Friday, September 28, 2018

Will Smith Wins Willie Mac Award

So little has gone right for the guys, who are now 5-18 for September. So will post about Will Smith instead.


Here's Chris Haft's story --

SAN FRANCISCO -- Will Smith's steady ascent toward winning the Giants' 2018 Willie Mac Award actually began one year earlier.
Smith, 29, spent that year recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery, which he underwent March 30, 2017. The dignity and diligence that Smith maintained during his recovery and ultimate return to San Francisco's bullpen gained the respect of teammates and coaches, who cast the most significant votes for the award that represents the franchise's highest honor.
The award is named for Willie McCovey, the Hall of Fame first baseman whose determination and competitive spirit inspired teammates throughout his 22 Major League seasons (1959-80) -- most of which were spent with the Giants.
Smith thanked his teammates in brief remarks during a pregame ceremony.
"I love those guys to death," the left-hander said.
Smith replaced Hunter Strickland as San Francisco's closer in late June and entered Friday night's series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers with 14 saves in 18 opportunities.
Statistically, Smith has experienced broad success. His 1.90 ERA ranked second among National League relievers, trailing only Milwaukee's Jeremy Jeffress (1.33). His strikeout rate of 12.12 per nine innings and .179 opponents' batting average were seventh-best in the league in both categories.
"When he went about his rehab last year, he was always around and always positive," Giants left-hander Ty Blach said. "He worked his butt off to get back here. He wanted to come back and help the team, and that's what he did."
Previous winners who attended the Willie Mac festivities included Jack Clark (the inaugural winner in 1980), Darrell Evans (1983), emcee Mike Krukow (1985-86), Chris Speier (1987), Dave Dravecky (1989), Mike Felder (1992) and Ellis Burks (2000). Active players and coaches present and in uniform were Hunter Pence (2013), Madison Bumgarner (2014), Brandon Crawford (2016) and Nick Hundley (2017). Buster Posey (2012), sidelined by hip surgery, was introduced but did not appear on the field.

Monday, September 24, 2018

4-17 for September

The Giants front office fired the GM Bobby Evans and the team then went out and lost 5-0 to San Diego as if to prove the ownership's point. Did this guy make a single deal that worked out?

The guys went to the playoffs in 2016. They had a mathematical shot at that scenario as recently as late August and now they've now gone 4-17 in September.

Here's a post from Raising Matt Cain.

Takin' one for the Team

SD 5  SF 0
That's Bobby Evans, former minor league administrative assistant and now former General Manager. It was quite a ride and it came to an end after twenty-four years. This is the Giants which means they will keep him around--assuming he wants to stay--and find another job for him. But an new GM is on the agenda for Larry Baer and Brian Sabean. Sabes wants to stay upstairs, his late night poker games are a thing of the past. BobbyE was supposed to do that part of the job but it didn't work out. Brian's a family man, and made the mistake of hiring another like himself. The Giants probably need an outsider who will clash with senior management and ownership now and again just to keep the water in the hot tub fresh. We'll see if they can pull it off. I don't expect anything splashy, like luring Kim Ng away from the Commisioner's Office, but some new blood seems likely.

In the meantime the Giants got shut out by the Padres, at home no less. On the bright side that's only the eighth time they've failed to score at least a run this season. They drop to 4-17 for September, a brisk .190 clip.

Chris Stratton tomorrow night.

--M.C.

Friday, September 21, 2018

72-82

The Giants guaranteed themselves a losing season tonight with a discouraging 5-3 to the Cards as Madison Bumgarner allowed 3 runs and the Marc Melancon-Tony Watson tandem gagged away the game in the 8th.

Here's the top of MLB's story --

ST. LOUIS -- It's been a hot-and-cold season for southpaw Madison Bumgarner and the Giants. He opened September giving up a flurry of runs in a pair of starts, and the runs have been sparse for an offense that saw first baseman Brandon Belt undergo season-ending knee surgery Friday morning prior to the Giants' 5-3 loss that evening to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
With a team that has been eliminated from the postseason and continues to struggle, manager Bruce Bochy was still pleased with the Giants' performance. Bumgarner didn't deliver an ace performance, but he kept the Giants within striking distance, allowing three runs in six innings off eight hits. What Bochy wasn't happy about, however, was the Giants' misfortune.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

11-game losing streak

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Seven-game losing streak

I tend to post when the Giants win but they've just lost seven in a row. No one on the team is hitting worth a damn

So I'm reduced to posting about the Dodgers losing.

The Giants are fifth-lowest in runs with 556 leading only Baltimore, KC, San Diego and Miami. So we are grouped in with some pathetic teams.

It was also the MLB debut of rookie Abaitel Avelino, who struck out in the first at bat. He has an interesting routine before coming to the plate.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Buster's surgery

Buster Posey went under the knife on Aug. 27 and will hopefully be back for opening day of the 2019 season. The Giants web site posted a brief update today.

Fangraphs has a long article about how it will play out. Bottom line -- not great. Here's a key paragraph --

On the one hand, it would seem to be good news that the cause of Posey’s sagging production has been diagnosed and is treatable. On the other, one has to wonder how much impact such a surgery will have on a catcher heading into his age-32 season. While several position players have undergone hip surgeries in the past decade — a partial list would include Ike Davis, Carlos Delgado, Jacoby Ellsbury, Alex Gordon, Mike Lowell, Logan Morrison, Alex Rodriguez, Corey Seager, Steven Souza, and Chase Utley — it would appear that relatively few catchers have done so.