Sunday, May 4, 2014

And Again, With Emphasis

Madison Bumgarner looked a lot more like Madison Bumgarner today than he did last time. Stop me if you've heard this: Giants starter goes six, gives up one run, Giants hit two homers and win. The Slugging San Franciscans made it a clean sweep in Atlanta behind another fine start and another home run binge. Brandon Crawford not only catches the ball, he also hits it, this time it was two long balls, one a solo shot to preserve the perverse streak of solo shots, and the next one with a man on to, we hope, start a new streak of man-on homers. I mean, I like homers, but I like them even more when there are ducks on the pond. The Giants sweep the Braves on the road and that hasn't happened since Mike Krukow was a player.

Only two teams in baseball have twenty wins--the 20-11 Giants and the 21-11 Milwaukee Brewers. The Colorado Rockies failed to get their twentieth in New York today while the Oakland A's picked up their nineteenth in Boston. Both clubs sit at 19-12. Giants are winning, so far in the young season, in lots of ways. Check out this series: 2-1 Friday, 3-1 Saturday, and 4-1 Sunday.

Bumgarner today:

Vogelsong yesterday:

Lincecum the night before:

Not bad, eh? And the 'pen was also outstanding--today JC Gutierrez got to work the 7th and Jean Machi, Javier Lopez, and Santiago Casilla finished up.

Matt Cain opens the series in Pittsburgh tomorrow at 4:05 pm Pacific.



p.s. Nevermind, Matt Cain goes on the 15-day DL (retro to April 24) and Jake Dunning will get the call-up for the roster spot and Yusmeiro Petit gets the call for the start for Monday. Matty should be back in action this weekend and will likely pitch Sunday (the 11th) in Los Angeles, or the following Monday night at home against the Braves.


Shankbone said...

Hottest team in baseball. Going to be a tough week of play though, between a soft tossing lefty callup (The Giants always make those ones look like savvy vets and then Charlie Morton who pitches well against the French Vanilla for some reason). The Dodgers get Kershaw back, they've been hitting quite well, Dee Gordon is on fire.

Can't complain too much, that catch by Michael Morse was pretty sweet to boot! Starters took down 18 strong, the pen took down 9 even stronger. Great series!

ogc obsessivegiantscompulsive said...

According to the beats, Cain should slot back into his normal start on Saturday against LA.

Again, in Pirates, Giants facing team on the downside, and they historically had not done well (like in Atlanta, but here it's the pitchers), so I'm hopeful about beating Pirates. Plus it's Petit Hudson Lincecum.

LA has just been hanging on, 10-10 in their last 20 games, and they were lucky they swept the Twins. And if it were not their luck to play D-backs so much (7-1), as they are 11-13 against everyone else so far.

A-Gon is the guy who got my attention. Dee, after his hot start, has batted .340/.366/.443/.820 in the past month or so, but that's a .405 BABIP, no way he continues that all season.

And they got Kershaw back but now they lose Ryu to shoulder tendonitis.