Sunday, August 28, 2016

Foltynewicz? Really?

One of the toughest parts of being a Giants fan is losing to someone like Mike Foltynewicz. What the hell? One Measley run?

He's  got a -0.9 WAR over 3 years and an 11-12 record. Yet the Giants made him look like the second coming of Sandy Koufax. It would not bother me in the slightest if the club fired "hitting" coach Hensley Meulens now.

Here's the disgusting story -

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Kemp launched a three-run home run deep over the center-field fence and Mike Foltynewicz continued his mastery of the Giants this year as the Braves halted San Francisco's brief winning streak with a 3-1 victory Saturday.
"It always feels good to put your team up, especially coming in here," Kemp said. "It's good to quiet the crowd a little bit. They get riled up when they're up. But if you can get on the board and get them down, they'll back off you a little bit. Folty pitched an excellent game. We gave as many runs as he needed and he did his thing."

Foltynewicz allowed just one run in six innings against the Giants in May, and the right-hander reenacted that performance at AT&T Park. Foltynewicz surrendered five hits and made only one costly mistake. Brandon Crawford made him pay for that miscue, lining a solo home run over the left-field fence in the second. But Foltynewicz faced little pressure from the majority of the Giants' lineup while pitching 7 2/3 formidable innings.
"That's a tough matchup for anybody, as well as he threw tonight," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "He was tough on us in Atlanta, too. He's got great stuff when he's on. He's tough."

Friday, August 26, 2016


That's Bruce Bochy talking after Matt Moore almost got a no-hitter tonight in LA.

Here's the top of Henry Schulman's story for the SF Chron --


LOS ANGELES — Matt Moore was smiling when manager Bruce Bochy came to get him, smiling in the clubhouse after a huge win, smiling when he addressed a horde of reporters who would have had a better story had the left-hander gotten his no-hitter, or cursed the gods that he lost it when he did.
The 4-0 win was too huge for any Giant to be aggravated, even Moore, who was an out away from no-hitting the Dodgers on Thursday night when rookie Corey Seager hit a clean but soft single to right, which Gorkys Hernandez had no chance to catch.
Moore had done so much at Dodger Stadium. He earned his first win with the Giants in his fifth start and, more significant, pitched them to a victory that prevented a three-game sweep that would have knocked them four games behind L.A. in the National League West.
Instead, the deficit is two, a huge difference with 35 to play.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I hate the dodgers

I'm writing this as the Good guys got pummeled 9-5. Mostly due to lousy pitching by Bumgarner, Javier Lopez and Cory Gearrin.

There's 37  games left and the Giants are 2 out. The dodgers may win the division but they will always suck.

If you don't like it, get out of here.


So it looks like the Giants backs are to the wall, according to the SF Chron --

 Since the night Clayton Kershaw last threw a pitch, the Dodgers have gained 10 games in the standings against the Giants.
That is one of many trends the Giants need to reverse, which they seem incapable of doing. The Bumgarner trend is beginning to look frightening.
He has lost four straight decisions to the Dodgers, who have won his past five starts. In three matchups this year the Dodgers have scored 10 earned runs in 16 innings.
The trend is troubling for many reasons, psychology included. The last thing Bumgarner needs is the Dodgers thinking they can get him, also the last thought that needs to creep into Bumgarner's head with two likely meetings to go.

WHATEVER. The over-entitled dodgers are probably cashing their World Series paychecks already.  TIME TO SHOW THEM THAT THEY SUCK

Friday, August 19, 2016

Back in first

I hate the All-Star Game

Everything was going fine until that damn four-day break, then everything fell apart. Things were improving until last Sunday when Santiago Casilla gave up a 3-run homer with two out in the 9th to give the Orioles an 8-7 vic, which led to a sweep by the Pirates. In short, that was a rough month with the stupid dodgers moving into first as of Wednesday

The dodgers have since lost two and the Giants won two from the Mets. Here's the MLB recap.

SAN FRANCISCO -- For one of the few occasions since the All-Star break, the San Francisco Giants looked like themselves again.
They played the brand of baseball Friday that suits their ballpark and their roster -- highlighted by pitching and defense -- in an 8-1 triumph over the New York Mets. Saddled with an 11-21 record since the break, San Francisco reclaimed first place in the National League West, a half-game ahead of Los Angeles.
Johnny Cueto (14-3), winless in six previous second-half starts, surrendered New York's lone run -- Curtis Granderson's homer -- and eight hits in seven innings. With the score tied, 1-1, the Giants launched a two-out rally in the seventh that featured RBI singles from pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza and Denard Span off reliever Jerry Blevins.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Flashing the leather: The Giants supported Cueto in the seventh inning with one of their finer defensive sequences of the season. Right fielder Hunter Pence deftly handled Granderson's leadoff fly, then raced into the right-center-field gap and left his feet to snare Asdrubal Cabrera's bid for extra bases. Eduardo Nunez, who is steadily adjusting to third base, ended the inning with a diving, backhanded stop of Rene Rivera's smash.
Baserunning blunder: The Mets appeared to be in prime position to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the fifth, after Kelly Johnson hit a two-out single to right field with runners on first and second. Seth Lugo held at third base, but Jose Reyes apparently didn't catch the sign and rounded second. Reyes got caught in a rundown before Lugo took off for home. Eventually, Lugo was tagged out by Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, wasting a scoring opportunity for New York.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Rough night for Matt Cain

Just when we thought that Cain had gotten it together, he had a lousy outing Friday night, per MC O'Connor at Raising (Matt) Cain --- 

The Baltimore Orioles like to hit home runs and they hit two big ones off Matt Cain to send him packing and that was the night, mostly. Cain faced 23 batters and gave up 11 hits. It was line drive this way and hard smash that way. Seven of the 12 outs Matty recorded were via strikeout--everyone was hacking. It was ugly. The 'pen (Kontos-Peavy) did fine, that bodes well, but the hitters couldn't get it done, that doesn't. It was the all-too-familiar anemia offensivia, and I'm hoping they find a cure soon. With the starter getting hammered they had a tough task, but five hits (three singles and two doubles) isn't cutting it. I don't know what to think about Cain. Just when it looked like he was making progress this happens. The O's are a good team, but still, this was bad. Meanwhile Madison Bumgarner, coming off a superb start in Washington, pitches tonight.


Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Crawford's 7-hit night

It was the first seven-hit game in 41 years since Rennie Stennet did it in 1975

Here is the top of's story --


MIAMI -- Brandon Crawford tied an all-time single-game National League record with a franchise-record seven hits, including the go-ahead single off Andrew Cashner in the 14th inning, to power the Giants to an 8-7 win over the Marlins on Monday night at Marlins Park.
With the win, the Giants remain a game ahead of the Dodgers for first place in the National League West. The Marlins fell to 7 1/2 games back of the NL East-leading Nationals and are tied with the Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card.
"It's crazy to me," Crawford said. "The history of the Giants with all the great players that have come through here, you would think that someone would push across seven hits in one day."

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Matt Cain is back

M.C. O'Connor at Raising (Matt) Cain notes that the Giants have won only 6 games since the All-Star break and lost 13. Three of those six wins have been in games Cain has started.

7-1 win in DC
Since the All-Star Break the Giants have won only six games--three of those wins have come the last three times Matt Cain has been the starting pitcher. Just another nutty circumstance in this increasingly nutty season. Today Matty had to match up with Stephen Strasburg. The first-pick phenom was not his usual dominant self: he could not get out of the 5th inning, surrendering eight hits and four runs to the Giants. Cain didn't overwhelm the Nationals, yielding five hits, three walks, and hitting two batters in his five-plus frames, but they couldn't score a run against him. And runs, of course, are what matter in this game. You can have all the baserunners you want but if you can't push them across no one gives a damn. The Giants found some life in their bats with Eduardo Nunez, Brandon Belt, and Buster Posey delivering the bulk of the big hits. Six relievers got the final 12 outs--well, five relievers got the final 12 outs as Jake Peavy, on to get the final out of the 8th, gave up three straight hits before being yanked. That was really the only blemish on the day. Unless you count the face blemish Hunter Pence applied to himself by fouling a ball off the plate into his cheek. He toughed it out and stayed in, managing a hit and run scored as well as a great catch in right to end the game.

This drought of winning baseball makes every win seem like manna from heaven. The team is still wandering in the desert, but a 4-3 record in the last seven games is something to celebrate, don't you think? String a bunch of those 4-and-3s together and you have a winning month. Or two.

Rubber match tomorrow (10:35 am PDT), Madison Bumgarner gets the call.



Friday, August 05, 2016

Three of five

The Giants have gone 5-13 since the All-Star break. Or they have gone 3-2 since Saturday. Let's hammer the Nats!!!

So the Giants gave up Duffy for Matt Moore.

Here's part of the story -- 

PHILADELPHIA -- After contributing significantly to the Giants' 3-2 victory Thursday over the Philadelphia Phillies, Matt Moore was asked about his initial impressions of his new teammates.
"I get the vibe that something good's always right about to happen," Moore said. "[Based on] some of the conversations the last few days with some of the everyday guys, they know it's going to happen. I don't see that panic or some kind of urgency."
Of course the Giants weren't alarmed. They were merely waiting for Moore to pitch.
Acquired from the Rays shortly before last Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline to deepen San Francisco's starting rotation, Moore demonstrated his considerable skill in his first start with the Giants. He allowed two runs on three hits and walked six in six innings, employing a fastball that reached 96 mph and breaking pitches that surprised even some of his new teammates.
"I didn't realize his curveball was that good," Giants center fielder Denard Span said.
Moore wasn't breathtakingly dominant. He walked two of the first four batters he faced and yielded Aaron Altherr's RBI double in the first inning. The 27-year-old found a solution, though: be himself on the mound.
"I calmed myself down and got back to some simple things," he said.