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  1. #676
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    Everyone wants Bochy to make romo the closer but now your mad he didnt put him out there in the eighth? Make up your mind.. Get a freakin grip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 707GiAnTsFaN View Post
    Everyone wants Bochy to make romo the closer but now your mad he didnt put him out there in the eighth? Make up your mind.. Get a freakin grip.
    "Everyone"?

    A few of us want Casilla to close.........
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    Yeah, I want Huff to close for us.

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    Good to see Vogey have a decent day and good to see Belt hit the ball hard and draw a walk.

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    Exclamation Shulman: Sunday night, Belt, and more

    http://blog.sfgate.com/giants/2012/0...belt-and-more/

    By nature ballplayers try to pluck a positive out of every negative. There is no way to do that when your closer goes down with a season-ending injury in the first two weeks.

    “This sucks,” Clay Hensley said. “There’s no other way to spit it.”
    Still, there are a few facts one can spit out that could provide some comfort.

    If three was a bullpen that could prosper with its closer down, it’s the Giants’. Aside from Hensley and rookie Dan Otero, all of these relievers have pitched in the pressure cooker of the postseason. They also had a dry run for what is about to happen over the last six weeks of last season, when Wilson was down with what he said is a different elbow injury.

    “I think this is something that can work,” lefty sidewinder Javier Lopez said. “Obviously, when you have Brian Wilson at the back end it all pretty well fell into place. In a way, last year was good practice for what we have to do now.”

    Manager Bruce Bochy talks about a closer by committee. Last August and September, he largely turned to Santiago Casilla, who went 6-for-6 in save chances. In fact, the Giants had nine saves with none blown in the eighth or ninth inning in Wilson’s absence, though Casilla lost a home game in the ninth inning by allowing a run that broke a tie, which is a closer’s job to protect.Seven different Giants saved games in 2011. One of those, Ramon Ramirez, is gone. He had the other three saves during Wilson’s absence.

    A lot of fans have asked about Heath Hembree. Bochy said Sunday the Giants might call him up some time this season, but they are not going to rush him up from Fresno, where he has pitched three Triple-A games. He throws hard but remains unpolished. The Giants are going to look at what they have now, then adjust.

    As Brandon Belt flailed through the opening series at Arizona, the game was too fast for him. Bochy gave him five games off, which I’m sure did not please Belt, but he could not argue with the results. He came to bat four times in Sunday’s 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh and had three excellent at-bats.

    He hit a hard flyball out in his first at-bat then doubled off the glove of leaping first baseman Garrett Jones (ultimately scoring the Giants run). He hit a weak groundball then walked in the ninth against closer Joel Hanrahan, who paid Wilson a nice tribute with a torturous save for the Pirates
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    “It’s just getting into the season a little bit,” Belt said. “I had first-game jitters a little bit and I calmed down a little bit. I had been results-oriented, but today I focused on having good at-bats.”

    This bodes well for Belt’s playing time — I think — though I suspect he’ll be back on the bench against Roy Halladay tonight and Aubrey Huff returns after a day off.
    The offense has gotten good reviews over the first nine games for good reason. They scored at least four runs in every game until Sunday’s. But there has been one underlying flaw that could derail the offense against good pitching. After hitting historically poorly last year with runners in scoring position and two outs, they are doing so again. They were 0-for-5 Sunday and now stand 8-for-42 on the season.

    Bochy said it bluntly after the loss. Those situations are the difference between winning and losing.

    The offense should get a great test over the next three nights as the Giants host the Phillies. They must hit against Roy Halladay, Joe Blanton (coming off a great 2012 debut) and Cliff Lee.Pablo Sandoval goes into the series having hit safely in all nine games, but his mash partner early in the season is struggling a bit. Melky Cabrera went 0-for-4 in each of the final two games against the Pirates.

    Tim Lincecum faces Halladay tonight after two trying starts against Arizona and Colorado. My colleague Steve Kroner talked to Lincecum on Saturday. If you look a bit lower on this blog thread you’ll find Lincecum’s comments.

    Ryan Vogelsong’s first start of the year was pretty good, two runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings. But he was self-critical. Here’s his quote:

    “A battle. I was inconsistent. I was just fighting myself all day. It was frustrating trying to find a rhythm.”
    Some odds and ends:

    Sandoval made 10 errors in 106 games at third base last year. He has four in nine games this year. His fourth Sunday was a bit more forgivable because he was aggressively trying to throw a runner out on a tough bunt play to prevent a big inning against Ryan Vogelsong. Still, his error led to the second run of the second inning.

    •Angel Pagan is having better at-bats. He tripled for the second consecutive game. He had a chance to bring the Giants back when he batted with two outs in the ninth against closer Joel Hanrahan but flied out to end the game.

    •This has been a particularly rough year for closers. The Royals’ Joakim Soria and Reds’ Ryan Madsen also required Tommy John surgery.

    •I know this is way premature, but the Giants could face an interesting contract decision with Wilson after the season. He will be in his final year of salary arbitration coming off what likely will be a season with one save. He is making about $8 million this year and would have been in line for a nice raise under normal circumstances. By rule, the least they could offer him for 2013 is 80 percent of his 2012 salary, or about $6.4 million. Should they pay him that kind of money coming off Tommy John? Given his pitching know-how, the success rate of this operation and the possibility he might throw hard again, the answer is probably yes. The only alternative would be non-tendering him and hoping to sign him for less as a free agent. I’ll finish where I started. This is way premature, something to file away for this fall.

    •A 9-1 start is a 9-1 start, but before Dodger fans start thinking about where they want to sit during the playoffs they should remember that they played seven games against San Diego and three against Pittsburgh, both of whom are likely to finish last in their divisions. The Dodgers also have played six games at Dodger Stadium and the other four at Petco Park, which might as well be home games given their following in San Diego. Now they embark on a six-game trip to Milwaukee and Houston, which both play well at home. This will be a better gauge.


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    It's easier to read if quote the story


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