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Yesterday, He Rested

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 15, 2021

Grave Duggar seems to have taken Sunday off with only a lonely walk to his stats. Hmmmmm, who else took Sunday off….I can’t remember. It’ll come to me.

Even for the non-believers who are sleeping with one or both eyes open The Grave Duggar’s 1.091 OPS has to be impressing. I know, i know, it’s just spring training. To which I reply, again, what would you rather have guys hitting over 1.000 OPS in ST or guys hitting under? I’ll take the over on that one all day long.

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  1. willedav said, on March 15, 2021 at 7:20 am

    According to box score from Loo, top hitter for Giants—Longoria, batting .455 with OPS 1.318. Sign of things to come or totally meaningless?

  2. willedav said, on March 15, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Sure, the Padres and dodgers are among best teams in NL and Giants have bunch of games with them.

    But they also have same amount of games with AZ and Rox, both of whom could be awful. AZ did very little to help themselves in off season and unless they get bounce back seasons from likes of Kelly Marte Escobar they will be in bottom half of league for runs scored and most offensive categories. Last year they were 14th in HRs and 10 or worse for BA and OB/SLG/OPS. Team ERA was 4.84.
    Minus Arenado the Rox, yikes.

  3. alleykat69 said, on March 15, 2021 at 9:25 am

    Wasn’t my guy taking the day off ,Davis knocked in the game winner in the second inning even though they continue to disrespect him at bat him last..

  4. Flavor said, on March 15, 2021 at 9:28 am

    The Grave Duggar outlasts J-Davis, no surprise at all there……

    • chipower9 said, on March 15, 2021 at 11:38 am

      Uh, no. Not no, but fuck no…

      The thing is there are probably people out there that throw down the coin on these…

    • Winder said, on March 15, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      Bring em down to $40.00 and I might do it.

  5. willedav said, on March 15, 2021 at 10:26 am

    There will be 15 second pitch clock in Low A West, which would be San Jose for Giants farms. Also, wouldn’t the rule about shifts (AA only so far) that says all IF must be on dirt still mean you could put the 4 of them anywhere?
    So vs. LHs there could still be IF taking away the middle behind 2b, just not anyone in short RF, right? And same thing vs. RHs.

  6. xoot said, on March 15, 2021 at 11:10 am

    So we’ll have a pen in SF and a stockyard in Sac.

  7. Flavor said, on March 15, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    • blade3colorado said, on March 15, 2021 at 2:11 pm

      Straight forward KNBR article which substantiates what we all know – Davis has unlimited potential, but like Yoda says, “No! Try not! Do or do not. There is no try.” lol

  8. willedav said, on March 15, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    Davis to me is cautionary tale of guy who had put up great numbers in AAA, for both Giants and Twins. Add in some time in AA ball 2019 he hit 35 HRs. OPS in Rochester for Twins was 1.112 and he hit 15 HRs in 41 games. For Sac he hit another 10 and had OPS of 1.105.
    But hitting ML pitching is different. Giants have had number of guys in past light up Coast League that just couldn’t handle ML pitching at all.

    • Flavor said, on March 15, 2021 at 4:25 pm

      without that 6th tool, shovel acumen, it’s really difficult to get to MLB and succeed.

      • djloo27 said, on March 15, 2021 at 4:44 pm

        I’d be so disappointed if the Grave Duggar doesn’t make the squad.
        I think he just needs a couple of big games to lock up a spot…

      • Flavor said, on March 15, 2021 at 5:01 pm

        now that the bench has shed the dead weight of Davis it’s time for Grave Duggar to start asserting himself. Six tools motherfuckers. SIX

      • willedav said, on March 15, 2021 at 5:32 pm

        Since you brought his lame ass up I’ll give you Glass D #s:
        AAA Sac .775 OPS 2019 in 78 games.
        Comes up to SF OPS drops to .619
        Next time down in Sac the OPS goes up to 1.003
        Slash line .337/.461/.542
        In SF OPS is .458.
        So 2 seasons his lowest AAA OPS is .775
        For SF his career in 436 ABS is .630

        Numbers don’t do much for you? Steals HRs bat flips yada yada?
        Here’s career #s as a Giant:
        6 HRs 7 SBs/5 CS

      • Flavor said, on March 15, 2021 at 6:57 pm

        once again WillieD you are missing the point. He’s changed his swing. This is documented. U can continue to pretend that didn’t happen and live in your fantasy world of walks and OPS–two things he’s doing more of now. You should fucking love the Grave Duggar, lol.

      • willedav said, on March 15, 2021 at 7:14 pm

        after a good week of ST. He’s one of 9 OFs scrambling to stay on roster of team that’s had multiple losing seasons and is likely to have another one this year.
        Dude, you keep pounding this guy into everyone’s head, blog after blog along with this grave digging nonsense. It’s tiring man, and meanwhile devoid of serious baseball talk about rest of the roster

      • Flavor said, on March 15, 2021 at 7:17 pm

        I find the Grave Duggar talk amusing. It’s how I’ve chosen to work through the boredom of spring training. I’m sorry the jokes have gone over your head. And guess what, after 10 years of churning out this shit I have EARNED the right to do whatever the fuck I want during spring training here at the Flap. Got it?

      • djloo27 said, on March 15, 2021 at 7:52 pm

        Flavor, you might’ve nailed it best a few weeks ago.
        One of the big keys to digging our boy is just embracing the nickname.
        It doesn’t resonate with all but a fortunate few here…

      • Flavor said, on March 15, 2021 at 7:58 pm

        it has gone over a number of guy’s heads. I’m rooting for the guy but at the end of the day I just like saying his nickname and making jokes like he’s got 6 tools. Shit I fucking wrote a blog thread about a Russian artist who died in 1926 and tied it to the GD. Not everyone has my sense of humor I guess.

      • djloo27 said, on March 15, 2021 at 8:14 pm

        He does have 6 fuckin’ tools!
        Why do you think he wears that number?

    • unca_chuck said, on March 15, 2021 at 5:11 pm

      Davis got 10 days last year while Pence batted 0 for a month and the parade of OFers staggered around like zombies looking for a grave digger. I don’t get it. We are doing to Davis what the Orioles did to Yaz.

      • Flavor said, on March 15, 2021 at 5:44 pm

        Kapler said for Jaylin Davis, who was optioned to the minors, “it was the right time to put his mind on making progress with his contact.”

      • xoot said, on March 15, 2021 at 6:04 pm

        Kapler talks like a cop trying not to make a mistake on camera.

      • Flavor said, on March 15, 2021 at 6:26 pm

        excellent description of him and spot on

  9. djloo27 said, on March 15, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Ronald DeFeo has died in prison.
    Who knows that name without googling?

    • Flavor said, on March 15, 2021 at 5:01 pm

      no but based off what I know about you this is either a baseball player from the 60s or a mass murderer.

    • unca_chuck said, on March 15, 2021 at 5:09 pm

      Buzz Saw’s roommate?

    • James said, on March 15, 2021 at 5:41 pm

      I know that Jay DeFeo is the Jack Kerouac of painters.

    • xoot said, on March 15, 2021 at 5:55 pm

      I guess you always remember the serial killers near you.

  10. Flavor said, on March 15, 2021 at 6:20 pm

  11. Flavor said, on March 15, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    these pictures from the past always look so much cooler than pics taken today. Why is that?

    • djloo27 said, on March 15, 2021 at 7:14 pm

      The uniforms and the way they wore them…

      • Flavor said, on March 15, 2021 at 7:15 pm

        yes. And look at those bats. Mesmorizing

    • zumiee said, on March 15, 2021 at 7:27 pm

      The camera person was on the field. Maybe also a difference with the old film cameras. Some old photos look more 3D than nowadays. Maybe too many digital photos these days.

      • Flavor said, on March 15, 2021 at 7:32 pm

        agreed. Sharper definition is not always better.

    • James said, on March 15, 2021 at 7:55 pm

      70s Pirates all kindsa cool. Nostalgia … I’ll bet photos of Nate Colbert being greeted in the dugout wouldn’t elicit the same reactions.

    • Macdog said, on March 15, 2021 at 8:34 pm

      The packed crowd at an old-time park (Memorial Stadium in the World Series?) doesn’t hurt, either.

    • unca_chuck said, on March 15, 2021 at 8:48 pm

      No one is holding a phone up?

  12. sandog said, on March 15, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    The color of the batting helmet is bad ass.

  13. zumiee said, on March 15, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Here’s a photo of Jack London from around the year 1900 or so. Those old film cameras could do great work.

  14. djloo27 said, on March 15, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Far as I know, nobody’s knocking down Smardja’s door.
    So glad to be rid of him…

  15. Flavor said, on March 15, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    you want to start with guys who should be nicknamed Glass that nickname starts and stops with this dude Bagley for the Kings. Broke his hand tonight. Every time I look up that guy’s getting injured.

  16. djloo27 said, on March 15, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    I’d say at least 50% of all sports injuries didn’t exist until they invented the MRI…

    • xoot said, on March 15, 2021 at 8:19 pm

      Well , surgery, too. Mantle’s knee would’ve been repaired completely last year.

  17. Flavor said, on March 15, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    you don’t see football pics like this anymore. Dudes today probably change their uni’s 3 X a game, they’d never look like this

  18. unca_chuck said, on March 15, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Lakers w/o AD or Gasol steamrolling the Dubs. Up by 15 at the half. Poole and Mannion had solid games yesterday vs the Jazz. Tonight not so much.

  19. unca_chuck said, on March 15, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Christ. The Dubs lead the league in touch fouls.

  20. Winder said, on March 16, 2021 at 8:36 am

    from the Athletic this morning

    Steven Duggar, CF
    It’s possible that Steven Duggar‘s 2020 season was the most forgettable season in franchise history. That seems like hyperbole, but don’t forget that he was on the roster for more than a third of the entire mutant season. He had six hits and one walk in 21 games, and it’s understandable if you didn’t remember a single one of them. Even the highlight of his entire season was weird:

    So if you didn’t give Duggar much of a chance to make the opening-day roster, don’t be hard on yourself. LaMonte Wade, Jr. has that new-guy sparkle about him, so it’s only natural to give him a little extra attention at the expense of someone you’re overly familiar with.

    Duggar sure looks comfortable right now, though. He’s drawn seven walks in 25 spring training plate appearances (his regular-season career high is 16), and he’s hit a pair of impressive opposite-field home runs. It’s still spring training, the samples are small, et cetera, et cetera, but take a minute to think about how well Duggar fits this roster if he can hit, even a little bit. Any minor injury to Brandon Crawford means that Mauricio Dubón is the starting shortstop, and while the Giants seem comfortable with Yastrzemski in center field, they would probably prefer a defensive whiz out there.

    If Duggar could hit as well as Jackie Bradley, Jr. — a career .239/.321/.412 hitter — he would be much more than that defensive whiz. The Giants hedged their bets against a possible DH by bringing Darin Ruf back, but a lefty who can zip around all three outfield spots might be a better fit for the 26-man roster.

    He’ll need to hit. But he’s always had a better chance of making the team than he got credit for, and he’s taking advantage of his opportunities so far.

    • Flavor said, on March 16, 2021 at 8:54 am

      Duggar may be make enough adjustments in his swing to be useful at this level. He’s obviously smart enough to see the value in changing his swing since his old swing was, well, not useful. His shoulder will always be a problem. I’ll continue rooting for the guy because I love a good comeback story and, come on, the nickname is worth everything.

    • James said, on March 16, 2021 at 9:14 am

      A better way of saying he’ll “need to hit” is he’ll need an OPS between 720-50 to add sufficient value to the team. Or to be a little more precise, he’ll have to take more walks and hit a few more doubles and HRs. He’s already hitting 236 for his career, like Jackie Bradley. I’m not betting against him right now.

    • xoot said, on March 16, 2021 at 9:15 am

      Good excerpt. Meanwhile Pav has a classic Kap statement explaining why Heliot survived the cut.
      “Heliot has done a really nice job for us in camp,” Kapler said. “We want to reward good performance. We’re not always going to, because we may have other reasons for an option or reassignment, but in his particular case we think he’s having a great camp and we just want to see a little bit more. I wouldn’t read anything into it other than rewarding strong performance.”

      • James said, on March 16, 2021 at 9:20 am

        A master of expansively vague precision.

      • xoot said, on March 16, 2021 at 9:30 am

        The stiff stack of qualifying clauses and prepositional phrases is hilarious. And there’s nothing precise about terms like “great camp” or “nice job.”

        I miss Bochy’s more musical misdirection.

      • djloo27 said, on March 16, 2021 at 9:30 am

        I love when you sum up stuff like that, James.
        Your epic capsule of the Twin/Stix computer scenario comes to mind.
        BTW, is Stix MIA?

      • Winder said, on March 16, 2021 at 9:47 am

        Yeah, both Bochy and Kap have different ways of blowing smoke.

  21. James said, on March 16, 2021 at 9:40 am

    Anybody else use Sling TV as their streaming service? I confirmed with them that they are ditching NBC Sports Bay Area. They are refusing to pay ever increasing prices to bundle local sports teams into an overall package, hikes which are covered through higher costs across its total customer base, the vast majority of whom aren’t fans of and don’t care about other regional teams.

    We’ll never see a rational mlb.com service that allows us to pay to watch local teams. I’m angry about Sling’s decision, but they are on the right side of the argument.

  22. Flavor said, on March 16, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Less Amy G in our future.

    • xoot said, on March 16, 2021 at 10:50 am

      Off the screen? Yeah! But it was always a kick to see those hips and legs strut around the park live.

    • alleykat69 said, on March 16, 2021 at 11:32 am

      They dumped Kelli Johnson as well from the postgame show.

  23. chipower9 said, on March 16, 2021 at 10:23 am

    I think this has been discussed here previously, but at the end of this year, NBC is shutting-down NCB Sports. Much of the current content will transfer to the USA Network. Will be interesting to see where Giant’s broadcast fall in the mix.

    https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/nbc-shut-nbc-sports-network-end-2021-75432764

    • James said, on March 16, 2021 at 10:30 am

      “This will not impact the NBC Sports regional networks, which include NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California and NBC Sports Northwest. These regional sports networks operate as a separate business that NBC Sports Network.”

      From https://tinyurl.com/yzlqg54q

  24. Winder said, on March 16, 2021 at 10:45 am


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