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All He Does Is Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 17, 2022

Well, I don’t particularly like his methods but there’s no arguing with the results. At 6-2 that translates to a cool 121 wins at end of regular season. Kap looking to improve on the 107 from 2021. Lol. Whatever, he gets er done, don’t he?

Wood today.

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  1. Flavor said, on April 17, 2022 at 7:02 am

    Carstie Clausen
    Sat, Apr 16, 7:51 PM (11 hours ago)
    to me

    Flav: Analysis from the Northwoods via Gameday.

    Going into the series it looked like a couple of pretty well matched teams. On paper Cleveland had a slight edge, what with Friday’s game being their Home Opener, a well above average pitching staff and a handful of decent hitters versus a Giants staff that matched well with that of the Gardenias. Hunt and peck offense, with the exception of El Capitan batting second. Low team batting average and moderate power. But this one is beginning to look a bit like the 2021 version with a slightly altered cast of characters. In all probability SF may once again shake up the prognosticators and the odds-makers. With the exceptions of Webb, Rodon and Belt the team essentially has no stars—quite unlike a downstate team I need not mention by name.

    Been following the headliners and all on the official MLB network and its Stars, Stars and Superstars. Rarely does a Giant get a mention in edgewise. Maybe we fans are coming to like it like that. Maybe Zaidi and Kapler have something cooking. Zaidi works by a combination of metrics and astute hunches. Kapler is a thinking man’s manager. No histrionics, just a calm, cool, articulate approach in his interviews and almost certainly so running things from the dugout.

    Didja notice how those Giants hitters kept working and working the count. Cleveland’s starter kept them a bit off balance with a judicious mix of pitches, velocity and looks. Giants fouled off a lot of his offerings. Deliberate? Can’t say. All that struck me was that Kapler was once again using his wear them down strategy. That pitch count just kept a rising. Waaay more than Disco’s. De Sclafani didn’t have his best stuff once again, but he gutted it out and held the Gardenias to only a couple of runs on several hits. Again, the 6-2 Giants were outhit by their opponents.

    With a couple of minor hiccups from Jarlin and McGee, that bullpen once again proved to be the better of the pairing, what with 5 1/3 innings of shutdown relief. Truly, what a relief. Alvarez is proving to be one helluva fireman. When Disco got in a bit of hot water it took Alvarez only two pitches to get that last out and dampen another Cleveland threat there in the 5th. Frisbee Rogers turned in another scoreless frame. Doval got a day off and should be fresh for game three.

    Proper coaching and mature confidence has made BB9 into SF’s #1 offensive weapon. Today he once again got the job done. Point of amusement: Bart struck out on a wild pitch and ended up reaching first. Then our rookie catcher went and caught everyone by surprise by stealing second. It’s those little things that count and though a bit short-suited on star power, the Giants are particularly good at “flashing” those little-things. There are no overblown egos in that bunch. The Team always comes first.

    So far, so good. Gotta love those Giants and their NLW lead.

  2. unca_chuck said, on April 17, 2022 at 7:28 am

    Flores hustling on the sinking liner was key.

  3. willedav said, on April 17, 2022 at 7:51 am

    Just hope pitching can stay healthy. for all the analytical advances that have been and continue to be made, figuring out how to keep pitchers of today healthy despite diminished workload from starters, hasn’t been solved.

    btw, those of us who enjoy writings of Pawlie K can find them online at Barnes/Noble should you wish as I do to avoid the Big A at all costs. Saw 12 of them listed there this morning, though none currently available at stores near me in Bay Area.

  4. willedav said, on April 17, 2022 at 7:58 am

    Seeing Tom Seaver’s name brought up end of thread yesterday reminded me of all the times he couldn’t finish off potential no hitter until he finally got one. First guy that came to mind in Kershaw nonsense by Roberts last week.

  5. willedav said, on April 17, 2022 at 8:04 am

    East Coast planning on going to Mets games? 3 night games and Thursday afternoon one.

    • djloo27 said, on April 17, 2022 at 5:01 pm

      Maybe Thursday if I have the energy…

  6. Winder said, on April 17, 2022 at 8:54 am

    I like that MLB rarely speaks of the Giants and will concentrate on their obvious favorites. Although they do spend a lot of time with both the LA teams. Cleveland has a good baseball team and the Giants so far have shut em down, we are starting to see how good we can be.

  7. alleykat69 said, on April 17, 2022 at 9:27 am

    Giants will always go down in baseball annuals by historians as lost files.Somebody won W/S titles in 10,12,14 but damm if we can figure out who?

  8. Macdog said, on April 17, 2022 at 11:04 am

    Thairo bomb!

  9. alleykat69 said, on April 17, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    Shabby Defense by Cleveland especially at 1B has really benefited the Giants in this series.
    That and continued working counts and frustrating pitchers that their great at..

  10. alleykat69 said, on April 17, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Thario delivers again with a double knocking in Pederson for his 4th RBI and a team leading 8!
    Real mystified why he tried to bunt with 2 outs and Pederson already in scoring position? But luckily he fouled it off and came thru later in the AB..

  11. Winder said, on April 17, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    That was nice by Littell.

  12. Macdog said, on April 17, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    Belted in Cleveland!

  13. alleykat69 said, on April 17, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    Crushed by the Captain! Who’s off to a red hot start!
    Guardians might be able to protect a bridge, but they surely can’t do anything against the Giants Assault!!

  14. Macdog said, on April 17, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    Just like in ’54, sweeeep!

    • pawliekokonuts said, on April 17, 2022 at 2:48 pm

      That’s right! Take that, Vic Wertz’s grandkids!

  15. alleykat69 said, on April 17, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    🧹🧹🧹Sweeeep!!! and let’s continue this roll into NY!!

  16. Winder said, on April 17, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    This is good.

  17. Flavor said, on April 17, 2022 at 2:32 pm

    Carstie Clausen
    2:22 PM (9 minutes ago)
    to me

    Flav: So far, so wonderful.

    Don’t look now, but Zaidi may have struck gold. It’s not all on him, but also it would appear that SF has some quality scouts and evaluators. The nugget was yanked outta that NYC team’s expendables. Theiro. Will that become a household name among Giants fans? Today’s heroics: That two run bomb for one. Then there’s that crazy bit of magic which surrounds him like an aura. Dude grounds into a double-play and two runs score. How can you top that? Right now, the offense centers of two guys: BB9, who cranked one out with a man on for his third smash of the season and 7th RBI—gotta try keeping up with Magic Man as Theiro already has eight. Plenty of contributors today, but that pair once again stands out.

    Not bad at all, sweeping the series from a good Cleveland team, transforming the Guardians into the Gardenias, to go 7-2 on the season. More of that wearing em down strategy by Giants hitters, again fouling off a lot of pitches and inducing quite a few offerings which did not hit the zone. Once again, the Cleveland starter saw his pitch-count mount and became a relatively early out. Their bullies did not do a whole, hairy helluva lot better, once again facing mounting pitch-counts.

    Wood was solid. One run through five. With that nice lead, Kapler was able to air out some of his supercargos in the pen…guys who had not seen much action like Zach Littell and Sam Long. Both guys showed a will to belong. Comes May and Long goes to Sac-ville. He’s sported one helluva minor league record. Check them out. Likely that southpaw is in their future plans. Most intriguing was the two inning stint by Beede as longman. Check this out. Beede and Hjelle, more likely one rather than both, loom as not unlikely trade-bait who would be attractive to many teams who are short on (1. Starters and (2. Longmen. Toss in a mid-ranking prospect or two and some organization which is either not a postseason probable, or even a somewhat contender with a RH hitting outfielder of some merit, but who they could spare in a pinch, could be very tempted.

    Has this edition of Los Gigantes been once again severiously under-rated? Could just be. Check out the opponents to date: Padres: Some decent hitters and a well-stocked staff: Marlins: Surprisingly strong pitching and the skyrocketing Jazz Chisholm along with a competent supporting cast. Against those two moderately solid opponents, the Giants have gone 4-2. Cleveland: Very good rotation and a pen which HAD looked pretty good. Some punch to the lineup, but stymied by both the rotation and the bullies: Three-zip. Seven and two heading into a 4-gamer with the moneybags outfit which looks to be one of the Giants two most formidable foes this season. I could live with a 2-2 split in New York. The prognosticators and poohbahs would not like that.

    Should make for one exciting series coming up.

  18. pawliekokonuts said, on April 17, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    A mere 100 wins to go to equal 2021. Easy-peasy.

  19. pawliekokonuts said, on April 17, 2022 at 2:47 pm

    I just accepted a cup-of-coffee bet (high rollers) from a Mets fan on who wins the series; if it’s a split, we use run differential.

    • Macdog said, on April 17, 2022 at 3:20 pm

      That’s good for you since Kap likes to run it up.

    • djloo27 said, on April 17, 2022 at 8:11 pm

      This is how insidious the gambling disease can be.
      You win that cup of coffee and the next you know you’re betting a buttered roll or maybe after a few drinks an entire ham sandwich…

  20. unca_chuck said, on April 17, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Damn. Missed the early start. Killed ’em!

    Surprising to me is Pederson’s arm. He had a near put-out yesterday, and the hose to get the guy at 2nd.

  21. unca_chuck said, on April 17, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Kapler is strictly about the matchups. From the hitters to the pen, it is all about who matches up when. It may blow up a few times, but it has been working a lot more than it hasn’t.

  22. djloo27 said, on April 17, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    djloo27 said, on April 11, 2021 at 9:46 am (Edit)

    The Giants pick up Triple-A SS depth, acquire recently DFAd infielder Thairo Estrada from the Yankees.
    FWIW, a big Yankee fan friend of mine loves this guy…
    The guy who provided this info is ready to kill Cashman and not just for the Thairo deal…

    • Flavor said, on April 17, 2022 at 6:12 pm

      I remember the post. I’m not going to look it up but I recall supporting this immediately after you posted it

    • James said, on April 17, 2022 at 6:31 pm

      If only Z had the courage of his convictions and had kept Connor Joe ….

    • willedav said, on April 17, 2022 at 6:41 pm

      Tremendous deal for SF. He’s gonna make Dubon and couple other guys expendable.

  23. djloo27 said, on April 17, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    Middleton is playing like he’s throwing the game…

  24. djloo27 said, on April 17, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    Sounds like a good chance for a rain out tomorrow.
    An afternoon single admission doubleheader Thursday would be awesome.
    Never happen in 2022 – or would it at 7 innings per?
    I don’t even know the fuckin rules anymore…

    • Flavor said, on April 18, 2022 at 6:00 am

      yeah, they might be able to start it but I don’t see how they finish it. Will they even try?

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