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.
- Aubrey Huff
- Mark DeRosa
- Bengie Molina
- Juan Uribe
- 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
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
Contreras gets the start for the White Sox and Zito for the Giants. Torres starts the game off for the Giants with a lead off walk. Emmanuel Burriss then gets a single to set up runners at 1st and 3rd with no outs for Schierholtz. The bases get loaded up by a wild pitch. Schierholtz gets hit in the back. The hot hitting Jesus Guzman cools off in this at bat as he grounds into a run scoring double play. Ishikawa grounds out to end the top of the first. Zito has an easy first inning. He gets the White Sox in order. After 1 inning it’s the Giants 1 and the White Sox 0. Rowand starts the 2nd inning with a ground rule double as the ball bounces over the fence. Rowand didn’t play in yesterday’s game against his former team. Rowand moves up to 3rd base on a pass ball. Juan Uribe gets a RBI single to score Rowand. Uribe would then score on a RBI single by Burriss. Torres and Burriss attempt a double steal but the throw down goes to the shortstop and he throws out Torres at the plate to end the inning. Zito gets Dye to hit a ground ball to 3rd and Guzman makes the play but air mails his throw to first. Thome then gets hit by the pitch to set up runners at 1st and 2nd with no outs for Paul Konerko. White Sox score on a RBI stand up double by Konerko. Thome scores on a RBI single up the middle. Stewart grounds into a double play but Konerko does score on the play. After 2 innings its the tied at 3. No runs for either team in the 3rd inning.
The Giants get on the board in the top of the 4th. Uribe and Frandsen steal 3rd and 2nd. The catcher throws the ball away so Uribe scores on the error. Burriss then gets his 3rd hit of the game with a RBI single scoring Frandsen. After 3 1/2 innings it’s the Giants 5 and the White Sox 3. The Giants and White Sox are held scoreless in the 5th inning. The Giants do score again in the top of the 6th inning. Frandsen scores on a RBI single by Torres. The Giants now have 10 hits and a 6-3 lead over the White Sox. The Giants get 2 runs in the top of the 7th by a Velez hit. Billy Sadler comes in to pitch a scoreless 7th inning. Buster Posey starts the 8th off with a single, but that’s the only action the Giants get in the top of the 8th. White Sox have bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th inning, but still do not manage to get a run across. The Giants score a couple more runs in the top of the 9th. McBryde and Bowker score on a hit by McClain. Brian Wilson is now in to pitch the bottom of the 9th. He is yet to allow a run this spring and he throws up another 0 on the board to continue his perfect spring.
The final totals are Giants 10 runs, 17 hits and 1 error. The White Sox have 3 runs, 7 hits and 2 errors.
The Giants have 3 players who have a multi hit game. Emmanuel Burriss went 3-4 with 2 RBI’s. Juan Uribe went 2-4 with 1 RBI and scored 2 runs. Kevin Frandsen went 2-3 and scored 2 runs.
Zito pitched 6 innings gave up 6 Hits, 3 Runs, 1 ER, 1 BB and 3 SO. Brian Wilson pitched 1 inning and gave up 0 runs on 0 hits and got 1 strike out.
Today in Baseball History
1989– The office of baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth announces MLB is conducting an inquiry into “serious allegations” concerning Reds’ manager Pete Rose and gambling.
~ King of Cali
There was only 1 hit in the first 3 innings. Fred Lewis got that hit. The 2nd hit of the game came in the top of the 4th inning. J Guzman hit a double and scored on a 2 out double by John Bowker. Bowker then scored on a 2 out single by Juan Uribe. Uribe getting his 5th RBI of the spring with that hit.
The Rangers answered right back in the bottom of the 4th by scoring 1 run on 3 hits, and leaving 2 men on base. Top of the 5th Downs hits a double and then Holm’s followed that with a single. Giants then had runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs. Mendoza then struck out Velez and got Frandsen to foul out. Mendoza then struck out Lewis to get out of the inning without allowing a run. Rangers did take the lead in the bottom of the 5th.
Buster Posey hit a RBI double in the top of the 7th to cut the Rangers lead to 4-3. Posey did come in to score on an error, so the Giants added 2 runs on 2 hits to tie the game at 4-4. The Giants scored 1 run on 3 hits and an error in the top of the 8th inning. Downs hit an RBI single scoring Bowker. Andruw Jones pinch hit in the bottom of the 8th and hit a double. He’s getting a lot of playing time for the Rangers right now. They are giving him a chance to try to make the team as a non roster invite. Jones is batting .308 so far this spring. The Giants did add another run in the 9th inning. Giving them a 6-4 lead going into the bottom of the 9th.
The final totals of the game. Giants scored 6 runs on 12 hits and 2 errors. The Rangers scored 4 runs on 9 hits and 2 errors.
There was four Giants players to have a multi hit game. Jesus Guzman went 2-4 and scoring 1 run. John Bowker went 2-3 getting an 1 RBI and scoring 2 runs. Juan Uribe also went 2-3 and did get 1 RBI. Downs also got 2 hits. He went 2-4 with 1 RBI.
Today in Baseball History
1941 – The Dodgers announce their players will begin to wear helmets when batting. The use of the safety headgear will not become mandatory in the National League until 1954 and the AL will follow suit four years later.
~King of Cali
Matt Cain started the game for the Giants. He did give up a home run to Russell Martin. Cain did look good today. His fastball was 90-93 mph, curve was good, but his change up was really impressive per a Phillies scout who was at the game. Pat Misch only pitched 2/3 of an inning and gave up 5 runs on 5 hits.
The Giants blew the most leads last year with their bullpen. That’s why the Giants went out and got Jeremy Affeldt and Bob Howry. They think with the addition of these two guys. The Giants should add a lot more wins this season. Well right after I just wrote that. Jeremy Affeldt gave up 4 runs and 5 hits in the 7th inning. I’m sure that’s not what Giants fans expected to see, but everyone knows it’s Spring Training. Now if this was the end of Spring Training then we would have something to worry about.
Travis Ishikawa went 1-2 with a double and scored a run. He’s starting off hot so far this spring. He doesn’t plan on losing the starting first base job. Pablo Sandoval had an 0-3 day and leaving 4 men on base. Center fielder Aaron Rowand had a home run and went 1-3.
Juan Uribe went 2-3 and hit a 2 run double in the bottom of the 8th to cut into the Dodgers lead. Uribe was picked up to be utility player but he can very well make a push for the starting 2nd base position. As for the 2nd base battle. Kevin Frandsen went 1-1 with a walk, run and RBI. Emmanuel Burris went 1-2.
The Dodgers went on to score 6 runs in the 9th inning against Sergio Romo. The Dodgers couldn’t touch Romo last season. Jon Miller was calling him the Dodger killer. Romo didn’t give up any runs up to them last season. I’m glad it’s only spring training. The final score ended up being 16-7. The Dodgers got 16 runs on 17 hits and 1 error, and the Giants had 7 runs on 12 hits and 1 error.
Just an fyi… I can’t stream the game on the radio cause MLB blocks the stations from streaming it. You must purchase MLB radio for $14.95. I decided to just order it. It gets you every game for the season, so I can listen to other teams when the Giants aren’t playing. I love it! =)
~King of Cali
Henry Schulman from the San Francisco Chronicle has said that he was told the
Giants are not counting on a deal with Crede and expect to move forward with Travis Ishikawa or John Bowker at first base and Pablo Sandoval at third. He also said that Brian Sabean was exploring some trades last week but they didn’t go anywhere.
With the recent signings of Juan Uribe and Rich Aurilia. The Giants have a lot of infielders. Which has me to believe that Sabean must really be trying to work a trade somewhere. I just cant see how they can have Frandsen, Velez and Burriss trying to win the 2nd base job. Then already having Uribe and Aurilia coming off the bench. That’s not even counting the back up outfielders. Schulman doesn’t think the Giants expect to make a deal with Joe Crede.
Schulman also said that if the Giants do get another infielder, Aurilia’s deal contains an “out” clause that would allow him to find another job before spring training is over.
~King of Cali
Alex Rodriguez is the only name to be released from the ’03 steroid testing. He is on a list of
104 players to have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. A-Rod was approached by an SI reporter on Thursday. A-Rod did not want to discuss the test results. He would not say if he tested positive or not for performance enhancing drugs. A-Rod said “You’ll have to talk to the union.” He was asked if there was an expanation for his positive test, and he said “I’m not saying anything.” There were no penalties for positive tests in 2003. I’m sure we will get a lot more information on this in the next couple of days. I will try to keep you updated with information as I get it.
Gordon signs a 1 year contract with the D-Backs
Tom Gordon has signed a 1 year contract with the Arizona. It’s reported that he will earn $500,000 and with bonuses can earn him up to $2.5 million. Gordon hasn’t pitched in a game since July 5th of last season with the Phillies.
Andruw Jones hopes to resurrect his career with the Rangers
SI.com has confirmed that Andruw Jones has signed a 1 year minor league contract with the Rangers. Jones was released by the Dodgers this offseason. He worked out a deal so the Dodgers will release him and still pay him his contract over time. The Rangers signed him for $500,000 plus $1 million in incentives. I really like Jones and hope he has a bounce back year. He’s to young to be on that big of a decline.
Ryan Howard signs a 3 year contract with the Phillies
Well now the Phillies and Ryan Howard can stop all the arbitration stuff. I think this is a great move for the Phillies. They have a legit power hitter locked up with a contract he’s going to be happy with. If he can cut down a lot of his strike out’s, he’s going to be an even better player. He will earn $15 million this season, $19 million next year and $20 million in 2011.
Giants have an offer on the table for Crede and Aurilia
It’s been reported that CBS television on Saturday that the Giants have made an offer to Joe Crede. No specifics on the contract offer have been reported. Crede isn’t that big bat that the Giants need but he’s a good 3rd baseman and has a little pop. It’s just a question if he can stay healthy or not. Maybe that’s what the Giants signed Juan Uribe to back him up like he did last year for the White Sox. The only other team that has been talking about trying to sign Crede has been the Twins.
The Giants have also made an offer to Rich Aurilia for a minor league contract. Aurilia has spent 10 of his 13 big league seasons with the Giants. Brian Sabea said “I think he’s taking the weekend to decide. We hope he comes back.”
I did go to the Giants Fan Fest this weekend and will be blogging about it this week. I also will have pictures of the event in the Fan Fest blog.
~King of Cali