Over at Cut4 at MLB.com Gemma Kaneko and Michael Clair have come up with a fantastic way to get through a super slow news day. It’s a quiz. A visual quiz in which they have taken video of a pitcher pitching but blacked-out the pitcher into a silhouette. It’s up to you to guess the pitcher.
It’s not terribly hard. One of them is given away by the silhouette of his hair. You can narrow down the possible choices on a couple by looking at the ballpark and the catcher’s uniform. At least two of them have deliveries that are so distinct that if you DON’T get it, I’m gonna ban you from this site. A couple skew slightly older school, though, and even if you get them all correct it’s a fun exercise.
Good time waster, Michael and Gemma. Kudos.
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.