Some interesting numbers from just two games into the 2008 season.
15 – The total number of Giants’ hits in the first two games, all of them singles. In two full 9 inning games, the Giants have yet to hit an extra base hit.
114 – Matt Cain’s pitch total from his first start of the season. I couldn’t believe that Bochy let Cain go so deep, pitch-wise, into his first start. How stupid can you get? Does the spirit of Dusty Baker still haunt the Giants dugout? I heard Krukow on KNBR this morning saying that Cain “Has the body to throw 140 pitches a start” but why push him so aggressively in his first start of the year? The Giants aren’t going anywhere without their young pitching and they definitely aren’t contending this year. So, why push Cain? Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know he’s a competitor and built like a horse, but I bet he’s the only starter this year to throw 110+ pitches in his first start.
.571 – Brian Bocock’s OBP, or as I’m calling him now, The OBP Master. Bocock has already drawn 4 walks in just two games, including a bases-loaded RBI walk. He won’t keep it up, but he’s shown nice patience so far.
85.45 – The average velocity on Zito’s fastball in his first start. Barry has been quoted as saying that he’s aware of his decline in pitch speed and that he could only be “a tweak” away from hitting 88,89, or 90mph again. I’m skeptical but I’ll keep the faith for now.
16 – The number of consecutive scoreless innings that the Giants played before they broke through and scored 2 runs in the top of the 7th against the Dodgers. The offense is looking bad — especially when it’s still composed of old guys — and I’m sure this won’t be the first or last stretch of the season when it goes dormant.
Tim Lincecum takes the hill tonight in the series finale against the Dodgers and other young up-and-comer, Chad Billingsley. Billingsley reminds me a lot of Cain and the Giants’ hitters will have a tough assignment in him. I think that Durham and Roberts are sitting out and Velez and Lewis are starting, give us something to hope for, guys.