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Entries in giants (10)


One Tough Out: Buster Posey

Buster Posey continues to have an impressive postseason. The image below is an overlay of the pitch sequence in his at bat vs. LHP Antonio Bastadro in the 7th inning of last night's game (NLCS Game 4). Despite Bastardo only giving Posey one pitch in the zone he still fails to keep him off the bases.

Pitch Sequence with 2010 In Play SLG% Heat Map: Buster Posey vs LHP Antonio Bastardo (NLCS Game 4 - 10/20/2010). Bot 7, 1 out, Bases Empty.

The Pitch Sequence:
Buster Posey doubles (2) on a line drive to right fielder Jayson Werth. Vs LHP Antonio Bastardo (Philadelphia Phillies - Home - 10/20/2010)

Bot 7, 1 out, Bases Empty, 2-2 Fastball, 94 mph

  • 1: 0-0 - Strike Looking on a 93 MPH Fastball - Over the Plate
  • 2: 0-1 - Ball on a 85 MPH Changeup - Inside
  • 3: 1-1 - Ball on a 93 MPH Fastball - Inside
  • 4: 2-1 - Strike Swinging on a 83 MPH Slider - Over the Plate
  • 5: 2-2 - Foul on a 94 MPH Fastball - Over the Plate
  • 6: 2-2 - Double on a 94 MPH Fastball - Outside

Here is video of all Buster's hits in Game 4 of the NLCS.


Quick Hitter: Oswalt in the 9th

Since 2008 Roy Oswalt had thrown 91 pitches over 22 plate appearances in the 9th inning. Opposing batters hit only .190 (with 4 hits). During the aforementioned 22 plate appearances he had only thrown 2 pitches with runners in scoring position.

Tim Lincecum's Curve

San Francisco Giants NLCS Game One starter Tim Lincecum has one of the best pitching repertoires in the game. However, this season has seen a noticeable dip in the effectiveness of his curveball with batters slugging .453 against it with a .352 wOBA.

In Play SLG% Against Tim Lincecum's Curveball
Last season, Lincecum's curve was good for 5.6 runs above average. This season, it's been 7 runs below average.

On Saturday, Lincecum will face a Phillies team with 4 starters all hitting above league average against the curve from RHP.

Raul Ibanez.368.500.526.455
Ryan Howard.256.302.590.365
Chase Utley.267.421.267.344
Jayson Werth.289.308.474.334
League AVG.232.301.336.286

Only Chase Utley falls below league average in one category against the curve, SLG%. However, he's made up for it by apparently taking more than a few curveballs for ball four resulting in a .421 OBP.

Philadelphia Phillies In Play SLG% Against the Curve from RHP (Min. 50 PA)