Ty Blach, the San Francisco Giants’ fifth round pick in 2012, kicked off his first full year in pro ball with the San Jose Giants, San Francisco’s high-A affiliate. The strike-throwing lefty has been experiencing success, posting a 2.73 ERA and 2.21 FIP in nine games started.
In 52.2 innings pitched, Blach has struck out 48 and only given up five walks. Having good control and throwing strikes has been a key to his success.
“One of the things I always pride myself on is throwing a lot of strikes and getting ahead of hitters,” Blach said. “It just comes from executing strike one and executing every pitch one at a time.”
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Hey All - not much to report obviously but I think this pretty epic Hunter Pence impression of Ozzie Smith doing a flip GIF will make you miss baseball less:
Yup, that’s all I got. BTW, I love this man.
A thing that happened, folks.
Take a time machine to 10 years ago. Find your 10-years-ago self and tell them that the World Series that year was awful, you know it, but in 10 years, everything will be okay.
“NO. STUPID RALLY MONKEY,” your old self might say. “SCREW THE ANGELS.”
You’ll calm your old self down — or try to at least — and say, “In 10 years, the Giants will have won the World Series twice in three years.”
Your old self won’t believe it, continuing the curse everything about the Angels.
Say that to your 2007 self, too. And maybe even your 2010 self.
It still feels improbable.
The Giants won the World Series twice in three years? No way. Not possible. Come on.
That’s just crazytalk.
There’s just absolutely no way that’ll ever happen.
— Larry Baer, on Matt Cain spraying champagne on him. (via radioactivemisfit)
Stoic Buster is stoic.
What the hell did I just watch?
I have to go pass out now.
NEVER IN DOUBT.
Matt Cain has spent his entire career in a Giants uniform. Before the season began, he signed an extension — guaranteeing that he will stay a Giant until at least 2017.
Criminally since his first MLB start in 2005, the offense notoriously never scored runs for him. That may be hyperbole at times, but there were times in his career where he had the lowest run support in the entire league, maybe even all of baseball.
A new term was coined for pitchers with a notorious lack of offense or the bullpen imploding or the defense being shoddy: “Cained” That’s what it meant to be “Cained.” But mostly, it was a lack of offense.
On the numbers side, Cain is a statistical anomaly. Sabermetrics showed that his FIP and xFIP wasn’t necessarily considered above average, some fans thought he wasn’t good because he didn’t have the wins. But when he took the mound, you just knew he’s a dominant pitcher who will amaze you.