With the MLB season suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, there are no baseball games and limited baseball news. So I’m creating a hypothetical season — complete with news and recaps — until baseball resumes. All news and recaps will have the hypothetical tag, so you can at least know when you’re suspending reality. And you can click “hypothetical season” above the headline to see everything that has happened in this “season.”
Let’s get one thing out of the way quickly: Day baseball is absolutely fantastic. Thank you for day baseball, baseball gods and goddesses. It is the greatest of gifts, and anyone who disagrees can go ahead and uninvite themselves to my birthday party.
Now, with that said, let’s get into some numbers, because I’m not particularly compelled to talk about this baseball game. So let’s dance around the subject and game at hand with some numbers, instead.
5: That’s how many runs the Cincinnati Reds scored on Wednesday.
3: That’s how many runs the San Francisco Giants scored on Wednesday.
1: That’s how many wins the Reds accumulated on Wednesday, and also how many losses the Giants accumulated.
2: That’s how many times more losses (12) the Giants have than wins (6).
14: That’s how many swing-throughs Logan Webb earned in his second start of the year, which was a decentish performance. He struck out 8 in 6 innings, allowing 5 runs, 3 of which were earned. He also walked 2. The game was a mirror of his season debut, which was a mirror of his inaugural season a year ago. Not great results, propped up by very encouraging signs. Logan Webb 2021, everyone.
1. That’s how many home runs Austin Slater hit on Wednesday. That’s a good number, and if he replicated it every game for the rest of his career he would go down as the greatest player in baseball history. Baseball’s funny like that. Every player, even the replacement level ones, have a few games each year where they play like the greatest player in MLB history. The poor fools just can’t do it consistently.
14.7: That’s the percentage of the baseball season that’s already in the books. Kind of hard to believe. Almost feels like the season hasn’t even started yet.
144: That’s how many games are still remaining, though, which feels optimistic when you remember how much you love baseball, but pessimistic when you remember how much the Giants are not very good at baseball.
2.32: That’s the current ERA of the Giants bullpen, which is likely not sustainable, but is a pretty number. Trevor Gott, Tyler Rogers, and Dany Jimenez combined for three innings of 2-hit ball, walking none and striking out 5.
0: That’s how many runs Jimenez has given up this season, which bodes well for the Rule 5 selection staying on the 26-man roster.
1: That’s how many challenges Gabe Kapler called today on hilariously missed calls on Mauricio Dubón stolen base attempts.
6: That’s how many series the Giants have started the season not winning. They’ll have a chance to avoid the sweep tomorrow.
4: That’s how many games in a row they’ve lost, so maybe don’t be too optimistic about that whole sweep avoidance thing.
5,109,694: That’s a rough estimate of how many times Johnny Cueto will shimmy and shake tomorrow, so at least we have that to look forward to. And more day baseball.