LOOKING BACK AT #sfgiants Third World Series Victory in 5 Years
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#SFGiants Did It Yet A Third (Alternate Year) Time -Featuring Yusmeiro Petit, Jake Peavy Roles
The #SFGiants are fortunate to be working out of their little protected hideaway on the liberal left coast, where sportswriters are simply followers much like Obama's media hacks. Nothing like New York or Boston where a player like Rodriquez or even the popular Big Papi come under scrutiny - or even midwest St. Louis and Detroit where Jhonny Peralta has been a regular target of the media, later picked up by the national press. But in San Francisco it's all peace and sunshine where the Jints have been pulling the wool over the eyes, in our opinion - and getting away with it, in our opinion - now for two decades! First it was Bonds' 14 years (1993-2007) and 23 other indicted players during the era, not to mention many un-indicted users.
In more recent times, they brought in previously indicted Jose Guillen and G Moto where they would achieve second steroid convictions - even in a sport where PED testeing is inadequate, in our opinion, and indictments have been rare ( only 5 in 2012 and none last year, to our knowledge). They were about to bring back Cabrera to finish off the 2012 world series except for enough some, rare internal pressure due largely to a distasteful website alibi from Cabrera. Instead , they brought in a fellow Venezuelan, Marco Scutaro, who , at 36 somehow (wink, wink) raised his average nearly 100 points and cut his strikeouts nearly in half! This year, despite team owner Larry Baer's pronouncement that the team would 'try' to stay away from previously convicted players, they brought in Michael Morse (who, interestingly, hit 15 homeruns the first half of this year but only 3 the second half).
Come September every year it seems - or at least every OTHER year - the San Francisco Giants make their move on the playoffs. It happened in 2010 and 2012 and the Giants went all the way to win the World Series both those years. And, it almost happened in 2011 and 2013 but for injuries.
And, this year, a bedraggled team somehow did it again.
The #SFGiants did it in 2010 and 2012 with a largely different casts of characters - and this year, again, with nary a farm system nor money left to spend, they've added some more juice, in our opinion. #PEDs, Doping in Sports, Drug Use in Sports, Now Petit, Yusmeiro Petit, #Giants, #lincecum, #no hitter, #SFGiants, #Steroids
One asks how could these GYPSY teams the Giants throw together go as far as they have. Rag tag players, many past their prime, some refugees no teams wanted, coming from all over the globe to San Francisco.
A couple legitimate star players like Posey and Pence but mostly players who seem to turn it on on a whim.
This year the Giants came out of the gate on a pace to win 100 games during the first two months of the season, then BAM, they went 180 degrees the opposite way during June and July and now, they're suddenly back in high gear. Nobody seems to understand why. Similar things happened in those other years.
The Giants have , frankly, a General Manager with a very poor trading record, yet is who is able to pull in players 'off the wire' for next to nothing while pulling wool over blinded Giants fans eyes. A decent free agent signing here and there but mostly these rag tag players come in and put it together, somehow.
It's certainly not NATURAL ability. With virtually no farm system the Giants have been a seemingly dysfunctional bunch patched together, but SOMETHING clicks and they go on to beat much better teams on paper the final month and then steamroller into the World Series like nobody's business.
Even in the Bondsian Era the Giants never won a World Series - and only got to it once, in 2002. But, now, sans super stars and only two true quality players, the Giants are winning games again as we roll into September - and sometimes surprising such as the 13-2 victory August 29 over first place Milwaukee and their winningest pitcher, Peralta.
From F/X Velocity charts, we see Giant pitcher YUSMEIRO Petit's average mph velocity has actually INCREASED from 87 to nearly 90 at an age, over 30, when most pitcher velocities are dropping. Even before such chartings, Petit was only throwing 87 all the way back in 2007 and now he's up to 89! 'Splains a lot of sudden success - a near no hitter last year and a record breaking 46 innings of no hit ball this year - from another Giants pitcher nobody wanted before.
Doping in Sports - San Francisco Giants Slide through A Third Year, Yusmeiro Petit
Without going into great deal one (who takes only a cursory look) can see the pattern of players time and again playing over their heads - not one or two but perhaps the whole team. After spitting out a half dozen second baseman , Sabean finally comes up with one from his weak farm who starts hitting better than he did in the minors, in Pannik. The relief core of largely overweight Venezuelans continues to thrive as one no- name, Petit (like Andy) - who has replaced former star Lincecum at 1/20 the salary - is breaking records with 46 straight innings of no hit ball! (Magically, too, his pitching velocity is higher now than it was five years ago). Another Venezuelan hitter, Blanco, comes on to suddenly hit three homeruns in a week after only hitting one the entire year! Yet another Venezuelan, Sandoval, who couldn't hit a lick earlier, is suddenly flirting with .300 as is Morse, a former PED-indicted player. We only mention the latter because it ties into the pattern we're seeing.
Going back to the world series years, the Giants had at least one key CONVICTED PED (performance enhancing drugged) player on the team. In 2010 it was Jose Guillen, only on the team less than a month before his second PED indictment, but long enough to 'drive the bus'forward where suddenly we saw other players, like a contagious desease, start hitting. One of those was newly acquired Cody Ross, off the waiver wire, who would hit 8 homeruns in final month of the season! In 2012 it was Melky Cabrera who propelled the team with a PED-aided .350 average before HE was caught with the drug (one of only five players, including Mota, in all the major leagues who were caught that year). Two happened to be on the Giants. But, Cabrera's winning hits were enough to give the Giants the cushion they needed. As Cabrera left, in came 26 year old Marco Scutaro from Colorado, who would suddenly raise his .260 average to around .350 the remainder of the season, more than enough to secure a playoff berth for the Giants. Just like that, as Giants announcer Miller is fond of saying. Just like magic, we say. And, things only got better for the Giants as the team continued to ALL play way over their heads throughout three rounds of playoffs as they won another world series. Along the way, we witnessed Sandoval hit three homeruns in one game against Detroit and 6 in two weeks - as many homers as he had hit prior to that the entire season!
Meanwhile the drug crisis in baseball continued but only spoken in hushed tones, especially in liberal San Francisco where anything goes - and Bonds remains a hero despite a perjury conviction for lying to the Grand Jury about his steroid use; Bonds was even brought back this year by the Giants to instruct players during spring training. Who knows what he told them to do. The Giants are not the only team to have used and still use PEDs but they are, by far, the steroid 'kings,' with over indicted players since Bonds played. Who knows how many others are currently users as MLB testing has yet to come up to speed; not a single player has yet been caught this year and last year if it weren't for the Biogenesis leak that spilled the beans on 20 players, nobody would have been caught through normal MLB testing.
We've written about this time and again, the PED-infected clubhouse in San Francisco, but San Frnacisco is not New York or Boston, and players here seem to be protected as Bonds was for years until a couple brave reporters spilled the beans (that eventually got them removed from their newsper, the San Francisco Chronicle.)
So, that's the state of baseball or so it seems, in our humble opinion - and a lot of batting and Pitch F/X stats Giants management seems willing to do anything - nearly half of its player acquisitions the past few years have either had known PED skirmishes or appeared to be involved, by sheer outrageous 'Brady Allen-like' numbers. The beat goes on, nearly 20 years after Bonds really got it all going big time , while ruining the game of baseball , in our opinion - at least for us old-school baseball purists.
Now, the Giant pitcher that Boston basically gave away - he had the worst record in the league, 1-13 - has suddenly won three in a row for San Franciso, including a 7 inning no hitter (his first ever) performance including season high eight strikeouts, against Milwaukee, we are told ( We stopped watching all the Giants games, feeling better to more with our lives, so can't confirm that, though we just did). In any case, Peavy was one guy we didn't think would dip into the juice after his anti-PED rants while at Boston, but one has to wonder what is now going on with HIS sudden success at the Giants, ala all the other late season acquisitions from recent years. What will the Giants be up to next, with whom? Will it be 'hello World Series #3' in five years or will people wise up - and care to say something, stop them?