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post #3782 of 9651
Bummy's given up 35 hits in his last 4 starts though.
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post #3783 of 9651
It must frustrate the hell out of Vogelsong when he gives up 2 and the Giants cannot score a single run for him. Next day, 8 runs mean.gif.
Not to be that guy, but everybody loves Bumgarner, but Lincecum, Vogelsong and Cain have been better as of late.
Bumgarner 19 runs in last 24 1/3
Vogelsong 8 runs in last 25
Lincecum 1 run in last 30 1/3
Cain 4 runs in last 19 1/3
post #3784 of 9651
i'm surprised bochy is having bumgarner start the first game after the all star break. i understand that he's still on his regular 4 days rest, but its a good spot to get him an extra couple since he can't pitch in the all star game.

i hope hudson doesnt pitch in the all star game either, he could use the rest too.
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With the second "half" of the season about to begin, I am actually pleasantly surprised with the fact that we are right in the middle of things.  Granted, our ridiculous start to the season had a lot to do with that.  But we are right in the middle of things.

 

I would like to quote something that I posted before the season.  Its frustrating (in spite of being in the race), that the issues I thought we would have pre-season are the same issues we are basically having now.  My mid season update is in blue. 
 

We need:

-Posey to have a bounce back year.....He sorta is.  Posey has still been very underwhelming to this point. We dont need MVPosey....just a solid all star caliber season (which he to this point is NOT having).
-Cain to have a bounce back year.....He is not.  He has been pretty bad, sans a few starts.  I said it recently half kidding....but Zito's contract is looking like a steal compared to this one.
-Vogelsong to have a bounce back year....Vogelsong is pitching much better than I expected.
-Lincecum to have a bounce back year.....Lincecum has been amazing recently.  Lets hope it continues, as he like Vogelsong, has exceeded expectations so far.
-Pence to hit how he hit last year.....in spite of a slow start, Pence is Pence.  A rock in this lineup.
-Pablo to stay healthy all year.....he has been healthy, he has just been awful.  Shockingly awful.
-Pagan to return to form after missing most of last year due to injury....Might as well start calling him Angel Bogut.  Huge hole in the order with his injury.
-Hudson to return to form after missing most of last year due to injury....Hudson has been a God send.  Cant imagine the season without him.
-Belt to build on his 2013 second half.....he was starting to, until the injury.  Lets hope he can have a good second half.
-Morse to be more productive than he has been for the past two years....Morse has been better than expected, but has slumped recently.  He is historically a better first half player than second half player...which is worrisome.
-our bullpen to become a strength of our team again.....bullpen was our strength until Romo's implosion.  If Casilla can hold down the closer spot, we should be fine.
-our bench to not be a joke like it was last year.....our bench is a joke....again.

I mean, this entire team is full of question marks. We literally need an overwhelming majority of those things I just listed to happen, or we are in for another tough season. If every one of those things happens, we can be a damn good team. I just wouldnt count on half of those to happen, let alone all of them.

Pumped for the season regardless.

 

Overall, I thought our team would need to have most of our question marks go well for us to be competitive.  So far, I would say less than half of my concerns have not been real concerns.....yet we are just out of first place.  I think we can turn things around and still compete for the division.  If Scutaro can give us anything, and Pagan can come back...thats a start.

 

We have some work cut out for us, but its not impossible. 

 

Here's to a good second half.  Lets go!

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I think Posey will have a better second half than first half.

I also think Cain will have a second half close to the second half he had last year.

I just hope Vogey and Timmy can maintain the pace they've set in the first half (i.e. keep providing innings and keep the ERA about the same).

Bum and Hudson need to reverse this mini slump they've fallen into recently.

The key will be if/how Pagan bounces back, and if we can start getting some production out of second base (whether its Scutaro or via trade).

I think we're gonna have some ups and downs with Morse, Belt, and Sandoval. Panda is going to have a lot of money riding on this second half, I hope he doesn't let that pressure get to him like the start of the season.

LA knows they're fortunate to have a 1 game lead right now, see how they intentionally set up their second half rotation to have their top 3 pitch against us when they come to town next weekend.

Also, other teams in the west would rather see us win the division. Check out the article below.

http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/dodger-report/post/_/id/11298/giants-rivalry-gets-a-jolt-after-the-break?ex_cid=espnapi_public
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Here is that Article
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Giants rivalry gets a jolt after the break

It is fair to say that Miguel Montero is not a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Arizona Diamondbacks catcher, whose locker was – awkwardly – right next to Yasiel Puig’s for two days at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis, is kind of blunt about it.

Montero was asked to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the two teams vying for control of the NL West and, in the middle of his answer, he blurted out, “I don’t know. I really like the Giants a little better than the Dodgers.”


The Dodgers can only hope the rest of the division doesn’t feel that way or, if it does, that those three teams don’t play any harder against them than against the Giants, because their playoff hopes could hang in the balance.

The Dodgers, who lead the Giants by one game, have only 65 games remaining, including 12 head-to-head games with San Francisco, starting July 25 at AT&T Park. The Dodgers have 20 games left against the three other teams in their division, teams they have dominated to climb into first place.

Montero, it should be noted, has a history of bad blood with the Dodgers. Puig collided with him at home plate last season and appeared to glare in his direction afterward, prompting a finger wag from Montero, who criticized Puig to the media. He was in the middle of the teams’ fight at Dodger Stadium in June of 2013.

Montero said he has a fondness for San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy and prefers San Francisco’s style of play to the Dodgers’. He does give the Dodgers an edge over San Francisco in terms of offensive firepower, but would award “intangibles” to the Bay Area team, it’s fair to say.

“They kind of respect the game. They go out there and play the game really hard,” Montero said of the Giants, before gesturing in the direction of some Dodgers' All-Star game lockers. “These guys, too… They’ve got a great pitching staff. One to five, you can’t go wrong and they’ve got a really good offense. I don’t know, I just like the Giants better, just me personally. They’re a sneaky team, quieter.”

With Puig on their team, nobody has called the Dodgers “quiet” lately, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t good. They just haven’t been particularly good when they play the Giants so far, going 3-7 in head-to-head matchups. On the other hand, they have gone 26-10 against the three sub-.500 teams in their division while the Giants have gone just 18-18 against those teams. It’s that disparity, largely, that allowed the Dodgers to make up 10 games in the standings in about four weeks.

But what, exactly, will that dramatic June charge set up? Could this be the great Giants-Dodgers pennant race the teams’ fans have been missing for the last 10 years, or are the Dodgers in the midst of sailing right on by the Giants? Is the balance of power about to swing dramatically in the Giants’ favor once again?

“Baseball is exciting when there are close races. As a competitor you live for that,” said San Francisco’s Hunter Pence. “We’ll see. It can go a lot of different ways. The future is yet to be told, and that’s why we play the games.”

A hot-and-heavy Giants-Dodgers pennant race hasn’t really materialized in 10 years, since Steve Finley’s dramatic grand slam at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers made the playoffs in 2006, 2008, 2009 and last year. They were in the hunt late in 2012, but they were vying with the St. Louis Cardinals for the wild card. The Giants, who had already sewn up the division, eliminated them from playoff contention.

The Giants held dominion over the West in 2010 and 2012 on their way to World Series titles. They were non-factors from 2005 to 2009.

The teams' clashing personalities, equal parts image and reality, have spiced up the rivalry lately. How many times have we heard about the Giants’ chemistry? How many times have we heard about the Dodgers’ payroll or been reminded of Puig's theatrics?

“There are a couple of guys that have exuberant personalities on our squad, but for the most part it’s guys who are quiet and go about their business,” said veteran Giants pitcher Tim Hudson. “The Dodgers… I mean, it’s L.A. It’s an exciting city and they can be an exciting team. It’s just two different kinds of personalities, but two very good clubs.”

The most public display of how differently the teams approach the game came in May, when Puig and Madison Bumgarner exchanged words near home plate after a Puig home run. Apparently, Bumgarner didn’t like Puig’s pace around the bases. The Dodgers were baffled that anyone would take offense, especially since Puig had been far more demonstrative at other times. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called it a “double standard,” and several Dodgers pointed out that Angel Pagan has his own way of celebrating his hits.

“I played back when things would have been frowned upon 10 or 15 years ago, but now, you know what, the style of play guys are bringing to the field every day is relatively accepted,” Hudson said. “You change with the times. I don’t want to be the old-fogey grumpy guy that gets mad when somebody stares at a homer.”

Personalities aside, the teams really aren’t that different in terms of execution. They both rely on stingy starting pitching as their primary defense.

“Just really deep, talented teams all the way through,” was how Arizona’s All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt put it.

The Dodgers are certainly mindful of their remaining games with the Giants. They lined up their pitching rotation out of the break so that Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu would all pitch in San Francisco. That means No. 4 starter Dan Haren, who struggled entering the break, will pitch Friday night in St. Louis.

Maybe it will come down to those games. Or, perhaps one lowly team in the division will get to play spoiler. The Dodgers conclude their season against the Colorado Rockies. The Giants finish up against the San Diego Padres.

“You never know, maybe we can go on a run and get back in it,” Montero said. “If not, hopefully we can screw somebody else.”






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San Francisco Giants Lineup
Pence, RF
Panik, 2B
Posey, C
Sandoval, 3B
Morse, LF
Belt, 1B
Crawford, SS
Blanco, CF
Bumgarner, LHP

Miami Marlins Lineup
Yelich, LF
Lucas, 2B
Stanton, RF
McGehee, 3B
Ozuna, CF
Baker, 1B
Saltalamacchia, C
Hechavarria, SS
Eovaldi, RHP
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What an at bat from Crawford eek.gif
post #3790 of 9651
Glad to see Posey hit one up the middle for an RBI.
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post #3791 of 9651

This is a week's worth of runs.....

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More like two weeks
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post #3793 of 9651
It really just is. We better save some runs for the rest of the series. I hope Belt doesn't end this night as the only hitless Giant. Go Cardinals beat LA!
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I bet Vogelsong is feeling so salty right now and I can't blame him.
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Panik is killing it in the 2 hole today. If we could get some consistency out of him and Scutaro gets back healthy, we've finally got some depth on this team.
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Thread Starter 
San Francisco Giants Lineup
Pence, RF
Panik, 2B
Posey, C
Sandoval, 3B
Morse, LF
Belt, 1B
Crawford, SS
Blanco, CF
Hudson, RHP

Miami Marlins Lineup
Yelich, LF
Valdespin, 2B
Stanton, RF
McGehee, 3B
Jones, 1B
Ozuna, CF
Saltalamacchia, C
Hechavarria, SS
Alvarez, RHP
post #3797 of 9651
Nice pitch Romo.
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post #3798 of 9651
Bum.
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Giancarlo crushed that
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Glad to see the offense in these first few games, hopefully it's more consistent throughout this half.

I'm honestly not sure what to do about Romo but man oh man, his confidence is shot and he looks like trash out there.
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post #3801 of 9651

Let him find himself for a team I don't give a **** about.  Run him out there everyday during the WBC, not during games the Giants need to win.  

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Belt could have a concussion. Baggarly said he got hit during BP when he was looking at SS and the throw came from 2B.
Edited by chris82790 - 7/20/14 at 10:13am
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Thread Starter 
San Francisco Giants Lineup
Pence, RF
Scuatro, 2B
Posey, 1B
Sandoval, 3B
Morse, LF
Sanchez, C
Arias, SS
Blanco, CF
Lincecum, RHP

Miami Marlins Lineup
Yelich, LF
Valdespin, 2B
Stanton, RF
McGehee, 3B
Jones, 1B
Ozuna, CF
Hechavarria, SS
Mathis, C
Hand, LHP
post #3804 of 9651
Lincecum wasn't that sharp today, and was lucky to only give up 3 runs.

The 6-8 spots in the lineup today are just not gonna cut it, they were 0-10 today, while 1-5 spots were 6-19.
post #3805 of 9651
Cain put on the DL with Elbow issue


To fill roster, Giants recall RHP George Kontos and INF Adam Duvall from Triple-A Fresno
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Dan Uggla?  Really?  SMH

 

Good call @JumpmanFromDaBay.  I knew your prediction had merit....I was just hoping you were wrong.

 

I would seriously rather run Panik out there every day.

post #3807 of 9651

uggla was a homerun hitting monster a couple years ago, but dude has completely fizzled out. PEDs?

post #3808 of 9651
Seriously I would run Panik out there as well! Can't hurt to have a little depth on the bench
post #3809 of 9651
Uggla going to Fresno first. Doesn't hurt to take a chance on the guy for a little bit.
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I just wanted us to make a move for Ben Zobrist or Daniel Murphy.....and have Panik as a bench player.  That would help our depth too.

 

"Our second basemen are hitting a combined .180 on the season.  How do we solve that problem?  Sign a guy hitting .161"

 

/briansabeanlogic

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