Ryan Vogelsong is like the goddamn Energizer bunny--he just keeps going and going. Everyone figured last season was a fluke, what with his 2.71 ERA and 2.4 WAR (FanGraphs) in 28 starts. Take a look, though, and you'll see a 2.29 ERA and 1.2 WAR* in 12 starts for this season. He's gone seven innings in nine of those starts, and only given up three or more runs in three of them. In his last four starts he's gone 28-2/3 innings and allowed only six runs. The Giants are 9-3 when he takes the hill. Last night the team whacked a couple of big flies--a trend I like--and made some big plays behind the righty to subdue the Mariners. It's the winning combination: pitching, fielding, and power hitting. Once again the Giants are matched up with a poor club (.409), and this one has the worst home record (10-19) in all of baseball. A sweep is always a tall order on the road, but if any team is ripe for the taking it is Seattle. Big Time Timmy Jim goes tonight, a homecoming of sorts for the Bellevue-born boy, the only player from Liberty High in Renton to make the bigs. Maybe hangin' with his homies will help Tim get his groove back.
* B-R says 2.9 and and 2.0
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