Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Game Wrap 4/16/2013: Brewers 10 Giants 8

The Giants offense put up a spirited effort, but it was not enough to overcome the 9 run mess Barry Zito left in the bed.  Key Lines:

Angel Pagan- 2 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .340.  Pagan is doing his job at the top of the lineup.

Pablo Sandoval- 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SF.  BA= .320.  Sandoval is playing like Sandoval.  I'm still looking for huge season from him.

Brandon Belt- 3 for 4, SF, SB(2).  BA= .191.  Maybe this game will get Belt going.

Brandon Crawford- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .304.  Nice article in Fangraphs today about Crawford and how his improved hitting is probably for real.  I said the same thing in response to an article by Howard Bender during the offseason and got flamed for it.  Crawford keeps this kind of hitting up, and I think it is entirely possible, combined with his defense and we could be looking at a MVP caliber season.

Nick Noonan- 1 for 1.  BA= .538.  Don't anyone wake Nick Noonan up. He's unconscious!

Barry Zito- 2.2 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.86.  Zito runs hot and cold.  Not sure which is which, but we'll say he was cold today.  It kind of started out as a BABIPing in the 3'rd inning, but as it progressed, he turned into a batting practice pitcher.  I tend to believe Bochy left him in 1 or 2 batters too long.   There is plenty of history of when things start to go south on Zito, they go in a hurry.  Not that he was fooling anyone, but Gomez' HR hit the foul pole and Weeks' 2-run double hit the chalk on the LF foul line in addition the the BABIP whims I referred to earlier.

The Loss left the Giants 0.5 games behind the Rockies who defeated the Mets in the first game of a twin bill.  They are tied 8-8 in extra innings on game 2, so that outcome will leave the Rockies a full game ahead or tied with the Giants.  The D'Backs lost to the Yankees 4-2 to remain 0.5 games behind the Giants.  The Dodgers trail the Padres 8-1 in their game, so will likely remain 1.5 games behind the Giants while the Padres would improve to 5 games behind in last place.

Ryan Vogelsong takes the mound tomorrow evening facing Kyle Lohse.


  1. i think that article was about carl crawford. did i miss another one about brandon?

  2. yes i did miss another one. my mistake. you are correct.

    1. BTW, the Bender article was 11/27/2012 entitled Brandon Crawford: Ring in Reality, Zero in Fantasy. Check out my response and see if it doesn't sound a lot like what was written in today's article.

      Also BTW, Brandon Crawford has already accumulated 0.8 WAR points 14 games into the season.

  3. bad zito returns, jeremy gets another absurd injury, friars own the bums....all is right with the world...i was worried for a moment

    rox did defeat the mets in 10

    btw...is cali the only state in the nation that has normal weather in april?


    1. Good thing they got a roof in Suds City. Kuip said there is a nasty storm on the way. What is MLB going to do if they ever have to play a WS game in Minneapolis in November?

  4. IMHO, I think Dr. B's theory regarding Zito's home cooking is on target. Perhaps we should study what Zito's home vs away splits are like this season...