When the noise cranks up under the Tank roof in Game 3 and there’s a chance to jump on the Kings early Saturday, the Sharks must jump. If Quick ever gets a smidgen out of position, the Sharks must score. When the Kings take a penalty, the Sharks need to pounce. During the regular season, they converted three of their eight power play chances against L.A., with rookie defenseman Matt Irwin owning two of the three goals. Perhaps that’s a game plan. They just have to execute it.
- Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News
So I wouldn’t disagree with anyone who maintains that Bochy made a mistake by leaving Bumgarner in to face Pacheco.
But I don’t think Bochy cost them this game.
Did he pull his starter too late? You can argue either side. (For my part, yeah, I thought prior to Pacheco’s slam that it was a mistake to stay with a pitcher who was overthrowing, off his game and already had worked hard.)
But there’s no disputing that the Giants keep giving away outs, making errors and forcing their pitchers to work harder when they’re already struggling to reestablish themselves as the strength of the team.
That has to stop. No argument necessary.
- Andrew Baggarly, CSN Bay Area
The distinction between No. 1 and No. 2 receivers can be vague in some cases and meaningless in others. It means a great deal to players, agents and contract negotiators.
Where does Crabtree fit in the 49ers’ plans? He thinks he’s a No. 1 receiver, so we should expect him to seek No. 1 receiver money. His rookie contract negotiation was an epic one, resulting an impasse that kept Crabtree away from the team until October.
The 49ers have time to consider their options with Crabtree, but re-signing Colin Kaepernick could take priority after the 2013 season, the first time players drafted in 2011 become eligible to renegotiate contracts under the current labor agreement.
- Mike Sando, ESPN.com