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Don’t Look Up

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 26, 2019

Baseball begins this Thursday and I, for one, am stoked. Have you seen the tourney’s offered at draftkings that day? Exciting! The video of the seagulls flying and shitting all over the stadium last night was pretty amazing to watch (Unca Chuck, 10:31pm). It seems like they were trying to send us a message but I couldn’t quite crack the code. lqtm.

At least we get to open against San Diego. They are better than we are but they still aren’t very good. Maybe we don’t get swept? Our first 7 games are on the road. That is absolutely stupid, no team should have 2 road series to start the season. Our home opener isn’t until April 5th.

Oh well, I’ll be positive and say that gives them some time to game plan for the sea gulls…..

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  1. blade3colorado said, on March 26, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Baer suspended (wrist slap in my opinion, i.e., if this was a player, he’d be gone for a season at least). Giants haven’t named a closer, or rotation yet. Hmm, maybe a trade in the works? Based on the games I have seen this Spring training and their stats, Posey, Craw, Hanson, Oaf, Melanoma, Madbum, Beede and Holland need more work.

    • Flavor said, on March 26, 2019 at 7:44 am

      actually he got 4 months. Addison Russell got 40 games for far worse.

      • blade3colorado said, on March 26, 2019 at 7:52 am

        You’re right. I thought Russell got suspended far earlier than last September.

      • blade3colorado said, on March 26, 2019 at 7:56 am

        So I saw where you wrote Draftkings messed up on MLB this season. I refunded my account 1-2 months ago, but have been busy with other things, so have only played a few basketball games. Today, you seem more excited about them. What are they doing differently in baseball?

    • gianthead said, on March 26, 2019 at 8:22 am

      There was some rumor of them dealing Holland…I just hope we trade him for a much needed backup catcher…lol….

  2. Flavor said, on March 26, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Chris Stratton traded for shit.

    • gianthead said, on March 26, 2019 at 8:24 am

      What???? Traded for a reliever??? When we are desperate for backup catchers???? What an outrage!!!

  3. gianthead said, on March 26, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Starting April 5 is probably lot closer to the opening days of yore when we were growing up…

    New 7th inning stretch routine for this season, killing seagulls…

  4. unca_chuck said, on March 26, 2019 at 8:27 am

    This is beyond weird. The ‘flurry of moves’ are all basically head-scratchers. Oh well. It’s like he just wants his AAAA guys in the team erather than Sabean’s.

    We aren’t rearranging the deck chairs, we are swappping them out for different ones.

  5. unca_chuck said, on March 26, 2019 at 8:29 am

    And this marks the 10 season in a row we have started on the road.

    • Macdog said, on March 26, 2019 at 8:48 am

      Ha, you beat me to this!

  6. alleykat69 said, on March 26, 2019 at 8:46 am

    They have a hard on in this orq about starting on the road and finishing at home.But they have it all backwards,they start out stiff and end up limp..

  7. Macdog said, on March 26, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Re opening on the road: The Giants haven’t played a season opener at home since 2009. Counting this season, this will be the sixth time since ’09 the Giants will open with two road series before playing their home opener. So Posey and MadBum have never played a season opener at home. That’s ridiculous.

  8. alleykat69 said, on March 26, 2019 at 9:06 am

    I remember are pal Larry Baer insisted every year to start the season on the road.I wouldn’t think MLB and it’s scheduling would continue to let a club do that every year?

  9. Flavor said, on March 26, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Blade– they’re just offering big tournaments on opening day. The $4/$150,000 20 team max will be my wheel house…..

  10. snarkk said, on March 26, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Baer Suspension no surprise. He had to do some time in the current environment, particularly in SF. Political reality. Maybe off season he steps down…

  11. alleykat69 said, on March 26, 2019 at 9:54 am

    I just don’t get these 98 backup catchers they’ve brought in.What was wrong with Hundley, who was quite serviceable and has some pop still at 34.Now we have a dude Krantzycreme who’s 39 didn’t even make it to the bigs till he was 30 no pop, .211 lifetime avg, shit why not bring Eli Whiteside back basically same age same stats.
    Garcia is the one that should be the backup , but here’s Boch still playing the I need a vet behind the dish to help out Posey card .

    • unca_chuck said, on March 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

      These aren’t Bochy’s moves. Nor the Strat move. Makes no sense. Out of options so they get something rather than nothing if he gets sent down? Shit I don’t know. This is going to be a weird year.

      And you know what they say about weird. When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

  12. willedav said, on March 26, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Bum starts opener Thursday at Padres? deGrom Sale and Verlander, all of whom are older than Bum just signed pricey extensions. Wonder how Giants play this?

    • blade3colorado said, on March 26, 2019 at 12:53 pm

      Willie, it was fascinating that deGrom’s former agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, was advocating that the team either work out an extension or trade deGrom. Ironic in my opinion, that Van Wagenen became the Mets’ general manager last fall, recusing himself from direct extension talks with deGrom while the pitcher chose to remain with the same agency (CAA Baseball). That being said, I understand that Van Wagenen was on hand for the final negotiations and signing. Weird.

  13. zumiee said, on March 26, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Chris Stratton turns 29 this season. He’s really not very good. The only reason he is anything to the Giants organization is because he was a first round pick. Last night Anderson looked better than Stratton or Beede or any other of those blown draft picks lately. Zaidi likes the potential of the lefty reliever that was obtained. You can disagree with him, and maybe it won’t work out, but maybe it will. Some are so quick to judge right now. It seems kind of ridiculous to me.

    • blade3colorado said, on March 26, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      Agree with everything you posted. Additionally, he didn’t have any more options, i.e., one thing Zaidi values is flexibility.

    • snarkk said, on March 26, 2019 at 1:01 pm

      ZMan is facing an organization with older dudes on the 25 with massive contacts on the downside of their careers. And a cupboard is mostly bare farm system where all teams last year finished last in their leagues. It’s a Cphuck situation he’s dealing with. Give him at least one season to see if there is a method to the madness…

  14. zumiee said, on March 26, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Kind of a fun article about the worst ballparks in MLB. Unfortunately the article is done in that annoying slide-show format.
    https://moneywise.com/a/ch-b/worst-ballparks-in-major-league-baseball/p-15?fbclid=IwAR0zDMad7t4dsRigeH-f3O-eFHKwk5VdN3Ve8GPLrXvjn2fhfxXzOhxdGHc

  15. unca_chuck said, on March 26, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    I did note the lack of options for Strat. He pitched well at times but hey, Farhan gets the big bux for these kinds of moves.

    It just seems like we have a boatload of catchers and relievers right now, and still little in the outfield.

  16. sandog said, on March 26, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Bringing in a guy like Kratz I simply do not understand.
    On the Stratton deal, im gonna assume that the absolute best player he thought he could get back was yet another reliever. I think Z is all about ignoring need in the short run and always going for the best value.
    Sort out need later.
    I bet he goes after even more guys as other teams get down to their 25 man roster.
    Like Zum said a few days ago…make a million moves and hope to stumble on a Muncy or Taylor every now and then.
    I’m down with the sickness. Go Giants.

  17. unca_chuck said, on March 26, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Hopefully some of these guys that fall out of the sky are outfielders . . .

    • pawliekokonuts said, on March 26, 2019 at 4:11 pm

      I tweeted the other day asking if either of the puppies @brucebochy held on National Puppy Day could play the outfield.

  18. alleykat69 said, on March 26, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    The man,the myth,the legend
    Came in out of nowhere
    Rode in on his Harley,and on the back was his hoe
    And everyone gave him a knowing nod
    As they stared at Connor Joe

    • pawliekokonuts said, on March 26, 2019 at 4:23 pm

      Kat the Bard!

  19. pawliekokonuts said, on March 26, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    I went to the Mets’ free so-called practice today at the Carrier Dome. It was a lame publicity stunt that worked. It got fans there and sold some tix for the new Syracuse Mets, featuring, I believe, Gregor Blanco but no Manny Burriss. It was bizarre: players playing catch, some “infield” grounders on the turf, some line-drive fungos, some throwing off makeshift mounds. No pepper. Does anyone play pepper anywhere anymore? Love pepper. Players throwing. not just lobbing, balls into the stands. Pay attention, folks! Lawsuit, anyone? Far more exciting was the NCAA women’s basketball game last night that I attended with my youngest, now nearly 22. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits beat the Orange. Otto the Orange and the Jackrabbit mascots had some fun. The game was excellent. I can get into women’s basetball. None of that showboating over the rim or hanging from it. The highlight was a breathtaking surge by the Orange, 8 to 10 points in a minute or so.

  20. pawliekokonuts said, on March 26, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    I wonder who gets traded tonight.

  21. zumiee said, on March 26, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    D-Backs outfielder Souza, Jr. tore up his knee slipping on homeplate.

  22. blade3colorado said, on March 26, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Other than the Stratton trade (not listed below), this is a summary of what Zaidi has done. Give me a shout if I missed someone. lqtm

    I don’t think I have ever seen a MLB GM make this many moves, never mind a Giants GM.

    Major League Signings

    Derek Holland, SP: One year, $7MM (includes $500K buyout of a $6.5MM club option for 2020)
    Drew Pomeranz, SP: One year, $1.5MM
    Pat Venditte, RP: One year, $585K
    Total spend: $9.085MM

    Trades And Claims

    Acquired RP Trevor Gott from the Nationals for cash considerations
    Acquired OF Michael Reed from the Twins for OF John Andreoli and cash considerations (Andreoli was previously claimed from the Rangers during the offseason)
    Acquired C Erik Kratz from the Brewers for SS C.J. Hinojosa
    Acquired IF Breyvic Valera from the Orioles for cash considerations
    Acquired IF/OF Connor Joe from the Reds for minor league RHP Jordan Johnson and cash considerations (Joe is a Rule 5 Draft pick from the Dodgers)
    Acquired cash considerations from the Tigers for C Cameron Rupp
    Claimed C Tom Murphy from the Rockies
    Claimed OF Mike Gerber from the Tigers (later outrighted)
    Claimed RHP Merandy Gonzalez from the Marlins (later designated for assignment)
    Claimed RHP Jose Lopez from the Reds (later designated for assignment)
    Claimed RP Travis Bergen from the Blue Jays and OF Drew Ferguson from the Astros in the Rule 5 Draft (Ferguson has since been returned to Houston)

    Notable Minor League Signings

    Gerardo Parra, Nick Vincent, Yangervis Solarte, Stephen Vogt, Fernando Abad, Craig Gentry, Donovan Solano, Jandel Gustave, Brandon Beachy (Cameron Maybin, Rene Rivera, and Matt Joyce also signed minors deals but were released in Spring Training.)

    Notable Losses

    Hunter Pence, Hunter Strickland, Gorkys Hernandez, Nick Hundley, Gregor Blanco, Josh Osich

  23. zumiee said, on March 26, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Blach to Sactown.

    • alleykat69 said, on March 26, 2019 at 6:46 pm

      After last nights meltdown I’m surprised Blach didn’t end up in San Jose A ball..

  24. djloo27 said, on March 26, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    http://m.mlb.com/sf/roster/

  25. zumiee said, on March 26, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Smarj (who sucks.)

  26. alleykat69 said, on March 26, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    So as of now the Giants are going with 3 outfielder’s, Oaf,Duggar,and Reed?
    3 catchers,Posey,Murphy&Krantz?
    13 pitchers?
    6 infielders with Hanson&Belt capable of some outfield play?

  27. unca_chuck said, on March 26, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Jesus. Nothing but rockets off Smarglebargle.

  28. alleykat69 said, on March 26, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Hmmm and now Solarte with a glove on in LF????

  29. unca_chuck said, on March 26, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    That was a very nice pay by Solarte. Whatever the MPH was on that ball, it was over 125.

  30. unca_chuck said, on March 26, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Kuip has no idea where the balls are going.

  31. unca_chuck said, on March 26, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Smargle does ^^^

  32. blade3colorado said, on March 26, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Grateful that Smarg is our “innings eater.” lqtm

    • snarkk said, on March 26, 2019 at 8:03 pm

      Eating innings has always been meaningless…

  33. James said, on March 26, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Smarj at 91 MPH should not even be considered for the roster.

    • blade3colorado said, on March 26, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      James, I’m on board with that. I’m curious though . . . does it follow that any of our hitters below “fill in the blank”* OPS, should not be considered for the roster???

      * What is that magic OPS number in your mind???

      If below .700, bye bye Sandoval, Posey, Williamson, Crawford, Hanson . . .

      • James said, on March 26, 2019 at 8:34 pm

        Interesting question, Blade. The MPH are a little more particular to the pitcher than OPS is to the hitter. Timmy was pretty much done at 91, and Smarj was not that great at 95+ and pretty good secondary stuff (which is still a mystery, given his low walk totals — throwing strikes can’t be *that* much different from hitting your location. And at 95+, location just shouldn’t matter *that* much — see Timmy).

        The difference in productivity between a 680 and 720 OPS for a part time player who offers good defense and versatility probably makes no difference to your W-L record. The more PAs you have, the more unacceptable a 680 OPS, no matter what position you play. Then again, context still matters — how good is your pitching and how many other 800+ plus starters are in the line up etc.

  34. snarkk said, on March 26, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    What’s over/under on Samardzxxx before he goes on the IL with shoulder problems? May 15?
    I’m pretty done with this guy. The payroll clerk isn’t.
    Cotts says $18MM + pro rated signing bonus $1.5MM = $19.5 MM for him this year AND next.
    Thanks Sabes…

    • alleykat69 said, on March 26, 2019 at 8:04 pm

      Yeah I’m so done with Alpobit and the season hasn’t even begun.It will be the same with Melonhead!! 2 total roster spots wasted when we could add 2 more catchers!

  35. snarkk said, on March 26, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    I know the predictions are meaningless.
    So, here goes.
    77 Wins this year, baby !
    Giants will be better this year, yes. And, with a bunch of guys on the carousel I’ve never heard of.
    I’m going optimistic over the Vegas over/under…

  36. Macdog said, on March 26, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    I’m trying not to overreact based on these practice games, but the Giants don’t have an extra-base hit in any of these A’s games so far.

  37. unca_chuck said, on March 26, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    This is pretty much what we are getting.

  38. blade3colorado said, on March 26, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Pomeranz looks outstanding.

    • zumiee said, on March 26, 2019 at 8:52 pm

      Yes, he’s a bright spot.

  39. zumiee said, on March 26, 2019 at 8:45 pm

  40. zumiee said, on March 26, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    The Oaf got hit.

  41. alleykat69 said, on March 26, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Their goes the start of the season for the Oafer.
    X-RAYS coming hopefully not a broken wrist!
    And why is he still in this meaningless game?

  42. Macdog said, on March 26, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    From Baggs: Bochy says Hanson won’t make the team, Sandoval’s status is unresolved.

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on March 26, 2019 at 11:34 pm

      That sucks. 2 of my favorite players.

  43. unca_chuck said, on March 27, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Depending on Mac (under) the Knife’s broken hand.


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