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SF GIANTS RUMORS / TRADE RUMORS 2011: Ford? Or Maserati?

The Realistic Giants Fan: Move Over Ricky, This Was a Ford Rally.

If only Darren Ford could hit. What a monster he could be. He could play an excellent center field and if he hit .250 with a .325 OBP, then he could steal 60 bases. It's a rock and a hard place type decision right now. He has basically won 2 games on his own, so it is tempting to keep him on the big roster, but, at what cost? The fact of the matter is, if he is going to be a large part of our future keeping him in the show will stunt his development.

It would be easy to say that he set up his own exploits, seeing as his sacrifice attempt failed, but, it wasn't that bad of a bunt, in my opinion. It was a little hard, but, Lyle Overbay made a good play and was in position to throw simply by being left handed. In that way, I guess he should have sent the bunt down the 3rd base line. Ahh, who cares? He made up for it right? As we saw yesterday he doesn't even have to run to cause havoc. Rather, it's the threat of running that gets into the pitchers' heads. Before a pitch was even thrown to Freddy Sanchez in the 10th, Joel Hanrahan threw errantly to first in an attempt to pick Ford off. Boom, Ford's at 3rd. I don't know if you can tell, but I am rather impressed by this young man and his base running instincts. His run home, after being nonchalantly checked on by Pirates' 2nd Basemen Neil Walker, would have made no less than Willie Mays proud. Mays told a story to Bob Costas where he said he would take an extra base when he perceived someone was about to lob the ball. He was talking about a throw from the outfield. Scoring on a throw from 2nd to 1st, that's mind-boggling.

All this couldn't have come at a better time. If the Giants had lost yesterday's game, with the prospect of a struggling Madison Bumgarner starting today, bad thoughts might start creeping in our collective heads. It wasn't an easy breezy win. No, no, it took extra innings. Every game that stops a skid seems to be a tough one. It's just the rules. A tight game, mixed with a rain delay that didn't exist. A rainless rain delay? I must say, that qualified as yesterday's "you'll see something you've never seen before" moment.

It was nice to see that John Bowker is still alive, breathing and on a major league roster. The same can't be said for his trade buddy, Joe Martinez, who is in the Indians minor league system. Bowker had a good at-bat, working a walk off of Brian Wilson. Of course, Brian Wilson didn't throw him any sliders at his back foot...

Speaking of Wilson, he is now 6 of 7 in save opportunities. His ERA is large, but most of it stems from 2 outings. It's been said before, but, a reliever's ERA can balloon in just 1 or 2 outings and then take 2 months to be brought down. In 2008, Wilson finished with an ERA over 4.00, but, had a fine season, where he was named to the All-Star Team. Don't worry about the bearded one, he is just as imposing and slightly off-kilter as ever.

As I briefly mentioned the Giants have gone with Bumgarner to start today's game. Will they gloss over Vogelsong again? There was a Monday off-day, so they could skip him again. Give the guy a start. Let's see what he can do. Make his circular route back to the organization complete. Either way, I think Madison will have a fine start tonight. Enjoy seeing if I'm right.

(feel free to comment, or email me directly at realisticgiantsfan@yahoo.com. Listen to my radio show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/realisticgiantsfan. Giants baseball is the main topic of discussion during the season.)


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