T in Chico
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Lincecum still has filthy stuff its the belt high fastball that gets him in trouble. At 95 you can make a mistake up from time to time but at 91 you can expect more loud contact. If Lincecum can work around the knees just a little more than that high fastball will seem much tougher to get to. I expect a solid year from #55, like I said, the guy can still pitch.
2 years ago on Briefly on Tim Lincecum’s fastball
Tthe only way ST stats mean anything is if a guy is fighting for a position or a roster spot, besides that the team record and stats are as useless as Aubrey Huff during last years playoff run. Just like Huff, the stats are there and get put up and no one really knows why. It is great to hear Kuip on the radio, i always enjoy it when he gets out of the tv side and gets on the radio. He is smooth as the come. Oh yeah, mayo is nasty unless its in a macaroni or potato salad. Looks like you have as much need for me as the Jays do DeRosa now doesn't it.
2 years ago on Spring training stats that don’t worry me
Perfect example of today's athlete, look at me look at me. It used to be you would hug teammates, high five or do some sort of made up handshake with someone. Now they all want to be away from everyone so the camera is just on them and they can have their slow motion moment for the highlight reel. Pathetic.
2 years ago on Stephen Curry scores 54 points, leaves Draymond Green hanging
@ariess Why pay Theriot or Sanchez the veteran minimum to suck when you can have the same guy on a minor league contract? Theriot at least can get on the field where Sanchez hasn't been in forever. Freddy hasn't played more than 111games since 2008. He is 35 now, I don't see any plus side to adding him to the roster at all. DeRosa, what thief, why do teams pay a guy with zero pop and a wrist that could fall off at anytime? If he is such a good clubhouse influence then make him a coach but don't put a worthless player on the 25 man roster to be a cheerleader.
2 years ago on Very Important Spring Training Opinions, Part II
Well Tanaka isn't doing himself any favors by starting 0-9 and making throwing errors on routine plays. I wonder if its just a case of tight butthole or if he will always be over matched by MLB pitching. I know its too early to tell but when you are trying to steal a spot on an already full roster, you need to make yourself standout and not the way he is doing it.
@saarey * at * nothing
@ariess @saarey Burriss was the only guy I can remember having the same AVG, SLG, and OBP. He was a singles hitter who batted in the low .200's that didn't draw walks. His speed was always a nonfactor because of his inability to get on base. The Giants gave him too many chances in my opinion, kind of like Fred Lewis, you can't polish a turd.
@ariess Freddy Sanchez?!?! No way you can seriously consider him an option after the last two years of his frail body doing nothing but rehab that would take a normal athlete 6 months to recover from. He has never been reliable and will probably be forced to this year. No one wants a broken down slap hitting 2nd baseman that is on his last leg. Freddy did his part in 2010 but got over on the Giants by resigning just like Huff. It's usually best to leave old girlfriends in the past than to call them up late when you've had too much to drink, you always remember the next day why you aren't together any longer. That would be the case with ole fragile Fred.
@TSF Tanaka would be an early season storyline for the team to run with besides the Championship of course.
2 years, 1 month ago on Very Important Spring Training Opinions, Part II
@saarey You make an excellent point. Those two were probably the worst two major league players i've ever watched. Burriss was good and nothing and Velez flat out didn't know the game.
It used to be that the WAR stat and others like it were stupidly overlooked, now they are emphasized entirely too much. It is a useful tool but by no means should it be the end all be all that people are using to determine a playes worth. You still have to use the eye with the stats to determine if a player is worth a shit. Watching a player like Bredan Ryan come into a no-hitter cold in the 9th last year and make a tough run through play reminds you that stats can't show everything.
That being said, some numbers you can't over look and Valdez is a certified turd. I have no idea why this guy would get signed let alone invited to ST. I say it has to be Tanaka's job to piss on or give the home grown Noonan his one shot at proving his worth. Valdez and Abreu can kick rocks as they are a dime a dozen in the minors.