Who missed the chance to put away who?

The Giants and D-Backs are both sputtering right now. With Arizona dropping 6 of its last 10, the Giants missed a chance to get back into first place by matching that futile record.

So the easy conclusion is that the Giants missed their opportunity to climb ahead in the race and now Arizona has a clear patch to win the NL West, right? Well, maybe not. Perhaps it is Arizona who failed to take advantage of their chance to put the reeling Giants away.

Think about it, everything was pointing down for the Giants. Half the team was injured, the other half was hitting like Mario Mendoza. The relievers were starting to fall apart and the team looked to be free-falling. And in spite of all of that, they are 2 games back with 6 left against the Snakes. A 4-2 win of that series makes everything even again and suddenly they’re neck and neck with the Giants getting stronger as guys come off of the DL.

Certainly it’s better to be in first place than it is second, but the Giants are a team that might just be emerging from some very rough waters, and if things clear up, they’ll have more than enough to once again blow right past the Diamondbacks.

It might just be that we’re blaming the wrong team for failing to close the door.

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152 Responses to Who missed the chance to put away who?

  1. A1985Mattalac says:

    Well said Ugly. The D-backs don’t impress me in the slightest and the Giants superior pitching would carry them a lot farther into the postseason. I hate to use this excuse b/c the trolls do but if the Giants hadn’t lost Posey or Sanchez I think they’d be AT LEAST 10 games up right now. That said, I think I’d rather commit $ to Keppinger next year then Freddy. Freddy is much better hitter but the advantage is nullified by his fragility. I’ve been very impressed with Keppinger.

    • shaman138 says:

      We’d be dominating the NL West if it wasn’t for all of these damn injuries. The fact that we’re still hanging in there in spite of being decimated by the injury bug is a testament to the team’s resilience and “Botchy’s” superior management skills.

  2. shaman138 says:

    I really am looking forward to giving those A’s trolls shit over on the Splash after the way the A’s are totally choking today. A 7-1 lead against the Jankees and now the Janks are up 10-7 after hitting two grand slams in one game–the first time in 120 years. Oh, the hilarity! Moneyball is hard at work today!

  3. Chico says:

    Optimists rock! If our pitching holds up, and there is no reason to believe that it won’t, then I think we take the division. If Beltran’s hand gets better and he starts swinging it that makes this offense a whole lot better obviously. Agree with Matt, Kep was a solid pickup and I also like the Cabrera pickup too. I was talking to my father this morning and he said something like “can you imagine if we were healthy?”…. Yeah, I remember that team, World Series Champs.

  4. Del Mar Dennis says:

    22 runs for the Yanks today. TWENTY-TWO. That’s a two week stretch for our Giants. Must be nice…I’ll go out on a limb and say tonight’s lineup doesn’t reach the twenty-two mark. But I’m calling a Pablo HR tonight.

    SS Cabrera
    2B Keppinger
    RF Beltran
    3B Sandoval
    1B Huff
    CF Ross
    LF Belt
    C Whiteside
    P Vogelsong

  5. Flavor says:

    It’s all down hill from here, dudes. I totally agree with you JDR. The Dbacks had a *paper* shot to take us out and they failed. Why? Because they aren’t that good. The only thing that slightly concerns me is that I think we don’t see Bee-Wheezy again till next year. But as long as Casilla/Affeldt/etc step up we should be ok. Best bullpen in the league needs to step up and represent right now……..

  6. shaman138 says:

    Right on cue, Dumb and Dumber are prostrating themselves over on the Splash, ready to take a night’s worth of abuse over the A’s historical choke-job today.

  7. mailorderwife says:

    Oh heck :< I only get the Astros broadcast.

  8. mailorderwife says:

    SFDF – what do you think of McCourt circulating that Scully questionnaire among season ticket holders? I’m thinking he’s going to try to save money by retiring the old man in favor of the big hair duo.

  9. Del Mar Dennis says:

    How ya like this stat courtesy of Hank Schulman: Rowand = 6 GIDP in 328 ABs in ’11. Beltran = 6 GIDP in 51 ABs as a Giant.

    There must be something in the water.

    • mailorderwife says:

      The Houston crew was rattling off Beltran’s stats v. Houston. Was quite nice. Let’s hope he can pick it up today.

  10. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Hey, good AB from Cabrera to bring in Whitey from third. Situational hitting has not been our forte. Good to get that first run up on the board…

  11. sjnewsreader says:

    how did they call him safe??????

  12. sjnewsreader says:

    quick, everyone report fishwrap for personal attacks! let’s get him banned.

  13. That fuckin fish is really pissin me off

    • sjnewsreader says:

      i reported him for name calling and inappropriate behavior…report the user also. Lets see if we can get him banned

  14. Fugazi says:

    Evening Gang, how we doing tonight?

  15. mailorderwife says:

    These Houston broadcasters are speaking of the Giants the way one speaks of freak show exhibits. Sorta cool.

    • Any chickenhead eating geeks mentioned? πŸ˜‰

    • sjnewsreader says:

      do you have the MLB package too? I wish there was a way to get the Giants’ announcers for every game. Speaking of freak show exhibits…I paid 50 cents to see a 1,000 lb pig today.

      • mailorderwife says:

        That’s a lot of pork. Have you seen any Ventura County hogs or cows? I know we have goats, since they keep arresting people for selling goat milk.

        And yeah…they’ve been doing that all game. Their only point of reference was Candlestick, so they keep speaking of how “…that wasn’t there…” It’s nice nostalgia.

    • sjnewsreader says:

      were you referencing how the astros announcers were saying that at candlestick it “wasn’t like this”…then they mentioned timmeh being a cult figure, the beard, panda hats and giraffe hats?

  16. sjnewsreader says:

    wow, fishy really is going after SFDF….

    on a happier note, vogelsong is looking good. I think we can win this. It’s still early

  17. xoot says:

    Hey, aint it supposed to be who put away WHOM? I missed the first three innings of this game. Hope the last three determine the win.

    Belt’s trying, but he’s not much of a LF. Still, I bet if Torres comes back strong, we’ll see a platoon of Ross and young Brandon in LF. If Torres falters, the platoon will shift to CF, and Belt will get the full chance to improve. Strange year for the OF.

  18. mailorderwife says:

    You’re killing me, Beltran!

  19. Chico says:

    The Splash/crash is a mess. Looks like fishdick became unhinged eh? Good. Fuck that troll.

  20. Fugazi says:

    Damnit, Mota just put himself on the DL with that stumble

  21. Fugazi says:

    Bummer. Catch ya tomorrow..:)

  22. mailorderwife says:

    Night everyone :> We’ll get them tomorrow. I’m positive!

  23. Chico says:

    What I listen to when I’m pissed or on a bike ride in the hills. Fuck.

  24. JDR says:

    SFDF, I’m fairly certain old minnowdick lurks on this blog and reads all the comments. I know the jealous little aaa’s fan is an irritating little cling-on, but don’t give him the illusion that he carries any sort of significance to anybody. That’s just cruel.

    • shaman138 says:

      His attacks were especially bitter and personal last night–truly pathetic response to hist sorry ass team’s utter, historical collapse yesterday. You’d think the A’s brain trust would at least try to put a halfway decent team on the field to get more than 30 or 40 people to come out to the games but they clearly don’t give a fuck and sooner or later will pull a Baltimore Colts and scurry off to Oklahoma City in the dead of night. Fishshits knows this and tries to make himself feel better by lashing out at Giants fans so nobody should take his bait and get into it with him–it’s a lost cause. A’s trolls are golden on the Splash because of you-know-who, anyway.

  25. mailorderwife says:

    I’m getting a bit tired of people beating up on Huff. Yeah…he’s not doing well this year. However, he’s been healthy and he has played where asked, done as best as he could and hasn’t complained much about it. I guess my POV is of one who will forever hold the WS players up as heroes, so my opinion might be skewered, but he certainly doesn’t deserve the berating he’s getting from people.

  26. Unca Chuck says:

    Sorry, Huff deserves a lot of the abuse he gets. He’s not pulling his weight, and only the fact that Bochy usually errs on the side of the vets does he get extended playing time. His amazingly weird statistical anomaly of his good year/bad year is still intact. As of now, Huff should sit a few games and Belt gets in at 1st. That means Row Row in the OF, but criminy, they don’t have many other options. But, good Lord, watching him take fasball after fastball down the middle while swinging at shit in the dirt is galling. Maybe he wakes up. Who knows? Ross is being Ross. Hot and cold. Pablo is back to form. Keppie is doing as well as can be expected. The catcher spot is a void. Beltran? Shit, who knows? He’s instantly one of the scuffling guys. But Huffie is WAY underperforming. Being healthy and not complaining (about how shitty he’s doing?) doesn’t mean shit when he’s leaving runners all over the basepaths and not driving in runs.

    This team is in a fucking trance right now. And they are slowly fading toward .500 and mediocrity. Yes, there’s time to right the ship, but these are sub-par teams that we should be beating the crap out of. Injuries or not. They are all waiting for someone else to pick them up after another shitty AB . . .

    • mailorderwife says:

      I don’t disagree that Huff needs to sit. He’s not been hitting all year. However, I’m not up to the doomer version of Huff, that pretty much has come up with every insulting name in the book to toss at the guy. He’s not last year’s Huff, but he’s also not deserving of such venom. I don’t have to like his game play this year, but I’m not going to treat him as if he just murdered the entire ballclub.

      Yes, the offense if doing bad. But Huff is also not the only one in the lineup. Ross has made me infinitely sadder with his ABs but, yet again, I’m not about to trash the rodeo clown. Rowand, however, is another story.

      Does that mean that Huff, alone, deserves the berating? I doubt it. I spent an hour chatting with a childhood friend, who did nothing but trash Huff and talk about how Sandoval has gotten fat again, and honestly…just change the fucking channel if baseball makes you so angry. I still enjoy the Giants and baseball, ya know?

  27. Flavor says:

    I don’t direct any special venom towards Huff ad Huff alone. This team has broken down across the board, at least offensively. I also don’t have a problem giving Huff 22 million. He was worth it X 10 in 2010, as far as I’m concerned. But I don’t want him playing regularly anymore.

  28. mailorderwife says:

    I was always under the impression that Huff was playing because there were no other options, since Belt was either a yo-yo or subbing for someone that was injured.

  29. shaman138 says:

    A little off topic but I’m starting to wonder if lesro and soph are one and the same. They both repetitively post comments and their comments are a lot alike as well. That would be a damn shame because lesro used to be a lot cooler on the Sharks blog but he’s turned into another dumb ass doomer on the Splash.

    • mailorderwife says:

      Might be. It’s obvious that Soph is not a female, and far less a socialite than, say, the unibomber. Some people just make up so many identities online that it is mindboggling, ya know? I had to reset the password for 10+ accounts today for a single individual who does nothing but post and agree with right wing diatribe. The MO is to throw you off, while the real goal is to have as many agreeable voices to give off an air of intellectual credibility.

      …although I have to admit that Soph made, perhaps, the greatest post ever in writing something along the lines of “…I’m a Nob Hill Socialite and I see Brandon Belt as an equal…”

    • IF they are I am surprised…les isn’t nearly as passive/aggressive and seems to have an entirely different life experience which he draws upon to make comments…my 2 cents

  30. mailorderwife says:

    On another note, So Cal believes the Giants are kaput. My mother-in-law just got me a stuffed panda pillow and a bunch of other SF Giants items that were on a mass fire sale in some store down in Huntington Beach. Didn’t even know they sold Giants stuff down here.

  31. xoot says:

    Excellent D from the Giants so far.

  32. Fugazi says:

    Evening Gang..

  33. Fugazi says:

    Hang in there Madbum. Damnit, here comes Bochy..

  34. Hey Crowd…

    I read alla the posts above…

    Fuck the fish, I probably know him from when I went to HS in Santa Clara and prolly beat him in some sport or took his girl from him (I wasn’t a ‘nice’ guy, go figure) Jints are winning, Pads are bending over and my Boys are struggling in a 1-0 game *sighs*

    Looked in on the Splash and down thumbed all but one post by gonavy and chico…what tools those fans are…

    Great ‘flatfoot’ work Fresh

  35. A1985Mattalac says:

    Evening all, let’s lock this down! Chico, I was born in 85 if it makes you feel older ;).

    • Chico says:

      Born in 85? Damn… My first album I even owned came out in 84, but since I had an older brother (class of 88) I was hooked on Van Halen and cereal at the same time.

  36. Fugazi says:

    Damn you kids are young. I graduated HS in 1969. (not that there’s anyting wrong with that)

  37. Chico says:

    Ballgame! Cheers!

  38. xoot says:

    Oh, this team is down. This team has no “chemistry.” Right. Get Pablo back in there with Carlos, back to back, and they’re rolling.

  39. A1985Mattalac says:

    Fugazi, you’ll hopefully feel younger to know that my father will be 81 next month and my mom just turned 65. Lol I graduated HS in 2003! I’m definitely “the kid” here and on the splash.

  40. A1985Mattalac says:

    Sandy it would seem your boys in blue have turned a close game into a laugher so congrats to you!

  41. xoot says:

    Bochy’s a great manager. I know you all know that fact. But nights like tonight, it deserves repetition. Bochy’s a great manager. HOF

  42. Fugazi says:

    Catch ya tomorrow Gang, good game

  43. Chico says:

    I graduated from Terra Nova high school in 1996. Played baseball, football and even wrestled.. We have had the same Football and Wrestling coach for a couple of decades and coach Gray finally won his first Championship in Football (D-2, or 3, not sure as things change frequently)..
    Pops went to lincoln, class of ’66, the summer of love.

  44. Scully is sullying McDopes’ hopes…sez he coming back for another season!

  45. xoot says:

    Keppinger’s post-game interview is hilarious. He’s picking up Aubrey’s slack real well.

  46. sjnewsreader says:

    I seriously hate this crap little league world series garbage that ESPN is showing. No one gives a fuck about 12 year olds with mohawks.

  47. shaman138 says:

    Afternoon, all….hmm, looking like Mollie and “Ziggy Beserker” might be one and the same…

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