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Thoughts, Notes, and Links: Tweety, The Little Giants, BABIP Dragons, etc.

April 29, 2011
  • Our friends over at Giants Pod have posted a “Tweety Starter Poll”.  Our Vogelsong nickname! Its sticking! Now go vote.
  • Speaking of Tweety, let us add a few sentences onto the growing pile of words on Ryan Vogelsong. The value of pitcher wins are debunked by the likes of us on a nearly daily basis. But this time, this time I would say that the “1” under the “W” on Vogelsong’s profile is rather important indeed. So congratulations Tweety: for the 8 strike outs and the 5.2 innings and the 4.0 K/BB, but mostly, congratulations for that 1. Seven years (2,412 days) is a long time. Welcome back.
  • Poor Madison Bumgarner. He finally had a decent game but immediately got Cain’d as Cy McDonald shut down the Giants “offense”. Still, it was nice to see him strike out many more people than he walked and keep his head on straight when things started going south. He needed a good night badly, as Game 4 of the World Series was starting to get rather dusty in people’s memories. We’ve still got MadBum, we just have to remind ourselves now and again that he’s only 21 and in his first full season of major league ball. He’s going to struggle now and again, but he’ll be okay. Especially once his BABIP against isn’t 63 points above the average.
  • I put the word offense in quotes earlier for a reason. Many of the Giants starters have looked awful recently, and its painful to watch. I mean, James McDonald? Really? We lowered his ERA by 3 runs in one game. Ack! But at least some of the fault can be taken away from Aubrey Huff, Miguel Tejada and co. and put on the shoulders of the infamous BABIP dragon. Tejada is sitting on a BABIP of .213, Huff has been spectacularly lucky in comparision: his is .227. Both of these, as you know, are absurdly low, and its only the beginning. Even the magical Cody Ross is getting robbed of hits. I blame the lack of high socks. Conclusion? Things will get better. Really. They will. We aren’t back in 2008 again.
  • Life in the minor leagues has been going better than it has in the big club for most people. Brandon Belt is hitting .300/.500/.700, giving him an OPS of 845917383.2. Or something. See that 200 point gap between average and OBP? Its pretty. Charlie Culberson is making quite the run at giving us a mostly actually semi-legitimate middle infield prospect as well. The pitchers have been…doing their usual. Most of them are still walking too many people, but they’re collecting strike outs by the dozen and are sitting on some very shiny ERA’s. Zack Wheeler finally started chipping away at that BB/9 his last start, going 5.2 innings with 9 strike outs, 2 walks, and 1 earned run.
  • You know Doug Greenwald? Grizzlie’s announcer. Hank Greenwald’s son. He’s a cool guy…
3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2011 4:44 pm

    Thanks for the link. I definitely agree that Huff, and to a lesser extent Tejada, will regress upward.

    I’m still not 100% convinced that BABip really is the explainer of everything, but I buy it to a certain extent. If it is true, then Rowand’s .350 BABip so far this year certainly explains something.

    But man, I’m diggin’ Lincecum’s new 95-mph blow-it-by-’em fastball.

    • Maiya permalink*
      April 29, 2011 6:20 pm

      Thanks for the comment!

      I’m with you on BABIP, batted ball types matter just as much. But <.230? Ouch. I'm not sure even Tejada is hitting that many weak ground balls.

      Timmy has been brilliant. Did you catch any of tonight’s start? And if you did how’d he look? I missed it.

      • April 30, 2011 4:04 pm

        Yeah, I watched the whole game on delay on the DVR. Timmy looked pretty good, but he definitely looked better when I wrote that earlier comment than by the end of the game.

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