It’s Friday. The Giants are playing tonight. I’m fully caffeinated. The weekend is almost here.
Here’s some random Giants-related thoughts:
- Did you know that Pablo Sandoval has the 16th highest wOBA in the National League right now? His wOBA of .386 ranks him ahead of such players like Ryan Zimmerman, Matt Kemp, Carlos Lee, and Lance Berkman. I’m not sure if he’ll finish the year with a wOBA in the .380′s but he’s been on a fantastic hitting streak lately. I still worry about his plate discipline, but he’s been the Giants’ best hitter by far. Which is saying something considering Rowand was on a tear at the start of this month.
- For the most part, the bullpen has preformed decently but beware Justin Miller. On the surface his 2.40 ERA looks snappy. But, beneath the ERA it’s not a pretty sight. His K/9 of 6 is nearly two full strikeouts beneath what he was doing in Florida for the last couple of years, his BB/9 is at 4.20, and his LOB% is an unsustainable 92.6%. I was rooting for Miller to make the bullpen out of ST, so I still like him to an extent but if any reliever on the team is due for a large correction, it’s Miller — his 4.97 FIP indicates that. It’s not all negative, ZiPS’ rest-of-season projections has Miller producing a 3.98 FIP from here on out if he can move closer to his career averages. We will see.
- The Giants have some hackers. You already knew this. But, did you know that among all hitters in baseball with at least 50 PA’s, the Giants have 3 hitters in the Top-10 for swinging outside of the strike zone? Bengie Molina (#2 – 48.8%), Pablo Sandoval (#4 – 46.2%), and Nate Schierholtz (#8 – 40.3%) all finish near the top for free-swinging hitters that go outside of the strikezone. Overall by teams, the Giants are #1 for swinging outside of the strike zone with a 31.7% team average. I’ve seen quite a few 8-pitch or less innings by the Giants offense this year. It’s hard to watch at times.
- Aaron Rowand can’t hit the slider. This is starting to feel like a Fangraph’s post, but the site just has so much cool information. With their new pitch-type linear values, you can see how good or bad a player does against a certain pitch type. It’s based in runs and it’s compared to the league average for that pitch-type. For example: Among all qualified hitters in the MLB, Aaron Rowand has the 5th worst performance against sliders. His wSL/C — or how many runs above average Rowand is, as a hitter against the slider, per 100 pitches — is currently at -4.04 runs. Rowand’s posted a wFB/C of 1.51 runs indicating that he can handle the fastball, but not the slider. It’s always cool when stats jive with our eyes. I’ve seen Rowand swing over quite a few down and away sliders. Pitchers would do well to throw Rowand a lot of sliders.
- Rich Aurilia should retire.
There you have it. Random thoughts (and stats) re: the Giants.