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San Francisco Giants 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 0: All-Star night for Giants

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Melky Cabrera showed why he should be an All-Star.

Cabrera belted a solo home run in the fourth inning, and that’s all the Giants would need as they shut out the Dodgers for the second consecutive night. It’s the first time since 1987 the Giants have posted back-to-back shutouts against the Dodgers.

Earlier Tuesday, it was announced that Cabrera slipped out of the No. 3 outfield spot in the latest All-Star voting.

Ryan Braun has 3,168,617 votes, just 122,733 votes ahead of Cabrera, the closest margin between two All-Star candidates for a starting spot.

Buster Posey continues to lead at the catcher spot with 3,335,982 votes, 216,452 votes ahead of the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina.

At third base, David Wright (2,687,818) leads the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval by 464,549.

Posey went 2 for 4 with a double in the Giants’ win Tuesday, and Sandoval 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Cabrera is lock to be selected to the NL All-Star team as a reserve if he doesn’t win the voting. Posey also stands a good chance, given that usually three catchers are picked. And with third base being a bit thin this season in the NL, there’s a chance Sandoval could earn a selection.

The Giants were on the road when in-stadium balloting ended last Friday. They are home now, but all the voting is being done online through 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

But Giant fans have always been electronically savvy, so maybe that can swing the vote. MoreSplashHits has voted 50 times (25 times on two different emails).

Melky Cabrera moves into top 3 among outfielders in NL All-Star voting

If the All-Star voting ending today, the San Francisco Giants would have TWO players in the starting lineup.

Melky Cabrera jumped past reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun for third place in the outfield in NL All-Star voting released Tuesday.

Cabrera has 2,144,107 votes to move a little more than 25,000 votes ahead of Braun. Matt Kemp leads among NL outfielders with 3.32 million votes, followed by Carlos Beltran at 2.65 million.

Buster Posey continues to lead among catchers with 2,445,005 votes. He leads Yadier Molina of the Cardinals by 153,438 votes. Posey is trying to become the first San Francisco Giant to be voted the starting NL catcher in an All-Star Game since Ed Bailey in 1963.

The Giants haven’t had two players voted as All-Star starters since 2004, when Barry Bonds (OF) and Jeff Kent (2B) earned the honors.

The last time the Giants had three All-Star starters (via voting) was in 2001 when Bonds, Kent and SS Rich Aurilia won the balloting.

We mentioned that because Pablo Sandoval has moved up to No. 2 among third basemen. Sandoval trails the Mets’ David Wright by about 355,000 votes.

Other Giants among top vote-getters at their positions include 1B Brandon Belt (fourth), SS Brandon Crawford (fifth) and OF Angel Pagan (ninth).

The bad news for Giants All-Star hopefuls is that in-stadium voting ends on Friday, and the Giants are currently halfway through a nine-game road trip. However, Friday’s game is a home-away-from-home game at Oakland.

After that, voting can be done exclusively online through June 28. So let’s hope some wired Giants fans can stuff the ballots.

To vote for your Giants All-Stars, click here.

San Francisco Giants 3, Arizona Diamondbacks 1: Just call him May-ky; Melky Cabrera sets May mark

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April showers bring Melky knocks.

Melky Cabrera delivered a 3-for-4 night for the Giants to break Willie Mays’ record for hits by a San Francisco Giant in the month of May with 50.

The Giants on Tuesday only mounted threats in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings — the innings in which Cabrera delivered the first of the inning for the Giants.

So since the previous Giants’ record for hits in May was held by a guy named Mays, shouldn’t we now call Melky “May-ky?”

Or we should just changed the name of the month Melky.

In the fourth, the Giants loaded the bases on singles by Cabrera and Buster Posey, plus a walk to Brett Pill. But the Giants were unable to score.

In the sixth, Cabrera’s infield single preceded Posey’s RBI double that tied the game. The Giants would load the bases again, but not score in part because first-base umpire Brian O’Nora blew the call (Please, Bud Selig, isn’t time for expanded replay?).

In the eighth, Ryan Theriot led off with a walk and went to third on Cabrera’s record-breaking hit to right. Posey plated Theriot on a sacrifice fly for the lead. Cabrera would later score on Joaquin Arias’ groundout.

For the second time in three days the Giants won a game with excellent pitching and all of their hits coming from Cabrera, Posey and Pagan.

The Giants’ 3-4-5 hitters were 7 for 11 with two runs and two RBI. The other hitters in the Giants’ lineup were 0 for 18.

If Cabrera gets one more hit on Wednesday, he’ll tie Randy Winn for the most hits by a San Francisco Giant in any month.

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It’s Tim Linecum Day on Wednesday. Hopefully, it also will be Tim Lincecum Win Day as he faces off against Ian Kennedy at 7:10 p.m. The Giants have won three games in a row for the fifth time this season, but they have not won four in a row.

Weekend review: Melkman delivers again, but does Melky Cabrera have a future with the San Francisco Giants?

MARLINS 5, GIANTS 2: BOX SCORE

GIANTS 3, MARLINS 2: BOX SCORE

The Giants’ offensive burst over the past couple of weeks slowed down over the weekend, but it still produced a split in Miami thanks to a nice outing by Matt Cain.

Between May 15-25, the Giants had scored four or more runs in 9 of 11 games. Even including this past weekend, the Giants have scored 3 or more runs in their last seven games and in 15 of their past 17 games, dating back to May 12.

So how much of this offensive explosion (if that’s what you want to call it) can be credited to the torrid May of Melky Cabrera.

We saw what an impact Cabrera can have on Sunday, when he went 4 for 4 and scored all three of the Giants’ runs. He had 4 of the Giants’ 7 runs. In fact, only Cabrera, Buster Posey (2 for 4) and Angel Pagan (1 for 2) collected hits. Everyone else pulled an 0-fer.

When he acquired Cabrera in the offseason, Giants GM Brian Sabean said Cabrera was the kind of player the Giants needed. He wasn’t the big power hitter everyone said the Giants needed. But he got hits, had speed and played good defense.

Now when asked what the chances of the Giants signing Cabrera to an extension before next season, Sabean said the “stars would have to align.”

Doesn’t sound too encouraging, does it?

Well, let’s help Sabes align some stars.

After this season, Aubrey Huff’s $10 million-a-season contract comes off the book, so does Freddy Sanchez’s $6 million deal. And let’s not forget the Giants are paying Aaron Rowand $12 million to make appearances on American Roadster. That also is off the ledger in 2013. The Giants were set to pay Brian Wilson $10-$11 million in arbitration next season. But with Wilson’s elbow injury, that won’t happen as the Giants are sure to non-tender The Beard in hopes of re-signing for much, much less.

Those contracts alone will save the Giants more than $34 million come next year (after you factor in buyouts). They’re looking at about six players who would be arbitration-eligible after this season.

They have cost-certainty with the recent extensions of Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Pablo Sandoval. Doing the same for BusterPosey may be the next order of business, although the Giants may endure a year of arbitration with their catcher to make sure there are no long-term after-effects from his ankle injury.

Barry Zito’s contract ends in 2013. So does Tim Lincecum’s.

A couple of months ago, the thought of letting Lincecum walk when free agency arrived would be unthinkable to most Giants fans.

Now …..

It’s not that we don’t think Lincecum will eventually figure out his struggles. It’s just that he has been prone to this lapses over the past couple of years — August 2010, June 2011, NOW.

Then the question becomes whether you want to pay someone prone to these extended funks $25 million a season.

Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com mentioned that with Gary Brown’s struggles in Double-A this season that the Giants may consider extending Angel Pagan a higher priority.

But the Giants have Gregor Blanco … on the cheap. He may be arbitration eligible in 2013, or he might not.

Blanco is having the breakout year similar to Andres Torres in 2010. And Blanco’s pitch selection and ability to get on base lends itself to avoid the tail-off season the free-swinging Torres had in 2011.

So we believe Cabrera is the priority and Pagan the fallback.

While Adam Jones’ recent contract extension may complicate the Cabrera situation for the Giants. But there are other potential free agent outfielders — Michael Bourn, Andre Ethier, Josh Hamilton, Torii Hunter, Carlos Quentin, Ichiro Suzuki, B.J. Upton, Shane Victorino — that could soften the market.

Bruce Bochy comes to senses, says Angel Pagan will leadoff

Lotus Belle-Glo gets an autograph from San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy during a spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The 2012 San Francisco Giants lineup started to take shape Friday after the team’s first full workout of the spring.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Angel Pagan will be his primary leadoff hitter and center fielder, with Melky Cabrera playing in left field. Nate Schierholtz appears to be the front-runner in right field, but the Giants are staying “open minded”, Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reported.

Well, let’s first address the leadoff and center field issues by saying “Pheeeewww!”

There had been reports out earlier this month that Bochy was playing with the option of having Cabrera leadoff.

Pagan is the better option, even though he doesn’t walk as much as we’d like. He’s a career .279 hitter with a .331 OBP. But he has stolen an average of 34.5 bases a season each of the past two years, and only be caught an average of 8.0 times. Cabrera brings similar batting numbers, career .275 AVG with a .331 OBP, but he hasn’t stolen more than 20 bases in a season. Also, Pagan is a better defensive center fielder, despite a bevy of errors last season. Cabrera should see time there as a backup.

But if Pagan is in center and Cabrera in right, who else but Schierholtz could play right? Aubrey Huff? Please! No!

We’ve seen that before, and it was not pretty. The Giants said they expect Huff to play more in the outfield, opening up first base for Brandon Belt. But if that’s the case, please let it be in left field, where Huff is much less of a liability.

And while Cabrera is versatile enough to play right, AT&T Park’s right field is a challenge. We’re sure most Giants fans would be happy to Nate the Great manning Triple’s Alley in 2012.

So if Cabrera’s in left, Pagan in center and Schierholtz in right, where does that leave Huff and Belt?

Huff and Belt both worked out at first base, along with Brett Pill, during Friday’s first full team workout. But the Giants have talked about Huff playing more outfield in 2012.

Despite these early spring declarations, MoreSplashHits remains convinced that Bochy will mix and match lineups in 2012. Why? Partly necessity, partly because that’s what Bochy does. He’ll play the hot hand, play matchups.

Dirty Deal Done Dirt Cheap: Jonathan Sanchez for Melky Cabrera

Outfielder Melky Cabrera was acquired Monday by the Giants in a trade for Jonathan Sanchez

MoreSplashHits has emerged from a self-imposed blogging blackout.

That’s because there is news to report.

On Monday, the Giants traded pitcher Jonathan Sanchez and minor-league pitcher Ryan Verdugo to the Royals for outfielder Melky Cabrera.

Both principals in the trade are in the final year of arbitration and will be eligible for free agency in 2013.

In Cabrera, the Giants pick up a player who is two years younger than Sanchez, and could save the Giants $2-3 million in salary. Cabrera earned $1.25 million last year. Sanchez earned $4.8 million. That’s why the Giants threw in the minor league in the deal.

Cabrera set career highs with 18 HRs, 87 RBI, 44 doubles, 102 runs, 201 hits, .20 SBs, 305 average, .470 slugging and .809 OPS last year. In seven big league seasons, his 162-game average season would look like this: 11 HRs, 66 RBI, .275 avg, 30 2Bs, 13 SBs.

Cabrera will be the Giants everyday center fielder. It would take the Giants out of the market for free agent Coco Crisp and may lead the team to non-tender Andres Torres.

The trade ends the enigmatic Giants career of Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez pitched his way out of the rotation in June 2009, only to return and throw a no-hitter against the Padres in his first start back in the rotation. He finished the year strong, going 8-12 for the season.

Success carried over into 2010, when he went 13-9 with a 3.07 ERA. He was especially strong down the stretch and pitched the Giants to the NL West Division title by outdueling the Padres’ Mat Latos in the regular-season finale.

Sanchez continued strong in the NL Division series against the Braves, giving up one run on two hits in 7.1 innings. But the wheels started to come off in the NLCS (0-1, 4.50 ERA in two starts), and he started the only game the Giants lost in the World Series (4 ER in 4.2 IP).

After leading the NL in walks in 2010 (96), he saw his walk rate jump from 4.5 walks per 9 innings in 2010 to 5.9 in 2011, when he was 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA in 19 starts. He went on the DL in June with “strained biceps,” came off in August, but ended with a sprained ankle in August.

Overall, MoreSplashHits likes this trade. When we heard Brian Sabean said that Sanchez would head into spring as the Giants No. 5 starter, we had hoped he was blowing smoke. Turns out, he was. Given his inconsistency, Sanchez wasn’t worth the $5-6 million he would make in 2011. And Cabrera is a better option than the free agent Crisp or the arbitration-eligible Torres.

Bottom line, he’s a vast improvement over Giants CFs in 2010. Compare:

Cabrera (2011): .305 avg, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 102 runs, 201 hits, 44 2B, 5 3B, 20 SB.

SF CFs (2011): .228, 9 HR, 43 RBI, 90 runs, 150 hits, 45 2B, 3 3B, 21 SB.

Cabrera hit mostly in the No. 2 hole in Kansas City, but he moves to the Giants’ best option to leadoff in 2011. That is unless the Giants don’t find a better option to fill hole at shortstop, like Jose Reyes, Jimmy Rollins, Rafael Furcal or even Willie Bloomquist.

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury-News reports that the Giants are strongly considering handing the starting shortstop job to Brandon Crawford, if they feel they have made enough improvements to the rest of the lineup.

I read that to mean if the Giants can re-sign Carlos Beltran in the outfield, they’ll give the SS job to Crawford. I also read that to mean the Giants won’t be pursuers of shorstops seeking multi-year deals (i.e. Reyes and Rollins).

If that happened, the 2011 lineup could look like this:

CF Melky Cabrera
2B Freddy Sanchez
LF Carlos Beltran
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
1B Aubrey Huff or Brandon Belt
RF Nate Schierholtz
SS Brandon Crawford

Is that good enough?

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