Mets-Giants stat pack

825993.jpg

Mets-Giants stat pack

This Date in Giants History: July 30, 1959
Future Hall-of-Famer Willie McCovey makes his Major League debut for the Giants vs the Phillies. "Stretch" goes 4 for 4 with 2 triples, 2 RBI and 3 runs in San Francisco's 7-2 win at Seals Stadium. All 4 hits came against future Hall-of-Famer Robin Roberts. McCovey would go on to win N.L. Rookie of the Year despite playing only 52 games by hitting .354 with 13 HR and 38 RBI.

The San Francisco Giants come into the New York Mets series having lost 4 in a row, equaling their longest losing streak of the season (May 1st thru 4th). All 4 losses have come at home. The last time the Giants lost 5 straight at home was late June 2010 vs. Red Sox and Dodgers.

Giants 4-Game Losing Streak

SF OPP Wins 0 4 Runs 6 25 Avg .201 .316 HR 0 6 Walks 5 11
The Giants have been shutout at home for 20 straight innings.

Giants Longest Scoreless Innings Streaks at AT&T Park
21 May 28-30, 2001 21 June 8-10, 2007 20 July 27-29, 2012 18 4 Times
Giants Bullpen Ranks
14-13 Record 7th 34 Saves t-2nd 77 Saves Pct 3rd 3.48 ERA t7th .256 Opp Avg 11th 22 HR Allowed 1-2nd
Giants Bullpen by Month

ERA Saves Blown Saves April 3.71 6 3 May 2.74 10 1 June 4.14 14 2 July 3.64 4 4
Madison Bumgarner
By Month

Starts REC ERA HR April 5 4-1 2.53 3 May 5 1-3 3.71 4 June 6 5-0 2.42 3 July 4 1-2 4.15 6
Madison Bumgarner
This Season

Home Road Starts 9 11 Rec 7-1 4-5 ERA 1.89 4.24 Opp Avg .206 .242 HR 3 13 3rd Lowest in N.L.

The Giants have played 51 home games and have only homered in 12 of those games (16 HR total).

Fewest Home Runs in first 51 Home Games
Since 1990
1992 Kansas City Royals 13 1992 Los Angeles Dodgers 14 1991 Cleveland Indians 16 2012 San Francisco Giants 16 1991 Houston Astros 17
Highest Batting Average
Since All-Star Break in N.L.
David Freese STL .476 Buster Posey SF .436 Brandon Phillips CIN .407 Andrew McCutchen PIT .400 Ryan Zimmerman WSH .384
Worst Records since All-Star Break
Houston Astros 2-15 .118 New York Mets 3-13 .188 Kansas City Royals 4-13 .235 Colorado Rockies 4-11 .267 Milwaukee Brewers 5-11 .313
New York Mets
Since All-Star Break
Record 3-13 Run Diff -30 RGM 4.1 ERA 5.55 Saves 1 Blown Saves 3
David Wright comes into AT&T Park looking for his 200th career Home Run
New York Mets
All-Time Home Runs Leaders
Darryl Strawberry 252 Mike Piazza 220 David Wright 199 Howard Johnson 192 Dave Kingman 154
David Wright
This Season

N.L. Rank .332 Average 5th 71 RBI 3rd 121 Hits 5th 31 Doubles 4th 49 X-Base Hits 3rd 59 Walks 3rd .423 OB 3rd .559 Slug 7th .982 OPS 4th

Giants Notes: Span feeling better, hopes to return to lineup Wednesday

csnpost.jpg

Giants Notes: Span feeling better, hopes to return to lineup Wednesday

CHICAGO -- Joe Panik's leadoff homer in the series opener was a jolt, but the Giants are a much more dangerous offense when Denard Span is clicking atop the lineup, a spot ahead of Panik, and they hope to have that duo going Wednesday. Span got treatment all day Tuesday and said he could return to the lineup against Kyle Hendricks. 

"The swelling has gone down," Span said of his sprained left thumb. "The thing to do is to come in tomorrow, test it out, and if it feels good, you strap it on."

Span said an X-ray came back clean, but he didn't grab a bat Tuesday to test the thumb, focusing instead on treatment. He is batting .326 in nine games since coming off the DL. His replacement in center this week, Gorkys Hernandez, was 0-for-3 against Jon Lester, lowering his average to .160. 

--- The main story from the second game of this series: Johnny Cueto is now dealing with a second blister, and you can see the lack of movement on his pitches. The Cubs took advantage. Lester didn't need much help while throwing a 99-pitch complete game in two hours and five minutes. 

"He threw a lot more changeups than we've seen in the past," Buster Posey said. "He's shown it in the past but tonight he had good command of it. It wasn't just a show-me pitch. He used it a lot and threw it to lefties as well.

Posey twice grounded short rollers in front of the plate.

--- Posey's throw to nab Javy Baez on Monday was one of the best of the year, and on Tuesday afternoon, Bruce Bochy said, "If he's given a chance, I don't think there's anyone better in the game." That might be true, but Willson Contreras is threatening to get into the conversation. He threw an 85 mph rocket to second in the fifth to nab Eduardo Nuñez. If you're wondering how Lester -- who flat-out has the yips about throwing to first base and doesn't do it -- has allowed just six stolen bases this season, look no further than his young catcher. Long-term, Contreras is the guy I would expect to compete with Posey for Gold Gloves. 

"Nuney, with his speed, can go," Bochy said. "Their catcher made a great throw. Put it right on the money."

--- From before Tuesday's game, what do the relievers think of the new hidden bullpen at Wrigley? And if you missed the Power Rankings the other day, the records are outdated, but there are updates in here on old friends Matt Duffy, Chris Heston, Tommy Joseph, Adalberto Mejia, Yusmeiro Petit and others. Petit in particular is incredible ... just keeps doing his thing. 

--- This play was made by the shortstop. That's good for the old UZR.

Now dealing with a second blister, Cueto gives up three homers to Cubs

Now dealing with a second blister, Cueto gives up three homers to Cubs

CHICAGO — Even after losses, Johnny Cueto tends to find a way to flash a smile or two in post-game interviews. He is as competitive as it gets between the lines, but off the field he embraces a relaxed attitude. 

There was none of that Tuesday night at Wrigley. Cueto wore a dour look while describing a 4-1 loss to the Cubs, perhaps because he is a man searching for answers. Cueto was already pitching with a blister for the first time in his career. On Tuesday, he admitted he’s now trying to make the ball dance while dealing with a second blister. 

The first, on his middle finger, popped up at the end of the spring and has bothered Cueto off and on. The second, on his index finger, formed in St. Louis last week. 

“It’s not an excuse,” Cueto said several times. “I was getting hit.”

The Cubs crushed three homers, including a 470-foot bomb from Kyle Schwarber. All three pitches leaked right over the heart of the plate, and Cueto admitted that he can't get that final twist on the ball as he normally does. A tad of his movement is missing, and hitters are taking advantage. 

“It’s just those pitches I left hanging,” Cueto said through interpreter Erwin Higueros. “When you leave pitches hanging or put them right in the middle of the plate, you’re going to pay the price.”

The homers — by Schwarber, Jason Heyward and Anthony Rizzo — represented 60 percent of the hits Cueto gave up. He struck out eight in six innings.

“It’s a little unlike Johnny to make mistakes like that,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “You like to think you could make a mistake and get away with it, but he didn’t tonight. A couple of fastballs he pulled over the heart of the plate and then one cutter.”

Catcher Buster Posey said the Cubs were on Cueto’s heater, so the duo tried to adjust. You can’t pitch without your fastball, though, and Cueto’s isn’t quite as explosive as it was in his first year with the Giants. The velocity is down a couple of ticks, but it’s unclear if that too is related to the blisters. 

What is clear is that Cueto is a different pitcher in his second season in San Francisco. He has a 4.64 ERA and opposing hitters are batting .253 with 11 homers. Through 10 starts last year, Cueto had a 2.83 ERA and was holding hitters to a .229 average. He had allowed just two homers. 

“Gosh, it’s just probably a few more mistakes than he made last year,” Bochy said. “He’s still competing so well and he gives you a chance to win every game.”

Cueto made it through six despite the long-ball issues, but that wasn’t enough against Jon Lester, who would have faced Cueto in Game 5 last October. Lester needed just 99 pitches to carve up the Giants for a complete game. He threw 70 strikes. 

That’s the type of efficient performance the Giants came to expect from Cueto last year. Cueto still expects it from himself, but his fingers aren’t cooperating. Asked if he would take a short stint on the DL to get right, Cueto said he can’t. He needs to keep pitching and have callouses form. Plus, any break without throwing would be a significant blow to a team trying desperately to stay within shouting distance of a playoff spot. 

“Basically, it makes no sense whatsoever,” to take a break, Cueto said.