|Giants celebrate win. (photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)|
*Josh Beckett’s effectiveness deteriorates significantly when he pitches from the stretch. His management of base runners is horrendous. His delivery is deliberate and too slow. A.J. Ellis had no chance to throw any base stealers out in last night’s game. Beckett was nasty from the windup, but a different pitcher once runners got on base.
*Matt Kemp is playing hurt. His approach at the plate was one of confusion. He isn’t running at full speed. I admire that he wants to be out there and help the team, but right now, he’s hurting them big time.
*Alfonso Marquez’s strike zone was something the Dodger hitters complained about a lot yesterday. But they failed to adjust to it as the game progressed and took far too many strike three calls. I understand the frustration with borderline calls not going hour way, but there comes a time in a game that you much change your approach and start swinging the bats.