So far, the Giants have been exposed by the NY Mets, losing the first two games of this series in a display of some pretty poor baseball. They’ve allowed 11 steals, and have failed to protect a lead repeatedly, blown two saves, thrown the ball all over the field, and generally looking like a Triple AAA ball club.
When Lincecum gets a 5-1 lead and cannot keep the bases empty for even one inning, you know the team is in trouble. I’d also mention that now that the pitching staff’s willingness to ignore the runners has been exposed, we can expect the rest of the league to force the action just like the Mets have.
For the most part, I’m not sure Righetti even wants the pitchers to pay attention to the running game. It appears as though he thinks they should just concentrate on the hitters for fear of losing their focus. That’s just one more way the complete lack of offense hurts the team.
UPDATE: This is pretty close to stealing, in my opinion:
…. There’s no such thing as a bad first baseman. Just as there is no such thing as a bad first base coach.
Name me a team that fell just short of greatness because its first baseman was klutzy – and Bill Buckner doesn’t count. He was a good fielder who made one mistake. If a fellow is coordinated enough to hit 25 homers in the big leagues, he can play first.
…. The Giants ignored free agent Adam Dunn last winter, because he’s hard to hide, defensively. Dunn has 11 homers (to 20 for the entire Giants team) and has 28 RBIs, both stats among the league leaders.
I’m not asking for residuals, but a plug would’ve been nice. ;-)