We were all looking forward to Eric Surkamp’s debut. It was the first time I’ve ever seen him pitch, and it’s always nice to see line of stats come to life. Though to be honest, I didn’t learn a whole lot tonight that I didn’t already know. A quick summary:
- Eric Surkamp’s off-speed stuff is good enough to miss bats at the major league level.
- Watching him try to sneak his fastball by big-leaguers is pretty harrowing.
- The control wasn’t great, but hopefully that was just nerves.
- Surkamp probably isn’t good enough to compete without reasonable run support, but he’s probably better than the Zito/Sanchez/Runzler/inevitable bullpen abuse show we’ve been getting every fifth game.
- The Giants’ offense is still terrible.
It’s good to get back to the game of walk-off Mad-Libs we were playing earlier this year. Can’t imagine why it took so long to get to in the [10th] inning, [Mark DeRosa] comes up with a clutch [stolen base].
Here’s the link to Surkamp’s Brooks Baseball summary. The kid got seven swing throughs on 87 pitches, good for 8%. That’s an acceptable number if that’s sustainable for him (elite is above 10%, and it gets hard to make a living below 7%). Here’s his result plot from last night’s game.