Friday, July 29, 2016

GAme Wrap 7/28/2016: Nationals 4 Giants 2

The Giants fell behind early in this one and were never really in it.  Key Lines:

Conor Gillaspie- 2 for 3.  BA= .261.   So, what becomes of Gillaspie now that the Giants have traded for Nunez?  I mean, I assume they did not give up Adalberto Mejia so Nunez could sit on the bench!  Gillaspie is hitting .316 over his last 7 games and .309 over his last 30.  Gillaspie and Nunez have similar power but Nunez is clearly faster and is likely a much better fielder.

Johnny Cueto- 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.63.  Not a terrible line, but when when your lineup depends on moving the line and the line doesn't move, 3 runs is awfully tough to overcome.

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The Loss cut the Giants lead in the NL West to 2 games over the idle Dodgers.

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Jeff Samardzija goes against Max Scherzer tonight in what is a mismatch on paper, not in the Giants favor.

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In addition to the Nunez trade, Josh Osich was placed on the DL with a forearm strain after undergoing an MRI which reportedly showed no structural damage.  Osich seemed to be taken by surprise by the move.  As I have been predicting, LHP Matt Reynolds got the promo from Sacramento to take Osich's place.  Reynolds has been lights out in the minors.  You may remember him from his days with the D'Backs in Arizona.

Joe Panik came off the DL before the game and started at 2B.  Grant Green was sent out to make room.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Scouting the Trade Deadline: Giants Acquire Eduardo Nunez

I have maintained all along that the Giants #1 priority as the 2016 Trade Deadline approached was a hitter who could play either LF or 3B.  They landed the 3B today in Eduardo Nunez.  If that name sounds vaguely familiar, he was once upon a time the replacement at SS for ARod with the Yankees, as unenviable position as their is in baseball.  If you go back and look at Nunez' numbers with the Yankees, he actually played very well.  He just wasn't ARod and the Yankees eventually gave up on him and traded for Didi Gregorius.  Nunez landed in Minnesota, played last year as a reserve IF and found a starting job this year splitting time between SS and 3B.

Nunez can step right in and play 3B for the Giants and give them an upgrade in both power and speed. His batting line so far this season:  .300/.326/.444, 12 HR, 26 SB, 3.6 BB%, 14.2 K% in 391 PA.  He is one of just 3 MLB players to have more than 20 SB's and more than 10 HR's this year.  As you can see he fits perfectly into the Giants hitting model in that he does not walk a lot but he also does not strike out a lot.

Lest you think Nunez is just a flash in the pan, his numbers from last year are .282/.327/.431, 4 HR, 8 SB, 5.9 BB%, 14.2 K% in 204 PA.  His career slash line is .275/.313/.413 in 1635 PA with an average of 11 HR and 33 SB per 600 PA's.   Nunez has 1 year of team control left on his contract although he is arbitration eligible.

The Giants give up Adalberto Mejia.  Who pitched very well early in the season for Richmond and earned a promo to AAA Sacramento where he had a couple of dominant starts and several not so dominant starts.  He was the Giants representative to the international squad for the Futures Game.  I like Mejia as a pitcher.  I hate to see him go, but the Giants are dealing from incredible depth in their minor league pitching which greatly softens the blow and makes this a solid trade for the Giants.

Now, I'm going to start some trouble here.  What do Edwin Escobar, Kendry Flores, Keury Mella and Adalberto Mejia have in common?

Down on the Farm: 7/27/2016

AAA  Reno Aces downed the Sacramento River Cats 7-3:

Ehire Adrianza 3B- 1 for 5, 2B.  BA= .368.
Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .231.
Hunter Pence RF- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .450.
Kelby Tomlinson SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .300.
Clayton Blackburn RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.86.

Pence sure seems ready, but the Giants plan is for him to get 30 AB's before he is activated from the DL which will not happen until after the 4 game series with the Nationals.  Just have to say it sure seems like the Giants could use Pence in the lineup whether his timing is completely down or not.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels outscored the Akron Rubber Ducks 6-5:

CJ Hinojosa SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .289.
Chris Shaw 1B- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .183.
Brandon Bednar 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .304.
Tyler Horan LF- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .251.
Kyle Crick RHP- 6.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 5.27.
Chase Johnson RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(2).  ERA= 3.56.

In his last 3 starts, Cricky has allowed 7 ER in 18.2 IP with 21 K's against 7 BB's for a 3/1 K/BB.  Progress!  Looks like Chase Johnson has moved into the Closer role for Richmond.

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High A  Bakersfield Blaze edged out the San Jose Giants 2-1:

Dylan Davis RF- 4 for 4, 2B.  BA= .303.
Phil Bickford RHP- 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.73.
Pat Young RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.72.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets were idle.

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Short Season  Eugene Emeralds topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 4-1:

Heath Quinn RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .324.
Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .250.
Conner Menez RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 7.20.
Rayan Hernandez RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.50.

Menez makes his first start for S-K after a promo from the AZL.  He allowed 4 runs in his first 2 innings then settled down to shut out Eugene over the next 3 innings.  Hernandez, one of my favorite sleepers in the system, continues to pitch well.

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Rookie AZL  Giants blanked the D'Backs 2-0:

Brandon Van Horn SS- 1 for 3, 3B.  BA= .202.
Caleb Baragar LHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.76.
Sandro Cabrera LHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.38.
David Owen RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(1).  ERA= 0.00.

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DSL  Giants whitewashed the Twins 3-0:

Angeddy Almanzar 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .318.
Francisco Medina 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .262.
Norwith Gudino RHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.33.
Alejandro De La Rosa RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.35.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Game Wrap 7/27/2016: Reds 2 Giants 1

Throughout the first half of the season, the Giants found ways to win with different heroes almost every  game.  So far in the second half, they are finding ways to lose with different goats almost every game.  Today they got a great start from Madison Bumgarner, but were sunk by some sloppy fielding and an almost complete lack of offense.  Key Lines:

Conor Gillaspie- 1 for 3, HR(4).  BA= .250.   You just aren't going to score a lot of runs when your #2, 3 and 4 hitters go a combined 0 for 12.  Add in the 0 for 4 from the leadoff guy and yeah, you get the picture!

Madison Bumgarner- 8 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 2.09.  I think it's time to retire the cained meme and find a new one.  Madison Bumgarner got bummed today!  Bumgarner has a 2.59 ERA over his last 7 starts and has a 2-3 record to show for it. Yup, bumming has replaced caining!

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Dodgers lost to the Rays 3-1 so the Giants lead in the NL West remains at 2.5 games.

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Johnny Cueto tries to get the 4 game series against the Nationals off to a great start tomorrow facing Tanner Roark.

Down on the Farm: 7/25/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats pounded the Reno Aces 12-4:

Ehire Adrianza 3B- 2 for 6.  BA= .429.
Joe Panik 2B- 0 for 3.  BA= .111.
Hunter Pence, RF- 3 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .500.
Kelby Tomlinson SS- 4 for 5, 2B.  BA= .288.
Adalberto Mejia LHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.20.
Matt Reynolds LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

An all Giants rehab lineup here.  Pence looks like he's ready. What's his timetable?  Giants need a lefty reliever?  Reynolds has MLB experience.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels soared over the Akron Rubber Ducks 10-4:

Steven Duggar CF- 2 for 5, BB.  BA= .312.
Christian Arroyo 3B- 3 for 5, 2B, SB(1).  BA= .285.
CJ Hinojosa SS- 3 for 6, 3B.  BA= .282.
Ryder Jones 1B-3B- 3 for 5.  BA= .240.
Hunter Cole RF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .274.
Steven Lerud C- 3 for 5.  BA= .221.
Matt Gage LHP- 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.84.
Carlos Alvarado RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Rodolfo Martinez RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 9.82.

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High A  San Jose Giants cooled off the Bakersfield Blaze 2-1:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 0 for 1, 3 BB, SB(20).  BA= .263.
Dylan Davis RF- 2 for 2, 2B, HR(9), 2 BB.  BA= .276.
Cristian Paulino 2B- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .267.
Jason Forjet RHP- 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.57.

Forjet has games like this that make you think he could be a #4 or 5 MLB starter, but he has not been able to find consistency this year.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets smothered the Greensboro Grasshoppers 3-1:

Matt Winn C- 1 for 3, HR(8), BB.  BA= .223.
Johneshwy Fargas CF- 3 for 4.  BA= .287.
Cory Taylor RHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K's, GO/AO= 9/0.  ERA= 2.40.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.59.
Ryan Koziol RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(3).  ERA= 1.99.

I see 3 unexpected breakout SP's for the Giants this year, Slania, Connolly and Taylor.  Last year it was the Johnsons and Coonrod.  The Johnson's have disappointed this year, but Coonrod has kept it going.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Eugene Emeralds 5-1:

Manuel Geraldo 3B- 3 for 5, 3B.  BA= .273.
Bryan Reynolds CF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .296.
Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 5, 2B.   BA= .319.
Mac Marshall LHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.67.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Geraldo is hitting .333 over his last 10 games.

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Rookie AZL  D'Backs outscored the Giants 8-3:

Mikey Edie CF- 1 for 5, 3B.  BA= .190.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 1 for 3, 3B, SF.  BA= .198.
Robinson Medrano 1B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .196.

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DSL  Giants defeated the Rojos 6-2(game called due to rain after the top of the 9'th inning):

Ismael Munguia CF- 2 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .301.
Jose Rivero SS- 2 for 3, SF.  BA= .253.
Angeddy Almanzar 1B- 1 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .313.
Manuel Figueroa RHP- 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.95.
Eduin Villa RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 7.84.

Munguia is looking like the real deal and Almanzar seems to have some serious power potential.

Game Wrap 7/26/2016: Giants 9 Reds 7

It was 65 degrees with the wind blowing out to CF at gametime, which counts as the annual Cincinnati Heatwave in SF, and balls were once again flying out of the yard.  The Giants were able to keep the line moving enough to build a 9-4 lead and held on for the win.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .257.  Span is hitting .344 over his last 7 games and .273 over his last 15.

Mac Williamson- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .267.  Bochy had enough confidence in Mac to bat him 3'rd in the lineup against the LHP and Mac produced.  He's hitting .427 over his last 7 games, .316 over his last 15 and .284 over his last 30.

Buster Posey- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .289.  Buster is 5 for 9 in his last 3 games.

Brandon Crawford- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .275.  Crawford scuffled on the road trip, but seems to have found his stroke again.

Ramiro Pena- 1 for 2, BB.  BA= .306.  Not sure the Giants want to send Pena anywhere when Tomlinson and Adrianza are done with rehab games.

Conor Gillaspie- 1 for 1.  BA= .248.  Gillaspie might be on the bubble as he has hit just .152 over his last 15 games.

Matt Cain- 1 for 2, HR(1).  BA= .100.  Cainer's blast was a 3 run dinger.  Giants don't win the game without it!

Matt Cain- 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.95.  Still some goferitis, but better than his last start.  Remember Cain was pitching pretty well after a slow start to the season before he pulled the hammy.  I could see him pitching well down the stretch if he can just stay healthy.

Sergio Romo- 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 3.00.  These were the first runs Romo has allowed since coming off the DL on July 4.

Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(22).  ERA= 3.35.  Good thing Casilla was working with a 3 run lead.  Giants need a shutdown closer.  Not sure who fits that bill.  Jeffress and Will Smith from Milwaukee might be the best bet.

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The Dodgers topped the Rays 3-2 so the Giants remain 2.5 games ahead in the NL West.

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Madison Bumgarner tries for a series win today facing Dan Straily in an afternoon game.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Down on the Farm: 7/25/2016

AAA Sacramento River Cats were idle.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Akron Rubber Ducks 2-1:

Duggar(.301), Arroyo(.281), Hinojosa(.266), Moncrief(.257), Cole(.271)- 2 hits each.
Dan Slania RHP- 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.50.
Tyler Mizenko RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.32.
Chase Johnson RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(2).  ERA= 3.64.

First 5 batters in the lineup had 2 hits each but they were all singles.  Big Dan Slania has emerged as a serious SP prospect this season.  Stock is way up!

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High A San Jose Giants extinguished the Bakersfield Blaze 4-1:

Dylan Davis RF- 1 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .262.
Jonah Arenado 1B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .269.
Mark Reyes LHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.26.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.25.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(6).  ERA= 2.13.

Davis has a total of 16 dingers this season between Augusta and SJ.  If he can keep his BA above .240 or so, I see him as a potential Mark Trumbo or Mike Napoli type hitter.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 5-1:

Lucius Fox SS- 1 for 3, BB, Sac, SB(24).  BA= .209
Skyler Ewing 1B- 3 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .239.
Michael Connolly RHP- 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's, GO/AO= 14/2.  ERA= 2.66.
Cesar Yanez RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Ewing has 4 dingers in his last 6 games.  Connolly is having a breakout season!  My man, Cesar Yanez moves from S-K to Augusta.  Kind of a sideways move, but we'll count it as a promo.

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Short Season  Everett Aquasox topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 12-9 in 12 innings:

Manuel Geraldo 3B- 2 for 7.  BA= .261.
Bryan Reynolds CF- 2 for 7, 2B, 3B.  BA= .286.
Heath Quinn RF- 1 for 6, HR(3), BB.  BA= .320.
Ashford Fulmer DH- 2 for 4, 2 HBP.  BA= .330.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 3 for 6, HR(2).  BA= .278.
Kevin Rivera 2B- 1 for 4, 2 BB.  BA= .317.
Matt Krook LHP- 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.88.

Ryan Kirby is a sleeper out of the 2016 draft.

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Rookie AZL  Giants were idle.

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DSL  Giants outscored the Rojos 7-6:

Wascar De Leon DH- 1 for 4, BB, SB(2).  BA= .257.
Diego Rincones RF- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .270.
Francisco Medina 3B- 3 for 4.  BA= .263.
Orleny Quiroz RHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= .236.

Love the name Wascar for a ballplayer!