Monday, June 23, 2014

Game Wrap 6/23/2014: Padres 6 Giants 0

The Giants came of their just completed road trip on a high note with a win in Arizona and a successful debut for Joe Panik.  They started a homestand tonight….by doing a face plant against the Pathetic Padres.  Key Lines:

Matt Cain- 7.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.82.  There is an obvious BABIP factor in this line as the K's and BB's would indicate a relatively dominant start.  When you add in the fact that 4 of the 7 hits off Cainer were either of the slow infield variety or deflected off the gloves of infielders.  Yeah, the deflections were probably hit harder than they should have been, but 3  deflected hits in 1start seems like a lot.   A disappointing start, but with hope for better results in future starts.

Odrisamer Despaigne(Padres)- 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 11/3.  ERA= 0.00.  This was the MLB debut for the Cuban exile.  Again, you see evidence of BABIP luck running in the opposite direction from Cain's.  Add in that he had a 1-3 record with an ERA over 6 in the minors and This does not look like a sustainable line.  It may have been because Giants hitters had never seen him before, but this was a weak performance against a pitchers who should be eminently beatable.

With the Loss, the Giants maintained their 4 game lead in the NL West after the Dodgers lost to the KC Royals 5-3.

Tim Hudson tries to even the series tomorrow facing rookie Jesse Hahn who is coming off 2 consecutive shutouts and who the Giants also have never seen before.


  1. How much of the lack of hitting against a rookie making his debut was due to no scouting on the guy, a very last minute replacement? Does it indicate the importance of scouting reports?

    1. I think it is a factor. I know Kruk and Kuip make a huge deal out of how a lack of familiarity favors the pitcher. I think it was Willie Mays who said, when asked who the toughest pitcher he ever faced was, "the guy I'd never seen before."

  2. A bigger factor is the way they ignored the one piece of scouting info they did have: DeSpaigne handed out walks left and right in the minors. Pathetic.