That’s your San Francisco Giants. Boring. Last night’s dreary loss, punctuated by Ray Durham’s continuing inability to get a hit with men on base, and Bonds being walked four times, was just this shy of unwatchable. Durham ranks somewhere between 10th and last in just about every important category among NL second basemen, 3rd most GDIP, only 22 extra base hits, .248 batting average, .717 OPS. He’s having a terrible season, and, although I can’t find the stat, I can guarantee you that he is among the top five in all of baseball in men left on base.
His 41 RBI are a mirage. If you want to see what a good, young, player does when he has a chance to drive in runs, take a look at Chase Utley, the Phillies second baseman. Here’s how the two stack up when they come to the plate with men on:
RD 132 at-bats .273/.325/.447 .772 OPS 13 extra base hits
CU 145 at-bats .331/.395/.517 .912 OPS 21 extra base hits
It’s only the difference between being ten games under .500 and maybe having a chance this season. Durham left 8 men on base last night, a common occurence this season with him batting either in front of, or behind Bonds. The Padres did what so many teams have done this season; walk Bonds and fearlessly go right after whoever comes up next. It used to be a guy coming up in front of the hammer got good pitches. Not the Giants. No team cares about facing Durham, or Feliz, or whoever with men on base, because the Giants fail to get the big hit, again and again.
Oh, and what the hell was Bonds waiting for last night? He got pipeline 3-0 pitches twice last night, and let them go right by. Somebody needs to remind him that the team needs him to drive in a couple of runs now and then.