Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

The Next Series Previes - Your Bonds Less San Francisco Giants.

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • The Next Series Previes - Your Bonds Less San Francisco Giants.

    Schwa note - they won last night and are 2 - 6. They may be the worst team in the majors.


    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...SP5J1019GL.DTL

    (04-07) 22:19 PDT San Francisco -- The manager and older players talk about heads kept aloft, about battling to the end, about the long season ahead. What else can they say? In a game of inches, this team comes up miles short, and everyone knows it. The Giants are 1-6, and there's not a hint of mirage in their record.
    Monday's home opener turned into a limbo contest for expectations, the bar dropping a bit more with each Padre who made solid contact on a Matt Cain pitch. He gave up seven hits and five walks in 41/3 innings, leveling the optimism generated by his start in Los Angeles last Tuesday.
    Whenever having Cain or Tim Lincecum on the mound can't buffer the Giants from humiliation, the limbo contest has no place to go but underground. After Monday's 8-4 loss, which was fairly self-explanatory, someone still had to answer for the mess. Hence, the platitudes.
    "We have a lot of baseball left," Bruce Bochy said, trying to be encouraging. But in the moment, 155 more games sounded like the punch line, not a plus.
    So what about this team, if anything at all, is likely to look better in July than it does now?
    "Probably our defense," catcher Bengie Molina suggested. "Our defense is going to get better."
    He couldn't give specific reasons for why he believes that, but it makes sense that the younger players will settle into a comfort zone and react better than they do now. At this point, some of them react so slowly and awkwardly to a ball, it's hard to believe that they have lasted in professional baseball, at any level.
    Nothing that happened in the field Monday was terribly fluky. Spring training and the opening road trip foretold botched plays in the infield and bad angles taken on deep balls. These guys might be as good with the glove as they'll ever be.
    Eugenio Velez seems to have the potential for improvement, especially if his job title stabilizes. He has played three positions over six games, and he should be honing his instincts at one spot. He did nice work to start a bases-loaded double play Monday, but he and rookie shortstop Brian Bocock both hesitated on a grounder up the middle, staring at each other as it scooted into the outfield.
    Jose Castillo went into a similar freeze on a play at third base, sending the strangest thought reverberating throughout the park: Who ever thought we'd pine for Pedro Feliz?
    Aaron Rowand offered another answer to the question: "I think we're going to be a little better with runners in scoring position. Early, you want to prove yourself, and that can work against you. I've been a culprit myself. You get up there with runners in scoring position, and you try to do too much. That's a standard thing, though. That's been true on every team I've been on."
    The Giants could have used a poised killer instinct in the first inning, when Greg Maddux floundered. The maestro gave up two hits and two walks, yet the Giants scored only once. Against any pitcher, that would be exasperating. Against Maddux, it was criminal.
    He has found the Giants particularly susceptible to his wiles in recent years. In his last six starts against them, he had walked one batter. Not one batter per game. One in all six games combined.
    Now, he was handing out two in the same inning, and a couple of exuberant, jittery, newcomers didn't recognize this rare window of vulnerability for what it was. Molina and Rowand knew how to take advantage, hitting a double and a single for the lone run. Velez and Cas- tillo, however, were classic Maddux dupes. Velez grounded into a double play, and Castillo grounded out to end the inning, leaving two runners on.
    So Maddux wriggled away and kept getting stronger. How many other, lesser pitchers, will do the same? That's why Bochy's "a lot of baseball left" sounds so unappetizing, like an invitation to a Denny's buffet three hours after closing.

    E-mail Gwen Knapp at [email protected].
    Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

    Official Sport Lounge Sponsor of Rhode Island - Quincy Jones - Yadier Molina who knows no fear.
    God is stronger and the problem knows it.

    2017 BOTB bracket

  • #2
    We should have

    Wainwright
    Lohse
    Wellmeyer
    Thompson

    Going for us -
    Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

    Official Sport Lounge Sponsor of Rhode Island - Quincy Jones - Yadier Molina who knows no fear.
    God is stronger and the problem knows it.

    2017 BOTB bracket

    Comment


    • #3
      so are we going to see lincecum?
      Sometimes elections have positive consequences!

      Comment


      • #4
        So far it's
        Wains vs Correia
        Lohse vs Zito
        Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

        Official Sport Lounge Sponsor of Rhode Island - Quincy Jones - Yadier Molina who knows no fear.
        God is stronger and the problem knows it.

        2017 BOTB bracket

        Comment


        • #5
          Just as every hitter that pounds the plate with a bat should be considered dangerous until officially retired, SF should also not be overlooked simply due to Bonds' absence. The minute we fail to respect and attack this team as if they were a WS contender is when we'll find ourselves having lost this series and, with it, our present momentum.
          "Let me lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. The only way to destroy them is to expose them. If man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our hearts with tolerance.- Stan Lee (circa 1968)

          "Compete less with the person in front of you than the person inside of you." - Anonymous

          Comment


          • #6
            Yeah, but they really suck.

            Comment


            • #7
              Originally posted by slow groove View Post
              Just as every hitter that pounds the plate with a bat should be considered dangerous until officially retired, SF should also not be overlooked simply due to Bonds' absence. The minute we fail to respect and attack this team as if they were a WS contender is when we'll find ourselves having lost this series and, with it, our present momentum.

              Agreed Groove - but I'm hoping for a 3-1 split to come out of this road trip with no less than 10 wins on the season.

              You have to respect them - but more importantly we have to pitch like we have been and start hitting. We need a bust out game or two.

              Do well against the Giants and we set up pretty well.
              Turning the other cheek is better than burying the other body.

              Official Sport Lounge Sponsor of Rhode Island - Quincy Jones - Yadier Molina who knows no fear.
              God is stronger and the problem knows it.

              2017 BOTB bracket

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by slow groove View Post
                Just as every hitter that pounds the plate with a bat should be considered dangerous until officially retired, SF should also not be overlooked simply due to Bonds' absence. The minute we fail to respect and attack this team as if they were a WS contender is when we'll find ourselves having lost this series and, with it, our present momentum.
                Well, we HAVE won 1 in a row.

                Apparently, after smacking a home run early in the game that scraped the back of the fence coming down, Molina went to Lincecum and said, "There's your run, kid."

                He prolly wasn't joking.

                Also, the Giants lead the league in getting picked off base (4 times so far this year).

                But...

                Bonds' huge melon is gone and no more Pedro Feliz GIDP with 2 outs (only he can do it). So at least the misery is kind of fun.

                And wait until you see Eugenio (Ee-you-hee-nee-o) Velez run!
                Official sponsor of indifference towards basketball...hockey has grown on me.
                Official sponsor of Buster Posey...'nuff said.
                Official sponsor of James Laurinaitis
                "There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live - too rare to die."

                Comment


                • #9
                  "Bocock"
                  Official sponsor of the St. Louis Cardinals

                  "This is a heavyweight bout indeed."--John Rooney, Oct. 27, 2011

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by kah View Post
                    "Bocock"
                    Good hands.

                    And you haven't lived until you've seen Bocock go deep into the hole and come up firing!
                    Official sponsor of indifference towards basketball...hockey has grown on me.
                    Official sponsor of Buster Posey...'nuff said.
                    Official sponsor of James Laurinaitis
                    "There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live - too rare to die."

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by backstop View Post
                      Yeah, but they really suck.
                      No, they really, really, really suck...

                      Team can't score runs if their life depended on it...they had their best hitter (Aaron Rowand) bunt a runner over t'other night...

                      Cardinals gotta spank these guys...

                      "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
                      Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
                      -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Bengie Molina hit fourth for these guys yesterday.

                        Just sayin'

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cardinalgirl View Post
                          so are we going to see lincecum?
                          If the rotation holds, it should be Cain on Saturday and Lincecum on Sunday.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by InSighT View Post
                            Bengie Molina hit fourth for these guys yesterday.
                            . . . And homered twice.

                            Just sayin'

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Can and Lincecum are fun to watch. Especially Lincecum. Love that guy.

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X