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Monday, October 20, 2014

Pitch from Zito helped sell Hudson on Giants | MLB.com

Thank Zito for Hudson.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Calcaterra: So, if you’re not a fan of the Royals or Giants, who ya got?

ROYALS CON:

   Ned Yost is, objectively, not a good manager and sometimes it’s really hard to see people fall into success despite themselves. This could be mitigated against if, as he sort of did during the ALCS, he shows that he’s learning from his mistakes on the fly, but it’s also possible Yost Yosts it up, the Royals nonetheless win and we’re stuck with a winter in which we’re subjected to “Ned Yost: smarter than you think” articles.

I assume folks will tilt hard towards the Royals but I’m going Giants.  Number one reason is that I would like to see Tim Hudson get a ring.  Number two is similar to above.  I hate to see stupidity rewarded. 

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 20, 2014 at 04:29 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Saturday, October 18, 2014

San Francisco Giants save best for last in journey back to World Series | FOX Sports

Please, for the love of baseball, keep the Steve Perrys and Neil Diamonds away from the game broadcasts.

Unlike Peavy, who finally got his long-awaited ring last season with Boston, starter Tim Hudson has waited a teenager’s lifetime to even sniff the World Series.
Now, at 39, he finally gets his chance.

“You go 16 years without being able to experience something like this, you wonder if it’s going to happen,” he said in the locker room. “It’s hard to put into words. It almost feels surreal, like in a dream.”
Barely able to contain his smile, Hudson added, “I can’t believe it’s finally happened.”
With former Journey lead singer Steve Perry on hand to lead the hometown fans in three straight days of late-game karaoke, the Giants never did stop believing. Not when they needed a walk-off bunt in Game 3. Not when they surged ahead thanks to a quirky series of events in Game 4.
And when the homer by Ishikawa, who spent much of the year at Triple-A Fresno, landed in the right-field arcade, high out of the reach of Oscar Taveras’ flailing arms, belief had been replaced by a realization: This team may yet again shock the baseball world.
The Giants have won the pennant. Anarchy is coming to Kansas City.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, royals, world series

Friday, October 17, 2014

Giants, Ishikawa suspend belief in pennant-clinching win

Neshek hung a 1-1 slider, Morse was on it. And …

“It was absolutely pure elation,” said Hunter Pence, Morse’s best friend on the team. “I literally lost 30 seconds of my life. I blacked out. It was chaos.”

Morse raised long gorilla arms and flailed and bounced around the bases, barely touching each one. The crowd noise melted eardrums. When Morse descended into the madness of the Giants dugout, Bruce Bochy had legitimate concerns that hands might be broken.

“It fired us up,” Crawford said. “But he kind of reacts like that when he hits a double with nobody on in the regular season.”

Hitting coach Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens tried to make sense of it all. Then he realized there was no point in it.

“It’s why we put him on the roster,” Meulens said. “We don’t want him to hit a single. That was the moment we needed someone to pop one, he’s got the power to do it and we’ve got to give him a lot of credit for that. That’s one of the toughest right-handed pitchers in the game. He’s only given up two home runs to right-handed batters all year.

“I was thinking, ‘How is he going to get this done?’ And he hung a slider, and he’s all in.”

Morse hit just one home run in August. He had two in June, two in July. But Barry Bonds gave him a pregame tip to make sure to get his front foot down. Morse did, and the results were seismic.

Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: October 17, 2014 at 08:11 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, nlcs, supervillains

Thursday, October 16, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants - October 16, 2014 | MLB.com Wrap

Congrats to the Giants and their fans!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 11:24 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs

Small missteps for Cards, 1 Giant leap from NL title | MLB.com

Buster Posey and the Giants already know how to win in October—even without all this help from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Strange as it might look sometimes, San Francisco finds a way to score just enough.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 06:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pressure-packed 10th leads Giants to walk-off win | MLB.com

Can it get much weirder?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2014 at 08:49 PM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bernie: Cards rally around Molina : Sports

The three homers merely were opening acts. In terms of delivering a heart-pumping moment, Wong struck the most timely and powerful blow of them all.

Wong’s memorable, instant-classic swing shattered a 4-4 tie and gave the Cards a 5-4 victory that cleared the debris of a Trevor Rosenthal blown save, set off a red-draped celebration and ended an evening of swerving, unnerving, dramatic turns.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2014 at 07:46 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, kolten wong, playoffs

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Is Bruce Bochy One of the Best Managers in Baseball History? (Yes. Here’s Why.) «

“The players make the manager, it’s never the other way.” ~ Sparky Anderson

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2014 at 11:16 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, giants, managers

Cards are back in NLCS | FOX Sports

Good luck to the Giants in the World Series!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2014 at 07:02 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

How the Cardinals became baseball’s best franchise | New York Post

I’d say we should wait until the end of this year’s postseason to make that determination.

No, the Dodgers don’t rank second behind St. Louis in the “Model franchise” standings, and neither do the Yankees. Maybe it’s the Giants, with their third NLCS appearance in five years, though they haven’t qualified for two straight postseasons since 2002-03. It certainly isn’t the Red Sox, who have registered two last-place finishes in the last three seasons.
You could make a case for the Tigers, who join the Cardinals as the only current clubs with four straight playoff appearances. Yet the Tigers just got swept by Baltimore in their ALDS, and they are weighed down by contracts of questionable length and value. They don’t look particularly well-positioned for the future.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs, tigers

Matt Williams and the Great Bullpen Screw-Up | FOX Sports

Ouch.

As an outsider, we can’t know about the internal dynamics of the clubhouse and how well Williams might or might not have handled the aspects of his job that we never see. But part of his job is also to make decisions during the games that give his team the best chance to win, and in the biggest game of his managerial career, he made a series of poor decisions that directly led to the run that eliminated his team from the postseason. The Nationals’ offense didn’t do Williams any favors in this series, and it’s tough to advance when your team just doesn’t hit. But on Tuesday night, they scored at least enough runs to earn the right to keep playing.

They didn’t get that chance, though, because Matt Williams was unwilling to use his best pitchers in a tie game. In many ways, baseball is getting a lot smarter. In this particular way, baseball has a long way to go.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 193 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, matt williams, nationals, playoffs, sabermetrics

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants - Recap - October 06, 2014 - ESPN

The error was not pretty.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2014 at 06:33 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, nationals, playoffs

Sunday, October 05, 2014


Saturday, October 04, 2014

Giants’ Unlikely Strategy Leads to Game 1 Victory

“It seems to be a formula that works,” Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens said. “That was our approach. Not to be too big. Not to try to do too much. Just put the ball in play and see what happens.”

I guess a guy who struck out in 30% of his big-league at-bats would know.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: October 04, 2014 at 08:12 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, nationals, nlds

Friday, October 03, 2014

A Giant Friendship

Krukow sat in the waiting room, terrified, surrounded by terminal patients with various stages of ALS. “I’m sitting there thinking to myself: Is this gonna be me?” he said. “I’m sitting there for a while. Your mind goes crazy.”

Katz looked at him and said: “I can tell you what you have. You’ve got a muscle disease. It’s not life-threatening.”

“I thought I had won the lottery,” Krukow said.

The diagnosis was something called inclusion-body myositis, or IBM, a blandly corporate-sounding disease that, for reasons that are unclear, attacks specific muscle groups, causing them to atrophy. Kitt said he has seen perhaps a half-dozen cases in 26 years of practice. Of the .000008 percent of Americans who get it, most are men older than 50. IBM affects the quadriceps—the muscles in front of the thighs—and the flexor muscles around the hands. There’s no cure. The disease isn’t life-threatening, although it sometimes impedes swallowing in the later stages.

Read the article. It’s really good.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: October 03, 2014 at 12:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Tim Hudson on Nationals-Giants: ‘What do you have between your legs?’

The building of narratives for the Nationals-Giants National League Division Series can officially begin, and the juxtaposition between the recent playoff success for each team is an easy place to start. The Giants have won two of the last four World Series, a grizzled bunch that has survived seven consecutive postseason elimination games. The Nationals squandered a six-run lead in Game 5.

That’s an easy storyline that columnists and reporters are sure to beat into a fine paste by 3:07 p.m. Friday. Late Wednesday night, in a champagne-soaked clubhouse at PNC Park, Giants Game 2 starter Tim Hudson beat everyone to the punch – and offered a direct challenge to the Nationals.’

“Obviously they have a talented group over there, there’s no question,” Hudson told The Post’s Barry Svrluga. “They have some great pitching. But come playoff time, talent can take you a long ways, but what do you have between your legs? That’s going to take you real far. And I think we’ve got a group in here that really has some of that.”

Hudson’s implication: The Nationals don’t. Or at least they haven’t shown it yet.

 

Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: October 02, 2014 at 11:59 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, nationals

Giants Win Should Aid Favored Nationals

Hey, all. I’m back with my (crude, i.e., doesn’t take into account lineups) postseason projections for you all to tear apart. Below is a summary of my data as the LDS round begins.

Overall WS Win Likelihoods:
* WSN 19%
* LAA 19%
* LAD 18%
* BAL 14%
* DET 9%
* SFG 8%
* KCR 7%
* STL 6%

Most likely WS outcome: LAA over WSN in 7 (2.04%)

Interesting WS match-ups:
* All-Cali Series 18%
* Beltway Battle 10%
* Show Me State Showdown 2%

Check out the full link for more analysis and pretty charts.

J-Doug Posted: October 02, 2014 at 11:59 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, dodgers, giants, nationals, orioles, projections, royals, tigers, world series

Kovacevic: For Pirates, the sickening sound of silence DK on Pittsburgh Sports

I read a couple of tweets about how unfair the Wild Card system is to the fans. The complaint was, it’s a coin flip. No kidding. It’s not a bug. It’s a feature. If you don’t want your season ended on a playoff “coin flip”, win your division.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2014 at 06:39 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pirates, wild card

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dodgers beat Giants after Bumgarner hits Puig and benches clear

Although the Giants came back against Zack Greinke in the third inning when Bumgarner hit a two-run homer, they got no closer in a 4-2 victory for the Dodgers, who lowered their magic number to 1 to clinch the NL West. Cy Young contender Clayton Kershaw can lead the Dodgers to their fifth division title in 11 seasons Wednesday in the series finale.
...
Puig hit the dirt when the pitch hit his foot, looked at Bumgarner, then the two exchanged words and the scrum was on. Puig had been hit by a Jake Peavy pitch in the first inning on Monday night and leads the Dodgers in HBPs with 12, twice as many as any teammate.

Fun game last night.  Some fake tough guy stuff, early fireworks, a pitcher hitting a home run which is always fun.  Kershaw goes for the kill tonight.

Justin Turner has been awesome, thank you New York.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 24, 2014 at 01:43 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, fake tough guy, giants, madison bumgarner, yaisel puig

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Romo, Dunston involved in shouting match at Dodger Stadium

Wild Card fever is tearing this family apart.

Multiple sources confirmed that right-hander Sergio Romo and coach Shawon Dunston exchanged heated words with raised voices, causing Bruce Bochy to emerge from his office to intervene. The air was cleared – as was the clubhouse – but Romo stretched with teammates a few minutes later and remained available to pitch in Monday night’s series opener, sources said.

Bochy praised Romo as recently as Friday in San Diego, saying the right-hander was being unselfish and handling his demotion to setup duties well. The nature of the friction couldn’t be immediately ascertained.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2014 at 03:42 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: fights, giants, sergio romo, shawon dunston

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Jake Peavy-Dee Gordon rivalry seems to be, um, heating up

Peavy: “I’m not going to lie to you. I was just in the shower thinking about Dee Gordon. #outofcontextTuesday
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) September 17, 2014

Dee Gordon has a great sense of humor, texted Peavy a picture of him in towel holding shampoo.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) September 17, 2014

Ok then.

Dee Gordon has surpassed all my expectations.  .330 OBP with 62 steals, he’s a fun guy to have around.  The price paid to rent Peavy was steep but he’s been everything they could have asked for.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 18, 2014 at 02:03 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants, please make it stop

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Barry Bonds joins Twitter

Barry L Bonds
@BarryBonds

Just setting up my Twitter. #myfirstTweet

The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 10:51 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, giants, pirates, social media

After 10 years, Erik Cordier arrives in the big leagues throwing 101-mph heat

Erik Cordier arrived in the big leagues Wednesday, overrun by adrenaline and armed with a triple-digit fastball. He entered the game for the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning, making his MLB debut doing mop up duty in a 9-2 Giants loss. But mop-up duty quickly turned into a radar-gun wowing performance… He threw 16 pitches that were 100 mph or faster, which, according to Eye on Baseball, ranks Cordier fifth in MLB this season for number of pitches topping 100 mph. And he did it in one inning…

If you’re wondering why you’ve never heard of this fireball-throwing prospect before, there’s good reason. Cordier isn’t a prospect at all. He’s 28 and was drafted in 2004. His journey to the big leagues has been 10 years in the making — including Tommy John surgery, two missed seasons and four organizations…

it wasn’t all good for Cordier on Thursday. He walked a batter and hit another. He didn’t give up any hits or runs, which is promising, but his very first pitch did sail over Buster Posey’s head to the backstop… But 100-mph is the great equalizer. It will raise eyebrows whether you’re a high-school kid, a college draft-pick, a top prospect or even an MLB relief pitcher 10 years in the making.

The District Attorney Posted: September 04, 2014 at 05:01 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: erik cordier, giants

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