Greek Giant



Oh Boy!

Yeah, the Yankees just gave the Giants a master class in ass-kicking, Bronx Bombers-style. In the three-game sweep the Yankees demonstrated why they are one of the top teams in baseball. Their line up is deep. They hit all types of pitchers. The beat Logan Webb, the Giants’ Ace. They played long ball and small ball. They rallied against Camilo Doval in the ninth inning while trailing in yesterday’s game and they showed an impressive mixture of speed, athleticism and of course, power.

Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Juan Soto, all potential future hall of famers, showed why in this weekend’s sweep that gave the Giants their fourth loss in a row after yesterday’s heartbreak, 7-5 loss. Yeah, that ninth inning rally?

Well, Camilo Doval came in with the Giants leading 5-3 in a very hard-fought, back and forth game and the San Franciscans pretty damn desperate for a win. Here is the scenario: The Giants were in the middle of a three-game losing streak having lost two straight to the New Yorkers by scores of 6-2 and 7-3 on Friday and Saturday, respectively. You will recall the Giants were on a high heading into this home stand agains the Phillies and the Yankees, the two best teams in baseball. The Giants won the series against Philadelphia and were in a good space heading into this past weekend.

Well that seems like ancient history in a way.

Because, that ninth inning yesterday… A win and the Giants go 3-3 agains the East Coast Juggernauts and feel optimistic with their new youth movement. A loss, well, then it’s kind of lick your wounds time and look for the positives.

Let me begin with analysis of the top of the ninth inning of yesterday’s game. After a Glayber Torres lead off single Jose Trevino hit into a force play retiring Torres at second. That left one on and one out for Anthony Volpe who tripled into right center to score Trevino and make the game 5-4 for the Giants. All is not yet lost and we have seen Camilo Doval get out of jams like this before. In comes Juan Soto, arguably the hottest hitter and ballplayer on the planet we call Earth. I say “arguably” because his teammate, Aaron Judge “firmly entrenched himself in the MVP conversation thanks to this month. During May, he led all MLB players in home runs (14), OPS (1.415), on-base percentage (.488), slugging percentage (.928) and average exit velocity (100 MPH). To put this into context, here are second-place numbers behind Judge for the month: home runs (11), OPS (1.061), on-base percentage (.447), slugging percentage (.686), average exit velocity (98.3).Meanwhile, his .371 batting average was second only to Luis Arraez (.389), and his 27 RBI were second only to Jose Ramirez (33).” Those stats are quoted from The Sporting News.

Now back to Juan Soto, he hit a 97 or 98 MPH fastball high above the plate on the outer half, over the right field wall, a mile far, to put the Yankees ahead 6-5. That was Soto’s second homer of the game and boy does he look impressive since he became a Yankee. It confirms my theory that he was not invested in playing for a team like the Padres which explains his less-than-Soto-like stats in his stint in San Diego. Giancarlo Stanton would add insult to injury by driving in Aaron Judge with a ground-rule double that made it 7-5. The Giants went down quietly in the bottom of the ninth and that was all she wrote on this game.

It’s a shame because the Giants battled hard. First the Yankees took the lead on Soto’s first homer of the game, in the first inning, off Blake Snell. Snell would settle down and pitch relatively well until the top of the fifth inning when he ran out of gas, injured himself and had to be removed in favor of Erik Miller, who gave up a two-out, two-run double to Alex Verdugo. That tied the game at three before the Giants took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on a two-run single by Heliot Ramos.

The Giants also saw homers by Casey Schmitt, a booming bomb down the left field in the bottom of the fourth. Ramos hit a homer in the bottom of the third and Schmitt hit an RBI single in the bottom of the second. So the youth produced but the veteran pitchers????

Oy Vey!

Yes, the Giants were out-classed by the Yankees.

The Bright Spots

As I said, the youth produced, Casey Schmitt and Heliot Ramos had big games. Yes, Luis Matos is in a slump but he will play through it. Joge Soler had three hits and looks like the hitter the Giants were hoping to acquire from the beginning.

Blake Snell’s Strange Giants Odyssey Continues

When Mike Krukow introduces the pitcher and defense at the bottom of the first inning of every game you can learn a lot about his emotional state and his attitude by his vocal inflections. Sometimes he’s a bit bored. Sometimes he’s a bit excited. Sometime’s he’s a bit annoyed. When he introduced the Giants’ Blake Snell with the words “Now pitching for the Giants Blake Snell. He enters the game with an ERA in the tens….” his voice made that funny sound when you eat too much Wasabi on your sushi. It was hilarious and brilliant at the same time and it was an indication of all our disappointment with Snell’s performance at this state of the season. Well, once again, he ran out of gas in the fifth, pitching like a prisoner on death row doing everything to delay his execution. Then he hurt himself and is likely to end up on the IL. It’s not clear what the injury was but it does not really matter any more at this stage. I would go on record as saying right now that Blake Snell might be the worst free agent Giants signing since… well, ever if this continues.

It’s Time to Play If GG Were the GM

  1. Trade Blake Snell as soon as he comes back from the DL, for prospects.
  2. Trade Matt Chapman, for prospects.
  3. Play Schmitt (3B), Matos (CF), Ramos (LF) and Luciano (SS) every day.
  4. Turn Erik Miller into a starter.
  5. Make Doval learn a change-up.
  6. Trade Wilmer Flores.
  7. Play Wade Jr. everyday at first base.
  8. Let Mason Black be the fifth starter.

You’re welcome.

Today’s Game

The Giants travel to Phoenix to play the DBacks. Tonight’s game is at 6:40 PM, Arizona time. The pitching matchup is listed as Harrison versus Walston.