Wednesday, March 26, 2014

North By Northwest

Heading home to play games that count... soon. 

Jeremy Affeldt to the DL?  Mano...  Dreamy Dan Runzler has a little opening now, he goes with Hembree, Cordier and The Law up to The City to play the Fightin' A's.  Most likely this cements the Huff-Meister's chance at the 25, and that was already looking good.

My twitter machine tells me that Guillermo Quiroz gets the trip as well.  Hector Sanchez just walked them off (suck it haters), so its most likely the usual Bochy security blanket/jinx deal-i-o.  And check out Big Chris Dominguez getting the invite as well.  Apparently another maligned slugger with huge contact issues, one Jarrett Parker, hit a grand salami today to dead red center.  I am guilty of maligning.  Sorry Jarrett.

In the way of The Law is one JC Gutierrez, who is fighting the good fight.  One of those two have the edge over the long shot of Hembree/Runzler doing something dramatic.  And Juan Perez must have the upper hand, his glove and arm are just too great, he has some good pop to boot.

Giants got through ST pretty OK.  We always have to have a middle infielder, a veteran, earning about 6MM a year, injured.  Its in the by-laws.  And Jeremy Affeldt is injured?  Shocked!  Shocked!

But the Dodgers are holding their breath tonight.  Kershaw has a back flare up, went for an MRI and is scratched.  Hope its nothing.  I really like that Kershaw guy, and I want the Dodgers to be at their best... and then destroy them.

Draft news, it isn't good... well, it is good... but not for the Giants.  TOUKI!  Pitched well...

We can hope for some wildness that scares teams off, drops him down.  But big time players usually make their own luck.  I imagine he will do that.

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  1. I was following along while Kiley McD was live-tweeting out Touki's performance today... the major velocity wasn't there, and the curve was inconsistent... but he said scouts were literally laughing at how dirty that sucker was when he was hitting his spots with it. The dude might not make it out of the top 10, but somebody with legit, legit stuff is going to be there at 14. No doubt about that, my friend! On that note, Mr. Trea Turner hit his 3rd HR in as many games today. He couldn't stay cool forever. There's another guy, pushing the talent farther down as you say.

    Watch out for DLaw to sneak in for that final spot. Affeldt might be a bigger concern than Scooter at this point. At least Marco plays through the pain.

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    1. I don't think that's being very fair to Affeldt. He played through extreme pain (sports hernia, he adjusted his mechanics to minimize the pain, best he could) the last 3-4 seasons, plus the knee is a very important part of the pitching motion.

      Yeah, looks like Law, most probably, though that would leave only one lefty in the bullpen. And I know Law can pitch against both, but there are lefty options like Runzler. Either way, they would need to clear a 40-man spot to do this, and we are at the point where it's going to hurt, though Pavlovic noted Machi's not doing so well, so if he were cut, that would open a spot.

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    2. I was being a bit flippant about Affeldt, didn't really mean anything by it. I'm a big supporter of the Leftys strategy, have been for a long time. Affeldt when he's on, with the curve, is absolute nails, and he is a big part of 2 championships. Further, he stabilized a bad bullpen when they signed him up. He can get you a ground ball double play or a strike out, he can pitch to lefties and righties both, and he came up huge against the Phillies in one of the most dramatic games the French Vanilla ever played, so he's just fine in my book.

      But maybe what CC's saying is that Affeldt is hugely important to the success this year. That I would agree with.

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    3. Ok, Ok... you guys got me. I shouldn't have said that, and I really wasn't trying to take a shot at Affeldt. The point I was trying to get at (and didn't explain at all) is that Affeldt has missed so much time in the past couple years, I wouldn't be shocked at all to see this turn into something more. It always starts out small, then gets bigger and bigger. If a guy is hurt, I don't want him to play if it's going to cost the team. Too much of that went on in 2013. Honestly, I don't know why I threw that last line in there, but it wasn't appropriate. I think I'm getting a little leery of the same certain players always being on the DL...

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    4. The majority of my comment wasn't about Affeldt at all, but the talent being pushed down to the Giants in this year's draft. If the prepsters Touki, Aiken, Gatewood, Jackson and Gettys are all taken 1st round, that only leaves 8 more players before the Giants pick. Add in Rodon, Turner, maybe Hoffman, Beede, Nola, Nick Gordon... we haven't even mentioned Finnegan, Holmes, Reid-Foley... I think the Giants will get someone very good this year.

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    5. Yes, you, Shankbone and DrB has been doing a great job of covering the guys who might be available to the Giants at their 14th pick. I had nothing to say on that because I haven't been following that too closely, so I had nothing I could add to that part of your comment.

      Plus, for me, I don't want to get into all that so early, things can and do change by the time we get close to draft day, and that's a lot more information than I want to know, I'm really just interested in the Giants, though I do compile the mocks in the weeks leading up to the draft, to get an idea of who might be available. It worked with Lincecum and Posey, but none of the other guys were really on the radar (Brown briefly in one mock) other than that comment by Riley on Arroyo.

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    6. Hey, I like a few sarcastic comments here and there, I just don't like it when it gets to be an institution. Nothing you said was inappropriate at all. Fans have a right to be upset about injuries, I'm sure players are extremely frustrated by them. With Affeldt, there was that strange miscommunication with Bochy, there is something a little off there, because the new Giants trainer is a really on his game dude. You see video of him, he's an intense detail oriented coach. I like him a lot.

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  2. Affeldt played thru the pain in 2013, too, and cost his team by being unable to play well through the pain, and too macho/gritty/brave/vain to admit to the pain in the first place. I'm sure games are lost and fans made sullen by players whom slight aches incapacitate, but I suspect that more are lost and more fans moan because of players who go out on the field to do what some injury keeps them from doing well.

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    1. I don't like players playing in pain too, I agree that it can cost games and besides which, I don't want them in pain.

      But I think Affeldt's a little different in this regard. Most of the time, it is stuff that had they DLed, they could rest and it would get better and at least we have a healthy guy around to perform. I would give Durham as the example, he should have been DLed a lot more than he was. But Jeremy had a sports hernia. That requires surgery, and as modern and regular as surgery has become, there is always the risk of death with surgery, as people going in for routine hip or knee replacement surgeries find out to their regret when they die on the table. I would play through pain to avoid surgery too.

      And it was not just 2013. He has pitched through this pain since 2009, from what I've read. And he's been one of the best relievers around most of that time, until 2013, when it finally got to him and he had to do something.

      So at what point was he not to play thru the pain? He had been effective most of the time, particularly once he used that brace, in spite of the pain. And surgery can have complications beyond just death, as Bonds learned with that infection.

      I hate that players play in pain, causing us to lose games either via poor performance or losing a spot on the bench that a useful player could hold, when they could just rest and relax and heal up. But when it comes to surgery, I understand why they would try to avoid it by playing with the pain. Moreover, Affeldt had been very productive even with it for many years, who knows how long he could have continued? It turned out to be 2013 but what if he could have done it for the rest of his career? He couldn't know it until he finally needed to operate. So I would cut him slack on this one.

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    2. I agree, its better for the player to sit out, I know its hard to do, and its also a fine line between being a gamer and a liability. Baseball players do have to play through aches and pains, but if something major effects a pitchers delivery, it'd be better to rest it up.

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    3. Agreed. That was a sad statement on my part campanari. But I do hope this doesn't turn into another debacle with Affeldt. Get healthy, get back on the field and contribute. He (and the team) doesn't need anymore extensive absences.

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    4. To me, Affeldt has been pretty much there for us most seasons, so I don't feel the same way, covechatter. Sure, weird and unusual injuries, but he's been there for the most part. As the saying goes, the season's a long battle, so the main thing is whether he was there when we needed him, at the end of the season. And for the most part, he has been, and particularly so during the playoffs. As another saying goes, I'd rather he get this out of the way now (and hopefully go back to that brace, that seems to do wonders for him mechanically), early in the season, than late.

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    5. Its not how you start its how you finish! Affeldt has come correct when it counts.

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  3. TOUKI! TOUKI!

    Scoots Back POOKIE!, POOKIE!

    Affeldt's Knee DOOKIE! DOOKIE!

    Maybe the Lawman makes it to the Bigs - guy has the funky stuff that works against both RH and LH to replace Affeldt and setup Romo.

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    1. He's coming soon. The Giants are hinting at it huge.

      TOUKI!

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    2. Yeah, with the Affeldt injury, I don't see how this isn't like Belt in 2011, someone shows enough in minors and spring, but there's no space, but then there's injury (and I think followed by another) and Belt gets promoted to the majors and (mostly) hasn't looked back. I don't see how JC gets the shot over Law, once Affeldt returns, somebody gets sent back, and if JC is up, we have to put him through waivers, I assume, whereas right now he's on a minor league contract, and we can just send him there until we really need him (or if he forces the Giants to make the change with stellar pitching).

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  4. Shankbone, according to one of the beats reports (I think Pavlovic's), Bochy said that none of the guys called up for this series are being considered for a 25-man spot. That's probably why Kontos wasn't included, he would get the wrong idea probably, same for Brown.

    Plus, as had been noted in other reports before, they wanted Law to experience the bright lights and have his MLB "debut" with a big crowd, to get that one out of his experiences yet to come, so that it won't be as totally new to him when it comes time to bring him up for good. I think that's true also for Cordier and Dominguez. But Dominguez was a surprise call up, why do they need him, both Belt and Sandoval should be healthy and playing? Or does he play LF?

    Looks like Morse batting 2nd is getting a try with Scutaro gone. And it makes sense in the way JT Snow batting there made sense, Morse in his good season had a .360 OBP, which is good in the spot, speed does nothing if you don't get on base in the first place. I think Crawford would be good there eventually too.

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    1. I'm not sure what they're doing with Big Chris D. His adjustments last year are intriguing. He has a cannon of an arm, its possible he could play all 4 corners.

      Morse is a good hitter when he's healthy. I think he's being very underrated by the pundits. I'm curious how much the Giants can do to limit his defensive liabilities. They didn't put those cameras in for their amusement!

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    2. The Giants have had a history of dealing with LF whose defensive abilities were suspect, whether Bonds in his last years, Freddy Lewis and his serpentine routes, Huff and his buffalo ways, so I expect them to have some plans for minimizing his liability in the field, including the Bonds/Burrell substitution dance in the 6/7 inning.

      And yeah, those cameras are in there for some good reason.

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