Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Game Wrap 5/30/2017: Nationals 6 Giants 3

Orlando Calixte brought some spark to the Giants offense but failed to light a fire under it as the Nationals cruised to another easy win.  Key LInes:

Orlando Calixte LF/CF/RF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .400.  Calixte had hits in his first 2 MLB AB's, the second a double to drive in 2.  He also played all 3 OF positions.  I think C and P are the only 2 positions he has not played in the minor leagues.

Buster Posey C- 3 for 4, BB.  BA= .351.  2 months in, Buster Posey is on pace for a 6 fWAR season, which would be his best since his MVP season in 2012.  For what it's worth, by Fangraphs valuations, Buster has produced a total of $170.4 M in WAR value since his signed his $167 M extension prior to the 2013 season.

Jeff Samaedzija RHP- 4 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.63.  Shark had his moments such as 2 beautiful called 3'rd strikes on Bryce Harper, and he saw more than his share of groundballs find holes in the IF, but he also threw over 60 pitches in the first 2 innings which limited how deep he could go in the game.

Josh Osich LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.46.  Osich looked really good getting out of a jam in his previous appearance and was dominant for 2 innings here.  If he could find some consistency, he would be a big piece of the puzzle for 2018.


The Giants dropped 11.5 games behind the Dodgers who took over the lead in the NL West and dropped 10 games off the Wild Card pace.  We'll stop reporting games behind in the standings until/unless they become more competitive at some point in the future.


Matt Cain tries to stave off a series sweep tonight facing Nationals co-ace Max Scherzer.


  1. I don't understand why Williamson got sent back to AAA. You can't learn to hit major league pitching in AAA. You can only make the adjustment to major league pitching by hitting in the majors. There is an adjustment that hitters make going up to every level. The biggest jump is from AAA to the majors. You have to give hitters a little bit of adjustment time. Gorkys Hernandez is not a future starter for the Giants. Williamson may be, but we won't know unless we give him a chance. This is the same reason that I don't want to see Arroyo sent down. Aaron Hill is not our future, Arroyo is.

  2. I think its close to the point where we should inject some youthfully energy call up Slater, maybe Shaw after 100 at bats in AAA as it seems he is adjusting well there. Tyler Beede if Giants want Cueto to focus on getting his blister under control. Good news Bumgarnder starting baseball activity so glad for that.

    1. Sounds like you'll get to see Slater. Baggs says he's hearing he's in San Fran and will travel with team today.

  3. In a season bereft of positives, Matt Cain has been a pleasant surprise.
    A couple errant ground balls and an unfortunate pitch backed up by an impotent offense doomed his start just one out into the game.
    Remember that nice 5-game win streak two weeks ago? Were we jacked!
    In the 14 games the Giants have won just another 5.
    Say it ain't so ...

  4. Slater is up! Let's see what he can do. Guessing Ruggiano gets DFAd to make room on 40. There will multiple moves with Pence coming back this weekend possibly. They'll probably need to get another reliever once Strick starts serving his suspension. That means they will probably send Tomlinson back down, which I hate to see. I'd rather them send Arroyo down to let him get his stuff together. He's not really helping the team at this point, and we can easily cover his defense. If they consider trading Nunez, he's going to need to be playing, so he'll take the reps at 3B anyway.