Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Game Wrap 5/4/2015: Giants 2 Padres 0

The Giant overcame 4 errors to blank the Padres behind the sensational pitching of Madison Bumgarner.  Key Lines:

Norichika Aoki- 1 for 4, SB(8).  BA= .305.  Not a huge night, but he scored the first of the 2 Giants runs.

Joe Panik- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .294.  Kuip did a nice job of using closeup video of how Panik turns his front foot during his swing to lock in his front side, a big reason for his success as a hitter.

Angel Pagan- 2 for 4, SB(3).  BA= .350.  Pagan continues to show why, when healthy, he is a 4-5 WAR player.  Gotta stay on the field, Angel!

Justin Maxwell- 1 for 3, BB, SB(1).  BA= .246.  Maxwell continues to contribute.  His bases-loaded walk drove in the 2'nd run here.  I don't see him staying as a starter after Pence gets back barring another injury of some sort.

Brandon Belt- 2 for 4.  BA= .234.  Belt showing signs of life at the plate.  Lost a toss from Casilla in the lights to create some angst in the 9'th inning and got thrown out at 2B trying to stretch a single earlier.  Struck out with the bases loaded and 1 out in the 3'rd inning when the Giants scored their two runs.

Madison Bumgarner- 7.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.03. Bummy took a no-hitter into the 7'th inning and overcame 3 errors in the process.  The errors may have raised his pitch count enough to prevent him from finishing the game.  Two dominant starts for Bummy in a row.  He seems to be hitting his stride.  Is he the best pitcher in the game right now?  I guess Felix Hernandez might have more than an argument.

Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(8).  ERA= 2.13.  Not sure how he's doing it, but Casilla has been pure gold for his fantasy baseball owners with 3 W's on top of the 8 Saves.  He's been pretty good for the Giants too.

The Win, coupled with the Dodgers finally losing, 4-3 to the BrewCrew who replaced their manager, the Giants are now back to 3.5 games behind the NL West leaders and just 0.5 games behind the Padres and 0.5 games behind the race for the final Wild Card spot.  The Giants are now 9-3 over their last 12 games since they hit rock bottom on April 19 after dropping their 9'th game out of 10 and their record stood at 4-10.  They now sit at .500, 13-13.

Ryan Vogelsong tries to rebound from his last disastrous start facing Andrew Cashner tonight.


  1. I have read on the SFG reddit page that Sabes is looking for a long-term 3rd baseman and willing to shell out the pitching in the farm for it. As of now, I haven't thought of any 3rd baseman that we could get in exchange of our pitching heavy farm (possibly Crick but please not Beede). Any thoughts on the swirling buzz around the Giants, DrB?


    1. I think those stories were generated from a Sabes sighting at a recent Met's/Nationals game. The assumption was he was scouting Daniel Murphy for a trade to play 3B for the Giants, but he also could very well have been scouting Mets pitchers who may become available whenever they are ready to promote Syndergaard or he may have been scouting the Nats pitchers who are in the last year of their contracts.

    2. Yeah, I don't believe for a minute that Sabean was there for Murphy, it almost has to be a pitcher. In the pre-season I had us matching up with the Mets by us giving up a shortstop for a pitcher, perhaps even Crawford, but I don't see Crawford going there now. Maybe a combination of a Sanchez/ Ehire/ and a pitching prospect for one of their pitchers. I do think the Giants may also be looking for a longer term option at third, I just don't think Murphy is it.

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  2. I like Belt, but it seems like he is struggling. The errors weren't his fault, but he didn't save anyone any errors (Plenty of "JT Snow woulda had it" last night). Maybe at-bat worries are leaking into the field? They might actually try and make room for Ishikawa, Maxwell and Blanco (and Pence). 1st by dropping down to one back-up catcher, but I don't know what the next move would be.

    I thought Bummy was on course for the no-no. But after he got out of the 7th, and then the 1st out in the Eighth, I went to bed (East Coaster here) confident Romo and Casilla would lock down the win.

  3. I can't see a huge reason to do that. You have Duffy and Delfino now, and you have Jones and Arroyo coming up. Unless we're going to get an amazing proven commodity, it will either be someone with warts or a prospect. With 3 of SPs coming up next year and the 4th held down by a lately oft injured Cain, we need SPs more than we need a 3b. Huddy is gone. Peavy has disappointed this year and was looking tired at the end. Vogey has been horrible. Timmy has been solid but are we really looking to sign him again for another 20m?

    I kind of view this like the panic over a 2b. Trust the farm, give our guys a shot and let's see if they surprise.

    Belt is playing better; frankly, if there is one guy to trade, I'd move him out in a heart beat, put Posey at 3b and let Susac start. Even if Sanchez is not going to return to form, you have guys in the minors who could be the second guy.

    1. Do you mean put Posey at 1B after a Belt trade?

  4. There are a lot of people on this site and others that want to put Posey somewhere other than catcher rather soon, so I would be interested in a research study, pertaining to how good or bad Posey makes the pitching staff do it's essential task of pitching well. I have noticed that he almost always catches when Bummy pitches. We may not want to quickly summon Posey to 1B (or 3B) if the pitching staff wants Posey to catch.

    Do we have any numbers or stats on ERA when Posey catches vs. when other catchers catch? Perhaps those numbers adjusted for the pitchers that he is catching so that we can see if he makes a defensive difference?

    1. Jake Peavy in particular has been outspoken in saying Buster is a major reason for the success of the Giants pitchers. If you believe in pitch framing stats, Buster rates out as the 6'th best at pitch framing in MLB both last year and so far this year. Hector Sanchez rates as slightly negative, but far from league worst. Of course, Hector has mostly caught Timmy and Timmy is probably the most difficult of Giants pitchers to frame. I don't think there are any numbers available for pitch calling, but Buster is reputed to be excellent at that too. Susac does not have a sample size large enough to measure yet.