Sunday, May 19, 2013

Game Wrap 5/19/2013: Rockies 5 Giants 0

Barry Zito pitched gamely, but got no help from a sleepwalking offense or from his bullpen as the Giants appeared to want to just get out of Dodge ASAP.  Key Lines:

Brandon Crawford- 2 for 4.  BA= .288.  Crawford's fine hitting continued.

Gregor Blanco- 2 for 4.  BA= .279.  Crawford and Blanco combined for 4 of the Giants 5 hits.  Too bad they were separated by 4 and 3 batters in the lineup.

Barry Zito- 5.2 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.91.  Zito gave up a lot of baserunners but pitched tough and had a chance for a QS going to the 6'th.  Unfortunately, he couldn't get that last out and neither did Mijares until 2 runs had scored giving Zeets his final line.

Juan Nicasio(Rockies)- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.47.  Before last year, there was an article in Fangraphs that I found persuasive correlating high velocity and low walk rates with future success by pitchers.  The pitchers who fit this description were Nicasio, Angels RHP Garrett Richards and Toronto RHP Henderson Alvarez.  Hasn't really worked out, but I think the jury may still be out on Nicasio and Richards.

The D'Backs lost to the lowly Marlins so the Giants remained 1 game behind the NL West leaders.  The Rockies gained a game to move into a tie for 2'nd place with the Giants.  The Pesky Padres pounded the Nationals 13-4 to move within 4.5 games of the D'Backs while the Dodgers lost to the Braves 5-2 to remain 7 games off the pace.

Ryan Vogelsong tries to right his and the Giants ship in the first game of a homestand tomorrow evening against Zach Duke.  This becomes a potentially pivotal homestand for the Giants.  If they can bounce back with a winning record, they might be in decent shape going forward.  If the losing continues, they then face a brutal June schedule in which they only have 9 home games.

1 comment:

  1. If Vogie continues his downward spiral of the last couple of starts, does anyone think that he could get placed on the DL with dead arm? I think I've seen a player get DLed with that before, and he was actually OK with his starts, PQS-wise, until his last couple of starts.

    If so, that probably would put Gaudin in the starting rotation, and Heston would probably get the call to be long relief, even though he has not done that well so far in AAA. Unless the Giants make a move to get Kickham up. But I agree with DrB in his other post, I would rather let Kickham stay in AAA and keep up the good groove.