Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Game Wrap 7/8/2014: Mets 4 Giants 1

Jake Peavy pitched his second quality-plus start since coming off the DL, but the offense sputtered once again as the Giants lost their 8'th game out of 9.  Key Lines:

Hunter Pence- 2 for 4, 2B.   BA= .291.  Hunter doesn't do rehab.

Brandon Belt- 2 for 4.  BA= .271.  Strange season for Belt.  Now he's back to getting hits, but no power.  Hopefully he'll have another power spurt soon.

Jake Peavy- 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.71.  Peavy has looked great in his two starts back from the DL.  Seems to have much better general strength and stamina.  Hopefully he'll keep it up and the Giants start giving him some run support.

Josh Osich- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.  Osich has had great looking stuff and has been quire unflappable since his callup.  I think the Giants may have another keeper here.

Jean Machi- 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA=  5.29.  And Machi might not be a keeper.

As we already said, the Loss was the Giants 8'th in 9 games.  It also drops them into a tie with the Dangerous D'Backs 5 games behind the NL West leading Dodgers.

The Giants get tomorrow off then start a 3 game weekend series agains the Phillies heading into the All-Star Break.


  1. Peavy has played very well his two starts so, as with Cain, I'm cautiously optimistic that he's going be a quality pitcher for the remainder of the season with the usual ups-and-downs every pitcher has.

    The bullpen remains a problem. Half of them are having miserable seasons. And then we have the offense going up-and-down like a yo-yo.

    Crazy making season.

  2. Dr. B. what do you think about Maxwell? He seems uninterested...this is his chance to make great impression with all the playing time he has gotten and ?Crickets! He did make a great catch, but what happen to his offense?

    Fox vs. Moncada. This will be a great debate. Although the talk is to move Fox to CF.

    I have to say I was worried about what Cain and Peavy would look like as they returned from DL. Both looked really really good! Can't complain about the rotation right now.

    I still wonder what Giants do at deadline. Giants did win a ring with Blanco in CF...I think Pagan would go on DL if Mac Williamson wasn't playing PanAm games.

    1. I think Maxwell has shown he is what he is. A guy who doesn't make a lot of contact, who occasionally runs into one. The other good part about him is he doesn't really hurt you on defense. Nice bench piece who can fill in occasionally if someone is hurt, but if he has to be pressed into a starting role for too long, he starts to hurt you. I'd probably keep him around hoping to get Aoki back and keep Pence healthy so he can play the role they got him for. I don't think the Giants would have let Williamson go to the Pan Am games if they were thinking seriously of bringing him up anytime soon.

      I think the Giants need to get a big bullpen arm at the deadline, assuming they don't completely fall out of the race between now and then. K-Rod would be a fine acquisition for the stretch run.

    2. I was also worried about both as neither really did all that well during rehab. Peavy came out very strong, Cain was ok his first start, strong his second. Too bad the relievers and the offense haven't rewarded them.

      Like Dr. B, I think Maxwell is what Maxwell is showing himself to be -- a guy who struggles to get contact, but when he does, he hits it pretty hard. Also, like Dr. B, I think Maxwell has some solid defense. In fact, I think he's probably been the best defensive OF on the team this year, though Aoki's been having a good year.

  3. I personally hope the Giants hold tight and don't do anything crazy at the trade deadline. I get your point about RP, but I'm less than convinced we really need that. We have Osich, Kontos and Strickland, all of whom have played well and should be fine until the call up deadline. So the question becomes "is that enough?" Assuming we are comfortable with 4 of our starters (Peavy, Cain, Bumgarner and Heston), then I see it playing out this way:

    We need one starter, among The Freak, Vogelsong and Huddy. Let's assume that goes to Vogelsong. That means Timmy/Huddy are available to go into the pen or be spot starters.

    In the pen, you have three good young arms. If we're going with a 13 man rotation, that only leaves 5 beyond the starters. Let's assume Huddy gets one of those spots (since doubtful he could much else in relief). That means you're down to 4.

    You have Lopez, Affeldt, Romo, Casilla and Timmy, for those 4 spots, not including Machi (let's cut bait here) and Petit (who has not been all that great). If I've done the count right, you're cutting a lot of arms to beginwith, and you'd have to cut more to bring someone else in. Also, you have both Broadway and Cordier in the minors--Cordier seems on fire; do you really think he's going to be much worse than what you'd have to get rid of?

    Interestingly, the Giants are definitely building up trading chips and maybe the answer is you move folks just to free up roster spots. Straton seems to be pitching better, you've got Mella, Meija (both of whom I wouldn't move), Beede, etc. And even with guys getting old in the SP, we don't have a lot of room for guys coming up. If we were doing up trades to free up the minors and get some more OF positions, I could see that but how much does that cost. And doing on a short term lease always leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

    I like our team, love our kids and think we're only 4 games back without 1/2 our rotation and 2 OFs. Plus, Peavy and Cain eat up innings. For me, I'd stand pat.

    1. I just think they need a better closer than Casilla and I don't see that person in the organization right now.

    2. So do you propose we go after KRod, Paps or Chapman? What do you figure each would cost?

    3. I think K-Rod would be the most cost-effective option.