Saturday, July 06, 2019

Giants coming on (a bit)


Madison Bumgarner goes tonight against St. Louis with the Giants nine games under. Is this his final game in the Orange and Black?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Four in a row for the Giants

Well, the Good Guys have now gone to 30-38 following two wins against the Padres and two more against the Brew Crew.

It's now a month and a half from the trade deadline. Maria Guardado of notes in her game story that Madbum may wind up as a Brewer.

At this point, the one thing I don't want is to see him a Dodgers uni.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Depressing times for Giants fans

Apologies to any followers out there for the dearth of posts but there hasn't been much to write about that's positive. Last night's game was a 9-6 road loss to the Orioles -- one of the few teams that have a worse record than the Giants. It featured a 5-run top of the first, followed a 6-run bottom of the first thanks to starter Drew Pomeranz. No wonder the Bosox didn't want Pomeranz any more.

Anyhow, the Frangrafs site recently did an excellent analysis explaining how we got here. Here are some excerpts:

When we look back on this era of baseball in future times, exhorting children to get off our lawns, nobody shed tears of pity for the San Francisco Giants. After all, the Giants of this generation made the World Series four times and won three of them, a difficult, probability-crushing feat in a world where six division winners and four wild card teams make the playoffs. 

In terms of WAR, the last time the Giants had an above-average outfield was back in 2014. Hunter Pence’s last good year — though he’s been shockingly good this year — carried the bulk of the load, hitting .277/.332/.445 and posting 4.1 WAR for the season. Gregor Blanco, Angel Pagan, and Michael Morse covered the rest of the cavernous outfield. The team’s outfield ranking dropped to 24th in 2015, and hasn’t reached those dizzying low heights since. Blanco’s .291/.368/.413, 2.0 WAR season in 2015 remains the top WAR season for a Giants outfielder since Pence’s 2014. If we were in 2016 or 2017, that would be troubling; in 2019, it’s a disaster for a team claiming contention.
That’s not to say the Giants did absolutely nothing; that would be an unfair charge. When the Miami Marlins, looted and pillaged more often than fifth-century Rome, opened up their gates for another round prior to the 2018 season, the Giants were in on all of Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, and Marcell Ozuna at various times. They came away with none of those players and instead traded for Andrew McCutchen, and went the bargain route with Austin Jackson. McCutchen worked out more or less, but was an insufficient short-term fix to a long-term problem; the Giants essentially paid the Rangers Cory Gearrin and Justin Bahr just to be relieved of Jackson’s contract.
This year, looking at the last, best chance to recapture the magic of the 2012 season, San Francisco’s grand outfield plan was to sign outfielders that were highly sought-after by other teams…in 2012. None of Cameron Maybin, Gerardo Parra, or Craig Gentry made it out of March with the organization. While the Kevin Pillar trade was a reasonable one, it still left the Giants with an outfield that projected to be worth around two WAR combined for the 2019 season. Meanwhile, Pillar looks increasingly like the latest outfielder the team has picked up after their prime, rather than before or during it.

Due to years used and unexpected player declines — there are far more players expected to under-perform than over-perform — the Giants’ name-veterans only have roughly a third of the win-value remaining in their contracts. And this ignores salaries — in a world where the Giants will not pay the entire freight on any contracts they move (also known as reality), many of these contracts are underwater and near-unmovable.
The team still has a chance to get something in return for a few of their veterans. While Evan Longoria and Johnny Cueto would likely pass through waivers at this point, Madison Bumgarner is finally back to his 2016 strikeout rate, and his ERA is only inflated because of a .312 BABIP. Our erstwhile colleague Jeff Sullivan implored the Giants to trade Will Smith back in January; it’s even more of an imperative now that 2019 looks as unimpressive as was projected. Not a lot of teams need a first baseman, but Brandon Belt would improve the Indians, Astros, Nationals, and maybe the Yankees if the Grim Orthopedist pays them another visit.
San Francisco made a great effort to avoid paying the luxury tax and they’ve been successful. But instead of paying the luxury tax, they’ve spent three seasons paying the mediocrity tax, finishing well out of the playoffs with payrolls in the high hundred-million range. Since the last time San Francisco made the postseason, they’ve won four fewer games than the Marlins while spending well over $100 million a year more. The longer it takes for the Giants to acknowledge the future instead of holding onto the past, the more painful that future will be.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Panda gets going

Sunday, May 05, 2019

What about Samardzija?

He was OK in the first two seasons as a Giant, with 2.7 WAR each year. Then he got injured last year. He's back with a 2-1 record so far this year with a 2.53 ERA and goes up against the Reds today.

His name is damn near impossible to spell correctly.

He's getting $19.8 million each year and is in the 4th year of a five-year deal. I think the Giants front office was expecting a bit more out of him when they signed him in 2016

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Vogt gets back in the show

Stephen Vogt had an amazing game tonight, including a homer in the 9th to  tie the game at 11-11.

It was his 58th career HR.  He was an All Star for Oakland in 2016 and 2016

It was an amazing game.

Here is what McCovey Chronicles said --

Not only was this Stephen Vogt’s first game of 2019, this was his first major league game since September 30, 2017. Vogt had missed the entire 2018 season with shoulder problems, and at 33, there was no guarantee that he’d make it back to the big leagues. And yet, tonight he went 3-for-3 with a double and a game-tying home run. The double missed being a homer by about six inches, too. 

Vogt was only playing because Bochy wanted to save Buster’s legs in a game that was already lost. There’s no telling what Posey would have done, but probably, he wouldn’t have combined for seven total bases.
With Longoria’s home run in the eleventh, the Giants completed a comeback when they were down eight runs after the third inning. They had only done this five other times in franchise history and that includes New York. The most recent time came on September 4, 1989 against the Reds. This was an all-time ludicrous game. This was the game that this game from 2010 was supposed to be.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Kevin Pillar leading in RBIs

He got 3 more today to give him 17 for the year and make the 11-5 loss to the Yanks less humiliating.

Pillar is a pretty good fielder so giving up Derek Law and Alen Hanson seems to have been worth it. The Giants are 27th of 30 in the MLB in RBIs with 89. Brandon Belt and Steven Duggar have 11 each and Buster has eight

Giants Win is attending tomorrow night's game at Oracle. BEAT LA!!