Monday, June 23, 2014

Padres Rookie Subdues Giants

Odrisamer Despaigne certainly makes the All-Name Team, whether he makes any other team remains to be seen. But he no doubt made a case tonight with an impressive debut against the Giants. He had an arsenal of pitches and was particularly effective with a changeup, or maybe two different changeups, and had the Giants off-balance all evening. Matt Cain had a great first three innings, then a nightmare 4th inning, then a great next three innings, then a nightmare 8th, highlighted by an error. The end result was 7-2/3, six runs allowed on seven hits. All the hits came in the 4th and the 8th. Perhaps the decision to let Cain continue after seven was a bad one. At this point, take the good and don't push it. A seven-inning, three-run start is usually a good one. Matty is not all there this season and I've no idea why. It looks like he can throw all the same pitches and that they have all the same action. It's like he either forgets how to pitch, or that he's predictable and the league has caught up with him, or that he loses his command for short stretches and puts 'em over the heart of the plate instead of the corners. When Tim Lincecum went from best in the league to what he is now, you could see the difference. He lost speed on the fastball, then couldn't throw the pitch for a strike. With Cain, I can't tell what's going on. He seems like Matt Cain, but the results are not there. An unfortunate loss tonight as the Dodgers got beat in Zack Greinke's return to Kansas City.

The Giants lost the first game in Arizona but took the series by winning the next two. Looks like that's the plan in San Francisco as well. Tim Hudson goes tomorrow and Tim Lincecum goes Wednesday.



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