Just a thought, but isn't it strange that the Giants are unbeaten since Wellemeyer and Medders departed? Okay, so two games is a relatively small sample size, but the Giants have made a habit of knee jerk decisions (just ask Scheirholtz and Bowker), so I'm jumping on this one.
I'm troubled because the more things change, the more they stay the same. Anyone remember the middle portion of this deacade? The Giants still had Barry sending them deep, and there was the semblance of an offense. The rotation was led by Schmidt and Woody, and they weren't half bad. The bullpen, in a word, sucked.
A lot was made of how the Giants couldn't find a decent closer. But what's often forgotten is how often the game was blown before the closer got near the game. How many times did we get to watch the likes of Jim Brower, Tyler Walker and Tim Worrell throw kerosene onto the fire?
Well, here we go again. The Giants pen is becoming the achillies heel. On days when, miracle of miracles, the offense does its part, the pen has been a high wire act. Take tonight....please.
Zito leaves with a 5-2 lead and asks the pen to get six outs. Well, one out and three pitchers later it's a one-run game and the bases are juiced -- despite the A's only having one hit in the frame. What good is the best defense in the word when the opposing offense only has to take four wide ones and watching everyone move up 90 feet?
Sad that currently the most effective arm the Giants have for getting the game to Brian Wilson is....Brian Wilson. Even sadder, as good as he looked in the eighth he was definitely mortal in the ninth.
My ever-popular scpaegoat remains. Sabean is a moron. He's like a two-year old -- unable to concentrate on more than one thing. He spent years drafting starting pitchers. Now his attention is supposedly on the offense. In the meantime, the pen has gone straight to Hades.
Runzler? Casilla? Mota? E-mail me when I get to someone good.
Short post tonight because I'm pounding the keyboard into shrapnel just thinking about how poorly constrcuted this team is. Can we please find a GM capable of walking and chewing gum simultaneously?