Randy Johnson has a trend going on. He has a great outing then a bad one. It’s been like that since the start of the season. He has been pitching really well at home, so good news Giants fans. Johnson’s next 2 starts will be at home. =)
You would think that playing in Colorado would jump start a teams offense. Not for the Giants! They can’t even score runs there. They have another game there today, so lets see what happens. We need to win this game to get a 2 game split with the Rockies. The Giants have Matt Cain on the mound.
After today’s game the Giants will fly to Los Angeles to face the Manny-less Dodgers. The Giants got a early Christmas gift today. When they woke up to
news saying Manny is suspended for 50 games starting today. This should help the Dodgers come back down to earth after their hotttt start. Man having Manny out is going to really hurt my Fantasy team! =( Oh well as long as my Giants catch up and take the lead in the division. =)
Even Barry Zito has a tweet about Manny. “Manny’s gone for 50 games. Time for the Giants to capitalize.” Zito gets the start tomorrow night against the Dodgers. Go Giants!
Now Manny has more time to party with his fans… lol
~ King of Cali
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Giants had a very nice weekend in Arizona. Lincecum look really good on Friday night. He got his first win of the season. Lincecum struck out 12 D-Backs and a total of 25 in his last 2 starts (both against the D-Backs). In the 2 games Lincecum only gave up 1 run in 16 innings against the D-Backs. The Giants won the Friday night game 5-1.
Saturday the Giants sent Randy Johnson to the mound. He was struggling and walked 7 guys. That’s the most guys he’s walked since July 25th 2000. He only lasted 3 1/3 innings. The Giants picked up Johnson and managed to still get the win. The Giants won 5-3 over the D-Backs.
The Giants were going for the 3 game sweep on Sunday. They sent Matt Cain to the mound. Cain has had the best start out of the 5 Giants starting pitchers. Cain pitched 7 innings only allowing 1 run. Pablo Sandoval hit a 3 run home run in the top of the 8th inning to give the Giants a 4-1 lead. Cain was in line to get the win. The Giants bring in closer Brian Wilson to close the game out. Didn’t look like Wilson was able to locate his pitches where he wanted to. Wilson gave up 3 runs in the 9th inning and 2 came off a game-tying two run home run by Justin Upton. We did let a sweep slip away, but still a very good weekend overall. Giants lost in the 12th inning 4-5. Giants fans are happy with being able to take 2 out of 3 from the D-Backs in Arizona. I’m sure Wilson will be ready to go against the Dodgers.
~ King of Cali
The Giants play a short 2 game series with the Padres. I’m sure the Giants would love to get a little redemption since they Padres swept them in San Diego. It won’t be an easy task for the Giants. The Padres send Peavy to the mound tonight against Cain. Then tomorrow the Padres send Young against Zito. Cain should be able to make a good pitching match up tonight against Peavy. The big question is if the Giants can score any runs. Game 2 has Zito on the mound so I’m sure most Giants fans are chalking that up as a loss. I guess were just going for the split. lol I’m sure Zito will be fine. It’s just everyone expects him to fail since he hasn’t really shown anything in a Giants uniform.
Giants have been shuffling their lineup around trying to shake things up. Burriss and Ishikawa have been in a slump since the season started. Pablo Sandoval hasn’t hit like he can, but he does have games here and there where you can tell he can hit. I think he’s out of his slump and you should see the ball jumping off his bat.
Tonight I will be switching back and forth from the Giants and Sharks games. It’s a must win for the Sharks tonight since they have dropped the first 2 games. I love when I can flip back from different games. It’s going to be a nice night. Go Giants and Go Sharks!
~ King of Cali
Today is Opening Day for most teams, and it’s obvious excitement is in the air. I have logged on to MLBlogs and seen so many new blogs in the most recent activity area. I have seen blogs that I never seen before. Everyone is pumped and wants to write about it. Today is the day that every team is still in it and has a chance to be #1. I really wanted to take today off to watch some games, but I decided to work today. I’m going to be off work tomorrow, so I can watch the Giants Opening Day against the Brewers.
As a Giants fan I was pretty damn happy watching the Braves game last night. It was nice because the season was finally starting. Just seeing how good Derek Lowe looked. That must make all Giants fans happy to see him pitching like that for any team other than the Dodgers. =) I can’t believe the Dodgers didn’t even try to get him back. Something else must have been going on. It was not even a question if he will return to the Dodgers once he became a free agent. Everyone knew he was going to end up pitching somewhere else.
Since I’m also playing Fantasy Baseball this year. I did have some other interest in the Braves game. I have Brian McCann as a player on one of my teams and he did hit a 2 run home run. My other player is Shane Victorino. He didn’t do anything last night, so thanks for nothing Shane! lol
Well all I can do today is check scores and highlights from teams playing. I might watch the A’s and Angels game tonight. Just getting myself pumped and ready for Lincecum and the Giants tomorrow. I heard there is chance of rain tomorrow. This game better not get cancelled cause then I might have to take another day off to see their first game. =) I get Lincecum tomorrow, Johnson on wed. ( my b-day) and then I’m going to the Sharks game Thursday night. Talk about a very nice week for me. =)
~ King of Cali
I have never posted a blog about this, but I did go to the Home Run Derby when it was at AT&T Park. I just wish I would have took more pictures. The battery died on the camera so I knew I only had a few pictures in it. It really was a cool experience to see all the booths and stuff they had set up outside of the stadium. Right when I walked in the stadium I went straight to the field. The National League team was having batting practice and the American League team was starting to stretch out in front of me. I got a couple pictures of some of them up close. It was just really cool to see all these players from different teams up close. These players seemed so loose and were just joking around. You knew they were all having a blast.
Here is a couple of pictures from my seat view. I never sat this high before but these were the only tickets I could find for the Home Run Derby.
The winner of the 2007 Home Rub Derby was big, bad Vladimir Guerrero from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
~ King of Cali
Last Friday I did my 2nd Fantasy Draft. I had the 6th pick in the draft. My #1 pick of the draft was Josh Hamilton. I have never played Fantasy Baseball before so I’m still not to sure how everything works. I know I have two guys on this team that are injured. I decided to get Alex Rodriguez since I figured he would be back in May. I also got Troy Glaus. I had no idea he was injured. I think I seen on MLB. com today that he won’t be back till June. Grrrrrrreat (not Tony The Tiger Grrrrrrreat) now I need to figure something out. lol Well here is my 2nd Fantasy team. Let me know what you think and any suggestions would be nice. =)
Team – King of Cali
C Brian McCann
1B Pablo Sandoval
2B Howie Kendrick
3B Alex Rodriguez
SS Rafael Furcal
OF Josh Hamilton
OF Alfonso Soriano
OF Corey Hart
Util Andre Ethier
Util Jim Thome
BN Delmon Young
BN Orlando Hudson
BN Troy Glaus
BN Fred Lewis
SP Jon Lester
SP Matt Cain
RP George Sherrill
RP Chad Qualls
P John Danks
P Ryan Dempster
P Jered Weaver
~ King of Cali