Name wOBA Brandon Belt 0.277 Aubrey Huff 0.253 Miguel Tejada 0.238 Cody Ross 0.185 Brandon Belt was hitting very poorly when he was sent to Fresno. 3/8s of the regulars are hitting worse.
So, the mothership is asking us to tell them what the pleasant surprises have been for the Giants. When this question was first asked, the Bay City Ball writing staff collectively stuck our hands in our pockets and shrugged: I’ve got nothin’. I distilled this into a non-answer answer that’s up on the Sweetspot Blog right now. Basically I say… Read more →
Today, Bruce Bochy writes this: CF Aaron Rowand 2B Emmanuel Burriss 1B Aubrey Huff 3B Pablo Sandoval LF Pat Burrell RF Cody Ross SS Mike Fontenot C Eli Whiteside P Ryan Vogelsong And, sadly, I can see no fault in what he’s written. It’s getaway day in a rain-soaked town, to be followed by another weekend of games… Read more →
When the Giants picked up Gary Brown in last year’s player draft, I wrote the following: I didn’t say much about the Brown draft pick when it went down, but I’m not a huge fan of Brown’s hitting approach. In his last year at Cal State Fullerton Brown hit .438/.468/.695. Yes, notice that batting average, it’s nuts. While that batting… Read more →
So, Chris wanted to know whether Barry Zito’s pop-up ability is something he’s maintained as a Giant, or whether he’s mostly a product of Oakland’s generous foul territory. So here’s the simple graph of Zito’s pop-ups per flyball over his career.
Back in 2009, Pablo Sandoval wasn’t just a portion of the Giants’ lineup, he was the Giants’ lineup. Their second-best hitter was Fred Lewis, who was pretty much placed on the DL with a phantom injury the following spring before getting shipped to Toronto for a scuffed bottle cap. Pablo finished second in batting behind a superb season from Hanley… Read more →
Things aren’t going all that swell in Hollywood right now, not after Old Bud (Selig) decided to summon his infinite powers and take control of the Dodgers, wrestling (without much fight) control from the soon-to-be-single Frank McCourt. Realistically, though? This is probably a good thing for the Dodgers. It almost certainly is. With a little bit of quality management –… Read more →
It being an off-day, I thought it would be interesting to talk about a general baseball point that I’ve been thinking about. That is using career totals to identify the skillishness of certain results, especially as it relates to balls in play for pitchers.
By now you’ve probably heard the good news: Cody Ross is coming back! With Ross getting recalled yesterday, the stars are aligning for Ross to come off the DL tonight and make his first start of 2011. It’s old news, but Ross was a major force for the Giants during their dash to a world title, hitting .294/.390/.686 across three… Read more →
Most of my blog posts are more like features or columns… or something. Humans are creatures of habit. This post will not be a feature or a column. This one will be different, likely a side effect of missing most of the games over the past week – aside from scrutinizing over the box scores and catching Friday night’s game in… Read more →