Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Eric Hosmer recalls last year's Game 4

It was a thing of Beauty

Eric Hosmer of the Royals mentioned during the postgame tonight that the Royals won't get over-confident with a 2-0 advantage over the Mets. "We were up 2 games to 1 last year and had a 4-1 lead in Game 4," he said. It's all true -- Vogelsong gave up 3 in the third; Machi got the last out and Petit then pitched 3 shutout innings as the Giants scored 1 in the 3rd, 2 in the 5th, 3 in the 6th and 4 in the 7th --

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A bit of good Lincecum news

 Now that the dodgers are focused on counting their money and tee times, here's some decent news ...

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting Tim Lincecum may start throwing in 4 to 6 weeks -- 

Tim Lincecum  is said to be well ahead of schedule following his hip surgery. His throwing program is expected to begin in four-to-six weeks. While the Giants are looking at it as a possible minor-league deal, if he's throwing well, he could throw for them.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Will Timmy come back?

That's Tim Lincecum, in case you were wondering. 

Chris Haft of reports that a decision is still months away. 

GM Bobby Evans talked about this and a lot of other issues in an Oct. 6 news conference. I was so bummed at how the season had ended that I didn't ready about it until just now....

As of now, Jake Peavy, Matt Cain and Chris Heston would join Bumgarner in the rotation. But that doesn't mean the Giants will proceed as if they have just one opening for a starter. "We have to keep an open mind," Evans said.
Evans announced that center fielder Angel Pagan, who's entering the final year of his four-year, $40 million contract, will undergo right knee surgery Tuesday. Evans said that this procedure should enhance the mobility of Pagan, who ranked 23rd among Major League center fielders in multiple defensive metrics this season, according to
Evans noted that infielder Kelby Tomlinson will report to the Giants' instructional league camp next Monday to begin learning the rudiments of playing outfield, as has been expected. Evans also said that the signing of Cuban outfielder Eddy Martinez isn't final, though an official announcement is expected soon.
Evans addressed a host of other issues, including:
• Retaining free-agent right-hander Mike Leake. Evans indicated that the sides had mutual interest, but the Giants might not act as fast as Leake would prefer.
• Holding onto Tim Lincecum, who's recovering from hip surgery. Evans suggested that no decision could be made until Lincecum regains his health, which won't happen for months.
• Whether to tender a contract to arbitration-eligible right-hander Yusmeiro Petit. "It'll be a hard decision to make if we decide not to tender him," Evans said.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Not Mattingly's fault?

Fox Sports makes the argument that the dodgers collapse in the playoffs can't be tied to the manager but should be laid at the feet of the front office. 

I think it's nonsense.

This is a guy who continued playing Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley as if they were still All-Stars when they are marginal at best. This is a guy who can't seem to handle the Head Case Hall of Famer Yasiel Puig

I bet he does get fired

Dodgers loooooooooose

Despite having Game 2 gift-wrapped to them by the umpires, the dodgers went down in flames tonght at Chavez Latrine. There have been few teams that were more deserving of a loss

How appropriate that Cheating Chase Utley -- who deliberately broke Ruben Tejada's leg on a tackle in Game 2 -- made the first out of the ninth inning. Let's hope this coward, who clobbered Tejada when Tejada had his back turned, has played his last MLB game.

Anybody but the dodgers. Thanks to the Mets, the dodgers will spend next year reminscing about the 1988 World Series.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Chase Utley = Scott Cousins = psychopath

As if we didn't need another reason to despise the Dodgers.

Chase Utley did a pretty good Scott Cousins imitation last night, trying to end the career of Ruben Tejada. In both cases, you have a guy who's a marginal player who will doing something immoral in the name of "hard-nosed baseball."

There's a long post on SB Nation about all this by Grant Bisbee, who makes the point that this was far worse than Matt Holiday's slide into Marco Scutare in 2012.

It's worse. It's clearly, unambiguously worse. Holliday slid earlier, and he slid toward the bag. Utley slid later and he targeted the fielder.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

150 days to the Cactus League opener

That's how Jon Miller ended today's radiocast, reminding us that the Giants will next play the Angels (who also failed to make the postseason) on March 2.

I liked Matt Cain going 5 strong shutout innings today.

I also like the pending signing of Eddy Julio Martinez, who sounds like pretty good Cuban outfielder 

Tomiinson's speed

It is the real deal -- Kelby Tomlinson is one of the fastest in the MLB. Proved it today.

Bruce Bochy told this --

"There aren't too many guys that are going to get an inside-the-parker there," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It was a close play, but he's fast. He runs the bases well. Roberto [Kelly] was excited to send him there. That's one of the most exciting plays in baseball."