Saturday, May 10, 2014

Brandon Belt 2014 = Angel Pagan 2013?

I can't help but wonder ... last season's Giants were hindered enormously when Pagan missed all of June, July and August. Hopefully, Belt is back before the end of June.

The problem - too many at bats last season for marginal guys like Andres Torres, Jeff Francouer, Gregor Blanco, Kensuko Tanaka and Juan Perez. Today, we got to see Tyler Colvin's debut as a Giant - a strikeout to Brian Wilson. Yikes.  

Per Henry Schulman of the SF Chron, Colvin had not been setting the world on fire in Fresno -- 

In one of five roster moves, the Giants purchased the contract of outfielder Tyler Colvin from Triple-A Fresno. The 28-year-old former Rockie and Cub joined the team and struck out against Brian Wilson as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.
Colvin was hitting 267 with a .724 OPS and two home runs at Fresno, but had a .298 average and .343 on-base percentage against right-handed pitchers.
Bochy said other first-base options were considered, including Hector Sanchez and 25-year-old minor-leaguer Adam Duvall, whose name surfaced "quite a bit." But Buster Posey as a regular first baseman was not a serious option.

As for good news, Matt Cain did work 5 shutouts but walked Dee Gordon to start the sixth, as Raising (Matt) Cain observes -- 

 Cain had thrown five scoreless despite what seemed to be some shaky command, and when he walked Gordon to start the 6th it felt like a harbinger of doom. The game was all Dodgers after that. The Giants found a chink in Zack Greinke's armor early, but he dominated late and gave his team a chance to come back and take the lead. Which they did in the 7th off Jeremy Affeldt and Jean Machi, a rare letdown by the bullpen. Brian Wilson loaded the bases in the 8th with two outs, but overpowered Hunter Pence to end the threat and the Giants chances, especially when LA tacked on two more against Juan Gutierrez.

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