Angel Pagan

The San Francisco Giants Buehrle had a chance

The San Francisco Giants should be thankful for two things. First, Mark Buehrle spent his best years in the American League Central. Second, when he dared venture over to the land of hitting pitchers he didn’t join a squad in the National League West. Buehrle represents a waking nightmare for the Giants: a pitcher who knows where the ball is going, doesn’t try to overpower hitters and throws with his left hand.

The Giants lost in a frustrating way today. The headline of Alex Pavlovic’s game recap read, “Sloppy play costs San Francisco Giants in 5-3 loss to Miami Marlins,” a headline that the San Jose Mercury News could’ve probably used several times this year, updated with the day’s score. Still, the Giants scored two earned runs off Buehrle and that’s almost a victory in itself (especially on a day when Melky Cabrera and Buster Posey both go 0-for-4).

Seeing Ryan Theriot in the No. 2 spot in the lineup wasn’t a real confidence booster either, but that actually turned out okay. Plus, Brandon Crawford’s baserunning blunder last night could not be tolerated.

However, there were plenty of other strange and/or sloppy things about this game.

— Madison Bumgarner wasn’t all that great, and continued the Giants’ recent tradition of inexplicably throwing strikes to Giancarlo Stanton.

— Emmanuel Burriss hit a double. He should’ve been thrown out, but Donovan Solano’s throw skipped past Omar Infante and the official scorer showed mercy on everyone involved (besides Buehrle). Andrew Baggarly and Henry Schulman worked together to find out that Burriss tied Brett Butler’s San Francisco Giants record for at-bats without a double/triple/homer with 149.

— Burriss threw a bouncer to first that Bumgarner (covering for Brett Pill, who tried to start a double play with one out and Infante on third) had no chance on. Wait, a misplay in the infield? That’s not strange, just sloppy.

— Angel Pagan is just like Melky on the bases, only the complete opposite. Pagan picked up another couple hits to push his slash line to .306/.347/.459, but the Giants can’t keep making silly outs at third.

Speaking of sloppy, Heath Bell looks like he may be done, which is pretty inconvenient for all involved since he just got to Miami. Kind of makes you think Brian Wilson did it the right way. Blow out your elbow, get surgery, sit in the announcer’s booth for a little bit during your own Gnome Day and escape before the manager is forced to demote you.

One last note: it doesn’t sound like the Giants are in any hurry to lock up Cabrera.

If you pull out your GM-to-English translator, you’ll see that “stars would have to align” means “Melky would need to sign for a lot less than what Adam Jones got.” Alright, maybe you don’t need the translator for that.


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