Looks like the Giants have put in waiver claims on Trevor Hoffman and Aaron Heilman. Looks like Hoffman won't be going anywhere, while Heilman is a real possibility. I guess we'll see.
Check it out here.
Friday, August 28, 2009
One of the ugliest losses I've ever seen in person. Just total domination. That Brad Penny acquisition either needs to happen now, or we could have a seriously tough time with this wild card thing. It's obvious that Joe Martinez, after giving up 8 runs, is not a viable fifth starter at this time.
ESPN/Baseball Prospectus is now counting us out (insider required):
"...the Giants' remaining schedule is 20 points harder than that of any other NL contender, a consequence of their playing in what's surprisingly been the league's strongest division this year. This translates to a 12.2 percent chance of making the playoffs. Eighteen of their remaining 34 games come against contenders -- six apiece with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Rockies, including a three-game series with Colorado starting tonight, plus three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs. Not only are they 10-14 against their two NL West rivals, they've been outscored by 41 runs in those games."
These prospectus guys are all into Pythagorean theorems and quadrangle equations and whatnot, but I don't buy into all that the way some people do. Yes, the Giants have a difficult schedule and the Rockpile are kicking ass right now, but it comes down to pitching and execution. The Giants have shown that they can bounce back from just about anything. What we really need is for Lincecum to have a lights out start tonight against Colorado.
Cy Young Watch
It pains me to say it, but if Timmy doesn't go back to his lights out self for the rest of the year, he could be passed up by a couple of Cardinals for the Cy Young. The media has recently begun salivating over two St. Louis Cardinals and their impressive streaks. Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter have been otherworldly as of late, while Timmy has been simply great. With these two redbirds on the scene, great may not cut it. Let's hope Timmy gets back on track. Here's a look at the stats, it is an incredibly close race. Also amazing is how great a season Matt Cain has had.
If you cannot see the table below, click here. Trust me.
Other than the wins, Timmy leads in the most relevant categories. We'll just see if we can survive the media bias!
HAPPY LINCECUM DAY!
What a complete goofball --->
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Just released from the Red Sox, the Giants and a couple other teams might be interested in Brad Penny. It's hard to say what role the Gyros might use him in with Joe Martinez holding down the 5 spot fairly well right now. Also, as this ESPN article details, Penny has a number of innings-based performance bonuses due once he hits 160 innings and beyond.
Buster Olney seems to think the Rockies are the best place for him. All the better reasoning for the Giants to sign him.
I doubt he'd want to work out of the bullpen, so I'm not sure how this would work. Moving Martinez back to the pen would be the obvious move, because he started out the year very well in that role. I guess we'll see.
From Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal via MLB Trade Rumors:
"He would make sense as a starter for the Giants, who are using left- hander Joe Martinez as the replacement for the injured Randy Johnson. And he would make sense as a reliever or bullpen for the Marlins, for whom he played from 2000 to '04.
The Rockies, Marlins and Giants all had interest in Penny last off- season before Penny signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Red Sox. His deal also includes separate $500,000 bonuses for reaching 160, 170, 180 and 190 innings, but those will be voided once he is released."
I wouldn't be surprised if the Giants tried to snag Penny just to keep him away from the Rocks and the Blue Bitches. A preemptive strike if you will.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Bengie... pulling a Kirk Gibson! I wish he'd done a fist pump, just to draw the ire of the Dodgers and their retard fans!
Not too much to say tonight other than... WHAT A HUGE WIN!
Also, we've hit two dongs in two consecutive games. That's always nice. Also of note is that yesterday, Juan Uribe and Travis Ishikawa combined for a solo and three run dinger respectively.
Today, it was Juan Uribe and the injured Bengie Molina. Interesting.
I certainly have no problem with Uribe going yard. Man he really crushes the ball. For a guy with 8 yardshots, Uribe looks like Albert Pujols up there when he gets a hold of them.
Joe Martinez on the slab tomorrow. Let's do this!
-- Oh yeah, I forgot to mention Santana in the booth on Tuesday night with Kruk & Kuip. That was certainly strange. The guy is a great man, but definitely on his own wavelength. Way to go making baseball political too man... talking about "Eight years of fear under George Bush."
I don't know about you, but I felt safer under Dubya. Haha. I'll just leave it at that.
Interested to hear if any of you readers has gone to one of the "Heritage Days" this week. I guess it was Italian night tonight, followed by Jewish, African-American, and Irish.
I love how the Irish night is on Friday. Seriously... out of all those groups drinking hardcore at the game, that's the one that will need a day off the next morning! The Brian Wilson shirts look SICK too. I would spend $20 bucks on that shirt by itself. Getting a ticket to the game is just an unbelievable throw in. I'm thinking about going myself. I just won't tell anyone that I'm only 50% Irish. I guess I can round up. It would suck to be 49%!
Let's get rowdy!
Buy special tickets to Irish Night (and other nights) here.
Nothing comes easy with these guys!
Great to see Uribe and Ishikawa going deep. I really think that Travis has gotten a fire lit under his ass since the arrival of Garks. Unfortunately, that hasn't translated into too many hits. He's still pluggin away though, and his three run dong tonight was huge.
As for Lurch Howry... well, the guy is simply a disaster right now. He threw 7 pitches, and 6 of them were balls. He was removed in the middle of an at bat with a 2-0 count. I can't remember the last time that's happened to a Giants pitcher, except when injured. The guy has absolutely derailed!
It may be time to make up an injury for Lurchy like they do for Rich Aurilia and get him on the DL. Just call it swine flu or arm fatigue, or an anxiety disorder, or strike zone-itis. Whatever... just fix this guy! He cannot find the strike zone to save his life, and is seriously down on himself. Each game is too critical to have liabilities in the bullpen. This also includes Justin Miller and Merkin Valdez, who have derailed almost as severely as of late. These three guys have combined for some absolutely ghastly statistics.
Since August 20th, Miller, Valdez, and Howry have combined for 4.1 IP, 13 ER, 11 BB, and 9 Hits. That of course comes out to a 27.00 ERA and a 4.62 WHIP.
Us fantasy freaks just threw up in our collective mouth a little bit. Good Lord. When you can't trust 43% of your bullpen, you've gotta make a roster move.
-- Despite throwing 91 pitches in the last calendar week (including 41 last night), Brian Wilson trucked himself out there again. Things were looking okay, but you could tell he didn't have his best stuff. As Kruk and Kuip pointed out, his velocity was down, and when he did reach his normal speeds, the balls were wild. Bochy had little choice but to put him out there, but I think Romo for the 9th would've been a better choice from the get go. When closers are throwing 97-100 mph for over 100 pitches in 8 days and 41 pitches within 24 hours, you're looking at a disaster. With the back of the rotation coming up, the bullpen situation is looking scary.
God forbid this happens, but what if Sanchez and Martinez bomb out in 4 or 5 innings? Who will Boch cart out there? These guys seriously look like their arms are going to fall off all at once. The only guys I'd even want to throw tomorrow are Romo and Medders. Wilson is off limits, Affeldt is effective but exhausted, and How-Merk-iller is a trainwreck.
Right now in AAA Fresno, there are a few names that jump out at you, but none have been throwing particularly well lately. Despite decent ERA's on the year, Geno Espineli, Alex Hinshaw, and Osiris Matos have all been knocked since August 16th to the tune of a 9.53 ERA.
A better bet might be to call up Kevin Pucetas or Ryan Sadowski to move into a long reliever role, despite the fact that both have been working as starters. Obviously, I'd lean toward Pucetas because of Sadowski's last outings at in the bigs.
Anyway, let's hope The Spaniard shuts down the D-Bags tomorrow.
Keep the faith. We're still in this. Tuesday's win was a huge statement. It wasn't easy or pretty, but hey, we beat one of MLB's best pitchers and were able to reload after a 14 inning demoralizing disaster. That really says something.
Get well Freddy Sanchez and Kung Fu!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
...possibly a season killer.
Now four games back in the Wild Card, the Gyros will have to forget about this hellish game in a hurry. Merkin Valdez... you are now on my list. Not quite Solomon Torres territory, but that's certainly how it feels right now.
I can't write about the game, I'm far too shocked. If you want a recap, Read this.
If the Giants cannot put this behind them and regroup quickly, well... you know.
They still can, but this is usually the thread that begins to unravel the sweater if you know what I mean.
Keep the faith Giants fans.
And eff Ryan Spilborghs.
One quick note: This is the third time in my life that I've said out loud that it looks like Eugenio Velez is a product of an alien and a gazelle's one night stand. The first two times? Home runs. Tonight? Two run triple. Swear to you... I'm not making this up. Weird.