For the first time in 75 years, a team has won the season 1-0. The team: the San Francisco Giants.
On Friday night, the Giants scored another 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, thanks to Joe Panik. Panic hit a ninth inning solo home game against Kenley Jansen. On the opening day, he met a solo homer against Clayton Kershaw. So basically the best starter in the world and the best in the world. That's what has taken panic deep in the last two days.
Here's the video of Friday's winner:
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Anyway, the Giants' victory was made possible on Friday by Johnny Cueto, who was masterful when he flirted with a perfect game. He pulled back the first 18 battles he faced before Chris Taylor shot a leadoff single in the middle to finish the perfect game. Two games later, Cueto won a core double game from Corey Seager to end the threat. Its Last Line:
Regarding the Dodgers, they are still looking for their first run and their first extra-base hit of 2018. The Giants have held them on seven singles – two from Kershaw, it should be noted – and so far five walks in 18 offensive innings. The Dodgers have 12 baserunners and four mistakes (three from Logan Forsythe on Friday) through two games, which looks like a bad quota.
Eventually, the Dodgers will achieve a run. Probably many runs. The bigger problem could be Jansen's lack of speed. Its flagship Cutter, which averaged 93.6 mph and 97.7 mph last year, was sitting at 89.3 mph, peaking at 90.2 mph on Friday. Hmmm. For what it's worth, Kenley's cutter averaged 94.6 miles per hour, reaching 96.7 mph on its first appearance last year. He did not necessarily start slowly and slowly built up speed. It was there from the beginning.
Personally, I think it's a bit early for a speed frenzy. Jansen and the Dodgers have gone through a deep post-season run last year, which means a lot of workload and a lot of intense innings and a shorter off-season to recover. He could need a little more time to get up to speed this year. Now, if Jansen still sits at 88-90 miles per hour in June and July, it'll be a problem. For now I think it's just one thing to see.
Here's what Jansen and manager Dave Roberts had to say after the game:
Two games and two 1-0 victories for the Giants far this season, both on Panic Homer's. San Francisco is still looking for their attack to break out. At least they have two runs through two games. That's two more than the Dodgers.