Tag:Ryan Vogelsong
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:56 pm

Cain to start for ill LIncecum

Tim LincecumBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Tim Lincecum is still sick and it appears to have come at an opportune time for the Giants, as Monday's day off could allow the team to move up its entire rotation and letting Lincecum recover until he'd be needed on Saturday in Cincinnati, MLB.com's Chris Haft reports.

Lincecum was a scratch on Tuesday with flu-like symptoms, resulting in a Barry Zito start (that ended like most Zito starts, with lots of runs on the board) on Tuesday in Philadelphia. 

Matt Cain will pitch Wednesday night in Philadelphia, while Ryan Vogelsong could pitch Thursday and Madison Bumgarner on Friday.

Cain last faced the Phillies in Game 3 of last year's NLCS when he held the team to two hits in seven innings of a 3-0 Giants victory.

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Posted on: July 23, 2011 10:46 am
Edited on: July 23, 2011 10:55 am

On Deck: Jumble atop NL Central standings


By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jaime GarciaKevin CorreiaKeeping pace: With Friday's victory, the Cardinals are now tied with the Pirates -- a game behind Milwaukee in the National League Central. The Cardinals have lefty Jaime Garcia on the mound. Garcia pitched well in his first start since his new extension last Sunday, but he picked up the loss against the Reds despite allowing just one earned run (two total) in seven innings. In his only career start at PNC Park, he lost in similar fashion, allowing a run and seven hits in six innings in a loss last season. Pittsburgh's Kevin Correia has struggled at home this season, going 2-5 with a 5.94 ERA at home and 9-2 with a 2.85 ERA on the road. Cardinals at Pirates, 7:05 p.m ET (Follow live)

Adam DunnProgressive steps for Dunn: Chicago's Adam Dunn was 2 for 5 in Friday's victory over Cleveland, raising his batting average from .158 to .163. He's 6 for 15 with a homer at Cleveland's Progressive Field this season and is 2 for 2 with a double against Indians starter, lefty David Huff. Sure, that's not a whole lot of reason for optimism, but for the White Sox version of Dunn, it's about as good as you can get. White Sox at Indians, 7:05 p.m. ET (Follow live)

Sneak peak at fall? Milwaukee took the first game in this weekend's only series between two first-place teams behind Shaun Marcum's performance and has lefty Randy Wolf on the mound for Game 2. Wolf's had success in his career at AT&T Park and against the Giants. He's 3-2 with a 2.59 ERA in nine career starts in San Francisco and 9-5 with a 2.77 ERA against the Giants. Ryan Vogelsong has already beaten his previous career best for wins with seven and has a 2.02 ERA. Brewers at Giants, 9:05 p.m. ET (Follow live)

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Posted on: July 18, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 5:40 pm

On Deck: Pirate proving ground


By C. Trent Rosecrans

Crucial stretch: The Pirates enter Monday's game a half-game behind the Brewers in the National League Central, but if they are to stay in the race, the next 13 games will be huge. Pittsburgh has three against Cincinnati and three more at home against St. Louis before hitting the road for four in Atlanta and three more in Philadelphia. The Pirates are 11-17 against teams with winning records and 34-23 against teams with losing records, including a 9-3 mark against the Astros. Pittsburgh is 5-1 against Cincinnati heading into Monday night's game. The Reds are one of those teams with a losing record, but they are the defending champs in the division and are just 3.5 games back of the lead. Reds at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET (Follow live)

Scott DiamondDiamond debut: Twins left-hander Scott Diamond will make his big league debut in the second game of a double header with Cleveland. Diamond is 4-8 with a 4.70 ERA in 17 starts for Triple-A Rochester this season. The Twins fell six games behind the Indians earlier in the day thanks to Asdrubal Cabrera's three-run homer in the third and seven shutout innings from David Huff. The Twins have two more games against the Indians this week before welcoming Detroit for four in a crucial stretch. Fausto Carmona (4-10, 5.78 ERA) will be activated from the disabled list before the game. Carmona injured his right quad when he tripped over first base in Cincinnati on July 2 but only missed one start thanks to the All-Star break. Indians at Twins, 8:10 p.m. ET (Follow live)

Chad BillingsleyYou want it, you got it: The Dodgers re-shuffled their rotation after the break to make sure Chad Billingsley would face the Giants. Billingsley is 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA in his last four starts before the break. In his career, the right-hander is 7-4 with a 3.01 ERA, but 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA in three starts against the Giants this season. He goes against San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong (6-1, 2.17 ERA), who hasn't faced the Dodgers this season. Dodgers at Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET (Follow live)

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Posted on: July 3, 2011 8:38 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 10:59 am

Halladay, Weaver should start All-Star Game

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Perhaps the list of who won't be starting the All-Star Game is as impressive as who may start the game on July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Because of the rule that pitchers who start on the Sunday before the game are ineligible to pitch in the All-Star Game, Justin Verlander, James Shields, Matt Cain, Felix Hernandez, Cole Hamels, CC Sabathia and Jon Lester won't be getting the nod to start the game. However, it should be noted that neither Sabathia nor Lester were selected to the team, perhaps with an eye toward the fact they wouldn't be able to pitch in the game.

With those pitchers eliminated from the competition, it's easier to pick the starters for next Tuesday's game. We'll continue the process of elimination to determine the starters for the All-Star Game.

National League

Without Hamels and Cain, there are six pitchers left to pick from. It's unlikely that Tim Lincecum or Ryan Vogelsong of the Giants would be headed to Phoenix if San Francisco manger Bruce Bochy wasn't making the picks, so cross them off the list. That leaves Roy Halladay, Jair Jurrjens, Clayton Kershaw and Cliff Lee.

I'd be surprised if Kershaw didn't start an All-Star Game in his career, but it's not this year. He's got the potential to be as good as anyone in the game, but he's allowed six earned runs in three of his last six starts, so he's out.

Cliff Lee had an unbelievable June, but take that away and he's 4-6 with a 4.23 ERA. He's out.

So it comes down to the two 11-game winners, Halladay and Jurrjens. Jurrjens leads in ERA at 1.89, while Halladay has a 2.44 ERA. Halladay has more strikeouts, 131 to 63 and also leads in WHIP (1.027 to 1.061). Either one would be a good pick, but expect Bochy to go with the veteran Halladay, and it's tough to argue picking Halladay for about anything. His track record gives him the edge.

American League

If Verlander and Shields were in this discussion, it would be a lot more difficult. So in the also-rans, we'll start with C.J. Wilson. Wilson is 8-3 with a 3.14 ERA, good numbers to be sure, but not elite. Like Bochy picking two of his starters (and 60 percent of his starting rotation), Rangers manager Ron Washington was looking out for one of his own players by picking him over Sabathia or Lester, so he's out of the discussion.

David Price is 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA with 116 strikeouts, a good half-season to be sure, but not an All-Star starting pitcher.

Gio Gonzalez is that under-the-radar starter who has been lights-out this season, going 8-5 with a 2.31 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 109 innings. Gonzalez is fourth in the American League in ERA but his WHIP is an improved 1.235, which is decent but not in the Top 10 in the league.

Jered Weaver and Josh Beckett are both in the top three in both ERA and WHIP, with Weaver first in ERA (1.92) and third in WHIP (0.921) to Verlander (0.862). Beckett trails Weaver in ERA (2.12) and jumped ahead of him in WHIP (0.906) with Sunday's performance. If you're one of those people who puts value in pitcher's wins as a stat, Weaver leads all American Leaguers eligible to pitch in the game with 10 wins, while Beckett's pedestrian record of 6-3 belies what he's been able to do on the mound this season.

Weaver had a case to start last season season's game in Anaheim, but wasn't eligible because he'd started the Sunday before the game. He's scheduled to start on Thursday, putting him on track to start again on July 12, and he should get that chance.

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Posted on: June 23, 2011 12:43 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 12:58 pm

Giants fan is no Bartman

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Last night a fan caught a foul ball at AT&T Park in San Francisco and was booed, chastised by the Giants' announcing crew and had to be reseated for his own safety. And anyone who did one of those things and mentioned the name Steve Bartman is wrong.

Here's the video:

I don't care that Alexi Casilla grounded out in the same at-bat, so it didn't really do anything but add to Ryan Vogelsong's pitch count -- the fan can't know about that as the ball heads toward him.

Cody Ross isn't too happy about the fan making the play, and I understand that. That said, the fan was only reacting like any sane human would. The fella was there with his lady friend, and if you look here, the ball appears to be headed straight at the guy's said lady friend (cowering to the right in some sort of headband as the ball -- the white streak at the top of the picture -- heads toward her). For as far as the guy knows, the ball's going to hit his lady friend and he's protecting her. 

See, I've sat in seats a lot like those, and you've got to be alert at all times. The ball can come to you at any time. This fan was watching the game and saw the ball coming at him. With no wall to worry about, the fan watched the ball the whole way, just as you're taught all your life. He didn't know someone was getting that close to him, and it doesn't appear Ross calls him off. The fan doesn't reach over the railing; he had position; and Ross runs into him (and he still makes the catch!)

In the end, the fan did nothing wrong (unless you count violating my rule that you don't take a glove to the game if you're old enough to drive yourself to the game). He realized he may have cost the team an out, and you can see by the words he mutters to himself, he's not happy with that as a fan. That's all the penance needed.

These things happen, and in one fan's case, it happens because he's being chivalrous. That isn't someone to boo; instead, it's just a man in unfortunate circumstances (and great seats).

Of course, I think Bartman gets a bum rap too, but that's another argument for another day. 

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Posted on: June 22, 2011 4:49 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 12:57 am

On Deck: Twins, A's look to continue surge

On Deck
By Evan Brunell

LeeLohseBEST MATCHUP: It's not often that you can say Cliff Lee goes up against a pitcher with a lower ERA than him, especially since Philadelphia has cornered the market on aces. And yet that's what's going to happen on Wednesday when Lee takes his 3.12 ERA and goes up against... Kyle Lohse. Yup. You may not have realized it, but Lohse is actually putting together a fine season -- in fact, his finest yet. Lohse is inducing weak contact like never before and has become stingy with control, and there isn't anything much screaming for a regression, although he, like most other pitchers, is still in over his head with a 2.88 ERA. Phillies at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. ET (Watch live)

The headline for this game is about Ryan Vogelsong, who is 4-1 with a sparkling 1.96 ERA in 65 2/3 innings. This is Vogelsong's first year in the majors since 2006 and he entered the season with a career 5.86 ERA. Those waiting for the wheels to fall off may have to wait a bit longer, because luck isn't part of Vogelsong's success; he's pitching well, thanks to a myriad of reasons but in part due to junking his slider and returning to his changeup. He's also had tremendous success with his fastball. But Vogelsong will go up against an opponent that has roared out of seemingly nowhere in winning 15 of their last 17, pulling to 6 1/2 games out of first place. Minnesota still has a long road to go, but it's still an impressive return to relevance. Nick Blackburn will toe the hill for the team. Twins at Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET (Watch live)

A'sMIDAS TOUCH: The Athletics have won 7 of 11 since new manager Bob Melvin took over, but it's not just Melvin that's responsible for Oakland's success. You can add the alternate gold tops to the mix, as the A's are 10-3 while wearing the alternate jerseys and have worn them over the past six games. It will be seven on Wednesday even though the club is in New York, as the A's want to keep the good times rolling and starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez is a big fan of the gold tops. Gonzalez will battle R.A. Dickey. A loss would send the Mets to a 35-39 record, while the A's would improve to 35-40. Athletics at Mets, 7:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

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Posted on: June 16, 2011 4:52 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 5:55 pm

On Deck: Can Holliday help end Cards' slide?

By C. Trent Rosecrans

There may only be four night games tonight, but there's still plenty of entertaining storylines to follow in those four games.

Holliday just in time: Matt Holliday returns from the disabled list just in time to try to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Nationals and to help the Cardinals try to end a five-game slide. You think adding a guy hitting .342/.433/.542 with six homers in 44 games will help? I do. Since Holliday went on the DL, the Cardinals have fallen out of first place in the NL Central. Meanwhile, the Nationals have won their last five and with the Marlins' loss to the Phillies, the Nationals aren't in last place. They need to win to keep it that way. Cardinals at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET (Follow live scoring)

Giant sweep: Hoping to take over first place from San Francisco, the Diamondbacks welcomed the Giants, but now they're just looking to take a game from the defending champs. To do so, they'll have to solve the most surprising player of the season, Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong. The San Francisco right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.81 ERA this season and has an ERA of just 0.99 in his last seven starts. Giants at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m. ET (Follow live scoring)

Trading shutouts: In the first game of the Red Sox-Rays series, James Shields shut out the Red Sox. On Wednesday, Josh Beckett shut out the Rays. Thursday night's matchup features two pitchers more than capable of shutting down any lineup -- Tampa Bay's David Price (7-5, 3.51 ERA) and Clay Buchholz (5-3, 3.59). Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. ET (Follow live scoring)

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Posted on: June 5, 2011 7:04 pm

Zito close to return, but Vogelsong staying put

By Matt Snyder
Barry Zito is slated to throw 85 pitches in a rehab appearance Monday, but it doesn't look like there's room for him in the Giants starting rotation as things currently stand. That's because Ryan Vogelsong has been lights out since taking over for Zito. Sunday, he handcuffed the Rockies for eight innings, allowing just four hits and one earned run while striking out seven. He's now 4-1 with a 1.68 ERA in 10 starts.

"Obviously, Vogu is not going anywhere," Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters after Vogelsong's gem Sunday (Hank Schulman via Twitter).

Vogelsong, 33, is actually one of the feel-good stories of the season. He entered 2011 with a 10-22 record, 5.86 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 315 career major-league innings.

Meanwhile, there's no way Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez or Madison Bumgarner is being removed from the rotation. So Vogelsong makes five. Where does Zito fit on the team?

"We might have to get creative," Bochy said (Extra Baggs via Twitter).

The other option would be trying to make Zito into an eight-figure situational or long reliever. He's only pitched in relief twice in his entire career (against 356 starts), but he's 40-58 with a 4.48 ERA and 1.41 WHIP since signing with the Giants. He has a 6.23 ERA in three starts this season. It's hard to say there's any doubt he's the worst of the Giants' six starters, but that doesn't mean they will send him to the bullpen considering his lofty salary and lack of relief experience.

Perhaps the Giants go to a six-man rotation? The White Sox have used one ever since Jake Peavy returned to the hill. It would qualify as "creative."

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