Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Hasta la vista, Tim Lincecum?

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Hasta la vista, Justin Maxwell

He was pretty good early on, but he's been awful lately. 

This really is the time of year when  you can't tell the players without a scorecard. I'm still baffled why Mike Broadway and Ehire Adrianza are on the roster after performing as anything but MLB caliber players. Here's Chris Haft of --

LOS ANGELES -- The Giants added five players Tuesday, seizing upon the arrival of September and, with it, the carte blanche to expand active rosters. But the biggest surprise of all may have been the lone subtraction: reserve outfielder Justin Maxwell, who was designated for assignment.
San Francisco's other moves involved reinstating right-hander Tim Hudson and center fielder Angel Pagan from the 15-day disabled list, recalling catcher Hector Sanchez and right-hander Cody Hall from Triple-A Sacramento and purchasing the contract of infielder Nick Noonan from Sacramento.
Summoning Noonan necessitated removing somebody from the 40-man roster. The choice was Maxwell, whose stint with the Giants initially appeared charmed. He made the Opening Night squad as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training and contributed several key early-season hits, including a walk-off single in the 10th inning against the Dodgers on April 23. Maxwell had followed the Giants closely as a youth, since his father's favorite player was Willie Mays.
However, Maxwell had struggled lately. He was in a 9-for-52 (.173) tailspin that included one hit in his previous 19 at-bats. Overall, he hit .209 with seven home runs, 26 RBIs and a .275 on-base percentage in 100 games for San Francisco.
Maxwell, 31, declined to comment. "I'm not doing interviews," he said.
Transferring right-hander Tim Lincecum (hip condition) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL would have created a 40-man roster vacancy that might have saved Maxwell's job. But, Giants general manager Bobby Evans said, "We're going to need to do that at some point, most likely for a pitcher's spot."
Moreover, Evans added, the Giants sorely needed a backup infielder with shortstop Brandon Crawford still hurting, utility man Ehire Adrianza providing scant offense and third baseman Matt Duffy playing tirelessly -- even after spraining his right ankle. Also, the Giants suddenly have a surplus of outfielders, given Pagan's return from a knee injury and Alejandro De Aza's arrival following Monday night's trade that brought him from Boston to San Francisco.
Noonan spent much of 2013 with the Giants, batting .219 in 62 games. This year, he batted .266 in 19 games with Sacramento after hitting .262 in 67 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate. Noonan rejoined the Giants organization Aug. 7 after New York released him.
Unlike the other callups, Hall, 27, will make his Major League debut with his first appearance. He was 1-3 with a 3.46 ERA and three saves in 43 appearances for Sacramento.

Adrianza? Broadway?

Why are these guys on an MLB team? They're awful

I'm baffled why the front office of the Giants can't do better. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Dodgers whine about getting no-hit

the dodgers crybabied being no-hit tonight by Cubs by whining about the scoring of what was clearly an error.

I've watch the replay -- it's hit right at Starlin Castro. How can it be anything but an error?

Hasta la vista, Tim Lincecum?

At the end of 2 depressing losses to the Cards, the Giants web site also posted a downbeat story about the not very bright future for Tim Lincecum, who hasn't pitched in over 2 months.

It sounds like it may be awhile before we see him in the MLB again.

Per --
SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum, who was diagnosed with a degenerative hip condition earlier this season, has not made the progress the Giants had hoped and plans to seek a second doctor's opinion, manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday.
Lincecum, who has not pitched since June 27, when he took a line drive to his right forearm, could be activated when rosters expand Tuesday. However, he is far away from returning to the mound, Bochy said.
"He's getting another opinion," Bochy said. "The best thing I can tell you right now is he's not close. We'll see in the next day or so where we're at with Timmy."
Bochy said the two-time Cy Young Award winner is not experiencing daily pain, but mostly feels his hips tightening up when he throws.
"It's just tightness and he feels restricted when he's throwing," Bochy said.
Even when Lincecum was healthy this season, he did not look like the same pitcher he once was. He recorded a 4.13 ERA in 15 starts and a 1.48 WHIP that was his highest mark for a season since 2012.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny weighed in on Lincecum's situation prior to Saturday's meeting between the two teams.
"We put our bodies through a lot," Matheny, who played for the Giants in 2005 and 2006, said. "Look how his body has been contorted to do what he did for so long. Talk about a guy his size, he's got the most of everything he has. It's one of those great stories. Still, it's probably not comforting to him because he wants to play. ... It's life-altering stuff."

Another reason to despise Bud Selig

Let's start with owning the Brewers while being commissioner and canceling the 1994 World Series and the idiotic choice to have the All-Star game determine home field advantage in the Series.

He's a man without conscience. I'm glad he's no longer commissioner. Because he also told teams not to sign Bonds in 2008. I don't have proof of this, I admit, but it is the obvious conclusion here.

Bonds has just lost his collusion case against because there's no smoking gun, according to Jon Heyman at CBS Sports. That said, the failure of a single team to sign him when he was willing to play for the MLB minimum is a sure sign that Bud had threatened every team. No one had the guts to defy him.

Thanks for doing everything you can to ruin baseball, Bud. Now go away and stay away.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

8th slam if the season

Friday, August 28, 2015

Tomlinson's first

Kelby Tomlinson looks like the real deal.Here is the story -- 

SAN FRANCISCO -- Growing up in Chickasha, Okla., Giants rookie Kelby Tomlinson always dreamed of hitting a home run in the Major Leagues. On Thursday afternoon at AT&T Park, his wish finally came true.
Tomlinson connected for his first career home run, and it was a grand slam off reliever James Russell in the eighth inning that put an exclamation point on San Francisco's 9-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.
"It was pretty crazy," Tomlinson said. "When you play in the yard, you don't just dream of hitting a base hit. You dream of it being a home run -- a grand slam -- so it was kind of surreal when you actually do it."
As Tomlinson trotted out to second base to warm up for the next inning, the 41,847 fans at the park stood in applause. He tried to hold back a smile, but he just couldn't do it.
"I've never experienced anything like that, and it was something special," Tomlinson said. "Usually, during the game, I'm pretty locked in and don't smile too much, but I don't think I could get a smile off my face during that."

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"He's got Bumgarner and Leake to pinch hit"

That's Joe Bochy's analysis of the short-handed Giants bench, which can be expanded in 5 more days.

Andrew Baggarly of the Merc-News posted a nice game story, also focusing on Jake Peavy's fine performance. Here's part ....

Bruce Bochy was forced to manage a big league roster with just two bench players (Andrew Susac and Justin Maxwell). His only backup middle infielder was center fielder Juan Perez, whose two innings at second base a day earlier constituted his first action at the position in six years.
"Ah, he's got Bumgarner and Leake to pinch hit," Joe Bochy said before the game. "Bruce'll figure it out." Peavy helped with the solution, shaking off a two-run first inning that his own fielding mistake helped to touch off and holding the Cubs into the seventh. Hunter Strickland and Javier Lopez each struck out a batter to mitigate Nori Aoki's two-base error in left field and strand two runners in scoring position as the Giants beat the Cubs for the first time in six tries this season.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

dodgers choke again

Yes, that was the 19th blown save by their bullpen.

You'd think that with virtually unlimited resources that the dodgers could do better. Guess again. here's the story --

HOUSTON -- For the fourth time in eight days, there was a walk-off in Minute Maid Park. This time, Jason Castro homered into the Crawford Boxes off Dodgers reliever Chris Hatcher in the 10th inning to give the Astros a 3-2 win and a sweep Sunday -- after it was reviewed -- wasting a brilliant effort from Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw.
Unable to solve Kershaw all afternoon, the Astros finally cracked the much-maligned Los Angeles bullpen when Carlos Correa led off the ninth with a single off closer Kenley Jansen and Marwin Gonzalez drove him in on a first-pitch double with two outs, tying the game and giving the Dodgers bullpen its 19th blown save of the season -- tops in the Majors.