Archive for the ‘San Francisco Giants’ category

NL West reverting to awfulness, like in 2005

June 28, 2008

Remember when all the experts and bloggers, including us, were predicting that the NL West was the best division in baseball? We also predicted the Cardinals to suck too, but we were also wrong. Well, everyone was wrong. To be fair, the Rockies have suffered due to injuries (although Matt Holliday and Troy Tulowitzki are back), the Padres can’t hit, and neither can the Giants, and the Dodgers have suffered by hiring Ned Coletti as their GM. Only the young and inconsistent Diamondbacks are at .500 right now, and Eric Byrnes being injured does not help at all.

Diamondbacks 40 40 .500 24-15 16-25 3-7 Lost 3
Dodgers 37 42 .468 2.5 21-19 16-23 6-4 Won 1
Giants 34 46 .425 6 14-24 20-22 4-6 Lost 2
Rockies 32 48 .400 8 20-19 12-29 4-6 Lost 5
Padres 32 49 .395 8.5 21-24 11-25 1-9 Lost 6

(Copied and pasted from SI.com)

Looks like they all have one thing in common: They are not good on the road, and in the Giants case, the Giants suck more at home and happen to have the best record of everyone in the NL West on the road. A lot of other factors too, but we can call the NL West the “NL Worst” again.

Also, who put money on the thought that Chan Ho Park would be around longer than players like Brad Fullmer and Richard Hidalgo?

My NL all-cheap team

June 26, 2008

In my expertise, the cheaper you are, the uglier you are and the worse it’s going to be. Of course, that’s in my second job, prostution (I am pretty high priced myself). In baseball however, there is not really a correlation. There are some great players making peanuts for cash, and these players are mostly pre-arbitration players.

Jorge Cantu

Jorge Cantu

C Russell Martin – LA Dodgers

This was a tossup between two very good catchers in Brian McCann of the Braves and Russell Martin, in everything. There’s also Geovany Soto, who is very good. But I would go with Martin just because he’s dating Alyssa Milano now, I think, in a trade with Brad Penny. Both are great catchers.

1B Conor Jackson – Arizona Diamondbacks

There are some great, cheap first basemen, like the unhappy Prince Fielder, Joey Votto and James Loney but I’m going with Conor Jackson, as he’s getting on base at a .401 clip, and has always provided consistent play, even though his fielding is somewhat suspect, but the other guys I considered, their fielding is suspect too, and in the case of Loney, his fielding has not developed yet, although I have to admit, I’m not good at analyzing defense. I think CoJack would be my choice though.

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Barry disappointing

April 2, 2008

It was 2002, and Oakland A’s lefty Barry Zito was everybody’s favorite young pitcher, or so it seemed. Zito, a crafty lefty with a big curve ball, won the AL’s Cy Young Award, going 23-5 with a 2.75 ERA. He was just 24 years old and was the poster boy for Billy Beane’s money ball project. Zito’s fast ball topped out in the upper 80’s at best, but with great command and one of the game’s best curve balls, he was able to out think hitters. Zito debuted halfway through the 2000 season at the age of 22 and immediately impressed, putting up a 2.72 ERA in 14 starts. Over his next 6 seasons with the Athletics, Zito topped 200 innings every year. With solid seasons in 2001 and 2002, his first full seasons in the big leagues, Zito appeared to be one of the game’s rising stars. In 2003, Oakland gave him little run support and he finished 14-12. But, upon closer look at his numbers, there was reason for concern. Zito’s strike outs dropped from 205 in 2001 and 182 in 2002, to 146 in 2003. (more…)

Hmmm…

March 18, 2008

Union head Donald Fehr has announced he will investigate why teams chose to pass on Barry Bonds this off season.

Let’s see…

  • An indictment including
    • Four counts of perjury
    • One count of obstruction of justice
  • His skills are dwindling at age 43
  • He is not likable
  • This picture…


All valid reasons to give another guy a chance.

Fehr says union will investigate why no Bonds offers as it examines free agent market (Yahoo! Sports)

Division Preview: NL West

March 11, 2008

What an awesome division, with three of the top four Cy Young finishers (Penny, Webb, and Peavy), and many other talented players, like the guy who should have won rookie of the year (Troy Tulowitzki, not 25 errors per year Ryan Braun). This division will be fun to watch. This is not the NL West of a few years ago where the Padres won with an 81-81 record.

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