The San Francisco Giants are currently sitting at a .500 record, 15-15, and a lot of people are talking about a World Series hangover. When we last talked to you, the Giants had just been swept at home by the Braves and things were not looking up. The Black and Orange followed this up by beating the Pirates with a 2-1 series win before being embarrassed by the Nationals in a 3-1 series loss over the last weekend. Although this roadtrip hasn’t been the best, the Giants are beginning to right the ship as they have taken the last two games against the New York Mets.
In Tuesday’s opener, the Giants came back from a 3-0 deficit to win in 10 innings thanks to a Aubrey Huff homer in the top of the 10th. This was followed up by last night’s gem from the Freak. Timmy pitched 7 innings and struck out 13, while the Giants managed to put up two runs for a 2-0 victory. Brian Wilson recorded saves 9 and 10 to ensure both victories. A 5-4 (hopefully 6-4 after today) roadtrip is nothing to write home about, but I think the Giants will be happy to see the beautiful bay area when they take on the Rockies and the D’Backs in a 6-game homestand starting tomorrow.
-The biggest news of the trip was the injury suffered by Pablo Sandoval. The Panda will miss up to 6 weeks after breaking a bone in his wrist. In a lineup that has been struggling, Panda was hitting .313 with 5 HRs and 14 RBIs. It is sad to see him go down after such a great start, but he has the right mindset as he vowed to drop a few more pounds while sitting due to injury. We would also like to report that he had a successful surgery and looks to be on track for a timely recovery.
–Nate Schierholtz and Aaron Rowand continue to hit well and are making cases for more playing time as the season progresses. The two are off to a great start and will compete for playing time with Andres Torres and Cody Ross as time moves on.
-Andres Torres is expected to be activated soon from the 15-day DL after rehabbing his way through a strained achilles. He is expected to be back in time for the upcoming homestand and will hopefully bring a much needed punch back to a struggling Giants lineup.
-In 29 triple-A at-bats, Brandon Belt is hitting .517 with 2 HRs, 4 Doubles, 3 SBs, and an off-the-charts on base + slugging percentage of 1.484. Belt has also been playing some outfield in the minors and will likely rejoin the team in the coming weeks. Bochy had this to say…
“We’ve talked about the pros and cons of a move there…We’re very excited about Belt going down and swinging the bat the way he is. The man looks very determined to get back up here…Yeah, sure, when you’re scuffling, you’re going to have that conversation. He’s one of the best hitters in our system. You don’t want your players going out thinking they have to force the issue. With his play, he’s doing that. We want him to keep doing that.”
I’m sure all of you have heard it by now, but the Giants have held internal discussion about trading for Mets SS Jose Reyes. Reyes is currently hitting. 315 with 11 SBs and 8 RBIs. This would be a huge upgrade over Tejada and Fontenot at the shortstop position, but it remains unknown whether the Giants are willing to part ways with someone like Jonathan Sanchez to acquire Reyes. He would be a free agent at the end of the season and we would most likely be giving up Sanchez, who has pitched well thus far in the 2011 season.
WE LIKE TO PARTY:
Outside of baseball, the Giants are still having a good time. Aubrey Huff rented out a box for a NHL playoff game when the team was in DC taking on the Nationals. They saw Huff’s Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Washington Capitals and according to Deadspin reports, some of the players got a little too rowdy, mainly Huff himself. Two versions of the story were released and in one, a fan said Huff was “chain smoking and pounding shitty beers.” This version seemed to come from a bitter Caps fan who threw Huff and teammates under the bus. In the other version, a different fan seemed to see it as a good time. He wrote in to Deadspin saying…
While in general they didn’t do anything real crazy, there were some great heckling moments, most notably when a fan in the box next to them yelled at the ice, “This game is so boring I’d rather watch the Nationals beat the hell out of a crappy team,” which instantly illicited a litany of responses from the Giants box with Brian Wilson loudly yelling, “Why don’t you turn around and say that you fucking bitch?”
This is probably my favorite part of the whole thing, I am sure Huff and Burrell were pounding beers, but the fact that B Willy responds with a “Why don’t you turn around and say that you fucking bitch?” is awesome. I am sure the Caps fans must have been pissing themselves…Another highlight included Aubrey Huff waving his World Series ring to the fans.
Check out the whole story here: http://deadspin.com/#!5797811/some-drunk-giants-players-got-into-it-with-drunk-fans-at-a-hockey-game
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