Tagged: Marco Scutaro

Roster move: Marco Scutaro reinstated off the DL, Brandon Hicks designated for assignment

Even though 2B Marco Scutaro is not in the starting lineup, he has already been reinstated off the disabled list.

Brandon Hicks came on during Spring Training and naturally, the Giants hoped they could use Hicks while he was hitting well. Hicks did contribute eight home runs for the Giants over the first two months of the season including a .368 wOBA in the first month, which is pretty good. The next two months were at .250 and .218 with high K% rates that were consistent all 2014. If no teams claim him, the Giants can outright Hicks to Triple-A Fresno, and Hicks can choose if he wants to accept that assignment or become a free agent.

In 127 games in 2013, Marco Scutaro threw up a .357 OBP and had the best contact rate among qualified hitters by more than three percent. We know Scutaro will not match the homer production that Hicks gave, but the we’re all hoping he can be close to what he gave in 2013 even while not being able to start all the time due to the back pain that’s kept him out for the first half of the 2014 season.

First pitch is at 7:15PM PST. Here’s the link to the pre-gamer.

Quick Pre-Gamer: Scutaro could be back on Friday, Giants could tie Dodgers for first with win tonight

As of now, the most intriguing story is when Marco Scutaro will return. He started his rehabilitation process with the Arizona Rookie League squad, and just a couple days ago moved on to being in Fresno to face much more advanced competition relative to the rookies, and now the beat writers are being told he may be back as early as Friday.

That Scutaro is returning before Angel Pagan, and possibly only a week after Brandon Belt is a welcome surprise to all Giants fans, and though we have heard Marco the eleventy-billion-dollar-man may not be an everyday starter again, having him being back should be a significant upgrade over Brandon Hicks and Ehire Adrianza. Since Adrianza is out of options, I’m guessing once he’s ready would mean an optioning of Joe Panik back to Fresno, and Brandon Hicks would likely be taken off the 25-man roster as well.  

The A’s are down one of their hitters tonight thanks to playing in a National League park, so maybe that will slow them down:

On the Giants side of the lineup card, Gregor Blanco is out of the leadoff spot and Hunter Pence is in.

For Jason Hammel, he has fifty strikeouts and eight walks in his last seven starts in 44.1 innings pitched, and the A’s obviously hope that kind of pitching continues as he goes against Matt Cain and the Giants. The box score on Cain’s last two starts have been encouraging, but the Oakland offense has been a challenge to deal with thus far. A win tonight would put the Giants in a tie for first place in the National League West as the Detroit Tigers finished their two-game sweep over the Dodgers. Thank you, Detroit Tigers.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:15PM PST.

Bochy: Chances of Marco Scutaro Breaking Camp with #SFGiants “Way Down”

When I was scrolling through Twitter on Sunday, a lot of fans were convinced Marco Scutaro would hit the DL at the beginning of the season. They live on Twitter a lot better than I do these days, and MLB Depth Charts had their back (no pun intended) with Scutaro projecting to start on the DL. This is probably as close to an official word as we’ll get before Scutaro is announced to start on the DL:

That means Ehire Adrianza and Brandon Hicks, maybe you don’t have to compete against one-another for the time being, perhaps you will both make it on to the Opening Day roster. Manager Bruce Bochy may not know exactly at the moment which hitter might be best for the 2 spot, but you will find plenty of supporters for Brandon Belt over the likes of Joaquin Arias and Brandon Crawford. Belt may not have been the best contact hitter last year, but he sure as heck did produce offensively, so why the heck not have him in the 2 spot? We certainly know Belt can be patient, even if he has his share of strikeouts. Expect Belt’s projected run total to receive a boost and his projected RBI to take a hit if he is indeed placed behind Angel Pagan in the order.

Until then, get well soon, Marco Scutaro.

Scutaro leaves game after HBP, x-rays negative but…

…what about what George Kontos did by throwing at the Pirates three times, twice hitting a player in Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen. While the Pirates didn’t retaliate against the Giants in the top of the 9th, Andrew McCutchen had a pretty aggressive slide into Brandon Crawford on a double play in the bottom of the 8th.

All this because somebody may have thought Marco Scutaro may have been hurt really bad, with flashbacks of Ryan Vogelsong. In case you missed the Scutaro HBP:

This seemed bad. That frustration and pain was scary for all of us to watch.

Now Kontos’ plunking seems even dumber, because now the Pirates are going to retaliate against someone since McCutchen will be hit, and I’ll give you one guess as to whom they will target. What if that intentional plunking of Buster Posey gets him on the DL? That’s the danger of all this immaturity and it is simply not worth it. Hopefully this doesn’t happen and the Pirates are the better people in all this… but after seeing McCutchen fly into 2nd, I’m not so sure we’ll see the Pirates ignoring the opportunity to get even.

NL All Star Game Vote Counts Released — Posey and Panda lead the way for SF

Yesterday the counts for the American League were released, and so today the home National League’s vote count is out to the people where you can view here. Some facts and reactions:

Surprises for me are Pablo Sandoval at third, Bryce Harper gets the celebrity vote, as you could argue Carlos Gomez, Carlos Gonzalez, and Shin-Soo Choo are among those more deserving with the stats, but I’ll let that slide.

Buster Posey is the story of the day with the amount of votes he’s getting, but he’s not blowing away the competition.

It’s true, when Angel Pagan is 8th and Gregor Blanco is 11th, and neither is having an All Star caliber season, that is a fair statement. Giants fans are at it again.

Brandon Crawford is about 350,000 votes behind Troy Tulowitzki, Brandon Belt is about 500,000 behind Joey Votto, and Marco Scutaro is 200,000 behind Brandon Phillips. I really feel like Matt Carpenter needs to be getting more of a look, as he’s quietly put up a pretty valuable year.

The challenge for other clubs is can they get their fanbase to vote their one guy (for the Brewers two guys) in to out do what the Giants fans are doing for all their outfielders.

Right now, I’d say Posey is the only ASG starter I could argue that the Giants have. Yadier Molina winning that over Buster would not be a problem by me, he’s really good as well. We saw what Giants fans did last year, voting in Melky Cabrera in addition to Panda and Posey, and Matt Cain took the bump for the NL. There were many unhappy within the NL, although the NL would end up winning, with the Giants players providing plenty of production, in a shutout victory over the American League, giving the Giants of all teams home field advantage in the 2012 World Series.

The 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, on Tuesday, July 16.

Even before series starts, the breaks are going the way of the Cardinals

Even after the Cardinals lose a game that didn’t finish until after 1:00AM PST, the Giants are limping into St. Louis and have rolled into the underdog role even more, and it’s hard to say that we expected this to happen:

Ok, so Pablo Sandoval‘s out for a bit, that should give Joaquin Arias some more starts. He hasn’t looked as great this year as he did last year in his limited role, but as long as he’s doing well defensively that should be cool, right?

Angel Pagan coming back may make the defense better in that Andres Torres will get a break to get all the demons out of his head, although I wonder if Andres doing well in the outfield is the only way to exorcise those thoughts.

Sad face.

So if Marco Scutaro‘s sick, that would make three regulars in Pagan, Sandoval, and Scutaro out and Nick Noonan would be getting the start(s) depending on how Marco’s feeling, but this flu bug has really been running amuck in the Giants clubhouse. Whomever gave this to them owes us. I don’t know what they owe us, but they owe us. Lineups for the Giants:

and for the Cardinals:

Normally a blatantly obvious “key to the game” but this is especially true against the Cardinals: If the Giants can get to the bullpen of the Cards early on, there will be much rejoicing. The rotation and the lineup for the Cardinals is scary good, while their bullpen wasn’t as great as it was in the beginning of the season. No reports of game start being delayed from what I’ve seen yet. 5:15PM PST scheduled start since they’re two hours ahead of the west coast party peoples.

Water Cooler Day Off Talk: My May 23rd All Star Ballot

Earlier I wrote about how you could validate voting for each Giant on the MLB All Star Ballot, now it’s probably an appropriate time to list my actual All Stars. Since voting doesn’t close until the 4th of July, there’s going to be plenty of room for hot streaks, and hot piles of slumps. As with the online ballot itself, I’ll give you my players for each position, and we’ll leave it at that for now.

American League

C — Carlos Santana (8 HR, .405 OBP, .410 wOBA, 163 wRC+, 1.7 fWAR) over Joe Mauer (2 HR, .416 OBP, .386 wOBA, 144 wRC+, 1.9 fWAR)

1B — Chris Davis (14 HR, .420 OBP, .458 wOBA, 190 wRC+, 2.3 fWAR)

2B — Dustin Pedroia (8 SB, .420 OBP, .375 wOBA, 132 wRC+, 2.0 fWAR) just over Robinson Cano (13 HR, .335 OBP, .375 wOBA, 134 wRC+, 1.6 fWAR)

SS — Jhonny Peralta (4 HR, .379 OBP, .364 wOBA, 127 wRC+, 1.7 fWAR)

3B — Miguel Cabrera (13 HR, .459 OBP, .480 wOBA, 206 wRC+, 3.0 fWAR) over Evan Longoria (9 HR, .399 OBP, .420 wOBA, 171 wRC+, 2.9 fWAR)

OF — Mike Trout (9 HR, 9 SB, .400 wOBA, 157 wRC+, 2.4 fWAR)

OF — Jose Bautista (11 HR, .408 wOBA, 158 wRC+, 1.9 fWAR)

OF — Alex Rios (10 HR, 8 SB, .372 OBP, .397 wOBA, 146 wRC+, 1.7 fWAR) just over Alex Gordon (6 HR, .387 OBP, .396 wOBA, 150 wRC+, 1.9 fWAR)

DH — David Ortiz (7 HR, .397 OBP, .429 wOBA, 168 wRC+, 1.1 fWAR)

National League

C — Buster Posey (6 HR, .395 OBP, .385 wOBA, 152 wRC+, 1.8 fWAR)

1B — Joey Votto (7 HR, .484 OBP, .438 wOBA, 182 wRC+, 2.7 fWAR) over Paul Goldschmidt (12 HR, .400 OBP, .420 wOBA, .166 wRC+, 2.1 fWAR)

2B — Matt Carpenter (3 HR, .387 OBP, .365 wOBA, 137 wRC+, 2.1 fWAR) over Marco Scutaro (1 HR, .382 OBP, .358 wOBA, 133 wRC+, 1.6 fWAR)

SS — Jean Segura (7 HR, 14 SB, .390 OBP, .407 wOBA, 2.4 fWAR) just over former Long Beach State Dirtbag Troy Tulowitzki (9 HR, .409 OBP, .427 wOBA, 163 wRC+, 2.3 fWAR). You could go either way here.

3B — David Wright (6 HR, 10 SB, .395 OBP, .385 wOBA, 151 wRC+, 2.1 fWAR) over Chase Headley (does not play on the Mets)

OF — Carlos Gonzalez (11 HR, 8 SB, .390 OBP, .413 wOBA, 154 wRC+, 2.1 fWAR)

OF — Justin Upton (14 HR, .387 OBP, .410 wOBA, 165 wRC+, 2.0 fWAR)

OF — Shin-Soo Choo (9 HR, .449 OBP, .426 wOBA, 174 wRC+, 2.0 fWAR) over Carlos Gomez (152 wRC+, 2.6 fWAR) and Ryan Braun (9 HR, .412 wOBA). Just don’t put Choo in CF.

Feel free to put your ballot or changes in the comments because I can see how you might like player B over player A. Short season so far, lots of time left before I have to decide who I’m voting in 35 times.