Sunday, September 1, 2013

Game Wrap 9/1/2013: Giants 8 D'Backs 2

This was the kind of game a lot of us envisioned the Giants playing a lot of this season.  Hunter Pence, Buster Posey and Hector Sanchez led the relentless offense and Yusmeiro Petit continued on his path to a post-hype breakout with a gem of a start.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .308.  I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I believe Buster has hit better from 1B than from C.  He also seems to be getting a second wind after getting more days off recently.

Hunter Pence- 3 for 4, 1B, HR(17), BB.  BA= .285.  Pence now needs just 3 more dingers for a 20/20 season.  At this point, I would say it is almost certain that he would reject a QO.  What do you think is the over/under to get him re-signed?  I say 5/75.  Would you go that high?  Can the Giants afford not to?

Hector Sanchez- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .257.  The Hector is hitting .350 with 3 BB's and 2 K's in 20 AB's over his last 10 games.  Seems like he was serious about working on his pitch selection as well as his conditioning.  Could the Giants consider moving Belt to LF and Buster to 1B with The Hector taking over at catcher?  I can see some heads exploding on another site right now!  Hey!  It's not like it's an irreversible decision if it doesn't work out.

Yusmeiro Petit- 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB,  10 K's.  ERA= 3.12.  Well, hello there!  Petit is stating a case for being included in next year's plans.  In the process, he's giving the Giants a whole lot of flexibility that they didn't think they had even 2 weeks ago.  Classic post-hype sleeper stuff here and classic Giants dumpster diving, pitcher fixing success!

Mike Kickham- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 10.27.  Good to see Kickham have a clean inning even in mop-up time.  He needs a few of these and then another trial of starting.

The Giants now move on to San Diego where for some reason Barry Zito will face Ian Kennedy in game 1 of a 3 game series.


  1. Your correct.
    Per ESPN this year Posey has hit .367 @ 1B and .294 @ C

    From 2010-12 1B: .355 and .310 @ C

    1. Of course, those numbers have a built in bias because he usually plays 1B against LHP's.

    2. His 1B numbers are a small sample size, too.

      However, in backing up the point, the gap between his 1B and C numbers is wider than his L/R splits.


  2. DOC;
    I really prefer the 1st base position for Buster longterm.
    I do expect him to want to stay behind the dish though for the next few years.
    Petit has really looked dominant inthe 2 starts.
    I can hardly wait for spring training.
    Oh yeah Christmas first. Sign Pence 4 year 70 Mill.
    Richard in Winnipeg

    1. Maybe they can work some kind of gradual shift of Buster to 1B. Play him there more often each year until he is fulltime? The problem with that strategy is it creates instability in the lineup for other players and positions, but maybe it's doable.

  3. Watching yesterday's game there were several times, i noticed Bochy and Posey in eye to eye conversations. Posey's face looked (my eye) to bepositively engaged, and Boch was nodding.
    Was just an in game moment(s) that seemed to me very telling.
    Although that is not to say Boch does not talk to other players.
    It was interesting to me.
    Posey really loves the in game play calling.
    Only a sersious drop off performance behind the plate would constitute a move.
    I see a major league manager down the road here. A brilliant kid.

    Richard in Winnipeg

  4. How about this?

    Hanchez catches
    Posey third
    Panda first
    Belt LF

    I think Giants can get Pence for four years at $55-60M plus vest able option year if reach 140 games.

    Wow, Petit, I have been hoping he gets a chance and he has done what I hoped he would do. Makes rotation interesting next season with probably Madison, Cainer, Vogie, then Gaudin, Petit, Moscoso, maybe Kickham and Surkamp and Escobar, battling for last two spots. And if Lincecum resigns, does Gaudin even want to return as he might not get a spot guaranteed?

    1. I'll add to that, ogc.

      Make it a gradual transition, with Susac coming up in late 2014 to platoon with Sanchez. By 2015, Panda will be gone and either Belt gets to keep his position or (cross fingers) Villalona takes the league by storm and wins a job at 1B...pushing Belt to LF.

      C- Hanchez/Susac
      3B- Posey
      1B- Belt/Villalona
      LF- Williamson (or RF)/Belt


    2. No OGC Yusmeiro Petit is riding his luck. You seem to think you know everything about baseball. Well look at the guy's record. An era over 6 in the Majors in 4 years. But that is Sabean's speciality, get all these unwanted players and so called scrubs and hope to hit the lottery. He did it with Burell while he was hitting .120 with the Rays, he did it with Torres who was a career minor leaguer player with a .220 MLB average exactly what he has shown the past three years, he did it with Huff who Detroit had released and even Vogey who has a career era of over 5 as well and so on. Thats why the Giants are the way they are now. You can hit the lotto every year. Fire Sabean. Bring in Theo and Hoyer and Sandberg with them too.

    3. Anon,

      I'll take this as sarcasm/satire and let it go.

    4. Theo and Hoyer have had their share of bad contracts... It got glossed over a bunch with mad money. I like our salty graybeards just fine.

      I do agree that Petit is riding his luck though.

  5. The ultimate arbiter, reality, is showing the Giants made the right decision to go with Hector over Whiteside and Stewart. It's now the time to observe the pseudo-analysts rationalizing away their flawed judgements, or, for some, ignoring the whole thing, or for a smaller few, never allowing reality to cloud their original judgement. Nevertheless, put this one in Sabean's/Bochy's corner.


  6. Agreed. I like OGC's proposal for 2015 as well. And I'll stick with Bochy, Sabes, Barr et al for the foreseeable future. Gigantes capture their third title in 2014 - right on schedule!

    Oh, Duck the Fodgers too!