What a horrendous day. Just coming off the news from Puerto Rico, then comes the Vegas shooting and now Tom Petty. Let's talk about baseball, shall we?
Chad, Eric and Willie reflect on the end of the 2017 season for the Giants, including what went wrong, how they may address it, Pablo's season-ending walk-off and how that affects the draft, and of course, Matt Cain's last start. Chad talks about covering Cain's last start and Eric shares a poignant moment he had with his father when they watched Matt Cain and Barry Bonds beat the Cubs in Chicago.
We also dwell upon the impending playoffs and offer up our predictions. Chad and Willie both predict Houston and Washington making it to the World Series with Houston winning it all, while Eric thinks the Dodgers will hoist the Tiffany trophy after defeating the Astros. (GOD I hope Eric is wrong)
That means it'll be the Twins vs the Rockies in the World Series, of course.
We'll be back in a week or two to reflect on the playoffs, then again after the World Series before we head into the hot stove season.
Although we didn't dwell on the hurricane in Texas, we wanted to mention that thousands, if not more, people, are being severely affected by this storm. Please, donate money, pray, do whatever you can to help those in harm's way.
As far as baseball, Chad and Eric reconnect with Ben to discuss recent developments in Giants-land from their earliest and official elimination from the West, being swept by Arizona, Kontos to the Pirates, Cain getting bombed...wait a minute, jeez, sounds like we didn't have fun! But actually, any time you get three guys talking baseball, no matter how depressing it may seem, it's actually quite enjoyable, because you know what, there's real life like in Texas.
We do also dwell on more positive topics like the player's weekend uniforms and the Giants mega-interest in Stanton (like that's going to happen).
So, we lost track of the number. 127, 128...it's about the same difference as in Matt Moore's expected and real ERA.
Speaking of Moore, we talk about the huge disappointment he's been, among other Giants. They are flirting with a 100 loss season, but are throwing in the towel with the youth movement, DFA'ing Connor Gillaspie, sending down Hwang, and calling up Suarez, Jones, Parker and others. If Beede and Arroyo weren't hurt, we just might have the RiverCats playing out the rest of the Giants' season!
And yes, we talk about the reunion with the Panda, and trading away a solid player in Eduardo Nunez to the Red Sox for some pocket lint that may not amount to anything.
At least we can look forward to 2034?
Happy birthday, America!
To celebrate, the Giants have won six in a row, and have mystified some Giants' fans who seem to think "there's a chance" of making the playoffs.
No. That's not going to happen.
But, that's no reason to not celebrate this winning streak, the bullpen, and the timely hitting! I mean, even a guy who goes 1 for 10 with a homerun celebrates that dinger, right?
Eric and Chad talk about what's gone right for the Giants, why they should trade Cueto, Posey's selection to the All Star team, the homerun derby, and who's hot and who's not.
Stay safe out there! Don't blow off any fingers and don't drink and drive.
How do you record a podcast for a team that is 20 games under .500 and 20 games back before it's officially summer? You cry, you laugh, you commiserate. But, one thing is for certain, there is no stress in this season now, so put that in your pipe and smoke it!
Chad, Ben, and Eric join in a proverbial IDGAF podcast to try and dissect what has gone wrong for the Giants this year. After tonight's 9-0 loss to the Braves, the Giants have a .361 winning percentage, and are on pace for 103 losses. To put this in perspective, since 1883, the Giants have only lost 100 games ONCE. As far as winning percentage, the current club is 3rd worst in history, trailing only the 1943 (.359) and 1902 (.353) Giants. Yeah...since 1883, y'all!!
Clearly, the Giants will be sellers at the trade deadline, but they can't trade everyone you think they can trade. Belt is in a 3-25 slump, Matt Moore is 0-4 with a 9.24 ERA on the road. Matt Cain is waaaay too expensive and is 0-4 with a 7.46 ERA on the road. The Shark has a no-trade clause. Bum, Posey, and Crawford are untouchable. This leaves the likes of Cueto, Nunez, Panik, Melancon and maybe a couple of others as trade bait.
They need to restock in order to compete in the coming years.
We just didn't think this year would be historically bad.
Maybe the Giants made a deal with the devil for 3 world championships?
Still. Worth. It.
When we recorded our last podcast two weeks ago, the Giants were 8-2 over their last 10 games, and had pulled within 6 games of .500, but it's all gone south since. Despite tonight's win in Milwaukee, the Giants have plummeted to the dredges of MLB with Philly and San Diego. They also lost 2 of 3 to Philly, which was the first series win for Philly in 5 WEEKS.
Eric and Chad discuss their recent woes and now there are rumblings of being a "seller" for the first time since 2007-2008. Posey even reflected on this new era for Giants baseball.
Still, we look for highlights and silver linings, and we aren't quite ready for them to sell just yet.
Nope. Not yet. The Giants are making great strides, winning 3 series in a row, and opening with a win in their 4 game series with Chicago. However, they still find themselves 9 games back of Colorado and in a precarious hole. That said, if they had been .500 or worse, their season really would've been over by now, or close to it.
There is life. Not much, but it's something to build upon.
Chad and Eric talk about where the Giants are more than a quarter of the way through the season, and what it'll take to erase the Rockies' lead, week by week. We revisit Eric's excellent article on the history of playoff berths with a record similar to the Giants', and although far from a lock, it's encouraging to see that it's been done multiple times.
Join us for episode 123 of the TortureCast!
Ben returns to the podcast with Chad and Eric to discuss what may be the turnaround for the Giants' season. Sure, it's only a four-game winning streak, but they hadn't won more than two consecutive games all year. The pitching is settling in, and despite the injuries, the offense has shown some life over the last several days. Buster Freakin' Posey is showing how to put a team on his back, going on a homerun tear, catching a 17-inning game, and hitting a walk-off in said 17th. Cain has been somewhat of a "stopper," and although he many not quite be channeling 2012 Matt Cain, it's more than serviceable for a fifth starter. Span is hitting over .400 since coming off the DL and setting the table.
Now, they just need to start winning series and get back to .500, and we can talk about making the playoffs thereafter.
Being a Giants fan is tough right now. We've had it good over the last 7 years, but things are a-changing in 2017. The fact is, to get to 87 wins, a reasonable total to get the second wild card position, the Giants would have to play .591 ball the rest of the way, and only one team (Cubs) did that all of last year. Eric and Chad discuss this looming task, along with the poor performance of the team and players, aside from the likes of Posey, Panik and Arroyo.
If the Giants want to turn their season around, it needs to start now.