October 26, 2012
Dave Righetti Is Always Right
The first few years of the Dusty Baker era in San Francisco the Giants were all offense and some pitching. Then in 2000 when the new ballpark opened the Giants had a new pitching coach, Dave Righetti. Rags has he is also known is probably most famous for throwing the first Yankees no-hitter/perfect game since Don Larsen. Rags no-hit the Red Sox on the Fourth of July.
When Rags showed in San Francisco the pitching staff immediately improved. And not just the starting pitchers, but also the bullpen. Take Santiago Casilla as an example for a moment. In Oakland, Casilla only threw a straight fastball while being known as Jairo instead of Santiago. Casilla joins the Giants and Rags teaches him a slider and changeup to offset the hard fastball. Casilla has turned into one of the more reliable relievers for the Giants these past three years. He still has him moments of suckiness, but still an alright reliever.
So what does this have to do with Madison Bumgarner? Well before game 2 last night, Bochy said Rags was fine with the "mechanical adjustment" made to Bumgarner and that Madison can pitch in game 2. Before last night's start Bumgarner sucked in both the NLDS and NLCS. Bumgarner after some work with Rags in the World Series game 2? 7 Innings, 8 strikeouts, 2 walks, and no runs. When Dave Righetti says a pitcher looks good, then a pitcher looks good. That's because Dave Righetti is always right.