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Saturday, September 29, 2012

SF Gate: Improvement in the clutch key for Giants

Ramp It Up! (Think I have that by “Groovey” Joe Poovey on a dismali geared Rollin’ Rock EP)

Then came a radical recovery, traced to an early August series at Coors Field, where offensive dreams come true - the Giants finally clutched up, hitting when it counts, and they swung all the way to their second division title in three years.

On Aug. 2, the Giants ended a dreadful homestand, having lost seven of eight games and hitting .167 with runners in scoring position in the seven losses, their RISP season average dropping to .229.

Three things happened on Aug. 3, the day the series opened in Denver.

Manager Bruce Bochy held a 20-minute pregame team meeting and gave his “pedal to the metal” speech, saying his players needed to “man up and be tougher” at the plate.

...It has helped that Pence and Marco Scutaro, also acquired before the trade deadline, became RBI machines. Despite his .224 average as a Giant, Pence has 40 RBIs in 54 games. Scutaro has 41 RBIs in 57 games while hitting .361 since his trade.

“They deserve a lot of that credit,” Buster Posey said. “Success breeds confidence.”

...Posey has been good all season, a .353 hitter in RISP situations, especially since the All-Star break (.458). Unlike Belt, who has benefited from trying to take every at-bat in similar fashion, Posey admitted, “You ramp it up” with men in scoring position.

“You need to get hits when you’re meant to get hits,” Meulens said. “Keep the line moving and score runs. That’s how you help the team win.”

Repoz Posted: September 29, 2012 at 05:40 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 29, 2012 at 08:33 AM (#4248767)
Manager Bruce Bochy held a 20-minute pregame team meeting and gave his “pedal to the metal” speech, saying his players needed to “man up and be tougher” at the plate.

Gee, why didn't every manager think of that?
   2. McCoy Posted: September 29, 2012 at 08:43 AM (#4248772)
Font type, people, font type.
   3. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: September 29, 2012 at 10:06 AM (#4248790)
“You need to get hits when you’re meant to get hits,” Meulens said. “Keep the line moving and score runs. That’s how you help the team win.”

When I'm "meant to"?
Dammit, Hitting Coach Meulens, is it destiny or NOT?
Do I need to practice more, or sacrifice a goat? Or both? What?

"I'm trying to have the same approach no matter what the situation is, not trying to do everything different," Belt said.

Ah. Smartest thing anybody in this article says, right there.
   4. tshipman Posted: September 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM (#4248839)
The Giants hit miserably all last year with RISP (.219/.301/.329 compared to .242/.303/.368 overall). This continued in the first part of the year. I guess regression to the mean isn't as good of a story as a speech.

Part of this is that the Giants in general are a much better hitting ballclub than last year. This is the first above average offense the Giants have had since ... Bonds?
Edit: Since 2004.
   5. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM (#4248843)
"I'm trying to have the same approach no matter what the situation is, not trying to do everything different," Belt said.


Ah. Smartest thing anybody in this article says, right there.


Is that actually true? Shouldn't you change your approach depending on game state?

I mean, man on third, less than two outs, you want to avoid K's, so you don't take a maximum effort swing. DP situation, you try to hit FBs, so you don't swing at low pitches you can't elevate, etc.
   6. Mike Emeigh Posted: September 29, 2012 at 02:04 PM (#4248900)
Shouldn't you change your approach depending on game state?


In broad outline, no - and most hitters don't. The hitter still wants to attack the pitches that he can drive and lay off the pitches that he can't. Sure, a hitter can take the situation into account, but not change his basic approach to hitting.

-- MWE
   7. Sweatpants Posted: September 29, 2012 at 03:42 PM (#4248938)
This is the first above average offense the Giants have had since ... Bonds?
Edit: Since 2004.
The 2010 Giants had an offense that was slightly above average.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: September 30, 2012 at 02:41 AM (#4249169)
It's true -- with all those hills in SF, if you're not good with the clutch, you're going nowhere.

Unless you bought one of those performance-enhancing automatic transmissions.
   9. Bhaakon Posted: September 30, 2012 at 07:36 AM (#4249184)
Unless you bought one of those performance-enhancing automatic transmissions.


You try parallel parking a manual on a 25% grade.
   10. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: September 30, 2012 at 08:33 AM (#4249191)
You try parallel parking a manual on a 25% grade.

That's why 5 MPH bumpers exist.

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