Please indulge me. I like imagining that last night’s walk-off 2-1 victory was a thrilling chapter in a successful season where the games in July still matter.
Conor Gillaspie started the winning rally with a pinch-hit double. Kelby Tomlinson, pinch-running for Conor, scored on a single through a drawn-in infield by Eduardo Nunez. Ty Blach was excellent. So was Sam Dyson.
The Giants still did not hit much but beggars can’t be choosers when it comes to the San Francisco offense in 2017.
This was a victory aided by the home field advantage. The Indians looked like an American League team that never saw a bunt before, botching Denard Span’s sacrifice attempt so perfectly that their infield looked like they were in the middle of a contemporary dance piece with the baseball playing the role of the Evil Stepmom addicted to Prozac.
The win streak started last night. Whohoo!
Conor or Tommy? Who scored again?
Kelby. Post corrected, thanks.
And he didn’t even need his super speed.
Connor did. Disguised as Kelby Tomlinson. Weird. I know. But that’s what I saw.
Young James Carville
A young James Carville looks exactly like an aged James Carville.
Tenth B’day and most recent. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/056e497856ce92c28708f27d6d0c177700ffb3bb87d22e5bca11a70f78b12ca6.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/97310623aadbb79002defab0d207fdbdc085a724699d5ab38f78d869dfff2d88.jpg
No Hair Kelby
Great post GG. I watched the last two innings this morning and kinda went there with you. Great W…if it had really mattered in the big picture. Let’s try not to “last place” suck, OK guys?
When Nunez hit the walk-off and they all headed for a scrum, I yelled “Don’t hurt the trade bait!”
Anyone else? No, just me?
Eduardo Nunez has given us a solid full season now. He contributed in getting us to the WC game last year, even though he couldn’t play in the LDS. He’ll probably get traded–should get traded–as a contending team can use a player with this skill set. It’s too bad, because Nuney is a good player and a good teammate. Wish we’d had him a bit longer.
I also think Conor Gillaspie can help a contender. Forget his numbers this year; he’s been a good utility/PH guy who will give you a good AB every time he steps in. For us right now, those ABs should be going to Jones and Hwang.
It would be fine by me if we traded him, and then he resigned here after the season…win/win for both if he wants to be a Giant long term
Known as the “Chapman” maneuver. Very deft, Matthew.
I’m trying to sit at the adult Footy Trade Ideas table…this post should help a little
Find us a young CFer and you’ll get a feather in your cap.
Does this guy float your boat?
AZ want Cueto or Smardzj and it might work.
Did you see the SFG took a Fourth Round pick of the Orioles from them? Why not take an 11th Rounder here. It is one way to jumpstart a Farm System.
Nice catch though, huh?
How do like this Lorenzo C. … not the OldGuy™
I too like Nunez. His baseball IQ may be a little on the low side, for example he would seem to be a lead off hitter type, but doesn’t like to work a count. But I think the Giants have to try to deal him, based on contract, excessive depth at 3B, and his general value. Red Sox surely ought to be interested!
There are not two players on this team that would have had their heads so far up their butt as he did when rounding 3rd last night. I think he’s too dumb to be contrite, too.
Like that 70’s poster? I bailed in the 8th for REM purposes
Known as a “Ruben”. Not to be confused with the tasty sandwich.
I believe he thought the SS caught up with the ball as it rolled to the OF, and slowed down then.
Paul, I’m sorry. I like you, but answer me this. Where is a baserunner supposed to be looking as he approaches 3B even before he reaches halfway to 3rd?
Why would ANY professional baseball player, if he had seen his 3BC even look back over his shoulder unless HE HAD NO CLUE as to what the situation was?
Now you know why I rode the bench, Bap!
Seems that now the Yankees have their 1B/3B situation figured, the Red Sox could be a good landing spot – and ideal landing spot for Nunez.
Maybe my good friend, Jon Heyman, will break that news soon.
Can we get a AAA CFer at least? Or a 5th/6th starter option?
It would be kind of hilarious if the Red Sox dumping Sandoval meant they now want Nunez.
for a team with a real minor league system, for the Red Sox would be exactly waht he is, a stop gap / super utility player till they develop someone soon or make another trade. Nunez and Holt can hold it down for them as far as utility swiss army types.
For the Giants, a team with holes everywhere and a farm that sucks ass, the team relies on a super sub type to produce as if he were a typical hot corner guy, defensively and offensively.
He’s not a fit for this team. With the way Crawford and Panik are hitting the Giants need more offense from 3B. Nunez IMO is more a super utility player, not somebody to be counted on as a starting 3B unless you have Correa and Altuve up the middle (btw those two, if they stay together, have a chance to be the best SS/2B duo in history).
The Giants need to get some value from Nunez and free up 3B for (eventually) Arroyo or…pardon me while I dream…Arenado in the winter of 2018.
Arenado made his 15th error at 3B last night.
Oh, you meant Nolan. Not the one we have already!
15th? Nicht Scheiß?
Not long ago Nunez stated his willingness to be a super utility player to remain on the Giants. I have been back and forth on Nunez but now am pretty much of the opinion that the Giants are a better team in 2018 with Nunez. A salary in the $5-6 million range and a 2-3 year contract might be a good renewal level with Giants. Nunez might get more as a FA as he is one ofm few oplayers with a decent year on 2017 Giants.
I like his speed and ability to steal a base and aggressiveness without many strike outs as a batter.
I can see Nunez getting 120 plus games and 400 PA as utility 3B, SS, 2B, LF, PH, PR, DH, while starting 2-3 games per week.
I’m ok with him being a super utility on the Giants at a reasonable price, but not the answer to 3B. And he cannot be counted on to be healthy for any lengthy stretch of time. Too many leg issues.
I thought Jonah Arenado was primed to be a 1st baseman instead.
Arenado was just drafted, unless he’s Machado or Harper hes not seeing the pros till 2020 and you know that.
I didn’t say he was going to be ready in 2018. He hasn’t impressed me with his low BA and OBP and frequently undisciplined ABs. I’ve seen him play live, but the kid has power. I said he could be ready by his late 20s (he’s 22), but hopefully he’ll prove me wrong. This Giants team has to hope their prospects succeed for them to replicate the early 2010s.
kinda tough to do that when they a) draft in the middle of the round and 2) have not been drafting well.
They won those championship on very high draft pics all hitting. The can only replicate this by tanking a couple of season and hoping the picks hit on the money.
Otherwise your just wishing for something that most likely will not transpire.
“Otherwise your just wishing for something that most likely will not transpire.”
Witnessing this season so far, the only thing the organization can do is hope.
yes but good teams are not built on hope sadly.
The Giants need to be proactive, realize many of what the fans consider a core will most likely not be around for the next wave of success.
That means a lot of popular players need to go and soon.
Fans have this misconstrued understanding that that owners are there to please them. They are not, they are there to make money. This team can’t be kept in place with hope of a few wrinkles or tweaks.
“yes but good teams are not built on hope sadly.”
No doubt. I wasn’t born yesterday. 😉
4 yrs ago.
The Chad Lowe Brother Curse
We used to call it the Frank Stallone Curse. My grand uncle called it the Jerry Van Dyke Curse.
oops my bad i confused him with the 2nd pick this season.
He’s a 16th rd pick. If he wasn’t related to Nolan, likely no one is paying much attention to his ETA.
Will he live in the shadow of his brother like Ozzie Canseco and Bobby Bonds Jr?
The talent level he possesses is unique to this team, and i think they need to figure out the best ways to use him. He’s a fit. They just need to help him fit.
No argument about his usefulness to the team. But he should not be the starting 3B IMO. This team needs more offense (and consistent healthy play) from that position. I think the Giants need to trade him and generate value if they can. There’s always the possibility of resigning him this winter.
you must mean “more power” because he is arguably the only More Offense Guy on this team
Wait…how does Nunez provide “more offense” than anybody else on the team?
he got on base 34 of 35 games…that some offense…look around this landscape littered with carcasses of underperformers…a team in which Gorkys is considered one of the hottest hitters with his 35 recent paper cuts to opponents
If you look at something like RE24, which is weighted for clutch performance, he’s produced a run below average over July, 15th of 21 guys. For the month Belt is +2.44, Kelby +1.38, Crawford +.99, Gorkys +.82. Pence is bringing up the rear with -3.1, Hwang with -2.52. His June was much better.
He has an OPS+ of 93. He’s been fairly solid, particularly of late, but if Nunez is viewed as one of the better offensive players on the team then this team is in even worse shape than we thought. Again, useful player particularly in a super utility role, not a starting caliber 3B IMO.
We are just talking him up because the Red Sox FO monitors this site. C’mon, get with the program.
No, we need to move him now. He’ll begin to decline soon, and there’s a good group of replacements. Good, solid MLB player right now, though.
The only set back, for me, is that he has been on the DL numerous times and he is on the wrong age of 30. Resign him to 2-3 seasons, but don’t overpay him.
In other dreamscape news, the Giants now have the most talented farm system in all the land, with the wave of a magic wand. Move over White Sox, Hunter Pence socks are meatier, and funkier.
Isn’t Dreamscape where Pablo got popped for lying and sneaking out on rehab?
By all means G’s should move Nunez, but will be surprised if they get much in return. They gave up a solid not great prospect in Mejia for him after a 12hrs/47rbi’s first half with Minn. Now with recurring hamstring problems a drop in production and few buyers….?
Rumors (what isn’t?) has Nunez to the Red Sox now that Frazier escaped them to the Yankees. A small connecting dot to Pablo perhaps.
Nunez IS a dot compared to Pablo!
I loved Dots when I went to the movies as a kid. Except the black ones, never liked licorice.
Red Sox #14 Prospect would be nice: 19 y-o Lorenzo Cederola as the defense and speedy CF of the future. http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2017?list=bos
we gotta find a AA/AAA guy. somebody ready to jump in right away or next year. We’re very limited in that department.
Yes but alll the Sox had to offer were pitchers; no catchers in their top 30 even.
not sure why people are connecting Nunez to Pablo. Because they are both Latin and were/are Giant?
Other than that I don’t see the need to connect both players.
Thirdbaseman that might end up with Boston was the connection I made.
that’s pretty lose. One was a starter for a championship team and Boston was looking (wrongly) for a multi year 3B solution.
I doubt the Red Sox see Nunez, a player they know well being on the Yanks for years and in the AL, to be more than a super sub / stop gap till they fill the 3B job for good (somewhere down the line).
relax, It’s what Haak said. The Sox are gonna rent Noonie
Not related to anything, was looking up stuff on Kluber and saw that he had a 100 Game Score game earlier this season. Got curious and looked around at the Giants pitchers, to see what their GS averages were (Kluber’s average GS this season is 66.3, for context):
Mejia has averaged 48.6, so not far off what Cueto has done this season. Samardzija has the highest GS for SF this season, a 90, for his incredible 5/3 game against LA. A no decision, naturally. The infamous Belt 4 walk game. Giants won in 11, but annoyingly loaded the bases in the 10th (Belt walk, Pence single, Posey single) only to see Arroyo K and Nunez fly out.
Span CF, Gomez 2B, Belt 1B, Crawford SS, Gillaspie 3B, Hundley C, Tomlinson LF, Hernandez RF, Cain RHP
Think of it as mid-summer training. It doesn’t matter who plays where or who the hell hits 2nd.
Go Gomez!! Gillaspie showcase? Gillaspie for PTBNL. Boom.
Why waste an ML lineup when Cain’s throwing – is that it?
Noonie pulled and packing???
I am sure it has a Sales Lingo to it when you want to milk the last thing they saw: Game Winning Hit [“I gotta have this guy!”]
Think of the Bench…
Posey, Panik, Pence, Nunez, Bum
Bochy is salivating.
Yesterday a Pavs tweet warned us to expect a bomb squad lineup today. As Footy always says, BOOM!
Here’s some aroma to the meat of that Nunez/Boston rumor. May it be so.
I think Nightengale was scooped here about 2 weeks ago.
Before Buster Posey – there was Cum
Is this some kind of biology lesson about conception?
I heard a rumor about Posey to 3B, and Schwarber acquired for 1B, and Belt to the Yankees? On one level that makes sense, on another it’s a twilight zone move.
I think that might’ve been one of your dreams.
Why. You like Footy’s lists?
Sure! Move the GG catcher to a spot he hasn’t played in 10 years! Let’s do this!!!
On the face of it, yeah. But as you well know, his skills behind the plate, and at the plate are declining, no matter the results of this year. It’s that everlasting story about how best to keep him maximally productive for as long as possible on a team with few bright spots on the elevator up. It’s a tough decision from whatever angle you approach it.
that was great, thank you, and don’t pay no mind to mr. gutter mind below…
If I am Houston – I outbid the BoSox for Noonie due to the fact that Carlos Correa’s thumb injury (surgery today) is fairly severe. Noonie ‘can play’ SS.
it would be nice to have a bidding war between those two teams for noonie’s services..
Based on the Sabean interview with Baggs, the Gints clearly have forgotten the ‘Win” ingredients.
The walk off celebration had a lot of teammates doing the Zombie walk
I thought last night that it must have been much more of a relief to the team than I thought appropriate for that win. They have, obviously, been really pressing lately.
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