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Entries in San Francisco Giants (49)

Tuesday
Aug212012

Pence's Impatience Costing Him with Giants

Hunter Pence, by all accounts, is an enthusiastic fellow. Pence runs out routine grounders like he's squaring off against Usain Bolt. He's known to crash into walls and even the occasional sliding glass window. But Pence has been a little too gung-ho in the batter's box since being traded from the Phillies to the Giants on July 31. And it's costing him and his new club.

Pence wasn't exactly a strike-zone guru with Philly, but both his 8.4% walk rate and 19.3% strikeout rate were right around the MLB average in 2012. With San Francisco, however, Pence has drawn a walk just 4.8% of the time and he has punched out 26.2%.

With the Phillies, Pence swung at plenty of high pitches out of the zone. Despite that, his overall 29.2% chase rate was close to the MLB average (28.5%):

Pence's swing rate by pitch location with the Phillies, 2012

 

Since changing coasts, Pence's strike zone has practically stretched from Philly to San Fran:

Pence's swing rate by pitch location with the Giants, 2012

 

Pence has chased 37% of pitches thrown out of the zone in San Francisco. He's 1-for-24 on those outside pitches, striking out 16 times in the process. While Pence's pep endears him to teammates, he's got to tone it down at home plate to help the Giants' playoff prospects.

Wednesday
Aug152012

Melky Cabrera Suspended for Testosterone - Graphics and Numbers

From the Bill Chuck Files:

Giants All-Star Melky Cabrera has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone. The 27-year-old outfielder leads the majors with 159 hits this season and has hit 11 home runs and  driven home 69.

The suspension of Cabrera is effective immediately.

Here is a heatmap of Melky Cabrera's In Play Slugging percentage vs. the rest of the league thus far in 2012:

Here is a table comparing his numbers vs. the rest of the league thus far in 2012:

Rank: Carbrera's percentile rank vs. the rest of the leagues's batters
PLYR: Cabrera's numbers for each stat
AVG: The league avg. for  each stat
Remaining Columns: Avg for each stats within each assigned percentile rank 

Wednesday
Aug152012

#PerfectCain Posters

Like most baseball enthusiasts we were excited to watch Matt Cain's perfect game... Shortly thereafter we made a poster celebrating the achievement. The heatmap featured in the poster represents Cain's pitch locations throughout the entire game.

Heatmap representing Matt Cain's pitch locations during his perfect game.In any case we have received many requests to buy these posters... So should we sell these??? Please respond below...

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