Hey what’s going on Giants fans (or just baseball fans)? The Giants are off to a pretty good start in Spring Training. I know, I know it’s only spring games. They don’t count, but I say we start printing the World Series tickets now! I’m only kidding!!
The few available roster spots are keeping the Giants players focused. Some players have got back into the mix like Kevin Frandsen. He’s back in the mix, because Emmanuel Burriss went down with an injury.
John Bowker is another guy that is trying to show he belongs in the Big Leagues. He done nothing but tear it up in the minor leagues. He just seems to have a brain fart in the pro’s. Like he’s forgot how to hit the ball. He does how some power that the Giants need, so if he can get the bat going. There should be no denying Bowker.
I also have updates on more players from the Giants Camp. Just visit SF Giants Rumors for all the latest SF Giants Rumors. There is even a recent post on how much money Pablo Sandoval and Barry Zito made last year. The kicker to that story is how much they really should have made based off their numbers!
King of Cali
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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
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.
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
This was just released today. Emmanuel Burriss has won the 2nd base job. Kevin Frandsen has been option to Triple-A Fresno. I don’t think anyone really seen this coming. I mean it was starting to become obvious that Burriss would win the job, but no one expected Frandsen to be sent down. It seemed like the loser of the battle would be coming off the bench. Some people think this may be the end of Frandsen with the Giants.
Hot hitting Jesus Guzman was also sent down as well. The Giants just don’t have a spot for him right now. He needs to work on his defense before they can find a spot for him. They are hoping he can go down to Triple-A and continue to hit like he has but also work on his feet work and develop defensively.
~ King of Cali
This is just a recap of a Bruce Bochy interview that was done this morning on KNBR the Giants flagship station. The interview was going to be at 8:30am but didn’t happen till 8:55 which is 5 mins before Murph and Mac are off the air. It was a speedy interview that only lasted like 3 mins if that.
Bochy said he will announce who wins the 2nd base job within the next couple of days. Both players (Burriss & Frandsen) have played well this spring. He will get with both players and let them know before he makes the announcement. He thinks whoever doesn’t win the job will likely be on the bench to help out coming off the bench and will be on the 25 man roster.
Bochy was also asked about guys like Guzman and Torres who have been outstanding this spring. He wouldn’t say any names, but did say he thinks the Giants have multiple non roster guys who have a chance to make the team’s opening day roster. Giants are going to cut 4 guys tomorrow to bring the roster down to 30 players.
~ King of Cali
24 – A. Torres
23 – J. Bowker
22 – S. McClain
57 – K. Frandsen
55 – T. Ishikawa
54 – E. Burriss
15 – A. Torres
12 – E. Velez
11 – E. Burriss
22 – E. Burriss
20 – P. Sandoval
20 – A. Torres
8 – J. Guzman
5 – K. Frandsen
5 – E. Renteria
3 – F. Lewis
2 – A. Torres
2 – E. Velez
5 – T. Ishikawa
4 – J. Guzman
4 – R.. Rohlinger
14 – J. Guzman
11 – B. Molina
11 – R. Rohlinger
AVG (players with more than 20 AB’s)
.455 – A. Torres
.417 – P. Sandoval
.407 – E. Burriss
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
I listened to an interview the other day on KNBR the Giants flagship station. Murph and Mac were interviewing Emmanuel Burriss. Emmanuel Burriss is a
switch hitter. He’s a little more athletic than Kevin Frandsen and Burriss can also play short too. The Giants did want him to be the everyday shortstop but he was making some errors, so they decided to go out and get Edgar Renteria. Burriss is now fighting for the 2nd base job with Kevin Frandsen. Burriss started late at switch hitting. He started in college. He’s been trying to get stronger from the left side. It’s his primary focus to be consistent from the left side this year. He hopes to steal some bases this year if he plays full time.
When asked about the 2nd base battle with Frandsen. Burriss said Kevin and him are good friends and hang out a bunch. They both push each other very hard to help each other. Just to make themselves better and help the team. Burriss came up as a short stop but the Giants moved him to 2nd base. One of his favorite players growing up was Roberto Alomar. Burriss grew up a fan of the Braves, Orioles and liked the Giants cause his dad liked the Giants. Emmanuel Burriss father was a big fan of Willie Mays and Willie McCovey. Burriss introduced his dad to McCovey and said that’s the first time he seen his dad act like a little kid.
~King of Cali
The Giants have two players right now that are battling it out to be the Giants starting 2nd baseman. Emmanuel Burris and Kevin Frandsen are both stepping up to try to win the starting job. Burriss was the projected short stop until he was having fielding problems in winter league. The Giants then decided to go out and get a short stop and have Burriss compete for the 2nd base job with Kevin Frandsen.
Burriss this spring has played 11 games. He’s batting .370, with 10 hits in 27 AB’s.Frandsen is bating .318 with 7 hits in 22 AB’s. He has hit one home run so far, and that’s what the Giants need. They need some home run pop. The Giants do have 19 home runs already this spring. Only 3 players have multiple home runs. Giants infielder Travis Ishikawa is the only projected starter that has multiple home runs. He has 2 home runs in 29 AB’s and is batting .345.
Three veteran players are off to a slow start. Bengie Molina, Aaron Rowand and Randy Winn are still trying to get the rust off. Molina is hitting .261in 23 AB’s and has 1 home run. Rowand is hitting .208 in 24 AB’s with 1 home run. Winn is hitting .077 and has 2 hits in 26 AB’s. He just got his 2nd hit snapping his 1-23 streak. I’m not worried about these three guys. These guys are gamers and will be ready to play when it counts. Randy Winn has been the most reliable Giant the past couple of seasons.
~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