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Surprising Start

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 24, 2021

12% of the season is in the books and the Giants are a game out of 1st place. That is…..astounding. Maybe I haven’t given enough credit to the way Kap and his staff coach and manage. Maybe Z is operating on a level I can’t even see. None of this makes any sense to me.

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  1. willedav said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Crawford had nice night at SS too after only playing an inning night before. Belt saved an out on errant throw. wood has given up only the one run in 12 innings and had monster high 70s game score last night.

  2. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Early on, pre Spring Training, a 78-84 finish for the Giants struck me as a reasonable projection. To some it may have been a somewhat Polly guesstimate. Now, with 20 games under the belt, the team has an enviable 13-7 record, with rotation, defense and power all performing considerably above expectations.

    142 games left to play. If they play .500 ball the rest of the way, which seems not unreasonable; they would precisely reverse my February expectations and finish with an 84-78 record. Not about to alter the projection until the end of May, as that month could well be the most challenging one on the docket. Just take a look at the schedule and see what that could mean.

    So SF needs to extend that winning record this month and if they can emerge from May with an even record or mayyybe a tad above that; we could be looking at a team which could outplay most everyone’s most Polly hopes. Will the rotation maintain its totally unexpected excellence? Can those two young fireballers stoke up the bullies? Can the power keep on keeping on? Be nice if the BA can keep rising from it’s current .215 or so. Injuries have begun to confuse matters. Depth that Zaidi and Harris arranged has kept us on an even keel to date.

    April has been kind over the first 20 games and that has included playing four good teams and one constant pest. So far the Giants have met the test. How about the rest?

  3. James said, on April 24, 2021 at 10:37 am

    The most important of Zaidi’s pitching gambles have paid off so far, and the ground balls have been finding the right players. If it weren’t for Wisler’s and Alvarez’s walks, Z would be pitching a perfect game.

  4. willedav said, on April 24, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Runs against per game pitching is tops in NL. Runs scored, 11th and Defense among best too. Schedule has been pretty soft so far–M’s and Rox aren’t WC contenders, and Phils Reds Marlins borderline. After Marlins leave, Giants get 3 with rockies here, then play Pads at Petco, then 3 more with Rox to finish road trip.
    So other than SD, teams to make hay against.

  5. alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Still think Kapler is unnecessarily burning out Rodgers&McGee who have been in (Rodgers 12-13? McGee12) games especially with a 5-1 lead starting the 9th.Like even Krukow mentioned after the bottom of the 8th, those 3 runs changes who you bring in now.(Well guess what it didn’t)Stix and I both mentioned that point after the game. Actually I was glad to hear Pablovic ( sp) call out Kapler on that point postgame. Kapler never flinched, were hear to win games and I felt that this is my best option to win The ballgame.
    U would think there both not available today in a game they weren’t needed in last night.And he’s on the pace of burning both these guys arms out by the dog days of summer if he keeps this up imo.

    • Flavor said, on April 24, 2021 at 1:02 pm

      he absolutely is. But what he’s gotten out of this team so far blows my mind. These players are just not that good. Kap and Z get a lot of credit for what’s happening right now.

      • chipower9 said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:13 pm

        Agree, Craig.

  6. denniszu said, on April 24, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Right now it’s great being a Giants fan with the anticipation instead of dread to the next game. If IL’s are kept to brief 10 days, if team BA gets to the top 10-15 ( instead of the bottom 3 in NL), defense stays solid as is, I see nothing that changes my 85 wins that I told Paulie at the start. Yes, May will be a test but I have always pledged that team chemistry is another strong factor that makes players believe in themselves and never taken into consideration.
    Keeping me in a minority here is just fine.

    • unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2021 at 2:42 pm

      And I thought 80 was optimistic.

    • chipower9 said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:18 pm

      Good post, Dennis. I agree.

      I can’t recall my guess here on the Flap, but I think it was 80. They are definitely exceeding my expectations. Huge improvement with the D.

  7. unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    What was the contest for the jacket? Did I miss something?

    • djloo27 said, on April 24, 2021 at 3:01 pm

      We never organized one, Chuck. Flavor doesn’t need more homework.
      If you want it, it’s yours.
      Just give me some time to fix it up nice…

  8. djloo27 said, on April 24, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    1. Tommy La Stella (L) 2B
    2. Mike Yastrzemski (L) RF
    3. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
    4. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
    5. Alex Dickerson (L) LF
    6. Buster Posey (R) C
    7. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
    8. Mauricio Dubon (R) CF
    9. Kevin Gausman (L) P

    • xoot said, on April 24, 2021 at 4:31 pm

  9. alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Jesus how can u continue with banged up players?Craw( ribcage now quad) Longoria not ready with hamstring) (Solano IL Wade IL) and there using Disco as a pinch hitter lol as he’s supposedly Kapler’s best hitter at .120 or so! Get a healthy body up here for the bench so we they eliminate a pitcher to hit late in a game, it’s a joke..

  10. djloo27 said, on April 24, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    Giants are today’s free game on MLBTV…

  11. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Gausman’s 10 pitch inning. Looks like he’s on his game.

  12. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Took 9 pitches for Lopez to induce a groundout from LaStella.

  13. djloo27 said, on April 24, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Another commercial with a person getting advice from a cardboard shit box…

  14. djloo27 said, on April 24, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    Slater keeping the Grave Duggar buried…

  15. unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    How far behind is Bilasport?

  16. unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Nevermind.

  17. unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    You serious about the jacket?

    • djloo27 said, on April 24, 2021 at 6:41 pm

      Sure Chuckie, why not?
      You like it, right?

  18. unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Yeah. It’s very cool.And more important, it’s coming from you. Priceless. And hey, I’m turning 60 tomorrow.

    • djloo27 said, on April 24, 2021 at 6:57 pm

      I want to get it in great condition first.
      Just gimme a little time and it’ll be worth it…

  19. alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    Well there you go Chuck a perfect 60th Birthday 🥳 gift by the ever giving class of DJ Loo!
    Happy Birthday Chuck, wear it with extra Giants pride!

  20. James said, on April 24, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Hey, Loo, while your largesse is on topic, the Fred Lewis photo still has pride of place in the James’ drawing room.

  21. xoot said, on April 24, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Gausman still looks terrific. Ace? Well, in this context, so far.

    LaStella possibly has started to show why they signed him for three years.

    • James said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:07 pm

      Good to see others have the jinx capability.

      • xoot said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:42 pm

        He made that play. Sure looked bad though.

  22. djloo27 said, on April 24, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Twin gave away computers!!!

    • James said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:02 pm

      The computer is long gone …

    • alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:10 pm

      I generously gave my computer win to Blade.Twin was not to happy at first, but after kissing his ass with a few e-mails and a few added dickwads on his part, he got over it 😠

  23. djloo27 said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    That was no catch…

  24. alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Can of corn perfect throw from Gausman that LaStella butchered for the error.

  25. willedav said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    marlins might have botched that by playing back.

  26. Macdog said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    They got the lead anyway.

  27. alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    They just made up for it. Still a great AB by Slater, and heads up base running by both Dick&Posey. Dubon smoked it to SS and Posey doubled off, shit happens..

  28. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Slater had one helluva 9 pitch at bat and Buster at 6. Lopez was saved from further damage by Dubon’s BBIP liner—pitcher’s best friend kept the damage down to one tally. 79 pitches through 5 IP.

  29. alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    This umpire strike zone is tighter then a virgin..

    • James said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:36 pm

      It’s inaccurate, too.

    • xoot said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:41 pm

      It’s a bitch

  30. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    Sierra was a tough at bat. Gausman at 69 through 6 IP. Four, five, six batters in seventh. Let’s see what they can do vs Lopez after the semi-automatic out.

    • Macdog said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:41 pm

      Damn, got robbed of a hit by Fish CF.

  31. willedav said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    marlins are 1-20 with a BB tonight.

  32. djloo27 said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Gauzepad approaches the batters box as if he knows what he’s doing…

  33. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    All we got outta that inning was a single single and Lopez up to 97 IP. Those BBIPs are adding up to our disadvantage.

  34. sandog said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    Who’s got the runny nose—Kruk or Kuip?

  35. Macdog said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    Bye Bye Berti.

  36. alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Unbelievable Berti🏌️‍♀️

  37. unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Shit.

  38. unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Gasman looking to get Cained again.At least NDed.

  39. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Bass is a mediocre vet reliever, but he fed Buster a series of low zone sliders and sinkers. Posey did what he usually has done in those shituations.

  40. willedav said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Tatis Jr homers again, second time tonight off Bauer. 3-2 Pads in 6th

  41. djloo27 said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Starting today I ain’t wearing a mask outside anymore.
    WTF did I get vaccinated for?

    • xoot said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:17 pm

      To protect everyone. Get your hair outta yer eyes.

    • alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:21 pm

      The Karen’s will still be on your ass Loo..

    • xoot said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:29 pm

      This is why this blog is so great

  42. James said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Buster on pace for 40 GIDP.

    • chipower9 said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:28 pm

      Only 40?

  43. willedav said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    Jazz going down slow tonight.

  44. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Gausman gets Jazzman at pitch #101. RP in 9th almost guaranteed. One measly (well maybe not so measly what with the gang that can’t hit straight plus all those BBIPs) mistake. Overall, one helluva performance. Ace level.

  45. Macdog said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Gausman > Jazzman.

  46. unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Who’s this guy? Hosler? Never heard of him.

    • alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:26 pm

      It’s Vosler not Hosler , who had a good spring.Giants must of listened to me ( doubtful) about their thin bench with injuries.I don’t even know who they dumped I assume a pitcher came up with a mysterious injury?

  47. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Maurice needs to learn to go the other way. That sharp, low slider was an almost guaranteed groundout with him swinging away. We may see Ramos before too long. But needing for another infielder sooner.

    • djloo27 said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:25 pm

      Bring up Thyroid.
      Isn’t that what they got him for?

  48. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    We got our infielder in Vosler. He hits an infield popup. Overanxious to be in The Show. Well, he’ll fit right in with the gang that cannot hit straight.

  49. unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Oh boy.

  50. willedav said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Vosler called up Jarlin garcia to IL with groin strain or whatever.

  51. unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Ballgame

  52. willedav said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Brisbee hexed this guy raving about him after his 1 inning. He’s such a fool.

  53. Macdog said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Damn.

  54. xoot said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Oh no. Kapler burned up McGee last night. Etc.

  55. unca_chuck said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    So much for the keeping the sweep.

  56. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Right down the pike to Jesus, after walking Sierra. Guess where Santos goes tomorrow. More seasoning needed. His sliders were not working well and the 4-seamer quickly became predictable. Ballgame.

  57. James said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    I think Matt Wisler will get a chance to get his stats right.

  58. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Right into the corner of Cooper’s hot zone. This kid has lost it for tonight. See ya in a year or two.

  59. alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Santos now has a big league ERA an ugly 18.00 and still could go higher yikes..

  60. alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Let’s make that 27.00 era that closes the book on Santos..

  61. Carstie Clausen said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Well, Gentlemen. Enough for tonight. Gotta get up at six tomorrow for a ride up to the homestead. Expecting to stay there 3 weeks or so. Still having issues with probs who don’t want me living in a Minnesota 6×16 “Ice Palace”. One helluva lot of cleanup to do with raking, burning, cleaning up the vandalized shack. No electricity or phone during the stay. Back around mid-May is the plan. Go Giants.

    • alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:41 pm

      Alright Stix, You show Minnesota your still the king up there!
      Check in occasionally so BF and the flap knows your safe and well.,

    • willedav said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:43 pm

      good luck Stix. stay safe

  62. alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Deadmeat at home plate on Yaz’s throw but nó bueno on Posey holding on..

  63. chipower9 said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Put those rally caps on! 😂

  64. alleykat69 said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    My cap did a 360 Chi on Yaz splash hit that ball was crushed!

  65. djloo27 said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:54 pm

  66. Bozo said, on April 24, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Tough one to lose. Break out the wasabi tomorrow for sushi Sunday.

  67. Macdog said, on April 24, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Gausman may not be an ace, but he sure got deGrom-ed tonight.

  68. chipower9 said, on April 24, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Damned good game between the bums and friars.

  69. chipower9 said, on April 24, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Fucking dodgers….


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