Monday, June 30, 2008
How sweet to thrash the As 11-1 in the series finale! Especially combined
with Lincecum's gem on Saturday.
The Giant's offense has shown a nice ability to go off from time to time.
Although Molina and Rowand have indeed slacked off from their early torrid
pace, they both continue to contribute more often than not, and the likes of
Winn, Durham and Lewis are always a factor to respect.
Clearly special props must go to Aurilia for a big 5 RBI performance. I will
never stop LIKING Rich for what he meant in the past, and I love it when he
has his good days.
I think I can stop shouting,"Hey, everyone, Sanchez is pretty good too!"
While all the drooling over Tiny Tim (let's get real and use the most
obvious, best nickname for him- "the franchise"- gag me) is utterly
justified, there's another big baseball story going on in Frisco. (Another
nickname I secretly love, although it's forbidden to use).
These back-to-back wins in Oakland, with their back-to-back great pitching,
have produced the most schpilkas in me yet so far this year. I declare now
that the Giants have Co-Aces, two studs in the rotation who can shut down
any other team on any given day.
Can you imagine a Giants team in the near future with this as a foundation?
And then what if Cain & Zito relearn how to breathe through their eyelids or
something, and Merkin returns in full glory? Then what?
Saturday, June 28, 2008
As you probably noticed, we are at the half way point of the season, game #81. An easy and amusing exercise is doubling stats to see how the year is going and how it may turn out. Here's some "projected" 2008 stats for The Enchanter:
PS: Beating the A's is a rare treat. Doing it with only 2 hits (3 baserunners) is especially sweet. Unfortunately, the doggers did us one better by winning without getting a hit. Gross, huh?
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
J C Parsons:
Monday, June 23, 2008
What about Tim? This 106 pitch, 5 inning grind started so well. Then it seemed like the early lead caused Tim to lose his edge. I know that sounds corny, but most of us can think of times when great athletes look pretty average when they don't feel the pressure. From Tim's quote I suspect that is what happened:
"It was just a lack of focus on my part. We had a chance to step on their throats when they were down, and I didn't help at all. After two innings, I didn't do anything to help us. I was laboring and just throwing the ball. I'm pretty disappointed in myself."
Two mediocre starts in a row. Nothing to get worried about, in fact, Barry Zito would call two starts like that a significant step in the right direction.
PS: R.I.P. George. Thanks for teaching me how to think funny. Check out the this lovely reminder of Carlin's brilliance.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Yesterday was a game that Matt has lost several times in his young career. After 3 early runs off hard hit balls, and another unearned run, we were facing a big hole. Given our offense and Matt's track record, I figured we had dropped another one...to the crappy Royals no less. BUT NO. Something happened...was it John Castle's head first slide at first? (More likely the pair of 2 out walks that followed.) We tied it up in short order then busted it open later. All the time Matt continued to grind it out. He retired 15 of 16 at one point, dominant save for a bunt single that was quickly erased. His big key, as it has been during this current three game resurgence, is control. Matt has yielded a single walk in each of his last three starts, after averaging three per start over the first thirteen chances. The eight innings and eight strikeouts are swell, but the thing that has to be heart warming is the "W." Matt has worked this hard and brilliantly before, only to be tagged with yet another tough loss. But not this time...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
1st: 7-11, .389
2nd: 7-11, .389, 14-22 overall
3rd: 9-9, .500, 23-31 overall (.426)
4th: 8-10, .444, 31-41 overall (.431)
Today was game 73. We lost, our record is now 31-42 (.425). That projects to 69 wins, 7 more than I figured. Who is willing to bet we will have an "inning" over .500 this season? Anyone?
And speaking of that, I'm outta here. Friday, the Summer Solstice, we take off for points south. Our ultimate destination is Mexico. Zo, we rendezvous in Oaxaca on the 1st! Ron, we celebrate the 4th watching béisbol together (oh yeah, and your wedding a few days later). Yes, the Oaxaca Guerreros are in town and we are going to be there for as much La Liga action as we can stand! Los Guerreros are currently in the cellar. At least Los Gigantes are still ahead of the Crox and Puds.
I am not "blogging" for the duration. That's right, three weeks, no M.C. Speaking of which, Matt Cain pitches Friday. I will be on the road. One of the lads (JC? BroBob?) will have to step up and post while I'm gone.
So, hasta la vista, mis amigos. I will be back in mid-July.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Lost in all the excitement of one of the best games* of the year was the fact that Tim's streak of quality starts came to a conclusion. After 6 innings Tim had given up his "machine-like" 3 ER, all off the bat of Marcus Thames!! (Talk about a hot hitter! His last seven hits are HR's, 5 HR's in last 4 games...come on, Tim had given up 3 in almost 100 IP, then 2 in 2 AB's to the same guy.) Then, in what is becoming a trademark Bochy move, he was sent out for the eighth and immediately gave up a triple (don't you just hate Pudge?). It seems like every time Bru sends his starter out for just a little bit more, it blows up on him. Of course, I could point out that if the umpire had been in the right spot, Tim should have got out of that without the the run scoring. Except for the homers, this outing falls into a common mold for Lincecum; tough to hit hard even when he does not have strikeout stuff and the ability to go deep into a game. So even though it technically wasn't a "quality start" and certainly not his best, it was a start to be proud of and a much needed home victory. Congratulations, Tim. And Happy belated Birthday!!! (nice photo taken 6/12 by Lizzy Ramone)
*why one of the best? Not just because of the thrilling nature of a comeback, but more because of WHO did it and HOW. Bowker and Lewis hitting the homers, what's not to love?? All we need is a few young stars to emerge, along side Tim and Matt, and it is real easy to see sweet times ahead. I have been a big fan of Fred from the start, but I must admit to having my reservations about Bowker. I just didn't see the tools needed. But I must give him credit for learning a new position and hanging tough through a slump or two. I really want to see more of Burriss, he has the tools. Don't forget Horwitz, a definitely likeable prospect. This team is getting so full of raw talent it feels like a sushi bar. Which leads me to..
Saturday, June 14, 2008
The Heimlich Won't Stop the Gagging Award: Aaron Rowand's cheesy move on Suzuki's "triple." Nice going, Gomer.
Honorable Mention: Bengie Molina. Like Gomer, Gordito's fielding goes south along with his hitting.
It is bad enough to have the A's absolutely OWN us. What's worse is that it isn't luck, bad breaks, timing, or Acts of Gods. They are better than us. They have more talent. They play better baseball. They have better management. They deserve to own us.
On the lighter side, I've thrown around some big bucks, lads. It cost me a tenner to sponsor Brad Hennessey's page on Baseball-Reference. And a five-spot to sponsor Billy Sadler. I realize BH is in the minors (my guess is he gets traded in mid-season), and BS is a bit of a longshot, but I'm a cheap bastard, OK? I tagged the pages with my other blogs, Ten Pound Press and French Street Brewery. If you aren't a denizen of B-R's dungeons, you're missing out.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Speaking of 7, Chris at Bay City Ball convincingly demonstrates that Fred Lewis is AT LEAST the 7th best LF in the NL. Throw in his improving baserunning and fielding and he's pushing past sluggers like Carlos Lee. Fred has more hits and more runs scored than Alfonso Soriano! Soriano has 26 XBH (15 HR, 11 2B). Fred has 26 as well (5 HR, 14 2B, 6 3B). Scott Hairston and Juan Pierre are the bottom feeders in the NL LF list, and the expected names like Pat Burrell, Matt Holliday and Ryan Braun take up the top spots. Adam Dunn and Jason Bay are delivering the goods, but they cost a hell of a lot more than our boy, and have far greater MLB experience. Be sure to read "Right Said Fred" on BCB. Chris does the heavy lifting for us with some in-depth analysis and throws around saber-stats like xBABIP with aplomb.
Two things I want to see: (1) a trade with Dave Roberts, acknowledging FLew is our guy, and (2) Nate Schierholz getting a call-up. Youth, damnit, youth!
Since the good doctor, JCP, is on holiday, we had no Link post after Wednesday's game. My bad. I should have stepped in to fill the void. Big D at Giants Win provided the necessary Link-love, though, with a link to this cool site.
Happy Friday the 13th to all the G-fans out there!
Here's some help from my concise bro:
Monday, June 9, 2008
The bullpen and our fielders tried to give it away. Bengie: the good, the bad, the ugly, all in one ballplayer. Throws guys out, throws it away. Swings at atrocious pitches and makes a lot of outs, swings at atrocious pitches and gets a lot of big hits. ¡El Gamerino Gordito! The guy is FIFTH in all of baseball in BA. Bengie's sending Buster Posey an "I ain't through yet, kid" message. (BTW, Buster Posey's Seminoles beat Conor Gillaspie's Shockers to go through to the CWS.)
BIG, BIG effort by Wilson to save the game for Cain. Matt needs some more of that good luck. Can you believe we have won 7 in a row on the road?
Saturday, June 7, 2008
What can I say? Tim is a God.
8 wins, but that’s still 3 behind Webb.
Another quality start, is that truly Tim’s strength?
No walks and only eighty three pitches thrown.
The first eleven Nats were easily blown away.
Everyone was thinking no hitter for a sec.
The Franchise got a bases loaded walk too.
Pardon the lame scheme*, the tank’s running dry.
It ain’t quite as easy as it seems.
Reply in kind, that is if you dare.
*Eight words per line, eight lines…no duh.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
I am stoked. Great pick. This guy is dripping with both talent and "intangibles."
Check out this video link:
What is your response, team?
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
4.1 7 5 4 5 5
6.2 3 2 2 3 5
3.2 8 9 9 3 4
7.0 5 1 1 3 7
5.1 4 0 0 5 3
7.0 3 2 2 1 8
6.1 9 5 5 1 5
8.0 7 2 2 4 5
7.0 6 6 6 3 6
6.0 5 2 2 2 6
7.0 7 3 3 1 6
5.0 5 5 5 4 3
Matt has yielded 5 runs or more 5 times in 13 starts. He just can't seem to put together a string of quality outings. He's walking too many guys and throwing fat cheese over the middle of the goddamn plate!
That Huey Lewis tune is running around in my head: "I need a new drug."
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
"Unbelievable, extraordinary ... it's an out-of-body experience and I'm really enjoying it," said Horwitz, who obtained his home run ball from the fan who caught it by giving him an autographed bat. (Chris Haft article)
The 24-year old seems to have been pegged as a career minor-leaguer, a familiar refrain in our organization, mostly due to a lack of power. He's a .400 OBA kind of guy--check him out at The Baseball Cube. The real reason we are excited about this fella here at RMC is that he is a GRADUATE of the University of California! He's a goddamn GOLDEN BEAR, my friends! Let's hear it:
We already got to know our 49er, John "Dirtbag" Bowker. And our Golden Eagle, Steve "Backup Catcher" Holm. Add to the list future shortstop Emmanuel Burriss. Why? Because he's a GOLDEN FLASH! Emmanuel is a Kent State University product. They are The Golden Flashes. Don't you love college nicknames?