Saturday, July 07, 2012

At least McDonald isn't on the Dodgers

That's about the only positive I can come up with for this thoroughly disconcerting loss in Pittsburgh. At least James McDonald isn't a Dodger any more. These kind of games -- where Giant pitchers deliver a quality start and it's not enough -- tend to make me want to make fun of the Dodgers. Nice move letting McDonald go, Dodgers!

McDonald, who's now 9-3,was traded at the deadline in 2010 for Octavio Dotel. 

Henry Schulman's game story sums it up nicely for the Chronicle. It sure sounds like McDonald has figured it out --   

"We got a good start from Vogey, but we ran into one of the better-pitched games we've seen," manager Bruce Bochy said.
Dodgers fans who were frustrated with McDonald's lack of progress in Los Angeles might be surprised to hear that, but he has benefited from his experience and instruction in Pittsburgh. He throws a two-seam fastball that tails away from right-handed hitters, which he complements with a curveball and changeup.
He struck out 10 Giants in seven innings and had them completely baffled. They consistently swung at balls out of the zone, yet gazed at strikes.
One consolation for the Giants: They do not have to face McDonald up to six times a season as they would have had he remained a Dodger and become this good. The met twice in 2012 and dealt him one of his three defeats, a 5-0 Matt Cain win in April.


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