Giants vs. Angels stat pack

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Giants vs. Angels stat pack

The Giants travel to Anaheim for the first time in the regular season since 2000. SF's last 3 series vs the Angels have been played at AT&T Park (2001, 2006, 2009) All-time the Giants are 13-9 vs the Angels and 5-3 in Anaheim in the regular season.

Giants in A.L. Ballparks since 2010
Record 4--11 1-Run games 1--4 AVG 0.228 RGM 3.2 HR 9 ERA 3.69 Giants DH's .169 Avg, 2 HR, 5 RBI
Matt Cain has won 7 consecutive starts. He is the first Giants starter since Russ Ortiz in 2000 to win 7 straight starts.

Matt CainLast 7 Starts
7-0 Record
1.99 ERA
.214 Opp Avg
2 HR
9 Walks
56 Strikeouts
6.7 Run Support

Only 4 times has a San Francisco starter won 8 straight starts:
Billy Pierce April 13 - June 1, 1962
Juan Marichal April 25 - May 26, 1967
Juan Marichal May 24 - June 23, 1968
Rick Reuschel May 2 - June 6, 1989

Perfect Game Breakdown over 137 Major League Seasons
First 88 Seasons of Major Leagues (1876-1963) 6 Perfect Games (including Don Larsen in World Series) Next 45 Seasons (1964-2008) 11 Perfect games Last 4 Seasons (2009-2012) 5 Perfect Games
Recent Pitchers in start following Perfect Game
Phil Humber Roy Halladay Dallas Braden Mark Buehrle April 26, 2012 vs. Bos June 4, 2010 vs. SD May 14, 2010 at LAA July 28, 2009 ay Min

Loss Win Loss Loss 5 IP 7 IP 8 IP (CG) 6.1 IP 8 Hits 10 Hits 7 Hits 5 Hits 9 ER 2 ER 4 ER 5 ER 3 Walks 1 Walk 1 Walk 1 Walk Walked Leadoff Batter 3rd Batter Singled 3rd Batter Doubled Retired 1st 17 Batters
Since 1900, the 16 perfect game pitchers to make another regular season start following the perfect game have gone:
6-7 Record
4.43 ERA
.249 Opp Avg
7 IP Start
1.9 BBStart

Matt Cain enters Monday start having retired 32 consecutive batters. The Giants and N.L. record is held by Jim Barr (41 in 1972). The Major League record is held by Mark Buehrle (45 in 2009)
Pitchers to throw 2 No-Hitters in the Same Season
Johnny Vander Meer CIN 1938 (Back-to-Back) Allie Reynolds NYY 1951 Virgil Trucks DET 1952 Nolan Ryan CAL 1973 Roy Halladay PHI 2010 1 in Reg Season, 1 in Postseason Matt CainPitch Selection by Year
Fastball Offspeed
2010 63 37
2011 54 46
2012 51 49
Matt CainPitch Selection in Perfect Game

Pitches Pct Fastball 66 53 Slider 23 18 Change 20 16 Curve 16 13 Matt CainPitches by Inning in Perfect Game
1st 11
2nd 12
3rd 17
4th 22
5th 14
6th 10
7th 17
8th 11
9th 11
10 pitches to Jordan Schafer
Most Pitches per Start in N.L.
Matt Cain SF 108. 8 Ryan Vogelsong SF 107. 6 Johnny Cueto CIN 106. 2 Cole Hamels PHI 105. 4 Dillon Gee NYM 104. 5 Madison Bumgarner SF 103. 5 Albert PujolsCareer vs Matt Cain
.571 Avg
8 for 14
2 Home Runs
1 Double
4 Walks
0 Strikeouts
Highest avg among players with 10 ABs
Albert PujolsSeason Breakdown

First 27 Games Last 39 Games AVG 0.194 0.299 HR 0 10 RBI 5 33 OB 0.237 0.356 Slug 0.269 0.552 LAA Record 10--17 25--14 Who is the Better Rookie?
Mike Trout Bryce Harper
LAA WSH
Age 20 19
Games 45 44
AVG .324 .294
HR 6 7
RBI 27 19
Steals 16 4
OPS .899 .893

Angels Season Breakdown
First 43 Games: 18-25 Rec 4th 8 Games behind Tex
Last 24 Games: 18-6 Rec 2nd 4 Games behind Tex
Ernesto Frieri has dominated since being acquired from the Padres on May 3rd
19 Games
7 for 7 Saves
19.1 Innings
3 Hits
9 Runs
13 Walks
35 Strikeouts

Jerome Williams pitched for the Giants from 2003-2005. He was traded from the Giants to the Cubs in May of 2005 for his current teammate with the Angels, LaTroy Hawkins.
Jerome WilliamsCareer with Giants
2003-05
47 Games (46 Starts)
17-14 Record
3.93 ERA
2 Complete Games
1 Shutout
Started Game 4 of 2003 NLDS at Florida (2 IP, 3 ER - ND)

Puerto Rico in scarce supply of hair dye amid World Baseball Classic fever

Puerto Rico in scarce supply of hair dye amid World Baseball Classic fever

AN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Pharmacies and beauty stores across Puerto Rico are running out of hair dye with even a top economist joining men going blond in support of the island's baseball players who bleached their hair ahead of the World Baseball Classic.

What began as a joke among team members playing in California has spread across the island in a trend that spiked Tuesday just hours after Puerto Rico beat the Netherlands in 11 innings to reach the championship game undefeated in the tournament, which is held every four years. Puerto Rico will play Wednesday night in the final against the United States, which defeated Japan.

"Ever since they began winning, this has not stopped," said Myrna Rios, a manager at a Sally Beauty Supply store in the capital of San Juan. "We have run out of the product in most of our stores."

Copper blond, platinum blond, golden blond - all shades of blond (even burnt orange) are turning heads in a U.S. territory where the majority of men have thick, dark hair. Bald men dyed their beards or goatees in a nod to Puerto Rico coach Carlos Delgado.

"We have been able to unite our country with our blond hair," said star Carlos Correa, who hit a two-run homer and scored the winning run against the Netherlands. "That's what we want as players to unite our country, our people, and give them the best."

Men ranging from news anchors to university students to professionals have embraced a trend that has sparked the rallying cry of "Team Rubio!" or "Team Blond" in Spanish.

Among them is civil engineer Christian Rodriguez, who dyed his beard Saturday after visiting four different pharmacies to find the product he needed. At first, he didn't dye his hair as well because he thought it would be too much at church on Sunday. But he noticed six male churchgoers had dyed their hair blond and decided to take the plunge, calling a hair stylist friend to help him go platinum.

Rodriguez complained of an intense burning sensation during the two-hour process and sent pictures to his wife, who responded with the emoticon of a monkey with its eyes covered.

"Anything for my island!" he said as he lifted his arm to cheer the team.

Rodriguez then sent a picture of his dyed hair to his mechanic, who responded with a selfie taken underneath a car of him smiling with a bleached beard.

Puerto Rico's undefeated run to the championship has boosted the spirit of an island mired in a decade-long recession that faces a rocky recovery amid looming austerity measures for its government. Even young students have been sporting blond do's, prompting public schools to suspend them until the island's education secretary stepped in and said in a letter made public Tuesday that they should be allowed to dye their hair during the tournament.

"We wanted to do this to unite the team, and then the people of Puerto Rico, they started dying their hair, too," pitcher Edwin Diaz said. "I saw that there were some students that were suspended from school. I think they shouldn't be doing that because it just means that we have united our nation."

Even the prominent Puerto Rico-based economist Sergio Marxuach joined the trend, sporting yellow hair as he walked into a seminar in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, drawing laughs.

"My youngest son asked me, 'Why did you paint your hair like Donald Trump?'" he recalled with a laugh. "If this team can give us hope, we're going to need it given what's coming down the pipe."

Giants spring training Day 38: Cain still on track for fifth starter job

Giants spring training Day 38: Cain still on track for fifth starter job

MARYVALE, Ariz. — After a series of questions the other day about getting extra rest between starts, Madison Bumgarner smiled and pointed at the personalized calendar taped to his locker. He said he simply operates by the schedule set out by pitching coach Dave Righetti.

A glance at the calendar in Matt Cain’s locker might show a reason why the longest-tenured Giant is still in a good position to win the No. 5 starter spot despite continued spring struggles. Because they have two off days sandwiching a two-game series in Kansas City in the middle of April, the Giants can potentially use their No. 5 starter just twice until April 25, a span of 20 games.

If there’s any concern about Cain’s ability to hold up during the regular season, the early slate could help. The Giants can throw Cain against the Padres and Diamondbacks to start the season, and if it's not working out, they can go a stretch with just their top four as they reevaluate. 

"We'll see once we get a little closer how guys are doing, but it certainly gives you some options," manager Bruce Bochy said. 

Cain has been preparing all along to start April 7 at Petco Park. That hasn’t changed.

“That’s what I’m looking at,” he said. “That’s the only thing I’m preparing for, to make sure I’m ready to go 100 pitches.”

Cain had another mixed-bag day against the Brewers. The first inning was full of loud contact and Cain was charged with three runs on four hits. But he settled down from there, allowing just one run over the next four innings. In all, Cain allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out four. He said he tried to change speeds more often after the early ambush. 

“I was maybe getting the timing different for them,” he said. “Those guys were getting balls where they could hit them. You’ve got to make a quick adjustment to that, and I had to do that.”

Cain threw 70 pitches, another sign that he’s locked in for April 7. His competition, Ty Blach, has not been fully stretched out this spring. 

TRAINER'S ROOM: Will Smith will head to Los Angeles on Thursday to get a second opinion on his left elbow strain. The Giants will then know if Smith needs Tommy John surgery, which would end his season. Eduardo Nuñez flew back to San Francisco with Smith earlier in the week to get a corisone shot in his sore right shoulder. He's back, but he'll be down a few days. 

GAME RECAP: Hunter Pence has been slumping for several weeks, but he got on the board in the sixth with a double that spun off the end of his bat and down the first base line. A classic Pence hit ... Jae-gyun Hwang hit a two-run shot to right-center ... Steven Okert did some nifty work to keep his spring ERA at 0.00. With runners on first and third and no outs, he got a double play and a fly ball to left.

ICYMI: Barry Bonds has arrived. Here is a story about his return to the Giants, and here’s video from his media session this morning. 

GOOD NEWS: First base coach Jose Alguacil returned to camp Wednesday morning, and he said he’s only a few days from returning to game action. Alguacil, who had surgery earlier in March after taking a line drive off the face, was cleared for full activity. Hensley Meulens, Dave Groeschner and Taira Uematsu also returned from a stint in the WBC. 

FLASHING THE LEATHER: Aaron Hill started the prettiest double play of the spring by snagging a Hernan Perez liner with a dive and making a perfect throw to second baseman Gordon Beckham. Hill later smashed a double into the left field corner. That dude is making the team. 

QUOTABLE: "I figured Barry is in town, so I'd show him how it's done." -- Denard Span on a very long two-run homer he hit to right.