Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Major Site Changes

After about a year of blogging, I’ve decided to transfer over from Blogger to WordPress. In order to reflect the changes, the blog will undergo a new name change — it’s now Giants Nirvana (sort of the antithesis of Giants torture).

I’ll try to set the old url (www.splashingpumpkins.com) to redirect to the new site, and you can always find old posts at SplashingPumpkins.blogspot.com

I'm still working out the kinks, but it should be finished and running smoothly within a week.

Other than that, the site will continue as usual, and as always, thanks for reading!

Roundtable: Trade Deadline, Carlos Beltran, Ryan Vogelsong

This is the first of (hopefully) many monthly roundtables. For August, joining Zack and myself is Rory Paap -- formerly of Paapfly.com, and currently writing at Bay City Ball (ESPN SweetSpot) -- joined us.

Game Recap: Diamondbacks 5, Giants 2

Not really a recap, actually. Just random notes from this game, I guess.
  • That sixth inning sucked. I'll say no more of it.
  • As a general rule of thumb, not in favor of Cody Ross leading off against a right-handed pitcher. Career .313 OBP v. RHPs. But hey, it worked tonight. 
  • Matt Cain allowed five earned runs in 5.2 innings. Which means Giants starters have gone six or fewer innings with 5+ ER three days in a row. Arbitrary endpoints and all, but if I'm not mistaken, this is the longest such streak by Giants starters since...June 17-20, 2007.
  • More arbitrary endpoints: the Giants have scored 23 runs over their last 11 games.
  • Ian Kennedy is officially a Giants killer: he now has a career 1.87 ERA against them in eight starts, with 49 strikeouts and 18 walks in 57.2 innings pitched.
  • From Elias: The Giants have not scored five or more runs in an inning at home this season, although they've done so eight times on the road.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Giants News and Notes: Freddy Sanchez to undergo surgery

Some quick pregame news and notes...

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Game Recap: Reds 9, Giants 0

Well, Johnny Cueto just tossed a three-hit shutout against the Giants. The trade deadline is seconds away, and I don't know if the Giants will trade for a catcher.

Barry Zito's been awful this year. He's not getting swinging strikes, he's not inducing as many infield fly balls as he has in the past, and he's giving up a lot of home runs. With Jonathan Sanchez set to return, I don't know what the Giants should do with him...but I haven't yet given up hope that maybe Zito can still be a somewhat-useful fifth starter. Yes, I'm crazy.


Bochy's phone silent. Probably no more deals.Sun Jul 31 20:06:04 via Echofon