Each of Kershaw’s Game Line’s Against the Giants (2008-2015)

Clayton Kershaw is good. Studies have been done, scouts have been asked, fantasy players have benefitted from his performances, this is pretty much confirmed by now. Since you’re curious about how the possibly compromised Madison Bumgarner will do against the ace of the Dodgers. The embedding is admittedly a little messy since I haven’t been doing this for a while and I’m lucky I’m able to do this post while my kid is awake. Here are the lines from Kershaw’s appearances (2008 was a relief appearance) against the Giants. Not a lot to look forward to if you’re a fan of the Giants offense.

2008

Date Opp ▴ Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU Unk GSc
Sep 28 @ SFG L,1-3 6-6 H(1) 3 1.0 2 0 1 0 0 0 4.26 5 13 5 0 0 1 3 2 0 0
107.2 109 51 52 100 11 1 4.26 470
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Generated 4/8/2016.

2009 — I’m pretty sure I was at this game. It was not a fun game for the Giants offense.

Date Opp ▴ Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU Unk GSc
Apr 15 SFG W,5-4 GS-7 5 7.0 1 1 1 13 1 0 1.50 22 105 63 14 17 0 8 0 1 0 83
171.0 119 53 91 185 7 1 2.79 701
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Generated 4/8/2016.

2010 — good every time, but Giants won the title

Date Opp ▴ Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU Unk GSc
Sep 14 @ SFG W,1-0 SHO W(12-10) 6 9.0 4 0 0 4 0 0 2.85 30 111 72 21 8 14 12 2 4 0 83
Aug 1 @ SFG L,0-2 GS-7 L(10-6) 6 7.0 6 2 4 6 0 0 2.94 32 117 69 21 8 8 14 8 1 0 59
Jul 20 SFG L,5-7 GS-7 4 6.0 4 2 2 6 0 2 3.15 26 104 64 19 7 8 8 4 2 0 56
Apr 18 SFG W,2-1 GS-8 4 7.0 4 1 4 9 1 0 3.18 28 114 74 20 17 6 9 3 1 0 70
204.1 160 66 81 212 13 7 2.91 848
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Generated 4/8/2016.

2011 — one non-Kershaw start, but the others the Giants other three games had a combined 2 runs of offense

Date Opp ▴ Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU Unk GSc
Sep 20 SFG W,2-1 GS-8 W(20-5) 5 7.1 6 1 2 6 1 0 2.27 28 115 75 19 11 10 10 1 2 0 66
Sep 9 @ SFG W,2-1 GS-8 W(18-5) 4 8.0 3 0 1 9 0 0 2.36 28 111 76 19 12 8 10 0 6 0 82
Jul 20 @ SFG W,1-0 GS-8 W(11-4) 4 8.0 3 0 1 12 0 0 2.72 29 112 70 19 14 8 8 4 2 0 87
May 18 SFG L,5-8 GS-5 4 5.0 7 4 1 6 0 0 3.09 23 85 54 17 9 7 9 4 1 0 42
Apr 11 @ SFG W,6-1 GS-7 W(2-1) 5 6.2 6 0 2 7 0 0 1.37 27 117 72 18 12 12 6 4 0 0 67
Mar 31 SFG W,2-1 GS-7 W(1-0) 99 7.0 4 0 1 9 0 0 0.00 26 96 65 20 11 9 7 0 2 0 77
233.1 174 59 54 248 15 3 2.28 912
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Generated 4/8/2016.

2012 — Kershaw was the Giants’ daddy

Date Opp ▴ Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU Unk GSc
Oct 3 SFG W,5-1 GS-8 W(14-9) 4 8.0 3 1 3 8 0 0 2.53 29 111 71 18 12 9 9 2 2 0 77
Aug 20 SFG L,1-2 GS-8 L(11-7) 4 8.0 6 2 0 10 0 0 2.87 29 109 81 25 16 8 11 4 3 0 72
Jul 29 @ SFG W,4-0 SHO W(8-6) 4 9.0 5 0 1 7 0 0 2.95 32 116 74 23 14 11 13 7 2 0 83
Jun 26 @ SFG L,0-2 GS-6 L(5-4) 4 6.0 8 2 2 8 1 0 2.74 28 104 65 18 10 5 13 7 1 0 54
May 8 SFG L,1-2 GS-8 L(2-1) 5 8.0 5 2 1 7 1 0 2.56 29 94 66 17 13 10 11 5 2 0 70
227.2 170 64 63 229 16 5 2.53 901
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Generated 4/8/2016.

2013 — average earned runs per start: 1.5. The Giants still managed to win two games.

Date Opp ▴ Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU Unk GSc
Sep 13 SFG L,2-4 GS-7 L(14-9) 4 7.0 8 2 0 6 0 0 1.94 28 106 80 24 7 11 11 6 2 0 57
Jul 7 @ SFG W,4-1 GS-8 W(8-5) 4 8.0 3 1 1 3 0 1 1.89 28 100 68 12 8 10 13 7 1 0 74
Jun 26 SFG W,4-2 GS-9 W(6-5) 4 8.0 4 2 1 7 1 0 2.08 29 104 71 23 12 10 11 2 3 0 72
May 3 @ SFG L,1-2 GS-7 4 7.0 3 1 3 5 0 0 1.66 26 104 62 13 10 8 10 4 1 0 69
Apr 1 SFG W,4-0 SHO W(1-0) 99 9.0 4 0 0 7 0 0 0.00 30 94 65 23 12 12 11 4 4 0 86
236.0 164 48 52 232 11 3 1.83 908
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Generated 4/8/2016.

2014 — Kershaw allows three earned runs in May, gets beat. Otherwise, classic Kershaw.

Date Opp ▴ Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU Unk GSc
Sep 24 SFG W,9-1 GS-8 W(21-3) 4 8.0 7 1 0 11 0 0 1.77 31 117 83 20 16 11 9 7 2 0 75
Sep 14 @ SFG W,4-2 GS-8 W(19-3) 5 8.0 7 2 1 9 0 0 1.70 31 110 78 12 18 10 11 7 2 0 68
Jul 26 @ SFG W,5-0 SHO W(12-2) 5 9.0 3 0 1 7 0 0 1.76 30 113 78 14 12 13 9 0 4 0 87
May 11 SFG L,4-7 GS-7 4 7.0 7 3 0 9 1 0 1.74 26 92 66 16 14 10 7 4 0 0 60
198.1 139 39 31 239 9 2 1.77 749
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Generated 4/8/2016.

2015 — Another non-Kershaw-type start in May, Giants post a winning record against Kershaw

Date Opp ▴ Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU Unk GSc
Sep 29 @ SFG W,8-0 SHO W(16-7) 4 9.0 1 0 1 13 0 0 2.16 29 104 73 16 17 4 11 5 1 0 97
Sep 2 SFG W,2-1 CG W(12-6) 4 9.0 6 1 1 15 0 0 2.18 32 132 95 20 32 7 9 5 1 0 85
May 21 @ SFG L,0-4 GS-8 L(2-3) 5 7.1 7 4 2 7 1 1 4.32 31 99 67 17 13 10 11 7 1 0 53
Apr 28 SFG L,1-2 GS-7 L(1-2) 5 7.0 7 2 0 8 1 0 3.73 27 92 66 15 15 12 7 3 1 0 63
Apr 22 @ SFG L,2-3 GS-6 4 6.0 3 2 1 9 0 0 4.07 21 93 64 18 9 5 6 3 0 0 66
232.2 163 55 42 301 15 5 2.13 890
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Generated 4/8/2016.

2016 — clearly the pattern is the Giants will go undefeated against Kershaw, scoring 1 or 2 runs in every other start except for May, where he will allow 4 runs.

Can’t wait.

 

Thoughts on a Friday Night Classic

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You’ve heard the numbers many times by now: 7.1 innings pitched, 100 pitches thrown, five outs to go. The hot takes on Facebook, Twitter, and probably Reddit and anywhere else where people are allowed to express their opinions were hotter than Trevor Story’s start to his MLB career. Hotter than Steph Curry when he gets going. Hotter than that water heater that’s warming up water so my kid can have slightly warm formula milk. Why can’t she just have room temperature formula.

Anyway, I’m not going to deny that giving Stripling his shot would have been cool and may never, ever happen again for the kid, but there were plenty that had manager Dave Roberts’ back, and a few numbers to back up why he pulled Stripling:

McCarthy, pitcher for the Dodgers, agreed. Buster Olney of ESPN gave some background:

MLB.com’s Mike Petriello (sure, you may know him as a Dodgers blogger from the beginning) gave a snapshot of Stripling’s four-seam fastball velocity:

Here’s another chart, from Brooks Baseball:

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Not unusual for someone to get tired over the course of the game, especially when he hasn’t pitched that much in a game and still building up his stamina so he can be a starting pitcher long term. This is something that’s easy to get passionate about, but unlike some other debates, like dinosaur metrics of pitcher wins and pitcher losses vs. more recent ways to evaluate pitchers, FIP, for example, I firmly believe pulling Stripling was the right call, yet can only shrug if someone else disagrees.

Some people didn’t agree with the strike zone last night:

Chris Hatcher had a rough night. I would not want to be that guy, messing up the no-hitter, then because you were showing up the ump your manager has to save you from getting tossed. From there, it seemed like it was just a waiting game: how would the Giants win and ultimately crush the souls of the Dodgers and their fans for the night? Who would end it? In the end, it was Brandon Crawford:

 

Well, the kid is up now. This game was so crazy to be a part of, even if I could only listen to it, only watch the live update in the 8th inning and see Trevor Brown ruin everything for the internet. My wife and I were stunned at what happened. We felt awful for Stripling, and knew what would come for Roberts. Of course, I was very happy at Brandon Crawford’s shot to end it off of “Yes, he’s really a Dodger” Joe Blanton, and impressed at how opposite field he went with it. What a way he’s come to becoming the star he is today. I’m not sure if there was a game last year so crazy like this one, so memorable. I’ll remember this game for a year or more until I’ve completely wiped it from my memory and replaced it with the memories and the thousands of pictures I’ve took of my kid.

With Kershaw on the mound today, the Giants may not get to celebrate for much longer, but this game will be the talk of the town for another day, and there certainly is a lot to talk about.

Pavs: Brandon Belt’s going to be a Giant for this year and five more years

Well, that was quite the game. Dodgers lose their no-hitter, and then Joe Blanton had trouble not staring into Brandon Crawford’s eyes, and boom, game over, drive home safely, baseball fans. Not even five minutes after the Giants and their fans were doing cannonballs into the puddles from the rain, delirious from their happiness, CSN Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic tweeted out the breaking news that the Giants and Brandon Belt have agreed to a five-year extension that also reworks the money from this year. This means that in the 2021 season, you’ll be wondering what the Giants plan to do with Brandon Belt: keep him for a couple more seasons, or give the job to super-prospect Emilio Anderson, drafted in the 8th round of the 2019 Draft.

In case you’re wondering what the Giants are keeping:

Year Age G PA H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS+
2011 23 63 209 42 6 1 9 3 2 20 57 .225 .306 .412 103
2012 24 145 472 113 27 6 7 12 2 54 106 .275 .360 .421 123
2013 25 150 571 147 39 4 17 5 2 52 125 .289 .360 .481 139
2014 26 61 235 52 8 0 12 3 1 18 64 .243 .306 .449 114
2015 27 137 556 138 33 5 18 9 3 56 147 .280 .356 .478 129
2016 28 4 18 5 3 0 0 0 2 4 1 .357 .500 .571 179
6 Yrs 560 2061 497 116 16 63 32 12 204 500 .272 .349 .456 126
162 Game Avg. 162 596 144 34 5 18 9 3 59 145 .272 .349 .456 126
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Generated 4/8/2016.

 

Certainly, there has been some disappointment from fans that Brandon Belt hasn’t kept up with Diamondbacks star Paul Goldschmidt, but as the Giants have shown, having around a .350 OBP, potentially 20-HR player that plays some pretty good defense is pretty good to keep around. From 2012 to 2016, Belt is 11th in fWAR among all that have played, higher than notables such as Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, but lower than any superstar first baseman you can think of that’s kind of young.

I have been on the Pro-Belt side for quite some time, annoyingly so probably. I was not Pro-Belt before it was cool to be Pro-Belt, or maybe I was. Who cares. Anyway, we don’t know the money going to Belt, but I trust management that it’s reasonable. Good job, Giants.

I just did a Mock Draft. Feel free to tell me how I did

I want to play Fantasy Baseball this year, so I’m practicing with a Mock Draft. It’s easy to win a league where people stop playing. If you’ve got a league that’s fun that needs a player, let me know and maybe something can get worked out. Anyway, I did a Mock Draft on ESPN (so assume we’re building for a 5×5 10-team league), and you should tell me what you think.

C Salvador Perez (13th Round)

1B Paul Goldschmidt (1st Round)

2B Dee Gordon (2nd Round)

SS Corey Seager (7th Round)

3B Evan Longoria (12th Round)

1B/3B Byung Ho Park (14th Round)

2B/SS Josh Harrison (18th Round)

OF AJ Pollock (3rd Round)

OF Jason Heyward (6th Round)

OF Corey Dickerson (11th Round)

OF Ender Inciarte (15th Round)

OF Kevin Pillar (16th Round)

UTIL Miguel Sano (5th Round)

SP Corey Kluber (4th Round)

SP Steven Matz (17th Round)

SP Gio Gonzalez (19th Round)

SP Yu Darvish (20th Round)

SP James Shields (22nd Round)

SP Carlos Rodon (23rd Round)

RP Cody Allen (8th Round)

RP Aroldis Chapman (9th Round)

RP Ken Giles (10th Round)

 

BE 3B Pablo Sandoval (21st Round)

BE OF Gerardo Parra (24th Round)

BE RP Santiago Casilla (25th Round)

This was a ten-team draft that had about six to seven active participants. I’m sure every person felt they got some good deals, and I love some of the picks I made, but I know this team is weak on power. Overloaded on saves for the prospect of a trade, and this team will be weak on wins, but I think they’ll be competitive. Anyway, tell me what you think!

Sunday Takes: Tulo, Utley, Watching Spring Training Games

It’s raining a lot in California. Word is that cats and dogs are falling from the sky in NorCal, but here in the southern part of the state, we had enough rain to fill up a wheelbarrow from the overnight clouds that passed by. Still, it was enough for one Long Beach State program to do a doubleheader on Saturday and another watch their game today get rained out due to poor field conditions, despite the rain stopping before sunrise.

Sticking to SoCal business, Chase Utley of the Los Angeles Dodgers won’t be suspended for his slide that took out Ruben Tejada in last year’s postseason. Joel Sherman with the explanation:

As much as we’d like to believe Utley should be suspended, a lot of people figured that with no precedent set for a two-game suspension like that, Utley could either retire and we wouldn’t even worry about it, or the suspension would probably not stand in the end. The latter has come, and now we wait to see how the newer rules on sliding into second get enforced.

Troy Tulowitzki continues to talk about Toronto and Colorado, though in varying degrees, and it sounds like when it comes to the atmosphere of Salt River Fields taking an effect on players, some current Rockies didn’t take too kind to it. As a fellow human being who holds grudges to a fault, I can see the former Dirtbag of Long Beach State wanting to rag on the people that made him promises until the day he dies. Sometimes you feel like you can never talk too much about people that let you down. If Tulo has new material to pass out, people will listen, but otherwise, it’s going to get repetitive.

I’m glad Spring Training is back, means we’re less than a month away from the games that count going down. Watching what I get to watch is nice, an escape from the responsibilities I could be tending to, like my job, or cleaning the house. Watching Giants prospect Cody Gearrin work his fastball-slider mix was interesting, while feeling awful for one Giovanni Soto of the Cleveland team who couldn’t find the strike zone. While I have trouble rooting for the team outcome of a game, watching individual performances is where it’s at. Plenty of pitchers are missing targets pretty bad right now, but we aren’t even a week into the games yet. Games will get boring soon as we get tired of waiting for Spring Training to end and the path to the Postseason begin.

 

The Giants transactions over the off-season

There’s a lot of moves I don’t notice happening. I thought my kid was done napping, turns out she’s not. So, let’s go to the Giants transaction page and see if I’ve missed anything over the past few months. I’ll put my two cents in bold, since my takes are always that, amirite, he said to the mirror.

October

10/15/15 San Francisco Giants sent 2B Nick Noonan outright to Sacramento River Cats. ok
10/15/15 San Francisco Giants sent C Jackson Williams outright to Sacramento River Cats. word was he impressed while he was in the bigs, so, something to keep in mind
10/15/15 San Francisco Giants sent RHP Brett Bochy outright to Sacramento River Cats. can’t have too many bochy’s on one roster
10/15/15 1B Kevin Frandsen elected free agency. wonder if he’ll play in asia
10/23/15 San Francisco Giants signed free agent CF Gorkys Hernandez to a minor league contract. good first name
10/28/15 San Francisco Giants signed free agent IF Camilo Doval to a minor league contract. good full name

November

11/2/15 San Francisco Giants activated C Hector Sanchez from the 60-day disabled list. poor hector, always getting hurt
11/2/15 San Francisco Giants activated RF Juan Perez from the 60-day disabled list. poor juan
11/2/15 San Francisco Giants activated C Andrew Susac from the 60-day disabled list. hoping he can be a solid backup in ’16
11/2/15 San Francisco Giants activated 2B Joe Panik from the 60-day disabled list. giants need him, kelby’s just not enough
11/2/15 RHP Tim Lincecum elected free agency. thanks for the memories
11/2/15 RHP Tim Hudson elected free agency. glad you got your ring
11/2/15 LF Alejandro De Aza elected free agency. thanks for helping a little bit
11/2/15 LHP Jeremy Affeldt elected free agency. it was fun, jeremy
11/2/15 RHP Ryan Vogelsong elected free agency. so many emotions, vogey
11/2/15 2B Marco Scutaro elected free agency. i hope your back gets better, marco
11/2/15 RHP Mike Leake elected free agency. thanks for the audition, mike
11/4/15 LF Marlon Byrd elected free agency. your home runs were fun
11/4/15 LF Nori Aoki elected free agency. seattle will find you funny, nori
11/6/15 San Francisco Giants sent RF Juan Perez outright to Sacramento River Cats. yea, sounds right
11/6/15 San Francisco Giants signed free agent P Jesus Reyes to a minor league contract.
11/11/15 San Francisco Giants signed free agent CF Junior Arias to a minor league contract.
11/14/15 San Francisco Giants signed free agent RF Carlos Moncrief to a minor league contract.
11/16/15 San Francisco Giants signed free agent LHP Ricky Romero to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. someone to keep an eye on
11/18/15 San Francisco Giants signed free agent SS Hak-Ju Lee to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. former top 100 prospect
11/18/15 San Francisco Giants signed free agent RHP Albert Suarez to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
11/20/15 San Francisco Giants selected the contract of Ty Blach from Sacramento River Cats. 40-man addition, good for ty
11/20/15 San Francisco Giants selected the contract of Adalberto Mejia from Richmond Flying Squirrels. 40-man addition, good for adalberto
11/20/15 San Francisco Giants selected the contract of Kyle Crick from Richmond Flying Squirrels. 40-man addition, good for kyle
11/20/15 San Francisco Giants selected the contract of Chris Stratton from Sacramento River Cats. 40-man addition, good for chris
11/20/15 San Francisco Giants selected the contract of Jake Smith from San Jose Giants. 40-man addition, good for jake
11/20/15 San Francisco Giants selected the contract of Ian Gardeck from San Jose Giants. 40-man addition, good for ian
11/20/15 San Francisco Giants selected the contract of Clayton Blackburn from Sacramento River Cats. 40-man addition, good for clayton
11/20/15 San Francisco Giants selected the contract of Steven Okert from Sacramento River Cats. 40-man addition, good for steven
11/23/15 San Francisco Giants signed free agent 2B Grant Green to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
11/24/15 San Francisco Giants signed free agent 1B Kyle Blanks to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. interesting

December

12/2/15 C Hector Sanchez elected free agency. on the white sox now. good luck, hector
12/2/15 RHP Yusmeiro Petit elected free agency. on the nationals now. good luck, petit
12/5/15 San Francisco Giants signed free agent SS Ali Castillo to a minor league contract.
12/7/15 San Francisco Giants signed free agent 2B Ramiro Pena to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
12/9/15 San Francisco Giants signed free agent RHP Jeff Samardzijaupside play, hope that upside plays huge
12/10/15 Toronto Blue Jays claimed RHP Joe Biagini off waivers from San Francisco Giants.
12/16/15 San Francisco Giants signed free agent RHP Johnny Cuetoi hope that opt-out is necessary after two years
12/17/15 San Francisco Giants signed free agent LF Robbie Garvey to a minor league contract.
12/21/15 San Francisco Giants signed free agent RHP Nestor Molina to a minor league contract. this molina is from venezuela. the catchers you know about are from puerto rico. 

January

1/7/16 San Francisco Giants signed free agent CF Denard Spanglad they have a center fielder now. stay healthy and fast, please
1/8/16 San Francisco Giants designated RHP Cody Hall for assignment.
1/8/16 San Francisco Giants signed free agent LHP Mike Kickham to a minor league contract. that name should sound familiar
1/11/16 San Francisco Giants signed free agent RHP Vin Mazzaro to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
1/13/16 San Francisco Giants traded RHP Cody Hall to Arizona Diamondbacks forPlayer To Be Named Later.
1/13/16 San Francisco Giants traded RHP Cody Hall to Arizona Diamondbacks for Player To Be Named Later.
1/13/16 San Francisco Giants signed free agent LF Darren Ford to a minor league contract.
1/19/16 San Francisco Giants signed free agent C George Kottaras to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
1/26/16 San Francisco Giants invited non-roster C Aramis Garcia to spring training. offense-first catcher, per reports
1/26/16 San Francisco Giants invited non-roster RHP Chase Johnson to spring training. heard good reports last year on him
1/26/16 San Francisco Giants invited non-roster RHP Samuel Coonrod to spring training. heard good reports on him as well
1/26/16 San Francisco Giants invited non-roster 3B Ryder Jones to spring training.
1/26/16 San Francisco Giants invited non-roster C Ty Ross to spring training. not bad for a 12th rounder (’13 Draft), getting an invite
 1/26/16 San Francisco Giants invited non-roster CF Junior Arias to spring training.
1/26/16 San Francisco Giants invited non-roster SS Rando Moreno to spring training.
1/26/16 San Francisco Giants invited non-roster RF Ryan Lollis to spring training.
1/26/16 San Francisco Giants invited non-roster SS Christian Arroyo to spring training. giants top prospect
1/26/16 San Francisco Giants invited non-roster RHP Tyler Beede to spring training. hopefully can control his stuff and not go the way of crick
1/26/16 San Francisco Giants invited non-roster LHP Braulio Lara to spring training.
1/26/16 San Francisco Giants invited non-roster C Matt Winn to spring training.
1/29/16 San Francisco Giants signed free agent C Miguel Olivo to a minor league contract.

February

2/3/16 San Francisco Giants signed free agent 3B Conor Gillaspie to a minor league contract. every former giant must be brought back
2/11/16 San Francisco Giants signed free agent P Aneudy Acosta to a minor league contract.

Ok, time to be with family.

Never was any good at this blogging thing

My last post was August 1, 2014. I remember coming back from a Las Vegas trip thinking, “I don’t want to do this anymore”. It was shortly before I lucked into a job where since I’ve been hired great things are happening, and it was also right about the time I found out my wife was pregnant. All this made writing about baseball feel so insignificant, that my focus had to be on so much else. In that span of time, writing about baseball still feels so relatively minor to the people I’m surrounded by, always improving at my job, and trying to be a better person as we try to progress as a people.

It’s been quite the fascinating 18 months away from the blog. I’m not sure if I want to start writing again, because I don’t really remember what the draw to my writing was. Did people come for the gifs? Was my analysis really any good? Did my immaturity bring about any laughter it was meant to at all? One of the things I came across on the many tubes of the internet though was someone reminding the folks that need it was that if you enjoy the writing, in large part I shouldn’t be concerned about what people think if I’m funny or not, if my site numbers are high or low. Maybe that was it — I put too much focus on my (hashtag) brand rather than just enjoying putting words to the screen.

It’s been a conflict recently though, riding the enthusiasm of a national teachers conference, other professional developments, and realizing that the a lot of the great individuals in their profession are so dedicated to what they do. There’s natural talent and imagination, sure, but we make it hard on ourselves to keep up with the great ones if we do not invest our own time in what we want our lives to be about.

That said, this blog has to be something of more of an outlet for me for when I feel like I need a break from everything. My kid’s asleep, maybe for another thirty minutes or so. Parents with a kid or more kids know the struggle better than I do. I have it good, I’m not going to pretend like my life is hard.

How about I talk about baseball on a baseball blog? The Giants. Bringing in Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Denard Span. Relying on their farm to fill the bullpen. Their homegrown infield is set, and by golly, if they can stay healthy, I feel good about this team. That’s kind of what scares me. I feel good about the Giants. Normally, I believe I’m more optimistic without the whole feeling good part, know what I mean?

No Spring Training this year for us, it’s just too crazy for the times we’d be able to go. Mostly though, my wife and I would love to go to the All Star Game this year. That’d be cool, and my wife works super hard for the family. Anything she wants to do, I should be trying to make it happen, cost of the tickets be damned. Got tickets to a Giants-Dodgers game already, and just bought this Angels Ticket Package for the “community appreciation” campaign or something. Came with four free tickets to certain Monday-Thursday games so I figured we could watch them play the Astros, Rangers, or Mariners during the summer. Salesperson was trying to tell me to go to the Orioles game to see Mark Trumbo return. Thought that was an odd angle (he knew I wasn’t an Angels fan), but I’m sure that’ll resonate with someone.

This was more of a journal entry. Maybe Fridays will be the only time I have to do this. Lesson planning takes up so much time. The other time is filled with being a Family Guy person that tries not to make his wife angry and make her life slightly easier, slightly better.

Writing this was nice. I remember why I liked this. I also hear my baby is up from her nap.

Lineups and other things: Cain’s 2014 likely over, Pagan and Belt could be back soon, plan for the newbies

A four-game series with the Mets should be a welcome break from the tough competition that was over-.500 baseball teams. The Mets are 52-56, winners of three of their last four games, while the 58-50 Giants were just happy to salvage one against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. Over the course of the season, the Giants and Mets offense match up with a .301 wOBA with a ten point difference in OBP .313-.303 in favor of the Mets. The Giants pitching has a thirty point advantage over the Mets 3.47-3.77 in FIP, and they have walked fewer batters, but struck out their opposition less than Mets pitchers have. New to the show are outfielder Jarrett Parker and infielder Matt Duffy, the latter of whom will get a start tonight batting second, because where else are second baseman supposed to hit in the lineup.

The top three of the lineup in Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, and David Wright may seem like the most formidable, but offensively speaking Lucas Duda in the cleanup spot has led the team with nineteen homers and a .375 wOBA. LHP Jon Niese takes the mound for the Metropolitans. 

Ryan Vogelsong takes the hill for the Giants and I’m just hoping it’s better than his start two starts ago against the Phillies. That was dreadful.

On to news relayed from the beat writers, speaking of dreadful and Giants pitchers, Matt Cain‘s elbow has bothered Cain to the point of getting a couple of opinions on the bone chips in his elbow.

Despite the throwing, manager Bruce Bochy laid out what was realistic: Cain’s probably done.

So, it’s a good thing the Giants acquired Jake Peavy to provide some depth and leave Yusmeiro Petit out of the rotation. As for Angel Pagan and Brandon Belt, by next Tuesday, we may see them back on the 25-man roster.

The plan for Parker and Duffy, excited as they are to be with the big club, looks like this:

So, enjoy your time while you’re up with the big league squad Parker, because it doesn’t look like it’ll be long. Duffy, on the other hand, looks like he’ll get an extended look, which makes it seem like we should expect Marco Scutaro or Ehire Adrianza back anytime soon.

First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 PM PST. Happy Friday.

Roster moves are official: Matt Duffy (@mm_duffy) and Jarrett Parker go from Richmond to Big Leagues

With no trades made since the Giants played their last game on Wednesday, General Manager Brian Sabean and company had to come up with a plan for whom to call up. Should they take Brandon Hicks and Gary Brown and further deplete their AAA-Fresno roster? They decided against that, reaching down to AA-Richmond to promote 2012 18th round pick out of Long Beach State, infielder Matt Duffy, the #18 overall prospect for the Giants according to MLB.com, and 2nd round 2010 pick outfielder Jarrett Parker.

Everything in the video below is what’s written in Duffy’s scouting report on MLB.com:

Duffy and Parker have both been doing very well offensively for Richmond this year. Both have played almost 100 games. The stats:

Duffy — 417 PA, .332/.398/.444 with a .379 wOBA and 134 wRC+, 15.8% K%, 20 SB (4 CS), 3 HR, 24 2B

Parker —  418 PA, .275/.368/.463 with a .373 wOBA and 130 wRC+, 24.6% K%, 11 SB (4 CS), 12 HR, 20 2B

Hopefully, both will be able to contribute to a Giants offense that has been sputtering for runs. While their stays might be temporary if Brandon Belt and Angel Pagan‘s road to recovery has no setbacks, should one or both get hot, (obvious analysis here) it would be a great help to the run-scoring machine that isn’t the Giants. Alex Pavlovic let the internet know on Thursday he was hearing Duffy and Parker might be on their way up.  

And yes, there’s also this:

Don’t everybody line up at once now!

Congrats to Duffy and Parker on their promotion to the big leagues. Best of luck, boys.

Miami Marlins beat writer: Giants were “crybabies” after Posey collision, Dave Flemming responds

The Miami Marlins had a game on Thursday and there was a play at the plate. No worries — nobody got blown up, nobody is injured, but the Marlins ended up surrendering a run because their catcher was ruled to not have given the runner from third a lane to the plate. Rule 7.13 says the runner must have a lane, but if the ball carries the catcher into the lane then there’s no obstruction. Was the catcher obstructing? Here’s the video for you to be the judge:

Manager Mike Redmond talked after the game about his thoughts on the call, and like he was on the field, he was not happy.

Of course, anytime this rule comes into effect, the names Scott Cousins and Buster Posey come up, much as the Giants and Giants fans would prefer to not recall that incident when Cousins went out of his way to collide with the Giants catcher, the result of which took him out for the season. This is not lost on anybody, and Miami Herald beat writer Clark Spencer took it upon himself to let the Giants fanbase know how he felt:

Cool, cool. I bet owners and general managers are really upset that the league set out to protect their catchers, what an awful, awful thing. Is the rule perfect? Definitely not, and it’s shown its growing pains in the 2014 season. The garbage that was being talked against Bruce Bochy and company was not taken lightly by Giants broadcaster Dave Flemming:  

Clark Spencer has been retweeting emotional Giants fans onto his timeline to show how much he’s enjoying being supported in the “crybaby” narrative, but never acknowledged Flemming with a retweet. Of course, it is very much possible they interacted privately. We all know what the old school people think of collisions, but here’s a view from Grant Brisbee:

Strong responses from the leaders of the Giants camp. Glad Giants fans have interactive personnel like them to stand up to others when they start throwing their fighting words. In a country where concussions are being taken so seriously in a very popular sport, this rule had to have been something that happened in a matter of time. The old school is mad it happened the way it did and the rule isn’t doing well, and that’s too bad for the old school folk that want things The Way They Were, because it doesn’t look like the rule is going anywhere.

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