There’s something about playing the Astros that always turns my stomach just a little. Maybe it’s the fact that the Giants, in 2011, somehow went 3-4 against a team that ended up losing 106 games. Or maybe it’s the fact that I don’t know any of these Astros … like, I literally don’t know any of these guys, and the… Read more →
Zito inner monologue: OK, Barry, don’t screw this one up. This guy is a really good hitter. Gotta come at him with my best stuff. Good thing me and Timmy have been working on my super secret weapon, codenamed E.E.P.H.U.S., on the side. You’ll never expect this one, sucker! /throws ball 2 feet /ball slowly rolls 50 feet Crap.
Earlier today, ESPN turned over the keys to the SweetSpot blog to me. My topic: Giants starters seem to throw a lot of nonfastballs to start hitters off. In short: I found that, after running some numbers, three of the top 10 starting pitchers in baseball that start batters off with nonfastballs were Giants starters — Cain, Vogelsong, and Bumgarner… Read more →
This happened: And then this happened: Baseball.
Entering today, the Giants are 64-54, one-half game out of first place in the NL West and trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers. Losing Melky Cabrera, according to Dan Syzmborski, will most likely cost the Giants around one win in the standings. Friend of the blog, and fellow Giants fan, Wendy Thurm, recently posted a very thorough break-down on the Giants… Read more →
Link – “Melky banned 50 games for testosterone use” “My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used,” Cabrera said in a statement issued by the MLB Players Association. “I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and I will try to move on with my life. I am deeply sorry… Read more →
This post will feature a two-pronged attack: 1) Madison Bumgarner is good at pitching baseballs and 2) Brandon Belt is starting to hit a little bit and that’s awesome Madison Bumgarner Every time I watch Bumgarner pitch, I think to myself “This guy is good. This guy is really, really good.” And then I’ll watch a few more innings, watch… Read more →
Coming into today’s game against the Colorado Rockies, Hunter Pence was batting a puny (AVG/OBP/SLG) triple-slash of .149/.163/.234 over his first 49 Giant plate appearances. In the back of my mind, I know it’s just 49 PAs. That, in baseball terms, it’s the equivalent of the blink of an eye, a millisecond of seasonal data. That things can change quickly… Read more →
From tonight’s (ongoing) game. My favorite. Watching this .GIF loop is great because it makes me think that the Giants have perfected a cloning device and 500 Romos are coming out of the clubhouse, one by one.
Brad Penny has already thrown 18 innings for the Giants this season. I’m honestly not sure how that happened. It seems like one day Brad Penny was in Japan and the next day he was grooving 91 mile per hour fastballs down the middle of the plate for the Giants in early August. How did we get here? Where are… Read more →