Friday, June 9, 2017

Game Wrap 6/8/2017: Giants 9 Brewer 5

Mark Melancon blew a Save for the 3'rd time this season giving up a 2 run Giants lead in the 9'th inning, but his teammates picked him up with a 4-run 10'th to give the Giants a split of the 4-game series in Milwaukee.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .270.  Span hit .200 in April, .254 in May and .419 so far in June(7 games).

Eduardo Nunez 3B- 2 for 6, 2 SB(16).  BA= .298.  Nunez hit .250 in April, .307 in May and .406 so far in June.

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 4, HR(3), SF.  BA= Panik hit .301 in April, slumped badly to .192 in May and is at .346 so far in June.

Nick Hundley C- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .235.  12 of his 23 hits have been XBH's.

Austin Slater LF- 1 for 2, HR(1), BB, HBP.  BA- .214.  Slater's bomb had the longest estimated distance of any HR by a rookie this year, and had an exit velocity of 111 MPH.  Nice game for Slater who says he felt more comfortable the last 2 games than his first 2 in Philly.  I honestly don't care if it's him or Mac or someone else.  The Giants need a LF who can give them some offensive production.  Of course they need that in RF too, but a healthy Hunter Pence should deliver it, at least for now.

Kelby Tomlinson, Aaron Hill and Hunter Pence all delivered pinch hits.  Hill's was a double, his second PH double in a row.  Tomlinson and Pence contributed their PH's to the 4 run rally in the 10'th inning.

Johnny Cueto RHP- 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K.  ERA= 4.33.  A less than QS for Cueto who has scuffled this year by his standards.  Is he still a lock to opt out of his current contract at the end of the season?  I know I wouldn't offer him more than he is currently scheduled to get over the remainder of this contract, probably not even as much as he will be 2 years older than when he signed the current contract.

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, BS(3).  ERA= 3.12.  This was Melancon's 3'rd BS of the season and with a 2-run lead.  That projects to 8 BS on the season which is not what you pay a closer $60 M for.  Gotta wonder if Melancon is completely healthy physically.


The Giants return home to start an interleague series against the Twins with Matt Moore facing Ervin Santana.


  1. Game saving defensive play by Nunez in 9th!

    Richard in Winnipeg

  2. A win for the Giants is great, but after Melancon's performance in the 9th, it kind of dampened it. At least for me. No ones perfect, but after last season I wish the Giants would have smoother 9th innings. That was a lot of breaks the Giants got in the top of the 10th. I agree with you on Cueto. Even though all the big name pitchers who are hitting free agency are not doing so hot either. We might soon find out. Not sure, but maybe Melancon is just a little rusty? In the last 18 days he has only pitched 5 times.

  3. Speaking of trade-bait. Samardzija's FIP is 2.90 and his xFIP is 2.71. His K/9 is 10.62 and is BB/9 is just 1.24. So you wonder what's going on... Then you look at his BABIP and it's like "Ah. I see." His .340 BABIP is about 50 points higher than his career average and the the worst of his career and I'm sure much of that is due to his being a flyball pitcher and our OF pretty much sucking this year.

    A team with a good defensive outfield could look at those numbers and figure they could get some solid work out of him.

    1. I don't think the Giants should trade Samardzija unless the return is substantial. I would not trade Cueto either if I was sure he wasn't going to opt out although I tend to think Cueto's contract will go south before Samardzija's will.

    2. I absolutely agree. I just think there's a compelling value case for Samardzija and most of the 'Giants Selling' talk I've seen around the Internet is on Cueto, Belt and Nunez.

      Personally, I doubt they do much (if any) selling. It's not been the style of this management group.

      But beyond that, I think this article hits the nail on the head in that we don't really have a lot to sell for various reasons: