Saturday, July 17, 2010

Game Recap: SF 8, NYM 4

Matt Cain continued the great pitching by Giants' starters tonight, going 7 innings, his only blemish toward the end when he gave up a triple to Carlos Beltran, followed by an Ike Davis HR. It got a little close towards the end, but The Man came in for the last out. Thank God those orange abominations will not be worn on his feet in the 2nd half.

Andres Torres put the Mets in a hole early with his 3 run HR in the 3rd inning, and when the Mets scored later in the game, the Giants returned the favor, and New York was never really close until the 9th inning. The Giants have hit 82 home runs this season, 8th in the NL, a big improvement over their 2nd to last ranking last year, when they hit 122 the whole season. As unhappy as we all are with the Giants' offense still, this year is a big improvement over 2009. Andres Torres' surprising season is a big part of this. He is very valuable to this team. How valuable? His 3.4 WAR (Wins Above Replacement) is good enough for 8th in the NL, tied with teammate Aubrey Huff. Keep in mind his salary this year is under $500,000.

Forget Bengie Molina and his cycling ways. If the Giants make the playoffs this year, it's because Buster Posey started catching everyday. Who hits that many opposite field HR's anyway?

1 comment:

  1. How about the performances of Uribe and Sandoval? 3-for-3 with an RBI, and 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, respectively. Two guys who we really need to have big second halves.