The San Francisco Giants are sitting pretty atop the Major League standings with the best record in baseball at 42-21 (22-9 at home). People are excitedly tweeting they’re on pace for 107 wins, but we’re only sixty-three games in to the 2014 season. This week, the Giants will be welcoming back Good Giant Matt Williams, manager of the Washington Nationals (32-29, 13-14 road) and the slumping Colorado Rockies (29-33, 12-21 road). The Giants will miss famous Nationals starters Gio Gonzalez (on the DL) and Jordan Zimmermann, the latter of the two pitched against and dominated the Padres yesterday. The Nationals as a pitching staff have the second highest difference between K%-BB%, and their bullpen has a relatively low number of shutdowns but also very few meltdowns with a positive WPA. The Giants and Nationals have similar wOBA ratings and their wRC+ isn’t too far apart, just looking at a standard set of numbers the two don’t seem all that different. Should be a good series.
Monday, 7:15 PM PST: Stephen Strasburg vs. Ryan Vogelsong
Let’s start with the leader in innings pitched and strikeout ratio among the starters. Former #1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg is still good, you guys.
Has only gone into the eighth inning once, and it was against the Dodgers, which I approve of.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 9, 2014
Today’s #SFGiants Lineup: BLANCO CF PENCE RF POSEY C SANDOVAL 3B MORSE 1B COLVIN LF CRAWFORD SS HICKS 2B VOGELSONG P
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) June 9, 2014
Why are you batting Kevin Frandsen second, Matt Williams? This is not good practice. Maybe he does well tonight, but it’s not good form.
Tuesday, 7:15 PM PST: Doug Fister vs. Madison Bumgarner Still think the Nationals fleeced the Tigers in trading for Fister, sure wish the Giants would have known about that offer being on the table. Tigers might have still been mad about 2012. Just kidding, Tigers fans, that would be dumb. He didn’t start pitching until May but has been pretty solid since then. This should be a good matchup, and not like that last one Bumgarner had against Wainwright when the Giants torched Waino.
Wednesday, 7:15 PM PST: Tanner Roark vs. Matt Cain Tanner Roark is a relative unknown to the NL West, although the Padres fanbase definitely knows him now after he went 11 K’s and eight innings on them. He’s had about five good starts in a row, and he’ll meet a new and improved Matt Cain. I just wanted to use the phrase “new and improved” when he’s probably just “rested.”
Thursday, 12:45 PM PST: Blake Treinen vs. Tim Hudson I think every Nationals starter dominated the Padres. Oh, Padres. Looks like he relies on his sinker that goes around 96 miles per hour. That sounds fun. Tim Hudson didn’t have his best start when he went against the Mets, but on a scale of “DFA” to “Vintage Tim Lincecum,” Hudson is still overall rated as “Boss.” After the Nationals and Giants are tired of each other on Thursday, the Giants will welcome the very injured Rockies to town. Besides the athletes listed here, Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez will also be on the disabled list. Ouch.
… RHP Chad Bettis and select contract of RHP Christian Bergman from Double-A Tulsa. — Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) June 9, 2014
Friday, 7:15 PM PST: Jorge De La Rosa vs. Tim Lincecum De La Rosa is much less likely to see the opposing pitcher hit a grand slam off of him in this game. He has given up four home runs in his last three starts, averaging three walks per start in that span as well.
Saturday, 1:05 PM PST: Christian Bergman vs. Ryan Vogelsong We’ll have more info on Bergman after his start against the Atlanta Braves tonight. He is making his MLB Debut.
Sunday, 1:05 PM PST: Juan Nicasio vs. Madison Bumgarner Nicasio has been getting crushed his last two starts, and the Giants will hope that trend continues coming into the last game of the three-game series. Other notes:
- Keith Law posted his Draft review for the Giants, not putting grades on them, but giving you some details on a few of the guys Scouting Director John Barr and company chose for the farm
- Interesting observation from Ken Arneson:
No doubt, the A’s have had the tougher strength of schedule, and both teams, no matter the degree of difficulty, have taken care of business. Tip your cap to the A’s for doing a lot of good work against teams that have been winning more.
- Another cool set of tweets from Mark Simon this morning regarding hard hit balls:
Conclusion: The Giants are generally in the area you would want to see them in, which isn’t a surprise with their record being what it is.
- The Giants have not lost a series since they went to Pittsburgh more than a month ago. Pretty impressive stuff, and it’s no wonder they’ve shot out of a cannon to become twenty-one games over .500.
- Sounds like there are still problems in Hollywood
- Trevor Cahill has been… wait, he’s been what? He’s 26 years old, someone will certainly take a chance on him.
Some beat writer notes for Monday night’s game:
That’s it for the notes! Enjoy the game and the week.