Category Archives: Crutch’s Corner

Update: Bumgarner Officially Diagnosed; Will Miss 3 Months

By Chandler Guadagnin

The San Francisco Giants have announced today that Madison Bumgarner has been officially diagnosed with a Grade 2 left shoulder sprain, which he sustained during a dirt bike accident last week.

Prior to the accident, Bumgarner started four games, going 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA. In 27 innings pitched, Madison struck out 28 batters while issuing four free passes and surrendering 2 home runs.

The injury will sideline him through the All-Star Break.

Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com

Bumgarner Out 2 Months After Motor Bike Accident

By Chandler Guadagnin

The 6-11 Giants received more bad news on Thursday. Their ace Madison Bumgarner will be out 6 to 8 weeks with bruised ribs and  a Grade 1 or 2 AC strain in his left shoulder, which he sustained during a motor bike accident during the team’s off day in Colorado. Bumgarner was placed on the 10-day Disabled List following the accident. MadBum, who was taken to the hospital, and has since been released.

In four starts this season, Bumgarner is 0-3 and owns a 3.00 ERA with 28 strikeouts and four walks, while allowing 2 home runs in 27 innings pitched.

To say that San Francisco has had it difficult in the injury department is an understatement. Thus far, in  17 games, the Giants have placed Buster Posey on the 7-day concussion DL, lost Jarrett Parker for 10 weeks after he suffered a fractured clavicle and have now added Bumgarner to that list. Before the season even started, San Francisco was forced to surrender pitcher, Will Smith, to Tommy John surgery and shelf Michael Morse after a hamstring injury.

The Giants will slot Ty Blach into the rotation to replace Bumgarner.

Statistics courtesy of baseball-reference.com

Jarrett Parker Breaks Clavicle After Crashing Into Wall

By Chandler Guadagnin

The Giants 5-0 loss to the Rockies on Saturday afternoon was compounded by an injury to left fielder, Jarrett Parker.

With two outs in the top of the fourth inning, the Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu drove an 0-1 offering from Matt Moore to let field. The ball seemed destined for the wall. However, Parker had a bead on it all the way; leaping full steam into the wall to make the catch. After making the highlight grab, Parker staggered to mid left field clutching his collar bone area and taking a knee. Parker would have to be helped off the field. Test results later revealed that Parker had a fractured right clavicle. After undergoing surgery, Parker is expected to miss 8 to 10 weeks.

San Francisco’s options include Michael Morse and Kelby Tomlinson as well as newly signed minor leaguers Drew Stubbs and Melvin Upton Jr. Michael Morse looked poised to break camp with the Giants before suffering a hamstring injury. He is currently in extended Spring Training.

Drew Stubbs signed a minor league contract with the Giants on April 6th. In a 2016 season that saw him suit up for the Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, Stubbs hit a combined .225/.330/.338 in 59 games.

Melvin Upton Jr. split 2016 with the San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays. In 149 games, Upton Jr. hit at an average of .238, recorded an OBP of .291 and slugged ..402; while striking out 155 times and going 27 for 35 in stolen bases.

In 52 games for the Giants, utility man, Kelby Tomlinson, slashed .292/.370/.330 with four doubles and five stolen bases.

In nine games, Parker was 3 for 27 for a .143 average His most notable hit of his young season was a 2-RBI triple. He had struck out 10 times.

Statistics courtesy of mlb.com and baseball-reference.com

Giants Fall to 1 and 4 On Season

By Chandler Guadagnin

The 2017 season has not started as the Giants would have hoped. Over their first five games, San Francisco has a 1-4 record. This may not seem like a big concern so early in the year, however their are some concerning hints of last season. In all four losses, the Giants grabbed an early lead, only to cough it up. Perhaps, the most disheartening example of this was on opening day, when the Giants had a lead on three separate occasions; including, a 6-5 lead in the ninth. After all was said and done, the Giants fell 7-6.

Even in their 8-4 win on Tuesday, San Francisco struggled to close it out. From the bottom of the fifth, to the end of the game, San Francisco pitchers surrendered a 2-run home run and 3 walks. Thus far, the Giants pitching staff has a team ERA of 6.42. They have surrendered 6 home runs and walked 13.

At the plate, San Francisco is hitting at a clip of .278. Meanwhile, Jarrett Parker and Chris Marrero, the Giants platoon in left field, are a combined 0 for 19.

San Francisco will look to turn it around today. Game 2 of the Giants-Padres series comes your way at 5:40PM PT . The Giants will send Madison Bumgarner to the hill to face off against the Padres’ Jhoulys Chacin. The game can be seen on NBC Sports Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.

Statistics courtesy of mlb.com

BYU Slams Kennesaw State In Game 2

By Chandler Guadagnin

After falling 5-3 to Georgia Tech yesterday, it was clear that the Cougars had their minds set on evening their record.

The first inning went by without incident. In the second, however, it was a different story as Brigham Young struck for four runs on 4 hits. The Cougars never loooked back as they went on to score runs in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth. The run in the sixth came off the bat of the one and only Keaton Kringlen as he homered to left center as the Cougars cruised to a 13-4 victory.

BYU pitching was dominant as they combined to allow four runs on 9 hits, while stranding seven.

The Cougars will wrap up the first trio of games against the Panthers of Georgia State. Game time is scheduled for Monday Febuary 20th at 1:00PM PT from the GSU Baseball Complex.

Keaton Kringlen: 2-4; HR, 2 RBI

Daniel Schneeman: 1-5; RBI

Statistics courtesy of www.byucougars.com

 

Keeping Up With Kringlen

By Chandler Guadagnin

Many would agree that they did not get enough of former Chico Heat and Brigham Young University Cougar right fielder, Keaton Kringlen, this past summer. Not to worry. You can log onto www.kpaysports.com to read updates about the blossoming college career of Keaton Kringlen.

In 51 games played this past summer, Keaton Kringlen compiled 59 hits, 19 walks, 17 strikeouts and 28 RBIs on his way to a .303 batting average. Of those 59 hits, 8 were doubles, 1 was a triple, and 3 were homers. In his Freshman year with the Cougars, Keaton played in 42 games accruing 12 doubles, no triples and 5 home runs. Kringlen had a .369 batting average, a .560 slugging percentage and a .442 on base percentage. On defense, Kringlen was almost perfect as he fielded to a percentage of .979. For his outstanding Freshman performance, Kringlen was dubbed the WCC Freshman of the Year.

In a 12-1 preseason thumping of the Curaçao National Team, Kringlen contributed to the win with a 2 run single in the eighth. Fellow Cougar and former Chico Heat infielder, Daniel Schneeman, smashed an inside-the-park grand slam in the seventh inning.

The Cougars are set to next hit the field on February 17th at 1:00PM PT against Georgia Tech in Georgia.

Statistics courtesy of www.byucougars.com and www.chicoheat.com

BYU Legend Lavell Edwards Dies At 86

By Chandler Guadagnin

I am a huge Brigham Young University fan. As such, I was saddened to hear that former BYU Football Head Coach, Lavell Edwards, passed away today at the age of 86.

Over 29 seasons at the helm, Edwards led the Cougars to a record of 257-101-3 overall, making him the sixth winningest coach in FBS history. Coach Edwards guided Brigham Young to 22 bowl games and 19 conference championships.

On Christmas Eve, Edwards suffered a fall, breaking his hip; which allegedly, contributed to his death. The Hall of Fame coach, received national coach of the year awards in 1979 and 1984.

As a tribute to the great coach, the home of BYU Football, was renamed Lavell Edwards Stadium, prior to the final home game of the 2000 season.

Sources: www.byucougars.com and www.espn.com

Report: Giants Sign Mark Melancon

By Chandler Guadagnin

From the outset of the 2017 offseason, San Francisco began their search for a closer to anchor the back end of their bullpen. In the 2016 regular season, with Santiago Casilla as their closer, the Giants blew a Major League high 30 saves. All things considered, the toughest blown save to swallow came in NLDS Game 4 when, with a 3 run lead in the ninth, the Giants bullpen surrendered four runs to the Cubs, ending their season abruptly. The Orange and Black have now filled this major need in their bullpen.

According to reports, the Giants have agreed to terms with right-handed closer, Mark Melancon, on a 4-year, $62 million deal. The deal includes a $20 million signing bous with the possibility of an opt-out after 2 years. Melancon spent 2016 with both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals, posting these numbers:

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Over his eight year stint in the Major Leagues, Mark Melancon has compiled these numbers:

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The 31 year old, has spent eight years in the Major Leagues. The three time All-Star (including a selection in 2016), was considered the third best closer on the open market this offseason. The right-hander, has eclipsed, or met, the 30 saves mark three times in his career.

Due to splitting the season between two different organizations, Melancon was not attached to a qualifying offer. San Francisco reportedly beat out the Washington Nationals in the Mark Melancon sweepstakes.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com and www.baseball-reference.com

CBA Finished, WS Format Altered

By Chandler Guadagnin

The Cubs won 103 games in 2016; however, they did not host last year’s World Series due to the National League falling to the American League in this past All-Star Game. The Collective Bargaining Agreement, agreed to on November 30, 2016, has solved that issue.

The way in which to determine what team hosts the World Series has been a topic of debate for 13 years. The system, in which the team from the League that won the All-Star Game would host the World Series, has been in place beginning in 2003. The previous format was implemented the year after the 2002 Mid-Summer Classic ended in a tie. Many have suggested that the World Series be played on a neutral site.  However, for at least the next five years, Games 1 and 7 of the Fall Classic will be hosted by the team with the best regular season record.

Several argue that the disparity between the competiveness in each League will compromise the integrity of this format. Take for instance, the schedule strength of this year’s World Series teams. The Cleveland Indians, who finished the season 94 and 68, played 57 games against sub-500 teams. Conversely, Chicago played 76 of its 162 games against teams below the “equator”. In inter-league play, the Indians posted a 13-7 mark, while the Cubs went 15 and 5 against the AL.

The tentative agreement is set to expire in 2021.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com and www.espn.com

Giants Look To Strengthen Bullpen, Outfield In Offseason

By Chandler Guadagnin

From the Giants dramatic collapse against the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLDS, it is clear that San Francisco plans to improve their bullpen, primarily from the in the closer position. This offseason, offers a plethora of closing arms that the Giants could pursue before the start of the 2017 season. Below is a list of possible closer options for San Francisco.

Aroldis Chapman, LHP

After spending the 2016 season with the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs, Aroldis Chapman is back on the market looking to continue his success with a big contract. According to the current collective bargaining agreement, because Chapman split the year between to different teams, he is ineligible to receive a qualifying offer. Thus, the team that signs Chapman, need not worry about surrendering a draft pick. This season, between the Yankees and Cubs, Chapman posted a 4-1 record over 59 games and 58 innings pitched with a 1.55 ERA and 36 saves in 39 attempts. In the postseason, he tacked up a record of 2-0 over 13 games and 15.2 innings pitched with a 3.45 ERA and 4 saves in 7 opportunities. Besides his success in the bullpen, Chapman is known for his electric arm; which often, reaches triple digits. In all, Chapman is sure to receive a good paycheck.

Kenley Jansen, RHP

Jansen spent the 2016 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 68.2 innings pitched over 71 games, he went 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA, striking out 104 and compiled 47 saves in 53 chances. This postseason, he posted a 0-0 record with a 3.09 ERA in 11.2 innings pitched over 7 games. The Dodgers have tendered Jansen a qualifying offer; meaning that, whoever signs Jansen, will forfeit a draft pick to his former team.

Mark Melancon, RHP

The 31 year old, four time All-Star pitched for both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals in 2016. During the regular season, with both Pittsburgh and Washington, Melancon went 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 71.1 innings pitched over 75 games, collecting 47 saves in 51 opportunities. Melancon, too, was a part of the 2016 postseason. He logged a 0-0 record in 4.1 innings pitched in 4 games with an ERA of 0.00 and went 1 for 1 in saves.

Not only are the Giants in need of a shutdown closer; they also are in search of an outfield bat. Options for the Giants include:

Yoenis Cespedes, CF

The 2016 Silver Slugger spent the 2016 season with the New York Mets.; electing to opt of his three year contract after a year. In 132 games played, Cespedes amassed 134 hits including 25 doubles, 1 triple and 31 home runs with 108 strikeouts and 51 walks, on his way to a .280 batting average and an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of .884. Cespedes has been tendered a qualifying offer from the Mets.

Dexter Fowler, CF

A 2016 All-Star, Fowler spent the 2016 campaign as the leadoff man for the World Champion Chicago Cubs. Fowler hit .276 in 125 games with 25 doubles, 7 triples, and 13 home runs. Fowler is also known for his speed swiping 13 bases in 17 attempts. During the postseason, batted .250 with 5 doubles and 3 home runs and a stolen base. Fowler was tendered a qualifying offer from the Cubs.

Rajai Davis, CF

Davis, a former Giant, played for the AL Champion Cleveland Indians in 2016. This year, Davis hit for a batting average of .249 and an on-base percentage of .306. In 134 games played, Davis collected 113 hits, 37 of them for extra bases. For a 35 year old, Davis still has great speed as he swiped 43 bases in 49 tries. This postseason, Davis hit .147 in 15 games. Davis a double and of course, the World Series home run to tie Game 7.

San Francisco, who has already signed pitcher Josh Johnson to a minor league deal and picked up the club option on Matt Moore, have shown in past years that they are not afraid to spend some money. As the offseason progresses, the Giants will continue to monitor their options.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com and www.baseball-reference.com