Sunday, April 2, 2017

Giants bullpen ruins Bumgarner's bombs

I had planned on working on team previews for the Indians,Giants and Pirates,but a very early night at work and a family development (illness/hospital) made time short,so instead I'll be doing game coverage of the Giants opener,since they opened today and I'll be doing my best to some coverage of the Indians and/or Pirates openers tomorrow.
I'm hoping to get those previews finished later this week,but if not,I may do a post with just my best guesses as far as predictions.

Madison Bumgarner didn't allow a hit for five and a third innings and slugged two home runs and looked to be on his way to a spectacular opening day.
Instead the bugaboo from last year bit the San Francisco Giants from the bullpen and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for a 6-5 win over the Giants in the ninth.
Mark Melancon allowed three hits in a row after retiring the first two batters in the ninth to pick up the loss (0-1) in his initial outing as the Giants closer.
The Giants get tomorrow off before returning Tuesday with Johnny Cueto against Arizona's Patrick Corbin.

Giant Steps

1) Madison Bumgarner was dominant.
His fastball sat in the middle 90's (I'm sure the off-season helped with that a bit) and his breaking stuff was sharp.
Striking out eleven without walking a batter says more than I can write.
The easy thing to say that this sets up another strong season and it is just one start,but in this case-I'll bet on it..

2) Bumgarner was taken out in the 7th after 88 pitches and later in the season,Bruce Bochy might have left him go a bit longer.
I understand the reasoning and it didn't cost the game,but it is interesting from an old school boss like Bochy.

3) Bumgarner's two homer related numbers;
Now all time home run hitter among Giant pitchers with 16
1st pitcher to ever hit two homers on opening day.
4th Giant ever to hit two homers on opening day-joining Matt Williams,Willie Mays and Barry Bonds.
The two homers were the two hardest hit homers off bat (112 MPH) by a pitcher in the Statcast era.
The two previous hardest? Both by Madison Bumgarner.

4) Derek Law surrenders the lead in the 8th without obtaining an out.
The Giants are to have to get more out of a setup crew than that,if the horrors from the pen from 2016 are going to be avoided.

5) It was encouraging with runners on in the eighth and after Law left that Ty Blach and Hunter Strickland were able to get the three outs without further damage.
Try to not be too down or too low-it still is just one game.

6) I'll try not to worry too much about Mark Melancon either.
The Giants newest (and highly paid) closer didn't allow a run in spring training and all relievers have bad days,but relievers never fail to worry me-their effectiveness (for the vast majority) can vary wildly from year to year.

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