On the Job Training

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Greek Giant

When Bruce Bochy let Tyler Beede hit for himself in the top of the fifth after allowing four runs in the bottom of the fourth it was a sign. Beede pitched the bottom of the fifth inning, allowing another run and ending up with 101 pitches thrown in those five complete innings. Bochy, perhaps under direction from the front office, was telling Beede: “This is your game kid. Time to pitch through a rough start and learn on the job.” Most of you on the blog could not understand it. I liked the call because the Giants are going nowhere this season and it is time for Mr. Beede to get his feet wet and work through his jitters, mechanical issues and overall wildness. Interestingly, the Mets broadcast crew immediately picked up on this interpretation and also approved of the move.

That Tyler Beede had a rough outing is without question. He rarely knew where his fastball was going, except on the occasion that it was hammered into the seats by Mets sluggers. He threw far too many change-ups and was working behind the count far too often. He allowed four walks and to make matters worse, threw a potential double play ball into right center field. He allowed ten base runners in five innings and really only had one good inning, the three up, three down second. I’m not ready to throw in the towel on his Major League career and nor should you be. Beede appears to have most of the physical skills necessary to be a good number 2 or number 3 starter. It may be that he just needs experience, familiarity with the Major Leagues, and time to build his confidence.

Jason Vargas pitched a complete game shutout. The Giants never really threatened and if Tyler Beede needed a lesson in lights out Major League pitching he needed only to watch his opponent on the mound. Because Buster Posey is on the IL with a tight hamstrung from his collision in Baltimore, Aramis Garcia was called up and caught a very good game. BCraw sat for a day and Steven Duggar was also given the day off. This was largely like a B squad team playing a mediocre Mets team with a hot pitcher. The result is kind of unimportant at this point. The Giants are in evaluation mode when it comes to their young player and Tyler Beede is one such case that deserves a shot at a regular spot in the rotation.

The Box

 

Today the rubber game of the series takes place at 12:05 PM, Dwight Gooden time. Shaun Anderson faces Zack Wheeler.