Giants-Dodgers: Dave Roberts, Max Muncy melt down after SF completes massive comeback versus LA

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SF Gate 23 July, 2021 - 04:43pm 48 views

The Big Mad Series is complete.

The San Francisco Giants took three out of four against the Los Angeles Dodgers this week, finishing game four with some serious dramatics that included freak-outs from Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts and slugger Max Muncy — and another blown appearance by reliever Kenley Jansen that brought the boo birds for a second consecutive night.

The Giants looked dead in the water on Thursday and entered the ninth inning down 3-1. Then they strung together four runs and won 5-3.

In the midst of Jansen's latest meltdown — bases loaded, two outs, and the Dodgers clinging to a 3-2 lead — San Francisco's Darin Ruf got away with a check swing that probably should've been called a strike. That tied things up at 3-3, and compelled Roberts to storm the field and get ejected.

The Giants tied the game and Dave Roberts LOST HIS MIND pic.twitter.com/93BzpqWfE4

It is standard operating procedure for the manager of a club that got screwed over to toss his cap and jab his finger in the direction of the first umpire he sees; more notable (and delicious for Giants fans) was Muncy's reaction from the dugout after San Francisco had attained a 5-3 advantage. 

Max Muncy is big mad 😳 pic.twitter.com/qVJk6DXKHB

In his postgame interview with reporters, Roberts once again stuck up for Jansen, as any decent manager would. "I don't think all the blame should be on Kenley," he said. "The game should have been over a couple times in that inning." 

The Giants now have a three-game lead in the NL West and still own the best record in baseball. They'll face the Dodgers again in... five days!

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Giants vs. Dodgers - Game Recap - July 22, 2021

ESPN 23 July, 2021 - 11:10am

LOS ANGELES -- — The San Francisco Giants have built the best record in the majors with a sound defense and one of the top bullpens in the National League.

On this night, though, it was smart baserunning and a couple of calls that allowed them to extend their lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

LaMonte Wade Jr. broke a ninth-inning tie with a two-run single and San Francisco rallied against closer Kenley Jansen again for a 5-3 victory over the Dodgers on Thursday.

The Giants trailed 3-1 going into the ninth before scoring four times to increase their division lead to three games over the defending World Series champions. San Francisco (61-35) took three of four in a tense series between the longtime rivals that saw the final three games decided in the ninth inning.

“This series shows a lot about our team and shows we can play on both sides of the ball with the best of them. We have to keep that mentality throughout,” Wade said.

Before his clutch single, the Giants were able to tie it at 3 on two key plays in the ninth.

Jason Vosler got a good lead off first base with the bases loaded and beat shortstop Chris Taylor's throw to second on an infield single by Thairo Estrada. That kept the game going and scored Wilmer Flores to bring San Francisco to 3-2.

Vosler was initially ruled out at second for the final out, but the call was overturned following a replay review.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Vosler's lead off first and beating the throw was the most important play of the game.

“(Max) Muncy was playing pretty far off the bag,” Vosler said. “I was trying to get the biggest primary lead that I could and make sure I got to second on the ground ball. That makes the difference.”

Darin Ruf then checked his swing on a full-count cutter — although replays appeared to show he went around — to draw a walk from Jansen that forced in the tying run.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts yanked off his cap and argued vehemently, leading to him being ejected in the ninth inning for the second consecutive night.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that he went and the game should have been over. In that spot with two contending teams you just can’t miss that call,” Roberts said. “We should have won that game and it's a game we really wanted, we had, and we didn't.”

Wade then hit a sinking liner to right field that dropped just in front of newly acquired Billy McKinney, giving San Francisco a 5-3 advantage.

Jansen was lifted to a chorus of boos for the second straight night.

“You have to be able to hit the mistake pitch and luckily tonight that was the first pitch of the at-bat. When you get it, you try not to miss,” Wade said.

Jansen (1-4) fell to 21 for 26 in save opportunities. He has allowed seven runs on seven hits with four walks in one inning over the past two games.

Roberts was steadfast that Jansen will remain his closer.

“I don’t think all the blame should be on Kenley. The game should have been over a couple times in that inning,” Roberts said.

José Álvarez (4-1) got the win and Jake McGee pitched the bottom of the ninth for his 20th save.

Will Smith hit a two-run homer off Anthony DeSclafani, and Walker Buehler allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings for the Dodgers.

The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the first when Wade scored on Mike Yastrzemski's sacrifice fly. The Dodgers evened it in the bottom half when the first three batters got base hits off DeSclafani, including Justin Turner's single to drive in Taylor.

By taking the series, the Giants finished 6-4 at Dodger Stadium this season, marking the first time since 2014 they had a winning record at Chavez Ravine.

The teams have a three-game series beginning Tuesday in San Francisco before playing their final series of the season Sept. 3-5.

“We’re enjoying the fact we played a good series, but we're already thinking about playing Pittsburgh,” Kapler said.

Buehler tied his season high by going 7 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out nine and allowed five hits. Buehler has gone at least six innings in all but one of his last 22 starts dating to last season, including the postseason.

DeSclafani yielded two runs on six hits in six innings with seven strikeouts.

Giants: 1B Brandon Belt (right knee inflammation) will begin running the bases this weekend. ... 2B Tommy La Stella (left hamstring strain, right thumb) went 2 for 2 and RHP Aaron Sanchez (right bicep tightness) allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings during rehab assignments at Triple-A Sacramento.

Dodgers: Muncy will go on paternity leave beginning Friday and miss the Colorado series. ... RHPs Corey Knebel (right lat strain) and Jimmy Nelson (back) both pitched an inning during a simulated game. Roberts said Nelson could be activated this weekend.

Giants: Begin a nine-game homestand Friday against Pittsburgh. RHP Johnny Cueto (6-5, 4.01 ERA) has gone 0-2 in his last three starts and will be opposed by Pirates RHP Chad Kuhl (3-5, 4.31).

Dodgers: Continue their homestand against Colorado on Friday. LHP David Price (4-0, 3.12 ERA) allowed one run in four innings last Sunday against the Rockies. RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-6, 5.99) takes the mound for Colorado.

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Aubrey Huff, who swore off the Giants and Dodgers, was just at Giants-Dodgers with Jacob Wohl's dad

SF Gate 23 July, 2021 - 11:10am

We here at SFGATE do not usually acknowledge the antics of former San Francisco Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff, whose social media presence is specifically intended to annoy people — or as he would say, trigger the libs.

But Huff's appearance at Wednesday night's Giants-Dodgers game was too strange to leave un-addressed. For one, in April, Huff had issued a clarion call to "cancel [the] massive liberal cities" and their teams, including the Giants and Dodgers. Huff's followers did not heed his battle cry, nor did he, apparently.

Huff's companions for the game seemed to understandably bother some Dodgers fans on social media. One was David Wohl, father of Jacob Wohl, a far-right provocateur who has a lengthy list of schemes to his name. You might've heard of a few: the time he made up accusations against Robert Mueller, the time he made up accusations against Pete Buttigieg, the time he made up accusations against Elizabeth Warren, the time he made up accusations against Dr. Anthony Fauci, the time he made up damaging stories about Ilhan Omar, the time he made up his own death threats, and the time he coordinated fake robocalls to dissuade potential voters during the 2020 election. Wohl is now facing felony charges for the robocalls debacle. David Wohl's Twitter bio notes that he's a "High Profile Defense Attorney," so perhaps he can help Jacob out of his predicament.

.@Dodgers/@SFGiants game with 2x WS Champ and great American @aubrey_huff pic.twitter.com/fExb5uxZ9D

Most notably, Huff's Giants-Dodgers appearance also confirmed the MAGA leanings of Steve Mears, aka Moneyball Steve, a well-known Dodgers ballhawk who's always trying to snag homers. Mr. Moneyball has 26,000 Instagram followers, and captioned his Instagram photo with Huff, "You know he's an awesome dude when I like a Giant."

As far as I can tell, San Francisco's own Dave Edlund, aka McCovey Cove Dave, hasn't posed for any photos recently with Huff, which is a major victory for the Giants over the Dodgers.

Giants Interested In Danny Duffy

MLB Trade Rumors 23 July, 2021 - 11:10am

Though Danny Duffy was placed on the Royals’ 10-day injured list on Tuesday, the Giants still have trade interest in the veteran southpaw, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.  “Injuries don’t give San Francisco much pause in general,” Slusser notes, citing the team’s signing of John Brebbia in the offseason as Brebbia was recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Naturally, the Giants’ interest will hinge on just exactly how hurt Duffy is, considering that this is the second time he has visited the IL this season with a left flexor strain.  That earlier IL stint sidelined Duffy for close to six weeks, so if a similar recovery period is required, he won’t be available for the Royals, Giants, or any other club until the first week of September.  This still makes Duffy a potential difference-maker in a pennant race, though that assumes that he’ll still be effective after this latest layoff, and it also assumes that he won’t need a longer time to heal up considering that this is a recurring injury.

It adds yet another wrinkle to Duffy’s interesting case a trade candidate.  While the Statcast metrics haven’t been great for the 32-year-old, Duffy has strong bottom-line numbers, with a 2.51 ERA and an above-average 25.8% strikeout rate over 61 innings.  He is also a free agent after the season and thus a seemingly logical trade chip for the struggling Royals, though Duffy has full no-trade protection as a 10-and-5 player, and he has been public about his desire to remain with the Royals for the entirety of his career.

However, there has been some indication that Duffy (born in Goleta, California) might be willing to accept a trade to the West Coast.  As such, teams like the Padres, Dodgers, and now the Giants have reportedly been linked to Duffy, though it remains to be seen if the other California teams also wouldn’t balk at acquiring an injured player.  As Slusser notes, Duffy’s injury surely lowers the Royals’ asking price in a trade, so a team like San Francisco could potentially see him as something of a buy-low lottery ticket acquisition.

In other Giants trade rumblings, Slusser reports that the Cardinals and Rangers have had scouts recently watching the Giants, so some potential trade chips on those teams (if St. Louis indeed decides to sell at the deadline) could be on San Francisco’s radar.  On the pitching end, Kyle Gibson, Kwang Hyun Kim, or even longtime Cardinal Adam Wainwright stand out.  Slusser notes that the outfield is a target area for the Giants, so Rangers slugger Joey Gallo would be a major fit.

I’m interested in the Giants losing

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I am not an Angels fan. As my name suggests, I am only a fan of David Fletcher. Besides, if Trout wanted to be freed, he could have signed elsewhere (though I doubt he would have considered the excrement-filled streets of the Bay Area.) Imagine investing yourself in a whole team with unlikeable personalities like Wilmer Flores and Anthony Desclafani. Have fun losing in the Wild Card game to the Padres.

Man, if you think Florea and Wade are unlikeable you must hate watching the Dodgers/Padres/Yankees/White Sox

Or investing in the Padres and lovable Machado and Dodgers with lovable Bauer.

Your fanbase is filled with obese thugs. Calm down. I don’t like Machado, but I’d rather play a round of golf with him than a guy like Steven “19 kids and counting” Duggar or Austin “homework helper” Slater

genuinely curious as to why you think DeSclafani and Flores have unlikeable personalities

Mike Yastrzemski’s incoming monster second half will keep that from happening

Was wondering if the giants are kicking around duffy/merrifield for like a Bart/Matos type deal

Wonder if a Gibson for Webb and Caleb Kilian swap would work for both sides. Maybe throw in Kennedy for a Kervin Castro or something like that as well?

I don’t think they would include Webb for Gibson. He is the one young controllable starter on the roster right now and Gibson doesn’t have much control. Probably young bats in lower minors(Matos, Pomares, Toribio)

We like Webb too, he’s got number 2 starter potential.

Maybe pomares but they are high on mayos and Torino so I doubt they would move

Giants don’t have any SP locked for next year other than Webb. He’s likely untouchable simply due to that fact.

Credit that you know Caleb Kilian. Him alone is worth a Gibson trade straight up. Webb is worth way more than Gibson. Preb Arb pitcher with a bright future.

The Giants are probably discussing Ian Kennedy with the Rangers. A high leverage relief pitcher should be high on their shopping list. The Rangers haven’t even had a lead in ages so they sure don’t have high leverage needs.

Duffy isn’t going anywhere; he’s a) injured and b) has expressed his desire to remain a Royal, and c) has the 10 and 5 rights to do as he pleases.

I doubt he’ll pass up an opportunity to join a contender.

We also read the article, thanks.

Nathaniel Brownson: You’d be surprised on how many people DON’T read the article and just spout off their own rant. Several times people contradict FACTS stated in an article w their own opinions. In fact several times I’ve stated the phrase “reading is fundamental … is stated in the article”.

What I wrote was hardly a rant – I was just expressing my opinion that in spite of being connected to the Giants, I think it’s very unlikely that Duffy leaves KC.

I’d be surprised if they actually went through with this. Duffy has been injured, and sure they don’t believe that’s necessarily a end all be all. However, his starts have typically been against Detroit, Minnesota, and Cleveland. One could argue that the Twins is still impressive with their overall team SLG and OPS (top 10ish in the league). But he was still lit up by the Red Sox and only pitched 2 innings to the Yankees.

I mean, for like $7MM he’d still be offered it wouldn’t be a bad move if he came back healthy. But dealing with the Dodgers/Padres and post season teams in general, I wouldn’t count on him being a dealbreaker.

Speaking of giants not worried about injuries, would be a great time to buy-low on Castellanos. Scott Harris was AGM for the Cubs when they acquired Castellanos….

Yes he does and is on Injurec list.

Why would Cincinnati trade Castellanos or sell low when they are in the midst of a playoff hunt?

Well, It’s on the streets in SF, so we know that your capable.

Still think Kimbrel should be their top target even with probably 80% of contenders probably trying to land him

Gmen , I agree Kimbrel “should” be the Giants top priority, but as you said, what contender wouldn’t take him? His price tag has to be huge, as he’s controlled thru 2022…..who do you think we can afford to give up in a trade for Kimbrel?

I honestly don’t think closer is as important as a starter and a late inning or solid middle reliever right now. You can make noise about the closing losses but numbers overall are pretty good – the bigger issue is leading up to the end of the game where guys are making games into save situations.

…aaaaand the comments are closed on the Cleveland nickname article. This is why we can’t have nice things, people!

We said that about Wisler. He now has a 1.08 ERA with TB in 16.2 innings. Especially since Brebbia is coming back from TJ his signing is more about keeping bullpen depth for next year than anything

Brebbia is having a blip, if this was last year it wouldn’t be a big thing because you could pull him when he doesn’t have it rather than having to leave him in for 3 outs

Or 3 batters I should say

The point is they’ll sign talent on a discount and wait for them to heal. Heck, that’s how half their rotation was built

Dodgers do the same thing. Both teams are good. Hmm

What do the Giants get for Bart?

Not nothing, but not nearly enough for what his stock once was, imo as an outsider

Zaidi and co may see him as the past regimes mistake and try to cash in while value remain palpable, if they feel that way. But Posey can leave at end of the year. And before the last 3 months, he was seen as a near lock to be shown the door or at least need a major paycut. No guarantee Bart is moved for pennies on the dollar. He plays the right position though to get someone to pay for his potential, if teams still believe he can catch a staff.

I think Bart is going to be a great player with some more seasoning and a year or two of the bigs under his belt. That said, it wouldn’t bother me at all if Z could trade him for an impact player now. Bart is worth way more than a rental, that’s for sure!

Zaidi has no reason to sell low on Bart.

What he does have is an eye for overlooked talent and a ton of $$$ to buy out a contract or take on a bad one alongside a good player.

Giants have team option on Posey for ‘22. He is staying even at $22M option price.

Not to mention that he wants to stay. They’ll likely renegotiate that option into a two year deal.

I predict Posey eventually signs a lifetime like contract. To play then transition to front office. He won’t be leaving

Interesting that the Cardinals have scouts watching the Giants when they’ve play 2 out of the last 4 series I believe.

I think Wainwright would be really interesting for the drive for Giants if they could get him cheap – maybe just for Bart

he might want to come to a good team to try to win one more championship before he retires- he’s 39

Wainwright for Bart? Are you crazy?

He’s a .500 pitcher. Is he that good?

In 2019 Jacob DeGrom was 10-9.

Win/loss records for pitchers is a useless statistic

The Cards are NOT selling. It doesn’t happen.

I can understand kicking the tires on starters. But I really hope they focus on a leftfielder and a high leverage right handed reliever. Preferably one with strikeout potential. Daniel Hudson from Washington would be ideal if they want to go cheap and stick with the committee of McGee and Rogers in the 9th. Or they could grab Ian Kennedy from Texas if they don’t have total faith in McGee and Rogers. Kimbrel or Iglesias would be ideal but they’re gonna cost a lot. And Zaidi has shown he likes to shop in the bargain bins for the bullpen so far. Which he’s been wildly successful at doing so far…

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Dodgers Considering Ian Kennedy

MLB Trade Rumors 23 July, 2021 - 11:10am

The Dodgers are interested in acquiring Ian Kennedy, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

This isn’t terribly surprising news, as every contending team is always interested in improving their pitching arsenal as the trade deadline approaches. What is surprising is that the Dodgers find themselves three games behind the Giants in the NL West, a team that few picked as division favorites at the start of the season. And that divisional alignment is at least somewhat attributable to the fact that the Dodgers have lost to the Giants by blowing ninth-inning leads the past two nights.

Overall, the bullpen hasn’t been a glaring weakness for the club this year. The Dodgers’ relievers, as a whole, have an ERA of 3.73, the 10th best in the Majors. But they’ve also taken some hits lately, with Jimmy Nelson and Scott Alexander heading to the Injured List. David Price has also had to move from the bullpen to the rotation, in order to cover for the recent injury to Clayton Kershaw.

For Kennedy, it seems to be a foregone conclusion that he will be changing jerseys in the coming week. He is a free agent at year’s end and is currently playing for a Rangers team that is 35-62, behind every team in the American League except the Orioles. Thus far, he’s pitched 31 1/3 innings for Texas, accumulating 15 saves with an ERA of 2.59. Advanced metrics are somewhat skeptical, with xERA, FIP and xFIP pegging him at 3.40, 3.80 and 3.88, respectively. But he has excellent strikeout and walk rates of 26.8% and 5.7%.

Kenley Jansen has been the Dodgers closer for a decade now, and will probably continue in that role. But there are reasons for pessimism in his profile this year. Despite 21 saves, an ERA of 3.05 and a strikeout rate of 27.2%, Jansen has a ghastly walk rate of 16%, more than double his career rate. That’s probably why some advanced metrics think his ERA is a mirage, with xFIP placing him at 4.79 and SIERA at 4.56.

It’s possible this is just small sample noise, since we’re only talking about 38 1/3 innings and Jansen’s Statcast profile still looks quite healthy. But since Jansen is in the last year of his contract and will be 34 years old by season’s end, the Dodgers don’t have to be invested in Jansen for the long term and could certainly pivot to an alternative such as Kennedy if they felt they had to.

On the money side, Kennedy’s is playing on a salary of $2.15MM this year, leaving less than a million still to be paid out. The Dodgers don’t have to worry about tiptoeing under the luxury tax, since they’ve already blown past the top threshold of $250MM. (Roster Resource currently has their luxury tax calculation at $262MM.) But that means that they’re paying a whopping 62.5% tax on any additional salary they take on, which could make a modest contract like Kennedy’s more appealing than a costlier addition such as Craig Kimbrel, who is still owed over $6MM of his $16MM salary this year.

Ha! Maybe don’t mention Jansen for awhile, poor bloke will need a few days

Bad umpire calls really cost the LAD yesterday!

Yeah look, I thought Ruf went, but he got a bad call in that AB too, but what can you do? Just got to play on, Vosler hustling like he did, line up putting up good AB too, hard loss for them but Giants take it every day

It was ball 5 to Ruf, but yeah he swung. Amazing to see Jansen give up the lead two nights in a row.

Bad “no swing” call cost them the game. Would have been over and a LAD victory.

So who would be the Rangers closer post trade?

I don’t follow the Rangers closely, but Brett Martin or Josh Sborz seem to make the most sense. It makes no sense for them to hang onto Kennedy anyway, no matter who replaces him.

They will have to have a lead in the 9th to have a closer.

The Dodgers farm system just keep turning out talent.

wasn’t ian kennedy the pitcher that started that brawl with arizona….. ???

Dodgers better cough up for Ian. So Kershaw and who else?

Don’t over-inflate Kennedy. He’s at the end of a contract year and old AF. TX will flip him for anything they can get rather than see him walk at the end of a forgettable year and get nothing for him

This is the final year of Jansen’s contract and I, for one, hope the Dodgers do not re-sign him. I’ve felt that way well before his recent outings. He is simply not strong enough mentally to be the closer he once was, and as he ages he will only continue to be less effective. The guy has had a great career as a closer, and few closers remain effective as long as he did, but I think it will be time to move on by the end of this season, if not sooner.

Lol ok princess. Take the L and just admit the Dodgers are overrated. #CheckTheNameBoi

Anyone who uses “#” or “boi” in a post is a moron. Just like people who use the terms “woke,” “bruh” or “brah,” for example.

Looking at MLBTR’s “Rumors By Team” on the right side of the desktop page made me realize that Cleveland’s name change won’t change the order of teams alphabetically. “Guardians” will still be between “Giants” and “Mariners” alphabetically. Kind of stupid, but I found that interesting.

Maybe post that particularly uninteresting observation on the article about the Cleveland name change, and not the one about the Dodgers pitching interest. Just a thought. Then again, maybe you just clicked the wrong article, since that Cleveland one is directly below this article.

can he pitch the 9th LOL

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Roberts sticking with Jansen as Dodgers' closer

ESPN 23 July, 2021 - 02:47am

"I don't think all the blame should be on Kenley. The game should have been over a couple times in that inning," Roberts said after L.A.'s 5-3 loss -- and Jansen's third consecutive blown save.

The Giants trailed 3-1 going into the ninth inning. San Francisco's Jason Vosler got a good lead off first base with the bases loaded and beat Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor's throw to second on an infield single by Thairo Estrada. That kept the game going and scored Wilmer Flores to bring San Francisco to 3-2.

Vosler was initially ruled out at second for the final out, but the call was overturned following a replay review.

Darin Ruf then checked his swing on a full-count cutter -- although replays appeared to show he went around -- to draw a walk from Jansen that forced in the tying run.

Roberts yanked off his cap and argued vehemently, leading to him being ejected in the ninth inning for the second consecutive night.

"There's no doubt in my mind that he went and the game should have been over. In that spot with two contending teams, you just can't miss that call," Roberts said. "We should have won that game, and it's a game we really wanted, we had, and we didn't."

LaMonte Wade Jr. then hit a sinking liner to right field for two-run single, giving San Francisco a 5-3 advantage.

Jansen was lifted to a chorus of boos for the second straight night. On Wednesday, he served up the go-ahead home run to Flores in the Dodgers' 4-2 loss.

Jansen (1-4) fell to 21 for 26 in save opportunities this season. He has allowed seven runs on seven hits with four walks in one inning over the past two games.

He has compiled 333 regular-season saves in 12 years with the Dodgers but has drawn the ire of fans over a string of inconsistent performances during the past three years, most notably in the postseason. The 33-year-old right-hander appeared to return to prime form in 2021, posting a 1.24 ERA while converting 21 of 23 save chances through his first 36 appearances. But he blew a one-run lead against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, followed by the two Giants rallies.

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