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Giants catchers are stealing strikes at an alarming rate.

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Hello and happy Wednesday.

Yesterday I wrote about how the San Francisco Giants catchers had committed four catcher’s interferences already in 2020, which is more than Buster Posey has committed in his entire career.

Today it’s time to be fair, and cover the other side of the coin.

It’s not coincidence or poor habits that are leading to that stat; it’s strategy. Mind you, committing catcher’s interference isn’t the strategy, it’s just a side effect that the team was likely prepared for.

The coaching staff has been instructing catchers to scoot a little bit closer when receiving pitches. The hope is that, by catching the ball a little bit earlier, they can give the appearance that breaking balls are a little closer to the zone, and sway the minds of a few umps.

It might seem like a very trivial advantage to be chasing, but it’s working. Even though Chadwick Tromp and Tyler Heineman appear to have subpar framing skills, the Giants entered Tuesday’s game having stolen more strikes than any other team in baseball. And it’s not close.

The Athletic’s Eno Sarris has the math:

That’s ... very significant. And it’s an advantage I’d never even thought of.

Nice one, Giants.


Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

What a silly question.

August 12, 2003: Against the New York Mets, Bonds hit 2 solo home runs. A 3rd-run blast off of Aaron Heilman cut the Giants deficit to 3-1, and a 9th-inning shot off of David Weathers made the deficit 5-4, which was the final score. They were his 36th and 37th homers of the year.


Old, random MCC article for you to read

How Jonathan Sanchez controls the world (Oct. 24, 2014 — Grant Brisbee)


Giants links

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone.