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Mark Purdy On Giants Becoming Sellers: “I Don’t Think They Should Rule Out Anything”

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Bay Area News Group Columnist Mark Purdy joins us in the aftermath of the Hunter Strickland/Bryce Harper fight to talk about Buster Posey’s role. We also tackle the difficult question of whether the Giants should be sellers sooner rather than later after a terrible start to the season.

Purdy talked to The Sports Virus about the Giants possibly becoming sellers before the trade deadline : …“you have a plan that’s like two or three years out. I don’t think the Giants are in a market where you want to go through a full three, four, five year rebuilding project like some teams do …you have to decide which of those (core) guys you want…I don’t think they should rule out anything. You don’t just break up the team to break it up, you’ve got to have an architecture in place…I love watching (Johnny Cueto) pitch and he’s maybe their best guy right now, but if he has value that can get them where they want to be in two or three years then you’ve got to make that move.”

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John Shea: No Minors For Arroyo “Let Him Figure It Out”-The Sports Virus: “I Don’t Blame Posey At All”

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The Giants are hosting the Nationals and we talk about San Francisco’s recent hitting woes and Christian Arroyo’s immediate future with John Shea from the San Francisco Chronicle. Also, The Sports Virus weighs in with a commentary on the Hunter Strickland/Bryce Harper brawl.

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Shea tells The Sports Virus that slumping Christian Arroyo shouldn’t be sent down to AAA Sacramento: “…Play him at one position regardless. If (Brandon) Crawford is off a day don’t put him at short, if (Joe) Panik is off a day don’t put him at second, keep him at third. Let him figure it out. Let him grind over the next few weeks. He’s 0 for 21 (heading into Monday’s opener with the Nationals), that’s awful, but he’s not going to be 0 for 42, he’s too good… He’s dealing with the mental part of this. He’s got the physical capabilities. He’s a ballplayer. He can help you when he’s not hitting.”

The Sports Virus backs Buster Posey’s decision not to join the brawl between Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper: “…I actually think it was really smart on his part. Some people think maybe he didn’t support his teammate there, but as soon as that pitch was thrown and it hit Harper you could tell that Posey was not in favor of this drilling. He just stood there very disappointed in a way, just his posture, it wasn’t like he was going to go out and tackle Harper and get involved in this because he didn’t approve of it. He didn’t want a baserunner in that situation in a 2-0 game. It seemed like just a personal vendetta, Strickland against Harper…I don’t blame Posey at all.”

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Brandon Belt:”I Do Like Being In The 2-Hole” Hunter Strickland: Slider Has “Got To Be Deceptive”

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Giants 1B Brandon Belt and RHP Hunter Strickland join us for opening day as the Giants start the season on the road in Phoenix and San Diego.

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Belt talked to The Sports Virus about batting 2nd in the batting order: …“I do like being in the 2-hole and at the top of the lineup. I don’t know what it is about it, maybe just knowing what you’re going to be doing in that first inning and just kind of get prepared right off the bat…Overall I do like being in that position, but I’m going to try keep the objective the same no matter where I am.”

Strickland told The Sports Virus the key to his off speed pitches: …“It’s got to be deceptive. It’s got to look like your fastball out of hand. If they see it out of your hand they’re going to lay off of it and put you in a fastball count. So, it’s definitely key to have it deceptive.”

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Former Giants LHP Jeremy Affeldt Analyzes Current Pen

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We talk about the state of the Giants bullpen with former Giants lefty Jeremy Affeldt who now serves as an analyst for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

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 The Sports Virus talked to Affeldt about late inning relief for the Giants this season:

… “Because of the youth of the pen you don’t know your identity. Are we going to get a shutdown game? Are we going to get a panic scenario?… It’s about walking out and knowing who you are and saying to yourself, ‘I’m a Major League bullpen backend guy. When I go out you’re not supposed to beat me.’ The game is supposed to be over. That’s why you throw your 7th, 8th, 9th inning guys because it IS over…These guys are just missing that because they lack the experience.”

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Come back SATURDAY for an update on the farm system with AAA Sacramento announcer Johnny Doskow.

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