Tagged: Management

Giants & Manny Thoughts!

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.
Up Next
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
mannyramirezparty.jpgnews 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

Giants Take the Series from the Dodgers – April Over!

Now that the first month of Giants baseball is over.  I think the Giants are starting to play some decent ball. The Giants finished 10-10 in April, after a 2-7 start. Giants fans are happy with that. The Giants did have a 0-6 road trip in San Diego and Los Angeles, so to have an 0-6 road trip and still finish the month 10-10 is a good turn around. The Giants are only 3 games behind the Dodgers after the Dodgers hot start.
Giants vs. Dodgers Series
The Giants did win the series with the Dodgers at AT&T Park.  They split the first 2 games but game 3 was a different story with “The Freak” on the mound for the Giants. Lincecum looked like Lincecum again last night. The Dodgers couldn’t get anything going against him until the 8th inning. Bengie Molina was  a double shy of hitting for the cycle. Yes that’s right…that means he did hit a triple! lol =)
Pablo Sandoval did come out of the game in the 4th inning. He had a groin strain and it was reported after the game that it’s not as bad as they thought. They will see how he feels tomorrow when he gets to the ball park. They think he will probably play Friday night against the Rockies. 
Lincecum vs. Ramirez
The match up with Manny Ramirez and Tim Lincecum was exciting to see. Lincecum held Manny in check, but Manny was still able to get some good swing.

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  • 1st     Lineout to right field on a 0-1 pitch.
  • 4th    Flyout to right field on a 1-1 pitch.
  • 6th    Line-drive single to right field on 1-0 pitch
  • 8th    Walked after a 3-1 count. 
Thoughts from Jeremy Affeldt
Wasn’t worried when they got off to a slow start. Thinks they were trying to do to much to early. They have been playing really good baseball the 2nd half of the month. He thinks with the pitching going so well. It’s taking a lot of pressure off of the offense.
Keep the Giants train rolling!

Slow start in April but a strong finish for the Giants. Let’s see if they can keep the train moving in the right direction in May. Go Giants!
~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/Dodgers =(

Okay so I’m pumped to listen to the Giants and Dodgers game today. It’s the Dodgers home opener, so I would love for my Giants to take this game from them. I have my Dodgers friends texting me “Go Dodgers!”. I rushed back from the gym to start the MLB Radio. It’s just about game time. I hear the announcers….. then the radio cuts out! I tried to refresh and sign in and out and nothing! I wasn’t able to get back on to the MLB radio till the top of the 2nd inning.
The Dodgers get on the board in the bottom of the 3rd. Orlando Hudson hits a solo home run. Manny Ramirez then doubles off Johnson. That’s all the Dodgers would get that inning. The Giants did answer back in the top of the 4th inning. Bengie Molina hit a double and scored on a Travis Ishikawa single.
Andre Ethier hit a solo home run off of Randy Johnson. This year so far all of the runs Johnson has given up have been by home runs. He gave up two in his first game against the Brewers and two today against the Dodgers so far. Well I guess I jinxed them, cause they got two more guys on and Rafael Furcal hit a 2 run single. The Dodgers end up getting one more run off of Johnson. Johnson leaves the game in the bottom of the 4th inning with bases loaded. Merkin Valdez comes in to face Martin with bases loaded and Martin his a 2 run single off of him. Score is now 7-1 Dodgers. Oh mannnnnn we (Giants) suck! lol
In the bottom of the 6th inning Orlando Hudson hit a triple, and that gives him the cycle. He’s the first Dodger in 39 years to hit for one, and it’s also the first cycle ever hit at Dodgers Stadium. Okay so about 2 mins after Hudson hits for the cycle and Ramirez walks my friend (Giants fan) texts me “Giants Suck!”. I just text back no sh*t! lol Man I really want to turn this game off and just wait till Wed. when they play again. The only reason I’m not is cause I have some guys on my fantasy team from both teams. Just an FYI my Dodgers players are doing good for my fantasy team. lol Another fyi – Every Dodgers starter has a hit today and Hudson has 4 of them. I’m just hoping the Dodgers use all their hits for the series today. =)
Well I usually leave a Giants Highlights section, but there isn’t any, so I feel sorry for anybody who has a Giants player on their Fantasy team. Here is good news. If you have a Giants starting pitcher on your Fantasy team. Then they didn’t get smacked around today, but you might want to check the box score when it’s their turn to pitch. lol
Man I sound really bitter in this blog. I’m not…well kind of. Just sucks that were playing so bad. I know… I know there is still tons of games left. Okay so as I was writing that last sentence I got good news/bad news. The bad news is the Dodgers hit a 3 run home run to make the score 11-1 now. The good news is my Fantasy got Andre Either hit it and that’s his 2nd home run of the game. lol I guess you  have to take the good with the bad huh? lol
Well the game that would never end has finally ended. The Dodgers bent the Giants over and spanked them for 11 runs. Dodgers win 11-1 over the Giants.
Today In Baseball History
1939 – With apparent muscle loss, especially around his shoulders, Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig goes deep twice in an exhibition game against the Dodgers. The home runs will be the last round trippers the ‘Iron Horse’ will ever hit.
~ King of Cali

Rangers vs Giants (new style) Recap – Today In Baseball History!

Today I decided to listen to the Giants and Rangers but not recap it like I usually do. Just thought I would point out a few highlights from the game. Just figure readers get bored of reading plays from every inning if nothing exciting really happens. Let me know what you guys think of my recap this way.
Texas scored 7 runs, 10 hits and 0 errors. Giants scored 5 runs, 10 hits and 1 error.
Hot hitting Jesus Guzman hit a Pinch Hit home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game and send it to extra innings.
Giants #3 starting pitcher Matt Cain pitched 7 innings. He gave up 4 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk and 8 strike outs. Cain at one point sat down 11 Rangers in a row.
Pablo Sandoval who seems to always have a multi hit game let us down today. He only got 1 hit today. His off day is still a 1-3 day at the plate. =)  
7 Home Runs in the game. 4 home runs for the Rangers and 3 for the Giants. 

Multi Hit Game
The Giants only had 2 players that had a multi hit game. Fred Lewis went 2-4. Juan Uribe went 2-5, 3 RBI’s, 2 runs and hit a 2 run home run in the 3rd inning off of Kris Benson.
Giants Side Notes
Buster Posey has finally left the Giants spring training camp. He will be playing for the San Jose Giants this year. They want him to get a year of catching under his belt in the minors. He will most likely be brought up in Sept. If Molina gets traded you may see Posey up sooner. Posey looks like he’s ready to play in the Majors now, but when you have Molina there you want to make sure Posey isn’t rushed. They want him to get comfortable behind the plate.
Randy Johnson is pleased with his 7 inning performance against their minor league team. Johnson wasn’t overwhelming but was glad he got his work in. Johnson will make his first start of the season on my B-day April 8th! He’s the Giants #2 starter this year.

Giants have 2 more games in Arizona before coming back to San Francisco to face the A’s Thursday night.

Rangers Side Notes

The ex-Giant Omar Vizquel gets a start at 2nd base today for the Rangers.
Catalanotto and Andruw Jones are battling for the final roster spot for the Rangers.
Today In Baseball History
1992 – The White Sox trade Sammy Sosa and pitcher Ken Patterson to the cross-town rival Cubs for slugger George Bell. Sossa will pass Erni Banks as the franchise’s all-time home run leader.
~ King of Cali

Mariners vs. Giants quick recap – Today in Baseball History

Randy Johnson gets the start for the Giants. He gets the Mariners in order in the first inning. In the bottom of the first Pablo Sandoval hit a ball to right field that hasn’t even landed yet. After 1 inning it’s the Giants 1 and the Mariners nothing. In the top of the 2nd inning Balentien hit a home run off of Johnson to tie the game at 1. The Mariners would add another run in the top of the 3rd. On a RBI double by Bentancourt. Molina then throws out Bentancourt trying to steal 3rd base to end the inning.  Tim Lincecum came in to pitch in the top of the 4th inning. No runs for either team till the top of the 7th inning. Balentien hits a sacrifice fly to get an RBI in the 7th off of Tim Lincecum. The score is now Mariners 3 and the Giants 1. The Mariners get another run in the top of the 8th. Moving into the bottom of the 9th. It’s the Mariners 5 and the Giants 1. No real excitement for the Giants in today’s game.  They still couldn’t get anything going in the 9th inning.
Final Totals
Mariners get 5 runs, 7 hits and 0 errors.
Giants get 1 run, 5 hits and 0 errors.
Pablo Sandoval is the only Giants player to have a multi hit game. He had 3 of the Giants 5 hits. Sandoval went 3-4 with 1 RBI and scoring 1 run.
Randy Johnson went 3 innings giving up 3 hits, 2 runs and 1 home run.
Tim Lincecum went 6 innings giving up 4 hits, 3 runs and 1 strike out.
Side Notes
Andres Torres leads all of the National League in Avg this spring and Pablo Sandoval is right behind him.
Today in Baseball History
1990 – Howard Spira is arrested for extorting money from George Steinbrenner The Yankee owner paid Spira $40,000 in January. 
I also wanted to add this one as well. I have never heard of this guy but seems like he would have been a great pitcher.
1963 – On the day he is fitted for his big-league Orioles uniform. Steve Dalkowski pitching in an exhibition against the Yankees feels something pop in his left elbow. The fireballer from New Britain, Connecticut, who once struck out 24 batters in minors, will never appear in a major league game.
~ King of Cali

MLBlogs Latest Leaders Tournament

Today I seen on “The Max” blog. There is a one-on-one tournament set up with the MLBlogs leaders. The first round is almost over. I’m up against “Yankeeology”. I just hope I make it past the first round. I really like reading blogs. Just cool to see different opinions and to debate in good fashion. Well if you haven’t checked out “The Max” blog. You better check it out and see if you’re one of the teams in the tournament. Good luck and good blogging!
ps. VOTE FOR ME!!!! 😉
UPDATE – Tim Lincecum is scratched from making his start today against the Angels. Don’t worry Giants fans. He’s not hurt…. He has the flu.
~King of Cali

Who would you build around?

This is just something I have been thinking about and I’m curious as to what other bloggers think about this. If you could start your with one player. Who would be the guy you would build your team around? Would you start off with a young Ace like Tim Lincecum. Somebody that can start every five days and shut the other team down. Maybe you want a star shortstop like Derek Jeter. Someone that can hit and give you a 100% day in and day out. Maybe you want a centerfielder like Aaron Rowand that goes balls out on defense. You can even go with a monster swinger like Ryan Howard. He can spark your offense and get a ton of RBI’s. There is so many ways you can go with this. I’m just curious to see what bloggers would go with what guys to start a team and build around them. I look forward to your comments.
~King of Cali

Giants vs. Team Japan – Giants Fan Fest video

The first batter Tim Lincecum faced was Ichiro and he got him to ground out to 2nd base. Lincecum then gave up a single and struck out the next 2 batters to end the top of the 1st inning. Randy Winn led the Giants bottom of the first off with a walk. Then on a hit and run Renteria got a hit and go Winn to 3rd base. Pablo Sandoval came up with runners on 1st and 3rd and got a RBI single up the middle to score Winn. Renteria then scored on a fly ball Travis Ishikawa. After one inning the Giants lead 2-0 over Japan. After 2 innings of work. Lincecum has given up 1 hit, 1 walk and has 4 strike outs. In the 3rd inning Lincecum did walk Ichiro Suzuki. Lincecum only pitched 2.1 innings giving up 1 hit, 3 walks and 5 strike outs. He did not allow a run.
Edgar Renteria gave the Giants another run by hitting a solo home run in the top of the 3rd and Pablo Sandoval got his 2nd hit of the game with a double right after Renteria’s home run. Sandoval would come in to score. After 3 innings the Giants lead 4-0. Team Japan did scrape a run in the top of the 4th inning off of Jack Taschner. Japan got another run on the top of the 5th inning, and on the bottom half of the inning the Giants went 3 up and 3 down.
Team Japan got the sticks rolling in the top of the 6th. They got 5 straight hits scoring 4 runs and taking a 6-4 lead. The good news for Giants fans is the runs were scored off of Miller, Ju. I’m not sure who that even is. I have never heard of him and I know he’s not going to make the team at the end of spring training. The Giants bats remained silent in the bottom of the 6th.
The score is still Japan 6 and the Giants 4 at the start of the bottom of the 8th. Bocock got a hit and Sandoval followed him with a walk. Gillaspie enters the game as a pinch runner for Sandoval. Williams does a sacrifice bunt to get the runners over to 3rd and 2nd with one out. McClain then walked to load the bases for Matt Downs. Downs hits a smash to the short stop who makes a diving catch and throws to 3rd base before Bocock could get back. That ends the inning and the score remains 6-4 Team Japan going to the 9th.
The final totals are Team Japan 6 runs on 11 hits and 0 errors. The Giants 4 runs, 8 hits and 1 error.
There was 3 Giants players who had 2 hits each. Renteria went 2-3 with 1 RBI and scoring 2 runs. Renteria did hit his first home run in a Giants uniform. Pablo Sandoval went 2-3 with 1 RBI, scoring 1 run and also getting 1 walk. Emmanuel Burriss went 2-3 with 0 RBI’s, and 0 runs scored.
Ichiro Suzuki went 1-3 with a walk, scored 1 run and had a couple stolen bases.
Here is a video from Giants Fan Fest that I found on youtube.
Today in Baseball History
1933 – After a six year absence, Rogers Hornsby returns to the Cardinals as a player. The ‘Rajah’ was fired as the Cub’s manager last August.
1933 – American League batters this season will be required to wear batting helmets.
~King of Cali