438 feet. At least 30 feet above the 400-ft sign in centerfield, Buster Posey’s home run clanged off the scoreboard. Even though the ball wasn’t high high enough to scrape the roof, meaning its trajectory wasn’t vertical, Posey’s homer would’ve only traveled 38 feet past that dark blue wall. 38 feet. Less than the distance between the pitcher’s plate (shoutout to Dave Flemming) and home plate … on Little League and slowpitch softball fields.
How far did Posey’s home run go? So far that it would have gone over the wall at AT&T Park. I think. And if Ryan Braun hit the same home run in Milwaukee they would’ve said it went 485.
That slacker Melky Cabrera only had one hit in Tuesday’s win, but his throw nailed Norichika Aoki at the plate on the fly and he even walked once. Cabrera’s walked 3 times in the past two games after walking 3 times in his previous 26 games. Okay, we’re stalling. The guy leads the National League in hits, fields as well as anyone possibly could’ve expected and doesn’t miss games. Time to lock him up, right? Maybe, but not at this moment.
The Giants aren’t necessarily in a position to turn talented outfielders away, and Cabrera’s a free agent after this season. But if they have any sense of timing, they’ll hold off on calling his agent, Dominic Torres.
Cabrera’s a good player, and the Giants need him next year. He’s one of the rare bonafide Major League position players in the entire system, and the organization isn’t exactly overflowing with outfielders. But they can’t start negotiating with Cabrera now, at the peak of his value, unless they hope to overpay for a guy who’s had conditioning issues at different times throughout his career.
Cabrera is hitting .360 right now, which means his price won’t get any higher. So what’s the harm in letting him play his ass off during this contract year? If the Giants want to lock themselves into the guy for five years, fine. But if Cabrera’s multihit-game-every-other-day pace slows a bit, perhaps the Giants won’t outbid themselves … too severely.
News that Aubrey Huff would start at least one game during this road trip at first base brought reactive groans from many, and everyone knows why. Weren’t the Giants over Huff’s deal by now? Not on your life, and if his attitude is truly as positive as it sounded from Alex Pavlovic’s postgame notes he’s going to get every chance to take over fulltime at first.
— Aubrey Huff said he felt great after his first start in over a month. Huff was 0 for 3 but hit two deep fly balls and drew a walk ahead of Arias’ homer.
“The goal was to get out there and not be so results-oriented and just have good at-bats,” Huff said. “I felt I did that. I feel great. I felt like I could do some damage today, which is the first time I’ve felt that in a long time.”
After the game, Bochy said it’s not likely that Huff will start tomorrow.
Maybe not tomorrow (Wednesday), or on Thursday since Huff is 0-for-12 for his career against Anibal Sanchez. But he’s 5-for-11 against Josh Johnson, so Huff will probably be in the lineup on Friday.