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Tuesday, June 17, 2003

USC - Giants Connection



As a University of South Carolina alum, I have seen quite a bit of Coutlangus and Buscher. Coutlangus was a dreadful draft pick, IMHO, and if he ever even has a cup o' coffee in the majors, it will be a remarkable achievement. He's a nice defensive CF, but as has absolutely no power and not the kind of eye you want in a leadoff hitter. Just abysmal ...

Brian Buscher, however, is a completely different story and quite frankly another example of GM Brian Sabean's split-personalities. Drafting Coutlangus is like signing Neifi and drafting Buscher is like signing Cruz. Buscher has tremendous power and a decent enough eye that he won't need much time in the minors. IMHO, he's the kind of guy that with a little refinement of his pitch selection could absolutely explode. By all reports (and with my own eyes), he's fine at 3B, but he could move to the OF because of his powerful arm and the presence of Fonzie. An excellent pick, one that will pay immediate dividends, as Buscher becomes arguably the 3rd best hitting prospect in the system already (behind Linden and Lewis).

Posted By Charlie @ 2:34 PM |Link|

Some Red Meat



Not than anyone reading this blog needs to get fired up for tonight's game, but Jerome Williams had a great quote in today's Mercury News:

Williams said he couldn't help but notice the us-against-them mentality as he progressed through the minor leagues.

``Every time we played against them, I always wanted to play my best, always wanted to pitch well,'' he said.

``It's a totally different environment, a totally different feeling. It's like hatred. Every time we'd go out there, we just wanted to kill them.''


Oh, how I loathe the Dodgers. I don't know if anyone out there can really relate, but a lot of my relatives on my mother's side of the family live in/were born in the Los Angeles area and are Dodger fans. One of my cousins in particular loves to wear his Dodgers cap every time he's around me. It's actually kind of fun in a very antagonistic way, but let's just say that '93 wasn't so pleasant.

Deep down, both sides need to realize we need each other, like Liberals need John Ashcroft and Conservatives need Hillary Clinton.

Posted By Charlie @ 1:44 PM |Link|

The Torrealba Situation



Schulman also notes the following in his Durham column:

The Giants have gotten permission to place catcher Yorvit Torrealba on family-emergency leave for three to seven days, starting today. They are expected to recall catcher Trey Lunsford from Triple-A Fresno to take Torrealba's place, while Benito Santiago is expected to return to the lineup tonight. To- rrealba's wife undergoes surgery in Venezuela today.


Torrealba is hitting .288/.324/.455 (.778 OPS) in his second season as Santiago's backup. Lunsford is hitting .283/.328/.383 (.711 OPS) in his first full season at AAA Fresno.

Posted By Charlie @ 1:28 PM |Link|

Durham's Defense



There's a great article in today's Chronicle about Durham proving his critics wrong about his defense.

When the Giants signed Ray Durham, he arrived with a reputation as a poor second baseman. One scout even suggested the Giants would have been better off moving him to center field. However, since joining the Giants, Durham has demonstrated good range, a flair for making tough plays and steadiness on balls hit right to him.

[Snip]

When asked about his bad reputation, Durham said it probably stems from a high error count -- he had 17 last season -- because of some bad throws.

"I get to a lot of balls up the middle and in the hole," he said. "Me, I'm a kind of player, if I get to a ball and catch it, I feel I should be able to throw the guy out. Sometimes I catch the ball behind second base and I come out firing, and I short-hop the first baseman and get an error.


I completely agree with Durham's self-evaulation and I think that most Jamesian baseball fans would feel the same way. James and the BP guys would argue that error totals are essentially useless when measuring defensive ability and can even result from great range (as Durham notes with this "short-hop" story).

Posted By Charlie @ 1:15 PM |Link|

Sunday, June 01, 2003

Been A While



Hey, it's been a while since I last rapped at ya (with apologies to Jim Anchower). Chalk that up to my job (mainly), my low self esteem, and my recent vacuousness. Starting tomorrow, I will discuss:

1) Bonds' defense in LF
2) Foppert's performance tonight
3) WTF is Grissom doing batting leadoff
4) WTF is Cruz doing batting eigth
5) Grissom's mistake in the OF tonight
6) Walks in key situations
7) What's going on down on the farm

I look forward to getting back in the swing of things. As far as the A's go ...

1) What to do about Byrnes
2) Harden
3) Moneyball
4) What to do about Long
5) Bellhorn and how we should reacquire him
6) How the west will be won

See you here tomorrow ...

Posted By Charlie @ 12:05 AM |Link|

Sunday, May 18, 2003

Farmhand Update [5/17/03]



Giants

Low A
Josh Habel (SP) -- 4.0 2 1 0 1 3
Freddie Lewis (CF) -- 2-6, 4th double
Travis Ishikawa (1B) -- 0-6
Derin McMains (3B) -- 3-6

High A
Brion Treadway (SP) -- 5.0 3 3 0 5 5, 2-2, 3.38
Ramon Soler (2B) -- 1-5
Branden Florence (LF) -- 1-3, 11th double, walk, HBP
Angel Chavez (SS) -- 2-4, walk
Daniel Ortmeier (RF) -- 3-5, 2 doubles (11)

AA
Vance Cozier (SP) -- 5.0 5 4 2 2 3
Alejandro Friere (1B) -- 2-5, 8th homer, 10th double
Carlos Valderrama (LF) -- 2-4, 2nd triple, walk
Pat Hallmark (CF) -- 2-5, 6th double, 2 steals (16)
Chris Curry (C) -- 2-3, 4th double, HBP, .809 OPS

AAA
Brian Powell (SP) -- 4.0 11 8 7 2 2, 1-6, 3.86
Todd Linden (CF) -- 0-4
Trey Lunsford (C) -- 1-4, 4th double
Tony Torcato (LF) -- 1-4
Lance Niekro (3B) -- 1-4

Athletics

Low A
Drew Dickenson (SP) -- 7.0 6 3 3 2 1, 5-2, 3.06
John McCurdy (SS) -- 3-4, walk
John Baker (C) -- 2-5, walk
Nelson Cruz (RF) -- 1-2, 2 walks, SF, CS
Marcus McBeth (CF) -- 1-3, 2 walks, CS

High A
Brad Weis (SP) -- 3.1 10 9 9 2 2, 3-2, 4.93
Mark Kiger (2B) -- 1-5, 11th double
J.T. Stotts (SS) -- 3-5
Nick Swisher (1B) -- 0-2, 3 walks (32)
Mark Teahen (3B) -- 0-5

AA
[Doubleheader]
Mike Ziegler (SP) -- 6.0 9 5 4 0 1, 3-3, 5.36
Dan Johnson (1B) -- 1-3, 11th homer & 1-3, .590 SLG
Steve Stanley (CF) -- 0-3, walk, CS & 1-4
Freddie Bynum (2B) -- 1-4 & 1-3
Brian Sellier (LF) -- 2-4 & 1-3, 5th double
Jeremy Brown (C) -- 0-2, walk

AAA
Frank Castillo (SP) -- 5.0 4 3 3 4 6, 0-3, 5.70
Esteban German (2B) -- 1-1, 3 walks
Dave McCarty (1B) -- 1-3, 14th double, HBP
Graham Koonce (DH) -- 0-4
Billy McMillon (RF) -- 0-4

Posted By Charlie @ 7:23 PM |Link|

Saturday, May 17, 2003

Farmhand Update [5/16/03]



Giants

Low A
Brian Stirm (SP) -- 6.0 1 0 0 1 4, 2-0, 1.69
Freddie Lewis (CF) -- 0-5, 3 K
Travis Ishikawa (1B) -- 2-4, 2nd SB
Derin McMains (3B) -- 0-2, 3 steals (10), 3 walks

High A
Anthony Pannone (SP) -- 6.0 7 3 3 3 6
Ramon Soler (2B) -- 1-3, 5th SB, walk
Branden Florence (LF) -- 2-3, 10th double, walk
Daniel Ortmeier (RF) -- 1-3, walk

AA
Boof Bonser SF 5.1 5 5 5 6 4
Alejandro Friere (1B) -- 2-3, 7th homer, 9th double, 2 walks
Carlos Valderrama (RF) -- 0-4, walk
Pat Hallmark (CF) -- 3-5, 15th SB
Jaime Athas (SS) -- 2-5, 5th double

AAA
Jeff Urban (SP) -- 4.1 10 6 5 3 2
Lorenzo Barcelo (RP) -- 2.0 1 0 0 1 2
Todd Linden (CF) -- 2-5
Francisco Santos (RF) -- 2-4, 2nd double
Tony Torcato (LF) -- 2-4, 3rd double, 1st SB

Athletics

Low A
Christian Gonzalez (SP) -- 5.0 8 5 5 2 4
John McCurdy (SS) -- 1-3, walk
Nelson Cruz (RF) -- 1-4
John Baker (C) -- 1-3

High A
Jeffrey Bruksch (SP) -- 7.0 5 3 3 4 7
Mark Kiger (2B) -- 2-4, walk
Mark Teahen (DH) -- 3-4, 7th double, walk
Nick Swisher (1) -- 1-4, walk

AA
John Rheinecker (SP) -- 6.2 14 5 2 0 4
Steve Jackson (1B) -- 4-5, 2 homers (3), 1st triple, 2nd double
Dan Johnson (DH) -- 3-5, 2 doubles (10)
Steve Stanley (CF) -- 3-5, 3rd double, walk
Freddie Bynum (2B) -- 2-4, 2nd homer
Jeremy Brown (C) -- 0-3, 2 walks
Adam Morrissey (3B) -- 2-4, walk

AAA
Rich Harden (SP) -- 5.0 2 0 0 2 7
Esteban German (2B) -- 2-4, walk
Dave McCarty (1B) -- 2-2, 12th homer, 13th double, HBP
Adam Melhuse (C) -- 1-3, 3rd homer, walk
Bobby Crosby (SS) -- 0-3

Posted By Charlie @ 1:18 AM |Link|

Friday, May 16, 2003

Farmhand Update [5/15/03]



Giants

Low A
Glenn Woolard (SP) -- 6.0 6 0 0 4 7, 3-1, 2.52 ERA
Freddie Lewis (CF) -- 1-5
Travis Ishikawa (1B) -- 0-4
Derin McMains (3B) -- 1-4

High A
Greg Bruso (SP) -- 5.0 1 0 0 2 6
Ramon Soler (2B) -- 0-5
Branden Florence (LF) -- 0-4, HBP
Angel Chavez (SS) -- 2-5, 6th SB
Daniel Ortmeier (RF) -- 0-3, walk, HBP

AA
Mitch Walk (SP) -- 4.2 10 4 4 3 4
Erick Threets (RP) -- 1.1 4 5 5 3 2, 15.88 ERA
Alejandro Friere (1B) -- 2-4, 2 homers (6), walk
Carlos Valderrama (RF) -- 0-4, walk
Pat Hallmark (CF) -- 2-4, 14th SB, walk
Adam Shabala (LF) -- 2-4, 2 doubles (7), 5th SB, walk

AAA
[16 Inning Game]
Kevin Pickford (SP) -- 6.0 8 3 3 1 2
Lorenzo Barcelo (RP) -- 1.0 1 0 0 0 0
Todd Linden (CF) -- 3-8, 5th SB
Tony Torcato (RF) -- 5-7, 2 doubles (2)
Trey Lunsford (C) -- 0-6
Damon Minor (1B) -- 1-8, 3 K

Athletics

Low A
Bill Murphy (SP) -- 7.0 2 1 1 3 5
Nelson Cruz (RF) -- 1-4, 11th homer, .577 SLG
John McCurdy (SS) -- 2-3, 5th double, walk
John Baker (C) -- 2-5, 12th double
Brian Stavisky (DH) -- 1-3, walk

High A
Ben Fritz (SP) -- 6.0 2 1 1 3 6
Mark Kiger (2B) -- 1-6, 10th double
Mark Teahen (3B) -- 0-6
J.T. Stotts (SS) -- 1-5

AA
Dave Hooten (SP) -- 5.0 6 5 4 0 4
Jeremy Brown (C) -- 0-3, 2 walks
Adam Morrissey (3B) -- 1-3, walk
Freddie Bynum (2B) -- 1-5, 9th SB
Steve Stanley (CF) -- 2-4, walk
Brian Sellier (LF) -- 2-4, 2 steals (5), walk

AAA
Aaron Harang (SP) -- 6.0 5 0 0 0 3, 7-1, 2.28
Esteban German (2B) -- 2-4
Bobby Crosby (SS) -- 0-3
Graham Koonce (DH) -- 1-4, 10th homer
Billy McMillon (RF) -- 0-2, walks
Adam Melhuse (C) -- 2-4, 2nd homer

Posted By Charlie @ 6:07 PM |Link|

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Farmhand Update [5/13/03]



Giants

Low A
Matt Cain (SP) -- 7.0 3 1 1 3 3
Freddie Lewis (CF) -- 0-3, 3 walks
Travis Ishikawa (1B) -- 0-4, 2 walks
Derin McMains (3B) -- 3-6, 7th double

High A
[vs Modesto (the A's A+ affiliate)]
Elliot Brown (SP) -- 4.0 6 6 6 3 3
Ramon Soler (2B) -- 1-5
Branden Florence (LF) -- 1-6, 3rd SB
Daniel Ortmeier (DH) -- 1-5, 4th SB

AA
[doubleheader]
Noah Lowry (SP) -- 6 5 2 2 2 5
Carlos Valderrama (LF) -- 1-3 & 1-3, double
Alejandro Friere (1B) -- 1-3 & 1-3
Joe Jester (2B) -- 0-3 & 0-3

AAA
Matt Blank (SP) -- 6.0 6 1 1 2 5
Todd Linden (CF) -- 2-4
Trey Lunsford (C) -- 2-4
Damon Minor (1B) -- 2-4
Tony Torcato (LF) -- 0-3, walk (only 2 in 101 AB)

Athletics

Low A
Joe Blanton (SP) -- 5.2 8 6 3 2 7
John McCurdy (SS) -- 2-5
John Baker (C) -- 2-5
Nelson Cruz (RF) -- 2-4, 8th double, walk
Marcus McBeth (CF) -- 1-3, walk

High A
[vs San Jose (Giants' A+ affiliate)]
Luke Robertson (SP) -- 6.0 8 7 2 2 2
Nick Swisher (CF) -- 1-3, walk
Mark Teahen (3B) -- 3-5
J.T. Stotts (SS) -- 1-5, 1st homer
Mark Kiger (2B) -- 1-3, 8th double, 2 walks

AA
Sonny Garcia (SP) -- 4.2 8 4 3 3 2
Steve Stanley (CF) -- 1-3, 2 walks, 2nd SB
Dan Johnson (1B) -- 0-3, walk
Jeremy Brown (C) -- 1-3, walk
Adam Morrissey (3B) -- 0-3, walk

AAA
Justin Duchscherer (SP) -- 5.2 7 3 3 0 4 (no walks in last 19.2 IP)
Joe Valentine (RP) -- 2.1 1 0 0 0 4
Esteban German (2B) -- 2-4, 1st triple, 5th SB, walk
Bobby Crosby (SS) -- 1-3, 5th SB, walk
Dave McCarty (1B) -- 1-5, 12th double
Graham Koonce (DH) -- 0-2, 2 walks
Mike Edwards (LF) -- 2-3, 7th double, walk

Posted By Charlie @ 12:17 AM |Link|

Feedback



Matthew Durham of the excellent Southpaw blog sent me a nice reply to my inquiry on fantasy owner vs fan dilemma:

Charlie, this HAS to be the biggest dilemma as a sports fan. Nowhere is it worse then in Football (where you can root for an opposing RB to run wild over your team as long as his team still loses, for example), but it's especially rough in baseball when 2 pitchers go Head-2-Head. I had this happen to me with the Zito-Clemens match-up, but it could be worse then having Zito & Clemens . . . especially when they dueled to a 1-0 conclusion.


I must admit, it was scared when I first received the e-mail, because it was titled Fantasy Owner vs Actual Fan and I thought it might be negative -- you know, like my behavior was antithetical to that of a real fan (a perfectly legit view) -- but I was relieved to see that's not at all what he thought. Whew!

That said, I completely agree with Matthew. I remember a couple of years ago when I had Shaun Alexander and he went absolutely nuts against the Raiders. I was sitting in a bar with a bunch of dispassionate drunks, but they all took notice of my strange behavior.

I thought you were pulling for the Raiders?

I am.

You sure looked thrilled when Alexander had that 88-yard TD

Well, I have him on my fantasy team. I want him to score a couple of TDs and rack up some yardage, but I want the Raiders to win by a healthy margin.

You ain't right, boy.

The two pitchers facing off example is the worst for me, since I'm in a league that counts losses (unfortunately), so even if one pitcher gets a win, the other usually offsets it with the damaging loss. The best you can hope for is a win and a no decision. That's tough to pull off, though, because it requires one pitcher to leave the game before he relinquishes the lead and the other to stay in and then attain the lead.

The other terrible scenario is when you have one of your batters facing one of your pitchers. I usually root for the pitcher, since he only pitches once every 5 days and a crappy start is much more brutal on your stats than an 0-4 day from a batter.

Anyway, thanks Matthew for the feedback and everyone else out there should feel free to let me know how you feel!

Posted By Charlie @ 12:00 AM |Link|

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Apologies



Sorry for the lack of activity lately. Let me explain -- My sister calls me up Saturday afternoon, informing me that she is having a Mother's Day get together at her house on Sunday, which I apparently must attend. Now, she only lives about an hour and a half away, but it was still pretty crappy to just call me up the day before and ask me to come down that night (especially so when you consider my parents live here and we were going to meet up at their place). It's not like you can turn it down, either. I mean, what kind of message would that send your mom? Sorry mom, I love you, but not enough to drive down an hour and a half to see you on Mother's Day. Yeah, that would look great.

In my sister's defense, though, she claimed she had told me about it the week before, but c'mon -- I'm the most absent-minded person of all time. [imitating Dana Carvey imitating Ross Perot] I know it, she knows it, the American people know it. So, I contend that even if she told me, she's still at fault for not calling me twice a day every day last week because there's no way I can remember something like that [even if you guys think I'm wrong here, I know you've still got my back].

Anyway, I didn't get back until early Monday morning (2 AM) and spent all day catching up on work and sleeping. So, I apologize for the absence, hopefully in the future I will be able to make a post if I'm going to be out of town. Thanks for the continued support, guys!

Posted By Charlie @ 11:17 PM |Link|

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