Even though 2B Marco Scutaro is not in the starting lineup, he has already been reinstated off the disabled list.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) July 12, 2014
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.
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.
Scutaro feeling good after playing for Fresno. The plan: off today, 9 innings tomorrow and activated Friday (!!) if all goes well.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) July 9, 2014
Bochy says “very strong possibility” Scutaro returns to No.2 spot when he starts. Will gauge situation when they talk Friday.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) July 9, 2014
One reason for Scutaro acceleration: Giants need to know what they have, how much he can play, ahead of trade deadline.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) July 9, 2014
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:
Tonight’s #SFGiants Lineup: Pence RF Belt 1B Sandoval 3B Posey C Morse LF Blanco CF Panik 2B Crawford SS Cain P
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) July 9, 2014
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.
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:
Bochy makes strongest statement yet that Scutaro likely to start on DL. “Obviously, the chances of him starting with us are way down.”
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) March 24, 2014
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.
…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.
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.
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:
NL @allstargame voting leaders:1B: Votto2B: Phillips3B: SandovalSS: TulowitzkiC: PoseyOF: J. Upton OF: Harper OF: Braun
— MLB (@MLB) June 4, 2013
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.
Posey leads all NL with 1,275,956 votes, J. Upton is second w/ 1,184,249. Upton leads all OFs. Would be 1st fan selection for 2-time AllStar — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) June 4, 2013
Buster Posey is the story of the day with the amount of votes he’s getting, but he’s not blowing away the competition.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) June 4, 2013
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.
Giants fans vote a lot. Belt 2nd, Scutaro 2nd, Sandoval 1st, Crawford 2nd, Posey 1st; Pence 6th, Pagan 8th, Blanco 11th in OF
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) June 4, 2013
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.
This will be a real test for Giant fans — to see how many unworthy players they can vote into the starting lineup
— Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) June 4, 2013
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 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:
Pablo has left foot sprain, won’t start this series. Could miss up to a week, but Giants don’t think he’ll go on DL.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 31, 2013
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?
Sandoval isn’t sure when he hurt it. Had MRI this morning. Pagan to play for sure Sunday, possibly tomorrow. — Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) May 31, 2013
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.
Gaudin now officially listed to start Sunday. — Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) May 31, 2013
One more to add on to Sandoval, Pagan … Scutaro is pretty sick and Bochy said he would check with him after BP to see if he starts. — Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 31, 2013
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:
Tonight’s #SFGiants lineup: Blanco cf, Scutaro 2b, Pence rf, Posey c, Belt 1b, Torres lf, Crawford ss, Arias 3b, Cain p
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) May 31, 2013
and for the Cardinals:
#STLCards lineup vs SF: Carpenter 2B, Beltran RF, Holliday LF, Craig 1B, Molina C, Freese 3B, Jay CF, Kozma SS, Miller P
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 31, 2013
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.
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.
1B — Chris Davis (14 HR, .420 OBP, .458 wOBA, 190 wRC+, 2.3 fWAR)
SS — Jhonny Peralta (4 HR, .379 OBP, .364 wOBA, 127 wRC+, 1.7 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)
DH — David Ortiz (7 HR, .397 OBP, .429 wOBA, 168 wRC+, 1.1 fWAR)
C — Buster Posey (6 HR, .395 OBP, .385 wOBA, 152 wRC+, 1.8 fWAR)
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)
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.