BRANDONS BELT & CRAWFORD APPEAR TO BEAT ODDS, COME FROM NOWHERE TO LEAD GIANTS PLAYOFF WIN
Saturday, March 30, 2013
'Dodgers can't buy chemistry' was the big quote from the lips of San Francisco Giants'
starting first baseman, Brandon Belt, earlier this year.
Moving ahead to 2014 and the first one game playoff against Pittsburg, the Brandons seemed to have no problem leading the way, accounting for all the runs. Especially interesting after Belt has been out until this recently and had no practice games, and Crawford was only hitting .220 until his typical Giant sudden spurt to .250!
Funny thing is that the Giants DO have chemistry on their side,
but a lot of it comes in a bottle and syringe. Belt's confounding 8 spring homers is more
than his ENTIRE 2012 season output! On top of that , he almost doubled his batting average,
from .275 to .457! Yes, we know it's spring training but still, that's
when the pitchers are often ahead of the hitters - and no other Giant hit more than four homers
(Pablo)... just another piece of wonderment on the Giants. One may not have concrete
evidence but there's sure got to be questions. And this, in light of Belt's muffled 'no'-comments about
the suspension and loss of Melky Cabrera last year...
As for the other Brandon, Crawford, he also raised his batting average 100 points this
spring training vs last season and doubled his slugging percentage with 10 extra base hits.
Note that he has also become mentored and good friends with Marco Scutaro, last seasons
most likely non-caught user of PEDs; Scuatro also raised his average 100 points just
after coming to the Giants from Colorado last season and likely has passed on some of
his 'knowledge' to at least this Brandon, much like Melky passed it onto his fellow
venezuelan when Scutaro first joined the Giants, midseason 20120, prior to Cabrera's
As for Scutaro, who's numbers WERE actually down in spring training, it may be due to
injuries, or , maybe he is saving himself for the season.
The fact of the matter is that , with this new knowledge about the Brandon brothers - who heretofore we thought and hoped to be clean - virtually every Giant, it would appear from suddenly increased numbers and fewer strikeouts, starting player has probably used or is using PEDs (performance enhancing drugs). Perhaps the Brandons were under too much pressure to reach that potential that had long gone unfulfilled. No heavyscience here, just too many questions. And, combine this with some real science and numbers -
see http://wheredidyougojoedimaggio1.blogspot.com - and read all the posts form last year and together you've got a mountain of evidence that points the Giants further advancing a the PED tradition that began over a decade ago with Barry Bonds where now likely every starter but probably Posey has likely used or is using PEDs. Only the names have changed, in our opinion..
So, now the starting lineup is secure of PED players, either former users or current...
with Buster Posey the only player unlikely using...
probably so squeaky clean he doesn't even know the others have been or are using - and now
his unheard of nine year contract...
PS Don't you love the way the Giants go out and try to nail down nearly every starting player
to long term contracts, especially with their track record , going back
to Rennie Stennett and even Orlando Cepeda for Ray Sedeki... Aaron Rowand, Huff, Zito
(even though he's redeemed himself the past season after four bad ones @ $20K per, etc..