But I still bet you that Tim and our boys will get him next time...at Coors Field, during the Fourth of July weekend. Why am I still so confident after such a disheartening performance?
Silly, it's a new era and one little loss doesn't change that.
"Unbelievable," said Hernandez, the former Giant whose 1.62 ERA entering the game was the third-best in the Major Leagues. "I threw good pitches and they hit it. Today, I feel very good and I lose the game with two outs. I can't say anything."Well'r ran into trouble in the 7th, giving up three singles and a run, but Romo limited the damage (a sacrifice fly scored the second run), and the 'pen got the rest of the outs. Brian Wilson struck out the side in the 9th to get his first save since the 12th inning in San Diego a week ago. It was lots of fun for Bruce Bochy, who stuck Aubrey Huff in LF, Pablo Sandoval at 1B, and Juan Uribe at 3B, which follows the time-honored tradition of "shaking things up" when the team is slumping. Must have worked, eh? Andres Torres had a great night in the leadoff spot, and it looks like he should stay there until, uh, er, until . . . he can't? I don't know what to make of Torres, who is laying out an impressive .299/.395/.486 line in 127 PA, a far cry from his career mark of .246/.313/.395. He's the best hitter on the club (.391 wOBA), and our most valuable player by WAR (1.7 to Pablo's 1.0)! Hard to imagine a 32-year old with more time in the minors (over 4300 PA) than the majors (just shy of 600 PA) is going to keep it up all season long, but that doesn't matter right now. Right now, the Giants need to win ballgames, and if Andres Vungo Feliciano Torres is El Hombre, more power to him.
Nuts to your "magic inside." Giants baseball: dribbler, dribbler, pop-up, whiff, whiff, dribbler, fly out, dribbler, double, whiff, dribbler, whiff. It would look just swell on a t-shirt.And that was in response to last night's game, where we actually got a double or two.
Batting Average on balls put into play. A pitcher's average on batted balls ending a plate appearance, excluding home runs. Based on the research of Voros McCracken and others, BABIP is mostly a function of a pitcher's defense and luck, rather than persistent skill. Thus, pitchers with abnormally high or low BABIPs are good bets to see their performances regress to the mean. A typical BABIP is about .300.Wow. "Regression to the mean" is über-hip stat-speak, me buckos, so you've got some serious water-cooler B.S. to befuddle your co-workers with next week. Just be sure to thank me with tax-deductible donations (I take PayPal).