Thursday, August 16, 2018

Giants Vs Dodgers Series Recap

If you read my preview, then you would already know that I predicted that the Giants would take 2 out of 3 in LA. This was your typical Giants Dodgers series…It had everything from great pitching from the teams two aces, a bench clearing shove match, extra innings, and late inning drama. Through this whole series you could feel that the Giants were never out gunned even with the Dodgers high powered offense.

Series takeaways:

1. Nick Hundley is the Giants best option off the bench: The crafty vet who knows how to get the job done. Especially in late game situations. The table below courtesy of FanGraphs shows that Hundley as a Pinch Hitter in the 7th inning or later is hitting .416

2. Puig is still a Bum: Call it antics, call it a temper tantrum, call it what ever the heck you want but it almost seems like he does this kind of stuff intentionally. I do not doubt his passion for the game but come on man, its time for you to grow up. This guy is wired differently and the "Slap heard round the world" could be a huge factor going forward for the Giants as it seemed to energize the team. The Giants have three games left vs their arch rivals and it happens to be the last series of the regular season with potential postseason implications.

      3. Andrew Suarez: He mentioned that he made a mechianical adjustment before his start on Tuesday. It seemed to have a positve effect, Suarez pitching line was mich better then his previous two starts. hopefully he can replicate this result again and get back to the stretch he had earlier in the year where he was one of the best pitchers on the staff. 

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Giants and Dodgers Series Preview

Game one:

Madison Bumgarner (4-4 2.69 ERA) Vs Clayton Kershaw (5-5 2.58 ERA)

What are the odds that on #NationalLeftHandersDay we get to see two of the best lefties in baseball duel it out in Chavez Ravine? Mad Bum has looked outstanding in his last two starts the only question is will the Giants give their ace some run support. The key to beating Kershaw is to hope to get to him early, be aggressive! As he likes to try and steal strike one. Look for Giants hitters to swing on a lot of first pitches tonight.

This is also the Giants first look against the new lineup for the Dodgers featuring new acquisitions Brian Dozier who is a career 0-2 vs Bumgarner and Manny Machado who has one career hit (double) against the big lefty. The Dodgers will also look to attack Bumgarner early because as we all know if you do not get to him early you might not get to him at all.

I’m not going call a winner in this game but I expect a low scoring game no more than five runs combined tonight.

Game two:

Andrew Suarez (4-8 4.64 ERA) Vs Alex Wood (7-6 3.58)

Are you surprised two more lefties going at it ( just kidding this is the NL West) in a division where lefties are king Andrew Suarez needs a bounce back start to show he belongs here. He was shaky against Pittsburgh in his last outing giving up back to back jacks and going just five innings. Key to this game is one can the Giants score early against Wood, to give the young kid some confidence and the ability to attack the strike zone.

My prediction Giants come up short in this game fall to the Dodgers 5-3.

Game Three

Derek Holland (6-8 3.97 ERA) Vs Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-0 2.12 ERA)

The question for the third and final game, can the Giants keep up the momentum on get away day? In the last five series the Giants are 4-1 on get away day. Holland has been outstanding since returning to the rotation. I like the Dutch Oven in this game and I’m looking for the offense to explode for 6 or more runs.

Overall ideally I would like to see the Giants take 2 of 3 in LA let’s build some momentum as of today the Giants sit 6.0 out of the division lead, not completely out of it but it’s time to wake up or the Giants will not be playing in October.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Giants Links 4/11

It's Friday and that means it's time for some links. Here is the best of the best from around the web:

Giants Links:

Inside the numbers: a look at the Giants’ (early) two-out magic (BASG)

I wrote about the Giants early success with two-outs and if you can expect that to continue.

The new Matt Cain (McCovey Chronicles)

Chris Quick, formerly of Bay City Ball, wrote about how Matt Cain has evolved over the years. A very interesting post that I wish I had thought to write.

All The Home Runs Of Brandon Belt (El Lefty Malo)

Title is pretty self explanatory

Giants might not have room for Pablo Sandoval (BASG)

With talks suspended between the Giants and Sandoval, the Sandoval era could be coming to a close and Steve takes a closer look at why that might be the case.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tim Lincecum's Declining Fastball Usage

Today's graph illustrates Tim Lincecum's fastball usage since 2007.

The graph really points out how much Lincecum has changed as a pitcher as he as lost velocity on his fastball.  He has moved from the young phenom with a big fastball to a "savvy" vet trying to get by with secondary pitches.

The two games so far this season have not had great results but hey at least he has a 12 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio.
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