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Monday, May 30, 2011

Giants Bat's Heat Up In St. Louis

After a rough Memorial Day weekend in Milwaukee, in which the Giants really struggled, losing 2 of 3 and looking really bad in the process, their bats actually showed some signs of life Monday in St. Louis.

First off, as has been the trend all year long, they got a terrific start out of Madison Bumgarner, who even was a threat at the plate, hitting his 2nd double of the season and scoring 2 runs to raise his batting average to .211! He's swinging it better then some of their everyday players, and is probably the best pitcher in baseball with 6 losses, so he probably felt like he had to get it done himself! But on this day, they got all the runs they would need on just one swing of the bat by Andres Torres, who hit a high, deep fly ball that looked like a deep fly out, but carried over the wall for a fourth-inning grand-slam. Before Torres did that though, the Giants already gave MadBum the lead, thanks to a Cody Ross solo homer, and RBI singles by Miguel Tejada and Brandon Crawford. The 24 year-old Crawford had yet another strong showing, reaching base 2 times, putting up good at-bats in all 4 plate appearances and stealing a base, while providing the rock-solid defense up the middle. In some ways, his UCLA background and his patient plate approach remind me a bit of a less-powerful version of Chase Utley, not saying he's going to be the next Utley, just that there are similarities! But Monday's game really was all about Bumgarner, who just got stronger and stronger as the game went on. Madison left after 7 strong innings, allowing 6 hits and and 2 runs while striking out 5 vs. the tough, right-handed dominant Cardinal offense.

After Bumgarner departed, the game kind of went quietly into the afternoon. The Giants got the big hit from Torres and they made it stand! Only and Albert Pujols solo homer would mark up the scoreboard for both teams after the 7th, and the Giants held on to win 7-3. Sergio Romo, the bullpen's most consistent arm since opening day threw another scoreless inning in the ninth to shut the door in the non-save situation, lowering his season WHIP to a ridiculous 0.55, which has to one of the best WHIP's, if not the best, of any reliever in baseball right now. So now they'll likely go back to the hotels and do some watching of their own as the Diamondbacks play host to the Marlins this evening. In the midst of their offensive breakdown and the loss of Buster Posey, they also lost their place atop the NL West, when they had a 4 game lead on the D-Backs before Posey went down. Monday's win was the first victory since Buster went down in which the Giants controlled from the beginning. They had that comeback win Friday night behind Timmy, but even in that game, they were playing from behind for most of the game, so it was a nice change of pace to get out to an early lead for a change. It just goes to show you what will happen when this team scores a couple early runs, with their starting pitching.

MLB Draft: It's not as significant this year as it's been for the Giants over the last 4-5 seasons when the team has had a top-10 pick, but June's MLB amateur draft is set to take place just 1 week from today on June 6th. We'll do a draft preview post between now and then discussing some of the players that could fall to the Giants, who have the 28th pick. And we'll also get in touch with our draft and college baseball expert, Brian Foley who runs College Baseball Daily, the best NCAA baseball blog around, hands down! Just wanted to remind Giants fans that we will have a whole new batch of prospects joining the organization here in a few days!
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5 Comments:

  • At 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm glad with the win, but why are they playing Rowand vs. the right hander while Brandon Belt and Nate Schierholtz each sit. Schierholtz is 2nd on the team in homers in like 1/2 the ab's that guys like Huff and Tejada have, but he still doesn't play enough? i don't get it?

    And Belt has had what 1 start in 5 games since his call up? Why even bring him up?

     
  • At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Noah said…

    Brandon Crawford looks good in Orange and Black.

     
  • At 10:58 PM, Blogger Trevor Cole said…

    I'm really looking forward to Sandoval returning and seeing him and Crawford on the left-side.

    Brandon Belt should also probably play most games vs. righties, whether it be in left field or at first base cause he found his stroke in Fresno, so I don't get why they took him out of the starting lineup there unless they planned on him getting consistent at-bats, and that hasn't been the case. I assume we'll see a lot more of him in the coming week, but yeah, I was surprised that he wasn't out there vs. McCllelan today too!

    Right now, I'd let Nate and Belt split time in the OF vs. RH, with Ross playing left when Nate's in and Right when Belt's in, and save Burrell for strictly lefties, and maybe righties he's smashed in the past... But the Burrell/Huff combo in the 4-5 spot aint what they were during 2nd half of 2010, and that's putting it politely! Now Burrell has stopped homering (last one was April 18th). Huff, I think will turn it around, hopefully, just think he's in a funk. Burrell , for now at least, is strictly useable vs. lefties!

    It's still early enough for Huff turn his season around with basically one hot week, where he hits .500 and has 3-4 homers, and it puts him right back on the pace he should be, but it's June (1/3 point), and your cleanup hitter has a line of .224/4/23/.623! He really has to work on laying off that off-speed junk low and off the plate, that's really exposed him, like that low-inside breaking ball was to Belt his first go round up here.

     
  • At 12:44 PM, Anonymous Gregory aka G-Dog said…

    OK, I say, trade for Reyes, an sign him long-term. If Crawford is the real deal, move him to 2nd in 2012 as I think Sanchez is a FA after the season. Then sign Reyes long-term.

    Just think of that young core, it would be like the Yankees:

    Posey
    Reyes
    Sandoval
    Belt
    Crawford
    Schierholtz
    All The Pitchers

     
  • At 5:19 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    Looks like a nice Pitchers Duel materializing with Vogelsong and Carpentar, though Vogelsong doesn't look as sharp as he's been.

    Darn Burrell and his defense just cost the Giants a run there. I get playing him today cause of his history vs. Carpentar, so hopefully he pays off and makes up for that later on!

     

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