- Last time the Giants faced Dana Eveland, he shut them down. Which isn’t very characteristic of Eveland, who’s been a very poor pitcher over his career. He entered tonight with three starts as an LA Dodger and had done pretty well in those three starts: a 2.25 ERA/3.27 FIP. Alas, he finally pitched like the real Dana Eveland tonight: five runs surrendered over four innings, with 1/3 K/BB. Remember when it was a notable/unique occurrence for the Giants to score eight runs in a game? Well, I guess that’s not the case anymore. This is the sixth time in the last ten games that San Francisco has scored 8+ runs in a game; keep in mind that they did that three times in their previous 89 games.
- Sergio Romo has just continued to do remarkable things. Tonight: two batters faced, six pitches, two strikeouts. He’s currently riding a 21.1-inning scoreless streak, and he’s on the verge of becoming the second pitcher ever to post a K/BB of 13+.
- I’m not completely sold on Clayton Kershaw for NL Cy Young. I am, however, pretty adamant about Matt Kemp for NL MVP. He’s currently the National League leader in fWAR, and it’s not particularly close. He’s notched 30+ homers and 40+ steals this season (including a three-run shot tonight), and he’s second in the NL in wRC+. He gets the edge over Ryan Braun because he’s held his own in centerfield — whereas Braun’s a below-average defender in left field (which is a significantly easier position to play).
- I was wrong about Mark DeRosa.