Sunday, September 11, 2011

We Have Moved!

In case none of you were aware, the Seed Spitters blog has created a new domain name!

Instead of seedspitters.blogspot.com, the new active blog can be found at seedspitters.com, where new updates/posts will be published.

Tell you're friends, neighbors, mailmen, whatever, the new site is awesome.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mid-Summer Momentum

This piece was written by Tyler Stenson, Seed Spitters featured contributor.
Carlos Beltran seems happy with his new team, the San Francisco Giants (Matt Slocum/AP)


Going into the 2011 MLB All Star game, the San Francisco Giants sent an astounding five players to the Nation League All Star team for the first time since 1966.

Back then, the six players to join the NL All Star team were Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, Tom Haller and Jim Ray Hart. Going into the 2011 All Star game leading the NL West division, it was obvious the Giants were going to have to come out of the mid-summer break and increase production. 

Since the break, the Giants have recorded 10 wins and eight losses after the tough series in Cincinnati.  The Giants have posted a batting average of .219 since the break while scoring 52 runs, 48 RBIs, and 11 home runs.  Although these numbers don’t seem extremely electrifying, this stat line compared to early season production is a definite sign of hope. 
           
So what can we expect from the Giants in these last two months of regular season play?

With the Giants trade deadline moves in Orlando Cabrera and Carlos Beltran this July, we can expect better production as a team both offensively and defensively.

Orlando Cabrera- picked up by the Giants from the Cleveland Indians to ideally be the everyday shortstop- has a lifetime fielding percent of .977, posts a career batting average of .272 and has knocked in an average of 50+ runs a season.

Next, what some people are calling the most exciting trade in San Francisco since Bonds, the Giants acquired outfielder Carlos Beltran from the New York Mets.

Beltran does not only bring his impressive career fielding percentage of .992 to the table, but also his strong arm and even stronger bat. Offensively, Beltran is a career .282 hitter with an average of 80+ RBIs a season. 

In the eyes of Giants players and fans, both newly acquired players bring a level of professional performance to the team.  This simply means that these two players will come to the ball park on a daily basis to play hard and win ball games. 

Last but not least, I would like to give a warm welcome to both Orlando Cabrera and Carlos Beltran in their Giants AT&T park debut last night, August 1st, 2011, in a 5-2 loss versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Hopefully today’s game will be a little better…

Monday, August 1, 2011

Zito to DL, Sanchez Done for Season

CSN Bay Area tweeted today:
 is headed to the disabled list  
Insider Mychael Urban tweets:
 to DL w/ problem in same foot that put him there in first place. 

NL West Trade Deadline Recap

There has been quite a shake up in the National League West in the past week. Players have been moving, sweeping the momentum of each team in hopes to improve their chances for the playoffs. The Giants, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Padres and Rockies have all made moves (some more significant than others) that changed their everyday lineup.

To recap, let's begin with the Giants:

San Francisco Giants-
The first trade the Giants made before the deadline was probably the biggest, as they acquired the biggest offensive player on the market- Carlos Beltran. The Giants lacked a big hitter, so they went out and traded pitching prospect Zach Wheeler for the six-time all-star.

Although Beltran's contract expires after this season, whether he stays with the Giants or not, he will make a loud impact on the giants roster. Let's just hope he signs an extension so Brian Sabean and staff don't have to deal with the free agency craze (aka Scott Boras' clients).

Another trade the Giants made was for infielder Orlando Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians. Cabrera, 36, has spent time on nine teams in his 15-year career. In the past four seasons, he has played for six teams. Unlike Beltran, Cabrera hasn't played in an all-star game, and probably never will. The appeal here is that he hits like Miguel Tejada and fields like Brandon Crawford.

Trade Results: Winner

Arizona Diamondbacks-
Unlike the Giants, the DBacks went after pitching at the deadline. They first struck with a trade with the Washington Nationals by acquiring SP Jason Marquis. Marquis, 32, has had a decent season in Washington after putting up a 3.95 ERA with an 8-5 record. He will be in their starting rotation that needed little improvement. Arizona traded away young prospect Zach Walters who was hitting nicely down in single A.

The Diamondbacks then worked to improve their bullpen by trading prospects Brandon Allen and Jordan Norberto to Oakland for the Athletics' reliever Brad Ziegler. Ziegler, 31, has had a great season coming out of the 'pen with a 2.39 ERA and had not allowed a home run all season. He is a right-handed specialist that absolutely kills lefties.

Trade Results: Winner

Colorado Rockies-
The Rockies didn't appear to try to improve at the deadline. The signed 30-year-old Jorge Cantu to a minor league contract after he was released by the Padres (!!) earlier this season.  In 155 plate appearances, the third baseman has hit .194/.232/.285 this season. Good luck Rockies...

To make things worse, the Rockies traded away their former ace, Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians only after one mediocre half season. The Rockies will receive Joe Gardner, Alex White, Matt McBride and Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz will be the biggest acquisition for the Rockies, as Baseball America ranks him the 14th best prospect in the league, as a pitcher.

Trade Results: Loser

Los Angeles Dodgers-
The first trade cut off a big piece of failure for the dodgers as they traded away veteran shortstop Rafeal Furcal to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfield prospect Alex Castellanos and $2.5 million. Furcal, 33, is hitting .197/.272/.248 this season with the Dodgers, and his $4 million he is owed to this season is a burden on the bankrupt franchise.

Luckily the Cardinals take the hitter off their shoulders for money and a promising prospect (hitting .319/.379/.562 this season in AA) while the Dodgers are allowed to promote young shortstop Dee Gordon.

Another trade the Dodgers were a part of was a three-way deal with the Mariners and Red Sox. The Dodgers, gave up only outfielder Trayvon Robinson and received Tim Federowicz, Juan Rodriguez and Stephen Fife from the Red Sox. Basically a insignificant trade here.

Trade Results: Winner

San Diego Padres-
The Padres lost one of their best hitters this season by trading away Ryan Ludwick to the Pirates for cash or a player to be named later. The Padres also lost their best reliever, Mike Adams, in a trade that sent him to the Texas rangers for pitching prospects Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland.

In these trades, I don't see the Padres improving. They are already in last place, 14.5 games behind the first-place Giants and they just traded away their slugger and their most solid reliever for young, unproven prospects.

Trade Results: Loser

What this means for the Giants: the division just got a tad worse besides the Giants and Dbacks. It looks like it'll be a close race for first place in the final two months of play between Arizona and SF.

Go Giants.