Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Game Wrap 7/28/2014: Pirates 5 Giants 0

This game was probably over by the time Madison Bumgarner loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the first inning.  The Pirates cashed them all in plus another for good measure.  The offense sputtered against Clayton…..er Vance Worley and the Giants lost their 5'th game in a row, once again doing a faceplant at home after an encouraging road trip.  Key Lines:

Madison Bumgarner- 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.41.  Not much to say about this.  2 walks, 3 singles and 2 SF's in the first, a dinger in the second inning, just a bad first 2 innings.  With the way the Giants offense is hitting, game over!

Vance Worley- 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.54.  Worley had been pitching well going into this one but not THAT well.  When you seen lines like this against a guy like him, you have to think the offense is struggling, or maybe they are NOT struggling!

The Loss left the Giants a full 2 games behind the idle Dodgers in the NL West.

Tim Hudson tries to stop the bleeding against Francisco Liriano in game 2 tonight.


  1. Wow, what a mess this team is! The easy fix is to get Pagan back healthy and everything should go back to normal but that is easier said than done. Since nobody knows if Pagan will be back, I think it is up to Sabes to figure out how to get a guy like Ben Revere or Daniel Murphy who can bat at the top of our lineup and fill one of these gaping holes that Blanco and whatever chump they have playing 2B have left. The Peavy trade will have basically been a huge waste if nothing else is done since we didn't really upgrade anything by acquiring him if Cain doesn't come back.

    We barely did anything to upgrade this team in the offseason which bothered me a bit although they did do the bare minimum in upgrading with Huddy and Morse. I thought then and obviously still think that they should have addressed the depth in case of injuries which were easily predictable (Pagan and Scutaro... who would have guessed!). Not that there were a whole lot of options but even a guy like Nick Punto would be saving our asses right now if he were playing 2B instead of the non-major-league combo of garbage they are shoving down our throats right now.

    So what does this all mean? I think it is decision time and the options aren't great! Option 1 is to go for it and empty out the farm to get a 2B and or CF top of the order bat. If it takes Crick and a few other guys to get Utley, Revere, and Bastardo then do it. That would be a solid shot in the arm for the rest of the season and could get us over the hump. Option 2 is to throw in the towel and start planning for next year. Trade Sandoval and any other pieces and start to rebuild. This option isn't going to be very attractive and unfortunately doesn't guarentee anything for the next few years but at some point the window for winning with the current core is going to close. If it doesn't close this season it will probably be next so they might as well get a jump on it and make their moves.

    I would like to see us go for it and make the trade I suggested above. If you argue that you don't want to deplete the farm then I would argue that none of these guys really have a ligit chance of making an impact at the major league level other than maybe Crick. The rest are long shots and I see no problem using them as trade chips which in all honesty should be our strategy more often than not. If we stand pat and don't make any moves will any of these players step up in the next 2-3 years to become the new core of this team? Let's hold on to a couple of guys like Beede and some of the younger pitchers who are 2-3 years away. This could be our last year with a shot to win for a while and we are still in this thing so let's make some moves sabes!!!

  2. A new petard from Pato, now pro Punto (who's batting .203 across the bay), and opining that none of our farmhands has a legit chance of making an MLB impact, save maybe Crick. Pray, Pato, why would such mediocre farmhands entice GMs from other teams to give up good players for them? If our minor league players are useful trade chips, then they must look promising to expert eyes on other teams; if they look like a bunch of middling maybes, no one's going to want them.

    I agree this team has become a mess, for reasons that are mysterious. The core of our lineup has quit hitting, and nothing, not Murphy or Zobrist or Revere or even Nick Punto, can make up for that, and no wailing about injuries explains it. That means that it's decision time--I agree with Pato!--but without any good evidence to base the decision on. Are the Giants the team they might have been expected to be and were till early June? Or are they the frustrated, frustrating, pack of noodle bats they've been since early June? One thing's for sure: if they are such a fragile group that the substitution of Blanco or Colvin for Pagan, and of Morse for Belt spells disaster, they have been poorly put together.

  3. OK, team! Let's tone it down a bit here. It's OK to have strong opinions but let's not get into name calling and personal insults. I'll hit the button on that stuff!

  4. i said it during the huge losing streak and ill say it here

    this is 73 redux

    and why the heck is uggla not playing golf?