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Showing posts from June, 2014

Pitching, untimely hitting has Giants in rut

Entering play about 10 days ago on June 9th, the Giants had the best record in baseball and sat nearly 20 games above .500. However, a 1-8 run since that date has dropped them back down to earth and has shrunk their lead on the 2nd place Dodgers to just 4 games. A big reason for the Giants rut has been because of some unstable pitching, from the top of the rotation through the back end of the bullpen. Tim Hudson had his worst outing as a Giant this week in Chicago vs. the White Sox, giving up 7 runs on 12 hits in just 4 1/3 innings. Matt Cain followed up Hudson's outing with his worst outing of the 2014 season as well, giving up 8 runs om 10 hits in 5 innings. All those short outings have caused the bullpen to be called upon quite frequently, and while they've done an admirable job, the workload may be takings it's toll on the most important arm in that pen. The starting pitching has shown it'll have some downs here and there, but for the most part, they're going

A look at Giants' top pick Tyler Beede

One of the bright spots coming out of an otherwise dreary 2013 season was the fact, thanks to the 10-game below .500 finish, the Giants ended up with a decent slot in this year's amateur draft. With the 14th overall selection in the first round, the Giants nabbed one of the top collegiate arms in the draft in University of Vanderbilt ace Tyer Beede . The Junior right-hander was the 12th ranked prospect in this years draft, according to Baseball America, and was selected in the first round once before in 2011. Needless to say, the hype is there and the expectations will be big. He's got the size, at 6'4" and 215 pounds, the power arm (fastball averages 93-94 and tops out at 97) and already has some pretty nice secondary stuff as well. Coming into this season, he was projected to go as high as the top-5, but a slow start knocked him down about 10 spots, making him a great value pick for the Giants at 14 after some feel they "reached" on shortstop Christian Ar