17, 2019 at 7:47 pm

      By a team that pioneered it, no less…

      • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on January 17, 2019 at 7:52 pm

        Exactly. And this isn’t about diversity for the sake of diversity, this is looking like an overall failure to tap into all of the international talent out there….

      • djloo27 said, on January 17, 2019 at 8:00 pm

        In honor of this lineup and the man himself, the stadium should be named after Harvey Milk…

  20. zumiee said, on January 17, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    From a Dodger blog, this guy makes some pretty good points about the NL West this season:

    “I don’t think we are going to make anymore significant moves. Looking at the division, there really isn’t any real competition. SD is rebuilding, SF is now too. AZ I guess they aren’t officially rebuilding but they traded Goldy and haven’t even tried to replace Pollock or Corbin. That just leaves CO, who will probably be annoying for awhile but that’s about it.

    I think we’re going to go into the season with basically the team we have now save for minor tweaks, and then at the deadline assess what are needs are and then make deals then.

    I’m not really thrilled with that, but I think we need a massive shit storm of bad luck/injuries to not win the division this year. So why run out and spend $300 million or whatever it will take to sign a guy. Especially since the prospect cost to get guys at the deadline is actually seemingly getting less and less each year.

    Posted by Mike in Arizona on Jan 17, 2019 | 10:13 AM”

    • djloo27 said, on January 17, 2019 at 7:49 pm

      I can’t believe that the Dodgers cleared out their outfield for no one…

      • djloo27 said, on January 17, 2019 at 7:52 pm

        “For No One” is a great Beatle song.
        I believe it features a French horn…

      • zumiee said, on January 17, 2019 at 8:44 pm

        It does!

  21. alleykat69 said, on January 17, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Torture use to be the Giants slogan,but that was when they were winning in tortures ways.
    Now it will be just torture watching them this year..

  22. snarkk said, on January 17, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Longoria errors — that’s what happens when you go from a dome to real grass and wind and elements…

  23. snarkk said, on January 17, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    I heard on KNBR the other morning that they expect Will Smith to be traded soon, now that he is signed. If they trade him for prospects, OK, fine. But, I’ll take that as a sign that the ZMan has waived the white flag already on any hope of taking the 2019 NL West, or even a WC spot. In other words, the feared “rebuilding”…

  24. djloo27 said, on January 17, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    The Wilderness Years are looking more like an Ice Age…

  25. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on January 17, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    I miss Cueto. Guy is so fun to watch pitch. Any chance he’s back at all at some point this season?….

    • Macdog said, on January 17, 2019 at 9:51 pm

      The injury report on the depth chart at the Giants’ web site says “Possibly late 2019” under Due Back for Cueto.

  26. djloo27 said, on January 17, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    I like the idea of Mac in RF.
    He deserves the opportunity to tumble over both bullpen mounds…

    • snarkk said, on January 17, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      He needs to wear a helmet on defense…

  27. snarkk said, on January 17, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Why did Gorkys Hernandez sign with the RSox on a minor league make good deal?
    Why not sign with a dogmeat organization to get a better shot at making the club and playing time…

  28. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on January 17, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks, John. “Possibly late 2019” for Cueto’s return. I guess we’ll see when “too late” actually happens. Hopefully not before the All Star break… 🙂

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