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Odds & Ends-Volume 137


PeavyCainWe begin Odds & Ends this week with the fact that the back end of the Giants rotation needs fixing.

Let’s face it,Giants fans, our fourth and fifth starters,Jake Peavy and Matt Cain,just don’t have it anymore and are honestly holding the Giants back from getting a win anytime either of these two guys start a baseball game.

Peavy was on the mound when the Mets scored 12 runs in one inning against the Giants on Apr. 29. Fast forward to this past Thursday when the Giants hosted the Rockies and Cain was responsible for a 13-run inning which helped the Rockies win 17-7. Cain is 0-4 with a 7.84 ERA while Peavy himself is 1-3 with an ERA of 9. Collectively Cain and Peavy have allowed 91 hits and 59 runs in 60 innings.

So what do the Giants do to fix it? Well,they just saw Tim Lincecum pitch on Friday and he was on this team for nine seasons,he may be having a career rebirth of sorts and may be worth having on this roster again. Another option is bringing up Chris Heston from Sacramento. Or they can stand pat and let these guys work through their struggles and maybe,just maybe they’ll get back on track.

The problem with that is that you can’t bank on maybe. Sure,Peavy had a decent back end of 2015,but it doesn’t appear that he’s like the pitcher he used to be. Cain,meanwhile, hasn’t really been the same the last few years. His last real shining moment was his perfect game in 2012.

At age 42, Bartolo Colon did something he had never done before,he hit a major league home run.ColonHomeRun

Colon,who usually has at-bats that are a major source of comic relief more than anything, accomplished this feat on Saturday during the second inning when the Mets visited the Padres at Petco Park. The Mets won the game 6-3. Colon is th oldest player to ever notch his first ever home run.

“The three years I have been here, I was chasing one,” said Colon. “Even in my Montreal days I was chasing one … but I wasn’t expecting something like this to happen.”

I think the thing that impressed me the most about Colon’s homer was that it was hit in San Diego at Petco Park,a ballpark that isn’t exactly a place where home runs continuously leave the yard.

In a time when the threat of a designated hitter continues to bother fans of National League baseball,Colon provided fans,as well as himself,a really nice moment that will maybe never be forgotten. It’s nice to see a guy like Colon,who’s had a long and successful career have something like a homerun to add to his collection of achievements.

Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Joerger reacts from the sideline in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

The Sacramento Kings’ coaching search continues and it looks like a new frontrunner is on their shopping list.

Dave Joerger,who was fired by the Memphis Grizzlies over the weekend after a 3-18 finish to end the season,is the guy that Vlade Divac is targeting and most covets and is working to make a deal with him,according to league sources.

Joerger spent three seasons in Memphis and went 147-99 in that time. The Grizzlies reached the playoffs in each season. Their most successful season in that time was the 2014-15 season where they reached the conference semifinals,losing to the Golden State Warriors.

Even though I’d love to see Frank Vogel come to Sacramento more,I think Joerger would be a fine choice to coach the Kings. He had a lot of success in Memphis and I think he can help turn around a team that has been in need of a turn around for some time now. This team has had eight head coaches since Rick Adelman’s dismissal in 2006 and this coaching carousel needs to make a complete stop. I hope Joerger puts on the brakes.

That’s Odds & Ends for this week!

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