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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on March 28, 2021

We are playing the A’s today. That is all.

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  1. blade3colorado said, on March 28, 2021 at 6:58 am

    20 strikeouts against the lowly Mariners last night. lqtm.

  2. willedav said, on March 28, 2021 at 7:17 am

    Seems like Giants who will mostly be on roster play 5-6 innings and then those who aren’t take up rest. Looking at the box, those in latter category went 1-13 with 4 BBs and 8 of the Ks. Kazmir, who couldn’t handle the Trammell kid, also would fall into same group of guys who won’t be on roster come Opening Day.
    My attention span for these games is about nil (and wasn’t helped by M’s feed announcers), so I didn’t see the botched pop up before the HR. Who was involved in that one?

    • zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 7:21 am

      Miscommunication between 3b and catcher in foul territory. I can’t remember who they were.

      • zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 7:23 am

        Wilson and Casali maybe.

  3. Flavor said, on March 28, 2021 at 7:18 am

    everyone strikes out these days. That’s what you get in exchange for bombs/offense….um….at least Belt and Lame-onte piled up the walks?

    • blade3colorado said, on March 28, 2021 at 7:58 am

      It was an exciting game by today’s standards. Plenty of action – 3 hits, 7 walks, and the aforementioned 20 whiffs.

  4. zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 7:39 am

    Down by 1 point, with 1.6 seconds left in the game, and having to go the length of the court, the Kings had to try something similar to the Christian Laettner play. Fox threw a perfect pass to Barnes, and Barnes made the shot at the buzzer.
    (The Kings had two women broadcasting the game in honor of women’s progress in society. Kayte Hunter could easily be a regular color analyst for an NBA team.)
    https://mobile.twitter.com/NBA/status/1376030179848491009?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

    • zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 7:49 am

      Kayte Hunter.

      • zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 7:54 am

        She’s a member of the Kings’ pre-game, half-time, and post-game studio team.

    • Macdog said, on March 28, 2021 at 8:21 am

      No one guarding the inbound pass, unbelievable. Same thing happened to Rutgers a couple years ago. BTW, the Laettner play was 29 years ago today.

      • zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 8:25 am

        Quite a coincidence!
        And Pitino didn’t have anyone guard the inbound pass, either. Grant Hill threw the pass, if I remember correctly. And two defenders were standing BEHIND Laettner.

      • zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 8:33 am

        Jason Jones
        @mr_jasonjones

        “Fox said Luke Walton asked who could throw that kind of pass and he said he could. Walton told Fox to throw toward Cleveland’s bench where only Barnes could get to it. Fox got to show off his old quarterbacking skills with that pass.”

      • Macdog said, on March 28, 2021 at 8:40 am

        Yep, same thing. I like how #34 for Kentucky backs away and does nothing.

      • zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 8:50 am

        Laettner takes the time to take one dribble, lulz.
        And he is arguably the most disliked player in college basketball history.

      • willedav said, on March 28, 2021 at 8:53 am

        Kinda funny Walton didn’t know that going in and has to ask players. Used to practice that, different kids throwing long baseball pass just in case. Baseball players usually had good enough arm for it.
        Duck Fuke!
        So glad they aren’t part of Madness this season. glad Boeheim and Cuse are gone too, thx to Houston Cougars.

      • zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 9:00 am

        I wonder if it was Walton’s way of asking the players who’s willing to step into that pressure moment. And Fox was willing to do it. And adds even more to his respect from the other players.

  5. Winder said, on March 28, 2021 at 8:09 am

    So much for the Giants having patience at the plate.

  6. willedav said, on March 28, 2021 at 8:41 am

    giants under Kapler last season were 10th in BBs 8th Ks 7th HRs 6th in OB. Not bad at all in 60 games.
    Despite Ramos good showing in ST, some of the others not so hot. Luciano for one is hitting .135. I’d submit ability to hit ML pitching hardest thing to do, and to project.
    Jaylin Davis—in 2019 btw AA/AAA for Twins and AAA for Giants, hit 35 HRs and had slash line .306/.397/.590
    and yet, we all know what issues still remain, as in making contact.

    Here’s Duggar’s last 2 seasons, 2018 and 2019 in Sac:
    .272/.354/.421 for .775 OPS in 2018
    .337/.461/.542 for 1.003 OPS in 2019.
    2019 for Giants, slash line looks like this: .234/.278/.341
    2020 was even worse.
    2021 as of yesterday was hitting .226, with high 880-ish OPS. But will open season in May at AAA level, again, as mgmt coaching staff don’t see him as part of initial 5 man OF group..

    • willedav said, on March 28, 2021 at 8:48 am

      Duggar slash line in ST: .226/.400/.452 in 40 PAs/31 ABs
      1 double 2 HRs 9 BBs 14 Ks

      • alleykat69 said, on March 28, 2021 at 8:52 am

        That will get you in the minors.Duggar’s only real home is Sacramento he’s a lifer..

  7. zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Kayte dancing after the winning shot. She re-tweeted this herself.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/NBCSKings/status/1376033532896804867

    • James said, on March 28, 2021 at 9:15 am

      Do you think she should replace Daisy the Hot Bartender?

      • zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 9:46 am

        She should replace Jeff Van Gundy. 🙂

  8. willedav said, on March 28, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Bottom line, this is wait and see important year for development of top prospect hitters.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on March 28, 2021 at 10:41 am

      If he rakes in AAA, we could see a certain young power-hitter, Heliot Ramos, replacing Ruf by the trading deadline, as some team may well covet Darin for bench strength, provided they have a chance at the post and are willing to part with a low-minors secondary starter prospect. Still bulking up, Heliot’s body-style reminds me of one Hall of Fame outfielder who died in recent months. Don’t know if Ramos has that same wrist-strength yet which made the Braves’ RBI monster a steady 40 HRs per year performer. By his third ML season we could be looking at a 65-70 XBH level from that budding 21 Y.O. slugger. Judging by his performance in ST, “Lucky” Luciano will need to make some strides to see SF by September of ’22 and that, perhaps as an early cup of coffee. Still only 19, he has a development curve in his future.

      Dare to get shook up by a crazy-assed trade proposal? Let’s say that some major contender suffers a serious injury to their #1 catcher. Posey has been steady both behind and at the plate. Giants get propositioned and tempted by that outfit’s #2 or 3 starter prospect. Bart has picked up his pitcher-handling and has been raking for the River-cats. Would you pull the trigger?

      The three aforementioned prospects are about it for top of the line types…not bad, considering the dearth of top talent since the class of 2010. It’s been a long drought. Giants pipeline is loaded with B and even B+ offensive talent, likely second only to the Rays. Outfielders are at surplus talent level. 3B and catcher look very good. Second OK. First, maybe. SS, after Luciano, so-so. Conversely, the Angels are loaded with SS prospects. Strength for strength trade off-season or maybe even earlier?

      Offensive depth is the strength. Some fair amount of trade-bait there. Cleveland and possibly the Reds may have the rotation depth where mutual benefits could happen. If Johnson and Johnson’s offspring ,cut the purse-strings after the huge salary clearance, it might be possible that SF would pick up TWO key pieces for the ’22 rotation via free-agency on the next go-round. Giants may well need that big a boost.

      All things considered, the Giants should contend for the #5 playoffs slot in ’22 and may be positioned to compete with the SoCal mammoths in ’23.

  9. alleykat69 said, on March 28, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Houston Cougars defense was swarming overrated Buddy Buckets yesterday.His stat line 1-9 from 3 pt line, 3-13 overall for 12 pts.Lots of respect for Coach Boehiem though the man is a Syracuse legend, a lifer there since even his own playing days 61-63, then asst coach till 69 and now the HC for over 50 years and close to 1,000 career wins, is 76 yards old and I was thrown back some when I realized Buddy is his kid, a 52 year difference in age..

    • djloo27 said, on March 28, 2021 at 9:51 am

      All big time college coaches are a little dirty, I’m sure.
      Boeheim’s managed to dodge at least 2 major bullets in the last few years…

  10. Carstie Clausen said, on March 28, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Yesterday’s “contest” with the seafarers was mostly an amalgamation of scrubbinis versus a fair proportion of their regulars, now including that Trammell kid who blew our starter away. That performance placed him on Seattle’s 26-man…over the edge at least.

    Going into ST, I was very down on Longoria, as per his rather miserable stats last season. This spring he has been one of the most consistent hitters on the team. Plantar fasciitis has hobbled his on-field activities so far and he’s not likely to start in the Puget Sound opening series. That said, my take once again is that the Bore-Corps will lay it on strong this go-round as this year will likely be the last hurrah for most, if not all of them. For SF to meet their option of $22M for Buster in ’22, he would need to perform like he hasn’t for several years. Not likely. Belt is a maybe for ’22. Longo and Crawdaddy unlikely.

    Question numero uno is the rotation. Webb may have reached the next level. Gausman should be fair to partly middling. Cueto looks shaky. The other three? Keep those fingers crossed.

    “Professional” analysts are downgrading the bullpen. I don’t quite get that. Judging from last season and Zaidi’s juggling act, my take is that they will be a strength and even if overworked—as is highly probable–the front office has assembled enough AAA and AA depth in bullies that they should maintain through the full season, but with a revolving- door cast of characters.

    Hitting will be a strength again. Provided he does not suffer another debilitation/injury, this could well be Slater’s breakout year—power+speed+defense—if sustainable—might even get some All-Star votes. Maybe I’m being all Polly here, but you heard it here first. At the plate the outfield platoon system should make for one of the five best in the NL. If that Bore-Core infield is as motivated as I think they will be, the lineup overall will live up to the standards they set in 2020—and maybe a tad better with the return of Buster. Don’t expect dinger power from Posey, but his opposite field hitting, doubles power and patience at bat should be a big improvement over last year’s array of subs n’ scrubs.

    Defense will be spotty at second and third. Posey will help, though, as acting on-field director. CF remains somewhat iffy. Expect Lamonte to get plenty of late-inning action. Contact remains an issue for the former Twins prospect, but he appears to have developed decent selectivity in his propensity to draw walks and he does have some power.

    Pray to the baseball gods that Wood can stay healthy, DiSclafini can sustain a groove and that Sanchez is amenable to intense coaching. As for Cueto, keep those fingers crossed on BOTH hands.

    • zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 10:24 am

      Longoria is signed for 2022 on that awful contract.

      • Carstie Clausen said, on March 28, 2021 at 10:48 am

        Oops. Forgot about that. Best case scenario? Longo goes ballz to the walls through the Break and some team out there could use help at the hot corner and Giants are willing to meet half his ’22 salary to get a modest prospect return. Improbable but not impossible.

  11. James said, on March 28, 2021 at 10:02 am

    When does Buster Posey announce his retirement? Is there any realistic circumstance under which it would happen during the season?

    • Flavor said, on March 28, 2021 at 10:05 am

      Oh don’t tease me!

    • zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 10:25 am

      No way Buster retires during this season. If it gets ugly, he’ll just grind through like Pence did.

    • djloo27 said, on March 28, 2021 at 11:08 am

      If he retires, he would lose the ’22 buyout, right?
      Why would he do that?

  12. mrsprtdude said, on March 28, 2021 at 10:28 am

    Posey. Starting catcher opening day in 2022. Book it!
    And i am a Slater fan too!

    • zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 10:30 am

      I like the optimism!

  13. zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 10:33 am

    The best TV commercial going right now, IMO, is the Nationwide “Peytonville” commercial. The comic timing of Manning and Paisley in that commercial is perfect. Whoever is directing those Manning/Paisley commercials is doing a great job.

    • zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 10:37 am
      • zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 10:40 am

        There’s a couple of other Peytonville commercials also.

    • willedav said, on March 28, 2021 at 10:45 am

      Paisley does great job with deadpan delivery, but I’m so sick of Peyton Manning. He has nephew I saw play QB at HS in Louisiana on ESPN, and the young man looked really good. the never ending story of Mannings continues

  14. willedav said, on March 28, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Longoria in 2019 hit one less HR, in 120 fewer PAs, than Pillar. Interesting that Zaidi chose not to tender Pillar a contract and just let him walk. He also did that to Vogt, who had raked that year. Bum and Smith got QOs that netted Giants comp picks in last draft.
    Z also didn’t tender Smyly a contract after last season, and he was signed by Braves. Gausman did the get the $19 mil QO, so if he signs elsewhere Giants will get another comp pick, I think btw second/third round.
    But so far, Z/H combo has not ever traded away one of their better performing players during the season.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on March 28, 2021 at 10:56 am

      Among other factors, Z. is probably under orders to keep those asses in the seats and those eyes glued to the screen. He’s clearly aiming at ’22 and more-so at ’23, so unless the Giants become THE surprise team in MLB, we will see some clearances, Dickerson comes to mind and possibly Dubon and/or our Silver Slugger Solano at second.

      Rotation prospects will have the front office drooling. Even if SF cops a couple of starters in Free Agency, my presumption is that they will seek the same level of rotation depth that the LaBumbos attained while under Z’s direction.

      • Winder said, on March 28, 2021 at 11:07 am

        If we can get some good young talent for those guys I am all for it.

      • willedav said, on March 28, 2021 at 11:46 am

        Wasn’t anyone in seats last year, and Z kept Smyly around only to let him walk away for nothing.

        Young controllable pitching prospects are the single most valuable item in Baseball captivity these days. I just don’t see teams trading them to Giants for older one dimensional players.
        I just don’t see anyone on Giants ML roster that brings a top one back, even Yaz. Dickerson is a DH waiting to happen and Solano is aging into that category that screams regression, and is not a good fielder. Dubon is middle IF without much power, dime a dozen.

      • Carstie Clausen said, on March 28, 2021 at 2:29 pm

        Willedav: Top prospect pitchers for Giants everydays was not my expectation. Picture a serious contender developing a flat-tire with a key position player—say in the third week of July—would they give up a #2 or 3 rotation prospect for a good shot at the Post-Season? That is not an impossible speculation, however improbable it may currently seem.

        Low-medium level starters—say a team’s #’s 5-7—might readily be sacrificed by an outfit looking to please their fan-base, even while their actual chances at the Big Brass Ring may be somewhat minimal.

  15. Flavor said, on March 28, 2021 at 11:12 am

    is Buster hurt again? I honestly have not followed ST other than peeking at the grave duggar’s stats a *couple* of times.

  16. Flavor said, on March 28, 2021 at 11:17 am

    • alleykat69 said, on March 28, 2021 at 11:28 am

      It was Buster’s birthday yesterday (34) that would be a nice highlight reel for him to watch again.Along with his 3 leaps into the pitchers arms after 3 W/S titles..

      • djloo27 said, on March 28, 2021 at 11:36 am

        It’s still kind of hard to believe.
        3 World Series titles in 5 years?
        Our San Francisco Giants???

      • willedav said, on March 28, 2021 at 11:51 am

        Exactly Loo. On Daniel’s Cards site, his latest Pepper is with 3 Dodgers bloggers. They are talking megashit, about winning 9 straight Division titles and back to back WS, and their grade for team is A with+ to infinity

      • zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 12:07 pm

        Sounds like the Cubs fans after the 2016 World Series.

  17. xoot said, on March 28, 2021 at 11:48 am

    Busters barking hip must be improving. He has a hint of follow through in his swing. Longo and Belt are almost ready to scuffle. And Wood is coming along too. Nerve ablation is not that drastic. He can probably stand and twist his torso slightly now.

  18. Macdog said, on March 28, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    • Carstie Clausen said, on March 28, 2021 at 2:31 pm

      Bit of a surprise on Yamaguchi. Evidently too many with similar levels of talent/experience. Not a bad situation unless you’re the one who goes down in the process. Y. may well be the first to get the call. Wade could be the second. Kazmir: Pffffft.

  19. djloo27 said, on March 28, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Maybe Slater stays on the field and blossoms.
    Maybe he doesn’t.
    We’re mostly all guilty of valuing ST stats to suit our agendas.
    Slater’s career numbers so far basically add up to one mediocre season…

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/slateau01.shtml

  20. snarkk said, on March 28, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Buster hitting in the 6 hole today.
    ‘Bout time…

  21. Flavor said, on March 28, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    my dream is that Lame-onte talks shit to Grave Duggar in the Sacto locker room and Grave Duggar beats the living shit out of him.

  22. Flavor said, on March 28, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    So that basically does it for the D-backs this year, aye?

  23. djloo27 said, on March 28, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    deGrom sure got Mad-bummed on the contract he signed.
    Huge bargain if he holds up…

  24. blade3colorado said, on March 28, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Actually Loo, I would grade Slater above a mediocre player for what he has accomplished in the MLB per your parameters. His problem is two-fold: a. He can’t hit right handers; and, b. He can’t stay healthy. Regarding the former, he is hitting much, much better against righties this spring. The jury is obviously out, insofar as him staying healthy.

    Sheesh, Wikipedia probably agrees with you though, as they could give 2 shits about him, e.g., they haven’t updated his bio since 2019. Pffftttt!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin_Slater

  25. xoot said, on March 28, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Every effin year I have to be reminded who Barney nugent was (or is).

  26. snarkk said, on March 28, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Panda has made the 26 roster for the Braves. Surprising to me. Good for Panda.

    Vegas has Giants at 75.5 Ws for the over/under.
    They can hit, but whether they can catch/field the ball much, or have any starting pitching, are open questions.
    It’s another rebuild season. Bring up some youngsters in July, let them play.

    I’ll go with 77 Ws, which I think is optimistic…

    • Carstie Clausen said, on March 28, 2021 at 2:34 pm

      Still hanging on 78 as per my pre-ST predictions here. On this # Chi and I see eye to eye.

  27. willedav said, on March 28, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    So once ML season starts, where are the rest of Giants going to be–in AZ until they split up?
    Btw, Shea said in Chron Luciano might start season in San Jose, easy drive from where I live. I wonder how they would socially distance stands, which aren’t big to begin with and have lot of families in attendance. also great BBQ area with great food I enjoyed while hanging with Snarkk and Blade, a great night.

    Hope they don’t mess this up–would be cool to see some of the younger prospects in action at Low A level.

    • blade3colorado said, on March 28, 2021 at 2:06 pm

      I am hoping that we’ve tipped the scales insofar as having overwhelming positive vaccination percentages Willie, where if I or someone else shows their vaccination CDC card, we can sit in a section(s) where everyone has been protected or some other similar plan.

      Dude, plan on going to a few games in San Jose. I have already spoken with snarkk and he’ll make the trip. Same deal with Sacto with Chi or anyone else. I have zero plans to attend an Oracle Park game, unless it’s a Flap fest and only if everyone else in our group has been vaccinated.

  28. xoot said, on March 28, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    I hope Moronta doesn’t know about that place near the corner of Cortland and Mission where Pablo used to pick up huge bags full of tacos after night home games.

    • willedav said, on March 28, 2021 at 2:05 pm

      Good one Xoot. Regardless of weight, not a very encouraging outing for him.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on March 28, 2021 at 2:35 pm

      lmao.

  29. xoot said, on March 28, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    This Oakland pitcher sure likes to throw at giants.

  30. alleykat69 said, on March 28, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    My dream is now that Jaylin Davis talks shit to GraveDuggar in Sacramento and beats the shit out of him!
    Does anyone think 🤔 Davis wouldn’t beat the crap 💩 out Duggar anytime he wants too?
    So for all of are “Hope’s and Dreams” for a different outfield it’s only set in Sacramento now with Wade jr,Davis &Duggar patrolling the outfield at Rivercats Stadium..

  31. alleykat69 said, on March 28, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Actually I’m wrong, the way all 3 have played this spring they could all try and fight each other at the same time and all swing and miss like their K totals.

    • willedav said, on March 28, 2021 at 5:34 pm

      lulz.
      Maybe one of them tries to dislocate Ramos shoulder(like Bellinger) on a high five bomb celebration,

  32. xoot said, on March 28, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    This year’s Barney Nugent honoree will be the key, one way or another, later this year.

  33. zumiee said, on March 28, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Pretty cool: Jane Wiedlin’s original acoustic demo-tape for the hit song, “Our Lips Are Sealed” that she co-wrote for her band The Go-Go’s.

    • xoot said, on March 28, 2021 at 6:19 pm

      Fun fun fun

  34. xoot said, on March 28, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Did it graze the shorts? I saw the shorts move. Let’s spend ten minutes figuring it out.

  35. Macdog said, on March 28, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    Not too good free throw shooting by both teams.

    • xoot said, on March 28, 2021 at 6:30 pm

      At the end? Turrible

      • Macdog said, on March 28, 2021 at 6:31 pm

        Ha, that post was before those two ‘Bama bricks.

      • xoot said, on March 28, 2021 at 6:32 pm

        And yet!

      • Macdog said, on March 28, 2021 at 6:32 pm

        But a buzzer-beating 3 to force OT? No problem.

  36. willedav said, on March 28, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    whoa UCLA could have fouled the passer at half court before that clutch 3.

    • alleykat69 said, on March 28, 2021 at 6:36 pm

      Stupid by UCLA you have to foul right away.,

  37. alleykat69 said, on March 28, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Wow a 3 at the buzzer nothing but net! OT 65-65

  38. alleykat69 said, on March 28, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    Bama sucks balls at free throw shooting!


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