May 22 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Monday, May 22, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 May 22 Moments in San Francisco Giants History.

1968 at Atlanta, complete game 3 hitter by Mike McCormick, but it took a 2 out tiebreaking Willie Mays single in the 9th inning off of Pat Jarvis to give us the 2-1 win.  Mays was 37 in '68, had a 156 OPS+, his best year with the bat since '65.  It's his 14th best season.

1981 at Houston, 14th inning, 2-2, with 2 out Jerry Martin singles home Darrell Evans off of Dave Smith, we go up 3-2. Its Martin's only season in San Francisco, we got him in the offseason from the Cubs for Joe Strain, we'll move him in the offseason to the Royals for Rich Gale and Bill Laskey.

1981 at Houston, same game 4 and a half hours on a Friday night at the Astrodome, 3-3 game in the 15th, bases loaded, two out, Darrell Evans singles home 2 off of Bobby Sprowl, it's our 18th hit of the night and we win it 6-3.

2005 home vs A's, 6th inning, 1 on, 2 out, we trail Oakland 1-0, Moses Alou hits a 2 run homer off of future (mostly awful) Giant Barry Zito.  We win the game 3-1.  It's Alou's 5th Giants homer.

Walk off 2011 home vs. A's, 4-4 in the 11th, Emmanuel Burriss singles home Darren Ford off of Brian Fuentes to win it for the home team.  Burriss came up in '06 and did portions of five seasons as a utility guy.  He left after the 2012 season.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

May 21 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Sunday, May 21, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the Top 5 Moments on May 21 in San Francisco Giants history.

1969 home vs Cardinals, 2-2 in the 8th, 38 year old Willie Mays hits a 2 run homer off Gary Waslewski, we win the game 4-3.  It's homer #592 for Mays.

1972 home vs Braves, after losing the front end of a doubleheader the Giants were 10-25 on the season, we trailed 1-0 with 2 out in the 8th, Bobby Bonds hits a 2 run homer off Ron Reed and those are the last runs scored.  It's the 105th homer of Bonds's career.

2004 at Montreal, down 3-2 in the 7th, Edgardo Alfonzo hits a 2 run double off of Luis Ayala.  We go up 4-3 and win 6-5.  Alfonzo was replacement level in his 3 San Francisco seasons.

2013 home vs. Nationals, down 2-1 with 2 out in the 9th, Gregor Blanco triples home Andres Torres off of Rafael Soriano to the the score.  Blanco got a couple thousand plate appearances, mostly as the 4th OF for the Giants, but started and was worth a couple wins in '13.

Walk off 2013 home vs. Nationals, same game, Pablo Sandoval hits a 2 run homer in the 10th off of Yunesky Maya and we win the game.  Sandoval had two walk off homers as a Giant, the first was four years prior, also off the Nationals.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

May 20 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Saturday, May 20, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 May 20 Moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1971 at Cubs, the Giants were 28-11 with an 8.5 game lead coming in but trailed 6-5 in the 9th inning when Willie McCovey hit a 3 run homer off Earl Stephenson.  We held on 8-7. McCovey's peak ended the year before, his aged 30-32 seasons were the best run of his career, but he still had an OPS+ of 149 in '71. This was his 360th career homer.

1977 at Cardinals, we were already 13.5 out and facing a long slog when we were tied with the Cardinals in the 9th inning, 4-4, 2 on, 2 out, Darrell Evans drove them both home with a double off of Al Hrabosky and we'd win 7-5.  It's Evans's first full season in San Francisco, coming over from the Braves during the '76 campaign.  Through 2016 Evans remains the 23rd greatest San Francisco Giant of all time.

1982 home vs Pirates, 4000 paid on a Thursday afternoon at the Stick, tied at 1, 2 on 2 out in the 8th, Joe Morgan singles off Rod Scurry to score both men and 3-1 was the final score.  Having been able to see Joe Morgan in his two seasons in San Francisco is a benefit of my age.  Morgan was good - particularly this season, when he was 37 years old in '82 he was worth 5+ WAR, it was the 12th best season for a second baseman in Giants organizational history.  We dealt him to the Phillies after the season with Al Holland for Mark Davis and Mike Krukow.

2004 at Chicago, 3-3 with 2 outs in the 10th, Neifi Perez hits a 2 run homer off Joe Borowski and we win 5-3.  Perez was awful in his less than 2 years in San Francisco, he had an OPS+ of 48 in '04, we released him in August and he got picked up by these Cubs.

2011 home vs A's, interleague against our crosstown...not really rivals, honestly, more like just neighbors, at least from the Giants perspective...1-1 in the bottom of the 10th, Aubrey Huff singles home Emmanuel Burriss off of Brian Fuentes and 2-1 is the final score.  Huff was 7th in the NL MVP race in 2010 and he never plays another big league game after 2012.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

May 19 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Friday, May 19, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 May 19 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1963 home vs Phillies, second half of a Sunday doubleheader, Giants in first place, down 3-2 with 2 out in the 5th, Ed Bailey hits a 3 run homer off John Boozer to put us up 5-3.

Walk off 1963 home vs Phillies, same game, it's now tied 5-5, with an out in the 9th Felipe Alou hit the game winning homer off Ryne Duran. In the offseason we'd move both Alou and Bailey in the same deal, to the Brewers for Del Crandall.

1972 home vs Atlanta, the Giants are 9-23 and no one is at the park for this Friday night game (I might have been there.  Was I there?) We were down 5-1 but scored 6 in the 7th, the big blow being a 2 run Garry Maddox double off Pat Jarvis.  We won 7-6.  This is Maddox's rookie year, we drafted him in '68, he came up in '72 and replaced Willie Mays as the starting center fielder.  He was good - through 2016 the 37th best season for a CF in organizational history is Maddox's the following year.  In early '75 we moved him to Philadelphia where he'd spend the rest of his career.

1979 at Atlanta, Giants looking to take both ends of a doubleheader, 2 outs in the top of the 11th, 5-5, a man on - Willie McCovey hits a 2 run homer off of Gene Garber.  We'll win the game 7-6. McCovey's 41 in '79, his last full season.  It's his 507th career homer, he only has 14 left to hit.

1992 home vs Pirates, down 2-1 in the 6th, Will Clark hits a two run homer off Doug Drabek, we go on to win 7-2. Will came up hitting, from a homer off Nolan Ryan in his big league debut in '86 until this to beat Drabek with his 150th career homer.  He had a 148 OPS+ in '92.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

May 18 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Thursday, May 18, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 May 18 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1966 at Dodgers, at 22-10 the Giants were in first place as they played this Wednedsay night game at a sold out Dodger Stadium.  Down 3-2 in the 8th, Hal Lanier tied the score with a base hit off of Claude Osteen to score Don Landrum.  We won 6-4.  Lanier came up through the system, signed when he was 18, became the starting second baseman in '64, could not hit a lick, never hit a lick, got 3700 sub replacement plate appearances as a Giant with an OPS+ of 50.  It wasn't Mays/McCovey/Marichal's fault we never won a World Series, it was all the bums we put next to them.

1974 home vs Padres, Giants down 2-1 with 2 out in the 8th when Mike Phillips hits a 3 run homer of Steve Arlin.  You've gotta be getting tired of reading about Mike Phillips every day.  We win 4-2.  Like Lanier, Phillips was a farmhand, drafted at 18, was a utility guy in '73 and '74, we let him go early in the '75 season.

2005 at Colorado, 2-2 in the ninth, Deivi Cruz continues the May 18th tradition of light hitting middle infielders winning games for the Giants; he triples home Pedro Feliz off of Brian Fuentes and we win 3-2.  Cruz was a replacement level utility infielder for two Giants seasons near the end of his 9 year career.  He hit 3 triples with San Francisco.

2010 at San Diego, 4-4 in the 12th, runners on the corners, it's May 18th, so who wins this's Matt Downs, he doubles everyone home off of Cesar Ramos and we wind up winning the game 7-6.  This broke a seven game losing streak against the Padres. Downs was a light hiting backup infielder who came up through the system, got about 140 Giants plate appearances and would be released about 3 months after winning this game.

2011 at Dodgers, like 45 years prior we're in first place at Dodger Stadium, no banjo hitting utility guy here, just Brian Wilson, with the bases loaded and a 3-1 lead, getting Jamey Carroll to line to right to end the game.  It was Madison Bumgarner's first win of the season.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

May 17 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 May 17 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

Walk off 1961 home vs. Cubs, down 3-2 in the 9th, runners on the corners, Ed Bailey singles home Cepeda off of Don Elson. Two batters later Jim Marshall drew a walk that ended the game. We got Bailey 3 weeks prior from the Reds for Don Blasingame and Bob Schmidt, Bailey hit the ball in '62 and '63, with OPS+ of 121 and 147.  In '65 we traded him to the Braves in February and got him back from the Braves in May. Which is weird.

Walk off 1963 home vs Mets, 3 and a half hours on a Friday night at the Stick, with one out in the 11th Joey Amalfitano homered off of future Giant manager Roger Craig to win it for the good guys.  Amalfitano too a circuitous route to the only walk off homer of his career.  He got 29 plate appearances for New York in '54-55 and then went back down for years, not getting back to the bigs until '60 (we released him entirely and resigned him in the interim).  He's a Giant in '60-'61 but then gets drafted away by the expansion Colt 45s and plays in Houstin in '62 - but wait, wait, we deal for him in the offseason for Manny Mota.  And here he is, nearly a decade after being signed by the New York Giants beating Roger Craig on a Friday night at the Stick.

Walk off 1981 home vs Expos, bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th in a 4-4 game, Jack Clark singles home Mike Sadek off of Steve Ratzer to win it. Clark had a career San Francisco OPS+ of 134, Through 2016 he remains the 15th greatest San Francisco Giant of all time.

1995 home vs Cubs, down 1-0 in the 7th - until Barry Bonds hits a 2 run homer off of Kevin Foster.  That 2-1 lead holds up.  Just another 170 OPS+ season for Bonds in '95. It's an 8+ WAR season for Barry, his 10th best as a Giant.

1997 at Cubs, down 1-0 in the 8th, former Cub Rick Wilkins hits a 3 run homer off of Amaury Telemaco, we win the game 4-1.  We got Wilkins at the deadline in '96 from Houston for Kirt Manwaring and will release him 2 and a half months after this home run.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

At the Quarter Pole - 2017 MLB All Star Teams

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Here is the first build of my selections for the 2017 MLB All Star Teams.

I do this exercise each year at the 40, 60, and finally the 80 game mark, full 34 man all star rosters for both leagues.  Each team represented, 21 position players, 13 pitchers.  

I'm only interested in this season's play, it's an evaluation of the best players so far in 2016. WAR is B-Ref+Davenport, the best WAR number that exists.

I also do this opportunity to make updated predictions.  These are they.

AL East
1. NYY 85
2. Boston 84
3. Baltimore 82
4. Tampa 
5. Toronto 

AL Central
1. Cleveland 92
2. Detroit 82
3. Minnesota 
4. Chicago 
5. Kansas City

AL West
1. Houston 97
2. Seattle 83
3. Texas 
4. LAA 
5. Oakland

NL East
1. Washington 92
2. NYM 81
3. Miami 
4. Atlanta
5. Philadelphia

NL Central
1. Chicago 90
2. St Louis 84
3. Pittsburgh
4. Milwaukee 
5. Cincinnati 

NL West
1. LAD 95
2. Colorado 83
3. Arizona 82
4. SFG 80
5. San Diego


B. Posey SFG 1.85
Y. Grandal LAD 1.55

F.Freeman Atl 2.7-MVP
R.Zimmerman Wash 2.05
J.Votto Cin 1.8
E.Thames Mil 1.7

C.Hernandez Phi 1.4
DJ LeMahieu Col 1.25

Z.Cozart Cin 2.2
C.Owings Ari 1

E.Suarez Cin 2.05
J.Gyorko SD 1.95
K.Bryant Chi 1.7

A.Altherr Phi 1.8
M.Ozuna Mia 1.75
M.Conforto NYM 1.75

C.Blackmon Col 1.2
C.Yelich Mia 1.05

B.Harper Wash 2.45
S.Schebler Cin 1.1

P.Goldschmidt Ari 2.2

M.Leake StL 2.25-MVP
C.Kershaw LAD 2
I.Nova Pit 1.85
Z.Greinke Ar 1.65
G.Gonzalez Wash 1.6
A.Senzatela Col 1.6
G.Cole Pit 1.45
M.Scherzer Wash 1.45
K.Freeland Col 1.3
T.Cahill SD 1

G.Holland Col 1.5
W.Davis Chi 1.45
T.Watson Pit 1.25


B. McCann Hou 1.2
A.Avila Det 1

Y. Alonso Oak 1.45
C.Davis Balt .75

R.Cano Sea 1.55
J.Lowrie Oak 1.05
S.Castro NYY 1.05

E.Andrus Tex 1.5
C.Correa Hou 1.4

M.Sano Min 1.95
E.Longoria TB 1.15

M.Gardner NYY 1.65
J.Upton Det 1.55

M.Trout LAA 3.05
L.Cain KC 1.65
A.Hicks NYY 1.5

A.Judge NYY 2.45
M.Haniger Sea 1.65
A.Garcia CWS 1.6

C.Dickerson TB 1.85
N.Cruz Sea 1.65

C.Sale Bos 2.5
D.Keuchel Hou 2.5
J.Vargas KC 2.4
E.Santana Min 2.3
C.Carrasco Cle 2
D.Bundy Balt 2.15
J.Paxton Sea 1.6
M.Fulmer Det 1.5
Y.Darvish Tex 1.4
M.Stroman Tor 1.4

C.Kimbrel Bos 1.6
A.Miller Cle 1.2
A.Swarzak CWS 1.1

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