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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 1, 2022

Sunday morning Melodious mutterings…..

Carstie ClausenSat, Apr 30, 9:44 PM (8 hours ago)
to Flavor

 Flav:  That was a pretty broad hint.  Glad to be of service.  Guess I just like analytics.  -stix

 The Saturday matinee vs the Gnats was virtually a mirror image opposite of the Friday fiasco.  With essentially a AAAA team Friday evening and with Wood more resembling balsa than oak,  and with three of the Giants most potent bats on the injury and covid lists; the Giants were humiliated—trounced, by a SF castoff starter and a pretty not too bad array of Washington bats finally awakening from their slumber.

Saturday’s game turned the tables despite the fact that Webb once again was not his dominant self, giving up eleven hits, including four devastating doubles over his 95 pitches through six innings. He was stingy with his bases on balls, but only was able to strike out three…way out of character.  Apparently, videos and scouting reports have uncovered some of the chinks in his armor.  It would be sure-fire odds that the coaching staff will do all they can to steer him back into the wonder we witnessed last season.  That he recovered from his early mistakes over the last three innings and despite several singles, was able to stifle any more scoring.  In other words, Webb toughed it out.  Once again, the bullies were airtight.  Alvarez has to be one of the most lethal firemen out there. He cooled down opposing batters in jig time.  Striking out two of three outs, he was indomitable.  Interestingly, with heightened velocity this season, Brebbia matched Alvarez.  With all the turnovers, It’s hard to keep up with the new relievers.  I’ll just call the game-capper Señor Llow-balls until getting a bit better acquainted.

 After thoroughly exploring Vosler’s minor league record, his two taters in this series did not particularly surprise me.  It’s almost like he’s been waiting for this particular opportunity.  He appears to be very determined to stay in The Show.  How bout Thairo? Three RBI’s today, one of them on a force play.  His fourteen ribeyes top the team.  Seems like he simply can’t help but driving in runners.  Good to have that kinda energy around on a steady basis.  Kapler’s faith in Ruf paid off at last, as our laggard finally got his act together, going 3 for 4.  Crawdaddy is still a bit behind his normal production, but he did draw a pair of walks and scored twice.

 Amazing how this collection of seemingly random players today bounced back from a galling defeat.  With well over half of their regular position players out of action, this bunch of re-treads and dumpster-dives managed to stun the (G)Nats this afternoon. Of course the visitors’ comedy of errors greased the skids more than a little.  Perhaps they were still in a state of shock from running up the score yesterday with no fewer than three of them knocking four hits apiece.  From their jackrabbit start today it looked like they had not shot their wad.  Vosler’s blast into the bay must have knocked some sense into them.  They did score another pair in the next inning, but as per usual the SF batters kept fouling off pitches and perhaps inducing another batch of out of the zone pitches, as the “wear em down” strategy just kept building that pitch count for yet another deer in the headlights starter.

 Finally that perfect throw from RF by Gonzo, plus Casali’s fine swipe of the runner, proved after the video review from “upstairs” vindicated Kapler’s protest and the initial “safe” call was overturned. Though the MLB hierarchy has come up with some shitty new rules like that ghost runner on second to start the 10th; the video reviews do seem to be actual progress, in this day of electronic everything.

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  1. willedav said, on May 1, 2022 at 7:54 am

    Kap mixed up C rotation this past week, giving half the 6 starts to Casali. In those 3 games Giants allowed total of 6 runs. 2 of those were Webb starts. Only game they lost was 1-0 vs. A’s.

    Props to Vosler, who looked OK at 3b and ended up at 1b yesterday. Yes, his Sac numbers looked great last year and year before that in 2019 with El Paso in Padres system.
    Still, that is such a hitter friendly league. Dubon was .900 OPS guy there last year and Joe McCarthy had OPS of 1.000 Didn’t see box for yesterday, but River Cats previous 4 games there were 60 runs scored, 34 by opposition 26 by Sac.

  2. willedav said, on May 1, 2022 at 8:26 am

    Yesterday River Cats game they won 14-11. Grand Slam for Blandino.

    Saw lead story on Yahoo about 6 million taxpayers waiting on refund from IRS from last year.
    Includes my sister, who filed amended return last year in July. Communicating with them on jammed phone lines is difficult and ultimately fruitless, and response is it’s being processed. wtf?

    • snarkk said, on May 1, 2022 at 10:06 am

      You can thank the Seditionist party for refusing to fund the IRS with enough money to hire more people and upgrade systems. I couldn’t efile with a big refund due because they hadn’t processed my return from last year. They’ll open and cash your checks on quarterly estimated payments, that’s for sure. Not processing my return also means the automated FAFSA system for my kids college financial stuff won’t work (so I have to enter evertything mannually) because there’s no record of my last filed tax return to pull. I’ll probably get my 2021 refund in time for filing my next return in April 2023 — two years late. The Seditionists push the idea that government doesn’t work — yeah, because they do everything they can to NOT make it work…

  3. Winder said, on May 1, 2022 at 9:04 am

    Stix, thanks for the rundown. I haven’t paid close attention to the last couple of games so I appreciate your take.
    The reality of losing two games in a row is kinda funny since we used to do that all the time(except last year). It does look like there is a book on Webb but maybe he’s just working through some stuff.

    • Lurker John said, on May 1, 2022 at 9:31 am

      Per Kruk and Flem, it’s the trouble he’s been having with his slider that’s the biggest issue. He’s been inconsistent with it and kind of lost the feel. I don’t think there’s a book on him per se that explains what’s been going on, but if he can’t rely on one of his most important pitches, that’s going to have an effect. I think he’ll get it together. His stuff overall is too good for this to continue. He still gutted out 6 innings yesterday and kept the team in the game.

      • James said, on May 1, 2022 at 9:41 am

        I’m probably making too big a deal of it, but his fastball topped out at 92 yesterday and most weren’t that high. The avg. velocity on his 4 seamer last year was 93.3, and his cutter was 91.5. The latter is down to 89.7 in 22.

    • willedav said, on May 1, 2022 at 9:36 am

      Webb admitted he’s not right and is gonna talk to staff etc and try and fix some things. “I just don’t think everything is sharp right now” he said in Shea column in Chron, retweeted by Slusser, and felt ST was rushed. Webb did credit Nats hitters for good opposite field hitting approach. Kap said more balls wound up in play than before and he’s lacking “edge” he had to late movement on his pitches.

  4. Winder said, on May 1, 2022 at 9:07 am

    I have been fed up with the NFL draft and all the crap they put us through. I wish they would go back to a 15 rd draft with a 5 minute time limit. and just roll with it from start to finish.

    • Lurker John said, on May 1, 2022 at 9:31 am

      I don’t think that’s going to happen. Too much coin to be made…

  5. mrsprtdude said, on May 1, 2022 at 10:07 am

    James I’m with you. Hopefully the rushed spring, but his velo is down every start, and if hitters have a smidge longer to decide they will let the slider go, as evident by how few swings and misses he is getting vs last year…

  6. mrsprtdude said, on May 1, 2022 at 10:08 am

    It’s along season, and Kap letting throw 90+ pitches every start is something I wish he would stop. Next blow out he needs to come out early…

  7. mrsprtdude said, on May 1, 2022 at 10:13 am

    PS Coming up on the 12th anniversary of 1 flap down. I’m not posting as much, but still checking in daily, usually late in the PM. No post, as no one will see it by the time Craig posts the next days thread. I occasionally go back and pick a random month and look. May 2010? Welcome to the show Buster!

  8. mrsprtdude said, on May 1, 2022 at 10:13 am

    • Flavor said, on May 1, 2022 at 12:36 pm

      lol. me and Diggity were at that game together.

      • willedav said, on May 1, 2022 at 12:59 pm

        Was that Saturday game May 29 2010 when they had brought him up? He was playing 1b. The Prez caught, and homered that day as they blew out AZ behind J Sanchez. Posey had 3 hits.

        His real debut according to B/R was in Sept 2009 game.

  9. djloo27 said, on May 1, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    1. Luis Gonzalez (L) CF
    2. Darin Ruf (R) RF
    3. Wilmer Flores (R) DH
    4. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
    5. Mike Ford (L) 1B
    6. Thairo Estrada (R) 2B
    7. Jason Vosler (L) 3B
    8. Jason Krizan (L) LF
    9. Joey Bart (R) C

    P: Alex Cobb (R)

    • Flavor said, on May 1, 2022 at 12:35 pm

      that LU sucks. Looks like it could score 1 run, 2 runs max.

      • djloo27 said, on May 1, 2022 at 12:37 pm

        It’s pretty ugly on paper…

  10. djloo27 said, on May 1, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    Believe it or not:

    Mike Ford and the Sock Man combined for 25 Yankee bombs in 2019…

  11. Macdog said, on May 1, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    Scorin’ on the Cobb.

    • xoot said, on May 1, 2022 at 1:34 pm

      they cobbled together 5 runs

  12. xoot said, on May 1, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    “some days you blast off and some days you just smoke”

  13. Macdog said, on May 1, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    And now it’s a bullpen game. Cobb wasn’t good, but that Vosler whiff at 3B was a killer.

  14. xoot said, on May 1, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    remember that early 2019 game vs. LA when Bumgarner gave up five runs in one inning, including a grand slam, and none of them were earned? wasn’t the first inning, but I’m reminded of it now.

  15. willedav said, on May 1, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    Sloppy game but GS fighting off runs by Grizz.

    • Macdog said, on May 1, 2022 at 2:04 pm

      No Draymond now.

      • willedav said, on May 1, 2022 at 2:10 pm

        yeah unfortunate. Such a volatile guy. Was forcing passes today too (5 turnovers), takes away from lot of good things he does. Only down a few at half.

  16. willedav said, on May 1, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    And now back in front after 9-0 run, plus FT coming. Outscoring Griz 13-5 in second half.

  17. alleykat69 said, on May 1, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    Sloppy at the end but tied up at 91-91 nice comeback after dipshit Green does he’s usual tantrums in the playoffs.U have 81 regular games can’t u just blow off steam for your technicals then in the playoffs?

  18. willedav said, on May 1, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    Timeout Memphis as Thompson nails 3 to put them up 99-93.
    I could watch GS all day without Draymond Green.

    • alleykat69 said, on May 1, 2022 at 3:00 pm

      Yeah if you give me Curry,Poole,Thompson,Looney and Kuminga I’m a happy camper!
      Nice solid run again they are resilient..

  19. djloo27 said, on May 1, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    Good for Krizan anyway on this dreary day…

  20. Macdog said, on May 1, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    Yay, the career minor leaguer gets his 1st hit, and 1st for Giants.

  21. alleykat69 said, on May 1, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    Think he gets out of a diaper change with that hit?
    Congrats anyway it goes , that 1st hit are kid is special!

  22. Macdog said, on May 1, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    And so it goes for Ruf.

  23. alleykat69 said, on May 1, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    Hell ya Dubs hold on for a 117-116 road win!!

    • willedav said, on May 1, 2022 at 3:39 pm

      Tremendous ballgame, and finish. That was cool designed play Memphis ran there, Thompson helped just enough Morant put shot up too hard off glass. They are fun team with lot of young talent. Should be good series.

  24. alleykat69 said, on May 1, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    Ford Lincoln Mercury comes thru with a huge 2 RBI hit!

  25. Macdog said, on May 1, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    Ford delivers! There’s some life in this one.

  26. alleykat69 said, on May 1, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    And then McGoo took the mound and it’s over..

  27. Flavor said, on May 1, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    Jesus, looks like he’s figured out the grip stuff.

    • willedav said, on May 1, 2022 at 5:48 pm

      Good for him. Started strong last year too…
      In other news of ex Giants, Jaylin Davis went 2-4 for Boston, batted 9th and started for them in LF.

    • Winder said, on May 1, 2022 at 6:36 pm

      Wow, he is tearing it up. If he can keep it up he is definitely worth the money.

    • James said, on May 1, 2022 at 7:09 pm

      I’m also happy for him. Enjoyed having Gausman on the team.

  28. PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on May 1, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Scorin’ on the Cobb… good one John!

    • Macdog said, on May 2, 2022 at 8:56 am

      Ha, obviously I’d prefer not to make such corny comments.

  29. willedav said, on May 2, 2022 at 7:02 am

    Couple blow out Ws for Nats as Giants pitching failed. Yesterday nats got 12 hits 7 BBs plus wild pitch. 2 days before they pounded out 22 hits for 14 runs. Only guy sent out was Marte so others have some things to deal with. Even Webb lot less than sharp in game they won.

    • Macdog said, on May 2, 2022 at 9:00 am

      And Nats got 11 hits in game they lost, 45 total for three games, yeesh.

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