Friday, May 11, 2018

Game Wrap 5/10/2018: Phillies 6 Giants 3

Hey team!  Sorry for the late post.  I had a bad headache when I got home from work last night.  Writing about the Giants didn't seem like a good way to feel better.  The Giants jumped out to a 3-run lead behind dingers by Gregor Blanco and Alen Hanson.  4-runs capped by a 3-run dinger by Carlos Santana(more on him later) and the lead was gone and so were the Giants.  Key Lines:

Gregor Blanco RF- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .262.  Blanco led off the game with a which is a good thing.  On the other hand, he was batting leadoff.  Blanco is a better leadoff hitter than I thought, but his career BA leading off is .253 while he hits .274 hitting 7'th and .292 hitting 8'th.  He's hitting just .148 over his last 7 games and .211 over his last 15.  I don't know who should be leading off for the Giants, but I'm pretty sure it should not be Gregor Blanco.

Alen Hanson 2B- 1 for 3, HR(3).  BA= .268.  Hanson is hitting .296 with 2 dingers over his last 7 games.  He also hits better down in the lineup.

Ty Blach LHP- 4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.20.  Blach got through 3 innings unscathed but when you are a contact pitcher in a bandbox ballpark, you are living on borrowed time as they say.  Santana's dinger capped off a 4-spot in the 4'th inning and the ballgame was essentially over.  I looked at my Giants feed on my phone and knew who was going to win right there.

Carlos Santana 1B- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .191.  I drafted Carlos Santana for my fantasy baseball team, so I know how much he's struggled this April.  I still have him on my team because I knew he wasn't going to hit .149 all season.  The Giants had the misfortune of running into the Phillies just as Santana was heating up.  He went 4 for 12 against the Nationals in the previous series.  Then he went 6 for 18(.333) with 2 dingers and a whopping 13 RBI's over the 4 games against the Giants.  Was it bad Giants pitching or was it just time for Santana to get hot?


All 5 NL West teams lost so the standings stand pat:  The Dangerous D'Backs lead the Rockies by 3.5 games, the Giants by 5.5, Dodgers by 8 and Padres by 11.


The Giants move on to Pittsburgh for the final 3-game leg of the 10 game road trip and a homecoming for Andrew McCutchen.  Andrew Suarez, who might be the Giants current best pitcher, faces Jameson Taillon in the first game.


  1. Blanco: I've noticed years ago that he doesn't hit well up in the order and that his best place is 8th where there are low expectations. Yet the Giants keep putting him up there...

    Hanson: Has a lot of positives at the plate and on the base-paths, but his defense hasn't been very good. He also has the power-hitters BABIP/AVG split where his BABIP .258 is lower than his average .268 thanks to his team-second-highest ISO which is up there with Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Didi Gregorius. I really don't know what to make of him at this point since it's such a small sample.

    I will say this about Hanson, if he keeps it up in the batter's box and cleans up his leather a little bit, Panik may end up gone by the trade deadline.

    Watching the game: Tried the Facebook livestream. What a ****ing mess! It kept dropping to 240p, lagged like crazy and would as much as a batter or two behind GameCast and despite the fact my connection is 200MPS, it was constant stuttering with a super-high ping rate when it wasn't giving me a black-refresh screen.

    So I didn't make past the third inning. Which ended up being nice since I didn't see the 4-run 4th.

  2. Rumor has it, Mac Williamson might be back this weekend.

    1. Where are you seeing that? I thought Bochy already said he wouldn't play this weekend.

    2. As always with concussions, I'll believe it when I see it.

  3. i wouldn't be surprised if shaun anderson is fast tracked to sacramento in the coming weeks!!

  4. Their 19-19 record is ok considering all their injuries. Mac's concussion was disappointing because he was giving the offense the jolt it needed.


  5. Blanco continues to leadoff because Bochy (1) doesn't think he has anyone better and (2) it's apparently not important to him that the 2nd batter of the game starts with one-out-bases-empty over 70% of the time.
    Startlingly, his OBP leading off any inning this year is .250, and his OBP for his last 7 games is a dismal .207!
    Who could lead off better?
    Slater? Tomlinson? McCutchen? Duggar's OBP in Sacramento is .368 AND some say he can even play CF.