Tagged: San Francisco Giants

Great Day for MLBtv Mosaic

Great day for baseball.  Some suggestions below.

Check out the ERA’s in the first 2 games. Indeed, Redding (Nat’ls) is the man who surrendered 6 runs to Boston in 1 inning for the Yanks back in 2005. He has a more interesting history than that, however.  Now, about this Saunders fellow (Angels)….

Times – ET

12.10     Nationals @ Mets    
          Probables: Redding (1-2, 2.92) @ Hernandez (6-4, 3.14)

03.55     Tigers @ Angels
          Probables:  Miller (5-3, 3.78)  @  Saunders (4-0, 2.89) 

03.55     Padres @ Houston    
          Probables: Maddux (7-7, 4.19)  @  Oswalt (9-6, 3.80)       

07.10     Yankees @ Orioles    Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know.
          It’s Clemens, & he’s been great, mostly & lately. Yawn.
          Probables: Clemens (3-4, 3.72)  @  Burres (4-4, 4.33)   

07.10     Blue Jays @ Right Sox     Now THIS is a match-up.
          Probables: Halladay (11-4, 4.15) @  Buehrle (7-6, 3.23)

07.10     Cubs @ Reds     2 oddball teams w/ interesting pitchers
          Probables: Marshall (4-4, 3.25) @ Harang (10-2, 3.45)

09.10     Marlins @ Giants     2 good pitchers having off-years?
          Probables: Willis (7-10, 5.15) @ Cain (3-12, 4.02)

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The Overdue Return of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Awards

David Wells Loses His Win Again 6IP, 1ER.             June 26, 2007
San Diego beat the Giants 2-1, but a blown save by, of all people, the very reliever whose retention he had  championed offseason (Scott Linebrink) took away his W.  A tightly-pitched game overall, though Wells gave up an unusually high number of walks (3), for him.   Maybe it is more accurate to describe it as a tightly-managed pitching game, at least by the Padres, who used 6 pitchers to keep the Giants from scoring more than 1 run in 10 innings The 6th was Trevor Hoffman, who earned his 20th save.  Only Zito — who went 8 innings — and Meredith pitched for the Giants, and they kept the Pads to 2 runs in 10.  Not bad, eh?

Ever wonder what it’s like being Doug Balsley, the pitching coach  for Padres’ manager Bud Black?  As pitching coach for the Angels in his previous job, he looked intense and hands-on, if you know what I mean. 

**SPECIAL NOTE**  I have a bad feeling that Andy Pettitte is going to win the YEAH, YEAH, YEAH Award of the year.  Today fit the bill, and I haven’t the heart to explain.  If you can stand it, listen to the game, bad umpire calls and all.  Calls that favored the Yankees, mind you. 

Trachsel–pre NLDS Interview

RARE VIDEO OF EXTENDED STEVE TRACHSEL INTERVIEW before Game 3 of the 2006 NLDS, against his and my own hometown childhood team, the late 70s and early 80s Los Angeles Dodgers, when he rooted against his manager Willie Randolph, who was then 2nd baseman for those foes the New York Yankees. 

Trachsel Workout Day Interview     If this doesn’t work, try the link below:

Trachsel Workout Day Interview     Look under OCTOBER 6 and click.

He has not been to a postseason game at Dodger Stadium since he was 10 or 11, and now he’s working for a recent Yankee on a team that was built in 1962 to fill the hole left in the souls of Brooklyn Dodger Fans, New York Giants Fans too.  The team of orange and blue.  That’s Baseball.     (I miss Mark Gremse.  No question where he would stand on this match-up, though, even if I was his favorite LA Dodger fan.  Oddly, there might be a healing circularity in pulling for Trachsel, who, as a Cub in 1998, knocked out his beloved Giants in that one-game playoff to get to the NLDS.  Two stories go with that, and they are here and here.)

Quick Picks

Keep an eye on these guys, if you like:

A’s: Loaiza, Street   Reds: Claussen, Harang, Womack   Diamondbacks:  Clark   Boston: R. Seanez, Mota (+ Foulke no less!) (Wells says he commits) Beckett, Lowell   Padres: Peavy, Estes, Greene   Tigers: Rogers, Maroth, Robertson, Bonderman, Seay, Inge, Leyland   Cleveland: Sabathia   Rockies:  Fogg   Orioles:  Benson (Bottalico, Yates), Duquette, Mazzone   Mets:  Trachsel, Heilman (+obvious Billy Wagner), Keppinger   Angels: Figgins   Cardinals:  David Eckstein   Cubs:  Eyre, Jacque Jones   Brewers:  Capuano   Tampa Bay:  Marlins:  Girardi   Pirates:  Zach Duke, Ty Wigginton   Phillies:  Rowand (great fielder, does not hit under pressure, though)   Dodgers:  Sele   White Sox:  McCarthy   Rangers:  Benoit, Eaton, Dellucci, Durazo   Royals:  Runelvys Hernandez, McEwing   Astros:  Taveras   Yankees:  Chacon, Small, Wang, Proctor (as a starter), Sturtze, Mendoza, Ron Guidry (Hughes, Cox)

Another Colorado Shawn May Make Good

SHAWN ESTES:  Career 99-89, 4.71       1-year contract with Padres

Most famous for the symbolic payback pitch he threw behind Roger Clemens in 2002 as retribution for the rockets shot at fellow Met Mike Piazza et al over 2 years, Estes is widely assumed to have missed his mark.  Far from it. David Wells himself approved of Estes’ strategic cost-benefit analysis and execution and gave the story some space in his book Perfect I’m Not. He got everything the team wanted: Clemens had to bat at Shea knowing the world was watching his inevitable punishment. Both benches got warned, so Clemens had to stay over the plate and couldn’t hit anyone, even by mistake. Best yet, Estes knocked in one run and later hit a homer, both off Clemens! The Mets won 8-0. Anyone questioning whether Estes stood up for his new team should take note of the fine that Major League Baseball levied on him for his intention to hit. (The fine looked symbolic, too — $750!)   That’s fine with me.

Lest Estes’ numbers look mediocre to you, consider this:  Dusty Baker kept him on his Giants for 7 years, from 1995 to 2001.  In Baker’s first year managing the Cubs in 2003, what uniform was Estes wearing before too long?  Yep, the Cubs.  More to come….

Yankees Pitchers & Catchers!

Pitchers and catchers report  February 16!

First workout is  Feb. 17.

Position players report   Feb. 21.

First full workout is  Feb. 22.

Other team’ reporting dates:  http://springtrainingonline.com/features/reporting_dates.htm

I release a sigh of recognition.  It’s almost that time, again.  But this time, Mark Gremse isn’t here to celebrate with.  Last year this time, he was hopeful that LaTroy Hawkins would be able to help out the Giants, where he’d landed after a rough time with the Cubs.  I bit my lip, didn’t say a word, just smiled and nodded, with my almost invisible eyebrows sneaking into a mild grimace.      

Change of TIME for Gremse Memorial


PLEASE NOTE:
The memorial gathering for Mark Gremse has been postponed to the AFTERNOON of Nov. 19, 3-5pm, so that travellers can attend.  Sophie’s Bar, 507 E. 5th St., NYC, between Avenues A and B.

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