Tim Lincecum is now 2-6 with a 5.82 ERA. His walk rate has spiked to over five per nine innings. Thus, despite his strong strikeout rate, his strikeout to walk ratio has crashed below two. The Giants are now 2-9 in his starts, having given up 63 runs while scoring just 41, and his poor performance certainly isn’t going unnoticed…. Read more →
Something grabbed my attention today on Twitter. Beat writer, Henry Schulman, tweeted the following: Here’s the beauty of baseball: there are rarely, if any, absolutes in the game. Getting 200 hits in a season is generally an indicator of certain things such as health (and conversely playing time), batting order position, and skill. However, even if it’s rare, there are… Read more →
(This will be your mandatory Brandon Belt post for the week.) Have you heard about Brandon Belt’s hitting mechanics? It’s all the kids can talk about these days. No, really. This being the Internet, your opinion of Belt’s mechanics probably ranges from “he’s awful” to “I think he’s probably acceptable.” Sometime, a few years back, it seemed that a lot… Read more →
Here’s an interesting fact: Since 1960, the Giants have only had two seasons in which a player collected 200 hits or more. Which Giant hitters accomplished that feat? If you guessed Bobby Bond’s 1970 season (200 hits) and Rich Aurilia’s 2001 season (206 hits) then you would be correct. Since 1960, the Red Sox lead all teams with 18 individual… Read more →
Subtitle: If you follow my Twitter account, you’ve probably already seen these. Delicious baseball .gifs after the jump!
Dave Cameron wrote an interesting piece over at ESPN.com on the benefits that soft-tossing lefties like Barry Zito are enjoying in baseball’s new, less hitter-friendly era. Dave (Insider): Despite the fact that most of the focus has been on the downturn in home runs, however, that’s actually just a small part of the downturn in offense over the past decade…. Read more →
Yes, it’s come to this. Today the Padres announced that they’ve released 34-year-old second baseman Orlando Hudson. The Associated Press: “We felt it was time to make a change,” general manager Josh Byrnes said in a statement. “O-Dog has been a two-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner and a contributor to playoff teams, but at this point, we want to… Read more →
Several thoughts from last night’s loss against the Rockies: Tim Lincecum throws a seasonal high 122 pitches, Angel Pagan’s defense still looks Benardian, and Emmanuel Burriss isn’t very good at the game of baseball. First thing is first: Tim Lincecum. You know, I’m not even sure what kind of start I would call last night’s. It wasn’t necessarily bad; and,… Read more →
Today, Rory Paap was up for the Giants ESPN Power Ranking blurb. Rory wrote: The swap of Jonathan Sanchez (62 ERA+) for Melky Cabrera (155 OPS+) is looking pretty good right about now. With Pablo Sandoval out, though, the Melkman is working without a wing man. Let me go ahead and get this out of the way: I love Melky… Read more →
Gotta get them matchups. This defense is pretty bad, you guys.