Yasiel Puig is going to be a pain for a long, long time. A long time. An incredibly long time. He’s really good. He hits baseballs very hard. He’s also fast. Also he’s 22 years old, and will be a blue terror until 2018. This must be how other teams feel about
Tim Lincecum or Brian Wilson or Buster Posey, when it’s just not fair that they get to have this player every day for a tiny fraction of what they’re worth. Maybe he’ll come crashing down. Maybe he’ll have the best season in recent history. Either way, he’s not going away.
At the very least, it’s nice to see the starting pitching get back on track. Don’t look now, but the starters have given up three runs or fewer for the past nine starts, since the last game in Atlanta. The Giants are down to the fifth best runs/game in the NL, and the fifth-worst pitching by ERA. I still think that the hitting won’t stay this good, and the pitching won’t stay this bad, so I predict both of those numbers heading toward the league average, especially as Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner get back/stay on track, Lincecum occasionally pitches well, and Barry Zito channels his weird curveball magic.
But the injuries. Oy the injuries. The Giants managed to keep it together for a little while there in 2011, after Freddy, Buster, Pablo, et al got hurt. They stuck with it deep into the season, but eventually the fit hit the shan and everything crashed down. The Giants have managed to keep their heads above water this season, mostly due to the awful, awful NL West, but it sure feels like the other shoe is about to drop. Little things, like non-DL injuries to Joaquin Arias, are going to mount up and at the end of the year we’ll look and see that Tony Abreu got 300 at-bats this year.
It’s hard to know what to take from this game, but there’s more bad than good. Let’s just Beat LA tomorrow and cheer everybody up.