I’ve got baseball on the brain, but at the same time I’m trying not to spend too much time and effort over analyzing every little thing about today’s game. So instead I revisisited one of my favorite baseball sites, Flip Flop Fly Ball to see what latest and greatest graphs and charts were available to peruse. And much to my delight, there was a bobblehead chart! Check it.
Well I got what I wanted.
Took the series, four AWAY games against a DIVISION rival. I mean, yeah I guess not really a rival since the D-Backs have been way behind for quite some time, but the Giants are so bad at facing the NL West, a win is a win is a win is a win! I talked about the first game already, but some things that stand out about the other three:
Posey Keeps On Hitting
And hitting and hitting and…a .371 batting average and an 18 game hitting streak, which places him second to McCovey for rookie Giants hitting streaks. Is he stoppable? Probably, but let’s enjoy the ride, eh?
Velez Knocked in the Head
The most hated player on the Giants roster, if you go by Twitter, is knocked in the head while drinking his Gatorade by a foul ball from Pat Burrell. Dislike him or not, that’s still not cool. Is there no way to keep the dugout safe from such random attacks? It’s happened at least three times this year that I’ve read about. (Maybe he can do Mountain Dew commercials now, though.)
Juan Uribe’s Grand Slam
My step-daughter and I were shouting the “OOO-RIBEH!” chant in our living room when he decided to hit his fourth career grand slam in the 7th on game three, with two outs and on the first pitch to boot. I totally think it was our chant that did it.
Still in second place and three games behind because the Padres JUST WON’T LOSE!
We’re also first now in the Wild Card race, but who wants to get to the series that way?
I also saw on the television that we’re number one hits this month. Not sure if I saw that right and have no idea where to go to validate it but if that’s true? MAN what a different team post-All-Star game, eh?
I haven’t posted since we got swept by the A’s back in May. Maybe I was too depressed. Maybe I’ve been too busy at work. Maybe I have a hard time coming up with new ways to say “Yeah we won!” or “Boo we lost!” on a daily basis.
In my absence, the Giants played the Nationals (2-1), the Diamondbacks (3-0), the Rockies (1-3), the Pirates (2-1), the Reds (2-2), paid back the A’s by sweeping ’em (3-0), the Orioles (2-1), Blue Jays (1-2) and the Astros (1-2). In sum, we’ve won five series, lost two and tied once. And we’re back in second place, with the Dodgers a half game behind us. Not bad!
Oh and my family and I were there for Friday night’s A’s game, Lincecum pitching, first of the sweep. It was awesome.
The day after the game, I ran in the Giant Race, which I won’t go into too much, other than to say it’s the farthest I’ve ever run, I don’t think I ate enough, I was pretty slow and it hurt really bad and I’ll probably do it again next year. Oh and I got to touch home plate after the finish line, which was the only base I wasn’t able to touch during Fan Fest this year. Here’s me almost dead.
Boston is in town, everyone is quite excited. In the history of baseball, the Giants have only faced the Red Sox twice: in 2004 and in 2007.
|2004-06-18||San Francisco Giants||Boston Red Sox||L||9||14||0||1|
|2004-06-19||San Francisco Giants||Boston Red Sox||W||6||4||1||1|
|2004-06-20||San Francisco Giants||Boston Red Sox||W||4||0||2||1|
|For 2004, NYG and SFG won 2, BOS won 1.|
|2007-06-15||San Francisco Giants||@||Boston Red Sox||L||2||10||2||2|
|2007-06-16||San Francisco Giants||@||Boston Red Sox||L||0||1||2||3|
|2007-06-17||San Francisco Giants||@||Boston Red Sox||L||5||9||2||4|
|For 2007, NYG and SFG won 0, BOS won 3.|
Our overall record with them is 2-4, which is not so hot. The Giants are second place to the Red Sox third in their respective leagues right now, but the Sox have juuuuust a bit higher win percentage, and they’re on a winning streak while the Giants have just lost two:
As far as pitching goes, we’ve got Sanchez, Martinez (who?) and Lincecum:
The Red Sox have Wakefield, Buchholz and Lester:
Saturday might be hairy, as Joe Martinez hasn’t put in enough time to really make a prediction about him, but otherwise we’re looking good in the ERA category.
Still it’s the Red Sox, and that name comes with some heavy. Aside from the Yankees, they’re probably the only team that has fans that are just everywhere. You don’t see Giants hats in Utah or Rhode Island, but you’ll see Red
Sox hats. They seem big, bad and scary, somehow.
Needless to say, everyone is excited. Nose bleed seats are $90 a ticket, which I believe is the highest price venue for this season (but don’t quote me on that). Regardless of the outcome, can’t say I’m not looking forward to it!
That’s our stats against the Padres. Seven zeroes. Seven.
I haven’t been posting that much lately, as my internet connection has been touch and go, and MLBlogs is hard enough to post on without having to deal with a slow connection.
So what did I miss? Lost a series to the Mets. I don’t know much about the Mets, but aren’t they supposed to suck or something? I mean, that’s all I really hear about them. I’ve always thought, were I a New York resident, I would almost have to root for the Mets over the Yankees to support my local underdog. But apparently they’re good enough for the Giants, because they beat us 2-0.
Then we get swept by the Padres. Again. Eck. I can’t even remember the games now, and I was there! I hadn’t planned on going to any games this month, but I managed to score a cheap ticket via a Twitter contact. I can’t remember the last time I went to a baseball game. I think it was Giants. I think it was Candlestick. I think it was against the Padres, and I think the Padres won. We’ve come full circle, folks. Anyway, The Girl and The Dude came along, and a good time was had despite the game. Look how cute little man is, and we still lost! How is that possible?
Then we sweep the Astros. w00t!
But now we’re back in San Diego. What the heck? Can’t we get a break? Can we stop for a minute, catch our breath, lick our wounds, figure out what we’re doing wrong? Nope, let’s go right back in it! And what’s worse is the Dodgers are on an eight game winning streak, creaming the Padres in the process! So we’re facing our new mortal enemies for the third time this season (and losing so far), struggling for second place, while our old stand by mortal enemies are right behind us and showing no signs of slowing down.
I was in Arizona all last week and I’m off to Toronto all next week, so I really have little time to say how awesome it is that the Giants won their first three away games, how fun the opening ceremonies were on Opening Day with the center field walk-in and the Tim Lincecum love and Jerry Rice pitching the opening pitch to Steve Young, or how they held out for 13 innings and won it with a two base steal from Uribe.
All I really have time to do is post this:
With the real season coming up here quick, let’s take a moment to see what we look like in the grand scheme of things before we add another year of numbers. (AKA, another excuse to make charts in Excel!)
From beginning of time to last season, the Giants rank #2 in the league for win percentage. Not bad really. The Yankees are the winner, of course, and it doesn’t look like they will be dethroned anytime soon. Dodgers are catching up, but we still got a decent enough gap there. (And just as an FYI, we rank #1 in total actual wins, but since not every
team started in the 1800s, that standing isn’t exactly a fair comparison.)
And since I was at it, here’s the rest of the league, for my imaginary readers whose team didn’t make the top 15:
I’m betting Rays fans are hard core.
Now about some head-to-head? How do we compare to other teams on a face-to-face level?
Giants are still beating out everyone else in the National League. They have more wins vs losses than each and every team, though it looks like the Dodgers are a few wins away from pushing that bar to the left. But that’s what makes good rivalry, right? Who wants to have a rivalry with a team that sucks?
American League is kicking our butts a bit harder. Of course, we face them much less, which makes each loss much more powerful than the National League chart. Looks like 6 out of 14 teams are beating us more than we’re beating them, including the A’s, which…sucky! Still above average though.
All-in-all not a bad state of affairs. Again though, this is over the Giants entire history, so I’m betting a lot of their momentum was built back in the day. Best make sure we keep things going so we can stay on top, eh?
Craig Robinson’s Flip Flop Fly Ball site is my new favorite thing. As self-described:
A love of baseball plus a love of infographics equals Flip Flop Fly
The thing is loaded with fun statistics in graphics form, and while I haven’t perused them all yet with equal scrutiny, here’s my current favorite (so far):
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It’s crazy that the “best team” has only won the series three times since 1995, isn’t it? (Since the Wild Card system has been in effect.) I suppose that’s what playoffs are for, but so much for the reliability of stats, eh folks? Also specifically interesting to the theme of this blog, the last time the Giants made it to the series was the only time that that two Wild Card teams went head to head. (Giants lost of course – boo!)