Clip Of The Day: Chris Berman Knows Bay Area Geography

July 10, 2007

Chris Berman’s famed “Back! Back! Back!” homerun call is well-documented on the interwebs, but last night, he really showcased his knowledge of the Bay Area, stupidly calling out Sausalito, Stinson Beach, Alcatraz (bo-ring) and our personal favorite: Half! Moon! Bay!

No mention of Pacifica though. Shame.

(Is there room for a “You’re with me, map of San Francisco” joke in here?)


Giants Roundup: Is It Lincecum Time Yet?

April 30, 2007
  • Yeah, a sweep hurts (especially after that eight game winning streak), but all three losses in Arizona were by one run. Last night, despite picking up his first loss of the year, Matt Morris put in another solid performance against Randy Johnson. All in all, if there’s such a thing as a not-so-bad sweep to a division rival, this was it. [SFGate]
  • Meanwhile, down in Fresno, Tim Lincecum is doing his best Superman impression. Yesterday, he struck out 14 batters in just six innings. Think about that. There were 18 outs and 14 of those were strikeouts. Even more impressive are his stats for the year: 4-0, 0.29 ERA, 31 innings, 12 hits, 46 K’s. Yikes. [SFGate]
  • The Washington Post consults a rabbi to discuss whether or not to root for Barry Bonds. [Washington Post]
  • Shocking news of the weekend: Ray Durham, scratched from Saturday’s lineup because of back soreness. [Scouts Inc]
  • Major League Baseball credits Hank Aaron with 50 more homeruns. Take that, Barry. [The Onion]
  • The Giants come home tonight to face Colorado. Noah Lowry takes the mound.
  • The Homer Watch takes an unexpected turn. For the first time all year, the Giants take the lead, and it’s a commanding one at that: San Francisco Giants 18, Alex Rodriguez 14.

Another Victory, Another Homerun

April 26, 2007
  • Barry Bonds and Pete Happy both went deep as the Giants topped the Dodgers 6-4 for their seventh straight win. For Barry, it was his third homerun in the last four games. Noah Lowry was solid again. The Giants can pull off the road sweep tonight, when Russ Ortiz (2-1, 4.35) squares off against LA ace Brad Penny (3-0,  1.37). Penny’s been great this year, but if you ask us, he’s due for a bad outing. [SFGate]
  • A very drunk person wandered into a random house, hung out in the kitchen for a bit and yelled things like “Barry Bonds doesn’t deserve to be homerun king!” He was arrested. [Deadspin]
  • Let the Bruce Bochy lovefest commence … now. [McCovey Chronicles]
  • Kevin Frandsen is hitting a tidy .408 in Triple A. Time to trade Ray Durham? Well, seeing as how we’ve been saying “yes” to that question since 2004, we’re going to cast a vote for the youth movement. [SFGate]
  • Speaking of Frandsen, we can’t wait until he resurrects his MLB blog. The name alone should make you root for a call-up. [Frannie on the Farm]
  • Homer Watch: Alex Rodriguez 14, San Francisco Giants 13

Giants Roundup: Bruce Bochy’s Deal With The Devil Is Starting To Pay Off

April 25, 2007

One more Giants post before we direct our full yet slightly divided attention to the Warriors …

  • The Giants won their sixth straight athletic contest last night, milking Matt Morris en route to a 5-3 victory over the hated Dodgers. Morris, taking a three-hitter into the eighth inning, was the latest standout on a Giants pitching staff that has the best ERA in the majors since April 9: an impressive 2.13. [SFGate]
  • Newman! A legless man trying to cross the street on a skateboard was killed by a U.S. Postal Truck yesterday on 3rd and Townsend. Could this be the legless fellow who always asks for money on the bridge outside of Pac Bell? If so, who will we now avoid eye contact with on our way home? [KTVU]
  • Noah Lowry: trade bait? His value might be peaking, and lefty starters are always in demand. Perhaps Lowry could be the beginning of a Carl Crawford package? [McCovey Chronicles]
  • Ryan Klesko in, Pete Happy out. Now that Feliz has been benched two games in a row, next year must be his breakout year. [ESPN Scouts]
  • Are you confident in Armando Benitez (5 for 5 in save opportunities)? The first response pretty much sums up our thoughts on the matter. [The Splash]
  • A Los Angeles reporter wrote a story on how Barry doesn’t like to talk to the media. Original! Shocking! Renegade reporting! [LA Times]
  • Barry Bonds used a big word to describe A-Rod’s recent hot streak. [SFGate]
  • Speaking of Alex, he continues to hold the lead in the Homer Watch: Rodriguez 14, Giants 11.

Giants Win Fifth Straight, Sweep Arizona

April 23, 2007

brooms-large.jpgWell, well, well.

Now this is how the Giants are supposed to look.

San Francisco won their third straight close game against the trendy pick to win the division this year, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Barry Bonds hit his NL-leading sixth homerun (he’s tied, but still), and Matt Cain tossed a three-hit complete game, lowering his ERA to a gaudy 1.55. In four starts, that is a really good ERA.

If you add the strong starts of Noah Lowry (2.70 ERA) and Matt Morris (2.00), not to mention Barry Zito (down to a respectable 3.70 after two rough starts to open the year), the Giants starting pitch staff is actually living up to expectations.

The problem, of course, is the anemic offense. The team is among MLB’s worst in nearly every major offensive category, from homeruns (10) to average (.242).

When we delved into the individual stats, we were a bit surprised. After all the criticism Sabaen took for his offseason signings (from “some” hasty writers), the slow and old guys have been the ones producing. Bonds, Rich Aurilia (!), Ray Durham and Ryan Klesko are all hitting over .296. Granted, the power numbers–Barry aside–aren’t where they should be, but those fences are far!

The problem has been the little guys: our beloved Omar Vizquel (.203), Dave Roberts (.214) and Randy Winn (.192) have been god-awful.

But if Bruce Bochy’s Boys can keep putting together 2-1 and 4-2 victories, maybe the lack of offense won’t be a problem, especially considering the little guys can’t be this terrible all year.

Or can they?

Homer Watch: Alex Rodriguez 12, Giants 10

Bonds moves within 15 home runs of Aaron’s record. [ESPN]

Giants Roundup: Didn’t Splash Hits Get Retired Three Years Ago?

April 19, 2007
  • The Homer Watch is heating up: Alex Rodriguez 9, San Francisco Giants 7.
  • Meanwhile, in “real” games, the Giants beat the Cardinals in 12 innings. Barry hit a splash homerun in the bottom of the eighth to send the game into overtime. Jonathan Sanchez looked good. Pedro Feliz had a key error. Rich Aurilia was the other hero, singling in the bottom of the 12th. [SFGate]
  • Lance Niekro has started taking ground balls at third base. Could this mean the end of the Pedro Feliz era? [Scouts Inc]
  • All three Molina catching brothers were in the Bay Area yesterday: Jose with the Angels in Oakland, Yadier with the Cardinals and Bengie with the Giants. You know what that means? Tickle fight! Slumber party!
  • The bad news? Barry Zito is making about $90K per inning pitched. The good news? Jason Schmidt is already on the DL. [Rumors and Rants]

Homer Watch

April 16, 2007


After two weeks of regular season play …

Alex Rodriguez: 7

San Francisco Giants: 4