5-2 (33-26, 0.5 game lead in NL West)
7-3 W @ STL; 4-3 L @ STL; 7-5 W @ STL; 12-7 W @ STL; 3-1 W vs. Col; 2-1 L vs. Col; 2-1 W vs. Col
Fun fact of the week: the 2010 Giants won 22 games by 5 or more runs. The 2011 Giants have only one 2 such games so far! Nonetheless, the offense broke out in St. Louis but the games were still close, then it was back to typical in the return to AT&T.
Hitter of the Week:
I posted a couple of days ago about Aubrey Huff and his four home runs this week surely are an awesome sign. But Cody Ross is my pick here because when he gets hot he is as good as anyone and can carry an offense (see the 2010 playoffs) and he is pretty hot right now. .407 average, 2 HR, 6 RBI and a stolen base this past week. Stay hot Cody Ross!
Pitcher of the Week:
No doubter here: Ryan Vogelsong has not only established himself in the rotation creating a full on Zito crisis, but he is also starting to raise the question of if he deserves an All-Star spot (remember Bochy gets the final say this year) and , dare I say, about who has been the Giants best pitcher this year. Here’s the Ryan vs Timmy line:
- Vogelsong: 4-1, 8 starts, 53.2 IP, 42 K, 1.68 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 2.34 BB/9, 7.04 K/9, 211 ERA+ (before yesterday’s start)
- Lincecum: 5-4, 12 starts, 83.1 IP, 88 K, 2.59 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 2.59 BB/9, 9.50 K/9, 144 ERA+ (before tonight’s start)
Interesting…obviously Timmy is still the ace, but Vogelsong has been no slouch…a truly incredible story if he can keep this up in any way.
Coming up: how about 7 home games! Feels good to have the team home for so long. After the home stand, three in Arizona, which means the next 10 games will give a lot of shape to the division outlook. Also, the return of Pablo is right around the corner!
There has been much hand wringing and worrying over Aubrey Huff and for good cause, he’s been pretty bad. But, one thing Giants fans missed out on last year is that Aubrey is not a good hitter in April and May. Something happens to him every June and he turns into an above average major league hitter. Huff’s 2010 followed his normal splits, only his “bad” months weren’t all that bad. Consider this…here are Huff’s career slash lines (average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage) by month:
- April .213/.315/.404
- May .258/.317/.434
- June .311/.370/.497
- July .283/.348/.493
- August .304/.355/.534
- September .282/.350/.468
So, there you go. Just as last year he was bit better than his “normal” April and May, this year he’s been worse than his “normal” first two months, but not much worse. And I’m not saying he’s going to hit three home runs every game. But, this is the time of the year that Huff (keep in mind this a 10 year career we’re talking about) gets it going. Just thought I’d point that out.