Giants’ hitters versus R.A. Dickey: And Giants’ pitchers versus Toronto hitters: Welp.
In life, some people like oranges. And some people enjoy the taste of apples. Everyone has their preference of things — food, clothing, cars, sports teams, whatever. Everyone has preferences. This, oddly enough, extends to pitchers hitting. Some are for it and some against it. Me, personally, I’m for it. I’m not here to tell you which preference is right…. Read more →
This was the game that the Giants were supposed to lose. This was the game that Justin Verlander — Really Good Pitcher(tm) — was supposed to dominate. Neither of those things happened. And it was freaking awesome. Baseball is a really bizarre game sometimes. Even more so in the postseason, where you take the unpredictability of everyday baseball, punch in… Read more →
I’ve been watching the Giants for almost 20 years now and I can’t remember a Giants pitcher that pitched off his fastball more than Ryan Vogelsong over his last two NLCS starts. Maybe Jason Schmidt, when he was dominating the National League, but it’s pretty damned special what Ryan Vogelsong is doing right now with his fastball. Velocity. Movement. Location…. Read more →
Whew. And just like that, the Giants are in the NLCS. Most of what you’ll read about today’s game will focus on Buster Posey’s grand slam in the fifth inning. And, to be honest, it was a huge hit for the Giants, pushing the lead to 6-0, and reminding us that Buster Posey is the truth and the light. Hitting… Read more →
The expanded rosters in September are, in theory, a great idea. You get some reinforcements for a tired bullpen, a few interesting minor league types that you haven’t seen yet (as in, “Ah, that’s what Francisco Peguero looks like.”) and did I mention bullpen reinforcements? You get lots of bullpen reinforcements. Fungible relievers, come on downnnn! This is a line… Read more →
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 →
Pop quiz. Tonight’s start by Tim Lincecum was … A. Maddeningly inconsistent B. Brilliant at times C. [crackpot Tim Lincecum is struggling theory] D. All of the above D. It’s probably D. However, there are some positives to take away from Lincecum’s start. His final line (6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO) is, as… Read more →
Subtitle: If you follow my Twitter account, you’ve probably already seen these. Delicious baseball .gifs after the jump!
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 →