Ryan Vogelsong, Jaymee Sire, & RallyEnchilada


Ryan Vogelsong, Jaymee Sire, & RallyEnchilada

Ryan Vogelsong is a superstitious guy. He revealed to CSN Bay Area that he absolutely musteat chicken enchiladas for dinner the night before he pitches, home or away.

Therefore, we know he is eating them Saturday night because he is taking the mound in Game 6 of the NLCS on Sunday at AT&T Park.

I've decided that Vogelsong won't be the only one enjoying chicken enchiladas Saturday night, as I will be making them myself.

If you want to follow suit, here is my recipe:

5-6 ancho chilis, stemmed and seeded
Boiling water
Olive oil or butter
1 yellow onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon Mexican oreganoSalt, to taste
1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional)
2 cups shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken from the grocery store works great)
Corn tortillas
1-2 cups shredded cheese

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place chilis in a bowl and pour boiling water over the top until fully submerged. Cover tightly an allow to steep 15 minutes, or until softened.

Saut onions in a little oil or butter until soft and translucent. Add garlic and spices and saut another minute.

Combine chilis, half of onion mixture and tomato paste (if using) and pure in food processor, adding some of the chili water until it reaches desired consistency. Add more seasoning if necessary.

Combine other half of onion mixture with chicken. Dip each tortilla in a little sauce an fill with chicken mixture. Place in a greased dish.

Pour sauce over the top and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly!

Evans: Giants want to give Parker, Williamson chance to play, but...

Evans: Giants want to give Parker, Williamson chance to play, but...

While the Giants aggressively pursue a new closer, they haven't been aggressive for a new left fielder.

Angel Pagan is a free agent and isn't likely to come back. That leaves talented, but unproven youngsters Mac Williams and Jarrett Parker.

And for GM Bobby Evans, who is always looking for ways to improve the roster, it appears he is content going into the 2017 with Williamson and Parker filling the void in left field.

"Our mindset has been to keep an open mind in any way we can improve the club offensively. But that said, I feel like we've got a starting lineup today that we don't have to adjust or improve upon. I'd always like to find ways to improve it. I think there are some big market options, but we've got two young guys that we want to get a good evaluation on, and you can't really do that until they get major league at-bats. That's Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker and both of them are really in-waiting for an opportunity to get everyday playing time and show what they can do," Evans told ESPN's Buster Olney on Friday.

But Evans is keeping an open mind regarding acquiring a left fielder.

"That said, I also have to make sure that if we have an opportunity to improve or solidify our lineup in some way, I want to take advantage of it. But I can't lose sight of the benefit of developing our own guys and giving them a chance and not locking ourselves into keeping them from playing time in the next two to three years" Evans said.

Evans: Giants still in 'search mode' for closer, but 'it's progressing'

Evans: Giants still in 'search mode' for closer, but 'it's progressing'

As the Winter Meetings get set to begin in Washington, D.C. on Monday, the Giants still haven't crossed off the top item on their offseason wish list.

The closer role remains vacant.

Names like Mark Melancon and Greg Holland have been linked to the Giants over the last few weeks, but nothing has materialized.

On Friday, GM Bobby Evans provided an update while speaking with ESPN's Buster Olney.

"There's been a lot of signings and a number of trades. In many ways, more done prior to the winter meetings than in the last couple of years. We still are in process, relative to trade options, relative to free agent options, to be clear who's pitching the ninth inning for us. So we feel we have the makings of a good bullpen, we just need to be clear who's pitching the ninth. And we'd like to solidify that through the trade market or free agent market. It's progressing. We're a month into this process, so we have a lot more information. But ultimately, until we have a closer, we're still in the search mode.

There's a nice balance between both. It's just that, they both have costs. Relative to a trade, sometimes you're giving up, in some cases, one or more of your top prospects and other prospects below that. In the way of free agency, it's obviously an expenditure for a certain number of years that is elavated more on the supply and demand side. That said, there are some middle tier late inning options as well that may not be as demanding as some of the bigger names. Again, it's a balance of options trying to measure all three."