Saturday, August 25, 2018

Aramis Garcia in the Orange and Black

Chris Halt of mlb.com has the story -- he's replacing Buster Posey, who's getting knee surgery Monday.


SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey's (Buster) impending departure for Monday's season-ending hip surgery created a roster opening that will be filled by one of the few Sacramento River Cats who has not experienced a stint with the Giants this year: Aramis Garcia, who's ranked No. 15on the organization's list of prospects by MLB Pipeline.
Garcia, who will officially join the team on Sunday, actually materialized in the Giants' clubhouse a couple of weeks ago in case the team needed a replacement for an injured player. That need did not develop, prompting Garcia to depart as quickly and quietly as he arrived.
That won't be the case this time.
Manager Bruce Bochy indicated Saturday that veteran Nick Hundley (Hundo) will receive most of the playing time behind the plate.
"[Hundley] deserves this," Bochy said. However, with 31 games left from Sunday onward, Garcia certainly will have chances to demonstrate the skills that led the Giants to select him in the second round of the 2014 Draft.
Garcia, 25, compiled a .233/.285/.381 slash line with 11 home runs and 37 RBIs in 90 games -- 80 at Double-A Richmond and 10 at Sacramento.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Time for a win streak

It's time for a long win streak, starting tonight in New York. Sorry, Mets fans,  but this is going to happen

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Hating Yasiel Puig

What a lowlife. I can't stand him. Here's some reasons --

Puig was charged with reckless driving and speeding in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in April 2013, when he was caught driving 97 mph (156 km/h) in a 50 mph (80 km/h) zone.[57] He had those charges dismissed after he served 12 hours of community service.[58]
Puig was arrested on December 28, 2013, on another reckless driving charge for driving 110 miles per hour (180 km/h) in a 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) zone, in Naples, Florida, and taken to the Collier County Jail.[58][59] He was released after posting bail. The State of Florida elected to drop the reckless driving charge on January 28, 2014, after concluding that there was insufficient evidence to support the charge.[60]



It turns out that Puig's ridiculous attack on Nick Hundley on Tuesday night resulted in a trip to the disabled list for Dereck Rodriguez. Nice work by Bryan Murphy at McCovey Chronicles:


Earlier this afternoon, MLB passed judgment on the Hundley-Puig dust-up with Hundley receiving a fine and Puig a two-game suspension plus fine and we (or, at least I) thought the matter had been settled. Oh, stupid me.
The Giants placed Dereck Rodríguez on the disabled list tonight ahead of their 3-game series in Cincinnati with a Grade 1 hamstring strain. You might’ve heard that the Giants had shuffled their rotation around a bit to skip a fifth starter for this series — well, Casey Kelly goes from extra innings innings chewer to temporary fifth starter and, definitively, tomorrow’s starter against the Reds.
Rodríguez hurt his hamstring running out of the dugout to defend Nick Hundley against Yasiel Puig and was one of the first players to arrive on the scene:


Now, you might see the word tear and freak out, but rest assured, tears are common in the human body. All strains are tears but not all tears are strains. Some are bitter or for fear or from heaven. Why am I doing this? The Giants just lost their second-best starting pitcher as they head into a crucial series (they’re all crucial at this point). He’ll be fine, eventually, but the Giants won’t be, immediately anyway, but also, possibly, eventually.
Maybe it should’ve gone without saying that Rodríguez is having a stellar year, striking out 65 in 80 innings on a 2.25 ERA and 3.08 FIP as well as being the inspiration for this striking new t-shirt, but I reconsidered midway through this post: the Giants just lost their #2 starter for at least two starts with only 40 games left to play.
While you’re at it, please go check out Kerry Crowley’s fantastic story on how the Giants landed Rodríguez in the offseason. It’ll lessen the pain of tonight’s news.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Shades of 1962

Friday, August 10, 2018

13-10

The Giants hung on tonight to break a 3-game losing streak -- matching its total in runs scored for the previous five games.

Buster Posey got 4 hit. MC OConnor at Raising Matt Cain had this post


SF 13  PIT 10
The Giants lineup enjoyed a rare fruitful evening, battering Pirates rookies starter Clay Holmes for seven runs in the first three innings. (Holmes was born in Dothan, Alabama, birthplace of Matt Cain.) They battered reliever Casey Sadler for four more in the next three innings. Fun fact: Buster Posey had four hits in the first four innings! Former Giants pitcher Kyle Crick was crazy wild and generated some bad blood on the home bench when he drilled Evan Longoria in the 7th, that led to another run. Crick was a first-round draft pick (#46) in 2011 and went to Pittsburgh in the Andrew McCutchen deal. The Giants also got Joe Panik (#29) in the first round that year.

You'd figure 12 runs would be enough, and it was, but the Bucs battled back with three off Derek Holland in the first five innings and four in the 7th with a grand slam off Pierce Johnson (two runs were charged to Holland). Johnson was a first-rounder (#43, Cubs) in 2012, the year Chris Stratton was the 20th pick. I only mention that because new pitcher Casey Kelley, just promoted from Sacramento, was also a first-round pick (#30, Red Sox). That was back in 2008 when Buster Posey was the fifth pick overall.

Tony Watson had a rare bad outing in the 8th, giving up two more runs, and the Giants 11-3 lead dwindled to 12-9, but they added on in their half to make it 13-9, which was good as closer Will Smith gave up a run in the 9th. It was ugly, it should have been a cakewalk, but there's no sense complaining about esthetics when the team is desperate to put together a winning stretch.

The Giants have yet to name a starter for tomorrow's game at 6:05 Pacific. Let's hope they keep swinging the bats!

--M.C.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

A glorious 3-2 victory

The Giants hung for a 3-2 victory today in Arizona for a 57-56 record. It was their fifth 3-2 win of the season

Zo at Raising Matt Cain has an excellent post about how strong the Giants pitching has been for the past 6 weeks


I heard on the radio that since June 20 (I'm pretty sure that was the date mentioned) the Giants have the best ERA, save Boston, of any team in the major leagues.   Obviously, Boston has been doing a lot more winning in that time frame.  Can that even be right?

Giants salvaged a split in Arizona, which gives them a win for their road trip (4 - 2).  That is their first winning road trip this year.  They won behind some good pitching from Derek Holland and a spate of relievers by a score of 3 - 2.  Nick Hundley got an rbi and Evan Longoria got 2, the second an 8th inning solo shot to give the Giants the lead.  Ray Black was on the mound in the 7th, so he was credited with the win.  Watson and Dyson pitched the 8th, and Will Smith the 9th.  (Also, Reyes Moronta pitched 2/3 of an inning after Holland was pulled after 5 1/3.)  The Giants scored 8 runs in the first game of this 4-game series, and 3 in each game thereafter, for a total of 17.  The snakes scored 18 total.

So if the Giants are now only 1 game over .500, but their pitching has been very good, I guess you can figure out why they aren't posting a better record.  We seem to be in pretty good shape as long as DRod, MadBum or Dutch is on the mound.  Maybe Andrew Suarez and Chris Stratton need nicknames.  Or maybe Blach needs to start a game, although he has been damn good as a reliever.  Maybe Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutcheon can carry a bit of the load until Crawford can get a bit more consistent at the plate and Belt comes back.  But the season's running along, the Giants need to improve if they are going to have any hope of an impact.  Buster Posey played at first, he went 1 for 3.  Houston up next at the Phone.  That's not going to be easy.  

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Four in a row

After an ugly 4-game losing streak, the Giants have ripped off a 4-game win streak. They managed their longest of the year between May 30 and June with five. Now is the time to match and go past

 They've gotten good contributions from six new players -- Reyes Montara, Andy Suarez, Derick Rodriguez, Alen Hanson, Steve Duggar and Austin Slater.

Grant Bisbee at McCovey Chronicles explains why the Giants decided to stand pat with the same roster at the trade deadline. 

Here's part --

The Giants are holding on to their controllable bullpen because ... they actually expect to contend next year, too.
This is a big paradigm shift. My guess is that the Giants were trying to build a .500 team this year because .500 teams are watchable, if frustrating. And look at that, the Giants have built a .500 team that might be the most watchable-if-frustrating team in baseball. They knew that being abjectly terrible again would be murder for their brand, so they at least wanted to be watchable, and there was a fair chance that they would contend at the same time. Mission accomplished.
But how they got there is another story. Aside from the usual suspects, three of the top 11 rookie pitchers by Baseball-Reference’s WAR are on the Giants (Dereck Rodriguez, Reyes Moronta, and Andrew Suarez), and they’re getting contributions from youngsters like Alen Hanson, Austin Slater, and Steven Duggar. They look like a roster that might be able to reload sensibly in the offseason, when they’re free of luxury-tax restrictions.