Greek Giant

When Tyler Beede walked Cole Hamels last night I was ready to throw my television off my third-floor balcony.

No need to re-hash the start. Beede was having problems in both command and control, especially with his fastball.

The commentary on this blog was very good and it appears likely Beede will not get another start for the Giants until he figures things out. His Major League Career numbers are 3-8 and an ERA of 6.01. The sample size is 18 games started and 94.1 innings pitched.

The arm is lively. The spirit is willing, but the results are weak.

It may be that Mr. Beede’s destiny lies in a bullpen role. I am not ready to give up on him completely but I am worried…

I think it is important to remember that Cole Hamels is in decline, in the worst slump of his career and the best the Giants could do is three runs in six innings. His fastball was garbage, at 91mph. Just about everything he threw was away from right-handed hitters.

The Giants mostly looked impatient and un-prepared at the plate when facing the lefty batting practice pitcher that Hamels has become.

The Cubs, on the other hand were primed to pounce on Beede and put in smarter, tougher at-bats.

The Box

On a positive note, the Giants outfield has been very good: