Friday, April 20, 2018

Down on the Farm: 4/19/2018

AAA  Salt Lake City Bees outscored the Sacramento River Cats by a field goal 10-7:

Alen Hanson 2B- 4 for 5, 2 2B, 1 3B.  BA= .463.
Austin Slater RF- 2 for 4, 2B, 3B, SF.  BA= .433.
Ryder Jones 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .244.
Hector Sanchez C- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .296.
Jose Valdez RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.00.

Mac Williamson did not play. Is that a sign he could be on his way to Anaheim?  Gotta wonder if Austin Slater could play a passable CF for the Giants.

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AA  Bowie Baysox defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-1:

Ryan Halstead RHP- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.17.

Nothing else to see here.

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A+  Modesto Nuts topped the San Jose Giants by a touchdown 13-6:

Bryce Johnson CF- 2 for 6.  BA= .259.
Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 5, BB.  BA= .333.
Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .241.
Wander Franco 3B- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .231.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .259.
Raffi Vizcaino RHP- 2 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.27.
Michael Cederoth RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.74.

I'm really excited about Jalen Miller and Sandro Fabian's performances so far.  Brandon Van Horn is becoming an interesting prospect as a field-first SS.  Rough start for Raffi in many ways.



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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets stung the Rome Braves 6-1:

Heliot Ramos CF- 2 for 5.  BA= .250.
Jean Angomas LF- 0 for 2, 3 BB.  BA= .267.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 1 for 3, SF.  BA= .235.
Jose Marte RHP- 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.86.
Peter Lannoo RHP- 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.54.
Camilo Doval RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 15.43.

Marte is one of the higher ceiling pitching prospects in the Giants system.  After a rough first start, he has allow just 1 ER in 10.1 IP, with 13 K's and 2 BB's in his last 2 Starts.  Doval is unscored on in his last 3 appearances, 3.1 IP.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Game Wrap 4/19/2018: D'backs 3 Giants 1

Ty Blach gave the Giants a Quality Start,  but the bats went quiet again as the Giants dropped the rubber match of the 3 game series.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B= 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .255.  Belt homers for the second consecutive game and produced the only run they scored all evening.

Ty Blach LHP- 6 IP. 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 8/4. ERA= 4.10.  Typical Blach game with unimpressive peripheral numbers but enough soft contact for the QS.

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The Loss dropped the 4'th place Giants to 6 games behind the NL West leading D'Backs.  The rest of the division was idle with Colorado in second place, 3 games behind the Snakes. The Dodgers are 4.5 games back and the last place Padres are 7 off the pace.

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The Giants move on to LA to face the Angels on the last leg of their 3-city road trip.  Jeff Samardzija comes off the DL to start game 1 facing lefty Andrew Heaney.  I plan to attend this game with family members.

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Lots of speculation about the roster with Shark coming off the DL.  Hunter Pence sat out tonight's game with a sore thumb and is expected to take Shark's place on the DL, but Baggs is reporting "informed speculation" that Mac Williamson will be added to the 25-man roster which means someone else would have to go on the DL or be DFA'd to make room.  We'll see.  The Giants offense desperately needs a spark and Mac is the obvious guy most likely to give them one.  I like both Gregor Blanco and Gorkys Hernandez, but neither of them should stand in the way of a Mac promotion if Pence indeed goes on the DL.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Game Wrap 4/19/2018: Giants 4 D'Backs 3 in 10 Innings

Brandon Belt saved the Giants from a crushing loss when he hit a 2-run HR in the top of the 10'th inning and the Giants hung on for the desperately needed Win.  Key Lines:

Andrew McCutchen RF- 2 for 5, SB(3).  BA= .209.  Maybe Cutch's bat is coming to life?  His hits were both solid LD's.

Evan Longoria 3B- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(3), BB.  BA= .241.  Longoria has been the Giants hottest hitter over the last 10 games.

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 4, HR(2), HBP.  BA= .255.  Belt hadn't done much before the 10'th inning, but his drive off D'Backs Closer Brad Boxberger was the game winner giving the Giants a 2-run cushion they needed to hold off the Snakes.

Chris Stratton RHP- 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.22.  Let's not overlook Chris Stratton who looked like he might pitch a CG shutout before giving up a double and triple to start the 8'th inning.  Stratton is pitching like an ace right now.

Tony Watson LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 1.04.  Watson inherited a tough situation with a runner on 3B and 0 outs.  He got Chris Owings to pop out.   David Peralta got an IF single but Dyson failed to score from 3B for some reason.  Ketel Marte then grounded one back to Watson who started a difficult DP with Crawford making his usual magical moves on the relay to 1B.

Hunter Strickland RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.25.  I guess there is no shame in giving up B2B doubles to Goldschmidt and AJ Pollack, but it's still disappointing that Strick blew the Save here.  I'll give him credit for pitching his way out of it without giving up another run and giving Belt a chance to win it.

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The Win narrowed the gap between the 4'th place Giants and the NL West leading D'backs to 5 games.  The Rockies are 2.5 games behind after a loss to the Pirates.  And here come the Dodgers who pounded the Padres and are 4 games behind in 3'rd place.  The Padres bring up the rear at 6.5 games off the pace.

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Ty Blach tries for a series win tomorrow facing Zack Greinke.

Down on the Farm: 4/18/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats tamed the Salt Lake City Bees 5-3:

Alen Hanson 2B- 1 for 3, 2 BB, SB(5).  BA= .417.
Ryder Jones 3B- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .225.
Tyler Herb RHP- 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.65.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.50.
Roberto Gomez RHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(1).  ERA= 1.93.

Decent start for Herb.  Gomez gets the 5-out Save.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Bowie Baysox 1-0:

Luigi Rodriguez RF- 2 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .357.
Jordan Johnson RHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 10/1.  ERA= 2.20.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(3).  ERA= 6.23.

Jordan Johnson has allowed 0 R with 10 K's and 1 BB in 13 IP over his last 2 Starts.

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A+  Visalia Rawhide outscored the San Jose Giants 9-6:

Bryce Johnson CF- 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SB(3).  BA= .250.
Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 5, HR(3), SB(3).  BA= .327.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .245.

Miller is showing his tools with 3 SB and 3 dingers in 58 PA so far.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators 5-1:

Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .235.
Shane Matheny 3B- 2 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .370.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 3 for 4.  BA= .225.
John Gavin LHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 0.61.
Frank Rubio RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.16.
Franklin Van Gurp RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Heliot Ramos hits his first dinger of the season.  Strong pitching out of the 2017 draft class.  Gavin has 19 K's and 4 BB's in 14.2 IP.  Rubio has 11 K's, 2 BB's in 8.1 IP.  Van Gurp has 10 K's and 1 BB in 8 IP.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Down on the Farm: 4/17/2018

AAA  Salt Lake City Bees swarmed over the Sacramento River Cats 12-3:

Steven Duggar CF- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .256.
Alen Hanson 2B- 2 for 4, SB(4).  BA= .424.
Mac Williamson DH- 1 for 4, HR(6). BA= .514.
Casey Kelly RHP- 3.2 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 7.11.
Will Smith LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Mac continues to assault PCL pitching.  Welp!  Maybe Casey Kelly is not ready to help out the MLB club after all?  Will Smith appears to be getting close to a return to MLB after losing a year to Tommy John surgery.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Bowie Baysox 1-0:

Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .350.
Shaun Anderson RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 9/1. ERA= 2.12.
Mike Connolly RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Caleb Simpson RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, Save(3).  ERA= 0.00.

Shaun Anderson is a horse!

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A+  Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 4-1:

Jalen Miller 2B- 0 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .320.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 0 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .222.
Conner Menez LHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Menez has 15 K's against 3 BB's in 10 IP in 2 starts for SJ.  His one start for Sacramento did not go as well.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets edged out the Kannapolis Intimidators 6-5:

Heliot Ramos CF- 0 for 2, 2 BB. BA= .239.
Shane Matheny 2B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB. BA= .333.
Jean Angomas LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .292.
Garrett Cave RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.00.
John Russell RHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 1.42.
Camilo Doval RHP- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 19.64.

Rough Start for Cave.  Doval records his second consecutive scoreless appearance.  Yay!

Game Wrap 4/17/2018: D'Backs 1 Giants 0

Johnny Cueto was electric for 7 innings, but the Giants lineup found a new low against lefty Patrick Corbin and the Snakes edged out a win after scoring a run on reliever Tony Watson in the bottom of the 8'th inning.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 3.  BA= .256.  Belt broke up the no-hitter in the top of the 8'th inning with a purposeful check swing grounder to beat the shift.  That's it!  A walk to Joe Panik was the only other baserunner Corbin allowed.

Johnny Cueto RHP- 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K's.  ERA= 0.45.  It was Cueto at his best.  This loss is on the hitters.

Tony Watson LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.17.  Watson relieved Cueto after 97 pitches in the 8'th.  A 1 out walk to Jarrod Dyson, a sac bunt by Corbin and a basehit single up the middle to Peralta and that was the ballgame.

Patrick Corbin LHP(D'Backs)- 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 1.65.  One way pitchers are combatting the launch angle revolution is by throwing more breaking balls.  In fact, we are already starting to hear talk of a breaking ball revolution!  Patrick Corbin is leading that charge and getting results.  Here are Corbin's percentage of fastballs over the past 3 seasons:  63.5%, 53.4 %, 48.6%.  Here are his percentages of sliders:  26.5%, 38.0%, 46.8%.  Here are Corbin's cumulative Pitch Values over his career(per Fangraphs):  FB -43.8.  SL 34.6.  

One last point:  IDK what the Giants are doing with launch angles.  I know they are working with at least some of their hitters to increase them.  We do know the Giants are not very good at hitting breaking balls.  The word has obviously gotten out and they have seen a steady diet of breaking balls in the early going this season which partly explains their anemic offense.

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With the Loss, the Giants fall to 6 games below he NL West leading D'Backs.  They will probably avoid falling into last place because the Dodgers are leading the Padres late in their game. 

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Chris Stratton tries to stop the losing streak tomorrow night facing another lefty, Robbie Ray.

Fantasy Focus: All Free Agent Team

I thought I would post a list of my top players currently available in my 10 team league that rosters 26 players per team.  These players may not be available in your league.

C:  Francisco Cervelli, Pirates- .286/.379/.551, 6 R, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 0 SB.  Won't hit many HR's in the long run, but will likely hit for average and give you some non-HR counting stats.

1B:  Justin Bour, Marlins- .232/.306/.464, 5 R, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 0 SB.  Doesn't have much help around him in the lineup so R and RBI may lag.

2B:  Jed Lowrie, A's- .343/.403/.557, 8 R, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 0 SB.  No nobody's radar, but has a steady job in the A's IF.

3B:  Christian Villanueva, Padres- .333/.423/.822, 8 R, 6 HR, 13 RBI, 0 SB.  Folks are still trying to figure out what to make of him, but has a significant track record in the minors.

SS:  Marcus Semien, A's- .260/.321/.370, 11 R, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 0 SB.  Injured for much of last season, he hit 27 dingers in 2016.

OF:  Jose Pirela, Padres- .308/.333/.449, 12 R, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 2 SB.  Breakout watch!

OF:  Mallex Smith, Rays- .409/.458/.545, 6 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB.  With Kiermeier's injury, should start daily until at least mid-season and should be a strong source of SB's.

OF:  David Peralta, D'Backs- .340/.471/.540, 11 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB.  No outstanding category but contributes across the board.  Platoon risk.

SP:  Bartolo Colon, Rangers- 0 W, 1.45 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, 17 K, 0 SV, 18.2 IP.  The K-rate won't keep up but usually puts up a nice WHIP and can rack up W's.

SP:  Andrew Cashner, Orioles- 1 W, 2.50 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 16 K, 0 SV, 18 IP.  Had a solid season last year with the Rangers so knows how to put up good numbers in a hitter's ballpark.

SP:  Tyler Skaggs, Angels- 2 W, 1.69 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 17 K, 0 SV, 16 IP.  Breakout watch!

RP:  Chris Devenski, Astros- 1 W, 1.13 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 10 K, 1 SV, 8 IP.  Multi-inning reliever who got a Save this week.  Could wind up being the Closer in an unsettled situation in Houston.  I actually picked him up today!