Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
In less than 2 full seasons, Casey Blake has become one of the most hateable players on the team down south, and tonight added to his resume. Not much to say about this game, we all pretty much knew it was over when the aforementioned Blake turned around a fastball, a home run whose pain can only be compared to the kind of leg amputations that must have taken place on Civil War battlefields.
What's with Sandoval? Seriously, what is with him?
Barry Zito was okay, too many pitches though.
I really thought Gerald Demp was going to do something magical in the 9th.
Burrell keeps hitting, huh?
Did you know Matt Kemp is having a pretty disappointing year? Yep.
That's it. That's all.
When I first saw this, I thought, how could the Giants possibly pull off getting Carlos Zambrano for Edgar Renteria and Aaron Rowand? Then I thought, why would we trade for a pitcher? Then I thought, Renteria and Rowand? How? Is Zambrano having that bad of a year? Is he that horrible of a human being? You have to be a horrible human being to be traded for Aaron Rowand's contract, right?
If this trade is possible, which I seriously doubt, there is no question the Giants should go for it. Zambrano has a career 3.58 ERA, 9th best among active pitchers with enough innings, and he has never had a year with an ERA over 4.00. He's 29. His ERA is 5.66 this year, but if you disregard his Opening Day start, where he gave up 8 runs in 1.1 innings, it's 4.47. Is this a pitcher that should be banished to the bullpen, with the track record he has? I understand the character issues Zambrano brings with him, but I'm willing to take that risk if it means getting rid of Aaron Rowand's playing issues.
Lincecum, Zito, Cain, Sanchez/Bumgarner, Zambrano?
Brian Wilson is awesome. I think you can usually tell a lot about a person from their face. And by looking at Brian Wilson's face, there's no way he's not awesome. So this is just going to be a post reflecting on how cool he is. His last outing wasn't so good, but that makes this the perfect time to write about him. If Friday's game made you a little down on Brian WIlson, it shouldn't have. With the exception of that game a couple others, Wilson has been pretty dominant.
First, let's look at Wilson's not so good outings. There was the save opportunity against the Phillies where two perfectly placed bloop singles and a double down the line brought in two runs to tie the game. You can't really blame this one on Wilson. Those bloop singles were some of the cheapest and flukiest hits you'll ever see, and I don't care if flukiest is not a word because it definitely applies here. There was the game against the Pirates when Wilson gave up a game-tying home run to Delwyn Young, who had at that point hit only 1 homer on the season. We'll just call that an unfortunate event. It happens to the best of the best. And of course there was the previously mentioned game two nights ago when the Red Sox were getting hit after hit after hit until Wilson got Darnell McDonald to groundout with the bases loaded to end the game. That was just not good at all, but it didn't cost the Giants the game, so it's okay. But that's pretty much it, besides a couple of fluke hits and one bad game, everything else has been dominant.
When I looked at Wilson's WHIP I was a little surprised at how high it is. Right now it's at 1.313, but before Friday's game (4 H, 2 BB in 1.1 IP), which we can assume was just an anomaly for Wilson, it was 1.174. So far all of the stress it seems like WIlson causes, it really hasn't been that bad, as his WHIP is better than those of guys like Heath Bell and Jonathan Papelbon. And I'm just going with my gut, but it seems like Wilson gets a strikeout (44 Ks in 32 IP) whenever he needs it, so the walks and hits don't hurt him. And if you're not satisfied with his WHIP, all you need to do is look at how reliable he has been. His save percentage of 91% is 2nd in the NL only to Ryan Franklin who has only 15 saves to Wilson's 21. And you have to mention his endurance. Wilson has been an absolute horse, eight times coming in during the 8th to get a 4, 5, or 6 out save. Closers just don't do that very much anymore. I don't care how he does it but if the job gets done 91% of the time and he can come in and get a long save anytime, especially with our bullpen struggles of late, that's extremely valuable.
I'm sure we'd all love for him to keep the stress level down in the 9th; I know several times he's almost given me a heart attack. But maybe that's not how Brian Wilson works. You can tell the guy loves being the closer and lives for pressure situations. So far he's shown that with the exception of a couple of performances, all he does is get the job done. And that's all you can ask for.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
What I don't want to get used to are these legitimately bad outings by Tim Lincecum. I said during the stretch where he was walking 5 a game that people were overreacting, that he would be fine, and all great pitchers have to be allowed a period of struggle. It looked like Lincecum was starting to come out of it, even though he still hasn't had a really dominant start since going 8 1/3 against Philadelphia two months ago. His recent starts have been better, going longer in the game and allowing fewer runs, but giving up an uncharacteristically high number of hits. Then today he looked as bad as he's ever been this season. This is starting to bother me.
But hey, Dan Runzler looked really good, striking out 5 out of 6 batters. And the pitching staff combined for 3 strikeouts of the bearded creep. And now, for three days, we can forget how the Giants have played so far, or how the season may go after, or what the hell the rest of the league is doing, because the Dodgers are coming to town, and nothing else matters.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
It looked like the Giants might have a chance to come back like they did yesterday after Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz left the game injured in the 2nd inning. However, the Boston bullpen shut them down for the most part, the only real threat coming in the 6th inning, where the Giants only managed to get a run on a Buster Posey sacrifice fly.
Andres Torres is starting to slump. Juan Uribe is starting to slump. Even the Huffster hasn't displayed his usual awesomeness lately. And Aaron Rowand just started two games in a row in center field.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Just when you thought Juan Uribe was going into a slump (.087 avg. in last 7 games), he belted a solo home run down the left field line to give the Giants a 4-3 lead in the third inning. The score would remain like this till the 8th inning, but not without turmoil and turbulence. Jonathan Sanchez, who pitched relatively well after the first inning, was relieved by Sergio Romo in the 6th with 2 runners on. Romo loaded the bases, but was then able to get out of the inning with a strikeout. In the 7th, Vicente Casilla came in, and boy was he wild. After numerous wild pitches and walking the bases loaded, Casilla was able to strike out Victor Martinez to end the inning. Then in the 8th inning, with 2 outs, Bochy brought in Wilson, who immediately put two runner on, before once again ending the inning with a strikeout.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Giants got a crucial 2nd run, thanks to the continuous wild pitching by the Red Sox, and a bad play by Bill Hall. They would need it, because Wilson got 2 quick outs in the 9th, and then proceeded to give up a run and load the bases before getting the final out. The Giants bullpen, despite their problems throwing strikes tonight, managed to cling to the lead and win the game. Wilson and the boys may be wild, but they are wild MEN, and they get out of the trouble they create more often than not.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
I think DeJesus is good, good enough that he might cost too much. In 5 seasons in Kansas City, he has a career OPS of .791, and he's having his best year so far, .328/.400/.492. As far as I know, he's good defensively, and he'd certainly be an improvement over Burrell or Huff. He might end up requiring too good of a prospect, especially because the Royals don't really have any need to trade him right now. I do think this team needs another hitter, and if it's an outfielder who's presence will set in motion the tectonic movement required to shift Molina permanently to the bench, then DeJesus is a great option, especially if he can be gotten relatively cheap. Neither is likely though.