Monday, August 27, 2018

Getting To Know Aramis Garcia

The newest Giants Call-up will soon make his major league debut, as we adjust to life without Buster Posey.  The 25 Year old from Hawaii, has only spent 10 games with the River Cats,the Giants AAA Affiliate in those ten games he has posted a .237 BA .531 OPS. The big stat that pops out is the strike out percentage (29.3%) which if you look at his past seasons seems to be right about his career average. If you look at another Giants catching prospect in the farm system at AAA his K% is only 17.4% granted the average is about the same in the low .230’s. It also looks like Garcia does not hit for power only 11 Home Runs this year all of them at AA (Richmond), and If you look at the spread he is a 51.9% pull hitter which for a right handed guy at AT&T isn’t a bad thing necessarily.

I say let us see what the kid has got. It will probably be a few years before Joey Bart is major league ready. When Garcia is in the game defensively expect Bochy to have a lot influence on pitch calls. I would be content is he were to hit .200 and show signs that he can use the whole field.  

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Giants Vs. Mets Series Preview

It’s getting harder and harder to write these. After a less then acceptable performance against a team that the Giants should have played better against. The Giants head to the Big Apple for a four game series against the New York Mets. The Giants currently sit 8.0 games back of the Dbacks for the division lead. This is probably the last week that the Giants have to make any kind of run or they will start trying to dump some payroll and start to look forward to next season. 

Game one: Derek Holland (6-8 3.83 ERA) Vs. Zach Wheeler (8-6 3.75 ERA)

I imagine that skipper Bruce Bochy is channeling his inner Major League and is trying anything to get any offense out of this squad. But remember, Bochy ball has always been built on great pitching, solid defense, and timely hitting. In the 2nd half Derek Holland has posted a 2.89 ERA and opponents are hitting a meager 2.39 against Holland. However, Holland hasn’t gone deep into a game hardly, I’m looking for him to go more than five innings to give this bullpen some much needed rest. My question for this game? Can the Giants score more than onceover the course of multiple innings? So many times this year it seemed like just one inning of scoring is all we get. 

Game two: TBD Vs. Steven Matz (5-10 4.60 ERA)

The Giants haven’t announce a starter for this game yet however, Mets starter Steven Matz has given up a total of 23 runs in his last 5 appearances. 4 out of 5 of them were on the road but this could be good news for the Giants offense who has struggled to score runs. Since the Giants haven’t named a starter for this game yet it’s hard to look forward to anything. I imagine that Casey Kelly will get another start in this series after pitching well in Cincinnati.

Game three: TBD Vs. Noah Syndergaard (8-3 3.40 ERA)

The Giants also haven’t announced a starter for this game, but with Thor on the mound for the Mets in his ballpark I think it will be tough to win this game. No matter who the Giants send out to the rubber (maybe Stratton or Blach)

Game four: Madison Bumgarner (4-5 3.05 ERA) Vs Jake deGrom (8-7 1.71 ERA) 

This to me is the most intriguing game of this series. I would like to think that Bumgarner bounces back after a rocky start against the Reds. While deGrom this year seems to have fallen victim to no run support (sounds like Matt Cain) this guy can flat out pitch. Hopefully we see a pitcher’s duel for the ages and both guys go seven innings plus! 
My hope is that the Giants bounce back and take 3 out of 4 and with some help from the Angels and Mariners the Giants could possibly be somewhat back in the race. But ultimately it is on the Giants. How much do they want it? This team has shown no fight what so ever. So let’s go, show us the fans how much do you want it?

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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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