I find myself with a strange bedfellow this morning, one Ray Ratto of the SF Chronicle:
…. the trade deadline is creeping up on teeny slippered feet, and with hunting season in full swing, the Giants have yet to establish to anyone’s satisfaction who or what they are. Some of it is injury, some it is talent shortages, and some of it is the list of false positives they are allowed by the general mediocrity of the National League West, but the truth is the Giants are an odd lot of occasionally matched parts — not good offensively, with decent but not dominant pitchers, and in all a team with no winning streak longer than three games or a losing streak longer than four. They are specifically and exactly what you see in the standings this morning — a team barely over .500, and giving no indications that it will ever stray much above that line.
Thus, while the rest of the nation focuses on the left fielder and his date with the CourtTV set, the Giants continue to struggle to understand themselves. Indeed, Saturday’s game was a rare view of what can happen when it all goes to hell at once.
Well put. I dare say Mr. Ratto echoes my earlier post on the subject:
…. The Giants are unwatchable. They are a train wreck, a debacle. It’s not that they are old. It’s not that they’re slow. It’s not that their record has been at or near .500 all season long. It’s not that Bonds is done. It’s not that they are wasting some damn good pitching, losing ground when they should be gaining.
It’s all of it. It’s Sabean and Magowan and all of the bad decisions they’ve made over the past three or four seasons, (which, by the way, have really started to pile up). It seems like every team in the league has at least one or two exciting young hitters they call up who are lights out. Not the Giants.
Should they make a move, or should they play it out? Who can tell. Bonds’ recent stolen base spree could be an indication of an improvement in his health, which in turn, might be an improvement in his bat. It also could be a precursor to a career-ending recurrence of his knee woes.
Again, the age of the team puts management in a very difficult position. Knowing that older players tend to decline as the season progresses, and knowing that these old-timers have had a hard enough time staying in the lineup as it is; makes projecting what’s going to happen from this point forward damn near impossible. So how can Sabean trade anyone? He could trade away more prospects, (perish the thought!) only to watch the Giants lose 12 of 15 over the next three weeks.
But that’s what you get when you build a team older than most beer league softball teams.