Sunday, September 13, 2015

Game Wrap 9/12/2015: Giants 8 Padres 0

Madison Bumgarner took a perfect game into the 8'th inning and finished with a 1-hit shutout as the Giants hitters mounted a sustained attack for the second game in a row.  Key Lines:

Angel Pagan- 2 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .262.  Pagan is slashing .302/.348/.488 since his return from the DL on 9/1.

Alejandro De Aza- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .263.  De Aza is hitting .286 as a Giant and should get plenty of PT with both Aoki and Blanco on the shelf for now.

Brandon Belt- 1 for 3, HR(18), BB.  BA= .279.  If you are going to pitch Belt down in the zone, it better be off the outside corner or off the plate at the back foot.  He's playing golf with low stuff in the zone.

Marlon Byrd- 3 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .253.  Byrd is 8 for 11 with 2 BB's in his last 3 games.  Has Byrd already become a hitter for average since joining the Giants or is he just on a random hot streak?  I think ogc did some research awhile back and found that on average hitters who get traded to a Bruce Bochy managed team improve their BA significantly.  So, is it the Bochy Effect or does Hensley Meulens get the credit?  Some of both?  Random chance?  I think this is fascinating and will be fun to watch the rest of the season.

Kelby Tomlinson- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .306.  Joe Panik better come to camp fully healthy next spring.  Kelby is shooting for a starting job!

Ehire Adrianza- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .173.  Adrianza has looked more confident at the plate the last couple of games.  ogc did a nice writeup taking on the Adrianza haters of on his site linked to the left.  I noted that despite his anemic BA, he was walking at approximately a 7% rate while striking out just 14% of the time with a BABIP of .187.  Now, Adrianza probably does not make as much hard contact as most of your better hitters, but nobody sustains a .187 BABIP.  Nobody!  There is a ton of bad luck involved there!  He certainly plays a scintillating defensive SS and makes it look easy.

Madison Bumgarner- 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 2.91.  Bummy barely broke a sweat for the first 7 innings.  It looked like he was playing a nice easy game of catch with Buster Posey.  His first real tough out was Justin Upton to lead off the 8'th and then it looked like he got frustrated and grooved one to Melvin Upton who was pinch-hitting for the pitcher with 2 outs in the inning.  Bummy had made the last out of the 7'th inning at the plate, so I wonder if that might have had something to do with his less than perfect 8'th inning.  He came back out and breezed through the 9'th for the 1-hit shutout.  I think this was his 3'rd 1-hitter of his career.

Mike Leake goes for the series sweep today facing Odrisamer Despaigne who seems to be only good against the Giants.


  1. Giants have an interesting decision about Byrd to make. Do they let his option vest or do they throttle his at bats back? He's not an ideal 4th outfielder in that his defense isn't on par with what the Giants have seen in the past like Blanco or even Maxwell but he hits lefties well and right now he's hitting everything well. I might not have a problem keeping him next year but not at the price tag of the vesting option.

    Billy Baseball

    1. You might want to check out Grant Brisbee's piece on Byrd's option on MCC. The $8 M is essentially a non-factor.