Sunday, August 30, 2015

Dodgers whine about getting no-hit

the dodgers crybabied being no-hit tonight by Cubs by whining about the scoring of what was clearly an error.

I've watch the replay -- it's hit right at Starlin Castro. How can it be anything but an error?

Hasta la vista, Tim Lincecum?

At the end of 2 depressing losses to the Cards, the Giants web site also posted a downbeat story about the not very bright future for Tim Lincecum, who hasn't pitched in over 2 months.

It sounds like it may be awhile before we see him in the MLB again.

Per --
SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum, who was diagnosed with a degenerative hip condition earlier this season, has not made the progress the Giants had hoped and plans to seek a second doctor's opinion, manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday.
Lincecum, who has not pitched since June 27, when he took a line drive to his right forearm, could be activated when rosters expand Tuesday. However, he is far away from returning to the mound, Bochy said.
"He's getting another opinion," Bochy said. "The best thing I can tell you right now is he's not close. We'll see in the next day or so where we're at with Timmy."
Bochy said the two-time Cy Young Award winner is not experiencing daily pain, but mostly feels his hips tightening up when he throws.
"It's just tightness and he feels restricted when he's throwing," Bochy said.
Even when Lincecum was healthy this season, he did not look like the same pitcher he once was. He recorded a 4.13 ERA in 15 starts and a 1.48 WHIP that was his highest mark for a season since 2012.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny weighed in on Lincecum's situation prior to Saturday's meeting between the two teams.
"We put our bodies through a lot," Matheny, who played for the Giants in 2005 and 2006, said. "Look how his body has been contorted to do what he did for so long. Talk about a guy his size, he's got the most of everything he has. It's one of those great stories. Still, it's probably not comforting to him because he wants to play. ... It's life-altering stuff."

Another reason to despise Bud Selig

Let's start with owning the Brewers while being commissioner and canceling the 1994 World Series and the idiotic choice to have the All-Star game determine home field advantage in the Series.

He's a man without conscience. I'm glad he's no longer commissioner. Because he also told teams not to sign Bonds in 2008. I don't have proof of this, I admit, but it is the obvious conclusion here.

Bonds has just lost his collusion case against because there's no smoking gun, according to Jon Heyman at CBS Sports. That said, the failure of a single team to sign him when he was willing to play for the MLB minimum is a sure sign that Bud had threatened every team. No one had the guts to defy him.

Thanks for doing everything you can to ruin baseball, Bud. Now go away and stay away.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

8th slam if the season

Friday, August 28, 2015

Tomlinson's first

Kelby Tomlinson looks like the real deal.Here is the story -- 

SAN FRANCISCO -- Growing up in Chickasha, Okla., Giants rookie Kelby Tomlinson always dreamed of hitting a home run in the Major Leagues. On Thursday afternoon at AT&T Park, his wish finally came true.
Tomlinson connected for his first career home run, and it was a grand slam off reliever James Russell in the eighth inning that put an exclamation point on San Francisco's 9-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.
"It was pretty crazy," Tomlinson said. "When you play in the yard, you don't just dream of hitting a base hit. You dream of it being a home run -- a grand slam -- so it was kind of surreal when you actually do it."
As Tomlinson trotted out to second base to warm up for the next inning, the 41,847 fans at the park stood in applause. He tried to hold back a smile, but he just couldn't do it.
"I've never experienced anything like that, and it was something special," Tomlinson said. "Usually, during the game, I'm pretty locked in and don't smile too much, but I don't think I could get a smile off my face during that."

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"He's got Bumgarner and Leake to pinch hit"

That's Joe Bochy's analysis of the short-handed Giants bench, which can be expanded in 5 more days.

Andrew Baggarly of the Merc-News posted a nice game story, also focusing on Jake Peavy's fine performance. Here's part ....

Bruce Bochy was forced to manage a big league roster with just two bench players (Andrew Susac and Justin Maxwell). His only backup middle infielder was center fielder Juan Perez, whose two innings at second base a day earlier constituted his first action at the position in six years.
"Ah, he's got Bumgarner and Leake to pinch hit," Joe Bochy said before the game. "Bruce'll figure it out." Peavy helped with the solution, shaking off a two-run first inning that his own fielding mistake helped to touch off and holding the Cubs into the seventh. Hunter Strickland and Javier Lopez each struck out a batter to mitigate Nori Aoki's two-base error in left field and strand two runners in scoring position as the Giants beat the Cubs for the first time in six tries this season.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

dodgers choke again

Yes, that was the 19th blown save by their bullpen.

You'd think that with virtually unlimited resources that the dodgers could do better. Guess again. here's the story --

HOUSTON -- For the fourth time in eight days, there was a walk-off in Minute Maid Park. This time, Jason Castro homered into the Crawford Boxes off Dodgers reliever Chris Hatcher in the 10th inning to give the Astros a 3-2 win and a sweep Sunday -- after it was reviewed -- wasting a brilliant effort from Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw.
Unable to solve Kershaw all afternoon, the Astros finally cracked the much-maligned Los Angeles bullpen when Carlos Correa led off the ninth with a single off closer Kenley Jansen and Marwin Gonzalez drove him in on a first-pitch double with two outs, tying the game and giving the Dodgers bullpen its 19th blown save of the season -- tops in the Majors.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Marlon Byrd in the Orange and Black

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Good news except for Pence

Monday, August 17, 2015

October 30, October 31 and November 1

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Madison Bumgarner = Juan Marichal

They are the only SF Giants pitchers to throw a shutout, strike out 10 and hit a homer in a game.

Here's the -- 

SAN FRANCISCO -- Left-hander Madison Bumgarner dominated on the mound and blanked the Nationals, 5-0, at AT&T Park on Sunday afternoon.
Bumgarner recorded his second straight complete game and third of the season, allowed three hits and struck out 14 batters. He even helped himself with the bat with a solo homer in the seventh inning and an RBI double in the fifth. The Giants gave him a lead in the fourth inning by scoring three runs, ignited by Hunter Pence's two-run homer.
Bumgarner joins Juan Marichal as only San Francisco Giants pitcher to throw a shutout, strike out at least 10 and homer in the same game.
Nationals right-hander Joe Ross pitched in his native Bay Area for the first time and allowed four runs on six hits in four-plus innings. The Giants swept the four-game series, while the Nationals are a game under .500 with a 58-59 record.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Vogelsong still has somethng in the tank

After a dismal 1-5 stretch, the Giants got a gutty start from Ryan Vogelsong. He gave up a homer on the first pitch, then closed down the Nats on the next 93 pitches for 5 innings. Bochy had the good sense to pull him and the pen kept the Nats off the board  with 8 Ks

Vogey is now 8-8 and has won 57 games. He's also got two World  Series rings.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

That's what an ace is

Madison Bumgarner tied an SF Giants record tonight with 7 straight strikeouts.

Krukow noted on the postgame wrap that the bullpen was gassed so they got the night off. It's the 8th complete game of Bumgarner's career

The record was held by Juan Marichal and Jonathan Sanchez, who had the one great year in 2010. He's been out of the bigs since mid-2013.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Kelby Tomlinson batting second

Well, why not? Go with the hot bat, you know.

MC O'Connor at Raising Matt examines the last 18 games, in which the Good Guys have gone 12-6...

Here's part --

 If the Giants expect to finish the year with a West title or a Wild Card berth they will have to be able to count on their pitchers. I'm not picking on Heston, he's had a couple of poor outings but has otherwise been superb, just pointing out the obvious. We saw them lose a game in Atlanta with two blown saves. The staff has to step up here in the final three innings. In the bad news department FNG Mike Leake will not make his scheduled start due to a hamstring injury. Ryan Vogelsong gets the ball tomorrow instead.
This season will likely come down to the final week. The Giants have peeked at first place a couple of times, a half game up and a half game down, but have mostly resided in second and stayed within striking distance of leaders Los Angeles. I expect the close race will continue until the end. The Giants have the intangibles like Veteran Savvy Clutchness and championship DNA and all that. The questions are about the tangibles. Do they have enough pitching for the final push? Will they survive injuries and bad luck the rest of the way? It's going to be fun finding out, eh?



p.s. I'm really digging Kelby Tomlinson's geek-chic spectacles. Wouldn't you know I switched to a similar look just this week? Indeed, I ditched my usual wire frames for horn-rims. Fashions in "eyewear" (we used to call them "glasses") have ebbed and flowed between the two since I was a lad. I don't know what inspired the change for me, just a random "that one looks good" spoken to the optician at my fitting session a few weeks back. If I'm accused of being a Kelby copy-cat I won't mind!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Matt Duffy for Rookie of the Year

That's what USA Today says.

He has a 3.4 WAR at this point and he's batting third in what's become a productive lineup ....

SAN FRANCISCO – The player who eventually replaced Pablo Sandoval as the San Francisco Giants’ third baseman carries around a dog-eared self-help book, leaves himself reminders to eat – lest he wither away – and has been tagged with a nickname that hardly fits his physique.
If the Giants had requested the exact opposite of their once-beloved Panda from central casting, they would have been sent Matt Duffy.
The 6-foot-2 rookie, who may push the scales up to 175 pounds after a big meal, has dispelled any yearning for the rotund Sandoval with such consistent and unexpected production, the Giants didn’t bother seeking an upgrade at the trade deadline.

“We look at him as our third baseman now and for the foreseeable future,’’ general manager Bobby Evans said.
Those plans may eventually change, considering Duffy began the season as a utilityman and doesn’t exactly fit the profile of the prototypical third baseman. His Duffman nickname – based on the Simpsons muscular character – was clearly inspired more by his surname than his slender build.
But the Giants may be hard-pressed to find equal production, let alone similar value.
Duffy, 24, heading into Tuesday, is second among all rookies in wins above replacement (3.4), has the second highest batting average (.301) and the seventh-highest on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.797) among National League rookies.
He even compares closely to highly touted rookies Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, power hitters who have attracted national attention. Bryant trails Duffy in OPS, slugging percentage (SLG) and wins above replacement (WAR) and Pederson trails in SLG and WAR.
“They’re great baseball players, exciting baseball players,’’ Duffy said of his rookie of the year competitors. “To even be lumped into a conversation or even a footnote with them is exciting.’’

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Welcome, Mike Leake

I can't imagine a more typical Giants loss than a 2-1 defeat with the bases loaded in the 9th. Looks like this guy is going to be OK

Let's go Giants!!!!!

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Bumgarner blows his stack

What a strange game -- After giving up 6 runs in two innings, Bumgarner pitched 5 shutout innings in Arlington tonight. He also took offense to a bat flip and a hard slide at second in the 4th and closed them down for 3 more innings.

Maybe the Rangers got lucky in the first two innings.....

  Texas' Rougned Odor slid furiously and late into Giants second baseman Joe Panik at the bag in an attempt to break up a double play. Odor's effort, which might have been interpreted as unnecessarily aggressive, certainly caught Bumgarner's attention. Asked if he considered Odor's slide hard, Bumgarner replied, "It sure was."
Bumgarner's discontent truly escalated after Delino DeShields popped up to end the fourth. Frustrated, DeShields tossed his bat in the air as if he were a baton twirler. Incensed at what he considered to be an impudent gesture by DeShields, Bumgarner bellowed at him, and both benches emptied. Words were exchanged, most notably between Bumgarner and Texas' Adrian Beltre, but Bumgarner, last year's postseason hero, had made his imprint on the game, as he so often does.
"I think he was a little grumpy anyway, the way the game was going," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Bumgarner. "I guess the flip of the bat, that was his boiling point."
Said DeShields, "I don't get into those kind of altercations. I didn't really get it. If he was trippin' at me, whatever."
Earlier this season, Bumgarner took offense when the Dodgers' Alex Guerrero and then-Brewer Carlos Gomez used their bats as props to perform similar histrionics. "If you don't respect me, at least respect the game" is Bumgarner's unspoken attitude.
As for his spoken remarks, when asked about the events of the fourth inning, Bumgarner said, "I think it's pretty self-explanatory, don't you?"
Bumgarner couldn't fully explain the extremes of his performance. The Rangers ravaged him for six runs and six hits in the first two innings, including home runs by Beltre and Elvis Andrus. Then Bumgarner surrendered three hits in five shutout innings, resembling the 21-year-old who pitched eight shutout innings in Game 4 of the 2010 World Series on the same mound to set up San Francisco's Fall Classic triumph the next night.