Tagged: Bengie Molina

Key Additions and Key Losses

Hey Giants fans, and non Giants fans. I guess I’m just saying hey to who ever is reading this. Just wanted to put up a quick post today. I will be adding more insight on these players in the next couple of posts here and at SF Giants Rumors.

 

Key Additions

 

  • Aubrey Huff
  • Mark DeRosa
  • Bengie Molina
  • Juan Uribe

 

Key Losses

 

  • Randy Winn (New York Yankees)
  • Brad Penny (ST. Louis Cardinals)
  • Bob Howry (Arizona Diamondbacks)
  • Randy Johnson (Retired)
  • Rich Aurilia (Free Agent)
  • Ryan Garko (Seattle Mariners)

 

Just wanted to pass on this information for the Giants fans that wanted to know who is where right now, and so you can see who’s in and who’s out.

 

Click here for the latest Tim Lincecum Arbitration update

 

~King of Cali

Players Coming Off The Books

The Giants have some players that are coming off the books once the season ends. There is a few that they might want to bring back and the rest will free up some money for players with raises and to go after a bat. Below is a list of the Giants Free Agents and how much they made this season.

 

Freddy Sanchez

Juan Uribe

Brad Penny

Bengie Molina

Randy Winn

Rich Aurilia

Randy Johnson

Noah Lowry

Bob Howry

Dave Roberts

Keiichi Yabu

To read what players should get re-signed and what players should be let go. Please go to www.sfgiantsbaseball.net or click on Players Coming Off The Books

 

~ King of Cali 

 

It’s Not Over Yet Is It?

Tonight is the final Brad Penny start of the season. The Giants still have a shot of making the playoffs. We would have to win out and the Rockies will have to lose the rest of their games. Pretty much it’s slim to none of a chance. I’m already passed the disapointed stage. These Giants still had a very good season. I mean a good season is making the playoffs, but this team wasn’t expected to still be in the playoff race at this time. I just started a site that I’m going to use for Giants rumors and anything Giants that I want to post. The site is www.sfgiantsbaseball.net. It’s still at the begining stages so it’s not everything that I want it to be just yet.

 

Here is some posts that have been added.

San Francisco Giants Retired Numbers

Brad Penny Back In 2010?

Posey Time in 2010?

Bengie Molina’s Last Days As a Giant?

 

~King of Cali

Random Thoughts 9/23

This is a short little blog. Just some random thoughts. It’s time to keep it real Giants fans. We are currently 5 games out with 11 games to go and our chances are slim to none. I believe the Giants went above and beyond what anyone expected this year. No I’m not throwing up the white flag, but just trying to keep it real. We were a big bat away from winning a lot of game this year. We knew coming into the season offense was going to be our problem and our pitching staff was going to be keeping us in games. Our pitching brought us this far and now Lincecum, Cain and Sanchez are tired and not able to keep up the strong pitching.
 
I say we start the Posey era tonight. Let’s see what he can do for the rest of the season. Molina looks so tired out there. Let’s get Bumgarner a start too before this season ends. Let’s see what we have, so we can get a little excited for next season.
 
~King of Cali

Let’s Go Giants – Clap Clap!

The Giants are coming off series at home that they got swept by the Angels. Does this just mean the Giants are not as good as the better teams out there? They start a series at home tonight with the Rangers. Randy Johnson takes the mound tonight. Giants fans are hoping he can stop this little losing streak. There is also talks of the Giants skipping Jonathan Sanchez next start since he hasn’t seem to come around this season.

 

Okay now I don’t know why Bochy continues to bat Sandoval after Molina. I do like Bengie but he’s a very slowwwww runner! That’s not a knock on him. It’s just the reality. Everyone knows Pablo Sandoval can swing it. He’s got some pop and can flat out hit. I think it’s time the Giants move him to the third or fourth spot in the lineup. Keep him ahead of Molina so he can drive some runs in. Molina can be on 2nd base and Sandoval will get a hit and Molina won’t score. If they want Molina at the 4 spot then put Sandoval 3rd. I mean it’s not like we have a set solid middle of the lineup so why are they so stuck on batting Molina 4th and Sandoval 5th?

 

I’m starting to ramble on and on, so I will cut this blog short. =) Go Giants!

 

~King of Cali

Probably Not Going To Win The West…Wild Card?

The Giants are on a big road trip right now. They aren’t playing great teams, but they do need to prove that they can win on the road. The Giants swept the Braves at home. Then took 2 out of 3 from the Cardinals. Now on this road trip they have took 2 out of 3 from the
 
Nationals. Where Randy Johnson also got his 300 win. They are now finishing up a 4 game series against the Marlins in Florida. The Giants have taken 2 out of the first 3 games. Johnson is pitching on short rest today to try to get the series win for the Giants. The Giants are currently 4-2 on this road trip. After the game tonight. The Giants will be flying back to the West Coast to Arizona to play a 3 game series with the D-Backs.
 
Ohhhhkay now I’m looking at the Dodgers as a baseball fan and not just a Giants fan. My Giants heart wants to tell me that the Dodgers are going to fall flat on their face and we will catch them. Now my baseball heart tells me the Dodgers my stumble here and there but they will not fall off the mountain all the way back to ground zero. Plus they should have Manny back in a month. That’s only going to help them. The Giants only shot this season is more than likely going to be the Wild Card. They will have to battle with some good teams, but it can be done with the pitching that the Giants have. We are all still waiting for Sabean to get that bat or two that we need to help us score more runs.
 

Giants Starting Lineup Tonight Vs. Marlins
 
CF – Rowand
SS – Renteria
RF – Winn
 C – Molina
1B – Sandoval
3B – Uribe
LF – Torres
2B – Burriss
 P – Johnson ( Randy Johnson is pitching on short rest)

 
~ King of Cali

Groundhogs Day For the Giants!

Sanchez pitched good and the Giants couldn’t score. Same story… just a different day. Rowand was batting leadoff and went 3-4. The only problem was no one else hit after him. Their is a rumor going around that the Giants are interested in trying to make a trade for Nick Johnson, but we know how rumors go. That would be a move that would help the Giants offense. Just not sure what the Giants would be willing to deal for Johnson. If Johnson is on a contract year. I wouldn’t even make the move. Doesn’t even make sense to me to give up some players for a player that will probably not re-sign with the Giants after the season. If we were a team that was going to make the playoffs for sure and we just need to add another bat to help us get to the World Series and possibly have a chance to win it all. Then I might be willing to take that gamble. The Giants are just not in that situation at this time, so I hope Sabean thinks out whatever moves he makes and doesn’t just make moves to make them.
 
Lincecum is on the mound tonight. I’m hoping he can shut the Padres out and we can at least get 1 run again. lol Go Giants! =)
 
~ King of Cali

Sandoval Hits a Walk-Off Home Run!

The Giants win again. They had a 5-1 lead over the Nationals going into the 7th inning. Nick Johnson hit a 3 run home run off of Matt Cain to make it a 5-4 ball game. Then the Nationals added 3 more runs in the top of the 8th
SandovalwalkoffHR.jpginning to make it 7-5 Nationals. Bengie Molina hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 8th to make it 7-6 Nationals. Then the Giants come up in the bottom of the 9th inning down by 1 run. Joe Beimel got the first 2 Giants players out. He just couldn’t get the last out to end the game. Emmanuel Burriss hit a single to centerfield. Then Beimel tried to pick him off at first and threw the ball away, so the tying run is now at 2nd base. Edgar Renteria steps to the plate, and he’s been clutch with guys on base or when the Giants need a big him. Renteria ended up walking to set up 1st and 2nd for Pablo Sandoval. Beimel did have 2 strikes on Sandoval and then Pablo got a pitch that he liked and hit a line drive home run over the left field walk for a walk off 3 run home run! Giants win 9-7… All that started with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. The Giants are finding ways to win. They haven’t lost a series in 9 straight series. They have either split or won the series.
 
~ King of Cali

Giants Split 2 Games With The Cubs!

The Giants start the game off with a bang. Renteria got a bunt single. Then Aurilia got a hit, and then Bengie Molina hit a 3 run home run.
 
Lincecum doesn’t seem to look like he has his best stuff early on in the game. Derrek Lee hits a double off Lincecum in the bottom of the 2nd inning. The Cubs then got some productive outs to move Lee over and score him. After 2 innings the Giants lead 3-1.
 
It’s a 3-2 lead for the Giants heading into the top of the 8th. The Cubs still have some good players on the bench. They sat some good players today against Lincecum. Probably figured today is a good day to take off instead of getting themselves in a slump against Lincecum. The Giants haven’t got a runner in scoring position since the 2nd inning. The Giants have managed to get bases loaded in the top of the 8th inning with no outs. Aaron Rowand hit a 2 run double. Randy Winn follows up with an RBI single scoring Molina. The Giants end up scoring 3 runs in the top of the 8th. The score is now 6-2 Giants.
 
The game is over the Giants win 6-2 over the Cubs. The Giants and Cubs split the 2 game series in the Giants only visit to the windy city.
 
Tim Lincecum is the winning pitcher. Giants are now 13-12 so far in the early season.
 
Giants are now off to Colorado to face the Rockies. Randy Johnson and Matt Cain will get the next two starts for the Giants.
 
~ King of Cali

April NL West Recap

NL West standings after the first month of baseball.
 
                       W     L       GB     Home    Road
Dodgers        15    8        —        7-0        8-8   
Giants           10    10     3.5      8-3        2-7
Padres           11   11      3.5     6-4        5-7
D-Backs          9     13      5.5    8-10      1-3
Rockies          8     12      5.5     4-5       4-7
 
 
Here is a little recap of the top 3 teams in the NL West.
 
Dodgers
 
The Dodgers did have a hot start but have lost a few recently to let the rest of the NL West catch up. The Giants and Padres are just 3.5 games back. The Dodgers could have just been tired from being on the road so much in April. They are now starting off May at home, so we can see what some home cooking will do for them.
 
Giants
 
The Giants started the season off by taking 2 out of 3 from the Brewers. You’re thinking great start right? Wrong! They then went to San Diego and Los Angeles and got swept. They went 0-6 on the road trip, so that a 2-7 start. The Giants have then bounced back and end the month with a 10-10 record and taking the last series of the month 2 out of 3 games from the Dodgers.
 

Padres
 
It’s really hard to judge a team after the first few weeks of the season. Some teams have very bad starts and some have hot starts. Now that April is over you will see teams start to show who they really are. The Padres started out pretty hot but were projected to finish last in the NL West. They have started to come down from their high horse. They are still tied for 2nd place in the NL West, but they have started to lose some games to get back to the middle of the pack. I’m sure after May they will find themselves lower in the standings.

 
Up Next
 
Dodgers are home tonight to start a 3 game series with the Padres.
 
Giants start a 3 game series with the Rockies at home tonight.
 
D-Backs are currently on the road in a 4 game series with the Brewers. The Brewers took game 1 by a score of 4-1.
 
Side Notes
 
I will be at the Giants game Friday May 15th. If you’re going to be there. Let me know. Maybe we can meet up for a beer.
 
~ King of Cali