Time to share some recommended reading from around the Giants blogosphere.*
*Is ‘blogosphere’ the stupidest word ever? I say yes.
Leading off, the fine gentleman at Raising Matt Cain are giving Freddie-Loo some much deserved love. Not only is Freddie the best hitting Giant right now by EqA — a score of .321 — he’s also been playing some very passable D in the LF for a guy with a poor defensive reputation.
Check it out, the top 3 LF’s in the NL by RZR.
1. Eric Byrnes (.971)
2. Jason Bay (.957)
3. Fred Lewis (.939)
33 balls have been hit into Lewis’ zone and he’s turned 31 of them into outs. Keep up the good work, Fred.
John over at OBM, is talking Sabean and has some nice back-talk going on in the user comments section. Head on over to see what the hubbub is about.
And from the stats side of things, the Giants are leading the majors in stolen bases. The team has stolen 33 total bases — 5 more than the Baltimore Orioles — and sports a decent 77% CS rate. The team with the fewest stolen bases? San Diego, they’ve only swiped 7 so far on the season. The last time the Giants finished the season as the leader in steals was 1921. The 1921 team stole 137 bases out of 251 attempts for a 55% CS rate.
Oh, and by-the-way, that 1921 team won the World Series. By my logic, the 2008 Giants will win the World Series.
Maybe Youngs and Burns shouldn’t have tried to steal so much. My favorite from that team was infielder Goldie Rapp who attempted 14 steals and only successfully stole 3 bases! Atta’ boy, Goldie!