In lieu of a drawn-out preamble to this postgame wrap, let’s review briefly some things we learned today:
- Matt Cain, .500 pitcher, is good
- The Cubs are not
- Except Tony Campana
- Alfonso Soriano’s defense makes me want to shower
- Nobody fucks with DeJesus
- Buster Posey remains good
- Ryan Theriot occasionally makes contact with baseballs, and those baseballs occasionally find holes
I actually really like Matt Garza. Not only am I jealous of his facial hair, and a fan of the worst throw in the history of throwing, but he’s a really good pitcher. He’s not having a great year so far this year, but his first season in Chicago last year saw him put up his best season ERA and raise his K/9 from 6.6 to 9.0. The conventional wisdom was that Garza’s performance would suffer going to the hitter-friendly Wrigley Field, Grantland.com’s Jonah Keri said on our show that he was high on Garza, particularly as a result of leaving behind the hot-hitting AL East. Smart man.
Let’s take a moment and give thanks to Javier Lopez. He saved the day yesterday, and got two outs on two pitches tonight. If Casilla does need to take some time off with his injury, it’ll hurt, but man are these pitchers good.
Speaking of pretty good pitchers, Matt Cain is now 75-75 in his career. Good thing he wasn’t a winning pitcher during his contract negotiations, because then he could’ve been pretty costly. Here is a non-exhaustive list of pitchers who have more career wins than losses, and an ERA over 4.50 (min. 100 decisions). There are a lot of them. Life ain’t fair. Cain’d.
Post-DL Aubrey Huff confuses me. He’s actually getting on base at a decent clip, especially compared to his batting average, but I can’t tell if that’s because he’s actually gotten more patient, or he’s just afraid to swing. His bases-loaded walk sure looked like the former, but his strikeout swinging later in the game made me lean toward the latter.
Brandon Watch 2012:
Crawford: Bloop single, interesting defense.
Belt: Lefty power glove off the bench.
Stats of the Day:
2.62: Matt Cain’s ERA
0.89: Matt Cain’s WHIP
1: Matt Cain’s rightful spot in the rotation next year
1: Extra-base hits by the Giants, counting Crawford’s bloop
0: Extra-base hits by the Giants, not counting Crawford’s bloop
73/15: Matt Cain’s K/BB ratio
Quote of the Day:
“The Giants throwback uniforms actually look good, but the Cubs look like they’ve all just outgrown their pajamas.” – My dad