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No Cole

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 29, 2019

The Giants were listed as one of 9 teams Gerrit Cole will be considering this off season. I can’t think of a worse decision than the Giants signing this guy. He’s still throwing damn near 100 in his final inning. Think that’s an arm that’s gonna last through his next contract? Ludicrous. He’ll get a TJ within a year and that’s if his arm stays attached to his body which it might not as hard as he throws. He’ll be 29 next week. NO THANK YOU.

Signing big money free agents is a completely antiquated, lazy way to GM a baseball team. I trust Young Z to do the dirty work in the trenches to bring this team back to respectability and relevance….

DRod pitching tonight unless I’ve messed it up again…..

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Leaking Into September

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 28, 2019

MIke Leake stinks. He’s The Human White Flag. When THWF white flags you, that’s the signal. Your season is toast.

We have another day off for some reason.

Probably for the best.

Smarge Again

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 27, 2019

Ok, let’s see if I can get this one right. Jeff Samardzija is pitching tonight, right? Has everyone admitted they were wrong about him? He’s checking in with a 3.44 ERA/1.08 WHIP and after watching everything our underwhelming youth be toeing the rubber with, I for one appreciate this dude.

Look, baseball is stupid the way they reward free agents and until that changes we’re going to always get overpaid free agents who aren’t worth the paper their contract is written on. Guys like Belt, Crawford and Posey, hey, I think they’re trying their best, I don’t think they mail in their effort. But they are the weakest links on our team, by far.

A guy like Smarge who has struggled with injuries and now is showing up every 5th day pitching like a man, I can dig that, man. You can’t fake a 1.08 WHIP this late in the season. He’s pitched very well this year.

D-Rod Again

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 26, 2019

I’m certainly no D-Rod Truther, but I’m giving him a pass for his last start. There was a pretty good wind tunnel at Wrigley and for a dude with marginal talent and suspect location that was likely gonna be a problem. Back in the friendly confines of Oracle I’m hoping he gets his shit together. I hate his hair. I don’t have anything against dudes with long hair but he looks incredibly un-imposing with his locks.

I wonder if there’s a psychological let down for the rest of the team every time they see Posey in the 3 hole. He knows it, they all know it, he can’t swing the stick like a 3-hole hitter anymore. Actually maybe that’s why Boch keeps him 3rd. If he moved him down with Belt, Crawford and the pitcher, man that’s 44% of straight up outs, dawg.

Silencing The Dumbs…I mean Drums

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 25, 2019

What a wild game last night. I picked it up when it was 4-4 and Pillar laced a clutch double down the right field line to put them ahead 6-4–this dude has been money with runners-on all year for us. And how good must that 3 run oppo bomb felt for Voggy? My text line was suspiciously quiet last night. My A’s fan buddy, The Boney One, didn’t have much to say.

Truth be told, I kinda like the A’s. They’re young with tons of power and dynamic gloves (and arms). I hope they can snag a wild card spot.

But it would be fun to drop another 8 spot on them in some random inning today just to remind them who will always own the Bay Area–at least until the A’s win 3 in 5 and we know that ain’t happening any time soon……

Bay Bridge Series

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 24, 2019

I guess tonight qualifies as a big game. Bum toeing the rubber. Our *arch rivals* in the box. The haunting beat of the drums in the distance….

Runs will probably be pretty scarce tonight.

Pour one out for my homey Dick VanDyke whose name, while never uttered here before, shall never be uttered here in the future……

Most of these are just terribly unoriginal.

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Friday Night No Lights

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 23, 2019

Friday night, no baseball. Why? So the Giants and A’s can finish off this ridiculous rivalry series that nobody except the guy who wears the split Giants/A’s cap cares about? I couldn’t even guess what the series is at now or how many games are in the series. Anyone know the answer?

Not much left to do except evaluate talent and have some dudes dig a ditch all the way to the ocean so the facebook housewives can have somewhere to send their tears. Or are they still all in on this team? Zumiee you seem to take that pulse pretty accurately, if Posey dropped to 8th in the order would there be outrage? If he was released, would the tears flow freely? Or are they smart enough to see the value in him leaving?

Losing End Of A Fun Game

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 22, 2019

Can’t hate on last night’s game, slugfests can be coin flips and frankly it was just nice to see us be able to compete with those Cubs bats and not embarrass ourselves. And we came back against a damn good pitcher in Darvish. Watching Dutch Oven Fire toast himself was enjoyable as well.

Sure, it’s over but it’s always been over. The wild card race allows fans to keep believing longer than they should and there’s really nothing wrong with that. The good news is that we are going to get to see a lot of young players in September. Again, nothing wrong with that.

Let the torch be passed swiftly yet respectfully…..

D-Rod Encore

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 21, 2019

Another big game for DRod to show last start wasn’t all VMI related. Wind coming in a little, humidity down, maybe he gets a little park help and surprises us again.

My buddy Luke, one of my main men in Portland, texted me this while watching the game last night:

“His stuff needs to move off the plate. Everything is on or right around. Big league guys will feast on that stuff. He needs to get them chasing shit that looks like a strike. His shit is up and over the plate. He’s missing his spots by a mile. Posey sets up outside and the pitch is in.”

I trust Luke on this and he explained why Beede’s stuff, while excellent, is just ending up in the wrong spot. Hopefully Young can help him fix that.

*Yikes* Game To Kick Off The Roadie

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 20, 2019

Warmish day in Chicago, wind blowing out a little, humidity is HIGH (and remember, that’s bad for pitchers, the ball travels farther in higher humidity contrary to logic)…..I’m guessing Black Shoes is done-for tonight. Cubs hitters, and the Cubs in general, have hardly played to their vaunted pre-season prediction. But they should still smash today.

I’ll set the o/u for bombs tonight (both teams combined) at 4.5. Thoughts?

Finding A Way

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 19, 2019

Back to 7-3 in our last 10. Can we keep up that pace? Hey, if Bum and Smarge stay large and Webb keeps his East German connection humming we just might be able to do it. Of course the bullpen needs a rest and I don’t see how that happens. Well, today. But after that?

There’s also the pesky issue of the #4/#5 spots assuming all of the above somehow works out.

But who cares? We have Yaz. And sometimes a Yaz is all ya need….

Does anyone know anyone who went to the Stones concert last night at The 501? I saw a 5 second clip and watching Jagger and his crew slowly creep around the stage at, what, are the pushing 80, was quite humorous. I like the Stones but I can’t see the interest in watching them shuffle around the stage at this point in the game….

Win Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 18, 2019

It’s so great when we can get one of these young guys plugged in to secure a win. It makes the time between Bum starts pass quicker. Oh, lookie here, he’s pitching today! His nemesis is Merrill Kelly, same guy who pitched at The Flapalooza—the game that turned the season around and exposed me as a fool who can’t catch a baseball tossed right to him.

I will never forget that nor live it down.

Win Of The Year

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 17, 2019

Somewhere in the world’s forest, Gail is being gently awakened by the sounds of another day beginning. Birds chirping, squirrels scurrying about. The sun peeks out over a mountain top, she stretches and is excited to beginning a new day of hiking—the furthest thing away from the explosive night time wake up call that would have jarred her conscious had she stayed at home. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

So it turns out, I was very wrong-o about Yaz’ grandson.

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Happily so. Between him, Pillar and The Dick we gave up literally nothing. So for that, I give Z huge props. He did this same thing with Muncy in LA so I think it’s clear he’s got a knack for scrapping up useful scraps. And with us so far away from respectability when the year began, that will be an important skill going forward if we want to shorten our stay in baseball purgatory….

Logan Webb Day! I’m really excited to see this kid pitch.

Finally, A Man Emerges

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 16, 2019

Everyone was talking about what an opportunity last night was for DRod and that was definitely true. He took advantage of it. Before the game, Krukow did his usual spiel about how his struggles this season were “100% mechanical” and that it’s been a greater challenge *getting right* because of his shuttling back and forth from MLB to AAA and the fact that he’s been in the bullpen and missing the routine of being a starting pitcher. I can support some of that. The other piece is that he’s just a marginal guy who has to be totally focused up every start with his *best stuff* with him every time he toes the rubber. And that’s not the end of the world if this is who he is. At least he can give us a start like this now and again. He’s been the only youngster to step up this August so we need to give this guy his due for last night’s performance.

Cueto was hitting 93 last night in his rehab start. That shimmy is getting closer and closerย  to returning and I’ve just about taken home that ten bones from Diggity….

 

Another Chance For Another Young Pitcher

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 15, 2019

We’ve hopefully seen the last of Beede this season. He’s now free to go back to Sacramento and suck and make cameos in his wife’s B movies.

As noted a week or so ago it’s not going to fly having 1.5 reliable starting pitchers. Enter: D-Rod. That’s right, he’s back. I would have preferred Logan Webb because that PED suspension might have saved his arm a bit but here we are with D-Rod. I’m really not understanding why he’s been so bad this year. True, his FIP last season suggested his 2.81 ERA was not sustainable. But it wasn’t suggesting a goddamn 5.32 ERA either. He’s been bad on the road and at home. He’s been bad against lefties and righties. He’s probably not hurt or they would have shut him down. And he’s been a little better in the minor leagues (possibly where he belongs).

Nevertheless, here he is. He doesn’t have to pitch to a 2.81 ERA. How about something in between that and a goddamn 5.32?

Solid Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 14, 2019

Sarge would have a tough time talking Diggity into sitting in these sits which aren’t nearly the mile away from the field they need to be for him to sign off with a knowing dude head nod:

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Good to see some of the Flap vets showing up for the stretch run.

Easy Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 13, 2019

Brett Anderson is imminently rake-able. I don’t understand how his ERA is under 4.00 or how he has a winning record. With Bum toeing the rubber (one of my favorite baseball sayings) it feels like Game 1 of the Bay Bridge Series is ours for the taking.

4-6 in our last 10. This has to get turned around quickly if we want meaningful games in September.

Never Again And Forever Always, #22

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 12, 2019

That was probably the win of the year. With Mendez getting yanked in the 2nd for some dude I’ve never heard of, the chances of getting embarrassed on the national stage were high. But not on Roger Craig’s watch. Mendez coulda walked 30 hitters, there was no way they were losing on the night they retired The Thrill’s number and Humm Baby himself shuffled on to the diamond in the pre-game ceremony. NO WAY.

As great of a win as that was, winning consistently is going to be a problem with only one and a half (Bum and Smarge) reliable starting pitchers. Mendez, Beede, Anderson, whether they’re burnt out or just not good enough, I see a lot of 3-7’s from here on out when the number needs to be 7-3 for us to make up enough ground in the wild card race.

But whatever, that’s for the baseball gods to sort out. Great win last night……

Saluting Smarge

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 11, 2019

Besides giving a collective knowing dude head nod from Flap Nation to Kevin Pillar for being so important to the success of the team this year I think it’s time we give one to Smarge who has exceeded expectations. Come on, you can do it. Grudgingly, do it. A 3.55 ERA this year? Expected more like 7.55 amirite?

Yesterday he gives up a bomb in the first, we all start our usual “Smargerine sucks” chant and lo and behold it was just one of two hits he gave up for the game! He pitched like a man yesterday and deserves our respect.

Menez today, one of these days one of these young guys gonna step up and surprise me this August. Might take until September. Or next April?

Harper’s Revenge

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 10, 2019

Man, that second one from Harper was just majestic, wasn’t it? Picasso could have painted that bitch and hung it in the damn Reina Sofia….

Here’s why Bryce Harper would have been a bad signing by the Giants: Even with his 2 homer game last night there are, I couldn’t believe this number when I looked it up, 47 major league players with more home runs than him. Think about that. So for 350 mil or whatever he was going to cost, while I absolutely supported the idea of signing him at the time, I feel like we dodged a huge bullet there. There are way too many guys for a fraction of the cost who do what he does and who do it better…..

Plus he’s a douchbag.

Velasquez going today for the Phils today. Every time I see that guy I throw I don’t understand why he’s not more dominant. He’s got fantastic stuff. I guess it comes down to command—something our young Black Shoes could work on….

Can you imagine how much fun Joe Panik had last night? Getting cut loose from the shackles of this boring ass season and thrust into a game like that? In his hometown? Man, that must have been a wild ride. Good for him. I’m certainly not rooting for him but I’ll follow what he does…..

This is really good:

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Bum Doing Bum Things

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 9, 2019

That was a calm, meditative diversion from what’s been going on around here lately, nice. With the dearth of quality pitching across the league it’s going to be a tough sell telling me Young Z didn’t receive any decent offers for Bum or Smith. Usually the offers get leaked out. I really need to see what they were just so I can finally shit, shower and shave. ๐Ÿ™‚

Great opportunity for Black Shoes tonight. At some point I’d like to see one of these young pitchers stand up and say “I’m not like the rest. I will man up and pitch strong through this season.”

I’m not holding my breath.

Losers Gonna Lose

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 8, 2019

I hope this team looks in the mirror and sees what the rest of us see: a bunch of overpaid, under performing, slugs. Without their precious Dick they are nothing more than a coterie of holograms shining randomly on different parts of the diamond. It’s really incredible that The Dick gets this much credit. He’s a freaking oft-injured journeyman. He has 6 home runs and 23 measly RBI’s.

And yet that was the coal that drove this engine. He was the man that Buster and Craw and Belt just couldn’t do without.

Ugh, in some ways I hate The Dick. He helped create this mirage of a monster that led to the vets stammering and whining to Z about keeping the team together. Well, Z caved to their demands. The Dick went down. And they went with him.

Utterly pathetic…….

Sinking…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 7, 2019

Another boring game in the books. Diggity mentioned something about the Giants on the cusp of a record, biggest difference between runs scored at home vs the road, something like that? Anyone got a link to that?

Another one of our kids going today. Another reason why expecting prolonged production from these guys through the Summer was poppycock. Young arms aren’t grown the way they used to be grown. They’re soft. Pitch counts. Lots of stats and delicate arm angles. The last Great young Giant pitcher to man his way through the season was Bum. Guys like D-Rod, Suarez, Beede, Anderson, Mendez, etc….hey they might figure out how to pitch a full season at a high octane level at some point. Until they do my expectations will remain low, for them and the team…..

Back To Square 1

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 6, 2019

Well that went predictably awful. When Fedde shuts you down it’s time to take a step back, re-evaluate, take stock, etc….Smarge was a nibblin’ fool, he came up ant-small again. Losing Dick has castrated this offense.

I’m cool with Menez because he’s someone new, he’s a fairly legit prospect, but this feels a little too early for him to be counted on.

Long, slow, maybe swift decline is upon us. Hope Bochy enjoys it.

Fortuna Spineth Downward

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 5, 2019

Dropped down to 4-6 in our last 10. Mets are 9-1 in their last 10. Think they think they can make the post season? This is where this all becomes somewhat of a mirage. Every team has a little run at some point in the season. Ours, sadly, was a little longer than other bad teams and certainly at the wrong time (close to the deadline).

We are now stuck in this slow walk down the Bochy Brick Road trying to find The Wizard of Wild Card. Asย  I said a couple of weeks ago, if this was watching Bochy get fired up for one final legit run through the post season I’d be all in. But he doesn’t have the tools, man. No Dick. The pitching is fraying like a motherfucker. He’s like Sandra Bullock in Gravity trying to re-enter the atmosphere but this alternate ending is going to see him burn up, horrifically.

Better than fading away, I guess…

Pawlie Kokonuts won the Trade Deadline contest. The prizes were 1) a $25 gift card and 2) this:

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August Push

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 4, 2019

I haven’t seen a game in 10 days except the last 2 innings of last night. A quick check of the WC standings reveals…..we’re basically in the same spot we were when I left. 5-5 over the last 10, that’s not gonna get er done.

If nobody else gets hurt and The Dick comes back we probably have enough pieces to hang around into September. Maybe even till the end of September. But we need more 7-3’s and less 5-5’s.

What’s Cueto’s deal? Is he close to returning? Prolly gonna need him, too.

The Team Stayed Together! YAAYYY!!!! Now What?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 2, 2019

As we enter August, we now might have to helplessly watch the slow implosion of our young pitchers. DRod is a mess, I’m not really talking about him. But Shaun Anderson and Black Shoes Beede, 2 guys who must pitch well if we are going to keep the dream of .700 ball alive, are headed into some uncharted dog days. Anderson pitched 141 innings in 2018 and 109.2 so far this year, Beede only 87 innings last year, 104.2 this year. The good news there is that the Giants have never been too keen on limiting young pitchers innings, although that could change with Young Z at the helm. We shall see.

I read Kat at the end of the last thread saying Pillar hasn’t had a day off since June 11. The way that guy plays? Absolutely criminal and negligent of Bochy to do that.

I thought the last trip through Colorado would go poorly and they swept. For some reason we are right back in Nepal. Pretty quick turnaround. This one looks ominous…..

That’ll Do, Young Z, That’ll Do

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on August 1, 2019

Too much happened yesterday to go over every deal but the Giants are universally getting “winner” votes on twitter—as opposed to the Yankees and Dodgers who are consistently getting “loser” votes. That’s a shame.

Scooter Gennett is the one to watch this year. If he’s over his groin injury then it’s exciting to see what his .874/.827 OPS of the last 2 years might bring to this team. I’m not holding my breath since he is really scuffling in 2019 and Oracle Park is unlikely to help his lefty bat production. But I think we are all ready to watch someone new out there. Panik has just been here too long……

Regardless, Young Z was wheeling and dealing like a madman yesterday. I still don’t understand how he got Atlanta to take the rest of Melatonin’s deal and getting anything for Pom and Black is astounding. When you look at what he gave up for The Dick and Pillar it has become clear that he gives up absolutely nothing for these guys. I’m exciting to see how his drafts unfold……

 

Action Required, Action Demanded!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 31, 2019

Well, here we are. July 31st. Our supposed *Super Bowl*. Sadly, Zaidi has been as inactive as….Sabean? I’ve fully braced myself for an onslaught of absolutely nothing happening—what a travesty that will be. And I will reign condemnation down upon Young Z. This is your damn job, man. This is why you were brought in here!

If I wanted the Giants to keep all the old guys around and/or trade or sign more old guys I would have advocated for them to keep Evans and Sabean!

Z has improved the team with some solid, under the radar outfielders (Pillar, Yaz and Dick). But there is so much more that needs to get done. Fuck this year and this idiotic pipe dream chase for one damn game.

Do what you were brought in here to do Young Z. My wrath will be swift and painful should you fail….

Inaction

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 30, 2019

The man with the black shoes kicks off this roadie. I, too, am hitting the road–driving up to Black Butte today.

A quick check of the rumors is yielding nothing.

Unless Zaidi pulls a rabbit out of the hat I see us sitting this one out.

And that sucks.

Winning

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 29, 2019

Still clicking along at .700 ball over our last 10 games. If we keep that clip up for the rest of the year the WC is guaranteed. I don’t suspect we will keep that up but who knows?

Day off today and then Philly. Could see that one going either way…..

Deadline Coming

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 28, 2019

The reasons to sell are obvious. We are chasing a pipe dream just to maybe get to play a 1 game play-in. Hey, that game is great but is it worth it to risk our future for one game?And once the August swoon kicks in and we regress back to who we are we’re going to feel like idiots when we finish near the back of the WC chase and held on to our few appealing trade pieces.

Trade everyone.

 

Another Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 27, 2019

Was that perhaps the best catch a Giants fan has ever made? Cradling a baby in one arm he bare hand catches the winning home run wearing a Mays jersey in a road park. If it wasn’t the best catch it was right up there.

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/giants-vs-padres/2019/07/26/566325#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=videos,game=566325

Ok, I am now officially on the road. Let the madness ensue….

Not Getting What I Want

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 26, 2019

I’ve nearly resigned myself to Bumgarner staying. And I’m ok with it. Disappointed, but ok. My stance is that we should improve the minor league system with anything substantial but if that offer isn’t out there for Bum I don’t want to just see him get moved for the sake of movement. And I do get the irritating emotional attachment the fans have to him. And the players would *revolt* apparently.

I left my emotional attachment to these guys in my past a long time ago. When Will left, that was kind of it for me. It was just too much to get attached and then watch them leave. I still love my team and there are players I’ll never forget but I don’t have that “No we can’t lose these guys!” mentality. I can watch *Giant greats* move on and play for other teams. I wanted to watch Bum do it one more time on the big stage and I think we’re going to lose that opportunity because of this fruitless wild card chase…..

Having said that, I could care less about TFLR, Watson or Dyson leaving. If those 3 bring back 2 legit guys who can play for us in a year or two I’m all for it. Hopefully they’re bats but we probably need starting pitching too, just like everyone else.

If we keep everyone? Eh, whatever. The minor league system will sort itself out, Zaidi is a stud who knows what he’s doing unlike the clueless Sabean/Evans tandem. It might take an extra year or two but that isn’t the worst thing in the world, right? Once the deadline passes quietly, we get to watch this *chase*. I think it’s going to peter out when the injuries start or, more likely, we just can’t sustain this incredible run anymore. But it might keep the dog days at bay, there’s something to be said for that…..

Tomorrow I’m going out of town for 10 days I don’t want to worry about this anymore. If history is any indication some major hammers are going to start to drop. Whenever I leave town shit goes down. Watch.

Rest Today Then Win More

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 25, 2019

After all these extra inning games and emotional rollercoasters, this team could use a day off. This upcoming roadie looks nasty but I also thought that about the last one and they went 7-1.

How long has Encarnacion been doing this “parrot” home run trot? Seems like he’s ripping off our own one flap down himself. I understand the arm is in a different angle but is he the first player to bust out a “one flap down” like trot since the great Jeffrey Leonard?

New Night New Hero

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 24, 2019

One underrated really fun thing about this incredible run the Giants have been on: Every win seems to crown another hero. You could also say this has been an ongoing example of *team baseball*. There is something to be said to having a bunch of scrubs, players that no other team wanted, coming together and making this happen. It does have a very *2010* feel to it, doesn’t it?

The main difference between then and now is that the 2010 had a rock solid pitching staff of studs. And that’s probably the main reason the Giants can’t keep this run going especially into the dog days of August and September.

Cue up the “Well if Zaidi becomes a buyer that fixes that….” crowd.

And that isn’t the worst argument in the world.

51/50

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 23, 2019

Of course it would have to be 51-50 for the first time we’re over .500 this year. This has been a crazy run. What is currently worrying me today: Z gets goaded into standing pat at the deadline and the Giants swoon in August and we’re left holding a bag of shit. Whatever, I guess that wouldn’t be the end of the world—as long as he doesn’t pass up any good offers for Bum and/or Smith I’ll live if he keeps them around for the rest of the year.

Cubbies And For The Love of God Don’t Offer Bum a Contract!

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 22, 2019

I’m cautiously optimistic tonight, the Cubs have one of the worst VMI numbers on the board for hitters so maybe Anderson shackles them a bit. I hope our guys got some sleep last night, they’ve been burning the adrenaline at both ends lately and we are facing an unknown guy tonight—this almost always ends badly. But maybe they just pitcher-duel it till we get to our bullpen and then wait for one of the young men to come to the plate and blast us to another walk off victory.

We’re at .500 again. Me and the housewives are nervously awaiting 1 game over .500 and what that will feel like…

Ok WillieD, let’s go. Where’s everyone stand on this?

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Hiccup

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 21, 2019

Not much to say about yesterday except it was ugly and a stark reminder of how bad this team can be. Really excited to see the debut of Conner Menez. With him and likely Zach Green in the line up we might be seeing Z tip his hand a little as to what he plans to do by July 31….

All We Do Is Win

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 20, 2019

Well, that was an utterly ridiculous way to win a baseball game. But hey, when you are the best team in major league baseball you’re going to get those type of breaks. Kruk kept talking about how we “took down” Thor and DeGrom but did we really? They dominated us. The Mets offense has been pathetic. Or do Bum and Black Shoes get all the credit?

Who knows? We are at .500 today and that is as absurd as it is amazing.

.833 ball since Flapalooza. At that clip we can pass LA……

Do You Believe In Miracles?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 19, 2019

When faced with the daunting task of leapfrogging 8 teams, I casually tossed out the need to play .700 ball to get us into the post season. There was also the #AHOFO post which put the call out to the universe to *win out.* I believe that feat would have taken us to 122 wins for the year. The latter was a joke, the former….I guess that was kind of a joke, too. How could this terrible baseball team play .700 ball the rest of the way?

And then came June 24th, one of the many low points in this lost season. The Giants were in the middle of getting woodshedded by Colorado. The blog was apathetically irate if that’s even possible. And then I got this text from Diggity:

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I went back to the blog with this idea, found the saddest sack post I could find (shockingly it was Snarkk ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and posted this:

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And from there, we began to slowly get the band back together again. I gathered enough of our finest men to storm Oracle with one valiant, sustained push. This pic was taken just before the coup.

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I know we look calm but let me tell you, I looked into the eyes of the troops before we went into battle. They knew how serious this was, they knew the task they faced and they knew the consequence should we fail. Flap Nation was counting on us. We could not and would not let them down…..

After the dust settled our mission seemed accomplished. There wasn’t much left to do besides sit back and wait. There’s even a rumor that I was sitting back and waiting so good I fell into a deep sleep on the train ride home. ๐Ÿ™‚

What followed was perhaps the most unexpected run in San Francisco Giants history. A run we are still on. We’ve played .823 ball since that game. EIGHT MOTHERFUCKING TWENTY THREE BALL……

I’m not sure where this ends but after 3 years of losing I am happy to ride this out with no expectations whatsoever. From here until the trade deadline I will remain positive and hopeful. I support any move Z decides to make with the caveat that I get to grade them immediately. Simply put, I am a proud Facebook housewife until July 31st.

Through the magic of snapchat my daughter created this for you all. Enjoy!

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#AHOFO

Aiming High. Then Higher.

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 18, 2019

Niggled up to 3.5%, the Giants are taking #AHOFO quite seriously. In a million years I never would have thought we could sweep Colorado in Nepal and take 6 of 7 from them and the Brewers.

I’m still positive Z will do the right thing and sell. But there is nothing wrong with enjoying some W’s. You can hear it in the voices of the announcers, too. They are so happy. They have to call all these games, we’ve been terrible since literally the all star break 3 years ago. That would wear on anyone.

Bum tonight.

A fun gambling story:

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What’s Your Breaking Point?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 17, 2019

Updated odds. We went up 0.5% after last night’s win.

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Question for you (and some of you may already be there). At what point, percentage wise, do you hit the buzzer stopping Z from trading and force him to become a buyer? 5%? 15% 20%? It’s your buzzer and you control his fate. If we kept adding a half point each day we’d get very close to 10% by the day of the trade deadline…..I’m already on record yesterday saying that if you guaranteed us the 2nd WC spot today I’d still want Z to sell.

I’m not sure how we pass the Pads last night, leave the cellar for the first time all season, and yet San Diego still has double the chance we do of making the post season…..

 

Climbing Everest, Rather Easily

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 16, 2019

Once again, my predictive powers were on full display, all you needed to do was take a look at that headline: Mile High Beat Down. Man, I know how to call ’em, eh?

It was high time to put that thread in the past. Possibly the most wrong I’ve ever been about anything in my life.

What is up with Brandon Crawford? The dude gets 7 hits in a game 2 years ago….then does nothing for 2 years….then hits 3 bombs and 9 RBI’s yesterday. He. Is. A. Weirdo.

There are nearly no words for what Smarge, DRod and the bullpen did. Without question the best pitching performance on a single day in SF history at Coors Field—more improbable than Zito’s complete game shutout back in 2012. Considering everything they had stacked against them that might be the most impressive pitching performance since Nomo threw his NoNo.

Freshly updated odds to make the post season/win WS

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Agree with Loo, how can we be 2.3% to make the post season but 0.0% to win the WS? That’s nonsense. Even if we snuck in as the 2nd WC we’d be listed at no worse than 20-1 at that point which is 5%. How can Fangraphs get away with 0.0%??????

Mile High Beat Down

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 15, 2019

A double header in Colorado. I can’t envision an acceptable outcome. I mean, mayyyyybe you say Smarge has been pitching well, he somehow keeps it going and DRod feeds off that in Game 2?

Also, the Rockies have been in Colorado playing. I always say they are most dangerous in that altitude when they’ve played a series or two there and are waiting for fresh meat off the plane. If Colorado and their opponent are STARTING the series together in Colorado (in other words, Colorado is coming home off a road trip) things are a little more fair. The visual memory index numbers I look at daily prove this. Granted, we’re just talking about one day and I guess anything can happen on a given day but……

We get blasted today and recovering from this day long shellacking might set them back 2 weeks making it a lot easier for the housewives on facebook to absorb the blows Z will be delivering them at the trade deadline….

Appreciating What We Have

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 14, 2019

While most of you have probably forgotten him, I still watch the daily videos put out by the Angry Tiger Fan. Every day he churns one of those out. The vitriol varies but the exasperation is constant. The Tigers are a terrible baseball team run by fools and owned by clueless elite. Not only do they get killed every game but all the young players they have up are bad and the ones down below can’t be much or they would be able to bump the current sad sackers they run out there. And they just gave their GM an extension! Talk about no hope and you are talking about what the Tiger fan base is mired in.

So from that standpoint I feel fortunate to at least get to watch Giants games this year that are in the realm of competitive. There are players I enjoy watching like Pillar, Panda, The Dick and Smith. And we do have some pieces down below, percolating, coalescing. Legit prospects are on the way!

So I’m not sweating losses like last night’s in the slightest. Our men showed moxie and verve. If they had just thrown in the towel when The Conner Joe’s from Kokomo showed up on Opening Day that would have made for a long season….

Black Shoes today! Another reason to watch the game…..

All Eyes On Bum

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 13, 2019

It seems we should have been aiming high all along. We’ve been sitting around here feeling sorry for ourselves and fucking off. That was the wrong course to take. Snagging the 2nd wildcard spot appears to be a mindset. Therefore….#AHOFO.

Really interested to see how Bum pitches today. The last thing we need is for him to come out and get blasted. At this point teams aren’t evaluating him on single games but they do need to know he’s healthy before they pay up. Whatever that payment will be.

I posted this on the other thread earlier this morning. This is just outrageous and I’m thinking about buying a bible later today. Where do you get one of those?

AHOFO

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 12, 2019

We’ve got 7 games right out of the blocks that should quell the swell of enthusiasm for the Giants big move on the last wild card spot. Milwaukee AND Colorado. This should actually be very interesting. The Giants have played better on the road this year than at home. But The Brewers are better than we are and Sherpa Town always sucks for us. Regardless, there can be no more long losing streaks this season. It starts right now and continues on through September. Play .700 ball.

Let’s see if they can do that.

 

The Game Must Go On

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 10, 2019

When you *stare at a pool up above* for too long one of 2 things can happen: 1) you can let the weight of the failure consume you. Paralyzed by this, you realize your game is doomed and your life’s work effectively ends. Or, 2) you pull yourself up by your boot straps and find a way to fix the problem.

Luckily, my main man Loo is a #2 guy.

 

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With that problem now solved what else do we need to knock out of the park today? Because that home run was a walk off, well done Loo. Honestly, when this is all over and we’re toasting the greatest game to have ever been played on a blog, I think we’ll have finally found something to replace The Masterpiece over here to the right >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

When The Young Take Over The Earth

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 9, 2019

The HR Derby was fun to watch but it also made me a little sad. One by one a young stud strode to the plate and blasted ball after ball deep into the night’s sky. Where is our Alonso? Our Vlad Jr? Our Acuna?

This is one reason why being a buyer at the break is such an idiotic idea. You have to DRAFT these guys or trade your “Bum’s and Smith’s” for them. Baseball has changed dramatically in many ways over the last few years. Young players dominate the landscape. Some fans don’t like that because they don’t know who any of these players are.

I’m far less interested in the all star game than I was the HR Derby. I fired up several teams at draftkings just to niggle up some interest.

And now to more important things. Loo’s contest is closed. Here are the entries.

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