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Monday, August 31, 2009
Brad Penny signs with the GiantsSo sayeth Jon Heyman. He'll probably do well there, though pitching ain't exactly the Giants' biggest concern.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 4:06pm
Kahuna Tuna said...
Fix that headline, Craig (“Brady Penny”). Don’t want everyone thinking the guy’s a recent amateur draft pick.
Posted 08/31 at 05:04 PM
Pitching may not be the Giants biggest concern but the 5th starter position has been a concern since Randy Johnson went out, with Sadowski and Martinez doing well initially then getting clobbered. Every game counts now, even the 5th starter.
Plus, as I’ve been saying in posts, if you can build a whole rotation that is full of very good pitchers, that is an advantage over other teams who can put up, usually 1-2 equivalent pitchers, at best 3, against the Giants.
If Penny can pitch like he did when he was with the Dodgers, the Giants rotation will be formidable, a gaunlet for other teams to work through, grinding out each series.
Now, the Giants only need another good setup reliever (Hoffman?) and the pitching staff would be pretty much as good overall as anyone’s, overall or in parts.
Posted 08/31 at 06:56 PM
Alex Poterack said...
BtB actually ran this piece about a month ago, suggesting that the Giants, because they’re such a pitching heavy-team, would actually be better off getting even better at that: http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2009/7/28/964024/using-team-context-to-better
I’m kind of reflexively skeptical about that, actually, but I haven’t really had time to look into it deeper.
Posted 08/31 at 07:05 PM
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