Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Game Wrap 7/22/2015: Giants 7 Padres 1

Matt Cain had a vintage performance and the Giants offense came to life against the Padres bullpen in the late innings to get him the Win.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .316.  Strangely, Panik did not figure in the scoring despite getting on base 3 times.  He's on a pace for something like 190 hits.

Buster Posey- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .318.  Buster broke a 1-1 tie in the 7'th inning with a 2 run double, past a diving Matt Kemp in the RF corner, then came around to score on  Hunter Pence's single.

Brandon Belt- 1 for 3, HR(10), 2 BB, SB(5).  BA= .275.  Belt got the Giants on the board and guaranteed Matt Cain would not lose the game 1-0 with a long HR to straightaway CF.   He has a 4 game hit streak and has 5 BB's for an OBP of .529 in that span.  Belt has really run hot and cold this year, but is hitting .321 for the month of July and has the 9'th highest fWAR of all MLB starting 1B.

Brandon Crawford- 1 for 4, HR(14), BB.  BA= .266.  Crawford is closing in on a 20 HR season.  If you are looking for a sell high candidate, Crawford would be my top choice.  The Giants are just not a sell-high organization, and who's to argue with them?

Matt Cain- 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 1/8.  ERA= 4.09.  It was vintage Matt Cain as he was able to successfully elevate the FB against the Padres even if it did not have the old velocity.  If Cain can pitch like this more often than like his last start, the Giants will be in good shape for the stretch run.

The Win enabled the Giants to remain 2.5 games behind the Dodgers who beat the Braves 3-1.  The Giants gained 0.5 games on the Cubs and now trail in the race for the second Wild Card playoff berth by 0.5 games.

The Giants get a day off before starting a homestand against the crosstown rival Oakland A's with Jake Peavy facing Jesse Chavez on Friday night.


  1. All five of the Giants' IF, including Posey in this group, are among the top 50 MLB players in fWAR-- Belt in a tie for #50.

  2. Doc, why do you use fWAR instead of WAR these days. That's a new fangled one I don't quite know.

    Based on offense only?

    1. fWAR is Fangraphs WAR. No big deal. It's just a site I visit regularly and it's easy to find the numbers there. They use both offensive and defensive metrics on their calculation.

    2. Rainball, If one uses WAR without indicating whose method of calculation is being used--fWAR for Fangraphs, bWAR or rWAR for Baseball Reference--the reader can't make comparisons among players, or the same player from year to year. The two methods of calculation sometimes come close but at other times produce strikingly different numbers, so that it matters which system one is referring to; you also can't translate between them, the way you can between Fahrenheit and Celsius.

  3. Last night I'm sitting there thinking, because it's Matt Cain pitching a vintage Matt Cain game the Giants will lose 1-0 because the offense will respond with a vintage 'Caining.' But they blew it and gave the poor guy some run support so he picked up a win for his efforts instead of a no-decision or loss.

  4. Giants reportedly looked at Raj Davis. Tyoicla under the radar Giants move. Mightvalso indicate they are concerned about Pagan