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 →
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 →
For the first time in about a week, I got to sit down and actually watch a Lincecum start from beginning to finish. At first glance, Lincecum’s line from last night against the Padres — 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO — looks pretty darned good. In fact, Lincecum is on something of a… Read more →
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