Archive for September, 2009
With the end in sight, the stories begin as everyone tries to understand why:
…. Bruce Bochy’s decision-making with his outfielders this year has left a lot to be desired, and in no case is that more obvious than his decision to bury Lewis in favor of Nate Schierholtz, and to a lesser extent Eugenio Velez, back in June.
Lewis is the third-best offensive player on the Giants, behind Pablo Sandoval and, oddly, Juan Uribe. He is the only regular other than Sandoval with an above-average OBP, making him water for an offense thirsty for baserunners. Yet Lewis has started just 20 games, about twice a week, since June 9, a time during which the Giants as a team have an execrable .305 OBP.
Of course, Sheehan is right. Lewis was the third best player on the team all season long, and it was Bochy’s poor handling of his weaknesses that ended his terrific start and began his slide. It was Bochy who wrote everybody’s name in the lineup except Lewis’ for such long stretches. But, in Bonehead’s defense, Lewis was terrifically bad in the field –something even I was eventually forced to concede– and with a team so dependent on preventing runs, Lewis’ “play” in the field was a problem that had to be addressed. (As an aside, Lewis did not provide the kind of offensive boost that would have mandated accepting the good with the bad here. He’s not Adam Dunn good with the bat, he’s simply the third best hitter on the worst offense in the league. There’s a difference.)
But, I digress….
The issue isn’t that Lewis was buried on the bench. The issue was that the team couldn’t figure out a way to help a player stay on the field. They couldn’t find a place for him, coach him up, and get the offense they so desperately needed in the game. So they played one dead body after another, and used him as a pinch hitter, or pinch runner; and hoped nobody would notice their failure. I noticed. And so did Joe.
I also noticed that Matt Cain seems to have faltered down the stretch. His last ten starts have been pretty bad, and I’m wondering whether he’s run down a bit, or if his earlier success was due more to luck than excellence. So, I looked it up.
At the end of July, he was 12-2, and leading the league in ERA, (2.12). His ERA was terrific, but, there were some mitigating circumstances for that stellar record. He beat some really bad offenses in the beginning of the season, notably the Mets, Athletics, Nationals, and Padres; and he won several games in which he allowed a bunch of hits, runs and home runs. He won on April 21st, against San Diego, despite allowing 9 hits in 6 innings. On May 12th, he escaped a loss when he allowed 9 hits and 4 earned runs in 7 innings, but the Giants somehow scored 9 runs and won the game. In fact, the Giants offense was certainly the reason he was 12-2 instead of a more pedestrian 8-5 or so.
At the end of June, Cain was 9-1. But he’d given up 4 runs or more four times, and he only lost one of those games. He was the starting pitcher in games the Giants scored 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, and 7 runs. He won five of those games, and got a no decision in the one I mentioned earlier. In those games, he allowed 1, 2, 0, 4, 4, and 1 runs. At the end of June, he was 9-1, and certainly could have been 6-4.
Had he started the season 6-4, instead of 9-1, his current stretch wouldn’t be so startling, because a pitcher that wins 9 of his first 10 decisions is thought of differently. He’s thought of as being a stopper, an Ace, and when your Ace struggles it’s noticed. But Cain has never been an Ace this season. His numbers have never been as good as Lincecum’s, not that that’s a reason to be down on him, nobody’s numbers are as good as Lincecum’s, but you get the point.
He was a little bit lucky early, and he’s been quite a bit mediocre lately. Since the end of July, when he was leading the league in ERA, he’s allowed 4, 5, 3, 1, 1, 4, 2, 4, and 4 earned runs. He’s gone 1-5 during that stretch, and that’s about right. He could’ve gone 3-6, which would leave him with an overall record of 15-8, which would look better than 13-7, but it’s the same, really.
He never was the best pitcher in the league, regardless of his numbers at the end of July. He doesn’t strike out enough guys, really, and he never has. He’s actually allowed more home runs this season than ever before (22), and his peripherals are decent, but in the end, his ERA is on the way to landing pretty much where it was last year, and the year before that, around 3.50. That’s very good, but it’s not great.
Matt Cain is a fine number two starter, and the Giants are lucky to have him and Lincecum at the same time, in their prime.
Two games back in the AILC with fifteen to go. Can the Giants get enough offense to catch the Rockies? Will Matt Cain ever win again? Can Lincecum throw out a couple of monster, dominating games to snatch the Cy Young Award back from Adam Wainwright? Will Sandoval average more than an RBI per game and get to 100?
Seriously, it looks like I might’ve been wrong about the Rockies, (or, at the least, I was a bit hasty). Or maybe, just maybe, they’ve hit the wall. If they keep losing, anything is possible. And they could keep losing. Their last nine games are the Cardinals, Brewers and Dodgers. Our last twelve are Padres, D’backs and Cubs. That’s a bit of an edge.
I am. Tonight is the game of the year. After last night’s win, (a simply outstanding start by Zito, maybe the best he’s had in a Giants uniform), the Giants can close the gap to one game in the AILC (all important loss column). Matt Cain looks to reverse his recent trend of being just a little bit too hittable with men on, and the hitters hope to continue their recent trend of actually hitting.
All in all, if it’s a tease, so be it. Terrific rebound from some really bad baseball, some really bad luck, and some really bad situations. A lot to be desired from the team this year for sure, but, who’d a thunk we’d be seeing the Giants in this position with 17 games left? Not me, that’s for sure.
Let’s go Giants!
UPDATE: Nice tease. Shitty outing by Cain (pretty much exactly what I was worried about), lousy hitting by pretty much everyone, 4-0 Rockies in the seventh. And it’s just great listening to Krukow talk about how great De La Rosa pitched, as opposed to how fucking lousy the Giants hitters were.
So that’s that.
Five games in the loss column with 21 games remaining, the rest of this season will pretty much be a tease. Maybe we’ll win some games here and there, but there’s just no way we’ll pull ahead of a team that is that much better than we are. No way. In fact, I should’ve remembered that this was a tease all along:
…. The Giants have no chance of competing for a championship this season.
The minor league system has been restocked, and there should be help, in the form of real hitters, coming up next season, and hopefully we will see the Giants become a team that has a steady supply of good, young talent in the future. It’s important that Brain Sabean remembers that championships are built, not bought.
…. The Giants should be sellers, not buyers. They should be looking to unload the collection of overpaid mediocrities masquerading as middle of the order talent. They should be looking to trade Winn, and Rowand and Molina, and Renteria, and collect even more minor league talent, young talent. They should wash their hands of these money sucking role players, and start looking to 2010, because none of these players will be around when Giants players are pouring champagne on each other.
The Giants have two studs right now, two. Cain and Lincecum. Pablo Sandoval looks pretty good, albeit a little rough around the edges. Perhaps Burriss grows into an everyday second baseman. Fred Lewis will be 29 years old at the start of 2010, and he’s done exactly, what? Maybe Jonathan Sanchez will be part of a contending Giants team. Maybe. Who else in yesterday’s lineup will be?
The Giants need three or four elite players to come up through the system in the next two seasons. A first baseman, Posey, and an outfielder or two would be perfect. Then the players that Sabean is so fond of would actually have real worth. Signing the Aaron Rowands and the Randy Winns of the baseball world would be a fine strategy if the Giants got 90 home runs and 250 runs batted in from their first baseman, left fielder and their catcher.
Trading anybody younger than 28 years old in an effort to make the playoffs this season would be a huge mistake, because you’d be betting half your stack knowing that you’re a 10-1 underdog.
I wrote that after the first fifty games. We all know what’s happened since then. The Giants went out a threw a nice June on us, and took the Wild Card lead, and so we all took the bait, (well, all of us except +mia). Sabean went out and traded not one, but two players younger than 28, for two more “veterans” and the Giants watched helplessly as the Rockies stormed by them like an interstellar cruiser.
On June 1st, the Rockies were 20-30, and had been outscored by 20 runs. Since then, their record is 62-30, and they’ve outscored their opponents by 118 runs, a stretch of dominance that is matched by only one team, the best record in baseball –91-51– New York Yankees. And, without question, it is the Rockies who are the best team in the NL right now, and whether they catch the Dodgers or not, we’re not gonna catch either one of them, so it’s on to 2010.
Meanwhile, the lack of offense has another casualty, with Tim Lincecum’s bid for his second Cy Young Award now gone to the wayside. He’s had seven no decisions or losses in games in which he’s gone at least seven innings and given up 3 runs or less, which means that he has no chance of catching Wainwright or Carpenter, since neither one of them has lost in a month. All in all, a decidedly depressing finish to a decent enough run. A big bat would’ve certainly made things a lot more interesting, but more than likely would not have changed the final standings.
Well, unless we would’ve had a full season of Adam Dunn, who now has 37 home runs and counting towards his sixth consecutive season of 40 home runs and 100 walks.
Joe Posnanski notes that the Dodgers Matt Kemp has more walks than any player on the Kansas City Royals:
…. Brilliant reader Preston sent in this gem. David DeJesus leads the Kansas City Royals with 46 walks. That is one behind Los Angeles’ Matt Kemp, who has 47 walks. OK … so what’s the big deal?
Here’s the big deal: Matt Kemp is EIGHTH on the Dodgers in walks. Eighth.
Which means that EVERY SINGLE PLAYER in the Dodgers starting lineup (with the exception of the pitcher, of course) has more walks than ANY player on the Kansas City Royals.
Well, you all know where I’m going here….
Pablo Sandoval leads the Giants with 42 walks. So, not only does every single player in the Dodgers starting lineup have more walks than any Giants player, so does a player from the woeful Kansas City Royals.
I’d mention that our sweep of the Rockies ten days ago really got both teams going in different directions, but you’d never guess which team was the one that got swept:
…. The Rockies down the Reds 5-1, finishing a 9-1 home stand. According to the broadcast, that’s their best home stand ever. The Giants went 4-5 in this stretch, losing 4 1/2 games in the wild card race after sweeping the Rockies in San Francisco. Colorado now returns to SF with a 4 1/2 game lead in the playoff race, the Giants needing another sweep to get back in the running.
First, the Giants get to play the Dodgers, then the Rockies, and the Dodgers again, so basically, we need to go something like 7-2 over the next nine to have any chance whatsoever. Maybe we should give this guy some at bats? All he’s done in 115 games so far this season is run out a staggeringly powerful 31 doubles, 18 home runs, 62 walks –or, need I remind you, more than any player on the big club– and a blast-off .325/.416/.531 .947 OPS line.
Maybe it would help if a player like this was available to take some at bats away from the out-makers that completely dominate any lineup Bochy has used all fucking season long.
I can’t help myself. Every time I read some comment made by Sabean, I feel like I’m listening to a fool:
…. What the folks got was a steady stream of fastballs between 88 and 90 mph – 51 out of his 76 pitches, the rest sliders, cutters and a rare changeup. The Internetsia suggested this was a sign of arm-weariness, as he consistently hit 93-94 in the minors, but Sabean said it was in fact more a matter of San Jose pitching coach Ross Grimsley trying to force a more economical approach on Bumgarner. “He was getting a little fastball-happy,” Sabean said, talking about his reduced velocity, “and we just wanted him to stop trying to strike everyone out.”
Yeah, because that’s a bad thing. What Sabean and Grimsley seem to not know is what Bill James wrote about some fifteen years ago, that strikeouts are the single most important factor in the long term success of a pitcher. That taking outs away from your defense is the single most important way for a pitcher to contribute to preventing runs. We know that the difference between the most efficient defenses in the league and the least is not more than 4%, but the difference between the most efficient pitchers and the least is often a hundred or more strikeouts. But, then again, Bill James also made it clear that having a team full of hitters who take a lot of walks and hit a lot of home runs is the most effective way to score runs, and Brian Sabean and the rest of his crack baseball team don’t seem to know that, either.
Watching that game last night, I was just amazed. Amazed at how mediocre Bumgardner looked. Amazed at the number of Giants hitters who simply swung at every pitch. Amazed at how completely worthless Randy Winn looked at the plate. What does a guy gotta do to get benched on this team? Here’s Molina’s night at the plate; Ball, Strike (swinging), Strike (looking), Ball, Foul, single. Strike (looking), flied out. Strike (foul), Strike (foul), Foul, Ball, Foul, popped out. Ball, Strike (looking), popped out. That’s 18 pitches seen, 5 taken. This is a guy who’s 4 for 22 so far this month, while our superstar rookie catcher sits on the bench with his home runs and walks and batting average.
How about Randy Winn? What does Randy Winn have to do to see the bench? Since the All Star break, Winn has run out a staggering .243/.303/.308 .611 OPS line, and has played all but four games. He has two home runs on the season. He basically gets a single every four at bats, and NOTHING ELSE! How can he still be playing every day? You all know what slugging percentage is, right? It’s the average number of bases you accumulate for each at bat. A .308 slugging percentage is essentially a lead off first base. That’s what Winn is averaging for each plate appearance, a lead off first base. With all due respect to Winn, who seems like a decent enough guy, but that is pitiful. The Giants, who have essentially no hitters anywhere in their entire minor league system, probably have ten hitters who can run, catch the ball, and put up that kind of pitiful production. There are only nine everyday players in the entire league who have worse slugging percentages than Winn. There are only eight everyday players in the entire league who have a worse OPS than Winn. And Winn plays every single day.
But not Fred Lewis. All Fred Lewis did in August was run out an outstanding –OUTSTANDING– .412/.524/.588 1.112 OPS line. Of course, in the Bizarro world of the Giants, one of the best hitters on the team could not fight his way into this lineup. Lewis got five starts in August, a month in which the Giants scored 4 runs a game while going 16-12. A month in which we lost the wild card, by the way.
Oh yeah, he’s a lousy fielder. Yeah, that’s a reason to keep the guy on the bench game after game, because he’s got stone hands. Never mind that Randy Winn’s Battan Death March at the plate has lost so many more games than Lewis ever could with his stone hands. Never mind that the Giants have four of the least effective every day hitters in all of baseball killing rally after rally, losing game after game; and all Fred Lewis does is get hits, hit with power, and draw walks.
AND NEVER MIND THAT WE HAVE SCORED 2 RUNS OR LESS 23 TIMES SINCE THE ALL STAR BREAK WHILE THE ROCKIES HAVE RUN AWAY WITH THE WILD CARD.
I mean, it’s not like you can teach a guy to be a better fielder, right? Because that Lewis sure needs someone to teach him how to be a better outfielder. I wonder where you might find somebody that knows how to do that? Where could you find someone, you know, like, I don’t know, maybe a coach or something, that could teach a young player –who knows how to hit– how to field? Sure seems like I read about something like that once:
…. In 1993, Derek Jeter spent the entire season at Greensboro and made 56 errors. But he hit .295, which showed the Yankees that the fielding woes didn’t cloud the rest of his game.
Good thing he didn’t come up through this Giants regime.
Let’s talk about Renteria. Last season, Emmanuel Burriss was our shortstop, and he didn’t hit enough for Bochy or Sabean. He ran out a dismal .283/.357/.329 .686 OPS line, so bad that by the end of the season, he was not only not playing very much, Sabean went out and spent $18 million dollars to replace him. Now, besides the fact that a 23-year old is a good bet to improve if you just leave him alone and let him play everyday, and besides the fact that that rate of offensive production is actually better than what Randy Winn –playing an offensive position– has produced; it is worth mentioning that Burriss’s horrible hitting, so bad that he was replaced, was actually better than what Renteria has brought to the table.
Renteria has run out a stunning .258/.316/.339 .655 OPS line, a rate of production that is so bad, it got his 23-year old teammate thrown on the garbage heap. Again, looking at Renteria’s line, you can see that he is essentially producing a lead off first base for each plate appearance, which is to say, he is worthless as a hitter. And our estimable GM gave him $18 million dollars to replace a 23-year old, who had nothing but upside in front of him.
These are your San Francisco Giants. An organization run by a man who does not know what makes a player valuable, who does not know how to build a team. An organization that fails to teach its players the fundamentals of success in the game, how to field the ball, how to approach hitting, how to approach the art of pitching. An organization that tells its young strikeout pitchers that they should rely more on their defense, a provably false statement. An organization that allows 25-year old pitchers to throw 125+ pitches game after game. An organization that benches the best young hitter to come out of their system in decades, because they cannot explain to him how to catch the ball, how to position himself so that the outfield isn’t such a scary place. An organization that allows its starting catcher to have so little discipline when he’s at the plate that it appears the team has no coaches at all. An organization that trades one of it top minor league pitching prospects for a first basemen who is older, slower and not one tiny bit better than the young first basemen they are trying to develop. An organization that trades one of its top minor league pitching prospects for an old, injured second baseman, at the exact moment when it has become clear that the insurance policy second baseman they have is actually doing fine.
This is your San Francisco Giants, who inexplicably came into this season thinking they had a chance to contend, and by some miracle, found themselves doing just that; and then failed to maximize the opportunity.
UPDATE: And now the Giants are four games back in the loss column, after being held to 2 runs for the 24th time in their last 66 games.
…. and the bad.
The Giants just finished a 3-3 road trip, not too shabby considering the two teams they faced. But considering that they allowed only 9 runs in the six games against two of the most potent offense in baseball –at home, no less– and they lost two games in the standings, there’s not much to celebrate.
Once again, the pitching staff held a powerful offense to one run through nine innings, and once again, a mediocre pitcher turned into Sandy Koufax against the flailing SF offense. What a shame.
UPDATE: In light of Uribe’s breakout game yesterday, I thought I’d take a look at what he’s done since the All Star break, it was less than two weeks later that Brian Sabean wasted minor league pitcher Tim Alderson acquiring a broken-down ex-batting champ:
J. Uribe 126 at-bats, 32 hits, 6 doubles, 3 triple, 8 home runs 12 walks .254/.310/.540 .850 OPS
Sanchez 99 at-bats, 24 hits, 2 double, 1 home run 3 walks .242/.262/.293 .555 OPS
60 of those at bats were here. For those of you who would argue that Sanchez has been injured, well, duh. That’s one of the two reasons we shouldn’t have traded for him. The other is that Uribe was already contributing as much as we could possibly have expected to get from Sanchez. We should’ve been making a trade for a real hitter. And this was so obvious that even a carpenter, sitting in front of his computer for a couple of hours a week, saw it coming like Nostradaumus:
…. Sanchez, 31 years old, is a career .300 hitter, but he’s never walked more than 32 times in a season, his career high in home runs is 11, and his career OBP is just .336. He’s ranked fifth among NL second basemen in just about every category, which is to say, we traded our top draft pick from 2007 for a league average second baseman. For an easy comparison, let’s look at Juan Uribe.
J. Uribe 72 G 222 AB 17 2B 4 HR 21 RBI 10 BB 47 SO .284/.313/.432 .745 OPS
Sanchez 86 G 355 AB 28 2B 6 HR 34 RBI 20 BB 60 SO .296/.334/.442 .776 OPS
I can’t for the life of me imagine how that kind of minimal upgrade would be worth one of the top forty prospects in all of baseball. Trading Alderson is fine, but WE NEEDED HOME RUNS AND WALKS!!!! Instead, we get two more 30-year old guys who are league average hitters. Can you see? This is systemic, because Brain Sabean does not know how to evaluate hitters, player value, or how to build a team.
The Giants have scored 9, 1, 3, 3, 1, 4, 0, 9, 5, 2, 0, 4, 5, 4, and 2 runs –52 total– in their last fifteen games, going 9-6 while scoring just over 3 runs per game. Of those 6 losses, two were 2-1, two were shutout losses, and one was 4-2. In fact, since the All Star break, the Giants have scored two runs or less 23 times in 60 games. Read that sentence twice.
The addition of a real hitter would have made an impact, more than likely a huge impact in that depressing fact. Adam Dunn, for instance, has 51 hits, 10 doubles, 12 home runs, 34 walks, and a 1.047 OPS since the break. Even Sandoval can’t match that production.
Instead, we got Freddie Sanchez, who has hit exactly one home run in the last three months, and as of right now, has hardly been able to walk, let alone hit; and Ryan Garko, who’s barely matched the level of production Travis Ishikawa was bringing to the table when he was acquired.
After reading this Scott Ostler column, it appears that my “told you so” was warranted:
…. What was up with Jermaine Dye?
There are indications that Dye cleared waivers and the Giants could have had him from the White Sox for the price of a low-level prospect plus Dye’s remaining salary of around $2.5 million.
If so, the sticking point, possibly, was that Brian Sabean was given a cigar box full of loose cash to spend on beefing up the club, and he blew it all on Freddy Sanchez – a smart deal that hasn’t yet panned out. It’s not my money, but $2 million (or so) seems like a small price to keep your club in the wild-card race.
Managing general partner Bill Neukom, in a recent radio interview, referred to this as a “rebuilding season.” No! Look at the standings, sir. It started out as a rebuilding season, but when you steam into September with a sweet shot at the playoffs, you have forfeited your right to play the “rebuilding” card. You must, within reason, go for it, even if the price of the next dice roll is $2 million.
You owe it to your fans and your players. And to the Big Giant in the Sky.
The San Francisco Giants have never won a championship in San Francisco. For Neukom to say that money, that $2 million dollars was the reason he prevented Sabean from making a run at a difference maker like Dye would be a travesty. That would be bad enough, but it is probably worse than that. My guess is that Sabean didn’t want Dye. Sabean thinks batting average is the way to evaluate hitters, and Dye’s average isn’t as good as Garko’s or Sanchez’s. Sabean ignored Dye because he doesn’t think Dye is a valuable hitter. And for that, he should be fired, on the spot. Sabean simply ignored the value that Dye would have added to the Giants, because he could not see it. It is a failure of the highest order.
And for anyone to suggest that the Sanchez deal was a smart one is laughable. My guess/hope is that that’s just Ostler’s way of making sure he can criticize the team and not lose his press pass.
So the Giants hold the Phillies to three runs in their circus mouse-sized ballpark and lose two of three, and we hear nothing from the Giants front office. Of course. Accountability is but a word to Sabean and company. It holds no meaning. They have no understanding of the concept, of the ways a man is accountable for his actions and inactions.
Imagine if I were hired to build a house in a remote location, and needed an excavator to build the foundation. But I didn’t want to spend the money, so I tried to dig it by hand, with the expected results. So then the home owner gave me some more cash, and I bought a broken down, cheap, piece of shit excavator, one that was about ten years too old, and it didn’t get the job done either. You see where I’m headed, here? I’d be fired. Rightfully so. In my world, I’m held accountable for the success and failure of the plans I sell to the people who pay me money.
Sabean tried to build an offense, and failed. He was then given some more money, and the ability to use valuable commodities, (prospects) to again work some magic and fix the offense. He failed.
BRIAN SABEAN HAS FAILED. BRIAN SABEAN MUST BE FIRED FOR THIS FAILURE.
For that matter….. Bill Neukom has failed. He is the owner, the man who we pay money to, when we fill his ballpark. He owes the loyal fans a chance to see a world championship team. He owes us an all-in, balls out run for the title. RIGHT NOW. This team has championship-caliber pitching, right now. One or two bats could have pushed this team to the front of the wild card lead, and we’d be looking at setting up our rotation for the first round, instead of being in a steel cage, death match with the Rockies.
We passed on Dye (27 home runs, 75 RBI and 50+ walks) for one of two reasons. Because we didn’t have the money. Because that money was spent on one piece of shit ballplayer after another. Because the man in charge wastes money like a drunken sailor, money that we needed to get a real player was not there, because he’s thrown away tens of millions of dollars, year after year after year, on mediocrities. Or, we passed on Dye because the man in charge does not understand that what Dye produces is more valuable than what Freddie Sanchez produces. Either way, it is a massive, systemic failure, and it is Brian Sabean’s. It is Brian Sabean’s failure that holds us back, and will continue to do so.
The time has come….
FIRE BRIAN SABEAN.
First inning, no hits so far. Guess I’m an idiot.
I am disgusted, but hardly surprised by Bill Neukom and Brian Sabean’s failure.
Instead of getting all fired up abut the stretch run, excited by the acquisition of a real hitter to bolster our league-worst offense, I get to be disgusted. I get to wake up this morning, and read about how a real team –a team run by an owner and GM who are actually knowledgeable about the game of baseball– went out and added the one thing their team actually needs, a fucking guy who can hit home runs!
The Dodgers picked up Jim Thome in time for him to be eligible for the postseason, but now that yesterday’s deadline has passed, the Giants no longer have that option. But we did pick up an old, out of shape, completely ineffective pitcher, just in time for us to raise our league-leading ERA. That Penny will make, at best, four or five starts is immaterial. That Randy Johnson may, in fact, be able to come back and take a couple of turns in the rotation hardly matters.
WE NEED HOME RUNS!!!! And we ignored a chance to pick up a guy who has already hit more than a quarter as many home runs as our entire team for a fucking drone in the minor leagues and less than $2.5 million dollars!!!!!
Just remember that I told you so. I told you we would face a situation where we would be told that we were unable to acquire so and so player because of financial concerns. Just remember that I told you this would happen.
I TOLD YOU SO!!!!!!
UPDATE: Are you guys fucking kidding somebody?
I just wrote a piece about how the Giants should make a run at Jermaine Dye. JERMAINE DYE!!!!!! If you look close, you can still see the writing, something like 1/3 of the way down the page. Jesus Christ! How could anyone possibly fail to see that I was reiterating my suggestion that the Giants GET JERMAINE DYE!!!!
Over and over, you so-called “fans” wanna argue about how this player or that player isn’t worth shit to the Giants, while ignoring the fact that we have the worst offense in baseball for going on four fucking years now!!
My comments about the Dodgers picking up Thome were meant to point out that the Dodgers are addressing their needs at the last possible chance to make an impact for the potential championship run. The Giants, on the other hand, once again DID NOTHING!!! Well, actually, we didn’t do nothing. We signed a pitcher who will instantly be the worst pitcher on the team. Forget about being the worst pitcher on the team… Penny is ranked 84th out the 84 pitchers who qualify for the ERA title. That is to say, he is the worst starting pitcher in all of baseball. In 131 innings, he’s allowed 200-plus baserunners, 82 earned runs, he has 89 strikeouts and 42 walks, and he sports a stellar 5.61 ERA. And Alex says, “it seems like Penny can still pitch.” What, batting practice? Are you out of your fucking mind??!!??! We could’ve picked up a shit ton of pitchers for a song, including John Smoltz (who, in 11 innings with the Cardinals, has 15 strikeouts and has allowed 7 hits, one walk, and one earned run), John Garland, Jose Contreras, Scott Kazmir, to name but a few, and every single one of them would’ve been better than Brad Penny. Every single pitcher we could call up from our minor league system is better than Brad Penny.
But, what the hell, who cares? Why not throw $400,000 dollars on the ground? It might only be the difference between being able to sign a player who could make difference or not, right?
To suggest that the Giants couldn’t use Jermaine Dye –who plays a corner outfield spot and wouldn’t displace anyone worth TEN FUCKING CENTS!!!!!!– is a crime against intelligence. To sit here and tell me that he would somehow be inadequate, illustrates exactly why the Giants can get away with this kind of horseshit team building and managing for so long. The vast majority of Giants fans have no fucking idea whatsoever what they are talking about, either.
How you could fail to see this point is simply amazing. How you could continue to suggest that ANYBODY WHO HITS HOME RUNS IS WORTHLESS BECAUSE HE ISN’T PERFECT IS ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS. Do me a favor, and go somewhere else if all you can talk about is how each and every hitter I suggest the Giants pick up isn’t worth a shit, even though they would be the second best hitter on the team the second the walked in the door.
UPDATE, Part II: Are you idiots watching the game? 5 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs. Hamels has thrown 69 pitches, 44 strikes. As in, I can throw it over the plate whenever I want. Yup, who needs a a guy who can hit some home runs?
UPDATE, Part III: Hamels, 6 innings, 1 hit, 79 pitches, 53 strikes.
UPDATE, Part IV: Hamels, who came into the game with a 4.62 ERA, has gone 7 innings, allowed 1 hit, thrown 91 pitches, 62 for a strike, and allowed only five balls to be hit out of the infield. 18 straight outs. Yup, who needs a guy with 25 home runs? Or 35, for that matter?
UPDATE, Part V: Hamels, 8 innings, 1 hit, 104 pitches, 71 strikes, 21 straight outs. Top of the ninth, Rich Aurilia, pinch-hitting. Yup, what a waste it would’ve been to have a guy like Thome on he bench. And, amazingly, in perhaps his last at-bat as a major-leaguer, Aurilia leads off with a single.
UPDATE, Part VI: Cole Hamels, 4.62 ERA coming in, went 9 innings, threw 118 pitches, 80 strikes, allowed 2 hits, and 0 runs. Brian Sabean should be ashamed of himself. This is one more loss that is simply because our GM cannot figure out how to build a team.