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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 18, 2022

Again, if you’re gonna bring it this hard at 3am you get the thread.

Carstie Clausen3:50 AM (2 hours ago)
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Flav:  Giants win so why complain?

  Was Kapler smoking in the boys’ room?  Almost seems that way.  Consider the Coors Field effect.  Cobb had thrown five fine innings, giving up only a couple of runs.  Low pitch count. Then , cue the sixth and the Sherpas slapped out a couple of quick hits starting out the frame. Okay, a nice fat lead and the bullpen a bit stretched out lately.  Understandable in a sense.  But a mound visit taking as long as possible, following a call to the pen  to start warming up should have been  in order.  Why?  It’s the Box of Rox, for Gawd’s sake.

  Of the guys in the rotation, Cobb is good, but perhaps slightly fragile.  With nobody out and a pair on base, a third consecutive single and another long, slow saunter out to the mound along with a considerable jawing to take up more time should have been the strategy.

 Then the hand extended for the ball and a pat on the back. Most managers would have done that, I suspect.  Didn’t happen.

  Perhaps Grichuk’s three run dinger was positive in one sense.  It did add up to five tallies in the inning and the apparent blowout now reduced to a tight contest, but the positive effect was it gave Brebbia a clean slate.  Nobody on base.  He promptly took care of business, albeit, mostly facing the bottom of the order.

 Gotta hand it to the bullies.  Three and two-thirds innings giving up grand total of two hits, two walks and zero runs.  Besides the showcase by Brebbia, Leone and Rogers got it through the eighth.  Despite giving up two walks…  fingernail chewing time… our young closer managed to slam the door with no further damage being done.  But it was looking like a close-call…the venue being a long drink of Coors.

  Doval has yet to keep it simple…ala Brebbia.  He labored through twenty-plus pitches.  With 100 MPH heat, it should have been no problemo.  With a well-stocked staff of pitching coaches, the kid should mature into trusting his stuff and not tending to try and get too cute.  Should happen over time.  Hopefully this season.  Preferably commencing versus the Mutts and LaBumbos.

 Enough for the kvetching.  We won.

 From the get-go with LaSteller’s lead-off bomb, the offense was relentless.  Wearing down the starter and then the relievers has become the lineup’s specialite’ de Maison…even while not playing at home.  Funny thing is an uncanny inability to capitalize on those long pitch counts, highlighted by foul after foul and a trio of out of the zone pitches such as was the case with Longo in the top of the ninth.  The ninth pitch was a called strike, though.  Too typical.  So El Capitan was not the only offender in that category.
Tells you something about the relentlessness of the deep lineup, though, as SF plated ten while both Belt and Pederson were stinking up the joint.

 Yeah, two of the biggest power-threats mired in nasty slumps would stymie most offenses.  Not Los Gigantes.

 LaStella shouted “I’m baaack”, with not only that game-opening blast, but also a pair of those devastating doubles. After last year’s so-so performance by a dinged-up hitter, that three-year contract for a batter featuring good contact …and the occasional tater… may not be looking too bad.  He wasn’t alone in that.  Team had no fewer than six doubles for the night.  Except for three run blasts and Salamis, doubles spell rallies. They can quick start a rally inning, keep one going, or cap it with three plated, while bedeviling the pitcher with a runner hanging out at second.

Who knows…had Grichuk’s blast had been a double instead, perhaps Brebbia may not have stayed calm enough to shut them down.

 Yeah,  I love doubles.  Giants were waaaay down the scrotum pole in MLB in two-baggers going into the game.  After last night’s performance, they have begun to look mildly respectable in that category.  Oh yes, and CrawDaddy got him one of those rare triples, a deflection deal, but hey…it counted  as a three-bagger on the scoreboard. Team ended up with a grandiose total of 8 XBHes on the evening.  Coors Field effect once again.

 Not only did our stellar second sacker stand out on the evening but so did YazMaTaz and RufStuff.  Banged them all over the place.

 Take a gander at these stats.  Giants are second in MLB in homers and in bases on balls.  That combo is deadly when combined, a bit like mixing nitric acid and glycerine.  Explosive.  Oh yes, and their OBP is also second in The Show.  In RBI’s they drop all the way down to being only third.  Sad case out of 30 teams.  Slugging pctg. is merely #10, meaning that their OPS is  in the seventh spot.  Their batting average is sixth.  Not a bad lineup considering the fact that it is totally without a Stanton or a Judge.  Relentless, in a word. No holes, in two more words.

 How do they do it?  Balance, gang.  Tight infield defense. In most games a shut-down bullpen. Above average rotation…and that lineup without a significant hole.  It’s so crazy-assed loaded that our leading man in  batting average stats, Luis Gonzalez, got deported…probably for awhile only to Sac-town. Injuries do happen.  After the fiasco in St. Louis, this team, only #10 in powerhouse ratings this week, has a nice Postseason look about it.

 Oh, and it’s not unlikely that Kapler will learn from his mistakes.  He is a bright guy.

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  1. willedav said, on May 18, 2022 at 8:38 am

    3 extra games played last night, but 45 bombs hit. Stros had 5 in one inning at Fenway. Casali almost hit another bomb, deep to LF warning track. As has been pointed out earlier, Giants not giving up too many either (24 fewest NL), really good sign.

    • Macdog said, on May 18, 2022 at 9:29 am

      LaStella blasted another one in the 7th I thought for sure was a home run, but the high wall in R-C kept it in play.

  2. willedav said, on May 18, 2022 at 8:45 am

    Freeland pitching for Rox as they attempt to break streak on getaway day and he’s last guy to beat SF. This was game Flap attended last August 14. Great read of those threads and to go back and see pics of yard and Sarge Chi Mac and Flav..

  3. willedav said, on May 18, 2022 at 8:53 am

    “Hernandez agrees with me that kotter is slow to get pen going.”
    Prescient words from Loo last August when Mets were in town during Mac visit. And Chi agreed at time too. This one during Gausman start…have to look up box.

    • Macdog said, on May 18, 2022 at 9:33 am

      Gausman game was first of two wins over Mets I went to, though don’t remember leaving him in too long being an issue.

  4. chipower9 said, on May 18, 2022 at 11:32 am

    1. Austin Slater (R) CF
    2. Darin Ruf (R) LF
    3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
    4. Wilmer Flores (R) DH
    5. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
    6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
    7. Thairo Estrada (R) 2B
    8. Joey Bart (R) C
    9. Mike Yastrzemski (L) RF
    P. Logan Webb (R)

    Let’s get the sweep!

  5. chipower9 said, on May 18, 2022 at 11:33 am

    RE: Kotter being slow to go to the pen, I certainly felt he waited one batter too long to go to the pen last night. I mean when it’s time for a fucking Speedy Oil Change…giddy the fuck up. Especially in the House of Horrors that is Coors launching pad.

  6. willedav said, on May 18, 2022 at 11:45 am

    Huh, Mac was at Mets game where DeSclafani left due to “right ankle soreness” Aug 18 (threads are great!). He was out for 10 days and then made half dozen more regular season starts. Lowered his ERA a bit during that time, before disastrous one vs. Dogs when he was yanked in 2nd inning.
    Isn’t that same reason Giants are giving for him being on 60 day DL?

  7. alleykat69 said, on May 18, 2022 at 12:09 pm

    I’m fine with both the Disco&GD 60 days DL’s
    In GD’s case since he was sucking it opened up a spot for Gonzalez who’s delivered bigtime ( still a stupid numbers crunch sending him down, but should be back soon) with Disco it’s paved the way for Junis as well and he’s been solid too! Btw does an oblique strain really take a 60 day DL ? Just think it was a good excuse to move GD out of the picture and move better talent in.Push off leg,right ankle, has to be stable,Giants just taking the precautions probably so he’s fully healthy when he returns..

  8. unca_chuck said, on May 18, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    They’ll give Littel a mystery injury and bring back Gonzalez.

  9. Macdog said, on May 18, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Works both ways, there goes the Rox lead.

  10. alleykat69 said, on May 18, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Yaz really locked in right now.Nice piece of hitting for the RBI,
    2-2 nice comeback inning at the horrors of Coors!

    • Macdog said, on May 18, 2022 at 1:17 pm

      Yeah, now a leadoff hustle double.

  11. alleykat69 said, on May 18, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Damm Slater just missed that bomb!
    Sac Fly takes the lead, but that was all a hustle run that Yaz created 👏👏

  12. unca_chuck said, on May 18, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    One thing cool about streameast is you can rewind the game no matter when you started watching.

    Only works for baseball tho.

  13. Macdog said, on May 18, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    What the hell, LF ball dude fields the Estrada hit and tosses the ball to a fan.

  14. alleykat69 said, on May 18, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    Gawd what a dumbshit ball dude!
    Freaking ball in play and he picks it up and tosses it in the stands??
    Estrada should of been awarded 3rd base on just the stupidity factor and that got removed!

    • unca_chuck said, on May 18, 2022 at 1:49 pm

      No shit. That ball coulda kicked away from the LFer and rolled past him.

  15. alleykat69 said, on May 18, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    And of course they don’t score Jesus..
    I don’t know if it’s just a dead ball situation at that point, but Kapler should of been in these umps grill for an explanation and I don’t think he went out at all?

  16. unca_chuck said, on May 18, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    Webby B Dealin’. With a little help from blue.

  17. unca_chuck said, on May 18, 2022 at 2:15 pm

    Hope the pen holds.

  18. unca_chuck said, on May 18, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    There you go. Fuck.

  19. unca_chuck said, on May 18, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    Dumb pitch

  20. willedav said, on May 18, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    Freeland hex continues. Webb deserved better, 6 Ks 12 ground ball outs. Good to see him pitch so well, especially at Coors. Bark, meanwhile, yikes.

  21. willedav said, on May 18, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    Listening to full game of Miller isn’t bad at all.
    bluesman Taj Mahal turned 80 yesterday, and apparently still touring.

    • Bozo said, on May 18, 2022 at 4:23 pm

      He just recorded an album with Ry Cooder and I guess they are touring in support of it. I would love to see them together.

  22. Bozo said, on May 18, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    It appears Alvarez is not the right guy to bring into a 1 run game after he’s had a week off.

    • Macdog said, on May 18, 2022 at 2:46 pm

      Ha, right on.

  23. Macdog said, on May 18, 2022 at 2:47 pm

    Damn, maybe Webb’s best game this season wasted. Goes to show 3 runs ain’t enough at Coors.

  24. Flavor said, on May 18, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    Got in my car just in time to catch Alvarez blow the lead and giants hitters meekly succumbing in the 9th. 1-10 with *men in scoring position. Pathetic

  25. unca_chuck said, on May 18, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    Yeah, had a lot of chances to drive in runs. Esp Bark. He’s gonna get a long leash to work out his hitting, but how long is enough?

    Webb’s first game of the year was wasted iirc. Think he went 6?

    • willedav said, on May 18, 2022 at 4:30 pm

      Estrada was on all day in front of Bark. 0-4 with 3 Ks Have to go back and look at play by play, but there were runners on almost every time he came up.

    • unca_chuck said, on May 18, 2022 at 4:32 pm

      I know one was with the bases loaded. 2nd and 3rd on another.

      • willedav said, on May 18, 2022 at 5:35 pm

        mm lack of contact is what’s so troubling. Put a ball in play at least. It’s the rox, they eff stuff up all the time. K just gets them off the hook.

  26. alleykat69 said, on May 18, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    As red hot as Yaz has been it’s criminal batting him 9th with Bark ahead of him!
    No way Yaz should be at the bottom of the LU..

  27. Flavor said, on May 18, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    this is exactly what I thought would happen with Dallas. They have a bunch of average role players around Luca. And no sharp shooting 3 pointer which they will need to beat GS. I said GS in 5 and I’ll stick to that.

  28. Flavor said, on May 18, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Barkley is such a tired act.

  29. alleykat69 said, on May 18, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Yeah Barkley is always FOS!
    For a chump that has ZERO championship rings he should have no clout on chiming in on anything!
    Just a bitter dude who played on shit teams

    • willedav said, on May 18, 2022 at 7:46 pm

      He’s wrong about 3s too. GS killing them ball movement and 2s. Love Looney and Wiggins tonight.

      • Flavor said, on May 18, 2022 at 7:50 pm

        Looney is a revelation and one of my favorite players this season

  30. Macdog said, on May 18, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Watching the Cards play like crap vs. Mets, how was this the same team that dominated the Giants last weekend?

  31. Flavor said, on May 18, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Dallas just doesn’t match up well with Dubs and I know they won 3 of 4 this year but one of those was a 25 point blown lead. Playoffs are different. They play too slow and can’t catch up against a team like GS when they get this far down. I’m no NBA expert but this series is easy to figure out.

  32. Flavor said, on May 18, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    utter destruction. It’s gonna be like this all (short) series. I guess maybe they get one game in Dallas just because but sweeping them wouldn’t surprise me in the least. This is the playoffs, Dubs ain’t fucking around and Mavs have no answer when they’re getting run up

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