Five Cuts: Giants offense starving, managers overthinking matchups
PHILADELPHIA -- Twenty-three days. It's been more than three weeks since the Giants managed the modest sum of five runs in a ballgame. They have played 13 straight games since Sept. 25 without scoring more than four runs. Only four Giants teams since baseball did away with the dead ball (post-1920) ever had such a streak longer than this one (1965, 1967, 1976 and 1980, all done in less hitter-friendly times).
And yet somehow they are three wins from the World Series with the next three NLCS games in their ballpark. How much longer can they keep going like this?
"We'll probably have changes," Giants manager
The Giants will trot out a different lineup in Game 3.
Fontenot short-armed an errant throw to first base in the first, which cost a run, allowed a pop-up to drop in the fourth when his first reaction was not to go get the ball but to scan the infield for somebody else to take it, and failed to take an easy forceout at second base on a hard bunt, opening the door to Philadelphia's game-busting four runs in the seventh.
In other San Francisco gaffes, pitcher
"He's out by 15 feet if it's not cut," Perlozzo said.
"We haven't played a game like that in weeks," Bochy said.
Games like this pop up from time time time; just ask the Reds and Braves. The bigger problem for the Giants is that eventually they have to find some offense other than
Oswalt is beginning to look a lot like a reasonable facsimile of
The Giants thought they had
It was Rollins who blew open the game with a bases-clearing double in the seventh -- two of the runners had been put on base intentionally with walks.
(Credit the walks to the lineup switch by Phillies manager
The Phillies always look more dangerous when Rollins perks up. That he took off for third base on a steal attempt in the seventh (the pitch was fouled off) was another sign that his troublesome legs are getting better with time and the plethora of off days in the postseason schedule.
Rollins is one of 12 shortstops in postseason history with four or more RBIs in a game. Last night he became the only one ever to do it for a second time.
Managers and media have to stop emphasizing a pitcher's statistical history in certain ballparks as anything more than a meaningless curiosity. I'll go back to the 2008 NLDS when Cubs manager
This year you had Yankees manager
It's voodoo statistics, anyway. There is no specific skill that would explain pitching well in a certain ballpark and make future success more likely. Does Hughes' cutter break more in Texas? Does his fastball gain more velocity when he's in Arlington? Of course not. It's all bogus, and even Dempster knew it back in 2008 when I asked him to explain his success at Wrigley that year. Replied Dempster, "Chocolate chip pancakes." It was as good an answer as any.
Oh, by the way. This year? Dempster went 5-7 at Wrigley and 10-5 on the road. Did he lose the "skill" of pitching at Wrigley?
Got to clarify a lot of misinformation thrown out there from Game 1 when Bochy had Sandoval in the on-deck circle in closer
The rules require somebody to be in the on-deck circle. Wilson was not coming out of the game under any circumstance -- not if the batter,
Bochy would rather have his closer resting on the bench than standing with a bat in his hands. It was that simple. No trickery. No if this/then that scenario.
To summarize, here is the complete list of scenarios in which the closer would be lifted for a pinch-hitter with a lead heading into the ninth inning: