The San Francisco Giants
While that’s not entirely fair to Wellemeyer, it was just a wee bit unexpected to watch him pitch a gem, even if it was against a struggling Astros offense. The sinker was sinking, the slider was sliding, and the command was...commanding? Well, it wasn’t a complete abomination, at least. In fact, it was pretty good.
Wellemeyer is still Wellemeyer, and a good start against the Astros isn’t going to change that. But you can at least see the talent that intrigued Dave Duncan. For the first month of the season, I just thought Duncan, like, owed a favor to Wellemeyer’s sister, or something. Dude had no control and no stuff. It was like Shawn Estes with Kirk Rueter’s arm.
Tonight he looked like a pitcher who belonged in a major league rotation. With the upper minors bare, save for a wobbly Bumgarner, that’s a very, very good thing.
Also of note: Pablo Sandoval ripped an outside pitch into right field. That’s good. It was the best at-bat he’s had in weeks.
Also, also of note: Pablo was drilled in the foot and had to leave the game. That’s bad.
Also, also, also of note: The Giants scored more runs tonight than they’ll score off Mat Latos in his career. It was kind of fun.