Saturday, April 22, 2017

"I may never be back in the big leagues"

I've been trying to find something to post -- what with Bumgarner's injury. After all, the name of this blog is "Giants Win" and that hasn't happened very much this season -- and found a nice Q and A with Marc Melancon, who found himself sent to the minors five seasons ago.


MLB.com: As far as your own career, you go from the Yankees to the Astros and things go well. Then, you go to Boston. Did you feel your career was getting sidetracked? As far as your own career, I mean you go from the Yankees to Houston, right?
Melancon: Yeah, it was such a weird path for me. You know, I got sent down in 2012 after just a really bad month. That is another part of my career that now I'm so thankful for, because I got put in my place and sent down to Triple-A to where I told myself, 'If I don't really figure it out and get going, I may never be back in the big leagues,' and that was after I'd closed for a year in Houston. I had some success with the Astros. So to get sent out, that time in my life was tough, and it made me so much stronger. If it wouldn't have happened, I don't know if my success would have been the same.
MLB.com: So, instead of a bitterness, there is a thankfulness that you got the wake-up call?
Melancon: It was an unanswered prayer type thing.
MLB.com: Then you go to Pittsburgh and things take off.
Melancon: Pittsburgh was obviously a great part of my career, and a lot of people there helped me. Just a fun three and a half, four years.
MLB.com: Didn't you at one point say you would have liked to stay in Pittsburgh because you felt you owed them something?
Melancon: I definitely felt like I owed them a lot. They gave me so much opportunity, and, you know, the ability to do what I did. It is a great city, great fans and good people in the organization.

MLB.com: When you go out on the free-agent market, you had some conversations with the Rockies?
Melancon: There was definitely some conversation there. I would have liked to see it come down to the wire, but San Francisco was just there for the entire time. Colorado came in a little bit later and said it would like to do something. We just didn't feel like it was as realistic as San Francisco.
MLB.com: You are one guy who has never been afraid to pitch at Coors Field.
Melancon: Growing up in Colorado helped. I didn't know any different. You just don't worry about it.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Whining at the front office

Hey Larry Baer -- did you really think that starting Aaron Hill and Gorkys Hernandez in left and center is a way to win games?

Please go to Bill Johnson and get him to buy a left fielder, OK, not some has-been?

Here's what Zo at Raising Matt Cain wrote yesterday -- 

 
In this short 2 game series, we held Kansas City to 3 runs in 23 innings.  That's decent pitching and defense.  Unfortunately, we could only win 1 of those games.  Boo.
Madison Bumgarner on the hill.  He was far from dominant but seemed to be finding a way to get it done and held Kansas City scoreless though most of his 7 innings.   He had several rough innings, though, and KC pushed a run across in the 5th.  It was enough.  Madison lasted 7, gave up 7 hits, walked 1 and struck out 4.  For the Royals, Jason Vargas was on the hill.  He spent most of the last couple years dealing with Tommy John surgery.  He was only throwing his 3rd start in 2017, but has only given up 1 run in his previous 2 (13 2/3 IP).  After 7 tonight, his ERA is 0.44.  The Giants got 4 hits only.

Gosh, I feel like I typed this before.......not very long ago.......is my mind going?   Oh wait, here's why.  Last time Madison was on the mound, the Giants scored 1 run and lost.  The time before that, the Giants scored 1 run, and lost.  Tonight, they exceeded their previous crappiness, scored none and lost 1 - 0.  That sucks.  Our lineup featured Aaron Hill in left and Gorkys Hernandez in center.  They were hitless.  Should there be a tag that supercedes "anemia offensivia?"  "Offensivia horribilis?"  After a day off tomorrow, they show up in Colorado, where they need to score closer to 1 run an inning, not 1 run every other game.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cain, Bumgarner, Posey

Those are the only three Giants left who were on the 2010, 2012 and 2014 teams. I'm bringing this up because of Cain's great vic last night.

Cain had last won a game on August 6. He's been on the team since 2005. Here's a good story by Barry Bloom of mlb.com --


SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain earned a stay of demotion on Wednesday night in a 6-2 win over the D-backs at AT&T Park, but at this stage of his career, there's no doubt he's going from game to game.
Manager Bruce Bochy admitted there have been ongoing discussions about what the Giants plan to do with the fifth spot in their rotation, but as long as Cain is competitive, he'll remain in that role.
Cain pitched into the sixth inning, allowing one run on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts to win his first game since Aug. 6. Despite it all -- despite the recent seasons filled with arm injuries and disappointment -- he said he doesn't feel like he's pitching to save his job.
"If I'm thinking about that, I'm in the wrong frame of mind, big time," Cain said.
There's no one more to loyal to the guys who won for him than Bochy. Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey are the only players left who played for all three World Series-winning teams in every even year from 2010-14.
Cain, in his 14th season, has the longest tenure of all of them, coming up in 2005 near the end of the Barry Bonds era. That means a lot to the man most people simply call "Boch," who gave a lot of rope to Barry Zito, Tim Lincecum and Jake Peavy before those pitchers reached the end of the line.
"I think it's something that he's earned," Bochy said about Cain. "Look at what he's done for us. We have those championships because of this guy. He's the longest-tenured Giant, and some guys earn a certain thing. I'll go back to Barry Zito. He had his ups and downs, and we stayed with him and he helped us win a World Series there [in 2012].

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Second win of 2017?

Good Lord. What a way to start the season by splitting the first two games, then losing 4 in a row.

Let's Go, Cueto !!!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

First win of 2017

After a horrible opening day, the Giants spanked the Dbacks tonight 8-4; five big innings from Johnny Cueto, followed by 4 shutdown innings from the pen. 15 hits in all. Plus the dodgers got buttkicked, throttled, SHUT OUT by Clayton Richard of the Padres at Chavez Latrine

I've been a fan of Raising (Matt Cain) for many years and now I discover that Jon Parson is posting Vlogs. Here's his take on tonight -Click Here.

Brandon Crawford crushed his first homer -- Click here.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

My fault

I listened to the top of the 9th as the Giants could not get a run home with the bases loaded and one out and then again in the bottom of the ninth when I turned it on and heard the annoying Dbacks score their last two runs. I kept telling myself to turn it off

My bad

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Hwang in the Orange and Black

It looks like Jae-gyun Hwang will be on the Giants opening day roster, per Grant Bisbee of McCovey Chronicles -- 


The award is for the best first-year player at spring training. You're a real Giants fan if you remember all of them

A list of the past winners:
  • 1988 - Joe Kmak, Francisco Melendez
  • 1989 - James Steel
  • 1990 - Eric Gunderson
  • 1991 - Mark Leonard
  • 1992 - John Patterson
  • 1993 - Greg Brummett
  • 1994 - J.R. Phillips
  • 1995 - Joe Rosselli
  • 1996 - Marvin Benard
  • 1997 - Dante Powell
  • 1998 - Russ Ortiz
  • 1999 - Damon Minor
  • 2000 - Ben Weber
  • 2001 - Pedro Feliz
  • 2002 - Felix Escalona
  • 2003 - Jason Ellison
  • 2004 - Brian Dallimore
  • 2005 - Scott Munter
  • 2006 - Derin McMains
  • 2007 - Tim Lincecum
  • 2008 - Brian Bocock
  • 2009 - Joe Martinez
  • 2010 - Darren Ford
  • 2011 - Brandon Belt
  • 2012 - Dan Otero
  • 2013 - Brock Bond
  • 2014 - Mark Minicozzi
  • 2015 - Matt Duffy
  • 2016 - Trevor Brown