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Kevin Kernan’s version of why the Giants keep  winning in October and other teams don’t

They find a way to win while opponents find a way to lose. That is the Giants way.

Simple aint it..

Looked more like when Yadiar Molina went down and had to be replaced by inferior talent, that hurt the Cards. A close play  at the plate was botched by Tony Cruz and  it cost St Louis their lead. It also  didn’t help  that Matt Adams looks like Brian McCann playing first  base

Throw in Wainwright who just inked a 5 yr for $97M contract is hurt, or we’ll  find out tonight just how hurt, the insiders seem to  think he’s not right, his stats prove them  right

What’s more amazing too me is how no Ace sans Bumgarner had shown up. Price had a good game in a losing effort. Good pitching beats good hitting we all  agree, but apparently you don’t have to spend over $150M and 6 to  10 years to get it

Yusmeiro Petit saved the Giants bacon twice in October. So  far in the play offs 9 innings, 2 hits,  4 BB’s, 11 K’s 0.67 WHIP.

Jeremy Guthrie shut down  the O’s, Jason Vargas pitched to  a 2.38 ERA this has been a bull pen Playoff series so  far, the O’s kept it close with Chen and Gonzalez

I like Lorenzo Cain but Hosmer had a 1.314 OPS in the playoffs

I’m wondering if this is destiny or do  younger players who  still  haven’t been paid do  the small things to  win a ball game more so  then say  the  big money contract guys who  feel they need to  justify the $20M plus salary?

Case in point, Teixeira coming out saying he doesn’t get paid to  hit singles, then you see Lorenzo Cain who is KC’s # 3 hitter  drop  down a bunt early in a game with 2 on and no outs just  to  grab a lead his pitching staff can hold until  the 6th inning then  the 3 headed monster shows up

McCann  trying to justify his $17M per yr constantly hit into  shifts, Cashman flat out missed on Beltran. The Giants outside of Posey, Pence and Panda are no names grinding to  win first and pad stats later

Cashman  and Junior coming out saying they  will never rebuild in NY is the wrong message, KC although they  were expected to  do  this 2 yr’s ago prove them  wrong. In NY they  don’t have to  go  all out in a rebuild, but you can’t keep blocking positions with  secondary contracts that take young players out of contention for 5 to  7 yr’s

Saw where Cain  and Escobar came to KC in the Greinke to Milwaukee deal, still  think they  shouldn’t have tried to  flip Kuroda and Robertson at the dead line? That  2nd place finish meant next to nothing, not that  your getting back  a Cain or Escobar for Robertson and Kuroda but the Angels gave up  for Houston Street

Lindsey, 22, is hitting .247/.323/.400 with 13 doubles, four triples, eight homers, 30 RBI, 50 runs and seven steals in 75 games for Triple-A Salt Lake this season. He was a sandwich pick in the 2010 draft (37th overall) and was ranked as the 93rd best prospect in baseball by Baseball America heading into this season. He has only played second base or DH in the minors.

Rondon is a 20-year-old shortstop who is hitting .327/.362/.418 with 17 doubles, 5 triples, zero homers, 24 RBI, 40 runs and eight steals in High-A.

Alvarez is a 23-year-old right-handed reliever. He has a 0.33 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 27 innings at Double-A this season.

Morris, 22, is a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher who is 5-4 with a 3.27 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 84 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings across Low-A and High-A this season.

Let’s keep  an eye on how Boston proceeds in the off season. Them getting Cespedes a slugger, which is a hard find in this era, for Lester was a genius Big Market GM move. Now if they resign Lester and ink Cespedes or flip him at the deadline for yet  another prospect that’s a lesson in Big Market GMing

Them trading Miller for Eddie Rodriguez a very highly rated pitching prospect is another sting, if they  sign Miller back, and they can  afford both Miller and Lester, plus they have the slugger currency and the top pitching prospect. If Cherington finishes the job pay  attention Junior, if not then Boston is dumber then I’m giving them  credit for

Not giving up sounds good if your in a fox hole, but when your trying to  compete in a new modern baseball  world, it’s half-baked to tote around that antiquated mentality. You think  the Yanks weren’t gonna  not sell out that last week of Jeter’s career if Robertson or Kuroda aren’t here?

I will  say  Robertson imploding did set up the Jeter heroics, so maybe Cashman  and Steinbrenner are geniuses, then again maybe they’re not.

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Written by Sal

October 16, 2014 at 9:35 am

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  1. maybe next yr Buck, talk Angelos into resigning Markakis, and let Miller walk so NY has a shot at him. Cruz will want to get paid he’s history in Baltimore if Angelos continues to cry poverty

    Wade Davis has $8M coming in a team option, Holland gets a raise to close to $10M in arbitration, and best of the 3 Herrera will get an arbitration raise of maybe $1.5M

    $20M in back end relievers for a $100M payroll, something has to give, Davis gets flipped or Glass the owner throws down and keeps the revenue coming in the Royals also have to deal with Shields
    will he wanna get paid or does he give them a discount ?

    go Giants end the St Louis madness


    October 16, 2014 at 9:40 am

  2. I watch Bochy ( a former catcher) and he has an instinct about the game. I’ve watched Girardi for seven years ( a former catcher) and his decision making is predicated by what is in his looseleaf binder.
    Nothing more.
    You’d never hear Bochy refer to Sandoval as “Sandy”—or Bumgarner as “Maddy”—or Posey as “Busty”—or any other of his players by nicknames you would imagine.
    By the way–Noogsie is more than fine—it has been bestowed on me by those who are a helluva lot more worldly, street smart, and “with it” than the jackass who continues to use his little tool to punch holes in new reports of statistical data and insert them into his binder. I can’t stand the guy. And Cashman is neck and neck with him.
    How ironic would it be with the two teams likely going to the World Series are products of the newly created one game Wild Card elimination? If I remember–KC was down to Oakland 7-2 pretty late in the game.


    October 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

  3. Another unhappy customer in the Joey Day Care Fan Club. Noogsie, you and Don B are leading the charge. I don’t hate Joey, I don ‘t think he’s the problem. It goes beyond his pay grade. The problem is the guys sitting in the suites behind home plate. Bad decisions, and antiquated ideas on how to build a team, have put us in the position we find ourselves in today. Water’s coming in from both sides of the boat.


    October 16, 2014 at 10:14 am

  4. hey fellas great takes

    Noogsie pre-dates Joe Blows we’re grandfathered in lol

    amazing how the 89 win team in the AL and the 88 win team in the NL could be the last teams standing, or as Noogsie points out the play in game / WC winners prevail, great point

    Bondsington another salient observation from a man who throws down hard earned money to attend more games then I would ever dream of going to, your a mensch when it comes to being a team player

    and the 1 % has taken over our ball club, time to go to the mattresses

    as pointed out Girardi wants to be everybody’s friend, Bochy is the boss, maybe when more guys that Joe Blows played with leave the roost he might change his style, or get a gig on MLB TV with Al and Harold

    as for the binder, that may never change, he’s front and center on the metric stuff, he should be more front and center on the getting younger stuff, enough with having to deal with complacency because of the large and long guaranteed money awarded for past performances, at least for free agents, home grown guys might be another story, just pick the right guys, or try to anyway, tough to predict anything


    October 16, 2014 at 10:37 am

  5. Bondsie–I respect your opinion–and all others—the front office is a significant part of the problem, I agree.
    Regarding Girardi–and it’s not fair to castigate him for one maneuver—-that said, I will (because it demonstrates his obsession with what has been inserted into his binder, as opposed to a feel for the game.
    It was the first inning of the first games of the year–several years ago against Tampa Bay. CC soup bone on the mound before he went bad. Men on second and third. Joey orders an intentional walk to a righty–to pitch to a lefty. Two outs– and the bases are now loaded. to reiternate–first inning of the season–in Tampa. Boom—Grand Slam. Let your “then” ace pitch the game. Stay the hell out of the way. That’s who he is.


    October 16, 2014 at 10:55 am

  6. I like Chilli but the A’s crashed and burned once Cespedes left, should be interesting to hear what Chili has to say about that.. I blew it off as yes they lost a player with swagger but Cespedes was in a month long slump, / injury?

    He had a .578 OPS, or something close to that in July, plus they had a ton of injuries, and the whole team was slumping, there were some cat calls alluding to Cepedes being an all or nothing type slugger

    I went to their MLB site a lot around the deadline, checked out the comment section, and the media temperature on the matter, for the most part they wanted pitching upgrades first and foremost

    When you make a trade, if it doesn’t hurt, something could be fishy, somebody is injured, or it’s an underperforming albatross contract that your hoping is a change of scenery type player like McCarthy

    So the A’s had to expect to give up something good to get something good back, remember how much it hurt to lose Montero?

    Too bad there wasn’t a place to play Montero, get him back, teach him a new position in the minors, he’s cheap enough, and YS is a better park for him to hit in

    Jack Z will give him back to you for maybe another guy like Monty..18 Wheeler for Monty

    At least Joey Day Care won’t have to nick name Davis, he’s already Chilli…. Chills… Sterling had a really bad call for Prado, it was so wrong, it was funny “ The Prado of the Yankees”


    October 16, 2014 at 1:09 pm

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