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@RDyer You're right, we both do want to see the Giants win games. But that's about where the similarities end. You're trying to reason with me about homegrown talent by bringing up Brett Pill, a guy who literally got cups of coffee in the majors? How about we talk about the homegrown talent this team revolves around; Posey, Sandoval, Cain, Bumgarner, Lincecum, Belt, Crawford, Romo... It's because of successful drafts that produced those players that the Giants now rank in the bottom 3rd in farm systems (and I think that's a slap in the face, to be honest).
When you consistently pick near the back of the 1st round, you're not always going to get the best talent. Plain and simple. Look at the guys they picked when they were drafting in the top 10: Lincecum, Bumgarner, Posey, Wheeler... they hit on every single one of those guys. It's not so easy drafting at the bottom, but that's what happens when you WIN.
Here's one other major difference in what we want: if the Giants rebound and make another postseason run this season, I'll be celebrating it and enjoying the moment, while you are still whining that they didn't build the team the right way.
1 month, 1 week ago on SF Giants Elect to Spend Good Will, Save Money
Failing organization? Fans that deserve better? Tell that to the two banners hanging on the flag pole at the stadium. If you'd rather be an A's fan, and watch your GM sell off talent every offseason in order to build a team that can't even get past the ALDS, have at it. Actually, go talk to a Houston fan. Apparently, that organization is "doing things the right way" by stacking prospects and losing 100 games each year. I'll bet anyone in that fan base would gladly trade their miserable MLB product for an organization that actually does what it sets out to do: WIN.
We were all disappointed by 2013, but I don't see how replacing Zito with Hudson and adding Morse's bat to the lineup can be considered a failure. Let the games play out before you throw the season away, for crying out loud. The core of this team is still built around homegrown players. What more do you want?
By the way, how many titles have the Yankees ACTUALLY won since 2000? Exactly 1 less than the Giants. Money can't buy you everything...
I have to be honest here. This article is incredibly short-sighted. While I agree with the overall idea that Cain pitched much better than the numbers indicate, I really don't feel like you solved anything with your analysis. In fact, you actually did the same thing in your argument that you mocked MLB for in the first two paragraphs. The idea of Cain, or any Giants pitcher for that matter, not getting great run support is nowhere close to being a new concept. We're talking about a guy (Cain) who compiled a 15-30 record between 07-08 while logging ERA's in the mid-3's. There's a reason they call it being "Cain'd" when a Giants pitcher throws a gem but doesn't get a victory. The guy has a career 67% quality start rate, yet his overall record is only 93-88. In a perfect world, it should be much, much better than that.
Cain was a great pitcher in 2013... for 25 starts. For the other 5 starts, he pitched very poorly. In those 5 starts (StL, Mil, Col, StL, LAD), he allowed 37 earned runs. That's 45% of his total earned runs for the entire year (82), in 1/6 of his starts! In the two starts against St Louis, he gave in 16 ER. That's 19.5% of his yearly total! You're right. Cain was a better pitcher than his win/loss record shows. But it's not because he got poor run support or his defense didn't turn enough double plays (he's a fly-ball pitcher anyway)... it's because he was extremely hittable in 1/6 of his starts.
I don't mean to be offensive on your site. But if you're going to make a stink about people being reluctant to look outside the box in analyzing statistics, then I'd expect you to look a little deeper than run support and W/L record.
2 months, 1 week ago on Case Solved: Why Matt Cain Went 8-10 in 2013
If a team does show significant interest in Pablo, I'd look for starting pitching or a corner OF. Maybe you can talk the Yankees into parting ways with Tyler Austin and David Phelps... or ask the Mets about a pitching prospect and Daniel Murphy. Murphy could fill the hole at 2B left by Scooter. If Pablo does stick around (I too think they let him go for broke in his contract year), I'd still look to pick up a guy like Omar Infante to provide some infield depth. He could come pretty cheap, too.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Sandoval trade rumors and a little Lincecum-to-Seattle vindication
@guest I'm not sure how bringing the best baseball players in the world to MLB means the sport is in serious trouble... Baseball has a pretty embarrassing history of excluding people from its playing fields, and this comment doesn't seem like it is in very good taste.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on On Masahiro Tanaka and the Giants’ future spending potential
Miller is one of the all-time greats and has been recognized as such. Flemming does a nice job, but I wouldn't put him in the same category of "exciting" as Miller. Kruk and Kuip are the best tv duo in baseball today, and it's not close in my opinion. Where they rank all time, I don't think we can really evaluate that just yet. But I love listening to the, night in and night out. I think that's the most important thing. I wouldn't say one is better than the other.. they feed off each other, and I don't think you could replace that chemistry if one of them left. Honestly, we're very lucky as Giants fans to have such a great group. We could all be listening to the Hawk in Chicago... that might make me want to take up a different sport.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Travel to NY on Amici’s dime, listen to Kruk, Kuip, Miller and Flemming (Contest Post)