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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 14, 2022

If you check in this strong at 3am, you get the day’s thread……

Carstie Clausen3:15 AM (2 hours ago)
to Flavor, carstie

  Flav:  Friday evening in St. Louis revealed something about the Giants approach.  It’s all about balance.

  Tuning into the official MLB site, it’s larding up the place with the Yankmees—a team I have detested since around the age of twelve—and the LaBumbos—with the Guggenheimer bucks providing LaLaLand with an All-Star array of ego-trippers and highlight reelers.  Judge and Stanton present a duet of power++  superstars .The New York based media loves to hype them clear into the ionosphere—that’s well beyond the stratosphere,  way, way, way up there.  But guess what?  Last night checking on the stats end of the MLB presentation, there’s the “lowly” Giants, now with a six game winning streak, sporting the identical number of runs batted in with the Yanks.  How to explain?  It’s simply a matter of balance.

 Our Webb-spinner looked to be nowhere near his A-game in the First.  Wild-man on the mound, it seemed to bode another one of THOSE nights like SF experienced last week.  But somehow last season’s surprise ace found his center of balance, helped along with a reconstituted offense and got his act together, lasting a full six and appearing to improve as the game marched on.  Though his ERA is not up to his standout performance a year ago, he now sports a 5-1 record. Only three K’s on the night, if recall is correct…but weak-contact grounders scooped up by CrawDaddy and a smooth functioning infield with those two DP’s; in general demonstrated that keen pitching and a near airtight inner defense is more often than not a more potent game-winner than the star-spangled squads which grab all the media by the short-hairs.

 Another part of the balanced equation is a relentless, grinding offense centered on an attack that comes atcha from every bat in the lineup.  Contrast that approach with the Bonds-centered formula of a couple of decades back…that one was a single hyperstar surrounded by a shadowed assembly of so-so hitters who simply took on the roles of a supporting cast for THE MAN.  Wearing down the opposing starter, the Cardinals’ flamethrower as a prime example, combined with feasting on a bewildered bullpen, was key to that 8-2 victory.  No rest for the opponent.  Pitch after pitch getting fouled off and that topped by a frustrated hurler losing command and control and consequently issuing free passes. 

 Frustrating the Cards, not so much as in the sweep of the bedizened Rox, was a lineup with few holes.  A pitcher simply cannot pitch around these guys.  Consider Casali.  Outta nowhere, he gets his first Ding-Dong of the season, essentially putting the game on ice.  Return of Longo with his devastating double was yet another highlight.  With a AAAA lineup, back in the not so distant past, Los Gigantes couldn’t buy a two-bagger.  Adding YazMaTaz on his covid return for another two-run boost and we’re looking at the Daily Doubles. Toss in Ruf-stuff and a pitcher faces more than one or two guys who can hurt you…bad.

 Then there’s the Bullies.  With the Webb-master good for six, the pen once again was not needing to face a lonnnng set of innings.  Though Littell got lit up by starlit Goldy, the blast did not drive in a couple of baserunners as well. Who’s on first?  Nobody.  No huge prob.  The lead was already daunting.  Jarlin Garcia finished it off with a nine pitch ninth, as St.L. had already gotten demoralized by yet another solid outing by Leone in the previous frame.  When offense and defense are playing up to their standard standards, the relievers seem to be more relaxed—no nailbiting tension—and proceed to simply do their due diligence.

 Yeah, Friday the thirteenth was bad luck for the home team.  They got run over by a Giants squad which lacks even a single superstar.  They are all in it, as nobody hogs the spotlight, while a keenly balanced production lessons and lessens the opponent.  It almost reminds one of a prizefighter in the their now almost unheard of heyday in the 50’s, who maintained a balanced battering that simply wore down his opponent.

 Perhaps 2021 with its 100++ victories was not a total outlier.  Could just be that Zaidi’s concatenation of hidden treasures coming outta nowhere and Kapler’s pinpoint managerial skills are providing a whole new template for winning baseball.

  It’s all about balance.

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  1. willedav said, on May 14, 2022 at 6:47 am

    Phils won another slugfest from Dogs at Latrine last night, 12-10. Lit up Buehler for 5 runs/9 hits in 5, then after blowing a 2 run lead, scored 3 in 10th off Graterol.
    39 bombs hit overall yesterday.

  2. unca_chuck said, on May 14, 2022 at 7:17 am

    Concatenation. Well played.

    • djloo27 said, on May 14, 2022 at 7:41 am

      Yeah, Stix is quite the belletrist…

  3. alleykat69 said, on May 14, 2022 at 8:06 am

    I had to look up concatenation??

  4. unca_chuck said, on May 14, 2022 at 8:11 am

    Doobie Dubon traded to the Stros for C Michael Papierski. Wow.

    Pretty telling indictment of Joey Bart.

    • unca_chuck said, on May 14, 2022 at 8:18 am

      I don’t like the trade. We bolstering our AAA catching? He’s a 26 year old AAA guy with no MLB ABs.

  5. unca_chuck said, on May 14, 2022 at 8:13 am

    What little coding I used to do back in the day used that word.

  6. willedav said, on May 14, 2022 at 8:16 am

    Looks like LaStella is about to come back, finally. Giants recently picked up couple minor league IFs, that Padlo we saw last week and Donovan Walton who is with them in STL on taxi squad. Plus Williams Krizan and Vosler who were up briefly earlier while Longoria and others were out.
    So something has to give–would they trade Dubon or Estrada or LaStella once he shows he’s OK and can hit?
    Didn’t see Gonzalez screw up yesterday but he has hit well. Plus they already have extra position player with 3 @. Rox coming up Monday. Score there yesterday was 14-10 or something.

    • unca_chuck said, on May 14, 2022 at 8:20 am

      We already traded Dubon. I’d have waited to see if LaStella doesn’t hurt himself walking to the plate, or remembers how to hit.

  7. willedav said, on May 14, 2022 at 8:21 am

    Royals won 14-10. 31 hits (18 for KC) 6 doubles 4 HRs total. Score was 8-7 after 5. Ty Blach pitched scoreless 9th for Rox who made 2 more errors an have lost 5 straight.

  8. xoot said, on May 14, 2022 at 8:23 am

    concatenation always reminds me of those firecracker chains

    Is Walton better than Dubon? Papierski’s a switch hitter who doesn’t seem to get many hits. Strange, suggestive series of moves. Pow pow pow!

  9. djloo27 said, on May 14, 2022 at 8:42 am

    I would’ve thought Dubon was worth more than that – especially as part of a bigger package…

  10. mrsprtdude said, on May 14, 2022 at 9:08 am

    With Longo and Lastella back where will Estrada play? I really like him, and hope he gets enough AB’s to stay sharp

    • alleykat69 said, on May 14, 2022 at 9:58 am

      Oh I don’t think it will hurt Estrada Sportsdude, he leads the team in AB’s I believe up there in RBIs can still backup Craw if he needs a a day, can DH, he will play 2nd against lefties and they will use LaStella against rightes, but he’s still an everyday player that’s been in the LU all the time.He and Craw have looked real good on DP combo as well.He’s been solid..

  11. alleykat69 said, on May 14, 2022 at 9:18 am

    Isn’t this John Boy Walton the guy they just got from the Mariners for the pitcher Berroa ( who’s lighting it up I the minors that we got in the Dubon //Davis trade?
    I believe Walton is a LH bat infielder that Z picked up cause of concerns with LaStella’s health and wanted a LH bat ( plays the usual 2nd,?3rd?,1B?..

    Z’s the king of these head scratching moves with a bunch of .180 hitters he picks up but he does find gold occasionally, fools gold as well. Think this Catcher is any better then the AAA guy Genovês? If so if Casali/ are Bark get hurt are in Barks case demoted he’s up next..

    • willedav said, on May 14, 2022 at 10:05 am

      mm I was thinking about that Kat–if Casali is gonna get more playing time, suppose he did get hurt?
      Btw noticed Harper can’t throw so he’s a DH and Phils have Schwarber and Castellanos in corner OF.
      Sounds like perfect spot for GD once he recovers from oblique strain. dunno what Phils have Giants would want.

      • djloo27 said, on May 14, 2022 at 10:10 am

        Cash considerations?

  12. Macdog said, on May 14, 2022 at 9:45 am

    Surprised at the trade, gotta admit for all his bonehead plays I’m gonna miss Dubon, especially for a guy who already mentioned here doesn’t seem to hit much.

  13. djloo27 said, on May 14, 2022 at 10:06 am

    Somebody on the radio remembered that 50 years ago today, Mays played his memorable first game as a Met…


    • djloo27 said, on May 14, 2022 at 10:13 am

      Of course the WP was Ray Sadecki…

  14. djloo27 said, on May 14, 2022 at 10:15 am

    1. LaMonte Wade Jr. (L) DH
    2. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
    3. Joc Pederson (L) LF
    4. Mike Yastrzemski (L) CF
    5. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
    6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
    7. Luis Gonzalez (L) RF
    8. Donovan Walton (L) 2B
    9. Joey Bart (R) C

    P: Jakob Junis (R)

  15. alleykat69 said, on May 14, 2022 at 10:24 am

    Well they throw Walton right in the fire for us all to see with a start.He bats Left handed so it gives Z /Kap that option till LaStella is recalled.Let’s see if that career .196 hitter in the bigs can do much while he’s up..

  16. Macdog said, on May 14, 2022 at 11:43 am

    Hey new guy, swing the bat.

    • xoot said, on May 14, 2022 at 12:08 pm

      he has options, huh?

  17. djloo27 said, on May 14, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Just can’t warm up to Javy on the broadcast…

    • alleykat69 said, on May 14, 2022 at 12:25 pm

      Yeah never have either Loo. He’s more boring then watching paint dry.

  18. alleykat69 said, on May 14, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    I’m pretty sure he would Xoot.
    Hey making progress he put a ball in play that AB..

    • Macdog said, on May 14, 2022 at 12:28 pm

      Yes, fouled off a bunch of pitches!

  19. alleykat69 said, on May 14, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    Geez Joc 1-27 steak and that hit was the dribbler that roller that hit was the roller that hit the 1st base bag.

  20. willedav said, on May 14, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    ? was that?

    • alleykat69 said, on May 14, 2022 at 12:52 pm

      Joc had the dribbler against the Rockies 5/11
      Only hit in 27 AB’s since that oblique strain..

      • willedav said, on May 14, 2022 at 12:56 pm

        oh yeah I remember that one.
        I meant end of the inning.

      • alleykat69 said, on May 14, 2022 at 1:21 pm

        Joc reached on a fielder’s choice Belt out at 2nd .Then the dumb base running play making the 3rd out in a rundown while Bark just stayed at 3rd.Either way they had Joc nailed even if Bark took off for the plate..

  21. Macdog said, on May 14, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    What the hell was that on the bases?

  22. alleykat69 said, on May 14, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    Well that was dumb the catcher was even standing up figuring Joc will take off and Bart going back to 3rd ??

  23. alleykat69 said, on May 14, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    How about the new guy hustle double!

  24. Macdog said, on May 14, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    Sigh, it’s just not our day.

  25. djloo27 said, on May 14, 2022 at 1:34 pm

  26. alleykat69 said, on May 14, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    WTF?? Why was Walton held at 3rd with his speed on Wade’s hit??
    He scores easily! Dumb job by 3rd base coach to hold him!!

    • djloo27 said, on May 14, 2022 at 1:37 pm

      They said he froze thinking it might be caught…

  27. djloo27 said, on May 14, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    Belt had a good AB per Fleming.
    He hit into the easiest DP in fuckin history!

  28. Macdog said, on May 14, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    And now a gift run.

  29. djloo27 said, on May 14, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    At this rate the Grave Duggar will be welcomed back just for his defense…

  30. alleykat69 said, on May 14, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    And now the ballgame! Extra gifts just killed them
    They really played a shitty game!
    Froze on the hit by Wade? They never even showed a replay of it that I remember?

    • djloo27 said, on May 14, 2022 at 1:49 pm

      Fleming said it, Kat.
      I didn’t see it either…

    • Macdog said, on May 14, 2022 at 1:50 pm

      I’m with you, as soon as it was hit I’m thinking that’s an easy run, instead of more shitty baserunning.

  31. Macdog said, on May 14, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    Pederson is damn near useless right now

  32. alleykat69 said, on May 14, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    Damm right Mac 1-28 not gonna cut it!
    Flem I think the Giants would like to get him going? You think dummy!!

  33. Macdog said, on May 14, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    O-1 post-Dubon.

    • xoot said, on May 14, 2022 at 2:25 pm

      more than made up for his absence on the base paths, though

  34. Winder said, on May 14, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    I guess we got to have one of those games now and then.

  35. zumiee said, on May 14, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Phils off to a nice lead over the Dodgers. We’ll see if the Phils’ Gas Can bullpen can hold the lead.

  36. zumiee said, on May 14, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    McCartney’s set-list last night:
    1 Can’t Buy Me Love
    2 Junior’s Farm
    3 Letting Go
    4 Got to Get You Into My Life
    5 Come On to Me
    6 Let Me Roll It/ Foxy Lady
    7 Getting Better
    8 Let ‘Em In
    9 My Valentine
    10 Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
    11 Maybe I’m Amazed
    12 We Can Work It Out
    13 In Spite of All the Danger
    14 Love Me Do
    15 Dance Tonight
    16 Black Bird
    17 Here Today
    18 New
    19 Lady Madonna
    20 Fuh You
    21 Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
    22 Something
    23 Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
    24 You Never Give Me Your Money
    25 She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
    26 Get Back
    27 Band on the Run
    28 Let It Be
    29 Live and Let Die
    30 Hey Jude
    31 I’ve Got a Feeling
    32 Birthday
    33 Helter Skelter
    34 Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

  37. mrsprtdude said, on May 14, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Same set as the 2019 concert I went to. I remember the encore for sure Ringo came out and played. Helter Skelter. Likely my least fav Beatles song ever. The band was so loud didn’t matter how was playing, and the effects were such you couldn’t see him. A bummer song for him to be on for sure!

  38. mrsprtdude said, on May 14, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    Off to eastern Europe for a river cruise. See you all on the 29th! Go Dubs and Go GIANTS!!!

  39. willedav said, on May 15, 2022 at 7:03 am

    Phils continue to pound ball at Latrine, 8-3 W. 4 HRs and 2 doubles off Urias who gave up all 8. Harper, who is on a tear down there, had one of each.
    Phils CF R Quinn, batting 9th, hitting .158 with OPS under .400. I’m telling you, GD could be perfect fill in over there.
    Glowing reports for “versatile” Dubon (7-17 lately) from Stros who have been after him since offseason and
    from Kapspeak for new guy batting .211 at AAA. zzzzz

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