by
Greek Giant

Last night was a bummer. The Dodgers had a bullpen crew start and pitch the whole game and the Giants had their ace on the mound in Logan Webb. Unfortunately the Bums won, 5-4. Logan Webb has his struggles against the Bums and its beginning to be a thaaaaaang, as Mike Krukow says. He is now 3-5 lifetime vs LA with an ERA of 3.95.

I don’t want to sum up the game in detail but I do want to write about one play in particular. With runners on first and second and one out, one run in for the bottom of the fourth inning in a 3-2 Dodgers lead Gavin Lux hit a very soft bloop double to left center against the shift. Jung Ho Lee had to run a bit to get to the ball and Lux took advantage to get the double. He would then score on a single and that run, that extra base was the difference in the game. I think Lee nonchalanted it a bit. His throw to second was weak and off line too. It may be he was surprised that Lux would try for two. He should not have been. At any rate, in my book it was the play of the game and the Giants did not make it.

Logan Webb’s fastball was a bit meh and sometimes he relies too much on soft stuff. The Dodgers, from Betts and Freeman on down, were looking for Webb’s breaking pitches and they hit them in key spots. Webb needs to re-think his strategy against Los Angeles and he needs to be more aggressive with his fastball to beat them. What do I mean by aggressive? It’s not just a throwaway term folks. I mean Webb must challenge hitters in any count with the fastball. Most importantly, he needs to locate it more. He needs to mix corners and eye levels because his offspeed pitches are nearly all down in the zone which means batters can look for location as well as type of pitch too often against the Giants Ace. See the Betts homer for evidence.

The Giants battled in this one and the bullpen, on this night, did not give up any runs but the Dodgers, once again, were just better. They are on a roll and the Giants are kind of in a bit of identity crisis with so many young players, especially pitchers. They are waiting for Snell to make his debut and for their homecoming in Willie Mays Field. I think we need to be patient and let that starting staff gel. I think the bullpen will settle down. I think so far my biggest complain is starting Tyler Fitzgerald on game three of the season. Was Nick Ahmed tired? Why is Matt Chapman batting second? I still have some reservations about Bob Melvin’s New School approach in this young season but I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

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Tonight’s Game

The Giants try to avoid the sweep in Hollywood tonight at 7:15 PM. The pitching matchup is Harrison for Glasnow. It should be a good game!