Talking Giants Baseball: A San Francisco Giants/Baseball Blog: Chris Haft/ Sandoval's homer plenty for surging Giants; plus Vinnie's quick thoughts

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Chris Haft/ Sandoval's homer plenty for surging Giants; plus Vinnie's quick thoughts

DENVER -- After the Giants dismantled the Colorado Rockies, 6-3, Tuesday night, one player used non-verbal communication to explain how San Francisco could thoroughly subdue a club that seemed so dominant in the early season.



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The Giants are impressive in the way they have been scoring first-inning runs. They set the tone early by scoring five runs in the first inning on Monday, four on Tuesday, and one on Wednesday.

This early scoring is essential to the Giants' success. When you have a team with such great starting pitching as do the Giants, early scoring will put pressure on other teams -- extra pressure when you have to come back against Matt Cain or Tim Lincecum. The best thing for a pitcher is when the batter tries too hard and gets himself out.

Rockies' starter Ubaldo Jimenez was not himself yesterday in his first start since is injury. His velocity was down just a bit (my MLB At Bat '11 app. had his fastball cruising between 92-93 mph). Once he gets fully healthy, he should throw those blazing 98-100 mph fastballs with movement.

That said, this post is coming a little late because of the quick turn-around time. So, I will wrap it up here.

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