Friday, August 19, 2016

Game Wrap 8/18/2016: Giants 10 Mets 7

A battle of aces turned into a slugfest as the Giants outscored the Mets.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 3 for 4, Sac.  BA= .267.  Span is hitting .345 over his last 7 games, .328 over his last 15 and .317 over his last 30.

Angel Pagan- 1 for 4, BB.  BA= .296.  Pagan has a 16 game hit streak, currently the longest in the majors.

Buster Posey- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .295.  Buster is 7 for 14 in his last 3 games. He is hitting .364 over his last 7, .357 over his last 15 and .312 over his last 30.

Brandon Crawford- 3 for 4, BB.  BA= .276.  Crawford is 6 for 13 over his last 3 games.

Hunter Pence- 2 for 5.  BA= .272.  Pence is still finding his stroke after missing most of the season with a hammy tear.

Eduardo Nunez- 4 for 4, 3B, SB(30).  BA= .290.  Nunez seems to be settling in after some yips after the trade.

Madison Bumgarner- 1 for 3, HR(3).  BA= .179.  Bum almost had another dinger on a prior AB sending a hanging curveball hooking way past the LF foul pole.  He followed that up with a scorcher to CF that was caught.

Madison Bumgarner- 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.25.  4 of the hits and 2 of the walks came in a  disastrous 4'th inning.  Justin Ruggiano who seems to own Bummy hit a grand slam to drive in all 4 runs, but it was the walks that set it up.  Then next two batters after the slam hit singles, but Bummy managed to collect himself and get out of it.

The bullpen was again shaky allowing 3 more runs but the Giants offense overcame.


The Dodgers lost to the Phillies 5-4 so the Giants now trail in the NL West by 0.5 games.


Johnny Cueto goes against Seth Lugo who is making his first MLB start after pitching well out of the Mets bullpen.


Not much of a surprise that Matt Cain hit the DL with a sore back.  The rotation now moves up so the Giants can bring 2 LHP's agains the Dodgers next week.  I'll guess Peavy moves back into the rotation when the Giants need a 5'th starter again.


  1. its mid august. the offense might have gotten its second wind, but the pitching hasnt. and one cannot go deep into the post without strong pitching. the pen is a mess and smith is turning into a bust
    i agree with kruk...craw is a man on a mission and wants collins to regret not giving him a spot on the as roster
    im not sure why bochy stubbornly insists on keeping belt in the 3 hole. why cant that guy work his way out of a slump?
    im glad angel is finally playing up to his potential...but im sure the giants will not offer anything more than a 1 and 1 to a guy who only showed up during his contract year

    1. Belt just seems to me to be the perfect 6-hole hitter. High enough in the order to get plenty of RBI opportunities and low enough so he doesn't hurt you as much when he gets stuck in a slump. He's a great complementary bat in the lineup, but not someone you want to build your offense around. Maybe he still has a chance to be that central guy in the lineup, but he isn't there yet.

      Pagan and the Giants may do what he did last time which is test the market then give the Giants a chance to match the best offer. I would hope it would not be for more than 2 years.