Game 83 Preview: Hot Bats in the Second Half

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Greek Giant

Todays Game: Giants (32-50) VS Pirates (37-43) at Roberto Clemente Park, 4:05 PM
Matt Moore (3-8, 6.04) Vs Chad Kuhl (2-6, 5.58)

Last Night the Giants Bashed. Let’s keep it up!

Five Questions

  1. How long is Matt Moore’s rope?
  2. Will the Giants continue their hot hitting?
  3. Who will end up with a higher average Denard Span or Joe Panik?
  4. When will MadBum make his return to the team?
  5. How should we interpret Lawrence Baer’s comments on the Giants not rebuilding this year?
  • steve k

    this is not for TO, or brother E, or the other negative nellies, debbie downers, etc. it’s more for guys like me, TF, ST, and the other die hards. if the giants go 60-21 for the 2nd half of the season, can they sneak in to the playoffs? the 1st half was an aberration, for sure. it was the perfect storm of injuries, and everyone, except BP28 being ice cold at the same time. the real giants will show up the next 3 months. strap yourself in, this is going to be an awfully fun summer.

    • 610nm

      TO’s theory is beyond bizarre. I know he’s a Giants fan of long standing, but wanting to have the worst record in baseball is silly.

      60-21 is farfetched. But playing the kind of baseball where the other team knows that they faced the real San Francisco Giants (no matter the outcome), and where our team starts to reset itself is greatly to be hoped for.

      • 610nm

        If I work on it, I can probably devise a better adjective than ‘silly’. Probably the better choices can’t be typed into Disqus?

      • The Oracle

        Overtaking the Phillies is probably unrealistic. I only ask that they do the best they can.

        • 610nm

          I do like people like yourself who think for themselves – other viewpoints can be quite thought provoking. But on this one, we just don’t agree.

          • Moooooooooose

            Doing the opposite is not thinking for yourself.

          • Matthew

            Attention seeking comes in many obnoxious forms

          • The Oracle

            Of course. Someone who disagrees with you must be seeking attention.

          • Matthew

            “Am I wrong?”

          • Bapah

            “Provoking” was the operative descriptor in that sentence.

    • Matthew

      Atta babe.

      • totalfan62

        Approve.

        • paul in p.v.

          Ditto!

    • Efrain

      Brother Steve, too bad we all can’t have a drink of your kool-aid or smoke what you smoke.

      great take on the situation, but the Giants best case scenario is to play 500 ball the rest of the way and that will be a victory in itself.

      The team is not very good, the first half was not an “aberration” it was more of a culmination of bad contracts and bad drafting.

  • Matthew

    5. Given the incredible dominoes that fell this year, you should interpret it as confidence in the core of the team.

  • Bleacher Bob

    All for the Span sock. If you’re uniform is ridiculous, wear it that way.

    • 610nm

      Is that a cross between an octopus and a mushroom cluster in your picture?

      • Bleacher Bob

        Cubensis bloom.

        • Matthew

          Related to the Orlando Bloom?

          • Bleacher Bob

            No, but Tony Orlando liked them. Not sure about Dawn.

        • 610nm

          This is indeed an educational blog.

  • Matthew

    Waldo Span!

  • Efrain

    1. All season, they really don’t have many options. They just need him to work himself out of this.

    2. No, it’s not like they just learned how to hit all of the sudden.

    3. Doesn’t matter in the big picture
    4. He should be shelved rest of the season
    5. Typical Giants PR BS

  • The Oracle

    Lopez vs. Affeldt is no contest. Lopez is waaay better.

  • Michael Scott

    How long is Matt Moore’s rope? Just a foot above the ground.
    Will the Giants continue their hot hitting? No reason that they score can 10 runs a game
    Who will end up with a higher average Denard Span or Joe Panik? No reason to answer that
    When will MadBum make his return to the team? How fast is his dirt bike?
    How should we interpret Lawrence Baer’s comments on the Giants not rebuilding this year? Believe him

  • totalfan62

    Let’s have it, Matty Mo.

    • Matthew

      If the first step to recovery is acknowledgement, I’m on my way:

      I have the Moore Yips

      • 610nm

        with good reason.

      • Bleacher Bob

        Matt Moore – Torture!

      • Bapah

        I have more confidence in Matt Cain than I do in Matt Moore.

  • 2holehitting

    1: short enough so his feet fall 1 foot short of the ground
    2: Nope
    3:Span as he goes down with an injury for the season
    4: Way to soon
    5: Giants are never rebuilding, even when they sucked in the 000’s

  • 2holehitting

    Giants look good in Cubs old road colors.

  • 1 Plentiful
    2 Yes
    3 Span
    4 when we start to sniff the post season, or opening day next season. But knowing the way the FO operates, soon after the all star break
    5 that of a caretaker for the board of shareholders

  • Bapah

    Hopefully 3 walks max.

    • Bapah

      OK, That’s it for me.

    • 610nm

      Pretty sure that’s gonna come up in the currently held conversation.

      • Bapah

        I was just answering #1

        • 610nm

          oooh, snarky! I like it.

    • totalfan62

      Ridiculous. Do you not throw some warmups from the stretch? Come on, kid.

      • Bapah

        I’m not on the Mooreboat. Soft in the spine thingy.

        • Matthew

          Spineless heaver

          • totalfan62

            Maybe, but as Javi says his stuff plays. It’s Jonathan Sanchez 2.0. Focus and execute. Trust Buster.

            Hard to pitch into the seventh when you throw 24 pitches in the first inning.

          • Brownie

            It’s 28 but who’s counting

          • totalfan62

            I was guessing. 😊

          • Matthew

            I do like Javi, but he tends to dance perilously close to Krukow Unicorn Territory

          • Brownie

            true

        • Bleacher Bob

          And a dopey look on his face.

      • Once the game starts he does.

  • Matthew

    He should change to #75

  • Great run saving play by Moore. Also keeping the no hitter in tact.

    • Brownie

      LOL

    • Matthew

      He’s got a shot if his pitch count limit is 264

  • Hoona

    Hit one over the fence when the team needs it Belt

    • Matthew

      So, you grading his home runs?

      • Hoona

        Seems like the HRs always come when they’re leading by a ton or losing by a ton.

        • Matthew

          Nope.

          I know it’s a frustrating season, but Belt is having a very solid season all around. Enjoy it, Hoona

          • Hoona

            Oh no, he’s having a fine season. In fact, I think he’s going to hit a career high mark in HRs. That’s fine. I’m enjoying the season, all right.

            Myself and Crawfish Joe were the first ones to notice the team’s turnaround by the way. I’m not giving up on the season yet.

        • Eric Ritz

          9 of his 15 HR this year have come with the team within 2 runs. 5 of them have come in tie games. His HR have come in more important situations than anybody on the team this year, no joke. Not every HR can come in a clutch situation.

  • Brownie

    94 mph fastball to an 81 mph change up. Why can’t he pitch like this every time? He’s the very definition of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

    • just peachy.

      I just named the plant in my office at work Jekyll and Hyde. Kuhl story, I know.

      • Brownie

        Why you working on a Sat?

        • just peachy.

          By just I mean yesterday afternoon

          • Brownie

            That’s the definition of just?

          • just peachy.

            In my peachy world, yes

          • RobDeer

            Kuhl breeze, mon

      • Matthew

        On a Kuhl run, I see, Beanie

  • The Oracle

    Moore looks like he’s pitching on the planet Mercury.

  • just peachy.

    Kuhl Beans

  • totalfan62

    Nice reset inning, Matty. Like that.

  • just peachy.

    If Kuhl gets diarrhea, would you call it Kuhl Runnings?

    • Matthew

      Is his in between innings beverage Kuhl Aid?

    • Bapah

      It took me 3 looks at this post to realize that it was NOT Matthew.

      • just peachy.

        I beat him to it and I’m not even Jamaican.

  • Bapah

    Strike 3 on Moore was not strike 3 on Moore.

    • That is a most definitely true and correct statement by you. HPU has to have a major bug up his ass in order to call that a strike.

      • Bapah

        This is 2-in-a-row HPUs with vision and judgement deficiencies.

        • Matthew

          And ass bugs, apparently

          • Bapah

            That’s a Dx I’ve never heard before. It sounds alright, just never heard it.

    • steve k

      pitiful call

  • Keep’n It Real

    Shams Charania@ShamsCharania 1h1 hour ago
    Andre Iguodala has canceled the remainder of his free agency meetings, league sources tell The Vertical.

    Warriors prepared to make a 3 year offer (per Marcus Thompson). There’s thoughts out there that Iggy will be bringing Rockets offer to Warriors. Probably Dubs or Rockets. Cavs also discussing trading Shumpert to Rockets (which will allow them to re-sign Kyle Korver), so there’s that too.

    • Hoona

      He was never going to any other team but the Warriors.
      He’s a smart guy, he knows what they have here. Just wanted more money & years on that contract.

      • Matthew

        I tend to agree with that take

    • totalfan62

      That’s right–big day in NBA today.

      • Bleacher Bob

        Who is care?

  • Matthew

    The Matt Moore-est Inning of the last 2 innings!

  • Why was the throw to third cut? It didn’t look off line. Or did it?

  • totalfan62

    Two outs, no one on…

  • Bleacher Bob

    Geraint Thomas wins stage 1 of the Tour de France. Be honest, who here predicted that?

    • Matthew

      His EPO supplier?

      • totalfan62

        Who is care?

      • Bleacher Bob

        Next step for MLB will be a biological passport where all blood tests are compared to the baseline. But juicers are always going to be a step or two ahead.

    • Sgbssfg

      I’m still trying to figure out why they were in Düsseldorf.

      • Bleacher Bob

        20th anniversary of Ullrich winning the dopest tour ever?

  • Brownie

    A man should never say that he went for a jog. SMH

    • Matthew

      Flemm always struck me as a guy with moobs and a fanny pack

      • crawnik

        Moobs?

        • Brownie

          Man Boobs?

        • Matthew

          Man boobs

        • crawnik

          LOL. Okay then.

        • totalfan62

          Man boobs. I’ve been accused. Often.

      • Bleacher Bob

        Flemm might wear the Manssiere.

    • Or talk about his sweat. Disgusting.

  • crawnik

    This is either the beauty of baseball or it’s a headscratcher: Moore has the highest road ERA of any NL starter at 8.39. The Pirates starter, Kuhl, has a home ERA of over 7.00. Giants have no hits thru 3 and it’s 1-0. Yep, should’ve saved some of those runs from last night.

    • Foothills A-rye-o

      A couple of teasers. Kuhl has a heck of an arm, looks like bullpen arm though. Moore has such high maintenance in his mechanics. Lots of fiddling to get his timing right.

      • crawnik

        Kuhl has only thrown what, 46 thru for 4?

        • Foothills A-rye-o

          Really settled down after getting lit by comebacker

  • Matthew

    One pitch: stretch. Yippee

    • Umpire granted time after Moore started his wind up. They never should do that. Messed with Moores head.

      • Brownie

        Moore messes with his own head.

        • just peachy.

          Seems like he should do that in private.

      • Matthew

        Moore’s head is as delicate as egg shells

  • Matthew

    His parents really missed a fantastic opportunity.

    He should be Jack Moroff

    • just peachy.

      Yes, then he could become a pornstar as a backup career.

      • Matthew

        Kuhl Jack Moroff

  • Hoona

    Nice pick Panik. Saved a run

  • Brownie

    Has this camera dude been drinking?

    • Several camera DUI’s I heard

  • Forgetting that the Giants have hit the ball HARD several times The Oracle – is nevertheless rooting for a Pirates No Hitter – even as early as the 5th inning.

    #ManCrushHoweverOnCrawfordbyTO

  • Bleacher Bob

    Did Flemm just say No Hits yet? Jinx this sucker.

    • Matthew

      Ryder will break it up

      • Matthew

        …..In the 8th

        • Bleacher Bob

          …as the clouds move in and thunder claps and it’s Ryder on the storm.

    • Kuiper has mentioned it about 298 times

  • Lots or partying after a midnight dinner last night per Ryder Jones’ first hit….

  • Some of Rob Deer’s former teammates in high school

    https://www.facebook.com/ExtraMustard.SI/videos/703412569810527/?pnref=story

  • Foothills A-rye-o

    Heard that Kuhl has yet to record an out past the 5th this year. Giants will oblige.

    • Matthew

      Harrison and Cutch say “hi”

    • Oblige this ….

  • 1) How long is Matt Moore’s rope?
    * Sixth or 7th
    2) Will the Giants continue their hot hitting?
    * Depends on the Pirates pitchers changeup and what time they got to bed after….
    3) Who will end up with a higher average Denard Span or Joe Panik?
    * Span
    4) When will MadBum make his return to the team?
    * 2017_ July 32nd.
    5) How should we interpret Lawrence Baer’s comments on the Giants not rebuilding this year?
    * A Proud Investor/Owner Mouth Piece saying what they all do.

  • Brownie

    Let’s score some mfng runs. Ok, at least one

    • totalfan62

      Start with getting a hit. Then another hit or two. Right here, guys. We’re making this guy look a lot better than he is.

      • Brownie

        I’ll take a HR

    • GOOD call

    • Matthew

      Browniestradamus

  • BARTENDER ! ! !

  • Hoona

    Atta boy Slater!!

  • Matthew

    Too funny

  • just peachy.

    Well, that’s one way to get a HR. Why did it take so long for people to realize McCutcheon totally did not have it?

  • Andres The Forever Giant

    SLAYER! 🙂

  • Atta babe Austin.

  • Brownie

    TO is not happy right now.

  • Hoona

    Too good to bat 8th.

    • Matthew

      But it’s working

      • Peter Johnson

        Might want to look up his best games, he had high RBI Games batting higher in the order .

        • Matthew

          It’s a team game. It’s working

  • crawnik

    MyGuy breaks up the no-no!

  • Foothills A-rye-o

    Strong quick hands

    • Bleacher Bob

      Moroff?

  • There is Mac Willamson, there is Jarrett Parker but there is only one Austin Slater.

    Mac or Jarrett will be dealt in the off season. Slater is the real deal, with time might become ‘our’ Stephen Piscotty.

    • totalfan62

      That would be sweet. Stanford strong.

  • El Spanola

  • Matthew

    Osuna Marrero

    • Or the former Detroit LF who rolled the ball to home plate

  • just peachy.

    “Osuna is not a natural outfielder”

    Giants: “well shoot, he should have been on our team!”

  • Kuhl has kuhled off.

    • just peachy.

      He needs some Kuhl Aid

      • Matthew

        In nod to Harry Caray:

        Kuhl Hand Lhuk

    • Awwww….

  • crawnik

    Keep the line moving….

    • Foothills A-rye-o

      Conga

  • Mike Foltynewicz KNOWS this current feeling in his tummy

    • Foothills A-rye-o

      Good call

  • Kuhl went a little Kuhlkoo Kuhlkoo for a few batters

  • Slater looks like he’s really having fun playing at this level.

    • Foothills A-rye-o

      It must be fun hitting bombs to straight center. He’s hitting big boy HRs.

  • Matthew

    Please, no Lab Puppy Piddle Inning, Matty

  • You just KNEW that Cutch wanted to come down from his leap …. take a few steps … and then throw the ball back to the infield …

    • Foothills A-rye-o

      A 4 effort

  • We need a grounder to Panik

  • PerSpeier35

    Pence struck himself out on the previous strike, a hanging meatball right down the middle that he took.

    • He doesn’t miss too many of those eye level meat balls either

  • That ball was the deadest bird I have ever seen. Pick up your thumbs MEAT!

    • Matthew

      Let’s see if Sybil can pitch through it

  • I can’t let a guy name Max MORE OFF – do damage to me

  • BINGO AND don’t YOU just love Joe Panik

    Ryder can’t let that ball roll ‘up his arm’

    • 610nm

      yes.

      • 610nm

        by the way, that is not the hardest quiz I ever had to take!

    • Bleacher Bob

      Uncomfortable resemblance.

  • Hoona

    Looked like Moroff just beat it out

    • Bleacher Bob

      Jacking us around.

    • crawnik

      I thonk so too

  • Crowd is calling the game

  • Matthew

    Bochy having them check the slide at 2nd, boys

  • JASO is a tough SOB at bat, did I say tough SOB at bat?

  • The slide part of the rule sucks. Get rid of it because …..he did….slide ….PAST the bag.

    Ryder’s bobble hurt the back end call

  • just peachy.

    It sounded like the announcer said “Josh” Jaso instead of John

    • Matthew

      My daughter believes he could make a romper look acceptable

      • Brownie

        What is a romper?

        • 610nm

          we probably don’t want to know!

        • Matthew

          Geez. First “moobs”, now “romper”

          Keep up, Archie

        • Clothes your eyes and remember when you were single … 🙂

      • just peachy.

        You mean a romp-him? Can anyone make that look acceptable? They barely look acceptable on most women.

        • Sgbssfg

          Really should not be worn outside the preschool set.

  • Matthew

    This is a huge challenge to Moore, since he thought he was out of the inning

  • just peachy.

    I’ve got to say Kontos could make any holiday colors on the uniform look acceptable.

  • 95 MPH

  • KA KA * KA KA

  • Georgie Porgie

  • crawnik

    Bye Moore.

  • totalfan62

    Kontos: Get. This. Out.

    • totalfan62

      Attababe.

  • Harrison – a few yrs ago – I wanted in Orange and Black.

    TOUGH SOB who plays anywhere you ask.
    Likes to foul off 17 pitches per at bat

    • ………………….

    • Bleacher Bob

      Like to see him throw in some Joe Morgan chicken wing.

    • totalfan62

      Me too. Always liked him.

  • PORGIE

  • Matthew

    GREEK POWER!!!

  • Brownie

    Jorge looks different

  • 610nm

    That’s one way to put up a goose-egg inning. Let’s try the easier ways next inning.

  • totalfan62

    Gotta score now. Buster HR?

    • Preach

    • Bleacher Bob

      Nice grimace Buster!

  • Hoona

    Big AB Belt

  • two strikes – right where he wants to be

  • Trade speed for 28

    • Hoona

      I’ll take it

  • LOL Cubs

    • Matthew

      What now?

  • #35 needs to put that on the ground …

  • Crawford has some serious funk going on at the plate.

  • BS interpretation call – replay

    • Matthew

      Umps hate the world

  • totalfan62

    This is ridiculous. Umps should just say no. I thought thry already used their challenge?

    • Sgbssfg

      They were right on the last one.

  • This’ll be a good spot for a PH HR.

  • If the Pirates wIn this Bochy gets tossed – total BULLSHIT CALL

    • Sgbssfg

      BS!

  • Hoona

    Jesus Christ…

  • Get kicked out Boch. Go lose your mind. Com’on.

    • Keep’n It Real

      I agree.

  • Matthew

    Fuck NY! Fuck replay. That is absurd

    • RobDeer

      Fuckin hilarious. So brutal.

      • Sgbssfg

        Add in all the questionable strike calls, …

  • The effing rule is when you reach second and head past the bag towards third. One of Belts feet was ON the bag at second base.

  • Brownie

    I’m confused

    • Matthew

      They like to piss on trees to show authority. This time it was by a rules interpretation that is so wrong it’s laughable

      • Bapah

        I’m without words.

    • So are the umps. If you are the runner from first and you think your teammate at the plate hit one far – they sometimes ROUND second on the thirdbase side. Then they see the CF make a play so in heading back to first the runner has to retouch second base. That is not what just happened.

      • Brownie

        he didn’t round 2nd though

        • Bapah

          Prefuckinactly.

        • Matthew

          Exactly. He. Didn’t. Round. 2nd.

  • doobieibood

    it was his body language

  • crawnik

    Unbelievable.

  • f****n homers.

  • totalfan62

    That is the worst call I’ve ever seen! He has to make a definite break for third. Why would he even do that?

    Bochy: get your ass out there and argue that BS. Blatant miss. Wow.

    • Matthew

      The problem is that the crew has no say. It’s all NY…so who would he yell at? They called it right

      • Andres The Forever Giant

        Belt truly is in The Twilight Zone on the bases. Weird things happen to him out there!

  • crawnik

    That rule was adopted my managers who can’t manage.

  • He is a KEEPER

  • Hoona

    Hell of a grab Austin! He’s the real deal

  • Bleacher Bob

    POTD

  • RobDeer

    Pagan plays that on two hops.

    • Andres The Forever Giant

      Then it skips on by him to the wall!

    • Ought Oh …

  • Surprised Clint didn’t challenge Austins catch. He might of won it.

    • RobDeer

      Clint Hurdle: The Human Rain Delay

      • just peachy.

        I thought that was Gearrin.

        • Actually Mike Hargrove

        • RobDeer

          Be Kuhl, Peaches

          • just peachy.

            I’m as Kuhl as a cucumber. with peaches.

          • Matthew

            There’s nothing quite like chilled peaches with Kuhl Whip

  • Matthew

    This is fun

  • totalfan62

    Great play for the round table guys to analyze, and come to the conclusion that the umpires were incompetent. Simply because his foot was on the third base side of the bag!?

    • ,,,,and his other foot on TOP of the bag

  • Matthew

    MLB Replay need to put their dicks in a blender

    • Call it the Lorena Bobbitt

    • Brownie

      If the umps can actually find it with their bellies being so big

    • just peachy.

      They haven’t already?

  • That double is on the first base ump.

  • Hoona

    Bell to Belt.

  • Atta babe GK.

  • crawnik
  • Bleacher Bob

    Astros pitcher dinged 80 games for Boldenone.

    • totalfan62

      Which one?

      • Bleacher Bob

        David Paulino. Must have needed those horse meds.

        • totalfan62

          Wow. So three in one day.

          • Bleacher Bob

            I’m conspiratorial enough to wonder if MLB chose today, the start of the most famous PED event in the world, to break news that they’ve been improving testing.

          • totalfan62

            Interesting observation. Makes sense.

      • totalfan62

        ESPN has Indians Colon suspended with Gregorio.

        • Matthew

          Guess it was Piss Week in baseball

    • Matthew

      MLB Replay dinged 80 games for Boldstupidity

  • RobDeer

    Good spot for first big league dinger.

  • Bapah

    Rules when poorly written are not a substitute for using your brain.
    I wanted to type brian, but thought it might diminish my credibility.

  • If loving you is ‘wrong’ I don’t wanna be right

  • Hoona

    Pretty damn impressive AB by Hwang

  • The Bucco’s Pitching coach should be shown the new TIME rule on trips from the dugout and back.

    trivago.com

  • Bleacher Bob

    Must be the haircut and sunshine – Stricks neck looks red.

  • Gotta get him here. Harrison up next.

    • 12xu

      Got heem!

  • K !

  • Hoona

    That’s a nice 2-pitch combination for Strick: 97MPH heater to go with a 83 MPH slider

  • Matthew

    The Men In Blue Absurd Tour.

    • crawnik

      The trapezoid strike zone.

  • Dan Bellino – either retire or be consistent. THAT is the only thing that hitters ask form

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/652d56d737fe753fae64a47eb39a7322688b569f2f232905521243127c4e269e.jpg

  • totalfan62

    HPU not having a good day. In fact, none of them are.

    • Electronic Arts could do better.

  • Good Game either way. However TO is on his patrol tour of duty – praying for a loss.

    • Bleacher Bob

      You’ll know this one Clutch. What’s up with this lineup?
      Rennie Stennett (second base)
      Gene Clines (center field)
      Roberto Clemente (right field)
      Willie Stargell (left field)
      Manny Sanguillen (catcher)
      Dave Cash (third base)
      Al Oliver (first base)
      Jackie Hernandez (shortstop)
      Dock Ellis (pitcher)

      • Matthew

        Was that the LSD no hitter?

        • Bleacher Bob

          no no.

      • Bleacher Bob

        First lineup without any white players. Won the WS that year.

        Todays Pirates remind of that team a little bit with so many brothers.

        • Sgbssfg

          We are Family.

          • Bleacher Bob

            No. That was ’79. This was ’71 when they stunned my Orioles.

          • Sgbssfg

            Doubt it was the rally song, but the record I most remember from that year was Brown Sugar.

  • crawnik

    C’mon Buster, or we’re going extras.

    • Bleacher Bob

      Not kuhl

  • Matthew

    The difference to me between the NBA officiating issues and MLB:

    NBA manipulates by placing refs of their choice to steer games.

    MLB is a strong union with shitty umps who are butt hurt over replay and are defiant and bad.

    • and PISSED still 20 yrs later over the umps fired during the strike …

      • Sgbssfg

        And taking it out on players who were in preschool at the time.

      • totalfan62

        You think? Sad if true. They deserved all the crap they took after all those years of unchecked perks and benefits. Eric Gregg…give me a break.

        • Bleacher Bob

          Eric Gregg..LOL. Wasn’t he the guy that gifted a no hitter by calling strikes 12 inches outside?

          • totalfan62

            1997 NLCS, Game Six. Braves at Marlins, FLA up a game. Worst strike zone management ever. Pitches to lefty hitters IN the righty batters box: strike. “Postgame: that’s my strike zone. Everybody knows it.”

            Got fired for it, then sat at home and cried over it for appx five years. Pathetic.

            One very unhappy hitter–after a game of getting jobbed all day by Gregg–left him a hamburger on top of third base.

  • Ryder Jones channeling another Jones in Chipper

  • Mets up 7-6 – somebody just went yard

  • Strickland’s first love was with the Bucco’s. He’s composed, but please don’t hit their #22.

  • dead red

  • totalfan62

    Finish the inning, Strick.

    • Matthew

      Sweet slider on 2-0

  • Sgbssfg

    You owe us, Strickland.

    • Matthew

      His 1-0 to Freese was a strike. He can only do what he can do…

      By the way, he has the best stuff on this staff.

      • Matthew

        His 3-1 was a strike as well

    • Sgbssfg

      Gracias.

  • Hoona

    Back to back walks.

  • crawnik

    He’s scared to throw it across the plate?

    • Matthew

      Nope…pulling through too far with his shoulder. It’s mechanical

      • Hoona

        No, it’s mental

        • Matthew

          It’s mechanical

          • Skweezplay55

            It’s mental AND mechanical

          • Bapah

            Mentanical

          • Efrain

            how about he’s just an idiot that sucks!

          • Surf Maui

            Second that

          • Matthew

            You can not like him, but he doesn’t suck

    • Bapah

      He’s not strong enough mentally to handle situations like this. Country strong hick with poor concentration.

      • Bapah

        Giants were owed that call.

  • Hoona

    Jesus, 3 straight walks

  • Hoona

    Just throw over the damn plate and make them beat you!

    • Surf Maui

      He cant

  • 12xu

    Atta-babe, Strick.

  • Thrill22

    thanks ump.

  • Hoona

    That’s a gift. Clear out your head Strick

    • Matthew

      Let’s see. You don’t want Gearrin. You don’t want Kontos. You don’t want Strickland. Who y’all want, Hoona?

      • Hoona

        I’ve been giving the bullpen credit. If you’ve been following my posts in this recent stretch, you’d know that

        • Matthew

          Just remembering the quick triggers and all the “mental’ claims

  • Andres The Forever Giant

    Mercy sakes alive, we’re still playing!

  • earlytimes

    Meathead prevails!

  • Matthew

    My Guy the Bow Hunter! Just getting you guys involved. Atta babe!!!

    • 12xu

      Never a doubt in our minds.

    • totalfan62

      Now put a run on the board. Maybe more than one. Belt-Crawford-Jones.

    • Sgbssfg

      Torture, circa 2017.

  • totalfan62

    This would be a huge W. Go get it.

  • 610nm

    6 hits, 9 walks, and somehow the Pirates only have 1 run. I hate walking the other guys!

  • Sgbssfg

    Right Hurdle, Jones is faking it.

    • 12xu

      Wow, hit by a 100 MPH FB. Hope Ryder is okay.

  • Hoona

    I thought managers were allowed only one replay review per game?

    • Sgbssfg

      As long as your challenge is upheld. You can keep going.

    • Peter Johnson

      No

      • Bapah

        Clever reply, so now tell him why.

    • Matthew

      I think they get a second if their first is successful. And umps can call for them after the 8th or something

    • crawnik

      Hurdle needs to sit down and just STFU.

  • totalfan62

    I got one would like to hear the head umpires assessment if this home plate umps work. This is brutal.

  • Matthew

    Josh Moorestricklandosich

    • crawnik

      That’s a lot of sewing right there.

    • Sgbssfg

      Just setting up the double play

      • Sgbssfg

        It’s good to be right, occasionally.

  • Surf Maui

    Walking the leadoff hitter– how many times?

    • Matthew

      Feels like 10

      • Surf Maui

        These guys dont trust their stuff– nibble nibble nibble. Automatic fine if you walk the leadoff man

      • 610nm

        10th total walk by the Giants. I don’t know how we are in this, having scored only once. Lots of K’s and that was a handy DP.

  • big help Moroff. Thank you.

    • Bleacher Bob

      Maybe Strick can pick Moroff.

      • 12xu

        A DP is even better!

  • Sgbssfg

    I’ll disconnect the harpsichord if one of you guys hold down the musician.

  • Matthew

    Here comes Clint!

    Oops. No???

    • Clint ‘high maintenance’ Hurdle.

    • Matthew

      YES!!!!!!

      • 12xu

        Grab some pine, Hurdle!

        • Matthew

          Limpy McReplay is DENIED!

  • Hoona

    Huge DP. Not pretty but Osich got the job done

  • Atta babe Osich and crew.

  • totalfan62

    And JUST what the doctor ordered: DP.

    Gotta score here guys. Kelby, get on base. Your speed plays here.

  • Matthew

    Here comes New York!!!!

  • crawnik

    Everybody gets a hit. Let’s go boys!

  • Matthew

    What’s Kuip talking about from Roberts?

  • buyselltrade

    After the high energy of yesterday, today’s game feels as if played in molasses.

  • Atta babe Span. Com’on Joe P.

  • totalfan62

    As if Span is running…

    • Sgbssfg

      Risp.

    • Worried about getting doubled off. Nevin had the read. Span did not.

  • Atta babe Joe.

  • Hoona

    Did Osuna not see the ball or something?

    • Playing deep.

    • 12xu

      Flem said he’s had a rough day out there in the OF today.

    • crawnik

      Didn’t gauge it right. I’m cool with that.

  • Crap.

  • totalfan62

    Brutal. Gotta foul that off.

  • Sgbssfg

    Whaaaaaa?

  • Hoona

    That’s a wide zone

  • Hoona

    Buster might not get anything to hit with the first base open

  • 12xu

    RTI !!!!!

  • Thrill22

    rti

  • Nice!!!!

  • totalfan62

    RTI!! Yes!!

  • totalfan62

    Ambush the first pitch, BB9.

  • Com’on BB9

  • Skweezplay55

    Big half inning to come

  • totalfan62

    Lock it down, Dyson.

  • Matthew

    Posey is fucking amazing

    • paul in p.v.

      F-bomb amazing.

  • Bleacher Bob

    Gold Glove

  • Sgbssfg

    That’s why he makes the big bucks.

  • Hoona

    Great play by Buster. Any other catcher and that ball is in the OF

  • Great. Play. Buster!!!!!!!

  • Matthew

    Buster Imacatcher Posey is the man

    • The Great Buster Posey.

      • Matthew

        And it’s the 11th.

        And we’ve made about 200 pitches

  • earlytimes

    He’s got him set up for something away now.

  • Hoona

    YES!!

  • Atta babe Dyson!!!!!!

  • Sgbssfg

    Like that Dyson.

  • Matthew

    Buster Softy Posey offers condolences to his biggest fan on this win

    • TO had to pull over his squad car down a Josie alley due to hyperventilation.

  • Foothills A-rye-o

    You gotta like these guys.

    • Lunch_Box

      Eh….they’re ok….

  • Skweezplay55

    That was a nice win. The Giants used to win games like this more often than not.

  • Skweezplay55

    an RTI win

    • paul in p.v.

      What’s ‘RTI’?

      • goodsam73

        run thrown in

      • Skweezplay55

        Runs Thrown In. The former 3B coach Tim Flannery coined it, I think.

  • Skweezplay55

    Five wins in a row! That’s one time through the rotation. Way to go SFG!

    • totalfan62

      With arguably our best starter right now on the bump tomorrow, for the sweep.

  • buyselltrade

    Good for the Giants.
    Good game Dyson.
    Good game Posey.
    Good game Slater.

    Good game Hwang.
    Good game Moore.
    Good game Osich.
    Good game Span.
    Nail biter.

    • Confidence building. Something that seemed to be missing early out the gate.

      • buyselltrade

        Seems a different team than last week.

    • steve k

      you can’t forget every day george…

      • buyselltrade

        Correct.

        Good game Kontos.

      • paul in p.v.

        Georgie saved the game, at that time.

    • paul in p.v.

      What nails. I’ve got stumps.

  • paul in p.v.

    Without a doubt, the worst HP Ump I’ve ever witnessed. That last strike was a ball. But he fkd with both teams all game long.

    • Awful. Flat out awful. And NY too.

      • totalfan62

        Not to forget that BS at second base with Belt.

        • Apparently that qualifies as the worst ever.

          • totalfan62

            There is NO WAY an umpire on the field would make that call. Just glad we won in spite of horrible umpiring.

    • Lunch_Box

      And it wasn’t Angel Hernandez or CB Bucknor?

      • paul in p.v.

        Those guys are horrible, and confrontational – but consistent.

        If I were Belt (or Pence, or a half-dozen Pirates), I would’ve flipped out. He was all over the map. Simply atrocious.

  • Pole vaulting over mouse turds. Only Bochy could give a speech of inspiration like that to his team and get results. Awesome.

    • totalfan62

      #rallymouseturds

  • crawnik

    Off to the RiverCats game with Mrs. Crawnik. Beede pitching tonight. Great game by our Giants. A total team effort. Shark smelling blood tomorrow.
    Have a great night everyone!

    • Matthew

      DH Crawnik sweep!

    • paul in p.v.

      Atta babe (to quote Mateo). :o)

    • DrLefty

      Should be perfect weather out there. We’re on our way home from the airport.

  • Matthew

    Calling out to Peter: you said you hold stars to a special,standard…how about Buster’s final inning? Great AB, Great game saving defensive play. Are you happy?

    • I just saw a side view on the Cutch dribbler. I have NEVER seen a catcher go out that far and still throw a runner out like Cutch who clocks out at 4.2 to first base.

      Best catchers play on that type of play ever. Bar None.

      • Moooooooooose

        Wish they’d show a highlight of that one!

          • Moooooooooose

            Nice. Thanks!

          • Moooooooooose

            Just watching this clip over and over and realizing what a great teaching tool this is. Buster is on the move just as quickly as McCutchen. McCutchen hustling to first, Buster calling off Dyson. Belt checking the runner and ready to throw to second. Panik and whoever on third to their bases. Even the HP umpire in position to see McCutchen running down the line. McCutchen running well past the bag at first. And of course Posey immediately focusing on what’s next. Just great stuff all the way around.

          • So true

      • totalfan62

        It was a “win or lose the game” play, and Buster made it. He’s one of the best players in the game. Anyone who knows anything about the game can see that.

        • paul in p.v.

          Know what – it was a LONG and desultory game – Slater sure kept it going! – but the Boyz grinded out a W. True Giants grit.

          • totalfan62

            Indeed. Any number of times they could have coughed it up but didn’t. Gut check win.

      • paul in p.v.

        Good call Clutch.

      • PerSpeier35

        It’s Sunday morning and I just saw the replay. You are exactly right. I would have bet my next paycheck that he could not have thrown that guy out from that far away going in the other direction. Wow.

        • A clinic video for sure, one no kid will actually accomplish.

    • Lunch_Box

      He’d probably say that it wasn’t good enough. Should have have been a home run or an at-bat that produced an exta-base hit.

    • livfreerdi

      Other Worldly stuff today …and will it be a web gem, or whatever the Networks We Dont Watch Anymore call it? Probably not.

  • A Padres win over the Dodgers later tonight would be a good thing.

    • livfreerdi

      Every Padres runner who reaches second should go through extended histrionics

  • And to think that the thought of being called up to the Show was not good enough to refrain from the ‘Vitamins’. However somewhere – somehow – some ball player is taking something.

    http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/Giants-Triple-A-pitcher-popped-for-steroids-11261059.php

  • Michael Scott

    Once again, KT is the POTG. He showed the guys how not do to it. What a teammate, willing to sacrifice his own AB, for the greater good.
    And he is the best 79 pound player in the bigs.

    • livfreerdi

      I’m always a believer in the pound for pound metric.

      • Michael Scott

        Finally, a man who gets it. What’s really cool, he and Tiffany can share clothes once she loses 30 pounds,

        • DrLefty

          Tiffany Tomlinson had a baby a few months ago.

          • Michael Scott

            So?? She have to lose few more. They want to play each other at parties,

          • paul in p.v.

            A facelift too, don’t ya think?

          • Foothills A-rye-o

            This is a crazy thread. And not crazy good.

          • Michael Scott

            It started out as just a joke about the absurd props that KT gets -for just being a decent utility guy.And some over reacted. The deal was about KT’S frail appearance and, as far his wife. it was about her losing weight to match KT’s . There was nothing to slight to his wife; See, now i have to make him the POTG again tomorrow.

          • Moooooooooose

            Now I’m offended. Clark Kent does NOT have a frail appearance!!

          • Michael Scott

            OK, OK.
            “‘he’s slight of build”. And I’m putting Tiff at 109.BEFORE she loses the weight to KT feel better about himself. She’s the wife of the year.

          • goodsam73

            you seem incapable of leaving this alone – grow up — what are you 12 ???

          • Michael Scott

            I’ll be 10 in a week. Come on, be my pal. I’ll let you play Marco Polo.

          • totalfan62

            Whatever. Few of us read your crap anymore. And lay off the kid, and come on man–ragging on his wife, a new mother? Swine.

          • Michael Scott

            I didn’t rag on his wife or the kid. Your reading comprehension was never any good. Try again.- or don’t read my crap.

          • paul in p.v.

            You’re right – stupid joke – I apologize to all.

          • Michael Scott

            Now THAT is out of line.

        • goodsam73

          oh for heavens’ sake — stop it with the women’s appearance s$#!t will you ??? stupid comment that has little to do with anything

          • Michael Scott

            It’s KT’s appearance, or rather his non-appearance, pal Tiffany is just trying make him feel better .BTW, how did you get in, Mr,Catsup?

          • goodsam73

            I am not your pal – stop with the comments about women’s appearance. That should be beneath you or are you just rude ?

          • Michael Scott

            Pay attention- I didn’t make fun of her appearance, it was KT’S.

          • goodsam73

            when you comment on a woman’s weight in a derogatory manner that IS “making fun of her appearance” — so I get your responses now you are just oblivious

          • Michael Scott

            I didn’t comment in a derogatory manner. It was KT’s weight. Same old Mr. Catsup- clueless.. Now run along, sonny.

          • Michael Scott

            I am done with you now, you will join the others in the boiler room. Bring canned and freeze dried food- you will be there for awhile

    • DrLefty

      For the second day in a row, your reaction to a Giants win is to mock and taunt Kelby Tomlinson and then go on to fat-shame his wife, a new mother? What’s your deal, anyway?

      KT is a nice young man and a valuable utility player. What did he ever do to you?

      • Matthew

        He’s an angry fuck who doesn’t care if he offends. He wears it like some badge.

        • totalfan62

          Perfect description. I usually just scroll by his posts, as they are almost always a bucket of nonsense.

      • Michael Scott

        How did I ‘fats-shame” his wife, whatever that means, I’m sure that he is a swell young man and with a lovely wife and sweet child. Take it easy, He is darling in a gingham frock, BTW,

        .

    • Foothills A-rye-o

      Hey he’s fast and he plays a pretty good 2b. But if those line drives to the right side ain’t finding holes, he’s in trouble.

      • Michael Scott

        Once she thought about it,Lefty knows that I wasn’t making fun of his wife. She’s probably just upset that Gorkys has pulled ahead in the OPS war.It shapes uo to be a barn burner- Unless Kelby gets caught up in the options game.

  • Foothills A-rye-o

    Gonna say it’s fun watching Greinke deal, then Story goes yard from his knee…

  • DrLefty

    Iguodala back to the Warriors, three years, $45 million.

    • paul in p.v.

      Yay! (I guess…)

      • DrLefty

        It’s not surprising news, but it’s very good news.

        • paul in p.v.

          I like his face.

    • buyselltrade

      That is a relief. I expected Iggy back but the talk of him trying other teams before talking to Warriors was a reason for concern

      Great fit for Iguodala and great fit for the Warriors. Great player.

      Wonder what is up for centers in 2017-18?

      • DrLefty

        West has already agreed to come back for a year. Zaza says he wants to come back. I predict the next thing we’ll hear is a deal with Zaza.

        I suspect they will lose JaVale McGee and Ian Clark. Those are two younger guys who haven’t had their paydays yet, and they both had excellent years and can make more money than the Dubs will have space to pay them.

        Damian Jones will likely be the third center, and there’s always Draymond.

        • buyselltrade

          JaVale McGee added to the team this season, I would like him to stay more than Zaza (though I like Zaza).

          The Warriors have a clot of high draft choices in Jones and Looney that have not gotten much opportunity.

          McCaw was a pleasant surprise with break out season.

          Not much playing time for Clark and he will probably start and certainly make more salary elsewhere.

        • Efrain

          McGee has been in the league about 10 years, not really a younger guy anymore, but he does deserve one last pay day if he gets it.

          He was a camp invite at the last minute last season, so anything he can get will be a blessing.

        • Mac is gone.

    • buyselltrade

      ESPN says three years for $48 million.

      Isn’t Green at about $16 million per year already?

      What a team! What a time for athlete’s salaries!!

      add link

      http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19786285/andre-iguodala-returning-golden-state-warriors-3-year-48-million-deal

  • DrLefty

    Wow, Arroyo got HBP in the same hand in his first game back and had to leave the game.

    Beede didn’t have it tonight.

    Shaw has hit another homer.

    • paul in p.v.

      Fk.
      Shite.
      Yay!

    • Michael Scott

      Beede has rarely pitched well of late.

      • buyselltrade

        Starting depth at AAA looks notably less robust with Beede’s performance of late and Gregorio’s PED suspension.

        • Michael Scott

          Less robust? How about nobody there?

    • Hoona

      Shaw’s been very impressive. He’s really trying to force the issue and earn that promotion to the bigs this year. I would prefer that he stays down in the minors though until September and begin next season in AAA. I want him to get as much rep batting in the heart of the order as possible before getting called up.

      • The Oracle

        He’s probably been batting in the heart of the order for as long as he’s played baseball.

        • Hoona

          EDIT: In AAA.

      • Michael Scott

        If he played 1st he’d be just Belt-Lite. And LF is covered. The only way it works if they get a MLB ready player for Belt

    • Foothills A-rye-o

      That’s a lot of walks, but Fresno lineup tough to navigate. Beede still has a way to go.

      But how about Shaw. 2 for 3,. 305 avg. Some hitters coming up! The future ain’t so wan.

      • Michael Scott

        Check out some of the numbers for our PCL sluggers in the last several years. Pleased to meet you, I’m Mr.Back Foot Slider.You’ll be seeing a lot of me, son.

  • pacman68

    15 games to go!

  • Padres can’t even put up a fight against LA.

  • Foothills A-rye-o

    Dodgers and their lefties. Smh. Archie Bradley a stud in the pen. Could Beede be better in the pen?

  • 12xu

    Heliot Ramos 4-5 with a HR and 2 doubles tonight so far. Playing CF and batting lead-off. AZL Giants leading AZL A’s 9-7 in the 8th. Live box score:
    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2017_07_01_giarok_athrok_1&t=g_box&sid=milb

    • Foothills A-rye-o

      Ahhhh yeah! Bring him up! The phenom!

      • earlytimes

        Hey wait, you’ve got Reynolds in CF next yr? 😉

        • Michael Scott

          We have 34 CFers for next year.

    • 12xu

      He has an error (fielding), but also an assist (threw out a guy at 3rd base).

    • buyselltrade

      Ramos was 7 for 10 with 6 XBH (4 2B, 3B, HR) in first two professional games, he is only 17 years old.

      Good start.

  • Foothills A-rye-o

    Johnny Cueto trade bait, Clint Frazier, had a double and homer in his MLB debut. Of course he may play his way off the table and into long term future of Yankees.

    • Michael Scott

      The word is that he would fetch less than even a straight rental. He wants to stay, keep him.

    • Efrain

      Frazier is not going anywhere, the Yankees are really high on him.

      Funny you think they are developing him to hand him over.

      • Foothills A-rye-o

        They were really high on Dustin Fowler too. So, Fuzzball, who do you think they’d give up for Cueto? What do you think of Blake Rutherford? Dream on?

      • Matthew

        Fake Trade Addiction is a growing epidemic in which it’s victims are afflicted with one-way vision

  • Michael Scott

    And here I made KT the POTG in perpetuity.,Maybe I’ll just make it a week.

  • The Oracle

    The Rockets have Harden, Chris Paul, and are now talking about Carmelo Anthony. There aren’t enough basketballs for those guys to play at the same time.

    • Michael Scott

      So that’s the game that they play,

    • Efrain

      plus they’d have to score 150 points a game since Harden and Anthony play no defense.

    • PerSpeier35

      There are barely enough basketballs for Harden alone much less anyone else of star caliber. It’s incredible that Curry, Thompson and Durant did so well together; this proposed threesome would have no chance.

    • Foothills A-rye-o

      This reminds me. Apparently, a basketball is roughly one cubic foot in volume and the velocity of river current is usually measured in cubic feet per second so the handy visual is to imagine basketballs passing under a reference point on a river, as in 100,000 basketballs pass under that bridge every second. So, this year, there could be enough basketballs for those hoopsters or for the pot growers to grow some kind buds.

      Do you have any fun marijuana stories? Illegals grows? Drivers under the influence?

    • DeAntoni is a great coach like Phil.

  • paul in p.v.

    Brisbee hilarity:

    “What if I were to give you this game myself, Pirates? Would that be acceptable?” said Hunter Strickland, who was pitching with his eyes sewn shut like the guy in the “Man in the Box” video.

    https://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2017/7/1/15909412/sf-giants-recap-pirates-extra-innings

    • Michael Scott

      It was good to read Grant’s bit on Kontos-George has taken a lot of heat over the years But he’s been an invaluable piece of the pen. From Brisbee -“he’s been the Giants’ best reliever this year.”
      One might say that it’s a low bar, but that he’s been the best is not even arguable.
      Anyway, very strange and entertaining game.

      • Foothills A-rye-o

        Kontos a guy that gets moved at the deadline?

        • Michael Scott

          Why? As good as he’s been, a middle reliever just won’t bring enough value.

          • Foothills A-rye-o

            Because it’s fun to make trades and some team could use him and therefore make an offer that Bobby Evans has to mull over before he refuses.

          • Michael Scott

            Besides, we’re only 23 games back, we don’t need much.

      • HaakAway

        One reason I love baseball; statistics that provide a reality check. No matter how we perceive things to be, if you cannot constantly say, “But I might be wrong.” then you are most definitely going to be wronger than most.

      • Moooooooooose

        But he was DFA’d by the TWG Fake GM Association 9 times!!

        • Michael Scott

          George is used to it- I think that once he might have been DFA’ed between pitches.

    • Foothills A-rye-o

      Yeah, he’s pretty good. Quite the media darling these days too. On the radio and on the TV set as well. Local kid does good.

  • paul in p.v.
    • Foothills A-rye-o

      Heavy indeed. Lots of heavy these days. I guess that’s why we enjoy following the unbearable lightness of Giants baseball.

    • Bleacher Bob

      13 miles left in TdF. Wet sprint finish.

      • Foothills A-rye-o

        Any pileups in the peloton? That’s why we watch.

        • Bleacher Bob

          12 miles left. Should be plenty of carnage.

          • Foothills A-rye-o

            But cycling is no joke. In the spring one year, a race came our way in the hills. On a downhill, a rider lost control and hit a utility pole head on, losing his life.

          • Bleacher Bob

            I hit 68mph on a descent off Clear Lake and the bike started shaking like the Tacoma Narrows bridge.

          • Foothills A-rye-o

            Yikes. You are one bad ass dude. That’s living dangerously, and all for the need for speed.

          • Bleacher Bob

            I may be the most bad ass person here. Trained in combat pilates.

          • paul in p.v.

            But you’re also kind!

          • paul in p.v.

            Woo. I was on that bridge recently!

        • Bleacher Bob

          Taylor Phinney, American, son of Gold Medalist Connie Carpenter and the great Davis Phinney, just went on a solo move in the rain with 11 miles to go. That’s why I watch.

          • Bleacher Bob

            30 second lead with 2 miles. He could do it!

    • Matthew

      The Closer Posey video was nice

  • steve k
    • totalfan62

      Is this your favorite Stevie Wonder album? I can’t decide between this one, Talking Book or Fulfillingness’ First Finale. The latter does have my favorite Stevie song: “Heaven Is Ten Zillion Light Years Away.”

      • steve k

        this is not only my favorite stevie album, but might be my favorite album period. ten zillion is such a beautiful song, with a message that everyone needs to hear…

  • Peter Johnson

    This blog the weirdest blog ever, you can talk crap about Barry Bonds and it is ok, because some blog posters think they are pure as snow, and they consider Bonds a cheater, and a disgrace to the Giants organization, but do not talk crap about the great Kelby Tomlinson , to some blog members he is the equal to Jesus Christ .

    • Foothills A-rye-o

      Are you saying Jesus can’t hit a curve ball?

      Actually I think the big problem was that his wife was targeted and you just can’t go there.

      But yeah, Kelby is rocking a ..254/.303/.268 line in 77 trips to the plate. For a contact, no power hitter, his 21% K rate is also high. So which is the real Kelby? This guy, or the one with a .290 career average in 390 trips to the plate.

      • Peter Johnson

        His wife was not targeted, unless you consider 108 LBS Fat, Mike said KT weighs 78 LBS so his wife would need to lose 30 LBS to wear his clothes , it was a joke, to show how skinny KT is .

        • Foothills A-rye-o

          If he wasn’t so lithe and thin, he wouldn’t be so fast and nimble on the infield. Did you know Kelby is 6’2? I would have thought he is 5’10”.

          • Peter Johnson

            I do not care, the point is Mike did not pick on his wife at all, the blog has reading problems, meaning they like to make a Mountain out of a mole hill, are Pole vault over mouse turds !

          • Foothills A-rye-o

            I agree. The reading and writing is not always perfect on the blog. I like your imagery.

          • Matthew

            “I like your imagery”

            You ARE a kind soul. And a peacemaker.

          • 610nm

            And, Footy’s “unbearable lightness of Giants baseball” is the most interesting phrase of the morning.

      • Michael Scott

        He sure won’t be rockin’ the boat.

    • Bleacher Bob

      The comparison to JC makes this an appropriate Sunday morning post. Church of PJ. Bless me Peter for I have sinned.

      • Peter Johnson

        I can do it I am Catholic and spent most of my childhood going to church at least twice a week .

        • Matthew

          For a Catholic, you have some serious Anger Fangs

          • Peter Johnson

            I diss like stupid and this blog is full of it !

          • Matthew

            Just try to be more kind.

          • Bleacher Bob

            You do diss like stupid.

          • Peter Johnson

            You trying to be a funny grammar guy again, here is the thing with me, I am not PC at all , and some blog members are too sensitive , and get all hot bothered to easily by my bluntness, and then it is on, since I am never scared of a fight .

          • Bleacher Bob

            You start fights where none exist. Your posts are good but you always need to blow off steam. Look into becoming a recovering Catholic.

          • Peter Johnson

            I have to learn how to turn the other cheek, I am no KT are Jesus Christ .

          • totalfan62

            “I come to this blog to blow off steam”.

            A direct quote from PJ. Many here have tried to counsel and correct, but it falls on deaf ears.

            Many of us have blocked him, and he’s already been warned by GG about his behavior.

          • Bleacher Bob

            When he isn’t insulting us, some of his analysis can be pretty insightful.

          • Matthew

            Wearing Nasty as a badge is not necessarily a Catholic thing to do, Peter. As a fellow Christian ( but not as die hard Catholic), I would advise you if the gentle tenets of your religion, the most important of which is the Golden Rule.

            You may be kind and full of grace, but you certainly don’t share that with us on here. Rather, you bark about not “being PC” and bark, ridicule, name call. That may be how families with a ton of brothers learn to communicate and survive, but it’s not becoming in a social setting

          • paul in p.v.

            What infinite patience you have.

          • Moooooooooose

            You couldn’t have said that better, PJ!

            Wait, I’m sorry. So you can understand – You couldn’t of said that better, PJ!

          • Peter Johnson

            That must be a Joke, since that is all you post .

          • Moooooooooose

            For once, PJ, I’m completely serious. Just for you, since you have no sense of humor. It’s your badge, you have to wear it.

        • I still own my tee shirt.
          I survived Catholic School,

          Sister Helen Angela

          • paul in p.v.

            Sister Ernestine.

    • earlytimes

      Brisbee on future G’s prospect Belby Tomlinson

      “Just for good measure, Posey’s fearsome presence in the batter’s box is what forced Daniel Hudson to grip the ball a little tighter, which is what caused the wild pitch that won the game. If Kelby Tomlinson’s younger brother, Belby, is at the plate, Hudson is going to go right at him.”

    • Andres The Forever Giant

      Why talk crap about Kelby? For the record, I didn’t like Bonds long before the cheating, because after ’93 the brass had the attitude “we have Bonds now, we don’t need Clark anymore.” Will was why I became a Giants fan in ’89, so like the Astros in ’88 letting Ryan walk, I divorced my second team in ’94, and I only remarried the Giants in 2009 because they had a young, exciting team building without The Great One!

      • 610nm

        Barry was a conundrum. I liked the godson of Willie thing, and how quickly Bonds decided to join the Giants when he could. But he was never the sort of human being you could warm up to (long prior to any mood changes from any substances). But he has friends, in his private life. Humans are complicated beings.
        In the end, I decided just to sit back and enjoy the awesome batting prowess on the side of the Black and Orange. But no doubt it is easier for me to pull, enthusiastically, for Matt and Joe and Buster and Timmy and Vogey (love that dude) and Hunter and co. since Bonds left the team.

        • Peter Johnson

          You guys are just proving my point, thanks !

      • Peter Johnson

        Might want to look at Clark’s numbers in 1992 and 1993, he got old fast, has last great full season in MLB was 1991, had a few good partial season s but he was never the same after 1991 .

        • Foothills A-rye-o

          Significant back issues, right? His numbers in his final season with Baltimore were really good, right?

          • Andres The Forever Giant

            More so with St. Louis in 2000, hitting nearly .350 with power in McGuire’s absence, helping them get to the postseason. My dad (just before his passing) and I were so glad to see Will back in the NL where he belonged! We never did and never will like the AL!

          • Peter Johnson

            No, it was a partial year, he was traded to the Cardinals, his last year with Texas was very good, .305 ,23 HRs, 102 RBIs .

        • Andres The Forever Giant

          When you have a favorite player, it’s about more than the just the numbers. I felt Will was still an important contributor to a contending team. He and Barry together in ’93 was an absolute joy to watch, especially in a torrid September pennant race I’ll never forget, truly the last great race because of no WC. That the Giants’ brass didn’t want to continue that angered me so greatly I couldn’t support them any longer, and it did take Barry being gone for me to come back!

    • Amen, Pastoral Brother.

    • DrLefty

      I guess you’d rather have Aaron Hill with his .134 batting average and the range of a cactus. Nobody thinks KT is anything but what he is–a solid bench/utility player. The point is that our idiot GM and manager preferred Hill for months. It’s not the only problem with this team by a long shot, but it’s a symptom of the horrible decision-making Evans and Bochy have done over the past 12 months.

      • Peter Johnson

        John Myhill. Sincere, and a few others think KT should start .

        • DrLefty

          And sometimes, he should–as a backup to give Panik or Crawford a day off. Backups needt ABs and reps so they’re ready to pinch-hit (which KT is good at) or fill in. KT’s got a speed game, too, and the Giants have very little of that. Nunez is a great base runner, but he keeps getting hurt, and Span isn’t a base stealer anymore.

      • Foothills A-rye-o

        Keep Hwang. Let’s give him a long run. He supplies pop as back up infielder. Kelby supplies speed. Both can play SS. Combined, nice IF depth.With Hwang’s pop, and history of OBP, he could win 3B outright as well.

        I heard Ryder Jones on interview with Marty. He is so steeped in baseball because of his father the coach. IIRC, Jones was committed to Stanford before signing. He deserves a good run too. There could be a middle of order hitter in there and it’s all starting to come together this year at what, age 23?

        • DrLefty

          Yep. Hwang and Kelby sound more appealing at this point than Hill and Gillaspie, for sure. Hwang has a lot of personality and can bring good energy, and he’s a seasoned pro hitter. Whether he can handle the hot corner defensively–well, we’ll see. I assume that’s Nunez’s job until he’s traded, and there’s Jones and Arroyo behind them, anyway.

          Ryder Jones was the first kid in ten years to de-commit from Stanford, but the point is he got in there, meaning he’s got to be smart. He’s a nice-looking player, built like someone who’s going to hit for power.

          • 610nm

            Do you think it is a little bit too soon for Jones? I would be thinking about keeping the experienced Hwang and letting Jones have a bit more time at AAA, when Nunez is ready again. But it is kind of a competition now, and I like that Bochy is getting both of them into the same game somehow.

          • Foothills A-rye-o

            For sure. Jones can stand to use plenty more AAA experience. As do Arroyo and Shaw and Duggar, when he’s ready to move on from SJ.

          • Peter Johnson

            The 2019 Giant outfield is going to be it’s strength, Slater in RF, Shaw in LF, Reynolds are Duggar in CF, with Quinn, and Jones others fighting for playing time .

          • DrLefty

            Heliot Ramos is sure off to an amazing start in the Rookie League. He said he plans to be in the big leagues in three years. I saw that his older brother Henry is on the Dodgers’ AAA team.

          • DrLefty

            I was honestly a bit surprised how quickly they promoted Jones. Arroyo, too. Slater’s different because he’s a college player and he spent two months in AAA last year. I guess it won’t hurt Jones and Arroyo to have a taste of The Show at a young age. I hope not, anyway.

          • 610nm

            Nor, for that matter, for Slania to have taken an inning in the bigs. It shows them what they are gunning for.

          • DrLefty

            That was kind of fun. Slania did a nice job and looked really happy. How many debuts this year?–Arroyo, Jones, Slater, Crick, Hwang, Slania?–Plus Moronta got to be in the house for a day, too.

          • Matthew

            I’m trying to figure out why Gillaspie fell back out of favor with some of you. Is it that you just want “new” at every chance? He’s had very few at bats and is injured, but did more to will this team into and through some playoffs last season than anyone.

            Hwang is fine. KT is fine. But this immediate “dump Gillaspie” thing truly doesn’t make sense…out of sight, out of mind? What, exactly?

          • Peter Johnson

            She and others never liked him, mainly for his defense, quite a few on this blog go over board over defense .

          • Bleacher Bob

            Good point.

          • DrLefty

            Credit where it’s due–Gillaspie’s defense at 3B improved a lot last year. He hasn’t contributed much at all this year, though. Don’t know if that’s all due to his back, or what. But at this point I’d rather see what Hwang can due with a chance. Gillaspie’s injured, anyway, so there you have it.

          • Matthew

            But you’ve now decided those injuries mean he’s done? Or are you just talking short term?

          • DrLefty

            No, I don’t think I said that, did I? “Hwang and Kelby sound more appealing than Hill and Gillaspie.” Hwang basically IS Gillaspie except that he hits right-handed (and Jones hits left-handed and can play the OF, too). They have the same positional limitations. And I’d rather have Kelby than Gillaspie if I had to choose because of his speed and defensive versatility.

            But yeah, when Gillaspie’s healthy, I’d guess they’d bring him back, right? They’re paying him actual money. Unfortunately for him, this season has become more about looking at young guys for the future. On a team that’s contending, there’s a better argument for him over a youngster like Jones or a flyer like Hwang.

          • Bleacher Bob

            Welcome home Doc. Miss the place?

          • DrLefty

            I’m already cranky that I’m not drinking my morning coffee on my balcony overlooking the surf. It was a great trip. I’m happy to see the dog, though.

          • Moooooooooose

            I think Gillaspie gets way too much run from TWG for basically 2 or 3 hits. Everybody likes to slam Bochy for loyalty, but the Gillaspie love on here is puzzling.

          • DrLefty

            I didn’t “get” Gillaspie for most of last season, but he ended up being a useful bench player on a contending team, and the truth is they don’t make the playoffs or win the wild card game without him after Nunez went down with a week to go in the regular season.

            Travis Ishikawa didn’t get any extra rope after his 2014 heroics. Gillaspie seems to be in the same boat this year.

          • Matthew

            Mooooooooooooooooooooooooooooose

            First, it’s not “basically 2 or 3 hits”. But, for me, I push back on the dismissive attitude folks have about whether he even deserves a role.

            He’s David West. He’s Dennis Franz. He’s Chris Tierney: he’s a solid non-starting player who CAN fill right in to start when needed. He is vastly improved in the field. He is a professional hitter with a great approach. He’s that guy that other fan bases are reasonably afraid of/annoyed by.

            He isn’t a star. He won’t be a long term solution. But, like a Blaco, Arias, etc.

            Let Conor Smoke ( line drives)

          • DrLefty

            I don’t have a problem with Gillaspie, really, but he hasn’t had much of a year, has he?–Injured several times, not productive when he was playing. Hard to really see him in the picture when he’s never there. He deserved the first shot out of spring after his late-season heroics, though. It was Hill over KT that really fried me and still does.

          • paul in p.v.

            It drove me nuts when he made the team.

          • totalfan62

            I would like to see us give those ABs to Hwang and Jones, as we look to the future of backup/platoon IF. Conor had a solid year in 2016, but he’s been injured so much this year I doubt he will ever be what he was last year.

          • paul in p.v.

            We turned on Kobe and Blanco the same way.

            And Presto!

          • Foothills A-rye-o

            It’s like he’s growing into his tall, strong frame. His physical prime a few years away. May be ideal platoon partner with Posey at first when Posey works 50:50 with some young protege behind the plate.

          • Michael Scott

            I suspect that quite a few folks will be disgruntled when they look at who is left after 7-31 or on the ST roster next year. We either have contracts that effectively rule out moving many players or we have players who have more value here than they would bring in trade.
            It would be kind of exciting to really rebuild, if you have several years to hang out and complain about who we got for Belt, etc..This team- AS IS, will be better than the “rebuilt” version will be.

          • Foothills A-rye-o

            Seem like a .500 peak perfomance team going forward.

        • Michael Scott

          As most know, it’s not always only by merit that roster decisions are made. Kelby is still in danger of going back to AAA. That is not MY value judgement, it’s about the options game- which does have it’s positives, BTW.

        • paul in p.v.

          I know – sss – but Ryder really looks over-matched.

      • edison

        Is it more or less offensive to call someone an idiot than gently kidding some ballplayer about his slight build?

        • DrLefty

          Look at the Giants’ performance over the last twelve months. Do you think it shows great intelligence on the part of the GM and the manager? This team has collapsed at an epic level, and no one should be immune from criticism.

          • edison

            You didn’t answer the question. They are obviously not idiots.

          • DrLefty

            They are obviously not making great decisions, either. Call it what you like.

          • edison

            I’d call it hypocrisy.

          • DrLefty

            Whatever. I’ve noticed that the only thing you do here is criticize other commenters. Do you ever have an original thought or contribution of your own?

          • Moooooooooose

            Calling somebody an idiot isn’t criticism, and you know that better than anybody.

          • DrLefty

            OK, I’ll rephrase without name-calling. Bobby Evans and Bruce Bochy have done their jobs poorly over the last 12 months. The Giants’ record–from best in MLB to second-worst–demonstrates this. We can all point to a number of specific roster, lineup, and in-game decisions that are examples. Aaron Hill getting so much run this year–or any run at all–is one example of many. The 13 different guys who’ve played left field between April 2-July 1 is another example.

          • Thatta girl

          • totalfan62

            True, but “idiot” does seem a bit harsh, IMHO.

          • DrLefty

            I rephrased below. I’m as happy as the rest of you that the Giants are on a winning streak–now that they cleared out some deadwood and the River Cats are playing–but that doesn’t change the fact that the team is hopelessly out of contention and it’s not even the All-Star break yet. And I think Evans and Bochy bear a lot of responsibility for that, with their Gorkys/Hill/Morse/Marrero/Stubbs/Ruggiano/etc. decisions over the past couple months.

          • Peter Johnson

            Do not let the high brow holy ones, get to you, the sensitive and PC crowd is strong on this blog .

          • paul in p.v.

            “Gorkys/Hill/Morse/Marrero/Stubbs/Ruggiano/etc.” – seeing all these failures in one noun-string is quite shocking.

          • DrLefty

            I’m starting to wonder what’s happening with Jarrett Parker. He’s been playing for the R’Cats nearly two weeks now (hitting .242). What are they going to do when he’s ready to come back? I don’t see Slater getting benched, unless he goes into a massive slump right about now.

          • paul in p.v.

            Slater appears to be a sleeper. Don’t see how they could bench him for Parker now.

          • totalfan62

            Agreed.

      • Bleacher Bob

        It really does seem like 12 months. We were still giddy about 40-15 then. What has happened? Larry Baer probably knows best.

  • Foothills A-rye-o
    • 610nm

      (hint to any of us who link to the NYT: mouse up every letter up to and including the first .html, but leave all the rest off).

      • Foothills A-rye-o

        Boom. Done. Edited 🙂

  • 610nm

    Footy typing “Arroyo” just now makes me wonder if anyone knows how he is doing. Lefty typed that he got hit on the same batting hand last night, but I don’t know about damage. Anyone?

    • DrLefty

      Schulman just tweeted that the team suspects his hand is broken.

      • 610nm

        t/y. Dang it!

      • totalfan62

        Aaarrrgh!!!! That’s a minimum of 4-6 weeks DL. Two months left in the MiLB season, he could be done for the year. Let’s hope he heals and gets back for at least a couple of weeks at the end of the season.

        • DrLefty

          Yep, terrible luck for the kid. He needed those AAA ABs to be ready for next year.

          • totalfan62

            Winter ball ahead.

  • Michael Scott

    1. Denard Span (L) CF
    2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
    3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
    4. Buster Posey (R) C
    5. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
    6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
    7. Jae-Gyun Hwang (R) 3B
    8. Austin Slater (R) LF
    9. Jeff Samardzija (R)

    • Peter Johnson

      Surprised Posey is playing today, but day off tomorrow , I think Slater should bat 5th are 6th, and Crawford is in a bad slump, maybe bat him 8th for a while .

      • Matthew

        Craw certainly is slumping and looks frustrated. I think he needs the ASB to get away from baseball for a few days.

        • DrLefty

          Not that it really matters, but Slater continuing to hit 8th is an odd choice. He’s been on the team for weeks now and Hwang for just days, and Hwang’s hitting ahead of him?

          • Matthew

            8th isn’t the punishment people on here think it is. Bochy has had great success by having guys hit 8th that have better pop than the two slots above. Crawford’s earlier years are the best example.

            Plus, certain guys are better expand-the-zone hitters, which is a critical skill at the 8 with the pitcher behind them. I see Slater as that guy.

            So, for me, it’s a calculated strategic decision by Bochy, not a punishment/banishment

          • Peter Johnson

            He has 7 RBI and a OPS of 1.555 batting 7th, and a .417 average batting 5th .

          • DrLefty

            I’d say the most important factor right now is what gives Slater the best developmental experience and confidence for the future. If batting eighth is it, fine. But if he keeps going well, it would be nice to see what he could do a little higher in the order.

          • 610nm

            I feel that being asked to handle 8th is a bit of a complement, actually. Slater has been able to extend innings such that the pitcher make the 3rd out, and he’s provided a bat behind the even greener Jones. And he’s probably getting settled in there.

          • Michael Scott

            He’ll move up in the order, sometimes he already has. Nothing to worry about.

  • 610nm

    Can I turn the Aaron Hill discussion into a different direction?

    Right when he was released, I read he was being paid $2 million for 2017. It suddenly explained a lot about why he was on the team so long. Could it be that someone in the front office didn’t want to admit a poorly judged signing? In which case, the common blog theme “Bruce Bochy’s veteran love” had absolutely nothing to do with Hill being around so long?

    • Matthew

      Great point, and we can’t know how much the FO makes decisions to milk what they can out of investments.

    • DrLefty

      “Being around so long”–yes, someone else’s decision. But just two weeks or so ago, with Panik missing a few days and then Nunez, Hill, hitting under .150, got all the replacement starts, with Kelby on the roster. That’s all on Bochy. He kept giving Hill starts until practically the day he was DFA’d.

      • 610nm

        true enough, Kelby had too much “pine time”.

      • VINTAGEBLAK aka Baldheadslik1

        good thing Rollins was cut or he’d be playing everyday

        • Foothills A-rye-o

          Wassup Vintage?!

          Tell me you thoughts on Span these days. Don’t matter how much he hits, he’s still a ____ (as you put it)?

          • VINTAGEBLAK aka Baldheadslik1

            Youre trying to get me going? Hes hitting but thats not what bothers me about this guy he’s always missing gms for one reason or another i can’t stand guys like that and yes he is a vagina!

          • Foothills A-rye-o

            I was just trying to get to the bottom of it. My conclusion is that he’s not “Vintage” enough for you, if you know what I mean.

          • VINTAGEBLAK aka Baldheadslik1

            LOLOLOL

          • Foothills A-rye-o

            If I can make you laugh, my day is complete. Have a good one.

        • Mo must have a new lady, Time well spent I guess?

          • VINTAGEBLAK aka Baldheadslik1

            Beautiful mexican woman ive been seeing for awhile now but she lives in Monterey and im getting tired of driving up to see her!

          • VINTAGEBLAK aka Baldheadslik1

            Im very unlucky i always seem to fall for the woman who lives 200, 300 miles away from me shit!

          • Funny
            I would call that driving DOWN to see her…

          • VINTAGEBLAK aka Baldheadslik1

            Good point

        • Matthew

          Rollins – The OG “Vintageblak”!

      • Hill played poor defense, Notice the ARZ never moved him from one spot but SF did.
        The .150 did not bother me as he had a tendency to hit the ball hard.

  • 12xu

    What is Nunez’s status? He was due to come back from the DL on Friday.

    • DrLefty

      I saw on Twitter that he’s joining AA Richmond while the team’s on the East Coast to get some reps.

    • Michael Scott

      He played for Richmond on Friday. 1 for 3.

      • 12xu

        Thanks. Bochy just now said that on his pre-game show, will be back with the Giants on Tuesday in Detroit.

  • DrLefty

    So the AAA rotation is a bit decimated right now with Stratton called up and Gregorio suspended. There’s Beede, Andrew Suarez, and…lots of fill-ins. Wonder if someone in AA gets a promotion. Coonrod? Gage?

  • DrLefty

    Uggggghhhh, Arroyo has a broken finger. Out until September.

    • 610nm

      Oh, boyo (couldn’t resist that).
      Very bad news for the kid’s development. Complicates the team’s decisions about Nunez and Hwang and Gillaspie, too.

      • Foothills A-rye-o

        Silver lining that it opens up PT rest of season for Hwang and Jones. That’s a nice platoon after Nunez gets traded.

        • Michael Scott

          If.

          • Foothills A-rye-o

            IFs and Butts about it.

        • Matthew

          But….Jones may be injured as well?

  • July 2nd 1963

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SFN/SFN196307020.shtml

    Notice the attendance, I was lucky. My dad dragged my mom to the game.
    We stayed the distance.
    I was mesmerized.
    McCovey won it in the 9th with a HR inside the foul pole but it was ruled foul.

    • I remember listening to that game on a transistor radio and falling asleep by the 15th inning. You will never ever again see two pitchers like that battle it out.

    • Matthew

      If I recall, tomorrow is the anniversary of my dad dragging me and the ladies to the Stick for a DH in which Tony Cloninger hit two Grand Smas in game one…after the 17-3 final in game 1, Mom insisted we leave.

      We never brought Mom again.

      • I was there too. Joe Torre was the catcher for the Braves.

        • Matthew

          In the edited immortal words of Toby Keith: I Love This Blog

          • One of my strongest memories, which are faint, is the smell of cigar smoke that hovered throughout the stadium.

  • Foothills A-rye-o

    Where’s that Giant axe-wielding Pirate, Sincere?

    Listened to your Cubano Rhapsody Innuendos, my friend, Yes, yes I did.

    Cool man. Felt like I was at a street festival. Loved the horns and the cheery vibe. And I was just waiting for you to open it up. Send me something where you “open it up”!

    • TheSincere

      Hey buddy…yes, I have been feeling the word “festive” for that song, and everybody, including those who played on it, feel it is very street festival as well. Excellent assessment.

      As far as “opening it up,” there are some tracks that certainly have more lead guitar, but only if the song calls for it. I never liked soloing for soloing’s sake (wanking). But if the song needs a grand slam guitar solo, I’m always ready to step up to the musical plate.

      I will send more new music as we get closer to final mixdown. There’s 9 more to finish, so there will be plenty to discuss.

      My band played last night, and we owned “Time.” I played the solo note for freaking note. That is one of the most melodic, gorgeous, perfect solos ever created, and I love playing it so much.

  • totalfan62

    Today’s game is MLB-TV Game of the Day. Free for out of market fans w/o MLB-TV. I think the current price for the balance of the year is $20.17. Good deal.

  • totalfan62

    Let’s have it, Shark.

  • totalfan62

    After two four hour plus games in this series, everybody has to be hoping for a tidy 2-2 1/2 hour game. Not that anyone is excited about a day off in Detroit, even if it is Independence Day weekend. There’s always the casinos across the Canadian border.

  • Sgbssfg

    Pence is having a few more vintage Hunter Pence moments. We need that.

  • totalfan62

    Hunter Pence making some defensive plays this series. He knows he was bad out there for awhile; seems to be getting better reads and jumps. Coaching input, one would assume.

    • PicoJim

      test

  • The Oracle

    I’d like to see the shift outlawed with two simple rules:
    At the time pitcher releases the ball;
    1. SS and 3B must be positioned to the left of second base and 2B and 1B must be positioned to the right;
    2. All infielders must be positioned within the border between the IF and OF.

    Belt agrees.

  • Keep’n It Real

    Joe Panik in the #2 slot. What a concept!

  • Keep’n It Real

    Henry Schulman‏ @hankschulman 3m3 minutes ago
    #SFGiants’ Christian Arroyo to miss 2 months with broken hand