Monthly Archives: January 2012

Episode 18: “Fried Plantains and Ketchup”

Three consecutive episodes means we have a streak going, folks!  Willie, Ben, and Chad get together to talk Brandon Belt’s talent, psychological properties, and food preferences, as well as talking new Giants Clay Hensley and Ryan Theriot.  We talk Cody Ross’s new contract, Lincecum’s extension, and Prince Fielder.

During our customary ending segments, Willie loves the Red Sox, Ben says hats will make us win, and Chad hates on a Giant.  What?!  Take a trip into Bizarro World with this week’s TortureCast!

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Pitchers, Catchers, and Podcasters!

It’s confirmed — The TortureCast will be making the journey out to Spring Training! We’re aiming for the middle of March but there’s a lot of details that have to be sorted out…like the exact dates…and which of us will be going…and which games we’ll be seeing…and, you know, what to have for lunch, and that sort of thing.

If you’re going to be in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area during mid-March for Spring Training, leave a comment, catch us on Twitter, or send us an email at mail@torturecast.com! As a podcast by fans for fans we’d be remiss if we didn’t try to meet some of you while we’re out there. We promise to get you more details as March gets closer!

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Episode 17: “Beastmode Yoga Rain Dance”

The boys are back with a new face (or voice): Willie and Ben are joined by Chad King, regular contributor and now podcast regular.  We talk Niners, because everyone is, complete with sadness, reflection, sympathy, and maybe a little distaste.

Once we get through that, we talk contracts, arbitration, Lincecum, Brandon Crawford, yoga, the Rockies, and turn our attention back to baseball season.  Pitchers and catchers report in 28 days, after all!

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Episode 16: “Jeter’s Girlfriends”

The boys are back!  Willie Dills and Ben Lee get together after a two-month hiatus to celebrate the 49ers’ win over the Saints and the continued dominance of Alex Smith.

More importantly, we take a long, hard look at the trades for Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan, look at the signings and departures of the Giants’ offseason, talk about Huff’s Pilates regimen, and look ahead to the 2012 San Francisco Giants.

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Giants’ Outfield Won’t be Selling Tickets

Melky Cabrera, Angel Pagan, Nate Schierholtz.

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If that sent shudders of contempt, confusion, and depression through your central nervous system instead of excitement, I would certify you as a sane individual. The Giants have committed most of their $130 million payroll, and Giants GM Brian Sabean has been quoted as saying that the Giants are done with any significant player signing or movement1.

Neither Cody Ross nor Carlos Beltran was offered a contract, and talks never got deep. Ross was even willing to take a discount to stay with the Giants, and was quoted as saying, “it’s sad” that he isn’t donning the orange and black in 2012.

Excuse me? That’s it? That’s our outfield?

Well, that’s my first reaction, but the cogent (ha) objective part of me needs time to digest this, and after you peel back the first few layers of mediocrity, the Giants still may do alright with the status quo next year. The BIG caveat is that they cannot be riddled with injuries like they were in 2011. Their lineup will automatically improve with Posey and Freddy Sanchez playing 140+ games, and their run production should increase. But really, it couldn’t get much worse after last year’s historic anemic production.

From an statistics point of view, Beltran was a rent-a-player,  and Ross may have poured the last of his significant contributions in the 2010 playoffs, as last year was dismal (.240, 14 HR, 52 RBI). Torres also had a down year and I’m sad to see him depart for the Big Apple.

Now, bear with me, but a little statistical breakdown, assuming everyone performs like they did last year; we may actually get more production out of our outfield.

*dons green banker visor*

Last year, the three outfield positions sported a combined .248 average, 46 HRs and 180 RBI. If you divide that by three, the “average” SF Giants outfielder for a full year had 15 HRs and 60 RBI. If you look at Cabrera, Pagan, and Schierholtz and extrapolate 2011’s performance to 162 games played, they total .282, 41 HR, 222 RBI. Granted, it’s a slight reduction in power, but a significant increase in batting average, OBP and OPS.

Maybe there is hope when you add by subtraction.

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