I have a minute to sit down and write. Sorry for the lack of posts, my life has been very challenging lately.
So, the Giants reach the 40 game mark tomorrow, which means a quarter of the
season is in the books, and the team is in first place in the NL West, 22-17. The pitching has been anywhere from good to awesome, and the offense has been abysmal. There’s not a player on the team having a surprisingly good season at the plate, (except for pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, more on him in a moment). For all intents and purposes, 2011 feels just like last years playoff run, with our pitchers just running out zero after zero waiting for a run.
Offensively, Tejada looks pretty much done, and defensively, he’s been atrocious. I couldn’t have imagined that Uribe would be missed this much, but, damn. Panda came out on fire, his injury was a huge disappointment. He must have been particularly bummed given how hard he worked, and how terrific his season was starting out as.
Burrell has been timely, but, then again, so has everyone. That’s how you win 22 games with the second fewest runs scored in all of baseball.
Barry Zito is on the DL, and his replacement, Vogelsong, has been just short of a revelation. Do the Giants just give Zito his spot in the rotation like nothing’s happened, or do they stick with Vogelsong? I’d love to see them dump Zito to the Yankees, who could use some inning eating, and maybe pick up a hitter. Not likely, sure, but here’s hoping.
All in all, not a bad start defending their title. It’s funny, for all the hype about the Phillies big three pitchers, the Giants have allowed only 8 more runs than Philadelphia, are leading all of baseball in strikeouts (328), and have allowed just an astounding 19 home runs. When the hitters come around, I expect the Giants to become quite formidable.