With the 11-7 win against the Washington Nationals last night, Randy Johnson moved one more win closer to the fabled 300 win plateu. Johnson continued his good start, bad start, good start routine with 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, and 9 SO. It wasn’t the worst start in the world but it wasn’t great either.
If you’re worried about Randy Johnson’s performance so far this year (his FIP of 5.92 is 2+ runs over his FIP from 2008) you should console yourself with this fact: He’s still striking out hitters. His K/9 of 9.57 is 2nd on the staff only to Tim Lincecum’s K/9 of 11.77. RJ’s mechanics have been a little out of whack this year, resulting in a BB/9 of 3.93. That’s his highest BB/9 since 1992 when he was walking 6.16 batters per 9 innings. In addition, Johnson has been a little unlucky with the longball. His HR/FB% of 27 percent is the worst among all MLB starters with at least 20 IP. AT&T has played as a neutral park for runs scored over the last few years — and it’s been one of the harder parks to HR in — and eventually RJ’s HR/FB% should regress by a good 10-12% and his numbers should improve some.
Next, Johnson will get the Mets as he tries for career win #299. The Mets team wOBA currently sits at .351. That places them as the 3rd best hitting team in the National League.
Madison Bumgarner made his AA debut last night for the Connecticut Defenders and pitched 6 innings of 1 run baseball. He struck out 2 hitters, gave up 7 hits, and didn’t walk a batter. Bumgarner will turn 20-years-old this August and it’s possible that if he excels in AA and does a brief stint in AAA, that he could make the Giants near the end of the season as a September call-up. It all depends on how the Giants evaluate him during the rest of this year.
There’s no need to rush his development but Bumgarner continues to be the Giants most interesting prospect.
Heading back to last night’s game for a second, it was good to see the Giants drop 11 runs on the Nationals but before you go off singing the praises of the Giants offense remember that the Nationals have horrible, horrible pitching. Their team FIP of 5.11 is among the bottom 5 for all of baseball and their 4.56 walks per 9 innings is the worst in baseball.
A few Giants hitters seem to be warming up — Winn most noted — but when your offensive outburst is the result of the opposing team walking in three straight runs with the bases loaded, you might want to consider the strength of the opponent that you’re playing. If you would have told me that at some point during this season that Pablo Sandoval would draw a bases-loaded walk, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.