…. loss of the season.
UPDATE: Well, maybe I spoke too soon:
…. Of all the issues, though, Sanchez’s shoulder is the most baffling. He has been unable to play in a week because of a strained shoulder but was not disabled because he and the Giants thought he’d be ready to return no later than this weekend’s series with the Rockies.
Instead, his shoulder has defied all attempts to heal itself, and Sanchez said it hasn’t really improved with the rest. This suggests that the Giants’ plan to have him back fully operational Sept. 2 in Philadelphia is not only a rough estimate, but may be far too optimistic.
Yeah, so, the centerpiece of your midseason trades has played less than half the time he’s been here. That sounds like a pretty big loss, too.
Once again, the Giants acquired a player with a known injury history, (remember Edgardo Alfonzo?), this time for a quality minor league pitcher. Sanchez has been in Sabean’s sights for two years now, and with the Pirates finally completely dismantling, Sabean ignored the fact that Sanchez was already obviously in a state of serious decline from his worthless batting average title season, didn’t add the home runs and walks the team needed like a blood transfusion, and WAS FUCKING INJURED!!!!!!!!!
Fire Brian Sabean, and, for that matter, Bruce Bochy, Carney Lansford, and the rest of these incompetent buffoons.
UPDATE, Part II: Joe Sheehan sees through the fog, and echoes my earlier concerns:
…. My real takeaway is that the gap between the Rockies and the other wild-card contenders has been understated. This is much, much better team than the Giants or Braves or Marlins, and having taken a closer look at them, I’m sold on the fact that it’s the NL West, not the East or Central, that will provide half the league’s playoff teams this season. The Braves simply won’t score enough to back their staff, nor will the Giants. The Rockies have a complete team, their sole weakness being a bullpen that is deep but not terribly effective—as we saw last night—and while not 52-22 good, deserve to be considered the favorites in the wild-card chase.
Over a month ago, I wrote pretty much the same thing:
…. the absolutely cruising Rockies, who have managed to win 27 of their last 36 games.
Looking at what the Rockies are doing, along with the Dodgers maintaining their best record in all of baseball status makes me wonder whether the Giants should bother doing anything. The Rockies are outscoring their opponents by 84 runs over that span of 36 games, which means they are not outperforming their expected wins.
That means they are not going away, and we are nowhere near that kind of performance; which in turn, means that we are not going to be able to hold them off with the addition of one hitter.
What’s happened since then? The Rockies have screamed past us like our feet are encased in concrete, and we’re now three games behind a team that was ten games under .500 when they fired their manager. The reality is that the Rockies were gonna take over the wild card lead unless we acquired the big bat that would completely change our lineup, the hitter that could bat third, pushing Sandoval to the cleanup slot and moving Molina to fifth. Even with our horrible hitters everywhere else, that one change would’ve added a half run to our scoring average, and our stellar pitching would’ve ket us competitive.
Instead, we landed Garko and Sanchez, who have combined to add three home runs and six walks in 25 games or so, or about what Matt Holliday did in his first three games for the Cards.