Stat of the day: Batting average against leaders

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Taken from FanGraphs:

Clayton Kershaw – .199
Dan Haren – .200
Yovani Gallardo – .212
Edwin Jackson – .219
Tim Lincecum – .221
Matt Cain – .225
Matt Garza – .225
Jarrod Washburn – .226
Jair Jurrjens – .227
Scott Feldman – .228

Imagine if Kershaw didn’t average over five walks per nine innings?
Wow. Of course, the biggest surprise on this list is Rangers pitcher
Scott Feldman, but realize that he has gotten extremely lucky with a
.237 BABIP while the league average is somewhere around .300.

Giants place Hunter Pence on 10-day disabled list with right thumb sprain

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The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, per an official announcement on Friday. Pence initially sustained the injury during the club’s home opener on April 3, when he dove to intercept a line drive double from Robinson Cano and jammed his thumb. Weeks of playing through the pain hasn’t worked, so he’ll take a breather while the Giants give outfielder Mac Williamson a chance to start in left after getting called up from Triple-A Fresno.

Pence, 35, wouldn’t pin his recent struggles on his injury, but it’s clear that he’s having difficulty finding his footing this year. He slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 through 61 plate appearances in 2018, collecting just one extra-base hit and two walks during the Giants’ dismal 7-11 stretch. While it’s far too early in the season to make any final judgments, it doesn’t look like the veteran outfielder will be replicating the .275+ average, 4.0+ fWAR totals of years past (at least, not anytime soon).

Williamson, meanwhile, has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A. Prior to his call-up this weekend, the 27-year-old batted an incredible .487/.600/1.026 with six home runs and a 1.626 OPS through his first 50 PA. A hot Triple-A bat doesn’t always survive the transition to the majors, but the Giants will use all the help they can get — especially as they take on the AL West-leading Angels this weekend.