Greek Giant

With the new balanced schedule, one I am mostly in favor of, the Giants travel to Denver, Los Angeles and San Diego much less than they did in years with the division-weighted scheduling. I remember the Giants playing almost twice a month at Mile High Park. It was fun to watch Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Evan Longoria play there.

Tonight the Giants play the first of a three-game series in Denver against the Colorado Rockies. It is their first trip to the Rockies this season. The Rockies are 26-35 and have played better of late. Remember their historically bad start to the season? They have overcome that. Charlie Blackmon, Elias Diaz and Ryan McMahon are having good seasons. You know who is not having a good season for the Rockies? His name is Kris Bryant. That was a bullet dodged by Farhan Zaidi in deciding not to sign the veteran to a gigantic free agent contract. Tip your hat to the Giants Brass for passing on Bryant, Rodon, and a few others who would have broken the bank and collected their cash while sitting at home being injured or under-performing.

Tonight’s game is at 6:40 PM and it will be John Brebbia starting in another bullpen game against Dinelson Lamet for Colorado. Lamet heads into this game with some gaudy, as in baaaaaaad numbers. He is 1-2 with a 13.17 ERA in one game started and 13 appearances overall.

Tomorrow night’s game, also scheduled for 6:40 PM has Logan Webb pitching for the Giants. The Rockies do not have a starter announced at press time for that game. For the series finale on Thursday neither team has yet announced a starting pitcher. You would think they were state secrets or something! That game will be at 1:10 PM in the afternoon as it is a getaway game for San Francisco.

Tributes to Humm Baby

First of all, that is one of the all time greatest nicknames in sports. With the news of Roger Craig’s passing the baseball world has paid tribute. Will Clark and other former Giants have spoke in honor of their former Manager. Here is a sampling:

Will The Thrill comes through in the clutch again!

Here is the New York Times tribute to Roger Craig.

Grant Brisbee wrote a nice piece in The Athletic on Roger Craig’s optimism and impact on a young Giants team. Read it for the Chili Davis anecdotes alone.