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AtF Podcast: Week 1 In Review


Week 1 of the Major League Baseball season is in the books, Eric Nathanson and I had our first episode of Around the Foghorn Podcast recapping the week that was for the San Francisco Giants.

One of the biggest issues that I had from the opening week was instant replay, more specifically one certain play that did not go the Giants way. With Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock on first base, Giants starter Matt Cain turned and fired to first on a pickoff attempt. It looked as he had Pollock  picked off and was called safe. Manager Bruce Bochy came out to challenge the call, upon further review the play stood and Pollock  was called safe.

Unfortunately this was not the only play involving Pollack this inning that could have, and should have been reviewed. A couple batters after being “picked off”, Cain threw a passed ball and there was a play at the plate and Pollock  was called safe. It looked Pollock  had slid into Cain’s glove before ever touching the plate, Bochy had used his one and only challenge on the pick-off and could not challenge the play at the plate. This tweet from Ken, got me thinking and should be something that MLB should look into.

 

Back to the first week for the Giants. It was a successful week, that saw them play 4 games in Arizona versus the Diamondbacks, and 3 in Los Angeles versus the Dodgers. Finished the week 5-2 and one half game in first place.

Some stand out players from this week, as mentioned on the Podcast, were the offense of Angel Pagan, Brandon Belt and Buster Posey.

Rk Pos Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1 C Buster Posey 27 7 27 25 6 8 1 0 2 4 0 0 2 5 .320 .370 .600 .970
2 1B Brandon Belt* 26 7 31 31 7 10 0 0 4 7 0 0 0 10 .323 .323 .710 1.032
7 CF Angel Pagan# 32 7 33 31 4 13 3 0 1 8 1 1 2 4 .419 .455 .613 1.067
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Generated 4/7/2014.

And the Pitching from Tim Hudson, Tim Linecum and Jean Machi

Rk Pos Age W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO
3 SP Tim Hudson 38 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 0 0 0 7.2 3 0 0 0 0 7
4 SP Tim Lincecum 30 0 0 6.00 1 1 0 0 0 6.0 8 4 4 2 0 7
12 Jean Machi 32 2 0 1.000 0.00 3 0 0 0 0 3.0 2 0 0 0 0 4
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Generated 4/7/2014.

This week, the Giants open their home portion of the regular season with 3 more versus the Diamondbacks and 3 versus the Colorado Rockies.

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