Padres' announcer Mark Grant made a telling comment about a conversation he had with Maddux. To paraphrase, Maddux told Grant, "I'll probably lead the league in giving up 0-2 hits. But I'm also going to get a lot of 0-2 outs." Point being, Maddux just wants to throw strikes. It's a lesson that a lot of big league pitchers can learn.
On to the team that was shutout, again. Here's a couple of interesting Giants stats this year:
- Giants runs against Clay Hensley: 11
- Giants runs against the 16 other pitchers they have faced: 9
- The Giants offense has scored against the opposing team's bullpen only 3 times, with all 3 runs coming against Dodger pitcher Chad Billingsley
- In the seven games started by a pitcher other than Matt Morris, the Giants have scored a total of 9 runs
Look, the Dodgers and Padres both have excellent pitching staffs. The Padres bullpen, in particular, is a collection of studs (they have yet to allow a run in 25+ innings this year - most of those innings have been against SF). My point is that the Giants haven't exactly faced a bunch of cupcakes on the mound. They travel to Pittsburgh and then Colorado after today's off day, so we'll see if those staffs can help the Giants jumpstart their sputtering offense.