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.”
Don’t look now, but something magical is brewing with the San Francisco Giants. Something is happening. And by “something is happening” I mean “the Giants have won two games in a row.”
Hot dang! A two-game winning streak! Nevermind that they’re at home against an equally bad Colorado Rockies team. Let’s rejoice in a two-game winning streak. A TWO-game winning streak! That’s twice as long as a one-game winning streak, which is already pretty darn newsworthy.
The Giants won the Logan Webb vs. Jon Gray matchup, and, if we’re all being honest, none of us expected that. But they did, and that’s worth noting.
Let’s recap everything else in bullet point form:
- A day after Pablo Sandoval hit a home run in a start for Evan Longoria at third base, Longoria was back in the lineup, even against a right-handed pitcher. And what did he do? Put a hanging Gray breaking ball about 15 rows up the left field bleachers. Longoria added a double and a single, finishng the day 3-5, with 3 legs of the cycle and 3 runs batted in. He’s no longer a perennial All-Star or an MVP, but for 2020 at least it looks like he’ll still be worth what the Giants are paying him.
- Webb got into trouble a few times, including against Nolan Arenado (no surprises there). But he also had three dominant innings. He pitched 5.2 innings, getting into trouble in half of them. But in the other innings — the second, third, and fifth — he set down the side in order, striking out a pair of batters each time. The electric stuff is emphatically there, it’s just a matter of how consistent he can be with it.
- Brandon Crawford and Mauricio Dubon have officially developed tremendous double play chemistry. It’s a true joy to watch.
- Trevor Gott perfect inning save!
- The Giants won 5-3 and improved to 27-31.