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Defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants 2011 Season thread

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  • #76
    Originally posted by Sirmudgeon View Post
    Need some hitters to step up... who will it be? My money is on Sanchez and Posey. Anyone would be good, those two seem best equipped. Thoughts?
    Those are the likely candidates, but for us to win long term Huff needs to find his stroke too.
    “Well, I like to say I’m completely focused, right? I mean, the game’s on the line. It’s not like I’m thinking about what does barbecue Pop Chips and Cholula taste like. Because I already know that answer — it tastes friggin’ awesome!"--Brian Wilson

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    • #77
      Originally posted by KHenry14 View Post
      Those are the likely candidates, but for us to win long term Huff needs to find his stroke too.
      You, sir, are prescient. Now, about those lotto numbers...

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      • #78
        Originally posted by Sirmudgeon View Post
        Need some hitters to step up... who will it be? My money is on Sanchez and Posey. Anyone would be good, those two seem best equipped. Thoughts?
        Were you thinking of Sanchez getting a two bagger?

        Jonathan is hitting over .200.

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        • #79
          Originally posted by Honus Wagner Rules View Post
          I'm somewhat shocked how much Posey is struggling with the bat so far this season.
          Seems to be mental, like he's overthinking his game. His main approach seems to be to hit in a zone; up and in, down and out, one of the 4 quadrants, because how many fat, down the pipe pitches have we seen him look at, not just this year either.

          Does he seem to be a better hitter when he's behind the count and reacting to pitches maybe?

          Anyway, look forward to him working his way out of this. It is taking him some time isn't it?

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          • #80
            Originally posted by CandlestickBum View Post
            Were you thinking of Sanchez getting a two bagger?

            Jonathan is hitting over .200.
            Next up, Matt Cain, HR threat. Ryan Vogelsong of the Mighty Triple To The Gap. Madison Bumgarner, boy can he beat out those infield hits. And of course Lincecum, always a chance to order up three doubles at the plate...

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            • #81
              Well, Cainer completes the sweep today with 7.2 very effective innings. Huff-Daddy gets another key hit, and Nate the Great had an awesome day, 3-4, an rbi and an outstanding play in RF turning a sure double into an out with a great throw.

              Team seems to be finding itself. And here's hoping Buster isn't too beat up after getting hit by those two fouls
              “Well, I like to say I’m completely focused, right? I mean, the game’s on the line. It’s not like I’m thinking about what does barbecue Pop Chips and Cholula taste like. Because I already know that answer — it tastes friggin’ awesome!"--Brian Wilson

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              • #82
                We're #1 ! We're #1 !

                WHOOOO-HOOOOO!

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                • #83
                  Bumgarner sure seems to be pitching in some bad luck this year. He hasn't been great, but he hasn't been all that bad, his ERA is only 4.25 or something, and he's 0-6. He deserves better, like a game where he goes to the mound in the first with a six-run lead and all his teammates cheering him on.

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                    • #85
                      Hokey Smokes, the Giants made it interesting in the 9th before winning. Madbum was DEALIN' tonight, ending up going 8.2 great innings. B Weezy was once again not sharp but was helped out by an outstanding catch in RF by Schierholtz. Steve Lyons criticised the Giants for playing the OF shallow on Carroll....heh heh, how'd that work out Psycho?
                      “Well, I like to say I’m completely focused, right? I mean, the game’s on the line. It’s not like I’m thinking about what does barbecue Pop Chips and Cholula taste like. Because I already know that answer — it tastes friggin’ awesome!"--Brian Wilson

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                      • #86
                        I'm thinking the Giants have a pretty good manager. As I go back over this season so far and last season, great pitching, timely hitting by unlikely candidates, decent defense (positioning has played a role), all orchestrated in a masterful fashion. The guy's done a terrific job with what he's had to work with.

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                        • #87
                          Originally posted by KHenry14 View Post
                          Hokey Smokes, the Giants made it interesting in the 9th before winning. Madbum was DEALIN' tonight, ending up going 8.2 great innings. B Weezy was once again not sharp but was helped out by an outstanding catch in RF by Schierholtz. Steve Lyons criticised the Giants for playing the OF shallow on Carroll....heh heh, how'd that work out Psycho?
                          Madbum sure has an easy delivery don't he? Almost looks like he's playing catch. He's no Don Robinson or Rick Reuschel, but he makes it look smooth and easy.

                          Henry, our sound feed up here made it sound like like Giants fans were louder than Dog fans in those little sing-a-longs. How'd it sound down there? God that's gotta burn the die-hards up, to have Giants fans come in as loud or louder in their own stadium. McCourts really have something coming to them for their crimes against the team.

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                          • #88
                            Originally posted by CandlestickBum View Post
                            This looks like an old Beach Boys or Beatles album cover. Great stuff.

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                            • #89
                              I just watched the best pitching performance I've seen since Maddux in his heyday. Lincecum didn't have his usual unhittable stuff, only 5 K's, only 3 hits though, no walks, CG, ShO. The A's never came close to threatening. That was impressive in the extreme. Very few pitchers could do that- Halladay comes to mind of course- on a regular basis, Lincecum has had quite a few stints like this, hope he can keep it up.

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                              • #90
                                Originally posted by Sirmudgeon View Post
                                I just watched the best pitching performance I've seen since Maddux in his heyday. Lincecum didn't have his usual unhittable stuff, only 5 K's, only 3 hits though, no walks, CG, ShO. The A's never came close to threatening. That was impressive in the extreme. Very few pitchers could do that- Halladay comes to mind of course- on a regular basis, Lincecum has had quite a few stints like this, hope he can keep it up.
                                6 K's, actually, and two of those were in the 9th, but yeah, he was dealing and it just goes to show you don't always need the strikeout.
                                San Francisco Giants, World Series Champions in 2010, 2012, and 2014!!!

                                "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts" ~ Albert Einstein

                                "Royals wear crowns, but Champions Kiss the Ring" ~ Jeremy Affeldt

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