Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Giants Unlikely Transformations Exposed - Only 6 Months in Majors Duffy, Panik, Heston Lead Giants

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GIANT PLAYERS CAREER VS 2015

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 Giants Unlikely Transformations Exposed - Only 6 Months in Majors Duffy, Panik, Heston Lead Giants  




  1)Duffy, Matt composite career and long beach state   HOW DOES A GUY WHO NEVER HIT A HOMERUN OR ABOVE .266  IN COLLEGE HIT 9 AND OVER .300 IN THE MAJORS  

MATT DUFFY - HOW DOES A GUY WHO NEVER HIT A HOMERUN OR ABOVE .266 IN COLLEGE HIT 9 AND OVER .300 IN THE MAJORS?


 

Even in college, at Long Beach State, MATT DUFFY's  power numbers were low-- non-existent to be exact. Once in the Giants farm system, Duffy must have started lifting weights or used 'other means.' We don't think Duffy is a big weight lifter at 6 ' 2" and 170- and even weight lifting only does so much to help with power numbers.  We know from former Giants farmhand Garrett Brohius that at least one Giants minor league coach encouraged him to use  'other means'  , if you will, and that is the only explanation we can see for Duffy's sudden and greatly increasing power - well  over a 100% increase in homers this year based on career at- bats (as well as  with average)  as he climbs through the  Giants system where he now has a higher SLG (slugging percentage) any time in his career, including minors and college, while maintaining a batting average over his minor league average.  


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 JOE PANIK - HOW DID A .257 DOUBLE A HITTER IN 2013 BECOME A WORLD SERIES STAR IN 2014 AND ALL STAR IN 2015?

Like Duffy, 2014 was the key year JOE PANIK just as the parent San Francisco Giants would doing anything for a decent second baseman after going through six (including .166 hitting Dan Uggla).  Panik was so raw and 'unlikely' the Giants hadn't even considered him but when Uggla couldn't BUY a single hit during his short stay  the Giants, in total desperation, called up Panik, only in his first year at AAA.   As if God had called from above, 'Panik Will Hit like Duffy'  young Joe inexplicably  raised his average going from Double A (AA) to Triple A (AAA) ball - but in his case it was almost a 70 point increase (from .257 to .332) - shades of when Marco Scutaro came from Colorado to the Giants in 2012, raising his average from .262 to .350 the second half of the season.  At least with the 37-year-old Scutaro, he was going from one major league team to another. Panik was somehow able to increase his average significantly going from the low minors to the high minor leagues when, if anything, it should be the other way around;  it's normal for a player to drop somewhat in average at each successive level. But not Duffy or Panik.


PANIK VS DUFFY - Best Ever Slugging for Skinny Third Baseman, Sandoval Way Behind   It's a fact that there's been a  challenge between Panik and Duffy  to 'out-homer' each other. You'd think these guys were goofing around in the minors. But here, they are in the majors, you have these neophytes in their first full seasons, after undistinguished minor league careers , challenging  team leader Buster Posey in batting average - AND  home runs with Duffy only a few behind the team leader  and rivaling second baseman Brandon Crawford  - who also, inexplicably, is having his best homer season of his career with 11 .   Meanwhile, while Duffy is just getting used to his relatively new third base position, he's somehow managed to have his BEST -EVER SLUGGING percentage  (total bases/at bats) of .466. By comparison, Posey's slugging percentage is only 35 poings higher!




DUFFY vs. SANDOVAL Remember Pablo Sandoval, the $20 million dollar man  who Duffy replaced?  It's not even close with with Duffy slugging 100 points higher with more homerruns and hitting 50 points higher!  Three months ago if someone told you a skinny 23-year-old banjo-hitter  named Duffy would be out -hitting Sandoval in all categories you would have laughed. Not to mention the price differential. All we can do is say that there's something wrong with this picture. And we thought Sandoval was an UNREAL  hitter- at least the way hit hit the ball LEFT-handed. If you figure Duffy's power and along with batting average, he's never had a better season than he's currently having, even if you go all the way back to low minors, and of course college, where he didn't do much.   With Duffy there wasn't the dramatic one-year batting increase as with Panik.  It appears that Panik was already 'asserting his power' which will usually lead to a drop in batting average.PANIK   Then, there's one more 'miracle.' When it comes to Pitching...   TO BE CONTINUED...  


 

Heston, Duffy, Panik

 - From 267th Round Draft Choice to No Hitter- THE CHRIS HESTON STORY

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Chris Heston was a 12th round pick by the Giants and 367th overall, never had a no hitter at any level until this year with the Giants. He had a 5.80 ERA in 2013 at Fresno and was put on waivers by Giants but no team claimed him. 


As with Duffy and Panik, Heston had  below-average numbers but also began a sudden and major transformation in  2014 while in minors with Fresno, which only continued to get better after he joined the major leagues Giants and  began to  pitch regularly as what came to be the No. 2 starter on the team in 2015!  Pretty good one-year make-over for a 367th round draft pick going  all the way to No 2 starter on the World Champion Giants.


      ****   Yes, other teams and their players other than the Giants have and are still likely still using PEDs - despite what the top baseball brass might tell you - but the Giants with Barry Bonds were the ones who really opened the PED flood gates and have long been leading the way (24 PED indicted players since Bonds and six in the past three World Series years).  Despite that no players have been caught for PEDs this year -other than the first week when three were caught with the same older type of PED-  Major League Baseball  drug testing still does not appear to have kept up with players and their latest designer steroids, as PED guru Victor Conte has described to us on multiple occasions. We saw 20 players caught for PEDs in 2013- thanks to the Biogenesis leak - that MLB COULD NOT  find through its own testing.  Based on this and some still unlikely power numbers , batting averages and  ERAs among certain players today, it would appear that PEDs may likely have affected participating teams and performances in recent World Series - and continue to be affecting baseball adversely today, in our opinion.



The Giants have won three World Series in five years with basically two name players (Bumgarner and Posey) and three virtually different teams, except for those two and a few others. They've won by , mysteriously(?) , coming on strong every post season and not striking out and, basically, over-performing not once but three years running, regardless of the changing cast of characters - players many of which the Giants picked up on waivers and couldn't have given away who, suddenly, inexplicably, come on in late career for career seasons, ie Andres TorrezMarco Scutaro, Cody Ross, Aubrey Huff, Pat Burrell - and of course known PED guys like Melky Cabrera, Jose Guillen and Michael Morse, which didn't hurt and provided many game-winning hits during their short stays with the Giants. 



While many have turned a blind eye to PEDs- especially in places like liberal San Francisco where 'anything goes' and certain media folks have admitted they don't care - baseball has suffered  in the ratings - especially World Series TV coverage as well as overall attendance that has dropped significantly the past five years. Maybe not coincidentally, this is the period during which the Giants have been winning their unlikely World Series.  Too bad younger fans  have had to grow up knowing nothing other than the PED era where one has to guess as to which players REALLY have talent as opposed to PED help. While a lot of players, current and past, are reticent to talk about the ongoing travesty of PEDs  (now over 20 years later) - except for Jose Conseco and Ken Camaniti, who have suffered for it- many people have  turned away from baseball.  PEDs is not a problem alone to baseball with other sports such as tennis also affected, where a lack of 'policing' also exists.  Basketball, in which is not so much dependent on musculature and power, has probably taken away some of baseball's fans with highest- ever numbers.   If MLB, its teams , the media and even the fans don't 'police' the sport of baseball better, it may continue to lose following. Many have grown tired of seeing low hit games without a competitive back and forth and overdependence on power pitching and stikeouts.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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  gIANT PLAYERS CAREER VS 2015

How Is It the A's Have the Better Record but Giants Have Three World Series?


  Much has been made of the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's going in different directions of late. This after both teams made the playoffs in recent years but only the Giants have made it to the World Series - and won all three. The fact of the matter is that the A's have actually had a significantly better record during this period of the last five years, as SF Chronicle writer John Shea noted in his July 26 column; in the last three years the A's are up on the Giants 278-258, a significant 20 game disparity.  san francisco giants, San Francisco Giants #PEDs, #Giants, Matt Duffy, Joe Panik, Chris Heston, PEDs, performance enhancing drugs



GIANTS UNLIKELY TRANSFORMATIONS EXPOSED


 On paper, the A's have had much better pitching - even this year the A's team ERA is 0.25 lower than the Giants and the A's hitting is respectable.  The A's make trades, the Giants rarely do, relying mostly on one of the weaker minor league systems to draw from - and an occasional unlikely waiver wire claim or roster move that, inexplicably, usually turns to gold (think  Cody Ross, Jake Peavy, Marco Scutaro, Aubrey Huff, Pat Burrell  ).    Yet the Giants seem to win at will - WHEN IT COUNTS and, even  playing in a n unfriendly ballpark for hitters, yet are LEADING THE LEAGUE in batting average  this year and continue to be up   near the top of the standings,  whereas the A's have had nothing to show for their overall record the past five years - and, now are taking a major nosedive, which , by the way, began before 'Trader' Billy Beane began his 'selloff.'



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  From out of nowhere comes  'Duffman' -rrom zero homers in college to 9 this year with Giants, far out-performing  the guy he replaced, Pablo Sandoval, in both average and homeruns with virtually no major league experience (and no Triple A , for that matter)   



  Few teams with, frankly, as little talent have done so much. Usually, after winning a world series other teams are gunning for you, but the Giants keep winning , when necessary.  And, it doesn't seem to matter who the names are.  After Sandoval gets traded and the new highly-paid third baseman, Casey McGhee, fails the koolaid test, they bring up a kid  named DUFFY who   hit a mere .250 in college with no homeruns and never even played AAA yet  is currently out-hitting Sandoval (Boston) by far (over .307 to .258) , with more homeruns (9 to 7), and just about everyone else on the team  .   



 When the Giants were so desperate for a second baseman they finally brought up another average minor leaguer who, like Duffy, began performing better than he did in the minors, also with more homeruns. Then there are the Brandons, career .250 - .260 hitters, Belt and Crawford, both hitting better than ever - shortstop Crawford leading the team in homeruns with more than  Giants' slugger Posey- or Belt!  Go Figure.  



  When Aoki and Pence were out, it didn't matter. Journeyman Gregor ' We look up to Melky' Blanco was also  right there hitting .300 along with half the starting lineup.  Pitching-wise, the Giants have one legitimate starter in Madison Bumgarner, who even hasn't been that spectacular (3.16 ERA) outside of the post-season, during which he always manages to become superman, last year cutting his season ERA by 1,000 percent,  from 3.00 to 0.30, not unlike previous post-seasons.  



 The Giants are a team of streaks. They barely made the playoffs in 2010 and 2012  , but when they got in there, they totally shut down all comers , even making it look silly. Last year against Kansas City, the Giants rarely struck out, driving the Royals crazy at their own game by keeping the ball in play, forcing errors, etc. This, against a superior Royals pitching staff of starters and relievers. This from , again, a Giants team with  but  ONE  lifetime .300 hitter, Posey, and one sub- 4.00 ERA pitcher (Bumgarner).  



  It wouldn't all be so surprising if the   Giants had done it  with a nucleus of players coming back year after year, but it was with largely three different teams; only Buster Posey has been a regular starter on all three teams and Madison Bumgarner a regular pitcher, and a few relievers who have performed with mixed results, except when the chips are down.


Some call the Giants 'lucky.' We think there's something else probably going on.





To win one World Series with a mediocre team,  after a 56 year winless streak , is one thing, but to win three in five years when there are many teams with better records going up against them makes one have to look at other factors beyond luck. The Giants couldn't even win a World Series with Barry Bonds (with better teams*) and his penchant for the dramatic with the Giants. But, here, with a cast of changing   characters , the Giants have three World Series for which there is no good explanation - at least not one that local baseball writers will put into print .  




WILD CARD SHOULDN'T MAKE BIG DIFFERENCE

   Some say the Giants win because of the new Wild Card set-up. We say 'balderdash.'  A good team is a good team is a good team. In seven game  series almost always the best team wins. Five games series could be a little less so. But, it's highly unlikely that a team that hasn't even gotten over .580 could win it all three times in five years.  Three of the Bonds' teams of the early 2000s had better records  -and probably better teams (though we may need to get out a lot of asterisks-for both then and now  ) - than any of these Giants teams and could only pull off one entry into the World Series, , in 2002, which they lost. As for the Wild Card, they were using it then, too, but only one instead of two. We believe, that the Giants now, with 20 years of Bondsian history -and 24 PED-indicted players later - KNOW HOW to win at all costs.  In a league where drug testing still hasn't caught up with the players --just look at the Biogenesis episode where  20 players were caught only because of a fluke after Commissioner Selig claimed that baseball was clean --  it appears liberal San Francisco may still remain at the epicenter of a what we see as a problem that's gone on way too long.   Of course,  others including the new generations who know no other way than PED baseball, could care less how the team wins - including some of the long-time San Francisco media folks who have admitted as much.   



  GIANTS THROUGH THE YEARS giants team record 2000-2015   Compare the above Giants record to that of the A's below and one will find the A's have a better, more consistent track record.



 Still looking for ways to explain away the Giants' recent, sudden success, many attribute it largely to manager Bruce Bochy. (http://wheredidyougojoedimaggio.downloadebooks.me/san-francisco-giants-interesting-look-back-bruce-bochy-era-bochy-rated/)   The fact of the matter is that Bochy, who appears to be a very nice man,  was a below-.500 manager until these World Series. (Just look at the chart above.)  Bochy had losing seasons much of his 20 year managerial career, including the first three in San Francisco when he took over for Dusty Baker. It's not a surprise to us Bochy has never won a 'Manager of the Year' award as a Giants manager, just as General Manager Brian Sabean has never won an 'Executive of the Year' award; baseball writers outside of San Francisco may know better, or , at least, are more realistic.



   Why Bochy's  fortunes changed, we believe, has less to do with his putting in and removing relief pitchers.  It has more to do with the culture on the team in, in our opinion , which included six KNOWN PED-indicted  players during the three World Series years  . If it were the East Coast, more would have probably come out about the Giants, and the type of 'shady' (if you will) players Sabean would go after; it took 10 years before two brave San Francisco sports writers put an end to Bonds' fun and games  ('GAME OF SHADOWS') ;  local pundits  refrain to talk about a situation that may be as bad or worse today than the Bonds days. Balco head and PED 'guru' Victor Conte, based in San Francisco himself, who probably knows as much as anyone on the subject of performance enhancing drugs, may not be so far off base when he repeats the statement time and again  that 'as many as 50% of players' are using PEDs . Other teams, no doubt, are using them , too, only the Giants seem to have been in the forefront and may with Bonds coming in from time to time to instruct, may have gotten the use of PEDs 'down to a science ', and with numbers like we're seeing now and the past five years among Giants players one has to at least wonder how the Giants keep winning with so little - and, how they get away with it.  Again, in most any other city, they probably wouldn't. Now  that Bonds is   a totally free man after 10 years of making a mockery of baseball and long-cherished homerun traditions -thanks to a recent San Francisco Ninth Circuit Court overturning his purjury indictment - it only perpetuates the problem of PEDs in baseball and opens the door to the like  Hall of Fame inclusion now  of  PED-indicted players such as Bonds while encouraging  PED use to continue unchecked in baseball, in our opinion.  We sure haven't heard much on the subject from the new commissioner nor seen any recent PED indictments (and that's not to say that baseball is 'clean').  



     MELKY BAT OVER HEAD800 with words from blanco on top



 We know that six players, for sure, playing for the Giants on those World Series teams had used PEDs, namely Andres Torres , Guerillmo Mota and Jose Guillen in 2010,  Melky Cabrera  and  Mota (2012)  and Michael Morse (2014).  Torres, who admitted to using Adderall (which is legal in baseball with permission) , had a career year  in 2010 - his only great year, helping to propel the Giants to the Series. Cabrera was hitting close to .350 in 2012, enough to put the Giants way ahead in the standings before he was suspended for PEDs (his second time) mid-season; by then , the Giants could almost coast in , though they had help from Cabrera  protege'  Blanco and Scutaro, newly acquaired from Colorado, who would tack on .70 points to his average once with the Giants . In 2014 , it was Morse, who gave the Giants a big first-half boost with many homers and game-winning hits before injuries sidelined him.    



  We've seen with the Giants, a penchant to go after marginal, even 'shady' players other teams don't want. Some would have not only PED pasts, but questionable episodes while on the team, which were quickly and quietly covered up  by the Giants. (Remember Sandoval  and the rape allegations in Santa Cruz or Chad Gaudin and the alleged molestations of a young woman on a hospital gurney? Probably not. )  Time and again, such players come to San Francisco and suddenly perform well above their career averages - and this year is no exception.  Last year team president Larry Baer proclaimed  that the Giants would be more careful in acquiring PED-indicted players due to their past reputation (24 PED-indicted players since Bonds) , yet they still acquired Morse - and now we learn that they just signed well-known PED man Everth Cabrera to a minor league contract.           Then we've even heard from former Giant  Garrett Brohius, who even admitted that he was encouraged to 'cheat' as a struggling 27-year-old Giants farm hand, but decided to quit baseball rather than take the easy way.  With that in mind, we can't but wonder about a Chris Heston, who was also a struggling 27-year-old  minor leaguer in the Giants system who has suddenly become the second best starting pitcher on the team - the first if you go by ERA (3.14 as compared to Bumgarner's 3.16). This is the same Heston who was a 12th round draft choice by the Giants and 367th overall pick with a 5.80 ERA in the minors in 2013 before the Giants   let him go, before reacquiring him.  



   Unlikely Transformations updated



  There are many other examples of players seemingly playing well above their heads, as it were. Ryan Vogelsong, to name one, has recently been pitching at velocity of 94-95 mph, which is as fast or faster than Bumgarner - this for a  38-year-old journeyman, who was pitching around 90-91 before.



   Some say PEDs don't really help or can't make a team win, but when you have enough players, on average , getting a 20-30% boost in bat speed and/or hand-eye coordination  it can't help but make a difference in a team winning more games. The hand-eye coordination also helps players make better contact with the ball and cut down on strikeouts. It also helps with fielding and pitching.  How else can you explain all these young players on the Giants suddenly coming  from nowhere, with no successful histories ,  to suddenly rank among the top players in the league?



   Designer PEDs can be in one's system and out the same day so players, who are warned well in advance of drug testing, can go on and off PEDs accordingly.



And, that may be exactly what the Giants players do.  From the many sudden surges, like recently, after the All Star break, when the Giants needed to make up ground, they certainly have, winning 12 of 13 games in spite of their 'one-man starting staff'' and other issues, this for a team that could barely win a game during the first weeks of July. And, it's not just because that Pence was back - as we said Blanco has been hitting .300.


     For one or two players to have career years is one thing, but for an entire team, again, one has to wonder... now three years and three World Series titles later...



         OAKLAND A's Through the Years RECORD 2000-2015  The A's haven't had a losing season, outside of the Bob Geren managerial era (2007-2011) until this year.  



 Getting back to the A's,  many have found the Oakland team with about half the payroll of the Giants to be the better, more exciting team, until the recent downturn and sell-off.  As we noted , the A's have had the better record as compared to the Giants for the past five years.  Other than the four year tenure of manager Bob Geren, for which A's fans revolted and finally got Beane to hire Bob Melvin, the A's have done well since 2000 - until this year  



  Not to say the A's haven't dabbled a bit  in the PED movement themselves, what with Barolo Colon in 2012 - a year only five players were caught for PEDs in baseball and three of them were among Bay Area teams(the other two with the Giants). Of course, Colon wrote it off to 'stem cell' replacement and was actually not suspended, as we recall. The A's would soon get rid of him as is their want. Otherwise, the A's have appeared to be a cleaner team than the Giants, as much as one can tell, with numbers showing a more natural curve - not the streakiness of the Giants.  



 It's too bad for A's fans that A's management seems to be going back to the 'Build Us A Ballpark Or Else' attitude and selling off its best players.  We don't quite understand how ransacking the team sets the stage for a new ball park, as per Billy Beane's explanation for what he's doing. Prove us wrong, Billy, but a team that was in the playoffs last year shouldn't be  12 games under .500.  But that's another story.    



  The A's  play in Oakland, a blue collar town where nothing comes easy. The Giants are from San Francisco , an ultra-liberal city, where 'anything goes.'  Twenty years later the Giants may have gotten the use of performance enhancers down to a science as we earlier noted, i.e.  when to go on and off them,when  not to use them too much, but when needed. We're living in a world now where marijuana is legal in several states and may as well be legal in most as people use it without recrimination. Certainly in AT&T Park during the World Series they say the smell permeated into the San Frnacisco Bay.   Likewise, maybe we're getting to the point where PEDs have become acceptable in baseball, and especially in  more 'open' cities like San Francisco. As 'old school' fans we think it severely affects the game. Sure, it may be exciting for some to see artificially-enhanced  see cartoon-like figures blast 500 foot homeruns into the Bay, ala Barry Bonds circa 1997-2007, (or nowadays even  skinny  infielders unexpectantly muscle up for more homeruns than they ever hit in the minors.)   Come playoff time and the 'koolaid' really kicks in.  And, another World Series victory.    



  BASEBALL ATTENDANCE/ TV VIEWERSHIP  DOWN   It's notable that baseball attendance and World Series TV viewing has been  down the past five years - except  in San Frnacisco.  Perhaps not so coincidentally the years that that the Giants have been in the World Series. We won't say 'pulling the wool over eyes' but after awhile people catch on.    



  Welcome to baseball San Francisco-style, circa 2015.  




  gIANT PLAYERS CAREER VS 2015



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Thursday, June 11, 2015

'Ron Bergman Quintessential Reporter to cover Colorful Oakland A’s dynasty of the 1970s.

1973 A's honored Bergman's 'Mustache Gang' 1973 Oakland A's honored in recent reunion at the Oakland Coliseum.



'Writing with great verve and a keen wit, Ron 

Bergman was the quintessential reporter to

 cover the colorful Oakland A’s dynasty of the 

1970s.'  ...Susan Slusser, SFGate




   The thing that stood out for me, reading all the tributes to former Oakland A's beat writer Ron Bergman, who passed last week, was his honesty. And, isn't that what newspaper reporting is supposed to be about?  Unlike in this politically correct world of today - especially in San Francisco - Bergman wasn't afraid to 'ruffle feathers' or elephant snouts, as it were. Yet, Bergman remained a beloved figure in the A's clubhouse and was even close friends with some of the players; he was a championship bridge partner to A's pitcher Ken Holtzman. 



 An example of that brutal honesty, was Bergman's 2005 comment about steroids and the Hall of Fame. He is one of few local sportswriters to go against the party line, when discussing Barry Bonds possible induction into the Baseball Hall . Unlike most, who say Bonds should get in because he was All Star caliber 'before steroids' (as if they knew exactly when that was ), Bergman, even then, commented,

"I will not vote for McGwire or Bonds in the first year of their eligibility in order to make a statement of sorts. After that, it depends on what becomes of the allegations against them."


  “Bergy told it like it was,” A’s Hall of Fame reliever Rollie Fingers said. “He was always fair, he did a great job — and if we ever needed a fourth for bridge, he was there. He always had great copy, because there was plenty to write about with those teams.”   Too bad we don't have more Bergmans today instead of the new breed of sportwriter - and even the old breed that cops to the times, getting sucked into the steroid era despite knowing baseball today is not the same as it was - as even fans see now as  shown by dwindling TV ratings and attendance (outside of San Francisco).   For more on Ron Bergman, see Susan Slusser's SFGate  story




  Breaking-From one dynasty to another (?)... S.F. GIANTS CONTINUE UNLIKELY RUN WITH UNLIKELY NO-HIT PITCHER, UNLIKELY HITTING SURGE  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Now Giants Pitching Raises PED Questions with Petit's Sudden Surge

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Now Giants Pitching Raises PED Questions with Petit's Sudden Surge


Looking back at Petit, Now and then....

He had never pitched a shutout before , let alone a complete game. He had only won 10 games and lost 20 in a journeyman 10 year career. Now at an age when pitchers with his history are already out of the game or close to it, Yasmeiro Petit is suddenly pitching better than all the other Giant starting pitchers - and most in baseball for that matter.



So, he didn't quite get the perfect game September 6, coming just one hit away, the Giants fans are ecstatic, of course. But before we get too excited, one has to question this picture.

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'Esplain me Lucy how a team with but one bonafide playoff starter (and three starters with losing records) can post 0.99 ERA over 9 playoff games against top teams? > 
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When the Giants top starters Bumgardner, Cain, Linsecum haven't come this nearly close to a perfect game how the heck can  an over the hill nobody  do it. Think Brady Anderson suddenly nitting 40 homers one year after never hitting more than 10  before or after. 
In three years with Arizona, before coming to the Giants he had over a 5. ERA with less than a strikeout per inning. After leaving baseball for two years he comes to the Giants at age 30 and cuts his ERA nearly in half and more than a strikeout per inning. He's never been known as a velocity pitcher yet his velocity, if anything has gone up a little since 2009 instead of beginning to drop as it usually does for pitchers around age 30

Standard Pitching  YASMEIRO PETIT

  • YearAgeTmLgWL
    W-L%
    ERAGGSGFCGSHOSVIPHRERHRBBIBBSOHBPBKWPBFERA+WHIPH/9HR/9BB/9SO/9SO/BBAwards
    2006 21 FLA NL 1 1 .500 9.57 15 1 5 0 0 0 26.1 46 28 28 7 9 1 20 0 0 0 129 46 2.089 15.7 2.4 3.1 6.8 2.22
    2007 22 ARI NL 3 4 .429 4.58 14 10 2 0 0 0 57.0 58 30 29 12 18 1 40 0 1 0 243 104 1.333 9.2 1.9 2.8 6.3 2.22
    2008 23 ARI NL 3 5 .375 4.31 19 8 6 0 0 0 56.1 45 29 27 12 14 2 42 1 1 3 229 107 1.047 7.2 1.9 2.2 6.7 3.00
    2009 24 ARI NL 3 10 .231 5.82 23 17 2 0 0 0 89.2 102 62 58 19 34 1 74 0 0 3 407 77 1.517 10.2 1.9 3.4 7.4 2.18
    2012 27 SFG NL 0 0 3.86 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.2 7 2 2 0 4 0 1 0 0 1 22 100 2.357 13.5 0.0 7.7 1.9 0.25
    2013 28 SFG NL 2 0 1.000 3.12 3 2 0 0 0 0 17.1 19 6 6 1 4 0 23 0 0 0 72 110 1.327 9.9 0.5 2.1 11.9 5.75
    6 Yrs 12 20 .375 5.37 75 39 15 0 0 0 251.1 277 157 150 51 83 5 200 1 2 7 1102 83 1.432 9.9 1.8 3.0 7.2 2.41
    162 Game Avg. 7 12 .375 5.37 45 23 9 0 0 0 150 165 94 89 30 50 3 119 1 1 4 657 83 1.432 9.9 1.8 3.0 7.2 2.41
    ARI (3 yrs) 9 19 .321 5.05 56 35 10 0 0 0 203.0 205 121 114 43 66 4 156 1 2 6 879 91 1.335 9.1 1.9 2.9 6.9 2.36
    SFG (2 yrs) 2 0 1.000 3.27 4 3 0 0 0 0 22.0 26 8 8 1 8 0 24 0 0 1 94 108 1.545 10.6 0.4 3.3 9.8 3.00
    FLA (1 yr) 1 1 .500 9.57 15 1 5 0 0 0 26.1 46 28 28 7 9 1 20 0 0 0 129 46 2.089 15.7 2.4 3.1 6.8 2.22


Velocity Charts show all of his pitches improving 1-2 mph between 2009 and 2013 with the Giant


SeasonTeamvFAvFTvFCvFSvFOvSIvSLvCUvKCvEPvCHvSCvKN
2007 Diamondbacks 87.9 82.3 73.7 80.4
2008 Diamondbacks 87.1 81.0 74.0 78.3
2009 Diamondbacks 87.3 88.1 78.0 74.5 77.7
2012 Giants 87.6 85.9 80.4 76.6 80.5
2013 Giants 88.1 87.5 83.2 76.3 80.4
Total - - - 87.4 88.1 87.0 80.0 74.6 78.4



A player just doesn't cut his lifetime ERA in half at an advanced age over a prolonged period. We saw the same thing happen with Scutaro last year, raising his average nearly 100 points the second half of the season after coming to the Giants from Colorado.  Granted it's been only three games so far with the Giants but Petit looks like , if anything, he's improving his numbers and the fact that the Diamond backs showed no improvement but hit worse against him the second time around makes one further ask questions.
-Its not like the Diamondbacks had never seen him before the        




 Sept 6 one hitter...the Diamondbacks had a good look at him last week already.
- You've got the perfect candidate for using PEDs.. the 30 year old pitcher at the crossroads of either retiring  or going for it with PEDs.  At least one minor league Giants coach is known to even have suggested to such action to a player in a similar career situation.
- Latin players, particularly those from Venezuela have been the big culprits in the recent PED busts, with another Venezuelan and Giant, Melky Cabrera , leading the pack last year.com.com  Did we mention that 1/3 of the Giants non-expanded lineup are Venezuelans (8); quite something for a small country to put more players on the Giants than caucasian players. (Note: during the Mitchell report and followup  22 Venezuelans were found complicit in using banned substances - which was third most of any country, right behind the US!




We've seen Venezuelan pitchers for the Giants such as Machi and _____ improve their numbers once with the Giants, but not like what we've seen from Petit in the last three games since coming up to the Big Leagues.  It's reminiscent of Chad 'the incident' Gaudin who suddenly became the no. 2 most successful starter after coming up midseason. He may not be from Venezuela but we have questions about him, too, and not just his penchant for visiting young women on gurneys in hospitals.   And did we mention that one-third of the 




Giants non-extended team are Venezuelans (8)?
We're  afraid It's the same old Giants story, that of bringing in players, mostly Latin, er Venezuelans, in recent years - players who've done virtually nothing to distinguish themselves but once with the Giants they almost always hit 30-50 points higher than their career average - or the last team they came from. I know we're not supposed to talk this way but by now it's our strong belief that GM Sabean purposely goes after these rejects in hopes of catching lightning in a bottle, or , more likely something else in a bottle and syringe, perhaps. It's happened year after year in the lax state of baseball testing , which, by the way, hasn't caught a single player all year; baseball had to go after Biogenesis to save face since its own testing is well behind the curve of designer PEDs that go undetectable to their tests. You can chalk up some of the past to lack of good judgement  and the influence of Bonds around them - decent guys like Aurilia, Matt Williams, Santiago .  Then there were Mendoza guys like Marvin  Bernard  who were still able to raise their numbers into the respectable range. There was more innocense back then, except for Bonds  . Today, players should no better and we cant feel sorry for them .




We don't know where Petit is getting his stuff but it would seem there's plenty to go around once players land on the Giants. San Francisco is, after all, the BALCO and BONDS capital where it all really began in the most liberal city in America where the smell of canabis in the stands was rampant during their World Series home games. You can throw in local guys McGwire and Conseco, too , yet that was from a slighty earlier, not so much designer drug era.  If the Giants didn't have such a consistent history, year after year , of having convicted PED users (not to mention the ones not caught) we wouldn't be as quick to jump on this.  Just to many dots connected. Remember, it took almost 10 years before a couple of brave reporters  broke the Bonds  story



- And, just an afterthought or sidelight that we thought it rather bizarre that the Giants would  interview Petit - in Spanish , no less (Petit doesn't speak English after playing American basebally nearly 10 years)  over the PA system after the game.  If it had been  no hitter or perfect game
 it might be understandable but one there's a big difference between a one hitter and perfect game - agt least in status. 



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