As a somewhat obsessed observer of Giants baseball, one thing I’ve noticed this year – by just watching the games, nerds – is that Cain appears to be throwing – or slinging could be a better word – from a lower vertical release point. What do the stats say? A quick trip to the fabulous Brooks Baseball gives us this… Read more →
Giants’ hitters versus R.A. Dickey: And Giants’ pitchers versus Toronto hitters: Welp.
Baggs: #SFGiants optioned OF Peguero and recalled hot-hitting 1B Brett Pill from Fresno. He’ll join the club in Toronto. Maybe serve as DH? — Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) May 13, 2013 In 137 plate appearances for Triple-A Fresno, Pill’s numbers are absolutely insane: .333 ISO, slash-line of .341/.380/.675, and a 165 wRC+. (That’s even good for the PCL, but adjusted to… Read more →
An early storyline in 2013 for the Giants has been Ryan Vogelsong’s trouble keeping the ball in the yard. Through 39.1 innings pitched, the right-hander has faced 183 batters and allowed 129 balls in play, nine of which have left the yard. For the purposes of this post, I’m using HR/9 as my measurement of home run rate. A rate… Read more →
Last month, in a post entitled “Barry Zito’s magic Wand,” I wrote about Barry Zito, the hitter, and noted the following: So, one of the things to watch for — a storyline if you will — is if Barry Zito will ever pull a ball to RF in the 2013 season for a base hit. If it happens, mark your… Read more →
The pitch: The bat flip: The happy:
I remember earlier in the year when Buster Posey was slumping. After 15 games into the season, Posey was hitting a meager .224/.328/.347, and looking back on it, that’s not really a terrible slash-line; he was still walking, the hits weren’t falling, but after 15 games — or a nanosecond in a full season of baseball — Posey clearly wasn’t… Read more →
Welcome to another edition of the Minor League Mailbag! We had some great submissions this week and the questions really challenged me. Remember to submit your questions for next week’s mailbag. You can comment on this post, email me (chelmrtz at gmail dot com), or find me on Twitter (@chelmrtz). Roger Munter (@rog61 on Twitter) asked: What are your projections… Read more →
Hey everyone. I’m extending the deadline for submissions for the Minor League Mailbag through Thursday night. The answers will run Friday. Remember to submit your questions here in the comments, on Twitter (@chelmrtz), or via email (chelmrtz at gmail dot com). Thanks!
From tonight’s (ongoing) game against the Diamondbacks. And the super cool, super slow motion shot: The result: RBI single to RF. I’m not sure anyone else in baseball could hit that pitch, and hit it for a base hit. What else can you say other than, “Pablo Sandoval.” Enjoy him, folks. He’s something special. (At the time of this post,… Read more →