Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Adios, Matt Cain

He's retiring as a Giant.

If you have 8 minutes to spare,  you can click through to this video of every out from his perfect game in 2012.

Matt really was the foundation that led to the Giants getting into the World Series-winning business. Here's what Grant Bisbee at McCovey Chronicles had to say :

Matt Cain is retiring, and I wasn’t prepared for this news, even if I should have been. The 13-year Giant was one of the greatest pitchers in franchise history, regardless if you use metrics or feels, and he will be missed.
Cain made the emotional announcement before Wednesday’s game, and it appears as if he has no interest in the spring-training-invite path back to success. I figured he would resurface with the Cardinals and have three excellent seasons, just because, but that unlikely possibility doesn’t entertain him enough. Cain has pitched in 13 season for the Giants, making three All-Star teams and pitching on three championship teams, and that’s going to be the sum of his career. It’s a hearty sum.
Over the last five seasons, it has been more than a little painful to watch Cain struggle (19-40 record, 4.86 ERA, 77 ERA+, way below replacement), but it never took away from the seasons that preceded it. Matt Cain came up in 2005, when the Giants stumbled for the first time in years, and he continued to be one of the brightest lights on a team that had precious few. That was, coincidentally, when this site started up, so there has never been a McCovey Chronicles without him, and it’s going to be weird.
There will be a more formal appreciation (several of them, really) in the coming days, but they’ll all be based around a basic theme.
  1. When the Giants were awful, they brought up a 20-year-old pitching prospect
  2. He was excellent right away
  3. He made the All-Star team
  4. He won a World Series
  5. He made another All-Star team
  6. He made another All-Star team, and he was the National League starter
  7. He threw a perfect game
  8. He won another World Series
  9. He won another World Series, even if he wasn’t actively around this time.
  10. He was Matt Cain
When a team makes their first-round pick of the draft, this isn’t a reasonable thing to hope for. Even with the first-overall pick, it’s completely unlikely that a team will get anything close to half of what Matt Cain has provided.
Or, to put it another way:
The Giants were the ones that actually held the winning Lotto ticket, even if the last few years were more like grabby relatives squabbling over the wealth. Cain was a gift, and he helped the San Francisco Giants to more than anyone could have possibly dreamed.
He could have tried to reinvent himself as a reliever or tried to stick with another team after a strong spring training, but he probably won’t. All we’ll be left with is Matt Cain, career Giant. And there will be no way to remember him as anything other than one of the very best.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Three in a row

 That was a fine game yesterday -- a 4-0 thrashing of the Rox, putting their postseason hopes in doubt.

Only the third 3-game winning streak of 2017; the 4th shutout of the year; and the 122nd homer of the year (21 behind the Pirates at 29th in the MLB) by Crawford.

Joe Panik has been hot lately and has a .291 average. Just set a record with 34 hits against the Rox in a season.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Adios, Ryan Vogelsong

The Giants may have one of the worst records in the majors this year but they excel at honoring past performers. Today, they honored Ryan Vogelsong, who managed to elevate his career from 2011 to 2014 -- particularly during the 2012 playoffs, when he won the must-wing sixth game of the NLCS and then winning Game 3 of the World Series. 

He had four starts in the 2012 postseason and went 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA.

Mike Krukow has pointed out that Vogelsong started seven postseason games and the Giants won all seven.

As I write this, Ryder Jones just grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. How symbolic of 2017 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Buster is the MVP (of the Giants)

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Welcome to the Giants, Tim Federowicz

A thoroughly disappointing game today as Madison Bumgarner got hammered to leave the Giants at 54-85. They need to win at least nine games of the last 23 to avoid losing 100. I'm not sure why this is important to me but I don't want them to lose 100. 

There was one nice moment -- Tim Federowicz, who's spent the season in the minors, came up in the 8th and homered, his first as a Giant. It was his 6th in the bigs and his first since 2014.

Here's the story --

SAN FRANCISCO -- On an uncharacteristically warm weekend in the Bay Area, the Cardinals' power and offense showed once again why they're among the most potent in the Majors. With three of their top sluggers out of the lineup, the Cards hit a trio of homers and topped the Giants, 7-3, on Sunday at AT&T Park.
They would have had a fourth, too, if not for a defensive gem by San Francisco center fielder Gorkys Hernandez to rob Tommy Pham in the first.
Paul DeJong and Jose Martinez hit home runs in the fourth, the seventh time this season the Cards have had consecutive hitters go deep. Rookie Harrison Bader joined the power display, going deep off Giants starter Madison Bumgarner in the sixth.
The victory vaulted the Cardinals to three games behind the Rockies, who lost to the D-backs on Sunday, for the second National League Wild Card spot, and six games behind the Cubs in the NL Central hunt.
St. Louis starter Luke Weaver (4-1) continued his hot August tear, limiting the Giants to two runs and four hits over seven innings.
Bumgarner (3-7) retired the first 11 batters he saw, but he allowed three home runs for only the second time since the 2016 season began. Pinch-hitter Tim Federowicz hit a home run in the eighth in his first at-bat since being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday.