Deadline deals and gagging at Chavez Latrine
Meanwhile, the loss left the Giants 5 and half out. They are 13 games over .500 for the first time this year at 72-59.
The Rox got Jose Contreras from the Pale Hose.
Supporting the San Francisco Giants since April 19, 2006
The game also ended for the second night in a row with Brian Wilson throwing a 99 mph heater. Here we are on Aug. 29 and the Giants have won 71 times -- equaling the total for 2007 and one short of the 2008 total.
I got to read this insight-free story a few hours after suffering through another one-run loss that featured the usual trademarks of a game slipping away because the Giants have no margin for error. In other words, the pitching has to be nearly perfect. What we got today instead -- pretty good starting pitching, decent relieving and a garbage offense that consisted today of three doubles, two singles and two walks. Velez continues to play well with two hits and a walk today.
A poster named Walt Davis on Baseball Think Factory-- which linked to the Ortiz article -- breaks this down nicely as to the actual meaning -- The Giant's brilliant use of "small ball" has miraculously managed to turn the 16th best OBP, 14th best SLG and 15th best OPS+ into the 15th most runs scored. Their stunning clutchiness does have them 2 games over their pythag which is simply unheard of in this day and age.Giants' hitters have a K/BB ratio over 3:1. As a team they walk 1 per 15 AB. They have 84 fewer walks than the 15th place team.