Henry Schulman revisits his Five Questions for the Giants from the beginning of the season, and finds himself.
…. 2. Will the rotation be better? As Jamey Wright might say, the rotation abso-damn-lutely is better. For three years, manager Felipe Alou insisted he really does not like to make lots of pitching changes, and people snickered. Now that he has some decent arms, he is proving it.
Giants starters rank second in the National League with 4682/3 innings and fifth in ERA at 4.26.
Wright has cooled off some but remains a fine fifth starter. Jason Schmidt might be an All-Star. Matt Cain still has sophomore consistency issues but already has thrown a one-hitter and taken a no-hitter into the eighth inning. Matt Morris is on an upswing after a dubious start. Noah Lowry has struggled the most, failing to rebound from the oblique injury that cost him April. Probably 20 teams could use Brad Hennessey for their rotations right now, and he cannot crack the Giants’ starting five.
General manager Brian Sabean need not worry about his rotation going into the July trading season. In fact, he might have a starter to trade. That is a huge benefit as he searches for a needed bat.
The Giants can’t trade a pitcher, believe me, but they need to do something to upgrade the offense, and they need to solve the bullpen issues that are threatening the season. In my mind, there are too many areas of weakness, but I wouldn’t expect Sabean and the Giants to give up; especially since Bonds doesn’t appear ready to.