Some people wondered at the start of the season if Ryan Vogelsong could possibly perform as well this year as he did in 2011 — I was one of those people. Well, Vogelsong’s outstanding performance today, in a 4-0 Giants win over the Oakland A’s certainly went a long way to silence my doubts. Vogelsong not only pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, he also got on base after being struck with a pitch and scored the go-ahead run. I was rooting for Vogelsong last year because his personal history made him seem like an underdog. I am rooting for him this year because of his outstanding pitching. If Bruce Bochy were starting the season today, I imagine he would have Vogelsong number three in the pitching rotation rather than number five.
Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum in still struggling as is evident from his start on 9 May in a losing effort against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
Giants Pitcher Madison Baumgarner continues to have the right stuff and gets the win over Philadelphia in an evening game on 17 April in San Francisco.
Barry Zito took the mound Monday afternoon with the San Francisco Giants coming off a three game losing streak and starting the season with an 0 and 3 record. Faced with a high pressure situation Zito responded not only by turning in a winning effort but by pitching his first shutout since 2003.
I am not one of those who is ready to start criticizing Joe Girardi and the Yanks at this point in the season because there is an historical precedent for the Yankees starting a season with an 0-3 record and going on to have not only a strong season, but a World Series Championship Season. The year? 1998
The Giants were swept three games to none in a series with the Diamondbacks that ended yesterday. This rough start to the season suggests: first, the pitchers at the top of the Giants rotation are human, and second, the Arizona Diamondbacks (who won the NL West last season) may be an even better team this year than they were last year.
If the Colts retain Peyton Manning through 8 March 2012 they must pay him a $28 million retention bonus. Manning is still not fully recovered from neck surgery so I expect the Colts to place Manning on waivers.