Bruce Bochy said that the the no-hit loss to Homer Bailey was rock bottom for the Giants.
Others may say it went a little farther down on Wednesday.
The Giants were shut down by an ex-prospect as Zach Wheeler limited his former team to one run on three hits over seven innings as the Mets completed a three-game sweep of the Giants with a 7-2 win.
Wheeler came into Wednesday’s game scuffling a bit, sporting a 4.29 ERA in his first four big-league starts. But that was no concern against the Giants. Why?
Because young pitchers have owned the Giants in 2013.
Wednesday’s game was the 13th time this season a young pitcher has started a game against the Giants for the first time in his career. In each of these games, the Giants had never faced this young pitcher (in a regular-season game). And we consider a “young pitcher” as entering the season with less than one full year of MLB service time.
Care to guess what the Giants’ win-loss record is in those 13 games? The Giants are 5-8 in those games.
Those games were started by the Dodgers’ Hyun-jin Kim and Matt Magill, Cardinals’ Shelby Miller and Tyler Lyons, Brewers’ Wily Peralta, Phillies’ Jonathan Pettibone, Bravers’ Julio Teheran, Athletics’ Dan Straily, Pirates’ Gerrit Cole, Marlins’ Tom Koehler and Jacob Turner, Reds’ Tony Cingrani and the Mets’ Wheeler.
In those 13 starts, the young pitchers facing the Giants for the first time are 6-2 with 3.55 ERA. If you remove two starts in which the Giants got to a young pitcher (vs. Peralta and Magill WAY back in April), those numbers drop to 6-2 with a 2.81 ERA.
Since beating Lyons in St. Louis on June 2, young pitchers facing the Giants for the first time have gone 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA over five starts.
So it begs the question: Do the Giants have scouts that they send out to get reports on these young pitchers?
If so, do the Giants share this information with their players?
If so, do the players read these reports and adjust accordingly?
And if not, why?