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Random Thoughts

Giants have two big series coming up. The season is near the end and the Giants are now 4 games back of the Rockies for the Wild Card. We just lost 2 out of 3 from the Padres and it seems like the world is about to end. Okay it doesn’t feel that bad.
 
I was pretty excited to see Bumgarner get his first start. He’s only going to get so much more better. Did you guys see the way this guy can swing it? I was thinking lets move him to 1st base and bat him cleanup!
 
Matt Cain takes the mound Friday night against the Dodgers. We need to catch some fire and end this season on a hot streak. We have had the same problem all year. We have the great pitching and just can’t seem to score runs. We get guys on and hit double plays. We get guys on and can’t bunt them over.
 
We have players that aren’t pulling their weight. I’m on countdown mode for Rowands contract to end. Winn can’t seem to catch a cold from the right side of the plate. I know no one wants to see stone hands Lewis in the outfield. He’s an ok pinch hitter, but seems to strike out every other AB. Another guy that seems to always strike out to me is Ishikawa. 
 
I’m just glad the Giants don’t have a game tonight. At least we can’t lose right? =) I’m still in…. It’s not over till it’s over!
 
~King of Cali 

Last Homestand before the All Start Break

The Giants were able to take 2 out of 3 from the Astros. Giants were laying the “Smacketh Down” on the Astros in the firs two games. Then in game 3 they sent Randy Johnson to the mound. I know I was expecting a sweep with the way they were hitting and Johnson pitching. Well it didn’t happen like that. Giants end up losing and Johnson hurt his throwing shoulder and were still waiting a MRI to see how serious the injury is.
 
The next 3 games are against the Florida Marlins. I’m expecting the Giants to take 2 out of 3 from the Marlins. Matt Cain starts tonight’s game. Then Zito tomorrow and Sadowski on Wed. Once that series is over the Giants have the Padres coming to town for a 4 game series. The Giants should at least split that series, but I would have for a series win against the Padres. They should close out the first 1/2 of the season on a high note.
 
Congrats to Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain for making the All Star team. Don’t forget to go to MLB.com and vote for Pablo Sandoval to make the All Star Team!
 
~King of Cali
 

Trading Deadline Is Near…

With the trading deadline getting closer and closer. It seems like all you hear now is about different trade rumors that are swirling around. The early rumors was the Giants were interested in Dan Uggla and Nick Johnson. That’s still one that is still going around. The Giants are also linked to Jermaine Dye, Victor Martinez and Mark Teahen. The Giants really do have a lot of options when it comes to making a move. Our offense has a lot of holes that need to be filled.
 
The Giants offense actually has been coming around, but they can still use
JDye.jpganother solid bat or two in their lineup. Dye is a decent bat with some good pop to add, but I wouldn’t give up any top prospects for him. Victor Martinez would be a decent pick up as well. They would have to play him at 1st base when Molina is catching. I’m not to big on making a trade for Teahen. He has a decent bat and can play multiple positions but I would only get him if everything else didn’t go through and I pretty much got him for nothing. I keep going back and forth with Uggla but he does have some pop. His avg is just way down right now, but that could make him a lot easier to trade for. I’m sure the Giants are wishing they made the trade Jonathan Sanchez for Jorge Cantu when the Marlins wanted to make that move.
 
I would love to see Holliday in a Giants uniform, but I wouldn’t make the trade since the Giants would have to part with some decent players and Holliday’s contract ends after this year, so there is no guarantee that he would sign with the Giants. I hear a lot of fans scared to make a trade cause they don’t want to give up the players that are up and coming. Don’t worry Giants fans they are not going to trade Posey or Bumgarner, but you do have to give up players to get players. That’s why some of these players are in our minors. They can help us with trade bait and then we have some that are untouchable.
 
~King of Cali

Random Giants Thoughts

I know Pablo Sandoval is no Barry Bonds, but man is this guy fun to watch or what? He had 2 home runs in last night’s game against the Angels. This guy has a .332 AVG and is near the top in the NL. I know he could have more RBI’s if he wasn’t hitting behind Bengie, but hey he can just control what he does at the plate.
 
The Giants were getting spanked last night until they decided to make their come back. It was a little to late, but at least they didn’t just throw in the towel and wait to try till the next game. The final score was 9-7 Angels. It was looking like it was going to be a 8-0 score till the Giants started to get some stuff together.
 
I think the Giants are open to anyone that is available in a trade. I mean if a 1st baseman comes available. The Sandoval can go back to 3rd base. If they find a 3rd baseman then Pablo can go to 1st base. Even Fred Lewis hasn’t played well enough to keep his job, so we can take a corner infielder or an outfielder.
 
I’m getting people asking me what I think about Dan Uggla and other players. I don’t think Uggla is the big bat that we do need, but I do think we need more than one bat. Which means I wouldn’t mind adding that bat. Burriss is playing 2nd and is like in an 0-24 slump right now. Uggla can’t do much worse than that and has home run pop. I would be fine with adding Uggla and try to add another decent bat. I doubt were going to be able to snag a superstar through trades this year, cause the Giants do not want to part with their top prospects.
 
~King of Cali

Let’s Sweep The D-Backs! – Random Giants Thoughts

If you would have asked any Giants fan at the start of the road trip if you would be happy with a 6-4 road trip. Everyone would have said yesss! I would have too, but now I’m getting greedy and want the 7-3 road trip. We can get that today if the Giants can close out the sweep of the D-Backs. Jonathan Sanchez gets the start (12:40pm Pacific) today to see if he can end this road trip on a positive note.
 
Is it just me or does it seem like Pablo Sandoval makes this Giants team fun? I’m always checking to see what this guy is doing. Seems like he always has a smile on his face. He’s just out there playing hard and having fun. This guy can flat out hit too. Giants fans got to love him. The good thing is he’s only 22 years old. He’s only going to get better and I’m sure he will be a Giant for a long time. Sandoval is the only guy since Bonds left that gets me excited to see his every AB. He’s not blasting balls out of the park like Bonds, but he is getting hits. I’m sure he would have more RBI’s if he didn’t bat behind Molina. The Giants signed Sandoval as an undrafted free agent in 2002.
 
Incase you guys don’t know but the Giants are in the Wild Card hunt. They are currently 1/2 a game back right now. The trading deadline is 50 days away, so wouldn’t it make sense for the Giants to make a trade now and be part of the Wild Card chase. Why wait 50 more days and give yourself a chance to fall out because of a lacking offense. We have plenty of holes to fill in this lineup, so lets do something now. Ever since the Giants have moved Sandoval to 1st and Uribe to 3rd. They have been scoring. Uribe isn’t anything sexy to talk about but he’s a decent hitter. This also took Ishikawa’s slumping bat out of the lineup.
 
Kevin Frandsen is more than likely going to start today at short stop. This is so Frandsen can get another game under his belt and Burriss can go back to 2nd base. I really think Frandsen is the better player right now over Burriss. Giants staff thinks really highly of Burriss. He’s got a good glove and a lot of speed. He just needs to get more consistent with the bat. He also has a lot of speed so he needs to work on his bunting for a hit. That could help his AVG in a hurry if he can get down decent bunts and beat them out. Frandsen can’t move like that but has worked on his “D”. He’s not bad with the glove, and he’s a good hitter. He hasn’t really showed that since he’s been brought up and down a few times this season. He’s pressing a little to much. This guy has shown it with his minor league stats that he can hit. If I were the Giants I would find a spot for him. I would even consider releasing Rich Aurilia but before that I would just send down Ishikawa. He’s not pulling his weight in the pro’s, so let him go down and get his swing going again.
 
~ King of Cali

The Giants Take Game One From D-Backs – Trades?

Matt Cain took the mound and didn’t look as good as he’s looked all season, but it was good enough to get the win last night. Cain is now sitting with an 8-1 record. I’m sure some people might start to consider him as a possible Cy Young candidate for this season. He’s got an 8-1 record, 2.55 ERA and 59 K’s. Since all the draft talk is going around. Matt Cain was drafted in the 2002 draft at the #25 pick from Houston High School (TN).
 
Pablo Sandoval hit a monster shot last night that probably still hasn’t landed. It was like a Barry Bonds blast. This guy is my favorite everyday player. He just plays the game at a 100%, and has fun out there. I guess before the game Sandoval told the team that no one will give high-fives to the guy that hits the first home run. Well Juan Uribe hit one and walked into the dugout pumped up and no one even looked at him. You can see Bengie Molina trying to hold back his smile/laugh. Uribe finally just started high-fiving everyone till they gave in and reacted with excitement like him. It was funny to watch. They kept replaying it after the game.
 
The Giants send Zito to the mound tonight. Hoping he can secure the series win with the D-Backs tonight. We all know the Giants will more than likely make a trade soon, but no new names have surfaced in the trade rumors. I’m pretty much done with Fred Lewis. I want him to do good and I think he’s athletic. He’s just not able to put it all together. He strikes out half the time he’s batting. I’m willing to part with him in a trade and get a corner outfielder. We have a lot of holes, so we pretty much can get any decent player out there and plug him in somewhere. This teams needs to make more than one move to fill some holes. I’m just hoping they at least make a move soon to get the train moving in the right direction.
 
~ 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

Giants Fight But Still Come Up Short Against The Mets

My Giants weren’t able to get the win last night, but they were able to fight back to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th. These guys have a lot of heart to try to battle so hard every game. Once they tied the game last night. I thought they had to win the game, cause you’re the home team and your playing the Mets. You can’t let games slip away. The Mets ended up scoring 3 runs off of Wilson in the 9th inning. Mets win 7 to 4 in game one of a 4 game series. The Mets had 7 steals last night. Even 40 year old Gary Sheffield was off and running.
 
Tim Lincecum is on the mound tonight. Giants fans are hoping he will stop a 2 game losing streak. The Mets send ex-Giant Livan Hernandez to the mound. I remember Livan always getting shelled in the first inning and then pitching a gem the rest of the game. I just hope he lets the Giants smack him around AT&T Park tonight. This is a game the Giants should be able to win tonight. It’s going to be a nice sight at the park to see Lincecum face the tough Mets hitters.
 
I’m going to be at the game tonight. If any other bloggers are going to be there. Let me know and maybe I will let you get a taste of my Garlic Fries if you buy me a beer. lol jk 😉
 
~ King of Cali

Giants & Rockes Split 2 – Manny-Less Time!

Game 2 of the 2 game series is a must win for the Giants. They need the split to head into Los Angeles on a high note. Plus just to stay at 6/5 games back from the Dodgers. The Giants have started the game off with some runs. The Giants already have a 5 run lead going into the top of the 4th inning. Bengie Molina already has 2 home runs. The Rockies finally got their first hit off of Cain in the bottom of the 4th.
 
The Giants get on the board again in the top of the 5th inning. Fred Lewis hit a RBI single up the middle to score Nate Schierholtz. The Giants bring in Eugenio Velez to pinch run for Matt Cain, so his day is over after 6 innings of no runs and 1 hit ball. He did walk 5 runners though but did manage to strike out 7.
 
The Rockies get on a scoreboard in the bottom of the 7th inning. Brad Hawpe hits a solo home run off of Jeremy Affeldt. That’s all the Rockies would get in the 7th inning. Randy Winn got a RBI single in the top of the 9th to score Pablo Sandoval. The Rockies get 2 runs on a 2 run home run by Ian Stewart in the bottom of the 9th. That was off of Justin Miller. The Giants still hold on to win the game by a score of 8-3 over the Rockies.
 
Matt Cain is the winning pitcher and is now 3-1 this season.
 
Up Next
 
The Giants start a weekend series with the Dodgers. Barry Zito gets the start for the Giants. Giants fans are hoping he can keep his starts going against the Manny-Less Dodgers. Manny Ramirez who’s on a 50 game suspension will not be eligible to play again until July 3rd.
 
~ King of Cali

Giants, Cubs & Random Thoughts!

Lincecum
 
Lincecum is 2-0 at Wrigley Field. He’s on the mound today for the Giants. Giants fans are hoping Lincecum can get the win and split the 2 game series with the Cubs. After this 2 game series the Giants head to Colorado to play another 2 game series before a weekend series with the Dodgers.
 
Who Wants to hit?
 
Giants players are struggling at the plate. Jesus Guzman was player of the week in the minors and has been playing first base. He’s been hitting some home runs too, so I’m sure the Giants are really thinking about brining him up. Emmanuel Burris has been in a slump since the season started. The Giants also might be thinking about calling Kevin Frandsen up too. Giants are getting to the point where they will need to shake things up for these players to score some runs.
 
Pablo Sandoval
 
The Giants have decided to rest their hottest hitter Pablo Sandoval. They don’t want to wear him out so since they are facing a lefty today. They will give Juan Uribe the start at 3rd. Pablo Sandoval’s first impression of Wrigley Field is it’s old and he was disappointed that there wasn’t any ivy on the walls. He will have to wait till the playoffs or next season to see it with the Ivy.
 
It’s now game time, so I’m sure I will have another blog later on today’s game. Go Giants!
 
~ King of Cali