Resolved: good pitching beats good hitting

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That’s a retrospectively-applied cliche that is ignored the moment someone hits a good pitcher — like, say, Cliff Lee, who certainly qualifies as “good pitching” — but check out what Giants pitchers did to these guys in the playoffs:

  • Jason Heyward: 2 for 16, 0 RBI
  • Ryan Howard: 7 for 25, 0 RBI
  • Chase Utley: 4 for 22, 1 RBI
  • Josh Hamilton: 2 for 20, a homer and one RBI
  • Vladimir Guerrero: 1 for 14, two RBI

Howard got some hits, but basically, if you could swing a bat, you didn’t do any damage against the Giants in the playoffs.  As the winter goes on you’ll hear a lot about whether the Giants should re-sign Aubrey Huff, Juan Uribe and all of their free agent hitters, but the way I see it, they’re gonna be just fine with Lincecum, Cain, Bumgarner and that pen.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.