Greek Giant

The Giants were beaten 8-5 yesterday in a Cactus League game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Evan Longoria is now a snake. Longoria was a good Giant who had a weird san Francisco career, slightly less weirder than Dan Uggla but you get the picture.

Yesterday the Giants catchers went deep with Austin Wynns, Blake Sabol and Brett Auerbach hitting the bombs. Each of them was catching at the time. So, at this rate the Giants backstops might hit 60 homers between them. Sabol’s homer went to slightly left center field and came with a runner on base.

Jakob Junis was hung with the loss pitching two innings and allowing one run. He was the starter as the Giants fell behind 6-0 and did not score till the bottom of the seventh inning. The Giants had eight hits in the game and did not make an error. So there’s that.

One must not read too much into the starting line up in an early Cactus League game but I found yesterday’s interesting:

The Giants are trying to see what they have with Heliot Ramos. I like Joc batting third and Estrada batting second.


That’s the number of players used last season on their big league roster. That’s a record and an embarrassment, quite frankly. Grant Brisbee has a funny piece about it in today’s Athletic. I like his humorous approach on this topic. Why do I call it embarrassing? Because Farhan Zaidi had too much roster churn, had too many players in a game for a few days or a week and then sent them off into the ether of “Former Major League Baseball player” title. There was no need for it. It was an example of the Giants Head Honcho playing “Look at me! I’m the smartest guy in Major League Baseball” and it was a sign that the Giants brass does not understand the need for consistency, team chemistry, and that a player needs at least 200 or 300 at bats in a big league uniform before he can be properly evaluated.