Tuesday, September 6, 2016

NL West W L GB
LA 77 60 - Considering all the injuries...
GIANTS 73 64 4 Road trip can't end soon enough.
Wild Card W L GB
GIANTS 73 64 - Held to two hits in Denver.
St Louis 72 64 - Ready to take WC lead?
New York 72 66 1 Colon shuts out Reds.

Giants lost at Colorado, 6-0.
LA romped over Arizona, 10-2.
St Louis defeated Pittsburgh, 12-6, and New York blanked Cincinnati, 5-0.

Giants at Colorado; 8:40 EDT (6:40 local time). Jeff Samardzija goes up against lefty Tyler Anderson, who has managed a 3.43 ERA at Coors Field. "Shark" had a good start at Coors back in April; Anderson pitched well but took the loss at AT&T Park two months ago.
LA again hosts Arizona.
St Louis is at Pittsburgh again and New York at Cincinnati. All evening starts.

Yesterday's Game
Matt Moore is an undeniably talented pitcher, with a strong upside, and one significant weakness: he walks people. It cost him, and the Giants, the game yesterday, After two uneventful innings, Moore opened the third with back-to-back walks on ten pitches. An infield single loaded the bases, but a glimmer of hope appeared when Moore gave up a sac fly, allowing one run but giving himself a chance to get out of a big inning.  Then came an intentional walk to Nolan Arenado, reloading the bags, and Carlos Gonzalez followed with a grand slam. One out later, Nick Hundley added the exclamation point with another homer. After that a single, a wild pitch, yet another walk-- and Moore was outta there, not even allowed to face pitcher Chad Bettis. And given the big lead, Bettis did his best Cy Young impersonation the rest of the way, holding the Giants to two lousy hits as he finished his first complete game of the season on 103 pitches. Yes, it was that bad.

When you give up walks, the cost isn't just the runners put on base; it's the confidence built in the next batter, who knows you're gonna have to come in there with a strike, and soon. And when a wild pitcher issues an intentional walk, the next batter's confidence soars. Don't tell us Gonzalez wasn't sitting and waiting on that fastball strike moments before he launched the grand salami. With the kind of defense the Giants have in the field, there's just no excuse for a pitcher not to throw strikes and let his fielders make the plays.  

On a more pleasant note, rookie left-hander Ty Blach made his major-league debut yesterday and pitched three quiet innings, allowing one hit and one walk on 40 pitches. Blach is a month shy of his 26th birthday, so his time is right now. He had a 1.14 WHIP in 26 starts in the hitter-friendly PCL. He may be only 14 months younger than Madison Bumgarner, but left-handed starters are always welcome here.

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