Monday, September 28, 2015

Dodgers gag again

Nothing like seeing Trevor Brown beat the Zach Greinke tonight. He's now 8 for 26 with 5 RBIs -- a guy who was called up as an emergency replacement for Susac and Sanchez getting DL'd.

And some idiot Dodger fan made a comment about a year-old post on why only idiot dodger fans think Maury Wills belongs in the Hall of Fame. Yeah -- the Hall of Fame of the OVER-RATED.

Anyhow, I'm not posting your stupid comment. If you don't like it, get out of here. LOSER

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Still alive

Thanks to rookies like Trevor Brown, Mac Williamson, Chris Heston and Jarrett Parker, the Giants managed to win their last two games of the year against the pathetic Oakland A's at their pathetic ballpark.

The dodgers have now lost 7 of 9. So the Giants still have a chance with 7 games left. They are only 6 out. 

Let's hope for more dodger choking.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

No mercy in September

Last night's game had to be one of the most painful of the season. Nice recap by Chris Haft for 

SAN DIEGO -- Excuses don't exist in the high-wire act known as relief pitching, as the Giants were painfully reminded in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the San Diego Padres.
It's unfair to find fault with San Francisco's relievers in a game such as this one, when the offense musters four hits and goes 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Moreover, the Giants' bullpen has thrived for much of the season, ranking third in the league in ERA (3.10) and fewest losses (16) entering Wednesday.
But September baseball is especially unforgiving for teams such as the Giants, whose chances of catching the Dodgers in the National League West became virtually nonexistent with Jedd Gyorko's walk-off hit for San Diego against Giants closer Santiago Casilla. Los Angeles' magic number for eliminating the Giants dwindled to five with 11 games to play. So when the bullpen squanders leads of 2-0 and 3-2, as the Giants' relievers did against the Padres, it's glaring, regardless of prior successes.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

46 years ago tonight

38 year old Willie Mays got his 600th homer

It was only his 13th of the year. He had turned 38 that year and was looking worn down. He had been bothered by injuries that season.

 Mays enjoyed a resurgence in 1970, hitting 28 homers, and got off to a fast start in 1971, the year he turned 40. He had 15 home runs at the All-Star break but faded down the stretch and finished with 18.

I'm so fortunate that I got to see him play. I was there in 1962 when he hit nos. 48 and 49 in the first game of the playoffs and I got to see him get hit number 3,000 in 1970

Monday, September 21, 2015

Buster Posey 2015 = Buster Posey 2012

The three run homer today gave him him 19 for the season and 93 RBIs. The 2012 totals were 24 and 103

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Panik back in 2016

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Welcome to the Orange and Black, Trevor Brown

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tough times

Man, that was a tough game last night. The bullpen just could not keep the Reds from scoring in the 7th and again in the 10th.

We're at a situation where the Giants have to win just about every game to sneak into a wild card slot. They don't seem to be able to count on Panik, Crawford or Pence being in the lincup. Aoki is gone for the year.

That means rooting on guys like Adrianza, de Aza, Tomlinson and Byrd.

let's go Giants!!!!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

That's more like it

A Madison Bumgarner one-hitter. A 74-68 record with 20 games left.

The bottom line is that Giants need to go something like 18-2 the rest of the way to make the postseason while the dodgers go 10-10.

Nice game recap by CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly -- Here's the end ....

The left-hander took a perfect game into the eighth last August 26 but Justin Morneau broke it up with a double into the right-field corner. This time, Bumgarner would get to 23 consecutive outs. The best battle of the night came at the beginning of the seventh, when Justin Upton took a close 2-2 pitch and then fouled off a wicked 3-2 slider. He hit a grounder deep to short but Ehire Adrianza made a difficult play look easy. When Gyorko flied out to right, Padres manager Pat Murphy called for Upton Jr. as a pinch-hitter. 
Once a budding superstar, Upton Jr. has been one of the worst hitters in baseball over the past three seasons and is only a Padre because the Braves wanted to dump salary in a bigger deal. Still, he broke up Chris Heston’s no-hit bid in the sixth earlier this season and he got to Bumgarner on Saturday.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Win 221 for Tim Hudson

It included the 4th homer of his career. The Giants won an easy 6-2 vic in Phoenix 

Here's part of the CSN Bay Area story -- 

PHOENIX -- A smile crossed Bruce Bochy's face as he thought of the possibility. He knows Tim Hudson has insisted for months that this is his final season, and he knows that Hudson has had such a rough go at times that Bochy had the make the difficult choice to pull him out of the rotation. 
But man, during a stretch like this, with the division slipping away day by day, Bochy sure loves thinking about another year spent with Hudson. After the veteran pitched six strong and hit a surprise homer in a 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks, Bochy grinned and said the night might change the 40-year-old's mind.
"He found the fountain of youth today," Bochy said. 
Minutes later, Hudson reiterated that he knows he can't swim in that water for much longer.
"This is definitely my last year, for sure," he said. "It's the right thing to do, it's the right time for me and my family. I've played this game a lot longer than I thought I would."
This is the 17th year in the big leagues for Hudson, who signed in 1997. It's his second season with the Giants, and although it's been a disappointing one for player and team, all involved were able to sit back Tuesday night and enjoy a night that wasn't about the big picture and the end that's coming soon. Forget the Dodgers, the Cubs and the Odd Year. This night was about Tim Hudson, the winningest active pitcher in the big leagues. He looked as good as he ever has in orange and black, and his homer was his first in two years and just the fourth of his career. The pitching line delighted Bochy. The solo shot brought joy to an entire dugout.

Monday, September 07, 2015

The Big 2

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Pagan's first homer of 2015

It helped end a 7-game losing streak.

He's now gone 7 for 20 in September. It's always "if he's healthy, he's great"

Here's from the --

It was Pagan's first home run in 698 at-bats, dating back to May 2, 2014, during the first game of a doubleheader in Atlanta, but he downplayed the significance of the drought.
"I'm not here to hit home runs," Pagan said. "I'm here to help the team win somehow. I'm always trying to go up there and do my best. I'm not here only to contribute offensively. Sometimes it's going to be a rough night at the plate, but I can still save the game defensively."
The only home run of the Giants' losing streak was Ryan Vogelsong's first career roundtripper on Thursday in an 11-3 loss.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Hasta la vista, Tim Lincecum?

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Hasta la vista, Justin Maxwell

He was pretty good early on, but he's been awful lately. 

This really is the time of year when  you can't tell the players without a scorecard. I'm still baffled why Mike Broadway and Ehire Adrianza are on the roster after performing as anything but MLB caliber players. Here's Chris Haft of --

LOS ANGELES -- The Giants added five players Tuesday, seizing upon the arrival of September and, with it, the carte blanche to expand active rosters. But the biggest surprise of all may have been the lone subtraction: reserve outfielder Justin Maxwell, who was designated for assignment.
San Francisco's other moves involved reinstating right-hander Tim Hudson and center fielder Angel Pagan from the 15-day disabled list, recalling catcher Hector Sanchez and right-hander Cody Hall from Triple-A Sacramento and purchasing the contract of infielder Nick Noonan from Sacramento.
Summoning Noonan necessitated removing somebody from the 40-man roster. The choice was Maxwell, whose stint with the Giants initially appeared charmed. He made the Opening Night squad as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training and contributed several key early-season hits, including a walk-off single in the 10th inning against the Dodgers on April 23. Maxwell had followed the Giants closely as a youth, since his father's favorite player was Willie Mays.
However, Maxwell had struggled lately. He was in a 9-for-52 (.173) tailspin that included one hit in his previous 19 at-bats. Overall, he hit .209 with seven home runs, 26 RBIs and a .275 on-base percentage in 100 games for San Francisco.
Maxwell, 31, declined to comment. "I'm not doing interviews," he said.
Transferring right-hander Tim Lincecum (hip condition) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL would have created a 40-man roster vacancy that might have saved Maxwell's job. But, Giants general manager Bobby Evans said, "We're going to need to do that at some point, most likely for a pitcher's spot."
Moreover, Evans added, the Giants sorely needed a backup infielder with shortstop Brandon Crawford still hurting, utility man Ehire Adrianza providing scant offense and third baseman Matt Duffy playing tirelessly -- even after spraining his right ankle. Also, the Giants suddenly have a surplus of outfielders, given Pagan's return from a knee injury and Alejandro De Aza's arrival following Monday night's trade that brought him from Boston to San Francisco.
Noonan spent much of 2013 with the Giants, batting .219 in 62 games. This year, he batted .266 in 19 games with Sacramento after hitting .262 in 67 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate. Noonan rejoined the Giants organization Aug. 7 after New York released him.
Unlike the other callups, Hall, 27, will make his Major League debut with his first appearance. He was 1-3 with a 3.46 ERA and three saves in 43 appearances for Sacramento.

Adrianza? Broadway?

Why are these guys on an MLB team? They're awful

I'm baffled why the front office of the Giants can't do better.