Friday, June 23, 2017

Awful starting pitching for the Orange and Black

At one point tonight, the Giants led 3-2 in second. Matt Cain gave up a 2-run HR to Nick Markakis in the first, then drove in 2 in the top of the second. But he could not get out of the 5th when the Braves put up an 8 spot

MC O'Connor at Raising Matt Cain has a recap that includes how our starters have been. Boldface in mine -- 

Kyle Crick made his big-league debut tonight and gave up a run-scoring hit to the first batter he faced. Then he retired the next seven. Derek Law was demoted to make room for the rookie--he probably saw it coming with 40 hits and 11 walks in 30 IP. The lineup did its best with 15 hits and 11 runs, the final five runs coming in the 8th and 9th to close a 12-6 gap. Alas, it wasn't quite enough. Crick was the 49th pick in 2011 (Joe Panik was the 29th). Tyler Beede was drafted 21st by the Blue Jays that year but did not sign and was later taken by the Giants (14th pick) in 2014. I expect we'll see Beede when the rosters expand in September.

Matt Cain had been averaging 5-1/3 IP in his previous 14 starts but he could not get out of the 5th tonight. He faced 22 batters and gave up 10 hits and seven runs. I sorted for pitchers with a minimum of 70 IP on FanGraphs before the game and looked at their WAR. There were 82 listed and Matt Cain's 0.4 was 66th. For comparison Matt Moore is 58th (0.7), Johnny Cueto is 55th (0.8), Ty Blach is 49th (0.9), and Jeff Samardzija is 17th (1.9).

Buster Posey had a good night, he's hitting .344/.427/.537 these days.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hunter Strickland's fault ?

Sorry for not posting much, which usually means the Giants are on a losing streak. In this case, the team has gone 4-14 since Hunter Strickland's Memorial Day meltdown and is 26-44 at the start of play in Hell AKA Coors Field. 

The Giants were 22-30 at that point. Perhaps it's just coincidence but this team is seriously underperforming except for Buster Posey and perhaps Joe Panik and Ty Blach.

It puts fans in a position of thinking "Well, if they have a 10-game winning streak, they'll be right back in it."

Right now, the team is on a pace to go 62-100. Yikes. No score in the top of the 2nd in Denver.

LET'S GO GIANTS!!!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Giants win a (sort of) laugher

The Giants went from a 5-4 deficit in the bottom of the 7th to a 13-5 lead in the top of the 9th, when the pen gave up 3 more runs. Our new guy Sam Dyson could not get anyone out although he was hampered by two errors. 

Buster Posey had 3 hits and 4 RBIs. Henry Schulman of the SF Chronicle says it was Buster's second multi-RBI game since Wednesday. He had not had any before then

Friday, June 09, 2017

100 Games Left

The Giants managed to win their 25th game of the year with a 4-run 10th inning. Also, Austin Slater hit a 461-foot homer.

They are now 25-37 with 100 games left. They are going to need a few more games like yesterday's to get back in contention.

Here's the top of the MLB.com story --


MILWAUKEE -- Mark Melancon yielded a lead but not the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Giants rewarded their closer's amazing escape in a big way.
Hunter Pence hit a go-ahead single as San Francisco scored four runs before making their first out of the 10th inning, overcoming Melancon's blown save in a wild 9-5 win over the Brewers on Thursday at Miller Park.
"We've had some tough times and you know, we give up a two-run lead there in the ninth and find a way to win the ballgame," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "That really can get a club down, but it shows a lot of battle on the character and how resilient they are to put a four-spot up, especially on a road trip that hasn't been great for us."
• Wild ninth comes down to inches
Eric Sogard homered leading off the ninth against Melancon, who'd never allowed a home run in his first 35 career appearances against Milwaukee, and Travis Shaw hit a tying single that moved the winning runner to third base with nobody out. But Melancon silenced the Brewers' rally right there, retiring three batters in a row including Brewers catcher Jett Bandy on a screaming line drive to leaping Giants third baseman Eduardo Nunez.
 The Giants made the most of the opportunity against Brewers relievers Jacob Barnes and Rob Scahill, pulling ahead on Pence's single up the middle in the 10th and padding the lead on run-scoring hits for Denard Span and Nunez. A fourth run scored when left fielder Eric Thames lost Joe Panik's sacrifice fly in the sun.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Hasta la vista, Christian Arroyo

Headcase Hunter Strickland

Five days after his Memorial Day meltdown, Hunter Strickland gave away a winnable game with a truly awful 8th inning, giving up a bases-loaded double

Not quite sure if this guy shouldn't be send down to Sacramento

Grant Bisbee recaps at McCovey Chronicles without mentiong Strickland. Here's part --


In theory — and we’re talking Philosophy 101 your freshman year — the best possible scenario at this point for the Giants would be for Johnny Cueto to chuck a bunch of 7 IP, 3 ER starts. That’s a 3.85 ERA, which is fine. Not dominant. Not worth $100 million. But certainly fine.


Yet when you actually watch him pitch, you know he’s much better than a 3.85 ERA. You know what a 3.85 ERA means in your head. Kyle Lohse is the kind of dude with a 3.85 ERA. And, again, that’s fine. But you know instinctively that Cueto was better than that today. Tomorrow, too. For the next year, and the year after that. He’s something more than an innings-eating stopgap. He was brilliant on Saturday until he wasn’t. 

 Henry Schulman of the SF Chron did mention Hunder, who gave an MLB grade quote. He also noted that the Phils won for only the 7th time sine April27...

“I left a couple of pitches up. They got hit,” Strickland said. “Hats off to them.”

Friday, June 02, 2017

10-0 in Philly

Wins have been so sparse that I can't post. The Giants are up 10-0 in Philly in the bottom of the 9th however. Span had five hits and scored three times.

Austin Slater knocks single up center field in the top of the 6th inning for his first hit and RBI in the Major Leagues. And Ty Blach just completed a shutout on 7 hits and has gone 4-2. So it looks like we've got a legit MLB starter.

He got his first win in game 161 last year.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Seven runs on six hits

Grant Bisbee of McCovey Chronicles notes that the Giants scored seven run on six hits today for the first time since 2002.

 
The Giants scored seven runs on six hits. If you’re wondering if that’s rare, it most certainly is. The last time that many runs scored on that few hits was in 2002, and that was the only time it’s happened in the last 20 years. It happened three times in three weeks in 1996, and I’m not sure what to make of that, but this was just the 19th time that the Giants have scored seven or more runs on six or fewer hits. 


What most of those games have in common, of course, are the walks. Lots and lots of walks. Taking what the other team gives you. The Giants weren’t flailing at R.A. Dickey, who was cursed with a baseball that was spinning on Sunday. He wasn’t fooling anyone and it was clear from the first inning that if the knuckler was dancing, it was dancing like Elaine*.
* ask your parents
Dickey has feasted on the Giants over the last few years, mowing them down twice in 2013 and once in 2011. He’s an odd-year grifter, then, and he deserved a spinning knuckler today. Taking advantage in a team in the middle of the odd years like that. Have you no shame? In this game, the Giants were happy to look up and expect the ball to drift out of the strike zone often. It has to be weird to face a knuckleballer — it’s like someone dropping a football on the rink at face-off — but the Giants were prepared and unimpressed.
But, really, they should beat the Braves two out of three at home. That’s not to belittle the Braves, who have been roughly as good as the Giants this year. It’s just a realistic look at where the two teams are and where they were playing. In Atlanta, you might argue that the Braves have the advantage over three games, and I wouldn’t argue vociferously against.
In this series, though, the Giants were supposed to win, and they won. Good for them. Good for us!