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Say Hello to the Marco Scutaro Jokes

Before I get to the fabulousness of Marco Scutaro, I just want to comment on the other (semi)major storyline of today’s game. Courtesy of @RaelEnteenCSN on Twitter, we found out that Hunter Pence bought a new scooter and rode it to the ballpark today. He parked it in the clubhouse but then somebody took it for a joyride. That somebody being Marco Scutaro. (In other news, Twitter has completely ruined practical jokes, similarly to how it’s ruined gift-giving. Seriously, how many times a day do you see people tweeting about the gifts they’re going to give on Twitter? Do they really think the future recipient can’t, you know, look at their tweets?) Anyway. Back to the point. I took one thing away from this story. Say Marco Scutaro’s name out loud and you’ll understand.

Ahem. We’re going to leave that blip of immature hilarity in our past now, okay?

Scutaro did other things than have a name like a scooter. When there were runners in RISP – amazing enough to begin with – and it was the tenth and it was tied and we reallyreallyneededawin Scutaro came through and hit the ball did just that for the Giants on Labor Day and Star Wars Day and Orange-Banana Smoothie Day. Okay, I made that last part up. But still. A lot of people really came through and although Zito ended up struggling, after starting off quite well, the team put together a win. Aubrey Huff had his first at-bat since June when the Giants played the Rangers in the Best Series Ever and got a single and Guillermo Mota, cough syrup in hand – I kid, I kid – pretty much bombed. An interesting day over all and a very, very good win.

I’m off to celebrate Labor Day now. Speaking of kidding. I’ve never really understood how to celebrate Labor Day, but I haven’t watched The Hobbit trailer in a while and there all the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies in the house, so that sounds like a celebration to me.

Diamond Girl

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My Cupcake Calendar Knows Andy Pettitte, Kinda

Since there never seems to be enough time for anything on a Friday, I’m going to put allthebaseballnewsyoucouldeverwant into a 10 piece rundown.  ‘K?  K.

10.  The Giants lost the final game against Houston yesterday, but seriously, who’s thinking about that?  I, for one, am still coasting on the perfect game and ten runs and all of that fabulousness.  Zito gets out of jail free, in terms of blog ripping.

9.  Birthday bonanza!  Andy Pettitte is turning 40 today and that reminded me that I’ve been meaning to talk about him.  Do you see what he’s doing over in New York?  He’s rocking a 2.81 ERA over six starts and showing no signs of slowing.  Ah-mazing.  Can I please be like that when I’m 40?

8.  Also having a birthday today is our very own Tim Lincecum.  Say what you will about him at this moment, I got to thinking about when I was at the stadium on his birthday two years ago and we all sang Happy Birthday to him as he signed autographs.  It’s a rather nice memory.  I think we should all have peace on earth and goodwill to all, especially Tiny Tim.  And I think I have a good feeling about his start tomorrow in Seattle provided, of course, that my sunglasses are present.

7.  It is also Neil Patrick Harris’s birthday, for whatever it’s worth.  Actually, this is what it’s worth.  It seems appropriate for my blog, because I think it all the time after I publish a post.

6.  Aubrey Huff apparently injured his knee jumping over the railing to celebrate da perfect game.  Ow.  CSNBayArea reports he’s headed to the DL and we’re going to be seeing Justin Christian in his place.  The plot thickens.

5.  My cupcake calendar (Do. Not. Laugh.) has had birthday cupcakes for the past few days and today, as well.  It knows me!  It’s psychic!  It knows Timmy and Andy and Neily!  Maybe!  Probably not, but still!

4.  Madison Bumgarner is facing King Felix on Sunday and I cannot wait.  It promises to be a great pitching matchup/total blowout, just because we all thought it would be a great pitching matchup.

3.  For once, I am totally rooting for the Diamondbacks as they take on the Angels who are a nerve-inducing 3.0 back from Texas.  Go Diamondbacks.  I can’t bring myself to include an exclamation point, but seriously, beat them Angels.  (Scoreboard watching?  Heck yes.)

2.  I think I’ve failed to talk about the now infamous “Clown question, bro,” incident, so I am going to do right that right now.  Bryce Harper has got some serious ‘tude.  I alternate between loving it and loathing it.  His use of “bro” which needs to die now is kind of edging me onto the loathing it side, but the deadpan delivery is helping with the love.

1.  Oh, did you hear?  Matt Cain pitched a perfect game.  Yeah.

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The Rough Spot Strategies

Hello, hello!  Yep, that was me who said on Saturday that I thought “the Giants were coming into their own”.  Needless to say, by that I did not mean “were going to very nearly get no-hit by the Rangers bullpen”.  Yesterday’s game was just ugly.

I was excited about Alexi Ogando starting for the Rangers and figured if he shut down the Giants offense, I wouldn’t be too torn up about it, because he’s pretty much my favorite pitcher ever.  And he did do rather well, but then… he injured himself running out a bunt in the fourth before he’d reached his designated pitch count (65) and is now probably headed to the DL.  Also, Tim Lincecum now has the fourth-worst ERA in the National League and Aubrey Huff got the Giants first hit of the game, pinch-hitting in the sixth.

Ouch does not even begin to cut it.

The Giants have fallen to five games back from the Dodgers and the Rangers only narrowly lead the American League West by three games.  Additionally, Texas has won just one more game than San Francisco overall.  Did anyone see that one coming?  The plot has most certainly thickened.  (Also, who predicted that the White Sox would be super awesome this year?  If you say, “I did,” I do not believe you for a second.  Sorry, guys.)

The biggest story out of the weekend, I think, is Timmy, as mentioned above.  He is not looking good.  He is not even looking better.  There is the occasional encouraging sign here and there, but mostly, he is just not helping the Giants, period.  The numbers about their record without his starts is pretty mind-boggling, at least to me.  It’s June 11th and the season has not just started.  Very simply, every starter makes a big, big difference and the difference Lincecum is making is negative.  But as much as that’s all statically inarguable, I wonder how much good it does to repeat it over and over.

For the time being, the Giants have placed a lot of trust in Lincecum (not to mention the money) and the likelihood is, in my opinion, that to get to the playoffs and beyond, they would need him to help them out.  A lot of people are calling for them to skip him for one start and while that could help, I think there is something to be said for just hitting a rough spot.  Sometimes, the best way to get out of those is to simply keep moving.  Other options:

  1. Eating aforementioned player alive.
  2. Burning aforementioned player alive (could work with #1, theoretically).
  3. Tarring and feathering aforementioned player alive.
  4. Trading aforementioned player to the Kansas City Royals.  (Hihi, Jonathan Sanchez and Jonathan Sanchez’s walks.)

There will come a point when it’s not productive for anyone to keep sending Lincecum out, but I don’t think we’re there yet.  The Bud Selig G—I mean, the All Star Game isn’t even here yet.  Which reminds me, I gotta go vote.  I still have not worked up the motivation.  I mean, what would you choose if you could vote for the ASG or make apple cinnamon muffins?

I know.  I agree.  The apple cinnamon muffins.

Diamond Girl

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The Odds Were Ever In Their Favor

So that was a mixed bag, hm?  (Bag meaning game, of course.  Not a literal bag, guys.)  The Giants edged out a win at 5-2 and in the process, snapped the four-game losing streak.  Plus Ryan Braun hit a homer, so I can’t really complain.  MadBum is quickly proving himself to be the surprisingly fantastic one, although it isn’t really surprising at all.  Still, who predicted him to be the designated stopper in 2012, plus hit splendid RBI doubles?  If you did, feel free to raise your hand.  Fresh brownies are waiting to be sent over to you via the World Wide Web if you have proof.  If nobody comes out of the woodwork, then I will just assume that we are all surprised.  It’s not that he hasn’t been fantastic in the past, because he has been.  But sighing with relief when he takes the mound?  That’s new, at least for me.

Angel Pagan is also making himself known to Giants fans and call me crazy, but I am totally seeing a little rivalry between him and Andres Torres, who were traded for each other over the winter.  Torres has gotten a hit and RBI in every game since coming off the DL in New York and Pagan is currently sporting a 19 game hitting streak.  Remember when Uribe and Huff used to hit back-to-back homers (sort of) all the time?  Friendly rivalries, even if imagined by crazy fans like me, are terribly fun.

Speaking of Huff.  If you haven’t read this piece where he discussed his anxiety disorder with the Chronicle’s Henry Schulman, read it now.  Seriously.  Not only is it very touching, it’s also informative.  As before, we (okay, I here) at Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend wish him all the best and hope that everything goes up from here.

The game today was interesting to me, in that all of the issues from the past few days and the season so far, really, were still there, but they did get that win, by luck or by skill.  Baseball is funny like that, isn’t it?  There weren’t really fundamental changes, aside from a few choice hits with RISP.  More like the odds being ever in their favor.

I admit it.  I said that just for the Hunger Games nod.  But still.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Yesterday, Rivera said to the media, “I’m coming back. Write it down in big letters. I’m not going out like this.”  You. Do. Not. Even. Know. How. Tempted. I. Am.  (To write it down in big letters, that is.  If I can find a big enough piece of paper, I am totally doing that tomorrow.)

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The Hyper-Fast Rundown

Time to do a hyper-fast rundown.  Ready?  Okay.  I’m tired out already.  Whew.  Where to start? 

There are the obvious woes of the Giants, the ah-mazing hit streak of Pablo Sandoval, the creepily good resurgence of the big Z, what’s wrong with Timmy… all that good stuff.  But what’s really taken over the news today is the announcement that Aubrey Huff is on the 15-day Disabled List with an anxiety disorder.  I don’t think it’s what anyone was expecting out of the Huff announcement and it certainly raises a lot of questions.  Personally, I would hope we can all back off a little at the moment and just send positive thoughts his way, for whatever he might be dealing with.  He is a person first and a baseball player second.

With that said, Andrew Baggarly, over at CSN, reported this afternoon that Huff is going through a divorce at the moment and raised a good deal of ire within the fan ranks – people saying that was an invasion of privacy or just classless/in poor taste to report.  I think a lot of what is being said about Huff should carry over to Baggarly, honestly.  Bottom line, he’s trying to do his job.  They both are.  The whole thing is unfortunate, to say the least, but empathy all around is the best tactic, I think.  Aside from the fact that I absolutely adore that word, even.  Isn’t “empathy” a fantastic one?

Onwards!  For a short and wonderful time, the A’s were the first team in MLB history to have three Aussies on the team.  (As my brother quipped, “Because the A’s are so aussie-ome.”  Score, darling.  You should read my blog more.)  Then they DFA’ed one of ‘em, so they’re not quite so down-under heavy anymore.  But they still have two.  And two is making me grin and be glad to be in the Bay Area, even if I’m only vaguely A’s sympathetic.  Don’t shoot me, guys.  Vaguely.

Lastly, a shout-out to Joe Martinez, former Giant extraordinaire, who was called up by them Diamondbacks today.  I am not the least bit D-Back sympathetic, but I do hope Joey does well because I love that guy.  It’s okay if the Diamondbacks beat us just a couple times this season, right?  In completely non-key games and stuff.  Yeah, it’s okay?  Good.  I am glad to agree on this.

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