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.
Maybe July was just an easy month. Mets, D-Backs, Marlins, Brewers, not the cream of the crop, to be sure. Yeah, there was the Rockies and Dodgers in there too, so I was thinking the success was legit, but they seem to be sliding now. There’s a lot of season to go, but its facing the Padres, Phillies, Cardinals, Reds, Padres, Rockies, Dodgers, oh and more Padres and Padres. We’re five games back and second place in the Wild Card race. Yes, there’s a lot more season to go, but…
R.I.P. Bobby Thomson who died Monday at 86. I’d like to experience something like that with the Giants someday. The whole jumping up and down thing. That would be cool.
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!
SF @ CIN
SF @ KC
OAK @ SF
Nice to see balance restored with a win over the A’s. Whoever was pitching in the 8th during the Reds game…yikes!
I think I’ve decided that spring training is stupid from a spectators point of view.
Either your team or player of choice is doing awesome, so that’s officially what you can expect for the upcoming season, or they suck so it doesn’t count because they’re just experimenting and spring training means nothing.
Either you’re a veteran player who is using springing training as practice to try out new things so your numbers mean nothing, or you’re a wannabe rookie trying to work his way up into a position and your numbers mean everything (except even then they should still mean nothing because you’re playing against veterans who may or may not be doing what they would normally do AKA their best).
So I wonder if I should continue to post and comment on these scores, because what can you really comment about? “Oh he looks good (but it doesn’t matter!).” “Oh, he played horrible (but it doesn’t matter!).” Yeah, that’s pretty much it.
But I started it, so I guess I’ll finish it. What else am I going to do with this blog? Come up with something original? Ha! As I’ve been under the weather for the past week, I’m a bit behind.
SF @ OAK
CLE @ SF
CIN @ SF
SF @ ARI
TEX @ SF
Five games, five wins, still #1 (but it doesn’t matter!).
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?