This happened: And then this happened: Baseball.
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.
Sometimes when I watch Ryan Vogelsong pitch, I’m reminded of this video. I imagine that Ryan Vogelsong is wearing a kilt in some wooded area, surrounded by major league hitters, and he’s running around throwing ping-pong balls, chanting “two-seamer, two-seamer, two-seamer, changeup at your knees, two-seamer.” Also, Matt Holliday has a foam sword and he’s crying. Tonight, the Giants scored… Read more →
Since the All-Star break (ahoy, arbitrary endpoint!) Buster Posey has batted .456/.506/.772 over 79 at-bats. Over that time period, he’s launched six home runs, smacked seven doubles, and walked nine times. Posey is posting career highs in ISO (.202, career .181); walk-rate (10.2%, career 8.5%); and wRC+ (150, career 132). In fact, among 23 qualified first basemen in baseball, by… Read more →
Tweet See attached image: There’s really no reason for this image to ever exist, but holy crap I’m so glad that it does. I always knew that throwing unhittable sliders was a Force power. Now I have definitive proof. Rest of video can be found here. Follow @baycityball
Tweet If you watched last night’s game against the Astros, you probably noticed this at-bat in the fourth inning: Oh my. That’s Chris Johnson — who at that moment was probably hating his life — trying to hit a 88 mile per hour slider from Bumgarner that was absolutely buried down and in. We’ve written a lot about Madison Bumgarner… Read more →
In last night’s win against the Dodgers, Ryan Vogelsong, feel good baseball story of the century, continued to excel for the San Francisco Giants in a way that is truly perplexing to me. I know the facts by heart: he’s throwing a little slower this season, but the results are nearly identical. In 2011, by PitchF/X, Vogelsong threw 979 pitches… Read more →
1. Santiago Casilla has been very, very good over the past three years. Rk Player ERA+ IP 1 Mariano Rivera 233 129.2 2 Craig Kimbrel 230 122.2 3 Scott Downs 226 136.2 4 Sergio Romo 222 128.0 5 Santiago Casilla 212 133.1 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used Generated 6/16/2012. That’s the top-five ERA+ ranking for relievers that… Read more →
I often think it’s kind of hard to describe Matt Cain to non-Giant fans. He’s really good, of course, and he’s a player that I think most — “most” being the general fan — know how good he is, but there’s something lost in translation when I talk about Matt Cain to other baseball fans. I’m not sure what it… Read more →