Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Game Wrap 9/27/2016: Giants 12 Rockies 3

The top 8 batters in the Giants lineup reached base multiple times and Matt Moore was dominant on the mound in a runaway win.  Key Lines:

Denard Span- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .262.  Span started an XBH barrage in the bottom of the 5'th against rookie SP German Marquez with a double into the RF corner.

Brandon Belt- 3 for 5, 2B, 3B.  Love Belt in the 2- hole where his walks will help set up the middle of the order and his pulling the ball to the right side will advance runners.  He got the hits in this game including a shot down the 3B line into no-man's land.  His ball of the RF wall in the 5'th got to CarGo too quickly for him to try for a double and he got thrown out at 2B, though.

Buster Posey- 1 for 3, HR(14), 2 BB.  BA= .288.  Buster was the only positional starter who did not get multiple hits, but his was a dinger to add on in the 5'th and he added the 2 BB's.  Oh, and the dinger was Buster's 1000'th career hit.

Hunter Pence- 3 for 4, HR(13), BB.  BA= .294.  When was the last time 2 Giants hitters went B2B?

Brandon Crawford- 4 for 5, 2 3B.  BA= .272.  With the 2 triples, Crawford became just the second Giants player along with Willie Mays to have 2 seasons with double digit doubles, triples and HR's, or something like that.  The TV broadcast put it up as a graphic, but I couldn't find it this morning.

Angel Pagan- 2 for 5.  BA= .272.  Pagan has been steady Eddie this year, at least at the plate.  Do the Giants re-sign him to a 1 or 2 year deal?

Joe Panik- 2 for 4, 2B, 3B.  BA= .243.  That's more like the Joe we know.  Is this the start of a hot final week for him?

Conor Gillaspie- 2 for 5, HR(6).  BA= .247.  Might as well include everybody in the lineup.  Gillaspie has been a valuable bat off the bench this season.  He's arbitration eligible.  Do the Giants offer?

Matt Moore- 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 11 K's.  ERA= 4.21.   Nice recovery start from his disaster in LA.  He said he was too amped up for his start in LA.  Gotta learn how to handle LA starts there, Matt.


The Win, coupled with wins by both the Mets and the Cardinals left the Giants 0.5 games behind the Mets for the first Wild Card playoff spot and 1 game ahead of the Cardinals for the second spot.


The Giants traded minor leaguer Rich Rodriguez to the Braves for a 5 day rental of IF Gordon Beckham.  Beckham will fill in as the RH half of the 3B platoon until Eduardo Nunez recovers from his hammy strain.  They also released LHP Matt Reynolds and placed Mac Williamson on the 60 day DL with a quad strain.


Jeff Samardzija takes on Tyler Chatwood, who has been extremely tough on the Giants in his recent starts, tonight.


  1. In my opinion we absolutely do not sign Angel again. After this year I know that many people will want to comma butt you cannot forget the other years of the contract or he spit large parts of the season on the disabled list. That is far more common and what I will remember about angel. It is great to finally see him have an awesome year where is health is more intact comma but it's time to move on and let guys like Parker & Williamson solidify for the job. Plus we are also excited to see Slater up here eventually

    1. Pagan has had a negative defensive fWAR for a few years, and is at -3.0 now, despite the move to an easier position. I don't think he hits well enough to overcome this deficit. He is at 1.5 fWAR now, below the usual norm of 2.0 fWAR for a starting position player. We can and should do better, I think.

    2. The Dodgers were worried about how much Maeda would be able to play so they gave him an absurdly low contract ($3M/yr, 8 yrs) with huge incentives for games and innings pitched. Is something like this possible for an injury prone OFer?

    3. Except that Pagan would probably come back to fight for that 3rd spot and serve as a 4rth OFer and bench bat primarily. So then an incentive laden contract puts management and the player into especially antagonistic positions to fight over playing time. He knows that he needs something guaranteed

  2. Now that was a great game. It would be great if the Giants kept up that type of hitting. The Giants looked more energized at the plate than they had in a long time. Moore was outstanding. With the improvement to his cutter and Shark's curveball, the rotation should be an absolute beast next season ( And in the playoffs if the hitting holds up.).

  3. Pagan was playing really well early in the season. His defense in LF was good and he had a positive DRS and other good metrics. He was hitting well most of the time. So I was kind of open to him staying.

    But he missed the last week of May and half of June with a hamstring strain and some other time due to 'general soreness' or some such. But since he came back, while he's been about the same at the plate, his defense has gone south and now he's in negative DRS land and his other defensive metrics have declined.

    So I think it's time to move on.