Lineups and other things: Cain’s 2014 likely over, Pagan and Belt could be back soon, plan for the newbies

A four-game series with the Mets should be a welcome break from the tough competition that was over-.500 baseball teams. The Mets are 52-56, winners of three of their last four games, while the 58-50 Giants were just happy to salvage one against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. Over the course of the season, the Giants and Mets offense match up with a .301 wOBA with a ten point difference in OBP .313-.303 in favor of the Mets. The Giants pitching has a thirty point advantage over the Mets 3.47-3.77 in FIP, and they have walked fewer batters, but struck out their opposition less than Mets pitchers have. New to the show are outfielder Jarrett Parker and infielder Matt Duffy, the latter of whom will get a start tonight batting second, because where else are second baseman supposed to hit in the lineup.

The top three of the lineup in Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, and David Wright may seem like the most formidable, but offensively speaking Lucas Duda in the cleanup spot has led the team with nineteen homers and a .375 wOBA. LHP Jon Niese takes the mound for the Metropolitans. 

Ryan Vogelsong takes the hill for the Giants and I’m just hoping it’s better than his start two starts ago against the Phillies. That was dreadful.

On to news relayed from the beat writers, speaking of dreadful and Giants pitchers, Matt Cain‘s elbow has bothered Cain to the point of getting a couple of opinions on the bone chips in his elbow.

Despite the throwing, manager Bruce Bochy laid out what was realistic: Cain’s probably done.

So, it’s a good thing the Giants acquired Jake Peavy to provide some depth and leave Yusmeiro Petit out of the rotation. As for Angel Pagan and Brandon Belt, by next Tuesday, we may see them back on the 25-man roster.

The plan for Parker and Duffy, excited as they are to be with the big club, looks like this:

So, enjoy your time while you’re up with the big league squad Parker, because it doesn’t look like it’ll be long. Duffy, on the other hand, looks like he’ll get an extended look, which makes it seem like we should expect Marco Scutaro or Ehire Adrianza back anytime soon.

First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 PM PST. Happy Friday.

Roster moves are official: Matt Duffy (@mm_duffy) and Jarrett Parker go from Richmond to Big Leagues

With no trades made since the Giants played their last game on Wednesday, General Manager Brian Sabean and company had to come up with a plan for whom to call up. Should they take Brandon Hicks and Gary Brown and further deplete their AAA-Fresno roster? They decided against that, reaching down to AA-Richmond to promote 2012 18th round pick out of Long Beach State, infielder Matt Duffy, the #18 overall prospect for the Giants according to MLB.com, and 2nd round 2010 pick outfielder Jarrett Parker.

Everything in the video below is what’s written in Duffy’s scouting report on MLB.com:

Duffy and Parker have both been doing very well offensively for Richmond this year. Both have played almost 100 games. The stats:

Duffy — 417 PA, .332/.398/.444 with a .379 wOBA and 134 wRC+, 15.8% K%, 20 SB (4 CS), 3 HR, 24 2B

Parker —  418 PA, .275/.368/.463 with a .373 wOBA and 130 wRC+, 24.6% K%, 11 SB (4 CS), 12 HR, 20 2B

Hopefully, both will be able to contribute to a Giants offense that has been sputtering for runs. While their stays might be temporary if Brandon Belt and Angel Pagan‘s road to recovery has no setbacks, should one or both get hot, (obvious analysis here) it would be a great help to the run-scoring machine that isn’t the Giants. Alex Pavlovic let the internet know on Thursday he was hearing Duffy and Parker might be on their way up.  

And yes, there’s also this:

Don’t everybody line up at once now!

Congrats to Duffy and Parker on their promotion to the big leagues. Best of luck, boys.

Miami Marlins beat writer: Giants were “crybabies” after Posey collision, Dave Flemming responds

The Miami Marlins had a game on Thursday and there was a play at the plate. No worries — nobody got blown up, nobody is injured, but the Marlins ended up surrendering a run because their catcher was ruled to not have given the runner from third a lane to the plate. Rule 7.13 says the runner must have a lane, but if the ball carries the catcher into the lane then there’s no obstruction. Was the catcher obstructing? Here’s the video for you to be the judge:

Manager Mike Redmond talked after the game about his thoughts on the call, and like he was on the field, he was not happy.

Of course, anytime this rule comes into effect, the names Scott Cousins and Buster Posey come up, much as the Giants and Giants fans would prefer to not recall that incident when Cousins went out of his way to collide with the Giants catcher, the result of which took him out for the season. This is not lost on anybody, and Miami Herald beat writer Clark Spencer took it upon himself to let the Giants fanbase know how he felt:

Cool, cool. I bet owners and general managers are really upset that the league set out to protect their catchers, what an awful, awful thing. Is the rule perfect? Definitely not, and it’s shown its growing pains in the 2014 season. The garbage that was being talked against Bruce Bochy and company was not taken lightly by Giants broadcaster Dave Flemming:  

Clark Spencer has been retweeting emotional Giants fans onto his timeline to show how much he’s enjoying being supported in the “crybaby” narrative, but never acknowledged Flemming with a retweet. Of course, it is very much possible they interacted privately. We all know what the old school people think of collisions, but here’s a view from Grant Brisbee:

Strong responses from the leaders of the Giants camp. Glad Giants fans have interactive personnel like them to stand up to others when they start throwing their fighting words. In a country where concussions are being taken so seriously in a very popular sport, this rule had to have been something that happened in a matter of time. The old school is mad it happened the way it did and the rule isn’t doing well, and that’s too bad for the old school folk that want things The Way They Were, because it doesn’t look like the rule is going anywhere.

Dodgers and Giants make no trades on July 31st

Per Hank Schulman, the Giants made no deals and per Tim Brown, the Dodgers also made no deals. The teams look the same, and will dig through the waiver wire to get in on a possible deal for another player, which they can do through the rest of the regular season, but only players picked up in the month of August will be eligible for postseason play.

The Giants were linked to players like Emilio Bonifacio, Alex Rios, Bartolo Colon, and Chase Utley but were not linked to the likes of David Price, whom was traded to the Detroit Tigers today in a three-team trade, first reported by Ken Rosenthal.

The Giants resume baseball games on Friday as they go up against the New York Mets, whose field I heard was attack by some shark tornado.

Almost three hours to go, no Giants trades yet, but Athletics have made a couple

So far, the only trade the San Francisco Giants have been able to pull off in this trade season involved Jake Peavy and cash for Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree. With the optioning of Tyler Colvin and the possible release of Dan Uggla looming, and no obvious helpful solution within the organization to fill those spots, you would expect the Giants to make a move or two to fill those spots as they look to compete with the Wild Card spots as well as the NL West crown. The Dodgers are only three games up, and it is not beyond the Giants to sweep the Dodgers, but they’re going to need to fill some holes. Some ideas of the directions the Giants could be going:

Alex Rios:

Emilio Bonifacio, Gordon Beckham, Daniel Murphy, Asdrubal Cabrera could be possibilities: 

With the Tampa Bay Rays inching closer to being in the race, I’m not so keen on the Rays selling, but rather standing pat or even buying. However, maybe they get the best value for their players now and they decide to deal. Important to note the second part of Joel Sherman’s tweet that the Giants still expect to make a move in August as long as they feel they are still in it. Sherman said the Giants aren’t in on a SP, but Jon Heyman mentioned the Giants as a possibility for winners in the Bartolo Colon sweepstakes, but we’re under the impression the Mets would have to take on money for 2015.

In other news, Billy Beane and the A’s were busy this morning, trading with two teams. To sum everything up, here’s what they got and what they sent away:

A’s get:

LHP Jon Lester

OF Jonny Gomes

OF Sam Fuld

$650,000

Boston gets:

OF Yoenis Cespedes

Competitive Balance Pick

Twins get:

LHP Tommy Milone

So the A’s further strengthen their rotation with Lester for 2014, create a LF platoon, give away a disgruntled employee in Milone as well as one of the faces of the franchise in Cespedes. The Cuban outfielder is signed through 2015 and the Red Sox will not be able to give Cespedes a qualifying offer. The Red Sox were not done re-structuring their outfield, as you’ll see in the next paragraph.

As for the Dodgers, nothing has been done yet, and John Lackey has just been traded to the Cardinals for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig, paving the way for Oscar Taveras to start full-time with St. Louis. Expect the Dodgers to go after bullpen help as opposed to getting someone for the rotation, like Joaquin Benoit. Should they land David Price this season, I would find that to be a huge surprise, and just about everyone would stamp their ticket to the postseason as a result.

More to come as the 1:00PM PST trade deadline continues to come at us fast. Very much expect the Giants to get at least one move done.

After the Giants win a game, they go on to release Dan Uggla and option Tyler Colvin

Update at the bottom.

Multiple sources have told Chris Haft that Dan Uggla and Tyler Colvin have been released. However, beat writers have announced Colvin has been optioned to Fresno. This opens up two spots on both their 25-man roster, and one spot on their 40-man. No corresponding moves have been made as of yet, giving people more fuel to project that a trade could be on the horizon for the Giants. Since they have a day off on Thursday, there is no rush to make that move, but should nothing go down, I’d speculate Brandon Hicks and Gary Brown could start getting excited as the Giants look to anybody and everybody for consistent offense.

Dan Uggla went 0-for-11 with six strikeouts and three errors in his short time with the Giants. Tyler Colvin had two home runs in fifty-seven games with the Giants with a .268 OBP and .285 wOBA.

Update: Beat writers and Ken Rosenthal are reporting the Giants have not yet released Dan Uggla. Why haven’t the Giants done it? Nobody knows. 

SF Giants turn a double play I’ve never seen before against the Pirates

The MLB video will do the explaining, but after a Chris Stewart walk from Jean Machi in the 6th inning, Travis Snider forgot there was not a baserunner behind him, and Gaby Sanchez tried to lure the throw home while Snider was in a rundown. Let’s see how it turns out:

I have never seen that happen before.

The Giants are currently leading the Pirates 6-5 in the bottom of the 8th inning. The game is airing on MLB Network for those outside of the San Francisco and Pittsburgh markets.