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Willie is out but Chad and Ben discuss the All Star Game, Timmy’s No-No and the second half of the season.
Today’s game felt like a lock for the Giants after Cain went deep, even after Hamels matched him in the next inning. That in itself, was entertaining, the first pair of pitchers to go deep off each other since 2002. I just re-read that last sentence, and it sounded dirty. I’m too lazy to re-construct that pseudo-erotic writing. However, after Howard put the Phillies ahead, I figured that might be it, “eh, they’ve had a good road trip, guaranteed .500, I need to forage for a warm beer anyway.”
I suppose this year has a different vibe than last year. The pitching is still there (sans Lincecum, plus Zito), but the offense has improved, despite their situational hitting failures (although they’ve been excellent since the break). So, a few sips into my warm cerveza, the Giants indeed pulled off the comeback, starting with solo Melk delivery in the 8th. Cain really only made one big mistake (to Howard), which was three out of the 5 runs. Take that away, and his line is great. Nevertheless, he kept them in the game with 8 innings, despite his un-Cain-like 3 homeruns given up.
Posey is a beast, he is “en fuego” with an accelerant added on top. Over his last 9 games, he’s hitting at a .531 clip, with 2 homeruns and 13 RBI. His average has soared from .288 to .314 in that span. He’s hitting the ball to all fields; much like my son throws objects to all corners of my house. Tonight, he was 4 for 5 with a homerun and 3 RBI. He also read a suicide squeeze correctly that Blanco did not, and he was hung out to dry.
Casilla is a man of mystery. He doesn’t always save games, but when he does, he does it with torture. After blowing 5 of his last 8 save opportunities, and stirring the trade speculation pot, he allowed a one out walk and a streaking rocket to Theriot at second to end the game. Not a masterpiece, but something to build his confidence on, as baseball is a fickle game. Maybe Casilla plays fantasy baseball. I miss Brian Wilson’s torture.
Even if the Giants lose tomorrow, they have secured a 4-2 road trip, the antithesis of their previous road trip that closed out the first half at 1-5. If they can muster a sweep tomorrow, the Giants will be 5-1 on this road trip and 8-1 since the break. Even if they lose tomorrow, 7-2 is slightly passable.
Let’s hope Kemp and Either don’t heat up too much.
– Chad King
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Willie returns from his great adventures abroad at SXSW and Vegas to have a Ben-less hour long conversation with Chad about the Giants’ potential shakeups on the roster, given the injuries of Vogelsong and Freddie Sanchez, a potential middle infielder trade may open the door for Burris, Buster’s first play (GASP) at the plate this spring, Zito’s shelling, Cain’s dominance (have we signed him yet?), the possible shifting sands of the outfield, 49 year old Jamie Moyer beffudles the Giants, Hector “Babe” Sanchez, and John Bowker goes 0-4, 2Ks for the Giants against the Oakland A’s….oh right, the Yomiuri Giants, that is. We do a little hating on Dodger lawyers, dish out advice on how to act as a visiting fan, and praise the glory of the return of the late 80’s roadie.Almost certain that Freddy ain’t ready Buster’s first play at the plate Zito’s poor start today; time to panic yet? Starting outfield might shift? Shierholtz continues to struggle, Blanco impresses Former Giant John Bowker to play vs. A’s in Japan for the Yomiuri Giants Dodgers lawyers that tried to block Stowe’s lawsuit
Chad and Ben jump into Spring Training talk looking at some recent results and some recent injury revelations and how they impact the players in camp. They also discuss converted infielders like Sergio Santos as well as several cuts to minor leaguers and roster invitees before bringing on Christina Russo for an interview and some of her Spring Training experiences. We wind up with a discussion of gender and female fans, hate on Bryce Harper, and close with a somber note on Fabrice Muamba.Bumgarner goes 5 scoreless (SFG) Sergio Santos throws crazy sliders (Olney, ESPN – Insider article) Sanchez may not be ready for Opening Day (SFG) Lincecum puts Kershaw in headlock for ESPN Mag (Yahoo) On the Giants and Female Fans (Bay Area Sports Guy) Ben also strongly recommends this article from Mac of @AerysSports: 100 Easy Ways to Lose A Man Find and follow our guest Christina Russo at http://www.christina-russo.com/ or on Twitter at @swagstina.
Willie Dills is back this week, and he brings with him some questions about our Spring Giants – should we worry about Timmy? How good is Bumgarner? How do we see Huff doing this year? How did Gregor Blanco get over there so fast, I swear he was right here? What the hell is that thing in the Miami outfield?
And what about Tommy?
Willie, Chad, and Ben cover all this and more in a TortureCast record-setting forty-seven minutes! Grab some pine, and settle in (but not for long), because we’re talking some Spring!Tim Lincecum not worried about poor outings (SFG) Giants have another ace in Bumgarner (Bruce Jenkins, SF Gate) Wilson returns with ‘conviction’ (SFG) Tommy Joseph’s two homers (Baggarly, CSNBA) Michael of the Grubby Glove’s excellent “A Game For Bryan Stow” The monstrosity that is the Marlins’ new home run sculpture (CBS Miami) Strikeouts, base hits, double plays (Scott Stapp’s “Marlins Will Soar”) Ben’s Bonus: Pitbull’s “Marlins Time to Represent”