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  1. Pace score?

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — April 9, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

  2. And another discussion question for the masses: two straight eephus pitches? Genius, or madness?

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — April 9, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

  3. I love the eephus. I miss being able to throw it in the Show.

    Comment by nittany87 — April 9, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

  4. Well, its a good think Fredi Gonzalez is sitting Heyward so he can play BOTH Diaz and Juan Fransisco.

    What a coach…

    Comment by NY Braves Fan — April 9, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

  5. And Fredi Gonzalez has benched Heyward for the game in Houston. Worst manager in baseball.

    Comment by Scott — April 9, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

  6. How many times will Bobby Valentine bat Nick Punto leadoff before he gets that thorny crown? The fact that Punto was such a little sparkplug yesterday does not bode well on that front.

    Comment by Seth — April 9, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

  7. The fact that Belt has convinced himself that he is “pressing” after a mere 3 games makes me worry about his mental fortitude. Who gets worried after 3 games? I can still blame Bochy and Sabean for it, given that the way he was handled last year is probably still in the back of his mind, so that’s comforting. I guess.

    Comment by soladoras — April 9, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

  8. I hope they keeping messing with him, maybe a smart team can pick him up on the cheap.

    Comment by west — April 9, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

  9. A positive for the Giants heading into today was probably not that Zito would start in Coors Field. And yet…

    Comment by walt526 — April 9, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

  10. Least likely thing in baseball this year:
    The Giants have averaged over 5 runs a game so far.
    The Giants are 1-3.
    The one win was a Barry Zito complete game shut out at Coors Field.
    Giorgio Tsoukalos probably has some theory about this.

    Comment by Jack — April 9, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

  11. Diaz will get a couple hits and Freddie will stick with the platoon for months.

    Comment by deadpool — April 9, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

  12. You seem to have gotten the velocity of Daniel Bard and Franklin Morales mixed up. Bard was fourth at 97.3 MPH while Morales only averaged 94.6 MPH.

    Comment by Greg — April 9, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

  13. When you say the Red Sox didn’t have any trouble scoring… you are referring to the one loss?

    They scored 2 combined runs over the first two games, not sure how that equates to no trouble scoring runs.

    Comment by Tom — April 9, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

  14. Ack. That should say LEFT-HANDED relievers. Will fix. Thanks for the catch.

    Comment by Paul Swydan — April 9, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

  15. It’s a Pitch f/x stat. It’s seconds between pitch.

    Comment by Paul Swydan — April 9, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

  16. Oh, those ancient aliens and their megalithic building projects, always putting a wrench in the plans of MLB teams…

    Comment by Mr. Observant — April 10, 2012 @ 8:03 am

  17. LOLfredo Blownceves made me fall off my chair.

    Comment by Conner — April 10, 2012 @ 8:31 am

  18. Game one was against the reigning Cy Young/MVP and they knocked Valverde around pretty effectively in the ninth. They’ve plated 18 runs in 30 innings not pitched by Justin Verlander.

    So yeah, no trouble scoring runs.

    Comment by Jonathan — April 10, 2012 @ 8:56 am

  19. “Who gets worried after 3 games?”

    Bruce Bochy.

    If he was your manager, and you were already sent down last year after not being great in about 15 PAs or so, it’s natural for a young guy to be pressing after just a few PAs. They need to just put him in there and leave him alone, but that’s not their style.

    Comment by chuckb — April 10, 2012 @ 9:01 am

  20. Punto is a notorious Tiger killer. Whether he ought to be in the lineup against anyone else, barring serious injury to other players, is problematic

    Comment by rea — April 10, 2012 @ 9:57 am

  21. With Chipper coming back it was the last game for probably a while for Francisco to get AB’s. It actually made some sense (this is probably the ONLY time I will say that phrase in regards to Fredi). ATL wants to see what they have in Francisco since they can’t send him to the minors. Diaz had to play, since he’s one of the few guys on the team that actually hits left-handed pitching. That left Heyward as the odd man out. Just one game. Whatevs. As long as he doesn’t start platooning Heyward, it’s not a big deal.

    For the love of god, though, someone please tell them to cut Constanza. Watching him imitate Happy Gilmore during a MLB AB is just painful. It’s like watching something out of a ’90′s Disney baseball movie. That man’s got more gimmicks than a 12 pack of Coors light… and the end product is just as crappy.

    Comment by Name — April 10, 2012 @ 10:04 am

  22. Bingo. They’ve done an absolutely awful hob handling Belt.

    Comment by Name — April 10, 2012 @ 10:05 am

  23. “only”

    Comment by jim — April 10, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

  24. See what you have in Francisco? A horrible glove and not much of a bat. Could have told you that before you blew a game.

    “Just one game” yea, tell that to the 2011 Atlanta Braves. I think it’s great that the Braves hire the mentally handicapped, but I don’t think making them managers is a good idea.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — April 11, 2012 @ 4:38 am

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