August 16 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What is this all about?


Here are the top 5 August 16 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1968 at Philadelphia, we're 15 out, tied at 5 with an out in the 9th, Ron Hunt doubles home 2 off of Gary Wagner, we win it 7-5.  Hunt came over from the Dodgers for Haller in the offseason, this was the first of 7 consecutive seasons in which he led the league in being hit by pitches.  In '71, with the Expos, he got hit 50 times.  That's the most since the 19th century and second most is 15 fewer.  No one is ever getting hit 50 times in a season again, even if a team filled with Stricklands pitches to a team filled with Harpers.

Walk off 1987 home vs. Dodgers, on the 5th we were 5 out, but guess what's happening now - we are tied for first place in mid August and hosting LA on a Sunday afternoon (Dravecky beat Fernando with a 4 hitter the day before, which is also pretty good). Mike LaCoss goes 10 innings like he's Marichal, gives up just 3 hits - it's scoreless (Welch was on the other side) with 2 out in the bottom of the 10th, Eddie Milner singles home the winning run off of Tim Leary.  The Reds drafted LaCoss in the third round in '74 out of high school in Visalia (Pete Vukovich and Rance Mulliniks were the best players from the round, we took Alan Wirth out of a Phoenix high school, he pitched 23 games for the A's in the late 70s). The Reds call up LaCoss 4 years later, and at age 22 he's in their rotation. They let him go after four seasons, and after stops in Houston and Kansas City, LaCoss signs with the Giants before the '86 season, he's with us 6 basically replacement level seasons (this is his best, with an ERA+ of 106) and ends his career with us in '91.

2001 home vs. Marlins, a game back in the west but we're up 1 in the wild card, we're looking for our 5th straight win, down 3-2 in the 8th, maybe you heard of him - Barry Bonds hits a 3 run bomb off of Vic Darensbourg and we win it 5-3. It's a 259 OPS+ for the 36 year old Bonds in the year he breaks the single season home run record.  He homered off AJ Burnett earlier in the game, numbers 52-3 on the season and 546-47 for his career.

2004 home vs. Expos, a month ago we were half a game out, 5 days ago it was 8.5, but we've won 4 straight and are 6.5 out of first in the west (and tied for the wild card) about to open 4 at home against Montreal.  5-5 in the 8th, Ricky Ledee pinch singles home the go ahead run off of Chad Cordero, we're gonna win this one 8-5. We got Ledee at the deadline from the Phillies for Felix Rodriguez; he played 34 games for the Giants, and was, to put it politely, as bad as a baseball player could be in those games, 6 hits in 53 at bats, an OPS+ of -7.  He'll be a Dodger next season and finish up with the Mets in '07.

2006 at San Diego, on July 22 we were in first place, we aren't anymore, we're 7.5 back (five out in the wild card) and needing to go on a run. We beat the Padres the night before, this one is a near 4 and a half hour Wednesday night, at 5-5 with 2 out in the 13th, Eliezer Alfonzo singles home the go ahead run off of Alan Embree.  Alfonzo was a 27 year old rookie who got most of the starts behind the plate in '06 as the end came for Mike Matheny. We got Bengie Molina in '07 and that pushed Alfonzo to the bench, Alfonzo signs with the Padres after the '08 season and finishes his career in Colorado in 2011.

See you tomorrow.  I'll be at the park today. Go Giants!

August 15 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

What is this all about?


Here are the top 5 August 15 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1964 home vs. Braves, we're in this one, 4 games out of first, hosting Milwaukee, we're up in the 9th, 8-7, but the Braves have the bases loaded with 1 out, Bob Shaw ends the game by getting Joe Torre to ground into a 6-3 DP to keep us just off the lead. Five years prior, a 26 year old Shaw finished third in the AL Cy Young race with the White Sox, he won 18 games and had a 141 ERA+.  This is his first season as a Giant and his first only coming out of the pen, we got him from these Braves in the offseason in the 6 player deal that sent Felipe Alou to the Braves.  Shaw's best Giants season is '65, he moves into the rotation and has a 137 ERA+. That's the last good year of his career, we send him to the Mets at midseason in '66 and he finishes as a Cub the following season.

1965 home vs. Phillies, we've lost 3 straight and are 3.5 out of first place, this is a Sunday afternoon at the Stick and we score 15 runs. We're down 4-1 in the third, Jim Ray Hart turns it around with a grand slam off of Ray Culp - we win it 15-9. It's Hart's first career grand slam, he's gonna hit two more, one next season and one in '68.

1993 at Chicago, so, here's weird, we've won 4 out of 5, but our lead has dropped from 9 to 7.5 in that span.  Must be a clerical error.  Anyway, we're 39 games over .500 so obviously all is well, 31 combined hits on a Sunday afternoon at Wrigley.  7-7 in the 11th, Barry Bonds hits his second homer of the day, this one off Randy Myers, and we win it 9-7. Barry Bonds had a 206 OPS+ in '93.

How many San Francisco Giants have had a 200 OPS+ (minimum 100 PA)

2004 Bonds 263
2003 Bonds 231
2002 Bonds 268
2001 Bonds 259
1993 Bonds 206
1969 McCovey 209

Walk off 2001 home vs. Marlins, 1 out in the west, half a game up in the wild card, this is game 120 on the season, Russ Ortiz goes 8 2/3, giving up just 5 hits - we only had 3, the final one sent everyone home, it was 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th, John Vander Wal doubled home Jeff Kent off of Vic Darensbourg to win the game.  Vander Wal had a 14 year big league career, most of which as a pinch hitter, backup OF/1B.  He was a Giant for 49 games, he came over at the deadline from the Pirates in the Jason Schmidt trade and had a dead even 100 OPS+ in 167 PA.  This was Vander Wal's 13th Giants game, he played a lot of RF for us down the stretch, at the end of the season, we sent him to the Yankees for Jay Witasick.

2013 at Washington, on July 20th we were 4 1/2 out (we're in it!) and now it's 17.5 (we're dead) on game 120, down 3-1 in the 9th, 2 on, 2 out, 2 strikes - and Hector Sanchez pinch hits a 3 run homer off of Rafael Soriano and we win the game 4-3.  After 5 years as our backup catcher (Giants OPS+ 75) he went to the White Sox and then the Padres.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

3/4 Down - the 2017 MLB Season

Monday, August 14, 2017

120 games gone.  Last build - here are the projections.

AL East
1. Boston 91
2. NYY 86
3. Tampa
4. Baltimore
5. Toronto

AL Central
1. Cleveland 90
2. Minn 82
3. KC 81
4. Det
5. Chi

AL West
1. Hou 99
2. LAA 81
3. Sea
4. Tex
5. Oak

NL East
1. Wash 95
2. Miami 79
3. NYM
4. Atl
5. Phi

NL Central
1. Chicago 87
2. StL 85
3. Milwaukee 81
4. Pitt
5. Cin

NL West
1. LAD 110
2. Ariz 89
3. Col 88
4. SD
5. SFG 66-96

AL Top Players
C G.Sanchez NYY 2.7
1B J.Smoak Tor 3.5
2B J.Altuve Hou 5.95 - MVP
SS A.Simmons LAA 5.8
3B J.Ramirez Cle 3.7
LF J.Upton Det 4.4
CF M.Trout LAA 5.1
RF A.Judge NYY 5.6
DH N.Cruz Sea 3.1
SP C.Sale Bos 5.5 - Cy
SP C.Kluber Cle 4.7
RP C.Kimbrel Bos 3.4

C S.Perez KC 2.4
1B L.Morrison TB 3.1
2B J.Schoop Balt 3.8
SS C.Correa Hou 4.55
3B E.Longoria TB 3.25
LF M.Gonzalez Hou 3.55
CF G.Springer Hou 4.85
RF M.Betts Bos 4.85
DH E.Encarnacion 1.15
SP M.Stroman Tor 4.6
SP E.Santana Min 3.85
RP A.Miller Cle 2.65

NL Top Players
C B.Posey SFG 4.25
1B P.Goldschmidt Ari 6 - MVP
2B D.Murphy Wash 3.9
SS C.Seager LAD 4.8
3B A.Rendon Wash 4.7
LF C.Taylor LAD 4.5
CF C.Blackmon Col 4.6
RF G.Stanton Mia 5.45
SP M.Scherzer Wash 6.1 - Cy
SP J.DeGrom NYM 5.05
RP K.Jansen LAD 3.55    

C JT Realmuto Mia 3.55
1B J.Votto Cin 5.95
2B DJ Lemahieu Col 2.7
SS Z.Cozart Cin Cin 4.4
3B K.Bryant Chi 4.7
LF M.Ozuna Mia 4
CF E.Inciarte Atl 3.25
RF B.Harper Wash 4.5
SP G.Gonzalez Wash 4.95
SP C.Kershaw LAD 4.95
RP B.Hand SD 2.45

August 14 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

What is this all about?


Here are the top 5 August 14 moments in San Francisco Giants history.  All within 11 years.

1963 at Cincinnati,'63 was wild, we were in first place on June 24, 10 out on July 20, and now 4 out at game 119. 32 combined hits in this one, the big one coming at 6-6 in the 10th, Felipe Alou singles home Jim Davenport off Bill Henry, and we are gonna win it 7-6.  Through 2016, Felipe was the 42nd greatest San Francisco Giant of all time.

1968 at Pittsburgh, we're 14 games out, looking for our 5th straight win, Gaylord throws a 10 inning complete game, giving up just 3 hits, walking none and striking out 6.  It was 1-1 in the 10th, Willie McCovey drives in the eventual winning run with a single off of Ron Kline.  Through 2016, Gaylord's the 9th greatest San Francisco Giant of all time, holding off both Cain and Bumgarner with the second most San Francisco WAR for pitchers.

1970 at St Louis, we're 20.5 out and just lost the front half of a doubleheader, we're tied 4-4 in the 10th when Bobby Bonds doubles home the go ahead run off of Tom Hilgendorf.  We win it 5-4.  Through 2016 Bonds remains the 7th greatest San Francisco Giant of all time. He had more Giants WAR than Kent, Cepeda, and Jack Clark.

Walk off 1971 home vs. Mets, we were 9 up when the month started, it's less than 2 weeks later and the lead is cut to 4. A Dick Dietz 9th inning homer off Tug McGraw sent the game into extras - and in the 10th a Jimmy Rosario sac fly off of Charlie Williams won the game.  Rosario played 99 games with the Giants (and only 15 otherwise). He had 18 career RBI.

1974 at Philadelphia, we're 22.5 back, the season's over but we get one here, 4-4 with 2 out in the 9th, Bobby Bonds hits a 2 run shot off Jesus Herrnaiz and we win this one 6-4. Who won the Bonds for Murcer trade?  Bonds only spent a year as a Yankee but had a 5.6 WAR, Murcer had two years as a Giant with 4.4 WAR.

The Yankees then turned Bonds in Mickey Rivers and he had a ton of value, 13.15 WAR in 4 seasons.
We turned Murcer into Bill Madlock, who gave us about 40% of Rivers' WAR (Madlock became a bunch of pitchers, Rivers became Oscar Gamble)

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

August 13 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Sunday, August 13, 2017

What is this all about?


Here are the top 5 August 13 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1968 at Pittsburgh, we've won 3 straight but are 15.5 out and starting a 13 game road trip. Juan Marichal wins his 21st game, throwing a complete game 2 hitter, all of our runs came with one swing of the bat, a 3 run Willie Mays homer off Bob Veale with 2 outs in the 8th that broke a scoreless tie. 325 innings pitched for Marichal in '68, he had one more elite year in '69 and then started his decline. With 60 WAR he's pretty easily the greatest San Francisco pitcher of all time, the conversation starts at who is second best.

1978 at Los Angeles, this is such a great season, the Giants are battling the Dodgers and Reds all year, after a doubleheader sweep of the Cards on May 14 we moved into the lead, for 3 months, all the way until August 11, we were  no worse than tied for first, but two days ago we fell a game out (and in third place) but we beat the Dodgers yesterday and are now tied for the lead.  This is our 8th game against the Dodgers in the last 10 days, we're trying to split them 4-4.  Sunday afternoon at a sold out Chavez Ravine, first place Dodgers - first place Giants in the middle of August and there's no wild card to save you.  This is the best baseball gets.  We go nearly 4 hours. We scored 2 in the top of the 10th - they came back with 2 in the bottom.  6-6 in the 11th, Larry Herndon leads off with a double off of Charlie Hough, Jack Clark drives him home to give us the 7-6 lead, in the bottom of the 11th John Curtis leaves with 2 on and one out, Ed Halicki, making his first relief appearance in 2 seasons, comes in and gets Garvey and Dusty to end the game.  This is the 118th game of the season and we leave Dodger Stadium with a 1 game lead - we lose our next game in Montreal to drop back to a tie and then never spend another day in first again.

Walk off 1987 home vs. Houston, 8 days ago we were 5 out of first - but now we are tied with the Reds, Thursday afternoon at the Stick, a Kevin Mitchell 3 run homer in the 7th gave us a 6-5 lead, now it's 6-6 in the bottom of the 11th inning, and with 2 out he does it again, singling home Robby Thompson off of Rocky Childress to win it 7-6.  Mitch hit the ball, career OPS+ of 142 (it was 151 as a Giant) a 142 OPS+ puts him tied for 62nd all time. Who had better career numbers?

Bonds 182 (3rd)
Mays 156 (tied for 20th)
McCovey 147 (tied for 43rd)

1993 at Chicago, we're 77-38, we have a 9 game lead in the West - sure, there's no Wild Card, but who could possibly need it?  We're gonna live forever.  1-1 with an out in the 5th, Kirt Manwaring homers off Greg Hibbard. We go on to win 4-1. Manwaring spent a decade in San Francisco and was our starting catcher from '92-5. This is his best year with the bat, he had a 91 OPS+ and won his only Gold Glove (and might have deserved it, he had a defensive spike this season also).  Manwaring hit 21 career homers, this was #10 (#9 was 4 days prior). Two of his last four homers will come against us when Manwaring was a Rockie, off Rueter in '98 and Rich Rodriguez in '99.

1996 at Pittsburgh, we're 14 out, so just playing out the string, we've lost 9 games to the lead in the past 5 weeks, down 8-5 in the 8th, Tom Lampkin hit a 2 run double off Dan Plesac to cut it to 1, and in the 8th, Rick Wilkins pinch hit a grand slam off Francisco Cordova and we wind up winning this one 12-10.  Lampkin played in 131 games in two seasons for the Giants, he and Wilkins split time behind the plate in '96, Wilkins played in 118 games in two Giants seasons.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

August 12 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Saturday, August 12, 2017

What is this all about?


Here are the top 5 August 12 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1965 home vs. Pirates, a game out of first and hosting a Thursday doubleheader, 3-3 in the 8th, Matty Alou homers off Don Schwall and we win 4-3.  Jesus also homered in this one (Matty and Felipe homered in the same game 4 years prior) It's Alou's 12th and final career Giants homer, he's dealt to the Pirates after the season.

Walk off 1966 home vs. Astros, we're a game out, but about to start a 15 game homestand, Gaylord against Mike Cuellar, they both throw complete games, Houston gets 3 hits, we get 4, the 4th hit coming in the bottom of the 9th of a scoreless game - Willie Mays homers to send everyone home happy.  35 year old Mays has a 149 OPS+, his lowest in a decade. Mays hit 6 career walk off homers, this was his 5th and it will be 5 years before he hits another.

Walk off 1973 home vs. Mets, we're 8 out, but walked the Mets off the day before and you could see a path to our making it a race down the stretch, we're down 1-0 with 2 out in the 5th, Tito Fuentes hits a 3 run homer off former Giant Ray Sadecki and we win the game 4-1 (Fuentes drove in that one also). It's Fuentes' 33rd career homer, all with the Giants, he only hits one more in San Francisco and then 11 additional homers.

Walk off 2009 home vs. Dodgers, we've lost 2 straight, dropping to 7.5 out in the west, but we're only a game out in the WC. Sold out Wednesday afternoon crowd, Tim Lincecum goes 8 2/3, gives up just 4 hits, but he's out of the game by the bottom of the 10th when, with the score 2-2, Juan Uribe hit a 2 run walk off homer off of Guillermo Mota to win the game. Earlier, Bruce Bochy and Ron Wotus were both ejected and the benches cleared in the 5th. The Giants took Lincecum 10th overall at of Washington in '06 (Longoria went 3rd, Kershaw 7th, Scherzer 11th, we also took Emmanuel Burriss 33rd). Lincecum was in our rotation the following season; the first five seasons of his career ranged from good to great (he led the league in ERA+ in '08 and had a better one in '09; Lincecum's '08 season is the 17th best for a San Francisco starter, his '09 the 27th; he won the Cy Young both seasons. The next four were pretty terrible, Lincecum went from one of the best to one of the worst pitchers in baseball in 2012 and never found it again.  His Giants career ended after 2015, he pitched in 9 games for the Angels in '16 and that was the end of his big league career.

2012 home vs. Rockies, it's game 115, we're a game up in the West, we came into the 8th down 6-4, but tied it at 6 and with 2 out, Hunter Pence hit a 3 run homer off Rafael Betancourt and we win the game 9-6. Pence came over in a deadline deal with the Phillies, this is his 12th game as a Giant and his first Giants home run.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

August 11 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Friday, August 11, 2017

What is this all about?


Here are the top 5 August 11 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1962 home vs. Dodgers, the great 1962 Giants are 74-42 but 4.5 games behind the first place Dodgers, this is a weekend series at the Stick, we took the opener and this is a Saturday afternoon in front of a giant crowd, a McCovey 3 run homer off of Drysdale in the 6th gave us a lead, this is the 9th, we're up by a run but the Dodgers have the tying run on first, nobody out, Frank Howard at the plate - but Stu Miller gets him 6-4-3 and we're gonna win this one 5-4. We sweep them the following day to move 2.5 out of first place.  It's Miller's last season as the Giants closer, as a starter he led MLB in ERA+ back in '58 (155) and was nearly as good as our closer in '61 - but he's 34 this year, has a 93 ERA+ and so you understand why we send him to Baltimore after the season.  It was a mistake, in 5 Orioles seasons he has combined 145 ERA+ and is an effective bullpen arm the remainder of his career.

1974 at Chicago, we're 22.5 out, here's a Sunday doubleheader, a Mike Caldwell complete game gave us a game 1 win, we're down 4-3 with 2 out in the 9th of game 2, Tito Fuentes hits a 2 run single off Dave LaRoche, we win this one 6-4 and get a little bit of joy in a dreary year.  4 years before he would throw 23 complete games for the '78 Brewers, Caldwell was in his first year in San Francisco after being the return from the Padres in the Willie McCovey trade.  And he was terrific in '74, his 130 ERA+ was the second best mark of his career (only behind the aforementioned '78). He collapsed in the two remaining years of his Giants tenure. After the '76 season we sent him, D'Acquisto and Rader to the Cards for Willie Crawford, John Curtis, Vic Harris.  By mid '77 he had been dealt twice more, winding up in Milwaukee where he had an absolutely out of nowhere age 29 season in 1978, finishing second in the Cy Young voting behind Ron Guidry in the season where he won 25 games and had an ERA+ over 200.  Caldwell was good again the following year and then began his decline, retiring after the '84 season.

Walk off 1982 home vs. Braves, on July 30 we were 13.5 games out - but we've won 9 straight, and come into this Wednesday afternoon game only 5 out of first place.  It was all madness.  This was the end of an 8 game homestand, only 22,000 paid despite the scorching run, this is a 3 and a half hour 12 inning game. 6-6 in the 12th, one out - 37 year old Reggie Smith, who just had a heck of a final season in his big league career, hits a game winning 2 run homer off of Carlos Diaz to extend the streak to 10 games and move us 4 out of the lead.  This was the end of the streak, the Dodgers beat us the next day, and by the beginning of September we were 9 games out again and the season was over...or was it... This was Smith's 4th homer in a week, he had 4 career walk offs and 2 were this season as a Giant.  I loved the '82 Giants, what a fun club.  Like the SNL season where they brought in Billy Crystal and Martin Short.

Walk off 2002 home vs. Pirates, we're 7.5 out of the lead - but 1.5 up in the wild card, 4 hours in front of a sold out Pac Bell Park on a Sunday afternoon, 4-4 with an out in the 11th, Ramon Martinez singles home the winning run off of Mike Williams.  We dealt for Martinez out of the Royals system before the '97 season, he came up in '98 and spent 5 seasons as a utilityman, including getting the bulk of the third base plate appearances the year before.  Martinez was okay as a spare piece, he had a 101 OPS+ this year, his last as a Giant, he left for the Cubs in the offseason and would finish his career as a Met in '09.

2005 at Atlanta, we're 8.5 out of first, trying to avoid a sweep by the Braves, down 3-2 in the 7th, Randy Winn hits a 2 run homer off future Giant Tim Hudson and we're gonna win it 5-3. A man described as an obsessive Giants fan was found guilty of phoning in a bomb threat for this game. Let's take a look at his historical recaps. The Marlins drafted Winn 10 years before in the third round out of Santa Clara University (we took Darin Blood ten picks later, he made AAA but no higher and stopped in 2002). The Rays took him from the Marlin syste, in the '97 expansion draft and he came up in '98.  After 5 years in Tampa he went to Seattle (traded for a manager, Lou Pinella) and we got him at the deadline this season for Jesse Foppert and Yorvit Torrealba.  In 58 games with the Giants in '05, Winn played the best baseball of his life, with a 173 OPS+. This was Winn's 9th game with the Giants. He spends 5 seasons in San Francisco, signs with the Yankees after the '09 season and finishes his career in 2010 as a Cardinal.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

August 10 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Thursday, August 10, 2017

What is this all about?


Here are the top 5 August 10 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1959 at St Louis, it's game 111 for the second San Francisco squad and this is the first game of a (wait for it...) 21 game road trip.  We're up a game and a half, it's 2-2 with 2 out in the 9th, Willie Kirkland doubles home Willie Mays off of Ernie Broglio, we go up 3-2 and that's the final score. Kirkland was the starting RF for the first 3 San Francisco teams, this was his best with the bat (116 OPS+). Let's look at the trade.

Kirkland/Antonelli to Cleveland for Kuenn

Kirkland had 2.35 WAR in Cleveland.  Antonelli was done.  -.85.
Kuenn had 2.55 WAR in San Francisco.

No one was great, but the Giants won the deal.

1967 at St Louis, it's game 112, we're 8.5 out, Mike McCormick throws a complete game 6 hitter, we trail 2-1 with 2 out in the 5th, Willie McCovey hits a 3 run homer off Ray Washburn (who no hits us in '68) and we win it 5-2. It's McCormick's Cy Young season, despite only having a 4.65 WAR so it seems unlikely he deserved it.  Jim Bunning finished second, for example and had an 8.05 WAR, so, you know, the writers could have done a better job.

1983 at Atlanta, we're 15.5 back, the season's over, 4-4 in the 9th, 2 out, Darrell Evans hits a 3 run homer off of Terry Forster and we win it 7-4. Career homer 255 for Evans.  Evans used to pound JR Richard, 22 of 61, 1.061 OPS.  On the other hand, Sutton handled him, 22 of 127, 552 OPS.

1986 at Atlanta, back on July 18 we were a game up - now we're 5 back and holding on to the season by our fingertips.  Down 3-2 with 2 out in the 9th, Harry Spilman pinch singles home 2 off of Gene Garber. We win 4-3.  We picked up Spilman in mid June when the Tigers released him. This was his 29th Giants game. Two years and a day later we release him and Spilman ends his career in Houston in '89.

Walk off 1987 home vs. Astros, on August 5 we were 5 out but haven't lost since, and now we're a game out of first and starting a series with Houston on game 113 of the season. We're down 5-4 in the 9th, Candy Maldonado and Will Clark go back to back with homers off Dave Meads to win the game. It's Clark's 36th career home run and his second walk off (the first came two weeks prior, the third comes in less than a month). He hits 4 more during his career, one each in 88,89,92,93. Jim Thome holds the MLB record with 13 career walk off homers.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

August 9 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What is this all about?


Here are the top 5 August 9 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

Walk off 1959 home vs. Reds, this second San Francisco season is fun, close all year, this is game 110 back when it was still a 154 game schedule.  We're a half game up.  Jack Sanford and Don Newcombe both throw complete games; it's 3-3 in the 10th, Orlando Cepeda homers off of Newcombe to win the game.  A 134 OPS+ for the 21 year old Cepeda in '59. It's the 34th best season for a first baseman in San Francisco history through 2016. This is Cepeda's 48th career homer and second walk off.  Cepeda hits 6 career walk offs, all but one with the Giants.

Walk off 1961 home vs. Cubs, we're 9 games out of first place, 5-5 in the 9th, Matty Alou leads off with a homer off of Barney Schultz, Alou's 22, this is his rookie season, it's his 5th career homer (he hits 31 total) it's his first of 3 career walk offs, they all came with the Giants despite his being a much better player in Pittsburgh.

1986 at Atlanta, we were 2 up on July 17...and now we're 5 back. We came into the ninth down 2-1, Mike Aldrete homered (he also tripled earlier) - and then in the tenth Candy Maldonado homered (both off Jeff Dedmon, who, I've been led to believe, should not have worn plaid) and we win it 4-3. It'll be 30 years before another game where we homer in both the 9th and 10th. It's Candy's first year as a Giant, he had a 113 OPS+ as our 4th OF.

Let's analyze all 3 west coast Giants/Dodgers trades.

1968: Dodgers send Ron Hunt/Nate Oliver to Giants for Tom Haller/Frank Kasheta
1985: Dodgers send Candy Maldonado to Giants for Alex Trevino
2007: Dodgers send Mark Sweeney to Giants Travis Denker 

Hunt 10 WAR, Oliver -.7
Haller 10.1 WAR, Kasheta never made it

That's obviously super close, but the Dodgers got the better end.  

Candy 5.8 WAR
Trevino 2.15 WAR

We got that deal. 

Sweeney .6 WAR
Denker never played for the Dodgers.

So, we won 2 of 3, and also got the better end of the aggregate transactions.  This is why they don't trade with us.

1993 home v. Reds, we're up 8.5, cruising through this season, we haven't had a lead smaller than 7 since mid June, we're down 7-6 with 2 out in the 6th, Will Clark triples home 2 off of Johnny Ruffin, we're gonna win this one 10-7. Clark had 47 career triples, 37 of them as a Giant and this is the last one, he has only 25 games left in his Giants career.

1994 at Chicago, we're only 4 games out, having snapped a 6 game losing streak, which would be great, except this turns out to be the second to the last day of the season. Down 2-1 in the 9th, bases loaded, 2 out, Darren Lewis singles home 2 off of Rodney Myers and we're gonna win this game 3-2. 5 Giants seasons for D-Lew after we got him from the A's for Ernie Riles prior to the '91 season, 4 of which as our starting CF. He had a 77 OPS+ as a Giant, which, if you think is insufficient for a starting CF (who most often bat leadoff) then welcome to the life of a Giants fan in the 90s.

Giant CF OPS+ 1990s

1990 Butler 121
1991 McGee 119
1992 Lewis 66/Felder 106
1993 Lewis 71
1994 Lewis 87
1995 Lewis 67/Sanders 112
1996 Benard 80
1997 Hamilton 91
1998 Hamilton 106/Burks 128
1999 Benard 111

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

August 8 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

What is this all about?


Here are the top 5 August 8 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

Walk off 1970 vs. Astros, we're 21 out of first, the season's done, we're down 5-4 in the bottom of the 9th, bases loaded with 1 out --- Willie Mays singles home the tying and winning run off of Jim Ray. Skip Pitlock went for the Giants and hit an inside the park homer in the 5th. It's Pitlock's rookie (and only) season in San Francisco.  We spent the next 3 years in the minors and then sent him to the White Sox. Mays is 39 years old, he's got a 140 ERA+, Mays is worth 4 and a half WAR in 1970, its the 24th best season for a Giants center fielder in franchise history.

Walk off 1982 vs. Astros, on July 30 we were 13.5 games out - but we've won 5 straight and have sliced that deficit to 8 games.  Sunday doubleheader against Houston, this is game 1, we came into the bottom of the 9th down 2-1 and facing former (and future) Giant Bob Knepper.  Kuiper drew a walk, Chili singled him to second, Joe Morgan singled home the tying run, and then Jack Clark won the game with a base hit off of Frank LaCorte.  We also took the second game and moved to 6.5 games back, gaining 7 games in the standings in a little over a week.  Knepper was a high draft pick, we took him in the 2nd round in '72 out of Calistoga High.  The Royals took Dennis Leonard the pick before, the Pirates got John Candelaria 4 picks later. Knepper was 22 when we brought him up in '76 and he joined our rotation the following season.  He's there through 1980, picking up an ERA+ of 96 (Kneppers career year is '78, a 131 ERA+ in 260 innings pitched) we send him to Houston for Enos Cabell prior to the '81 season, he's in the Astros rotation until they release him in the middle of the '89 season - we pick him up for the stretch and he ends his career as a Giant in 1990.

1990 at Houston - on July 24 we were 11 out, we got as close as 3.5 just 4 days before but have lost 3 straight and are back down to 6 out.  4-4 with an out in the 8th, Greg Litton hits a 2 run double off Juan Agosto and we win this one 8-4. Litton was 19 when we took him in the winter draft in '84. He came up in '89 and spent 4 seasons as a utilityman. He had a career 76 OPS+ as a Giant. He left for the Mariners in '93, and finished his career in Boston in '94.

1996 at St Louis, remember mid June? We were a game and a half out and life was filled with promise? We're a dozen games out now, near the bottom of the league, but with the score 3-3 in the 10th, Dave McCarty hit a two run homer off of Dennis Eckersley. We win it 5-3. McCarty was a backup first baseman/outfielder for the duration of his 11 year career.  We got him from the Reds in the Deion Sanders deadline deal in 1995.

Deion Sanders
Dave McCarty
John Roper
Scott Service
Ricky Pickett


Darren Lewis
Mark Portugal
Dave Burba

Who won the Deion Sanders trade? Let's go to the videotape.

Deion played in 52 games with the Giants, hit the ball okay, had a 112 OPS+ which was the second best mark of his career. 1.3 WAR
McCarty was sub replacement in 2 Giants seasons, -.7 WAR.
Service gave us 31 innings and then went back to the Reds the next season, .65 WAR
Roper pitched in 1 inning for the Giants, gave up 3 earned runs.  -.1 WAR
Pickett - never played with the Giants

1.15 WAR total.

DLew played in 58 games for the Reds, was terrible with the bat a 59 OPS+, had a .25 WAR
Burba was in Cincinnati two and a half seasons as a starter, had a 104 ERA+, had a 5.5 WAR
Portugal did a year and a half in the Reds rotation, ERA+ of 107, and a 3.35 WAR

So, the answer is the Reds and pretty easily so.

2016 at Miami. we were 8 up on June 26, that lead is cut to 1 here, we spend 5 and a half hours on a Monday night in Miami, Brandon Crawford ties an NL record with 7 hits the last one coming in the 14th, 7-7, 2 out, 2 on, Crawford singles home Brandon Belt off of Andrew Cashner and we win this one 8-7. Through 2017, Crawford is a lifelong Giant - drafted in '08, up in '11, starter since '12. Through 2016 Crawford was the 28th greatest San Francisco Giant of all time.  He cratered offensively in '17, a 70 OPS+ at the time of this writing.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

August 7 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Monday, August 7, 2017

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Here are the top 5 August 7 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1966 at Cubs, it's game 112, we're trying to avoid getting swept at Wrigley, 17 over .500 and one game off the lead. we're down 2-0 with 2 out in the 3rd, Willie Mays hits a 3 run homer off of Ken Holtzman, we win this one 9-6. It's homer #530 for Mays, 130 still to go.  Mays hit 54 homers at Wrigley.  This is one of 253 go ahead homers Mays hit in his career.

1968 home vs. Phillies, we're 15 out, 3-3 in the 8th, Willie McCovey leads off with a homer off of Dick Hall and that turns out to be the game winner.  This was McCovey's second homer of the game, #259-60 for his career, another 260 still to go. McCovey had 44 multihomer games in his career.  This is one of McCovey's 189 go ahead homers.

1996 home vs. Reds, we're 13 out, we've dropped 4 off the lead since the 28th and are now probably playing out the string. Mark Gardner throws a complete game, gives up 7 hits, the big blow coming at 2-2 in the 3rd, Rick Wilkins singled home the go ahead run off of Keith Jarvis.  We win it 9-2. Gardner was taken in the 8th round of the '85 draft by the Expos (we took Trevor Wilson six spots prior) out of Fresno St, Gardner's in the minors until age 27, but a year later, in 1990, he's in the Expos rotation. From Montreal he goes to Kansas City, from Kansas City to Florida.  This is his first year in San Francisco, where he spends the rest of his career and, as of 2017, is currently a coach. Gardner was serviceable as a back of the rotation starter, career Giants ERA+ of 88 in in just under a thousand innings pitched, most of them in the rotation.  Gardner finished up after the '01 season.

2001 at Cincinnati, on July 25 we were 6.5 games back, but now only one game separates us from first place as we open a series in Cincinnati (and we have a half game WC deficit) it's 3-3 in the 11th inning when Barry Bonds homers off of Danny Graves.  We win it 9-3.  Homer #542 for Bonds, and in this record breaking season, homer #48 on the year. (6 years later on this same date Bonds broke Aaron's career record) Here are all 73 victims.

1. Woody Williams
2. Adam Eaton
3. Jamey Wright
4. Jimmy Haynes
5. David Weathers
6. Terry Adams
7. Chan Ho Park
8. Jimmy Haynes Again
9. Jim Brower
10. Scott Sullivan
11. Manny Aybar
12. Todd Ritchie
13. Jimmy Anderson
14. Bruce Chen
15 Steve Trachsel
16. Chuck Smith
17. He Pitched 8 Games as a Giant 10 Years Prior, Mike Remlinger
18. Odalis Perez
19. Jose Cabrera
20. Jason Marquis
21. Giant for the First 6 Seasons of His Career and Former Bonds Teammate John Burkett
22. Mike Remlinger Again
23. Cowardly Grifter Curt Schilling
24. Russ Springer
25. John Thomson
26. His Old Pirate Teammate Denny Neagle
27. Robert Ellis
28. 4 Innings Later Robert Ellis
29. Shawn Chacon
30. Bobby Jones
31. I Do Not Remember Wascar Serrano
32. Brian Lawrence
33. He Pitched a Total of 11 Games for the Giants in 2 Separate Stints Pat Rapp
34. Lou Pote
35. Mark Mulder
36. 5 Innings Later Mark Mulder
37. Not the Outfielder Adam Eaton
38. Rodney Myers
39. The Late Darryl Kile
40. Paul Abbott
41. Mike Hampton
42. Only One Inning Later Mike Hampton
43. Professional Bigot Curt Schilling
44. Screw You One Inning Later Curt Schilling
45. Brian Anderson
46. Joe Beimel
47. Nelson Figueroa
48. The One on August 7 Against Danny Graves
49. Scott Winchester
50. I Just Remembered Wascar Serrano But He's Not the One Who Gave Up This Homer, That Would Have Been Joe Borowski
51. Ricky Bones
52. AJ Burnett
53. Vic Darensbourg
54. Jason Marquis
55. Graeme Lloyd
56. Kevin Appier
57. John Thomson Again
58. Jason Jennings
59. Miguel Batista
60. Albie Lopez
61. Scott Elarton, 488 Feet, Barry's Longest of the Season
62. 4 Innings Later Scott Elarton
63. Todd Belitz
64. Wade Miller
65. Jason Middlebrook
66. 2 Innings Later Jason Middlebrook
67. Not that James Baldwin
68. Jason Middlebrook Should Have Seen this Coming
69. Chuck McElroy
70. Wilfredo Rodriguez
71. Chan Ho Park
72. 2 Innings Later Chan Ho Park
73. Dennis Springer

2012 at St Louis, it's game 110 on the season and we're 1/2 up in the West, up 4-2 in the 9th, one on, nobody out, Matt Carpenter goes 1-6-3 against Jeremy Affeldt and we're gonna win it 4-2. The 33 year old lefty Affeldt is in the middle of a 7 year 122 ERA+ Giants run.  63 Innings Pitched in '12, his biggest workload since '08 as a Red.

See you tomorrow. Go Giants!

August 6 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Sunday, August 6, 2017

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Here are the top 5 August 6 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1968 home vs. Phillies, we're 16 out, the season's over, 6200 paid at the Stick on a Tuesday night, Gaylord throws a 3 hit complete game, it's 1-1 in the 8th, Bobby Bonds singles home the go ahead run off of Larry Jackson, we go on to win it 4-1.  Through 2016 Perry is the 9th greatest San Francisco Giant of all time.  He spent the first 10 years of his career in San Francisco before we shipped a 33 year old Perry to the Indians for Sam McDowell after the '71 season.  It was a mistake, the best ERA+ season of his career was '72, the second best was '74. Gaylord moved around after leaving Cleveland, his last stop was Kansas City in '83.

Walk off 1982 home vs. Astros, on the 31st we were 13 back but just a week later it's down to 10 (still too many, of course, but we've won 3 straight coming into this one) 8400 paid on a Friday night at the Stick, we're down 6-5 in the bottom of the 9th, Reggie Smith ties it with a homer off Dave Smith and a few batters later Darrell Evans wins it with a run scoring single off of former Giant Randy Moffitt.  Smith earlier homered off of Nolan Ryan and had 4 hits on the night.  Career homers 306-7 for Smith, he hits 7 more in his career.

Walk off 1986 home vs. Reds, On July 20 we were tied for first - but now we're five games back, trying to avoid a sweep from the Reds, we go 14 innings on a Wednesday afternoon at the Stick, Vida goes for the good guys - 8 innings, 3 hits, it ends on a two out Mike Aldrete run scoring pinch single off of Carl Willis in the 14th, we take it 2-1.  Aldrete was a local, from Carmel, went to Stanford, we drafted him in the 7th round in '83.  This is his rookie year, Aldrete backs up at first and the OF and is good, has a 110 OPS+ (the next year's the best of his career, 131 OPS+ in over 400 PA) in '88 he pushes Jeff Leonard out of a job, Aldrete takes over in left, Leonard is sent to Milwaukee during the season, Aldrete's bat doesn't reach those 1987 heights though and he winds up getting dealt after the season to the Expos for Tracy Jones. Aldrete goes on to have a 10 year career in the majors, never again playing a hundred games in a season, never getting another real chance to start.  He finishes his career in '96 as a Yankee.

1993 home vs. Astros, look, it's game 110 and we have an 8.5 game lead - what could possibly go wrong?  We're 73-36 for the love of Pete.  Up 4-3 with 1 out and 2 on in the 9th, Rod Beck strikes out Andujar Cedeno and gets former Giant Kevin Bass to fly to center to end the game. Oakland drafted a 17 year old Beck in the 13th round in '86 out of high school in Van Nuys (the Rangers drafted future Giant Rey Sanchez 8 picks prior). We got him out of their system in '88, he came up in '91 and started closing in '92.  Beck smoked guys in these first couple of years, an ERA+ of 190 in '92 and then 181 in '93. Beck's '93 is the 16th best season for a reliever in franchise history (and '92 is 21st).

2002 home vs. Cubs, it's game 112, on July 21 we were a game out of first - but that was two weeks ago and now the deficit is 7.  We are still 2.5 games up for the WC however, so it's nearing time to turn our attentions to that race.  Starting a homestand against the Cubs on a Tuesday night, we're up 11-10 (having taken the lead in the 8th on a throwing error by the Cubs third baseman - Bill Mueller - that scored 2 runs, a month from now we get Mueller back from Chicago) but they've got the bases loaded with 1 out against Robb Nen - Nen strikes out Alex Gonzalez, then gets Joe Girardi to ground to short to preserve the win.  He's only 32 and he's got a 177 ERA+ but this is the end of Nen's career - he has 14 saves left to earn as a big leaguer.  Here's a tale of two Cubs against Nen - Nen owned Mark Grace, 3 hits in 24 AB, no extra base hits; on the other hand, here's Sammy Sosa - 8 hits in 19 AB, 3 homers and a 1.450 OPS.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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