THE San Francisco Giants Blog

40 Games Over .500

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 9, 2021

Well, a lot happened yesterday. The Giants swept the Rox in Colorado, simply unheard of. The Dodgers FINALLY lost. And we got to reaquaint ourselves with an epic picture from the ghosts of Flapalooza’s past.

And now a well deserved day off–well earned after that tough stretch. But don’t get too comfortable! We’ll be playing again before you can either shake a stick OR Shaun Anderson gets waived again……

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  1. chipower9 said, on September 9, 2021 at 6:57 am

    Yes… great day in the baseball universe yesterday. And yes, great Flapalooza photo representing a great day at the yard. I believe I was snapping the picture.

    Just when it looked like our boys would drop the finale of the series, they completed another comeback win. And yes, the Cards finally got it going and held-on to defeat the hated bums.

    40…Yes FORTY fucking games over .500. First team to 90 wins. WTF…it is still surreal even as we make this sprint to the end of the regular season.

  2. willedav said, on September 9, 2021 at 7:04 am

    Great day, great pic. And SF won on non HR hits with RISP. Really think it’s cyclical thing and not indicative of bad approach, by hitters or coaches. Put runners on, guys are good enough to come through. Now let’s see some more action at sea level 😀 in a real yard.

  3. willedav said, on September 9, 2021 at 8:21 am

    Cubs btw have won 8 of last 9. Gausman Saturday in middle of pen games, Webb Monday at home in first of 4 with Pads.

  4. Bozo said, on September 9, 2021 at 8:28 am

    SF traded Shaun Anderson for Wade, so far that’s looking pretty damn good.

    • Flavor said, on September 9, 2021 at 9:05 am

      That’s why I made the reference in the main thread. He’s been waived twice this season already

      • alleykat69 said, on September 9, 2021 at 9:36 am

        Speaking of washed up where’s Dereck Rodriguez these days..

  5. snarkk said, on September 9, 2021 at 9:17 am

    Giants had trouble hitting against LA and the Brewers — surprise, they have really good pitching — as in 1st and 3rd best staff ERA in MLB, respectively. That’s what they’ll face in the post season.
    Rox’ team ERA ?
    26th in MLB, 13th in NL. Giants feasted on that at Coors, including lots of non-HR hits.
    Cubs are 11th in NL team ERA (also 11th in team OPS, BTW)
    So, we should expect pretty decent Giants hitting at Wrigley this weekend…

    • willedav said, on September 9, 2021 at 10:14 am

      Except vs. Buehler. Love to see Pads do same in WC game.

    • Bozo said, on September 9, 2021 at 10:37 am

      Despite their ERA, the Rockies are 45-27 at home this year. Our pitching was pretty key for us to get a sweep at Coors

  6. alleykat69 said, on September 9, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Yeah great pic of the Sombrero gang flaps and the lean days of we score we win, not an issue this year!

    All is not lost today it’s opening day in the NFL as Buccaneers will crush The Cowpokes.They will stack the box and Zeke will be helpless, and a rusty Dak will be picked twice I’ve got Bucs covering the spread.

  7. unca_chuck said, on September 9, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Cowboys will lose because of their defense. Their offense should be fine.

    Some kind of 37-28 affair.

    • snarkk said, on September 9, 2021 at 11:02 am

      How long since Dallas has actually been relevant in the NFL ?
      They’re like the Jets with a drawl…

      • unca_chuck said, on September 9, 2021 at 11:52 am

        Since 1998, they’ve won THREE playoff games. They’ve reached the playoffs 8 times, but nothing after the wildcard game. It has been a while since they’ve been truly relevant, but Jerry Jerk-off manages to keep them in the spotlight by various stupid machinations, but the 90s were a looooong time ago.

        They did get waylaid by injuries last year, but their team concept is how not to be a team, and everyone plays for their own stats. 2 years ago they led the league in every offensive statistical category, and had a solid enough defense (9th in yards allowed), but parlayed that into an 8-8 record and missed the playoffs.

  8. zumiee said, on September 9, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Krukow did a nice job in his interview on KNBR yesterday morning talking about Duggar, and how hard it is, emotionally and mentally, to get sent down during the season. He talked about how a player can feel totally by himself, and have to work hard to keep the focus and keep working, and stay ready. The mental aspect. Injuries are a constant in the sport, and the AAA guys need to do all they can to be the person the brass wants to call up. Duggar has been red-hot since he came back up. It’s been amazing.

    • djloo27 said, on September 9, 2021 at 12:28 pm

      Worries me that the Grave Duggar K’d his last 3 ABs yesterday including once looking in a very clutch situation.
      The red-hotness may be over…

      • snarkk said, on September 9, 2021 at 12:55 pm

        I get it, in spades, that hitting at the MLB level is very tough.
        What I don’t understand about this hitting theory that leads to high OBP is that good hitters are willing to take the risk in a 2-strike count with RISP that a close pitch will be called a ball. If you’re a good hitter, I don’t see the positive in that — you’re depending on the judgment of the umpire being simpatico with yours. If the ball is way high or low or outside/inside, then sure, take the pitch. But, if the pitch is close, I say take the swing and your chances. These home plate umps are too inconsistent these days to depend on them to call a ball in those situations…

      • willedav said, on September 9, 2021 at 1:16 pm

        Very streaky guy. Still he’s best CF they have and has far exceeded expectations. He was in Sac for whole month after July and August prolonged slump. Somebody has to hit 8th.

      • djloo27 said, on September 9, 2021 at 3:57 pm

        I’m with you Snarkk, but apparently this approach is another analytics thing per this article…

        https://www.statsperform.com/resource/payoff-pitch-why-protecting-the-plate-on-full-counts-could-go-the-way-of-the-dodo/

  9. alleykat69 said, on September 9, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    Luckily Wade had a stronger belief in his abilities after the Giants kept stupidly sending him back and forth and finally realized this guys the real deal. Don’t get that from GD he’s still very erratic and K’s way to much, but Defensively they need him the other Jekyl&Hide Slater who K’s a shit load too..

  10. willedav said, on September 9, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Cards trying to close out 2-1 W top 9. Back to back Ks for Gallegos.

  11. willedav said, on September 9, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Bellinger is just awful another 0-4. Hurts them with Pollock out.

  12. Macdog said, on September 9, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Cards win again! Up 2.5.

  13. willedav said, on September 9, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    Yeah 2-1 final Cards win

  14. chipower9 said, on September 9, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    I do not have a problem with the Giants hitting approach. I really have little to criticize. RE: hitting, in the NL:

    3rd in runs and BB
    1st in HRs, OPS and SLG
    4th in OBP and RBI
    5th in RBI with runners in scoring position
    2nd in RBI with runners on 2nd and 3rd

    The one place they really suck is runner on 3rd less than two outs. Here they are 13th in RBI.

    Pitching, in NL:
    2nd in ERA and WHIP

    So, they have the best record in baseball and look pretty good in most offensive and pitching categories. Keep doing what you’re doing…winning games and series…

  15. djloo27 said, on September 9, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Magic Number: 20?

    • chipower9 said, on September 9, 2021 at 3:15 pm

      Good question. I am definitely scoreboard watching, but had not thought about the magic number.

      Just did the math and I think it is 20. 22 games left. 2.5 game lead. We win 20…tough shit for the bums…

    • zumiee said, on September 9, 2021 at 3:19 pm

      Yeah, 20, for the division.
      22 games left, up 3 in the loss column.

      • unca_chuck said, on September 9, 2021 at 4:39 pm

        In other words, the magic number is meaningless as long as we are this close together.

      • djloo27 said, on September 9, 2021 at 5:26 pm

        Yeah, it’s not that magical yet…

      • chipower9 said, on September 9, 2021 at 8:43 pm

        It is still THE number…

  16. zumiee said, on September 9, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    The magic number that would guarantee at least a Wild Card spot is about 8, I think. But we don’t want to settle for that. 🙂
    There’s a ridiculous amount of champagne celebrations in baseball. Would the Giants pop open champagne for first guaranteeing a Wild Card spot? Technically that is clinching a playoff spot.

    • zumiee said, on September 9, 2021 at 3:28 pm

      Like maybe a team would do the celebration for a Wild Card spot if they have no chance of winning the division. But if they can still win the division, then maybe don’t pop open the bottles for just guaranteeing a Wild Card spot.

      • zumiee said, on September 9, 2021 at 3:32 pm

        But what if a team doesn’t win the division but has to end up settling for a Wild Card spot? Have a delayed celebration?
        But it seems ridiculous to celebrate for guaranteeing a Wild Card and then celebrate again for winning the division.
        As I said, all those champagne celebrations in baseball are ridiculous. The other sports probably just wonder why the heck baseball does that. Can you imagine an NBA team doing a champagne celebration for winning a first round series? That would be silly. Yet baseball does it every round.

      • snarkk said, on September 9, 2021 at 5:51 pm

        How about, for a WC hosting spot clinch, some Martinelli’s sparkling cider, and a Covid shot for any remaining non-vaxx idiots?…

  17. zumiee said, on September 9, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Saw this on Bellinger:
    “Cody Bellinger is seven for 75 (.093) since Aug. 15 and 0 for 23 in September.”

  18. Irish Kevin said, on September 9, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    Giants are the only team to sweep the Rox at home this year.

  19. unca_chuck said, on September 9, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Sergio Leone became the first Giants pitcher since Eric Gunderson in 1990 to start a game one day, and finish a game the next day. Looks like he’s slated to pitch tomorrow.

    • snarkk said, on September 9, 2021 at 5:53 pm

      “Sergio” has a great slider, and has also directed some damn classic Spaghetti Westerns.
      What a great, special artistic relationship he had with Ennio Morricone…

      • unca_chuck said, on September 9, 2021 at 7:20 pm

        Yep. Classic stuff. Still remember seeing A Fistfull of Dollars at the Fox San Mateo theater. I think I was 6.

  20. mrsprtdude said, on September 9, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    40 games over. 40 games over. Wow!


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