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SF GIANTS RUMORS / TRADE RUMORS 2011: Ivan Rodriguez Still Going.

The Realistic Giants Fan: The Giants Offense is Struggling? No Way! (Sarcasm)

I don't know about you guys, but, I am ready to see Ivan Rodriguez ride off into the sunset. That's a little unfair. I shouldn't begrudge a ballplayer hanging on who is still producing. Still, he has been a thorn in the Giants side ever since he 1st crossed lines into the National League. We all recall the 2003 NLDS, so I'm gonna gloss right over that. Yesterday he drove in 2 and scored what would prove to be the winning run. 20 years in the league. Let that sink in. Now, add to it that he's a catcher and it starts getting ridiculous. He's a hands down, no debate about it, hall of famer, so I'm sure plenty of other fanbases feel the same about him.

Here's the thing. Our offense is never going to be a high-octane run machine. Thus, if our pitching starts going a little goofy there is no chance for the Giants to come back. Very often, anyway. In the last 10 games the starters have posted an ERA of 4.47 and only Vogelsong has earned a win. These offensive woes, such as being 3 for the last 40 with runners in scoring position, are not going to be rare occurrences. With that combination working, it's truly amazing that the Giants are right around .500. Look, we know the offense isn't very good, we need the pitching to help us forget that. If the pitching shuts the other team down things switch from "only able to muster 3 runs" to "the Giants got timely hitting".

It is also amazing the standard that the Giants pitcher's have set for themselves. Cain went 6 innings yesterday and gave up 3 earnies and every fan and media guys' reaction is that he had a poor outing. Like he got lit up and couldn't finish 5 innings. Hey, it was a poor start compared to what we know he is capable of doing, but, think about that for minute. That is high bar.

I still refuse to talk about Tejada. Nothing constructive and without seething emotion can be said. (IT WAS 3-0, CAN'T YOU TAKE A @#$#!&* WALK?)

More offensive woes for ya. The Giants have been held to 2 runs or less in 7 of the last 10 games. I don't even know what else to say about that.

Madison Bumgarner goes today. He had a much better outing his last time out when he was bested by James McDonald. Hopefully that got him rolling and he is just another on the long list of "slow starters". It would seem that almost all of the guys on the offensive side are prone to slow starts. It's easy, too, to feel like the team has been decimated by injuries, but, really, with Wilson bouncing back so quick and the most replaceable starter being the one that went down, the Giants have been lucky. You tell me that one of the frontline 4 go down and then I'll write about how next year should be a ton of fun. Until then, in all reality, this team is fine. It's early.

Leaving Washington with a split is the only acceptable outcome.

(feel free to comment or email me directly at realisticgiantsfan@yahoo.com. You can also listen to my mostly Giants themed radio show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/realisticgiantsfan)


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