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…. Surprised?

You bet. After last week’s finish to that horrible homestand, I never would have guessed we’d see the Giants finish off a 6-3 road trip by sweeping the first place D’backs. Some terrific pitching, some hard work, and some luck all added up to a nice change, multiple wins in a row.

Durham has begun his annual month-long offensive binge (you know, the one that makes his final numbers seems so much better than they really are), so it’s time once again to talk about whether our GM can finally trade him for some youth, prospects, or a real hitter.

Winn has gotten a few hits, Fred Lewis still seems like a major league hitter…. this has been a nice time for the beleaguered Gigantes.

Zito (1-8) has regained some of the form that led him to be considered such a free agent gem a year and a half ago. He’s been much better since the “bullpen” move, with an ERA around 3 since his return. He’s still getting some of the worst offensive support of any pitcher in baseball, and if the trend continues, he’ll be lucky to win 8 games all year, but, he’s obviously making adjustments, and they are –to some degree– working.

Brian Wilson landed his league-leading 16th save.

It’s been fun to see some signs of progress.

UPDATE: I’m here, I’m here. (lol)

Seriously, Durham must must must be dealt. You have to get something for him now. Not just this season, but now. He will never have more value than he does at this minute. Sabean has stood pat and missed opportunities to get value for his over-paid “veterans” after they’ve gone on short little spurts of good play, (like how he missed on Matt Morris). Now is not the time to repeat that mistake.

Deal him. Almost any young player or players would be worth the move.


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