Once again, the Giants were exposed by the kind of players they normally go out and get. Don't be surprised if you hear rumors that Sabean is interested in 29-year old baseball vagabond Ryan Spilborghs, who essentially had the best game of his career. And let's not forget Jason Marquis struggling to stay in the Show, but dominating the punchless Giants in a complete game.
…. “We're not going to have a 40-homer guy, but we have guys who can hit, I believe we can score enough runs. … When you're not hitting a lot of homers or doubles, then you've got to do the little things.”
That's Randy Winn, being interviewed after the game. I'm assuming he was being asked why he hasn't lost his job yet.
Ratto wonders how long the team can continue without a true major league hitter:
…. So far, the Giants have met every hope-tinged expectation and every worst-case scenario at the
same time. After Saturday's feeble offensive effort, they rank second in runs allowed and rank last in runs scored. The starting pitching is among the game's best despite Cain's meh-level outing, though the bullpen ranks in the lower fifth, but the hitting … well, you knew long before Saturday's game, in which the Giants hit five balls well off Marquis, including Pablo Sandoval's second home run of the year.
So the question needs to be asked – are the projected revenues sufficient to allow the Giants to be a player in the expected distressed hitter sales in June and July?
Actually, the question that needs to be asked is this: How could you possibly have imagined that this team was close to contending? Without one single hitter to worry about, teams can use Giants series to rest their bullpens, give struggling starters a confidence boost, and hope that they can avoid the one game per week the Giants manage to string together a bunch of singles.
The Mets sure wish they were facing the Giants this week, so they could avoid having to send Oliver Perez to the minors. ;-)