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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

Giants 1st 1/2 – Surprised!?!?!

With the first half of the season over. No one including myself expected the Giants to have a record like they have. We knew they would have a chance to win games cause they had a good starting staff on paper. Well they starters came out and pitched just as well as advertised!

 
I did expect Lincecum to go out and pitch like he did last year. He’s been
Thumbnail image for TimLincecum-1.jpgdoing that and has been on fire as of late. He’s even starting the All Star Game for the National League. Everyone kept saying Randy Johnson would just try for 5 wins and then shut down. Randy Johnson is an intense pitcher when he’s on the mound. There is no way this guy doesn’t try to go out there and go balls out every time he takes the mound. I did expect Matt Cain to have a good year, but 10 wins by the All Star break. Wow – that’s above and beyond what anyone could have asked for by this point of the season. We have two guys (Lincecum & Cain) that can be in it for the Cy Young Award. Zito has shown some good games and some bad games, but still better than last year. Sanchez was finally going to show up what he has this year and then ended up losing his starting spot in the rotation. Then he came back to the rotation because of a Randy Johnson injury. Sanchez then tosses a “No-Hitter”!
 
The Giants have the 2nd best home record in the National League. I know nobody seen that coming with this young unproven team. The NL West was said to be the weakest division in the NL this year. I guess all the experts were way wrong, cause the Giants have the Wild Card lead right now too. With that said the Giants still have a lot of upgrades they can do to help their batting order. They have been linked to a few different trade rumors. I know some fans think they should stay as is and roll the dice with these kids. I would make a deal if there is one to be made without giving up the farm. If they can’t get a big bat. I would at least make a trade to bring in a decent bat. Just someone to help spark the lineup. Many names have been linked – Uggla, Holliday, F-Sanchez, Dunn, Johnson, Dye, V-Mart and others. I wouldn’t make any trades that would include Bumgarner or Posey, but we do have guys in the minors that we can trade that have some value.  
 
It would nice to see a big bat behind Pablo Sandoval. This guy can flat out hit. He’s hitting .333 with 15 home runs at the All Star Break. Sandoval is a guy that I try to see every AB. The last Giants player I needed to see every AB was Barry Bonds. Pablo is turning into a fan favorite very quickly. Giants fans should be proud of him since he came up through our system and is only 22 years old. We still have a lot more Sandoval ahead of us.
 
Even though the Giants are playing good ball right now. The are 10 games over .500 and still 7 games back of the Dodgers. They still have a long road ahead of them. If they can stay focused on trying to catch the Dodgers that might help them stay at top of the Wild Card Race. It’s very doubtful that they will catch the Dodgers but anything can happen with half of a season still left.
 
~King of Cali
 

Giants, Dodgers and Bonds… Oh My!

Last night was a very cold and windy. You can see players between pitches blowing into their hands trying to warm them up. It reminded me of Candlestick Park. Watching games there with the wind blowing like crazy. =)
 
Another great start last night for the Giants starting rotation. Zito had 6 scoreless innings till the Dodgers got to him in the 7th inning. Zito and Sandoval have some kind of connection, cause Zito looks very comfortable with Sandoval behind the plate. Giants did have a 3-0 lead till the Dodgers got 4 in the 7th inning. Merkin Valdez came in with a runner on 1st and the Giants clinging to a 1 run lead. After the inning it was the Dodgers 4 and the Giants 3. The Giants did score 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to take the lead right back. Brian Wilson then came in to strike out the side. He must had felt like he had to make a statement. Wilson also has deleted his Twitter Account. The media was on him for twittering late Saturday night about going out and then he got a blow save the next day. Dumb media! lol Wilson had just added me to follow me on twitter and not I have no chance at trying to interview him. =( 
 
Giants are looking good right now. Once they lost the lead. I figured they were done. It was a very cold night, so it was easy for them to just throw in the towels and wait to try it again another day. These guys are starting to score a few runs. They send Sanchez to the mound tonight. He’s the one who started this impressive run by the starting rotation, so I’m hoping he can keep it going.
 
Barry Bonds made his way to AT&T Park last night. He was all smiles out there last night. It’s obvious he misses being out there and hearing all the fans chant his name. Bonds did say he was hoping the Giants would have got Manny Ramirez. He was saying how great of a hitter he is. He also was saying that the Giants have something good with Fred Lewis in left field. He has been watching all of the Giants games on TV. Said he’s seen Johnson 6 innings of no hit ball. He thinks this team has a great rotation and they are a good team with some good players. Bonds was like a different person last night and I’m glad people who were watching the game got to see that side of him. He was really nice, fun and joking around. You can tell his passion is still baseball. Just listening to him talk about hitting and breaking down Manny Ramirez’s hitting when he was at the plate. He needs to stay in the game some how, cause he has so much to offer to players. Bonds still said he’s not retired but he’s just a fan right now. He’s a big fan of the organization and he will always be a Giant.
 
~ King of Cali

Giants Win A Series With No Bats!

From the outside looking in it sounds like the Giants had a good weekend. They won the series over the D-Backs. Giants won 2 out of 3 games. Sounds good right? Well not exactly. I mean don’t get me wrong. I will take the wins. It’s just the Giants still aren’t scoring any runs.
 
Friday Night
 
The Giants sent Jonathan Sanchez to the mound and he pitched great! The Giants won that game 2-0. Not much offense but they got enough to get the win to start the series.
 
Saturday
 
The Giants send Tim Lincecum to the mound. He’s had a tough start to the early season. Well he goes out there and pitches a gem! He gives up 5 hits and gets 13 strike outs without allowing a run in 8 innings. Then relief pitching comes in and gives up 2 runs. Giants lose the game 2-0. No run support for Lincecum.
 
Sunday
 
Randy Johnson goes to the mound for the first time against his former team in a game that counts. Johnson goes into the 7th inning with a no hitter. He did give up a double in the 7th but still held the D-Backs scoreless. That was the only hit the D-Backs got in that game. The Giants had a 1 -0 lead for most of that game. Once Johnson came out it seemed like I was just waiting to see who would blow the game. Well the Giants then in the bottom of the 8th got bases loaded with no outs. All they can get out of that is one run. Aurilia hits a double play ball to score a run and then the next guy gets out. These guys just struggle to get 1 run. Well anyways they still pulled that game out. They won 2 out of 3 from the D-Backs with only scoring 4 runs.
 
The only good thing is the starting pitchers are doing what we all thought they would do and the bats are doing what everyone thought too. lol I’m sure the bats will wake up. There is a couple decent hitters that have started off with a slump. Up next for the Giants is Peavy and the Padres starting tomorrow night.
 
~ King of Cali

First Road Trip Finally Comes To An End!

The Giants finished up their first road trip of the year by going 0-6 against the Padres and Dodgers. Now I know the team is way better than the way they are playing. I see a lot of guys pressing. They are playing very poor defense. Guys are not doing a good job running the bases. Giants have had tons of chances to have crooked innings but still find a way to choke. I can remember one time when they had bases loaded with no outs. Next guy pops up to the infield then a double play ball. No runs scored. That’s just the kind of ball the Giants are playing right now.
 
Giants are back home today to face the D-Backs. I’m hoping some home cooking will be just what the doctor ordered. Giants send Sanchez, Lincecum and Johnson to the mound this weekend. I’m sure these guys are going to turn it around. It’s to early to panic, so I’m still trying to stay positive. =)
 
~ King of Cali

Jonathan Sanchez back with the Giants

Jonathan Sanchez is back with the Giants after his Puerto Rico team was not
sanchezWBC.jpgable to survive the second round. He thought he was going to throw a little more than what he did for team Puerto Rico. He did pitch in 6 2/3 innings for team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Once Sanchez made it back to the Giants training camp. He immediately threw a bullpen session on Thursday for the Giants and he will start for the Giants on Sunday against the Brewers. The 26 year old Sanchez has a live arm and I’m sure he will do a great job for the Giants in the 5th spot of the rotation. Giants were considering trading Sanchez for a bat this off-season, but no moves were made.

Thoughts on Giants Royals Cactus League Game 2/27

Randy Johnson made his Giants debut against the Royals. Johnson had a very good start going three up and three down and getting one strike out. The Giants open up the bottom of the first also going three up and three down. Velez, Renteria and Aurillia hit three ground balls to end the first inning. Johnson started the 2nd inning by hitting first baseman Shealy and then giving up a single to Olivo. Johnson then threw a wild pitch allowing Shealy and Olivo to move up to 3rd and 2nd base with no outs. He then struck out the next batter Smith. Maier then grounded out to score the run from 3rd. Olivo then tried to steal home on the pitch and he was thrown out at the plate by Randy Johnson. Johnson pitched 2 innings allowing 1 run on 1 hit with 2 strike outs.
 
The Giants offense still had no luck in the bottom of the 2nd. They went three up and three down again. Molina, Bowker and Phelps couldn’t get anything started. Royals starting pitcher Greinke had a very nice start. Going 2 innings facing 6 Giants and giving up 0 runs on 0 hits and getting one strike out.
 
Jonathan Sanchez started the 3rd inning making his spring debut. Sanchez got the first guy but then gave up a hit to Lubanski. Aviles got a gift RBI on a fly ball hit to left field. Velez lost it in the sun, so the ball dropped for a single. Give the Royals a 2 run lead. Sanchez is going to play in the WBC for Puerto Rico and is projected to the be the 3rd starting pitcher.
 
Burriss was the first Giant to get a hit. He got a single in his first AB. Burriss quickly got himself off the base paths by getting thrown out trying to steal 2nd base. After 3 innings the Royals are leading 2-0 over the Giants. Sanchez did come out for the top of the 4th inning. Sanchez did get the Royals in order and also getting a strike out. Sanchez pitched 3 innings giving up 3 hits, 1 run and 4 strike outs. The run he did give up should have been caught by Velez but he lost it in the sun.
 
Ortiz then pitched the 6th inning. Giving up a 3 run home run to Shealy. He gave up 2 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 1 strike out and gave up 1 home run in 1 inning of work.
 
Giants closer Brian Wilson came in to pitch the 7th inning. He gave up 1 hit and 0 runs. Just what Giants fans expected to see when Wilson takes the mound. Jack Taschner worked the 8th inning. He gave up back to back walks. Also allowing a 1 run, and getting 1 strike out.
 
Kevin Frandsen hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 8th inning to get the Giants on the scoreboard. After 8 innings the Royals are up 6-1. Billy Saddler gets the 9th inning and gets himself in trouble but gets a double play ball to get the Giants out of the inning. The Giants didn’t score any in the 9th inning. The final score is Royals 6 and Giants 1. Royals got 6 runs on 8 hits and 0 errors. The Giants got 1 run on 5 hits and 1 error.
 
Nothing really exciting from the Giants offense. Bengie Molina got a double and Frandsen hit a home run to get the Giants only run. No Giants players had multiple hits. Randy Johnson, Jonathan Sanchez and Brian Wilson looked really good.
 
Giants spring records drops to 1-2. Barry Zito will start tomorrow against the M’s.
 
~King of Cali

Giants Spring Training 2/25/09

Well today is the day we all have been waiting for this Spring. The Giants play the Indians today. Tim Lincecum is going to start and he has a 25 pitch count. Fred Lewis is not going to play. They are going to let him rest his foot and he will play tomorrow against the Dodgers. The Giants flagship station KNBR has been interviewing Giants all morning. They have interviewed Kevin Frandsen, Travis Ishikawa, Jack Taschner, Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean. I’m sure I have left some guys out.
 
Sabean said the starting rotation is pretty much set with Lincecum, Johnson, Cain, Zito and Sanchez, Noah Lowry is behind schedule. He has had the flue and his elbow is a little cranky per Brian Sabean.
 
Renteria is down about 20 pounds from the weight when he started last season with the Tigers. Renteria had to work himself into game shape during the season and they think he didn’t get to game shape until the 2nd half of the season. The Giants signed him because he got himself into game shape and played really well the 2nd half of the season.
 
Sabean said the Manny front is quiet with the Giants right now. Said he expects Manny to end this soon with the Dodgers. Either sign with them or stop working on a contract with them. Then the Giants would be there, but he does believe Manny will re-sign with the Dodgers. Sabean is not closing the door on Manny until the door is already closed. Brian thinks the Dodgers really need to sign Manny cause they already lost their chance to get Dunn or Abreu.
 
~King of Cali

Giants Mailbag 2/17/09

This is a start of a weekly blog that I would like to post. I will answer any questions that you have for me. I look forward to receiving your questions. 🙂
 
Giants Mailbag 2/17/09
 
Do you think players should be allowed to use HGH or steroids when recovering from a surgery/injury?  It may allow the player to heal quicker.  I know this would be a tricky issue, but it’s a thought considering all the talk around AROD right now.

 
Ron
 
 
Wow now that is a tricky issue alright. I would have to say no. There shouldn’t be anything that can be grey. It should be black or white. You either can use it or you can’t, so if baseball doesn’t want players to use HGH or steroids. Then no one should be able to take it even if it’s just to help recover.

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How do fans in SF feel about Bonds and the steroid issue?

Will Zito bounce back in 2009?

Where will the power come from in 2009? Will Sandoval make an impact?

Nathan (Foul Tip)

It seems like half the people care what happens to Bonds and the other half don’t. Now that he’s no longer in a Giants uniform it seems like fans don’t really care. I’m sure the Bonds fans like myself still care. I just think the whole steroid issue needs to end. Okay a lot of players took them. Now lets clean the game up now and move on. We can’t change the past.


Look below to the question from Jane/She-Fan to read my insight on Zito.


I really don’t see much power again this year. Our only home run pop is Bengie and he only gave us 16 home runs last season. Sandoval will have a few home runs here and there, but I don’t expect him to lead the team. I do see him as a great hitter and to have his bat in the lineup all year will add to the offense. The Giants still need to add another bat with pop. I’m hoping they will get Ramirez or Crede. They just need another guy to produce some runs.

 
 
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Assuming Manny Ramirez re-signs with the Los Angeles Dodgers do you find it somewhat odd that Brian Sabean and the Giants improved the ball club by adding Jeremy Affeldt, Bob Howry, Edgar Renteria, and Randy Johnson but did not add a big offensive piece, which seemed to be their major need going into the off-season, that would have made them favorites to win the NL West? Unless Aaron Rowand, Randy Winn, and the youngster Pablo Sandoval are going to have all-star caliber seasons I do not see them having enough offense even with the strong pitching staff. I say sign Joe Crede to play 3B and swoop in and steal Manny from the Dodgers and really go for it.
 
 
Well I must say it seems like you and I are kind of thinking alike. If Manny signs with the Dodgers. Then I don’t know why the Giants would pay so much for Renteria to come play short. Just have one of the young guys play short that are battling for 2nd base. We have Frandsen, Burriss and Velez trying to win the 2nd base job. One of them can play short if you’re not trying to win and just develop young players.
 
Why would you sign Randy Johnson if you’re not trying to win this year? We have Lowry and Sanchez fighting for the 5th spot. They wouldn’t have had to fight for it if Johnson wasn’t signed. I can see signing Affeldt and Howry either way. The bullpen needed some help to get the ball to Wilson in the 9th inning. Johnson and Renteria just don’t make sense to me if they are not trying to win this year.
 
I do think the Giants will have a better offense this year with or without Ramirez. They will have Sandoval for a whole season. This is a guy who can flat out hit. He’s not Ramirez but he will get his hits and get on base for Bengie to drive in. I didn’t think Crede would be a good signing for this club, but now that everyone else is gone. I say go for it. Crede will give some pop in the lineup. Then Sandoval can move to play first base. Rather than using an unproven player at first base.
 
With the moves that Sabean has made this off-season. They should just go out and sign Manny and got for it this year. With Manny they will be the favorite to win the NL West. Then with the starting rotation they have. It would be scary to face them in the playoffs.
 
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AT&T Park is breathtaking.  Tops on my list to see…maybe as early as this summer.  What are some tips for visiting the park?  Must eat food?  Best places to sit?
 
Kathy

http://redbirdchatter.mlblogs.com

I love this park! It’s just so beautiful to look at the scoreboard and see the Bay Bridge in the background. Just to see the boats in the bay right behind right field. It’s way better than going to to the A’s stadium across the bay. Every time I go to a game the first thing I have to get is the “Gilroy Garlic Fries”. I love them! Another really good place to eat there is “Orlando’s”. It’s the home of the Baby Bull Tri-Tip Sandwich and the Cha Cha Bowl. The Cha Cha bowl is really good! There is a bunch of other foods, but those are my two top choices. =)  

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I’ve read a lot of places that some Giants fans think Aaron Rowand isn’t worth the contract he was given. (5 years/$60 million, I think) Is this the general consensus among Giants fans or do they like Rowand? And do you think Rowand is worth that contract?

Jen

http://ajroxmywhitesox.mlblogs.com

I have heard fans say they are not happy with the amount the Giants paid him to come here. The Giants have had problems getting big name free agents to come here because it’s a pitchers park. The Giants always seem to have to over pay to get someone decent in here. I like Rowand but he’s not the big bat that the Giants fans wanted when we got him. He is a good player to have on your team. I just would have used that money on someone else. Fans expected him to come here and be an elite player.

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Is Tim Lincecum in danger of major injury this year? He pitched so many innings last season and has that violent delivery…What’s the inside word?
Ellen
 
It’s not earth shattering, but it’s a question
 
Tim Lincecum has a very strange delivery. His dad showed him how to pitch when he was a kid. He’s a small guy so his dad tweaked his pitching style to get every little bit of strength as he could out of that little body. Lincecum has pitched so good with that style that his dad wouldn’t let anyone tweak with it. Seems to work, so if it’s broke then don’t try to fix it! There has been no injuries reported for Lincecum, so lets keep our fingers crossed!
 
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I’ve got a question for you, King….

What kind of a season do you expect Barry Zito to have? Has he finally shaken off the pressure from the big contract? Is he healthy? I haven’t been following his career since he joined the Giants, so fill me in please.

Thanks.

Jane/She-Fan
http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

 
I honestly believe Zito is going to have a good year. I mean don’t expect him to be in the running for the Cy Young Award. He knows Tim Lincecum is the man now and the Ace. Plus they have signed Randy Johnson, so Zito isn’t feeling all the pressure anymore. He’s also moving from the Ace of the staff to the #4 starter this season. I think in that 4th spot is really going to help him. He’s not going to be facing other teams Ace’s night in and night out.
 
Zito is going into the season in really good shape. He has had Brian Wilson (the Giants closer) stay with him this off-season. Wilson has had Zito doing his workout and eating right. I’m actually really excited to see how good Zito will be this year.
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Hi King,
 
Here’s my question – the Giants seem to have pinned a lot of hope on Edgar Renteria filling in at SS.  There had been issues about his weight & general physical condition last season in Detroit.  Do you think he can over come those issues and be effective for the Giants?
 
Julia
 
 
I think Edgar Renteria is a good pick up. I think he’s overpaid for this off-season market. He is a decent bat to put in the #2 spot. Renteria is a big upgrade with the bat compared to Omar. He’s not going to make all the great plays that Omar made on “D” but he will make the plays he should make. His range isn’t as good either, but the Giants need offense so that’s why this move was good. I have heard that Edgar is going into spring training in better shape. I guess we have to wait and see when he reports this spring.
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It’s Brian from Fish Bites  I read how the commissioner is debating whether to reinstate Hammerin’ Hank as the home run king. I’m sure as a Giants fan, the organization is upset about this, and I can see why. I guess I’m wondering what your take is as a possible fan of Barry Bonds and since you were lucky enough to watch him for so long.

Hope this idea catches on with the other bloggers.
Brian
http://florida.mlblogs.com/ 

 
I don’t think there is any way he will reinstate Hammerin Hank. He can’t just take away everyone’s stats from this steroid era. Plus no one even really knows who did take steroids during this era. Hank has already came out and said the record is Bonds.
 
Even with all of the steroid issues it was awesome to watch the Home Run Chase! No matter where I was at I knew when Bonds was coming up. I was either in front of a TV or listening to every at bat. A lot of people don’t know this but Bonds just didn’t go up there hacking. He only would swing at strikes. He could be 0-2 and still walk cause pitchers wouldn’t want to come back over the plate. Barry was the man and I’m glad he was playing in this era cause I think it was really a treat to everyone who got to really see him play day and day out.
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-Who will win the N.L. West the Dodgers, D-Backs, the Giants, or whoever gets Manny.
-Where will Manny go?
-What you think about pitcher and catchers reporting (is it overrated, underrated, stupid to have pitchers and catcher be there before position, players etc.)

 
 
It all depends where Manny (he will end up a Dodger) goes as to how the NL West will go. If Manny signs with the Dodgers this is what I think. Dodgers, Giants, D-Backs, Rockies and Padres.
 
If Manny signs with the Giants…. Giants, D-Backs, Dodgers, Rockies and Padres.
 
Now If Manny doesn’t sign with either Giants or Dodgers.  It’s really a toss up with the D-Backs and Giants. I think it will probably be Giants, D-Backs, Dodgers, Rockies and Padres.
 
The Giants already made it known if they are in it they will make a move at the trading deadline. I’m sure this will be enough to win the NL West.
 
I think it’s cool that Pitchers and Catchers report early. Just gets baseball started a little earlier than waiting longer for position players. It’s also cool to see what position players show up early. Just shows who’s committed to the team. I love the smell of Spring Training in the air!
 
 
Thank you for your questions. I would like to do this weekly. Please send me any questions that you would like me to answer for you.
 
~King of Cali