The loss of Ryan Vogelsong and Angel Pagan have caused the biggest impact on this team this season, hands down. Pagan was a jolt to the lineup and a firecracker on the field. Vogelsong brought intensity, focus, and a much-needed veteran presence to a decorated team with some youth at key positions.
Needless to say, Vogey’s return brought a buzz of excitement to the ball club, media, and fans. The struggling Giants, who are currently sitting in last place with a .443 win percentage, 14 games back from the surging Los Angeles Dodgers, need anything they can get to breathe some life into their game.
Vogelsong had a decent night, especially with this being his first start back since breaking his hand during an at-bat on May 20. He was able to go six innings and throw 103 pitches (his unofficial ceiling was 100) while giving up two runs (one of which was a home run to J.J Hardy) and six hits. He walked three and struck out four.
That line is riddled with caveats, a few of them being:
- The Orioles have a VERY tough lineup, including Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Chris Davis, who has 41 home runs. Davis is also tied for the Major League lead in RBIs with reigning Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera. Ironically (or predictably), he drove in both the tying and winning run.
- In his minor league assignment, Vogey had a 1.72 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 13 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings. The coaching staff was hesitant to bring him back before seeing him in more “high-stress” situations. I think Vogelsong did alright, considering he was able to get out of a jam with this double play (h/t to Marco Scutaro and Brandon Belt, obviously)
- Coming into the game, Vogelsong had a 7.19 ERA with opposing batters hitting .318.
- In the May 20 start, Vogelsong had his best outing of the season with 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 SO, and 0 R (the only time that season he put up a goose-egg)
- The Giants’ offense sputtered last night, scoring only two runs, one of which was a bomb from Brandon Belt.
If Vogelsong can continue to put up consistent starts, the Giants would be crazy not to exercise his $6.5 M option for 2014. I think there’s a good chance we see Vogey in orange and black next year (and not with the Orioles).
Oh, here’s a GIF of a pretty strike out to get Adam Jones:
And here’s a nice “awww” moment with Vogey getting some congrats in the dugout:
I got my wisdom teeth taken out on Friday — can someone let me know if this is ACTUALLY funny or if Vicodin made it funny?