Hey Giants fans or fans of at team in the NL West. I recently did a break down of the Giants payroll. The payroll is up 19% from the 2009 payroll. The team hasn’t changed much but there was two additions to the offense (Mark DeRosa & Aubrey Huff) and the rest is raises for all these young guns! See how much Tim Lincecum, Brian Wilson and Matt Cain are making this year.
If you would like to see the article check it out SF Giants Rumors – Show Me The Money!. You can also see the break down of the NL West Payrolls and each teams highest paid player.
~King of Cali
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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 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
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
doing 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
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
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
The Giants had a nice home stand. They swept the Braves and then took 2 out of 3 from the Cardinals. The Giants are really good at home but are horrible on the road. They have to make a statement on this road trip. They start a three game series today with the Nationals. Lincecum is getting the start tonight. Giants fans are hoping he can start the road trip off with a win.
Randy Johnson is going for his #300 win Wednesday night.I’m sure this was the main reason the Giants thought about signing Johnson was to draw fans in to see him win #300 on the road. Chances are he’s going to win it on the road unless he can’t get a win in his next 2 starts.
Tomorrow the Giants players, family and staff are going to get a tour of the White House.
~King of Cali
The Giants got the win with Tim Lincecum on the mound. They have won the first 2 games of the 3 game series with the Braves. Giants fans get your brooms out, cause I’m feeling a series sweep with Randy Johnson on the mound today. This would be the first sweep over the Braves since 2003.
Sandoval will be back in the everyday lineup on Friday against the Cardinals. He will be playing 1st base, so he won’t have to throw as much.
Giants are thinking about making a move for a bat sooner then the trading deadline. Rumors have them linked to Dan Uggla from the Marlins and Nick Johnson from the Nationals right now.
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
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