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For one night, the Giants' pitching wasn't dominant, but it didn't change a thing, and Detroit dropped its third in a row.

Have you ever had déjà, déjà, déjà, déjà vu? Because it sorta seems as if I've written this recap before. The Tigers’ latest 2-0 loss came against a new starter in a new setting, but the outcome was SSDD—same score, different day—for Detroit. The Tigers, who were shut out just two times during the regular season, have now been shut out two times in their past two games, becoming the first team to fail to score in consecutive World Series games since the 1966 Dodgers (and the first AL team to do it since the 1919 White Sox, who didn’t want to win).

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Down 2-0 but back at home, the Tigers need a win to avoid an elimination game.

The Giants held serve at AT&T Park, winning the first two games of the series by thrashing Justin Verlander behind Barry Zito in the opener and riding Madison Bumgarner in a duel with Doug Fister on Thursday night. Now, it’s up to the Tigers to take at least two of three in Detroit to send the series back to San Francisco. Step one is winning tonight’s Game Three, which may hinge on one offering by each starter that is crucial to his success.

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October 21, 2012 6:30 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Game Six Preview: Cardinals at Giants

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Daniel Rathman

Can Ryan Vogelsong replicate his Game Two success and take his team to a seventh game?

Buoyed by an unexpectedly superb outing from Barry Zito, the Giants regained home-field advantage in the NLCS with a 5-0 win on Friday night. But Bruce Bochy’s team needs two more victories to clinch its second pennant in three years, while Mike Matheny’s team is just one victory away from its second pennant in a row. Will the Cardinals advance tonight, or will this series require a decisive Game Seven on Monday? To answer those questions, here are the PECOTA odds and projected starting lineups for Game Six:

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Ben and Sam discuss whether Matt Holliday's takeout slide at second was against the rules and why the Cardinals are so widely disliked, then talk about how Ryan Vogelsong has rewarded the Giants for their faith during a string of bad starts.

Ben and Sam discuss whether Matt Holliday's takeout slide at second was against the rules and why the Cardinals are so widely disliked, then talk about how Ryan Vogelsong has rewarded the Giants for their faith during a string of bad starts.

Episode 63: "The Slide Heard 'Round the World/Why Does Everyone Hate the Cardinals?/Ryan Vogelsong Rewards Bruce Bochy"

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October 10, 2012 5:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Three Recap: Giants 2, Reds 1

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Sam Miller

Despite playing excellent defense all year, the Reds drop Game Three to the Giants on a pair of defensive misplays.

Ryan Hanigan was behind the plate for 3,623 batters this year. On average, Reds pitchers threw 3.82 pitches per plate appearance, so Hanigan called 13,840 pitches. Of those, about 36 percent were either fouled away or put into play, so Hanigan actually caught roughly 8,854 pitches. Of those, about 59.5 percent came with bases empty. With runners on base this year, however, pitchers threw 3,588 pitches in Ryan Hanigan’s direction.

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September 18, 2012 5:00 am

Painting the Black: Vogelsong (Remix)

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R.J. Anderson

One month ago, R.J. was bullish on Ryan Vogelsong, and he wasn't alone. What about now?

Analysis, like comedy, is about timing. I wrote a flattering profile on Ryan Vogelsong’s pitching, in mid-August, praising his command, feel, and confidence. The key statistic was Vogelsong’s 22 consecutive starts without an outing shorter than six innings.

On the night of the piece’s publication, Vogelsong allowed eight runs and failed to complete the third inning, ending his streak. The bad outing appeared to be a hiccup in an otherwise tranquil season, but the problem is that hiccups often come in spurts. Vogelsong took the mound a few days later. He threw 96 pitches over three innings before his removal. One quality start later, Vogelsong appeared to be back on track. Except he then went and allowed three home runs. Over his three most recent starts, including Sunday, Vogelsong has allowed 17 runs in 11 2/3 innings. Hiccup.

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September 17, 2012 10:11 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 17

2

Matthew Kory

Sometimes you're behind; sometimes you're ahead. The race is long and in the end it's only with yourself. (And the other teams in your league.)

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August 13, 2012 5:00 am

Painting the Black: Same Vogelsong, Second Verse

4

R.J. Anderson

Ryan Vogelsong has arguably surpassed his WTF 2011 season for WTFness. A new level of success requires a new look at how he's doing it.

When Ryan Vogelsong takes the mound tonight against the Nationals, he has the chance to finish the sixth inning for the 23rd consecutive start. The old parlance about death and taxes doesn’t include a bit about Vogelsong going six innings just yet, but it might soon in San Francisco; if Vogelsong pitches every fifth game over the remainder of the season, he could break Juan Marichal’s club record for the longest streak (31) in a season.  Vogelsong already owns the franchise’s best post-expansion streak, having last month surpassed Matt Cain’s 18-game stretch in 2011.

The impressiveness of Vogelsong’s streak extends beyond the Giants organization. Since the most recent round of expansion, in 1998, there have been 45 streaks as long as 22 starts with six-plus innings. Just 14 of those 45 streaks were able to last 30 or more games. Once you reach that level, your company is mostly Hall of Fame-quality.

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June 13, 2012 5:00 am

Punk Hits: Pitching In the Age of Comebacks

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Ian Miller

On Saturday, June 9, both Ryan Vogelsong and Jeff Francis started games for the teams that drafted them. Their journeys and their destinations couldn’t have been more different.

Jeff Francis was the ninth-overall pick for the Rockies in 2002, sped through the low minors, and was a mainstay of the Colorado rotation by 2005. In 2007 he led his team to the World Series, starting all three Game Ones. A torn labrum sidelined him for all of 2009, and although he was moderately effective in 2010, the Rockies decided not to pick up his option. After a stint with the Royals in 2011, he began 2012 in the Reds minor league system.

Ryan Vogelsong was the fifth-round (158th overall) pick for the Giants in 1998. Prior to 2011, if you remembered Vogelsong at all, it was as one of the guys shipped to the Pirates for Jason Schmidt. Vogelsong sat out the whole 2002 season (the year Francis was drafted—symmetry!) recovering from Tommy John surgery, and pitched unremarkably for the Pirates after that, finally heading over to Japan to ply his trade in the Far East for three seasons. He pitched in the minors for the Phillies and the Angels in 2010, and made the Giants in April 2011 only because Barry Zito went down. All he’s done since then is pitch 250 innings with an ERA+ of 136, and make an All-Star Game appearance. No big deal.

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May 24, 2012 3:12 am

Value Picks: Starting Pitching for 5/24/12

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Paul Sporer

A.J. Burnett, Jake Arrieta, and Alex Cobb for the crux of this week's VP rotation

Last Chance: Time to get on board with these arms before they are snapped up in your league.  These entries are becoming less available with each passing start and find themselves on rosters in 30-plus percent of the leagues at two of the three outlets and over 50 percent at one or more of them. We won’t necessarily have options in this field each week.

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May 11, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Donnie Buntball

15

Jay Jaffe

Don Mattingly's affinity for the bunt could be keeping the Dodgers from scoring more runs.

Like many a Dodger fan, I found myself pulling out clumps of hair on Tuesday night. The Dodgers—a first-place team at 19-10 to that point, surprisingly—were facing the Giants (14-15) in L.A. Despite having Clayton Kershaw on the hill, they were on the short end of a 2-1 score, because with a man on base in the second inning, their ace left a high fastball to Brett Pill a bit too far out over the plate, and Pill drove it 384 feet into the left-field bleachers. The Dodgers had plated a run against Ryan Vogelsong in the bottom of the second thanks to a pair of doubles, but they could get no more, and as the innings passed, the situation grew more desperate.

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Which players do the BP staff expect will come back to the earthly realm this season?

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