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Last night during the game, Jon Miller and Duane Kuiper were talking about Clay Hensley‘s season. Specifically, they were talking about the fact that Hensley to this point has been better against left-handed hitters than right-handed hitters. Looking over Hensley’s career, he actually has been slightly better against southpaws than righties. Which means that in the Giants bullpen three pitchers are better against lefties (Affeldt, Hensley, Lopez) and two others, due to their role, likely won’t be used specifically due to matchups (Casilla as the closer, Loux as the long reliever). That leaves two relievers who will likely be matched up against tough righties, Sergio Romo and George Kontos.
This could end up being very good for Kontos as his scouting report indicates that a middle relief ROOGY-type role could suit him well.
Kontos profiles as a middle reliever in the long-term because of two glaring flaws. For one, he’s always had trouble against left-handed batters because he lacks a changeup. The tagged him for a .281/.345/.484 batting line with six homers in 142 plate appearances in Triple-A this year, and he’s shown a similar split throughout his minor league career. On the bright side, he does crush righties.
If Kontos can end up being similar to Ramon Ramirez, a pitcher who was known for his platoon splits and had a similar home run rate in the minors than Kontos, then he could turn out to be a very valuable piece to the Giants bullpen this year.
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Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff bruised his right knee trying to jump over the dugout railing and join the postgame celebration of Matt Cain's perfect game.
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Huff underwent an MRI early Thursday and the team is awaiting the results.
Cain threw the first perfect game in Giants history in a 10-0 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night...
Last night was something special, something great, and just flat out amazing! It was the greatest game ever pitched at AT&T Park, and the greatest game ever pitched by any Giant in their long history.
It took 2 hours 36 minutes, 125 pitches, 14 strikeouts, great defensive plays, and the end result is Matt Cain pitching a Perfect Game!
Cain tossed the Giants 1st perfect game...
When you really want to attend a game, but can’t scrounge up the money, what do you do? You grab your jet pack and head out behind the right field stands, of course. That’s what Joe Giants Fan did in the early innings of Matt Cain’s perfect game Wednesday night. It’s one of the most bizarre videos you’ll ever see from a sporting event.
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On Wednesday night, a man hovering above McCovey Cove wearing a water-propelled jetpack snuck a peek at the San Francisco Giants game against the Houston Astros.
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The man was seen in the bottom of the first inning raising himself high enough to get a free peek at the game over the right field stands at AT&T Park.
It was a heck...
Last night, San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain threw a perfect game. The 10-0 victory over the Houston Astros was the first perfect game in Giants franchise history and only the 22nd in Major League Baseball history. Some are calling it the greatest game ever pitched.
Cain, the longest-tenured Giant, has been through it all in his eight seasons in San Francisco. He has seen...
As golfer Dustin Johnson crushed drives from home plate over the right-field wall and into San Francisco Bay, pitcher Matt Cain and manager Bruce Bochy glanced at each other before looking into the stands for approval from Giants general manager Brian Sabean.
Then, the San Francisco ace grabbed a club and smacked one of his own - splashing the ball into McCovey Cove 310 yards away...
Not to be outdone by a knuckle baller or a rookie (Lance Lynn), Matt Cain cemented himself forever amongst the game’s giants.
Cain fired baseball’s 22nd perfect game in history last night in a 10-0 Giants victory against the Houston Astros. You had to figure coming into the year that if anyone was going to get perfect game’d, the Astros were as prime of a candidate as anyone...
San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain threw the 22nd perfect game in Major League Baseball history (and the first in San Francisco Giants history) in a 10-0 over the Houston Astros.
It was the second perfect game this year behind the White Sox Phillip Humber as Cain struck out a career-high 14 along the way- 7 looking and 7 swinging.
It's always said that games like Cain...
San Francisco Giants starter Matt Cain, who got a six year contract extension this spring, threw the 22nd perfect game in MLB history tonight against the Houston Astros. Cain's perfection was one of the best pitching performances in baseball history, totaling a game score of 101, due to Cain's 14 strikeouts in addition to his complete lack of baserunners all game.
San Francisco was the place to be last night.
Let me tell you a story about the invisible man, an invisible man that has it all. This is a guy that’s been to the mountain tops of the game, both early and late, yet somehow he still slides beneath the radar. No matter what he does, no matter how big of a boom he makes, [...]