Giants

Kershaw named Cy Young, four Giants get votes

590894.jpg

Kershaw named Cy Young, four Giants get votes

The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw has won the 2011 NL Cy Young Award, running away with the honor with 27 of 32 first-place votes.

The award is no stranger to the Bay Area, as two of the past four years have seen the honor go to the Giants' Tim Lincecum, and four Giants from last year's starting rotation received Cy Young votes.

Kershaw also received five second-place votes and two thirds, giving him 207 points. Roy Halladay, the Cy Young incumbent, was a distant second with 133 points (four firsts, 21 seconds, seven thirds). Cliff Lee, Ian Kennedy and Cole Hamels rounded out the Top 5, but four of the next seven spots went to pitchers in Orange and Black.

Lincecum got one fourth-place vote and five fifths. Matt Cain received one fourth-place vote and one fifth, and Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong each garnered one fifth-place vote.

It was the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer who included Vogelsong on his ballot, and the St. Louis Press Democrat's Bernie Miklasz who tagged Bumgarner.

Kershaw and Lincecum went head to head four times last season. In those four starts, Lincecum kept the Dodgers down with a 1.24 ERA, but he was served an 0-4 record after Kershaw dominated the Giants, allowing just one earned run in those four games.

Kershaw, 23, made 500K in 2011 and turned in a Triple Crown season with 21 wins, 248 strikeouts and a 2.28 ERA. Kennedy, who finished fourth, also won 21 games.

In comparison, Lincecum made 405K in 2008 when he won his first Cy Young, and 650K in 2009 when he earned his second.

One Bay Area athlete recognized Kershaw's accomplishment, as the A's Brett Anderson offered his congratulations on Twitter:

embedly_twitter_52569892background:url(http:a1.twimg.comimagesthemestheme14bg.gif) 131516; padding:20px; embedly_twitter_52569892 pbackground:fff;padding:10px 12px 0px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:000;font-size:18px;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px embedly_twitter_52569892 .embedly_tweet_contentbackground:fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px embedly_twitter_52569892 p span.metadatadisplay:block;width:100;clear:both;margin-top:0px;height:40px; padding-bottom: 12px; embedly_twitter_52569892 p span.metadata span.authorline-height:15px;color:999;font-size:14px embedly_twitter_52569892 p span.metadata span.author aline-height:15px;font-size:20px;vertical-align:middle embedly_twitter_52569892 p span.metadata span.author imgfloat:left;margin:0 10px 0 0px;width:48px;height:48px embedly_twitter_52569892 p a color: 009999; text-decoration:none; embedly_twitter_52569892 p a:hovertext-decoration:underline embedly_twitter_52569892 .embedly_timestampfont-size:13px;display:inline-block;margin-top: 5px; embedly_twitter_52569892 .components-above span.embedly_timestampfont-size:10px;margin-top: 1px;line-height:12px embedly_twitter_52569892 a color: 009999; text-decoration:none; embedly_twitter_52569892 a:hovertext-decoration:underline embedly_twitter_52569892 .tweet-screen-name font-size: 14px; font-weight: bold; embedly_twitter_52569892 .tweet-full-name padding-left: 4px; color: 999; font-size: 12px; embedly_twitter_52569892 .tweet-actionsmargin-left: 10px;font-size:13px;display:inline-block;width:250px embedly_twitter_52569892 .components-above span.tweet-actionsfont-size:10px embedly_twitter_52569892 .controlsline-height:12px!important embedly_twitter_52569892 .tweet-actions a margin-left:5px embedly_twitter_52569892 .tweet-actions a bfont-weight:normal embedly_twitter_52569892 .components-above span.tweet-actions a bvertical-align:baseline;line-height:12px embedly_twitter_52569892 .components-above .tweet-textfont-size:13px;vertical-align:baseline embedly_twitter_52569892 .tweet-image float: left; width: 40px; embedly_twitter_52569892 .tweet-user-block-image float: left; width: 48px; height: 48px embedly_twitter_52569892 .tweet-row margin-left: 40px; margin-top: 3px;line-height: 17px; embedly_twitter_52569892 .tweet-user-block margin-left: -40px; embedly_twitter_52569892 .stream-item padding-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 12px; embedly_twitter_52569892 .simple-tweet-image img margin-top: 4px; embedly_twitter_52569892 .simple-tweet-content margin: 0 0 13px 0px; font-size: 14px; min-height:48px; embedly_twitter_52569892 .in-reply-to-border border-color: EBEBEB; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px 0 0; embedly_twitter_52569892 .in-reply-to-text margin-left: 4px; padding-left: 8px; padding-right: 10px; color: 999; font-size: 12px; embedly_twitter_52569892 .tweet-actions i background: transparent url(http:a2.twimg.coma1306889658phoeniximgsprite-icons.png) no-repeat;width:15px;height:15px;margin:0 4px -3px 3px;outline: none; text-indent:-99999px;vertical-align:baseline;display:inline-block;position:relative; embedly_twitter_52569892 .tweet-actions a.retweet-action i background-position:-192px 0; embedly_twitter_52569892 .tweet-actions a.reply-action i background-position:0 0; embedly_twitter_52569892 .tweet-actions a.favorite-action i background-position:-32px 0; @BrettAnderson49
Brett AndersonCongrats to kershaw..he definitely deserves it.
Nov 17 via EchofonFavoriteRetweetReply

Matt Moore blanks Rockies, continues late-season surge

moore.jpg
AP

Matt Moore blanks Rockies, continues late-season surge

SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Moore knew there was something different about his final home start at AT&T Park this season, and not just the fact that he received a loud ovation as he walked off the mound in the seventh. Moore noted later that the outing was the first shutout he has been a part of this year. In fact, it was the first time in 30 starts that he walked off the mound without having allowed a run. 

“I guess it’s better late than never,” he said. 

The Giants are hoping it’s actually a preview of things to come. They counted on Moore to be a big part of their 2017 push, but instead, he likely will finish with the worst ERA of any full-time starter in the National League. Still, general manager Bobby Evans has informed Moore that his 2018 option will be picked up, something that Moore appreciated given the time of year. 

“I always pictured myself here,” he said. 

Whether coincidence or some kind of “weight off the shoulders” situation, Moore’s first start since the public revealing of the decision was his most encouraging of the year. Facing a good lineup, and a team that needed a win desperately, he pitched six shutout innings. The Giants beat the Rockies 4-0. 

Moore was already showing signs of life, with a 3.76 ERA over his seven previous appearances. Bruce Bochy viewed this as another step forward. 

“It’s been getting better and better with each start,” he said. “What he did really well today was on the arm side. He had good balance to both sides of the plate.”

Moore peppered the outside corner with fastballs, and he credited catcher Nick Hundley with stealing a few strikes. The plan allowed Moore to put hitters away in big spots, one of three points of emphasis he brought into the second half. The other two: limiting lefties and getting ahead of hitters.

That’s Moore’s roadmap back to being the player the Giants acquired. For the team as a whole, the roadmap back to relevance is similar to Wednesday’s plan. This is not a home-run hitting lineup, but the Giants are 47-21 when scoring four runs, and Wednesday was a reminder of the different paths to that magical number. 

Brandon Crawford had a solo homer, but the first two runs came on sacrifice flies and the fourth on a walk-wild pitch-single combination. Bochy said he liked “the brand of ball” his team played.

“They executed so well today,” he said. “It’s just good baseball, and that’s what I felt good about.”

Doing due diligence, Giants send Evans, Shelley to scout Shohei Otani in Japan

Doing due diligence, Giants send Evans, Shelley to scout Shohei Otani in Japan

SAN FRANCISCO — A couple of weeks ago, a Giants official expressed amazement about how little was known about the desires of Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani.

“Teams know just about as much as you guys (in the media),” he said. 

The Giants are hoping that changes this week. General manager Bobby Evans and assistant GM Jeremy Shelley have traveled to Japan to take a look at the 23-year-old, who reportedly will come over to play in Major League Baseball next season. 

“There’s going to be a lot of attention on him and it’s part of the scouting process every club goes through,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s doing our due diligence, as you say.”

Otani is a rare prospect, a potential ace on the mound and lineup-altering bat in the outfield. He has 47 homers in just over 1,000 professional at-bats, and this season he’s batting .341. As a hard-throwing pitcher with a wipeout breaking ball, Otani has a 2.57 career ERA for the Nippon Ham Fighters. He had a 1.86 ERA last season with 174 strikeouts in 140 innings. 

Because he’s said to be coming over at such a young age, Otani will sacrifice the chance to sign a massive contract. The CBA limits him to collecting money from a team’s international bonus pool, and the Giants are limited to $300,000. Still, some other big-market teams are in the same boat, and despite their lack of pool money and poor season, the Giants surely believe they have plenty to offer. 

It’s not known what Otani is looking for, but perhaps he wants to play in a big city to make up some of his lost earnings? Perhaps he wants to play on the West Coast, closer to his home country, or in a region with a big Japanese population? Perhaps he’s just a big Buster Posey fan? The Giants intend to find out, and to be in the bidding. 

It’s possible that Otani has seen the way Bochy uses Madison Bumgarner as a pinch-hitter, but Bochy said he can’t imagine using a true two-way player. 

“I don’t think it would work,” he said. “You’re talking more of something that might work in the American League. That’s a lot of throwing and wear-and-tear.”