Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:45 pm
NEW YORK -- Andres Torres could be back with the Giants as soon as Friday night.
Manager Bruce Bochy said that Torres, on the disabled list since April 15 with a left Achilles strain, has left extended spring training in Arizona to join the Giants' Triple-A Fresno team on a rehabilitation assignment. Bochy said it's not certain that Torres will be activated Friday, but said it's possible.
"We want to make sure he's ready," Bochy said. "He told someone, 'I'm not quite ready.'"
Torres has played just eight games with the Giants this season. The team has yet to field its regular starting outfield, as Cody Ross began the season on the DL. Ross is just 8-for-40 in his first 12 games, and Bochy held him out of the lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Mets.
Aaron Rowand has been playing center field in Torres' absence.
Posted on: April 26, 2011 8:31 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2011 8:34 pm
They tell me this is the National League All-Star ballot.
Funny, because I keep finding guys from the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on it.
Yeah, there's Ian Stewart, the Triple-A Sky Sox third baseman. And Brad Emaus, the new Sky Sox second baseman.
And yes, this is the National League All-Star ballot.
These things happen, and there's not that much baseball can do about it. The Rockies sent Stewart to Triple-A on April 19. The Mets dumped Emaus the same day, returning the Rule 5 pick to the Blue Jays, who then traded him to the Rockies.
The NL All-Star ballot also includes Brandon Belt, who began the year as the Giants first baseman, but was sent down to Triple-A Fresno on April 20 when Cody Ross came off the disabled list.
To put Belt on the ballot, the Giants had to leave Ross -- their 2010 playoff hero -- off of it. Aubrey Huff is listed as one of the three outfielders, along with Pat Burrell and Andres Torres.
Each team is allowed one player at each position.
The ballot was put together late enough so that Manny Ramirez is not on it. Johnny Damon is listed as the Rays' designated hitter, with Sam Fuld on the ballot in the outfield.
All-Star balloting began Tuesday, and continues through June 30.
Posted on: March 30, 2011 3:13 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 4:05 pm
It's a team that might contend for a title, if it could only get on the field.
Then again, that's exactly the problem.
Think of the players that will (or likely will) begin the season on the disabled list. It's quite a group, lacking a little (for now) on the left side of the infield and behind the plate, but overflowing with top-level starting pitching and back-of-the-bullpen depth.
Not all the opening day rosters are official yet. Some teams are waiting until closer to Thursday's 11 a.m. deadline for final decisions, which only means that the All-DL-Stars could have an even better lineup by the time the first pitch is thrown.
Jason Bay, for example, should be your All-DL-Star left fielder by then. The Mets are expected to put him on the disabled list, but they haven't said so publicly yet. So I left him off, in part because this team is strong enough without him.
For now, we'll only go with guys we're pretty sure of.
So here goes:
1B -- Kendrys Morales, Angels
2B -- Chase Utley, Phillies
SS -- Clint Barmes, Astros
3B -- Nick Punto, Cardinals
LF -- Cody Ross, Giants (Bay could take his spot)
CF -- Grady Sizemore, Indians (with Franklin Gutierrez also available)
RF -- Corey Hart, Brewers
C -- Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
Rotation -- Adam Wainwright, Cardinals; Zack Greinke, Brewers; Johan Santana, Mets; Mat Latos, Padres; Brandon Morrow, Blue Jays (with Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey and others in reserve)
Closer -- Brian Wilson, Giants (with the Phillies' Brad Lidge and the A's Andrew Bailey setting him up)
You'd take that team, wouldn't you?
You'd be guaranteed to lose on opening day, because not one of them could play, but you'd take that team.
Tags: A's, Adam Wainwright, Andrew Bailey, Angels, Astros, Blue Jays, Brad Lidge, Brandon Morrow, Brewers, Brian Wilson, Cardinals, Chase Utley, Clint Barmes, Cody Ross, Corey Hart, Franklin Gutierrez, Giants, Giants, Grady Sizemore, Homer Bailey, Jason Bay, Johan Santana, Johnny Cueto, Kendrys Morales, Mariners, Mat Latos, Mets, Nick Punto, Padres, Phillies, Reds, Zack Greinke
Posted on: November 2, 2010 3:10 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 4:32 pm
I picked against the Giants in the World Series, and I was wrong.
There. Are you happy now, Giants fans?
I have absolutely no idea why anyone would care who I picked to win, and even less of an idea why anyone would stop celebrating long enough to berate me for a wrong pick. But there were times over the last week that Giants fans had me convinced they got more pleasure out of me being wrong than they did out of their team winning.
It began after Game 1. It didn't let up, all the way through Game 5.
"It would be nice to see some form of mea culpa from you and the other Brainiacs who predicted a different outcome," wrote Chet, who was at least polite about it.
I'm not sure what this says about Giants fans, but I never got nearly as much e-mail about any of my other wrong picks over the years. And believe me, there have been plenty of them.
Maybe I ought to ask Judge and Prisco if 49er fans are the same way. Maybe it's the Bay Area.
I'm not sure I care. I'm not sure why you care.
But since you do, here it is again:
I picked the Rangers in 5. I was wrong.
Now, can we all look back to what we saw over the last month? Here's what I saw, through three rounds, 17 games witnessed in person, most of the others seen on TV, two train rides and nine flights stopping at seven different airports:
Best game: The very first one, or at least the very first one I covered. It's hard to beat a no-hitter, and in more than two decades of covering baseball, I've never seen anyone pitch as good a game as Roy Halladay did in Game 1 against the Reds.
Best moment: The Giants interrupting their celebration at Turner Field to salute retiring Braves manager Bobby Cox. It was a classy, classy move, and it should make anyone feel better that the Giants got two more chances at celebrating -- both of them uninterrupted.
Best moment II: On the field after Game 5 of the World Series, I was interviewing Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti, who grew up in Northern California, has been with the Giants for years and had never before won a World Series. Just then, the fans gathered behind the third-base dugout started chanting, "Thank you, Giants!" Righetti stopped, almost tearing up. "How cool is that?" he said. Then, thinking about the celebration back home, he added, "They're going to tear up the city."
Best song: No contest. It was the by YouTube sensation Ashkon , the Giants fan who wrote new words to sing along with Journey's Don't Stop Believing. The best line: "I had faith, and I had hope; And thankfully the Padres choked."
Best T-shirt: I never thought about buying one of those claw and antlers shirts that were so popular in Arlington. I did think about getting one of the "Let Tim Smoke" shirts in San Francisco. If you don't get it, check out Proposition 19 on today's California ballot.
Most disappointing team: Plenty of candidates, but it has to be the Twins, who played so well in September to get the best record in the American League, and home-field advantage through the AL playoffs. And they still got swept by the Yankees -- again. The worst part is that the Twins seemed to know what it would take to beat the Yankees. They tried hard to sign Colby Lewis last winter, and they tried hard to trade for Cliff Lee this summer. They didn't get either, and after they lost in three straight, they watched Lewis and Lee win three of the four games as the Rangers ousted New York.
Worst overreaction to a loss: Phillies fans, who sat in absolute disbelief as they watched the final outs in Game 6 against the Giants. The Phillies won 97 games, the most in the majors (for the first time in franchise history). They were the most impressive team entering the playoffs. They have their Big 3 starters ready for another go next year. And because they lost four of six games to the Giants, they're suddenly too old? Come on.
Worst timing for a movie: Isn't that Moneyball movie supposed to come out soon? Any chance they can rewrite it and reshoot it on the other side of the Bay? The Giants pride themselves on being the ultimate anti-Moneyball team, and the AL champion Rangers don't really subscribe to Moneyball, themselves. Funny that in the middle of a World Series between two teams that believe in old-fashioned scouting, the Mets would hire Moneyball founder Sandy Alderson to take over their organization.
Best team: Yeah, as if I'm going to pick anyone but the Giants. They were impressive, with a pitching staff that dominated and a lineup that didn't look good, but did just enough. I'm happy for Cody Ross, Andres Torres and Edgar Renteria, three of the nicest guys I covered in my years on the Tiger beat. I'm happy for Bruce Bochy, one of the best managers in the game, and for plenty of good people in that organization.
Believe it or not, I'm even happy for the Giants fans, especially those for whom this was every bit the lifelong dream that 2004 was for many in New England, or that 2005 was on the South Side of Chicago.
Maybe most of the country didn't care, as evidenced by the low ratings. Maybe it wasn't the best World Series ever.
But you could say the same about the 1984 World Series, and as I know from my time in Michigan, a whole bunch of people in that state consider it the best World Series ever.
Years from now, a whole bunch of people in Northern California will say the same about this one.
By then, maybe they'll forget that I picked it wrong. Or, at the very least, maybe they'll forgive me for it.
Posted on: October 30, 2010 9:51 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas -- This World Series looks a lot different under American League rules.
It sounds a lot different in Texas.
Or maybe it was just a lot different in Game 3 because Colby Lewis was on the mound for the Rangers.
Whatever the reason, we may now have ourselves a decent series, after Lewis and the Rangers recovered from their bad trip West and beat the Giants, 4-2, in Game 3 in Texas. The World Series stands at two games to one, still in the Giants' favor, but it looks a lot more competitive than it did when we left California.
Give credit to Lewis, the same guy who beat the Yankees twice in the AL Championship Series, including a 6-1 win in the Game 6 clincher. He's now 3-0 in four postseason starts, with a 1.71 ERA.
Lewis, who the Rangers brought back from Japan with a two-year, $5 million contract last winter, went 7 2/3 innings Saturday night, allowing solo home runs to Cody Ross and Andres Torres. He outpitched the Giants' Jonathan Sanchez, who didn't make it out of the fifth and gave up four runs.
Of course, under National League rules (which were used for the games in San Francisco), maybe Sanchez doesn't give up all those runs. Think about what happened in the second inning Saturday.
Sanchez allowed a leadoff double to Nelson Cruz, but he had two out with Cruz at third base. He walked eighth-place hitter Bengie Molina, which in an NL game would have brought up the pitcher and likely the third out.
In Game 3, with AL rules in effect, walking Molina brought up first baseman Mitch Moreland. And Moreland, after fouling off four straight two-strike pitches, rocketed a ball into the right-field seats for a three-run home run.
A Josh Hamilton home run made it 4-0 in the fifth, and then the Rangers had to survive a trip to their bullpen in the eighth and ninth. Darren O'Day, who served up Juan Uribe's home run in Game 1, retired Buster Posey with a runner on base and two out Saturday.
That brought Rangers closer Neftali Feliz into the World Series for the first time.
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:22 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 10:26 pm
SAN FRANCISCO -- It was late June, and the Mets were playing the Marlins in Puerto Rico.
And yes, believe it or not, this story relates to the Giants-Rangers World Series that begins Wednesday night.
Cody Ross was there that night. Jeff Francoeur, too.
"We stayed up playing blackjack in the casino, until 5 in the morning," Francoeur said Tuesday at AT&T Park. "We talk about it now that it was our lucky night."
Two months later, the Giants would claim Ross on waivers from the Marlins. A week after that, the Mets would trade Francoeur to the Rangers.
And now they meet again, in the World Series.
"I was really happy for [Ross]," Francoeur said. "Florida kind of gave him the raw end of the deal. Obviously, I don't want him to win the World Series, but if we're up 8-0 and he hits a solo home run, I'd be OK with that."
With the Giants starting right-handers in the first two games of the World Series, Francoeur will begin the series on the Rangers bench. He's expected to start Games 3 and 4, when the Giants go with left-handers Jonathan Sanchez and Madison Bumgarner.
And, perhaps, the bearded Francoeur will even get a matchup with Brian Wilson, the Giants' bearded closer.
"He's got thickness," Francoeur said, comparing the beards. "But I can say that mine's natural."
Posted on: June 4, 2009 12:15 pm
Before trading for Nate McLouth, the Braves had serious trade discussions with the Marlins about outfielder Cody Ross.
The Marlins had made Ross available, major-league sources said, but later decided against making the trade with Atlanta. Some Braves officials favored the Ross deal over the eventual trade they made for McLouth, because the cost in prospects would have been considerably less.
The Braves believe they paid a fairly high price for McLouth. Outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and pitcher Jeff Locke were ranked fourth and seventh by Baseball America on the list of top Braves prospects, and pitcher Charlie Morton was 7-2 with a 2.51 ERA at Triple-A Gwinnett.
The Marlins have sent out mixed signals on their willingness to trade off their players, but rival officials believe that they're now open to dealing Ross and Jeremy Hermida, as well as the previously available Dan Uggla and Jorge Cantu.
Posted on: September 27, 2008 5:19 pm
The Brewers-Cubs game was playing on one television in the Mets clubhouse after this afternoon's 2-0 win over the Marlins, but only a few players stopped to watch. The Phillies-Nationals game was on a TV just outside the clubhouse, but only a security guard was watching.
And on the board that told the Mets what time to report for Sunday's game against the Marlins, there was also a reminder to pack for a one-day trip to Philadelphia, should the Phillies lose that game to Washington.
As of 5 p.m., as the Mets players and coaches were heading home, there was still a chance of a one-game playoff with the Phils, which would be Monday at Citizens Bank Park. There was still a chance of a one-game playoff with the Brewers, which would be Monday at Shea Stadium. And there was still a chance, of course, that the Mets' season would end with Sunday's game against the Marlins.
So many possibilities.
"We've taken care of what we could do today," David Wright said.
Yes, they had. For the second straight season, the Mets are alive right to their final scheduled game.
It didn't go well a year ago. Now they have another chance.
There's a feeling in New York that the Marlins hate the Mets, and that it would make the Marlins' season if they keep the Mets out of the playoffs.
"That's not true at all," Marlins center fielder Cody Ross said today. "Any one of us in here would trade places with them in a heartbeat. The only thing for us is that if we don't make it (to the playoffs), we don't want anyone else to. That would be true if we were playing the Phillies, the Cubs, anyone. It's nothing personal (against the Mets). That wouldn't make our season."