Are you tired of the Giants losing? I’m tired of the Giants losing? You know who else is probably tired of the Giants losing? The Giants. So instead of continuing to risk a shorter bench for the next five days (at least), they called on Adam Duvall from Fresno to take the place of Angel Pagan on the 25-man roster. If/when Duvall gets a plate appearance, it would be his MLB debut. Some tweets from the guys in the clubhouse about Duvall:
Duvall has landed and will be here for today’s game. #sfgiants
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) June 25, 2014
Duvall has 23 HRs. Panik: “He’s been consistently mashing the ball. It was almost like a video game for him.”
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) June 25, 2014
Bochy said Duvall would be available to pinch-hit today.
— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) June 25, 2014
Bochy said Duvall will be used off bench, on double switches. Could get a couple starts at first base.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) June 25, 2014
As for what you should expect from Adam Duvall, besides his extremely attractive hitter numbers (namely, the four-baggers), he has also struck out 21.5% of the time in Fresno, and only walked 8% of the time. I would expect ML pitchers to soft-ball Duvall and make him chase, so we shall see how Duvall performs and adjusts to the bigs in the limited playing time he gets. Defense is not his calling card, either, which is why you won’t see him at the 3B position as much (also because Pablo Sandoval does just fine there). Once Brandon Belt gets back, I expect Duvall to go back down unless he goes nuts, then perhaps Tyler Colvin gets sent down.
Back to the game at hand, the Giants will have another one of those Ian Kennedy versus Tim Lincecum matchups, this time with Kennedy on the Friars instead of the Snakes. How have hitters fared against Kennedy’s pitches this year? Actually not too bad:
Thirteen home runs allowed in his ninety-seven innings of work, he has also struck out a high percentage of hitters at 25.7%. He had a streak going of pitching at least six innings in seven consecutive starts, but hasn’t made it out of the sixth in his last two outings. That would be a positive change for the Giants, who now finally get to face a familiar opponent.
Tim Lincecum has pitched at least six innings in his last three starts, but we’re always shaking that magic 8-ball before his starts asking if he will be able to command his pitches. It takes about ten shakes before we get a positive answer, but it’s what we do. Here’s how he spreads out his pitches, really grooving that fastball in for the first pitch to RHH;
I just want the Tim Lincecum I knew back. Here’s the lineup he’ll be going up against:
6/25 @Padres lineup vs. SF Venable CF Cabrera SS Smith RF Quentin LF Headley 3B Medica 1B Amarista 2B Rivera C Kennedy P
— MLBLineups (@mlblineups) June 25, 2014
Other notes that have come up today include Kyle Crick‘s start that lasted five innings:
Crick is now through 5 innings. He’s got 10 K and 5 BB, with only 1 hit allowed (0 R). He’s likely finished at 97 pitches. 17 K in last 2 GS
— GIANT Potential (@giant_potential) June 25, 2014
An update on how Marco Scutaro did in his rehab with the Arizona Rookie League last night:
Marco Scutaro went 0 for 2 in first rehab start with #SFGiants Arizona Rookie League team. Groundout, lineout, three innings at second base.
— Carl Steward (@stewardsfolly) June 25, 2014
Relief prospect Steven Okert got promoted from High-A San Jose to Double-A Richmond yesterday:
Lastly, first round pick Tyler Beede pitched for Vanderbilt in the College World Series yesterday night in Omaha, and besides looking good in the first part of his outing, he also happened to throw a high number of pitches:
Sure the Giants aren’t thrilled that Vanderbilt had Beede throw 118 pitches tonight. Season high for Giants staff is 118 by Bumgarner.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) June 25, 2014
The Giants look to avoid a 3-12 stretch and instead make it 4-11 by salvaging a game from this forgettable series before the Cincinnati Reds come in for a four-game series. First pitch for the series finale with the Padres is less than an hour away at 12:45PM PST.
Angel Pagan had been out for ten days, keeping the Giants with a short bench, but they have finally caved to the rules that DL stints can only be retroactive ten days and at last have put the center fielder on the 15-day disabled list. The Giants have called up Adam Duvall to take his place. Duvall is already on the 40-man roster, so there was no other move that needed to be made when putting Pagan on the DL.
Adam Duvall recalled from triple-A Fresno. Angel Pagan placed on the DL. #SFGiants
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) June 25, 2014
Adam Duvall has exploded on to the scene in Fresno, hitting home runs that have put him among the league leaders in dingers in the Minors. His twenty-three home runs have helped raise his slugging percentage as he’s put up a .297/.360/.620 line in 289 plate appearances. He has split time at 1B and 3B this year, so expect to see more Michael Morse starts in the outfield while Duvall is up. This may be just a cup of coffee for Duvall as Brandon Belt gets closer to coming back to the Giants lineup. The question with Duvall has always been will his defense be good enough to keep him at 3B.
Duvall traveled from Texas this morning, just landed. Will be here by game time.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) June 25, 2014
I’m sure the Giants and Angel Pagan will hope that Pagan will be ready to come back once his DL time is over, but we were hoping he’d be ready just about each day for ten days, so we won’t get our hopes up.
The Giants will look to salvage a game from the Padres in the finale that will begin at 12:45 PM PST.
CBS Sports writer Jon Heyman is churning out articles this morning, looking to leave no team behind as these GM and owner meetings get started.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 11, 2013
The article specifically names Jacoby Ellsbury and Denard Span as possibilities, the first being a qualifying offer free agent, and the latter being a trade candidate from the Nationals. There are more than a few people that played center field in 2013 that would be a better option than Angel Pagan, and both Ellsbury and Span would fit the bill. A trade for Span would be much less shocking than the Giants ponying up the money for Ellsbury, in my opinion, since they’re not too far away from meeting their self-induced cap. Jon does say that a move of Pagan to a corner spot (left field) would be more likely than a Buster Posey move to 1B, which will sadden all Brandon Belt haters that are still out there.
Heyman also talks about the Giants need for starting pitching, which was evident since about June of this past season. Besides Rotoworld spitting out rumors that the Giants and Bronson Arroyo weren’t too far away, there are no new updates on that front.
Yesterday the counts for the American League were released, and so today the home National League’s vote count is out to the people where you can view here. Some facts and reactions:
NL @allstargame voting leaders:1B: Votto2B: Phillips3B: SandovalSS: TulowitzkiC: PoseyOF: J. Upton OF: Harper OF: Braun
— MLB (@MLB) June 4, 2013
Surprises for me are Pablo Sandoval at third, Bryce Harper gets the celebrity vote, as you could argue Carlos Gomez, Carlos Gonzalez, and Shin-Soo Choo are among those more deserving with the stats, but I’ll let that slide.
Posey leads all NL with 1,275,956 votes, J. Upton is second w/ 1,184,249. Upton leads all OFs. Would be 1st fan selection for 2-time AllStar — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) June 4, 2013
Buster Posey is the story of the day with the amount of votes he’s getting, but he’s not blowing away the competition.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) June 4, 2013
Brandon Crawford is about 350,000 votes behind Troy Tulowitzki, Brandon Belt is about 500,000 behind Joey Votto, and Marco Scutaro is 200,000 behind Brandon Phillips. I really feel like Matt Carpenter needs to be getting more of a look, as he’s quietly put up a pretty valuable year.
Giants fans vote a lot. Belt 2nd, Scutaro 2nd, Sandoval 1st, Crawford 2nd, Posey 1st; Pence 6th, Pagan 8th, Blanco 11th in OF
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) June 4, 2013
The challenge for other clubs is can they get their fanbase to vote their one guy (for the Brewers two guys) in to out do what the Giants fans are doing for all their outfielders.
This will be a real test for Giant fans — to see how many unworthy players they can vote into the starting lineup
— Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) June 4, 2013
Right now, I’d say Posey is the only ASG starter I could argue that the Giants have. Yadier Molina winning that over Buster would not be a problem by me, he’s really good as well. We saw what Giants fans did last year, voting in Melky Cabrera in addition to Panda and Posey, and Matt Cain took the bump for the NL. There were many unhappy within the NL, although the NL would end up winning, with the Giants players providing plenty of production, in a shutout victory over the American League, giving the Giants of all teams home field advantage in the 2012 World Series.
The 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, on Tuesday, July 16.
Even after the Cardinals lose a game that didn’t finish until after 1:00AM PST, the Giants are limping into St. Louis and have rolled into the underdog role even more, and it’s hard to say that we expected this to happen:
Pablo has left foot sprain, won’t start this series. Could miss up to a week, but Giants don’t think he’ll go on DL.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 31, 2013
Ok, so Pablo Sandoval‘s out for a bit, that should give Joaquin Arias some more starts. He hasn’t looked as great this year as he did last year in his limited role, but as long as he’s doing well defensively that should be cool, right?
Sandoval isn’t sure when he hurt it. Had MRI this morning. Pagan to play for sure Sunday, possibly tomorrow. — Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) May 31, 2013
Angel Pagan coming back may make the defense better in that Andres Torres will get a break to get all the demons out of his head, although I wonder if Andres doing well in the outfield is the only way to exorcise those thoughts.
Gaudin now officially listed to start Sunday. — Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) May 31, 2013
One more to add on to Sandoval, Pagan … Scutaro is pretty sick and Bochy said he would check with him after BP to see if he starts. — Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) May 31, 2013
So if Marco Scutaro‘s sick, that would make three regulars in Pagan, Sandoval, and Scutaro out and Nick Noonan would be getting the start(s) depending on how Marco’s feeling, but this flu bug has really been running amuck in the Giants clubhouse. Whomever gave this to them owes us. I don’t know what they owe us, but they owe us. Lineups for the Giants:
Tonight’s #SFGiants lineup: Blanco cf, Scutaro 2b, Pence rf, Posey c, Belt 1b, Torres lf, Crawford ss, Arias 3b, Cain p
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) May 31, 2013
and for the Cardinals:
#STLCards lineup vs SF: Carpenter 2B, Beltran RF, Holliday LF, Craig 1B, Molina C, Freese 3B, Jay CF, Kozma SS, Miller P
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 31, 2013
Normally a blatantly obvious “key to the game” but this is especially true against the Cardinals: If the Giants can get to the bullpen of the Cards early on, there will be much rejoicing. The rotation and the lineup for the Cardinals is scary good, while their bullpen wasn’t as great as it was in the beginning of the season. No reports of game start being delayed from what I’ve seen yet. 5:15PM PST scheduled start since they’re two hours ahead of the west coast party peoples.
As much as any of us watch baseball, unless we write about it, it’s hard to keep track of the players that are performing below what we might have expected of them. We’ll pay attention to the players doing some incredible things, we celebrate those starts, and I like that. I’m sure some of these guys would rather not hear about their seasons at the dish since their own fanbase probably has been railing on them with almost two months in the books. Everybody’s list will be different, and you might lose respect for me that I didn’t know these guys might be weighing their team down offensively, but it is what it is. So, here are some of those guys:
- Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks — you’d think I could pay attention to guys playing in the same division as the Giants, but alas, I did not see MM’s .247 wOBA, 46 wRC+, and -0.4 fWAR. You don’t even need those advanced numbers to say “oh, yea, it’s not happening right now” as his .190/.280/.276 slash line in the first year of a five-year, sixty million dollar deal probably isn’t what the D-Backs expected.
- Jeff Francoeur, Royals — just kidding, we kinda expected this
- Will Middlebrooks, Red Sox — .275 wOBA, 63 wRC+, -0.4 fWAR for the 3B of Boston. 8 HR to his name, but the batting average hovering just over the Mendoza line coming into today. I see he is on the 15-day DL (back).
- Andrelton Simmons, Braves — .278 wOBA, 73 wRC+, 0.7 fWAR. Simmons’ defense has had scouts droolin’ for days, but I did not expect his offense to be that depressing. Coming into today, he was batting leadoff in 23/47 G he played in and had a .236 OBP. How much higher would this team be in runs scored if he would be batting lower in the order?
- Yuniesky Betancourt, Brewers — no foolin’ here, because the start he had where it seemed like he was homering every at bat off the Giants made everybody scratch their heads and wonder what was happening. Well, Yuni is at a .286 wOBA, a 78 wRC+, and is at the 0.0 fWAR mark with a .232/.264/.409 slash line with 8 HR, doing most of his damage in the month of April.
- Angel Pagan, Giants — I’m pretty familiar with his slash line, but his wOBA and wRC+ I was not at .303 and 95, respectively. His .314 OBP is also ninth on the team, which makes you wonder if someone else should be leading off (“but who will steal bases” <— I’m ignoring you)
- Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics — despite a 0.9 fWAR, the .221/.292/.456 with 9 HR and a .317 wOBA plus 98 wRC+ give you the impression that perhaps Cespedes is in need of making some adjustments. Yoenis also has a .229 BABIP, so perhaps things aren’t going his way after a .326 BABIP in 2012 and a .292/.356/.505 slash line (.368 wOBA, 136 wRC+) to go with it.
I think that’s a good list filled with some names that might or might not surprise you. I thought there might be more Eastern Division players in there, but there’s only two. Heck, there’s more Western Division players in there than that. Who’s surprised you this season thus far when you took a look at the leaderboards?
Maybe this post is more for me, because I missed it. I departed my abode shortly after the Giants made it 4-3, and apparently I missed a lot of… “good” stuff, from missed calls on Brandon Belt and Marco Scutaro to Bruce Bochy getting ejected and ultimately, the Giants making a 10th inning comeback made complete off the bat of Angel Pagan. I’m not going to pretend that a bunch of GIFs are going to outdo a video, so here’s the video, which hopefully doesn’t make you click it to load on a separate page, because that would just be inconvenient.
Some of the elements from the walk off homer:
The bounce off the wall
The relay and the result of the play
The bench reaction
and Tim Flannery absolutely working it
A fun afternoon for Giants fans (well, the last part of it, anyway), and certainly a fun highlight to come back home to for me. It should come as no surprise either that Angel Pagan’s hair stayed pretty amazing even after all that running.