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SF Giants Rumors / Trade Rumors 2011: Sabean Should Expect Fine

June 2nd, 2011
The Realistic Giants Fan

Offensive Explosion is Encouraging in the Least; Sabean Says too Much

What can you even expect anymore? Jonathon Sanchez goes a little goofy, the Giants began the game 10 up, 10 down. The Cardinals score 7, which would normally trash the Giants most common offensive showings. Not today, thank-you. How about they rattle off 12 runs instead? How about Huff goes ape and even Freddy Sanchez will pump one out? Sounds like a winning formula.

The Sanchez homerun was quite impressive. Not to overstate the obvious, because everyone knows hitting is hard, but it is not the easiest thing in the world to turn on a 99 mph fastball inside. You don't think of Sanchez as strong and this is not the beginning of some new power resurgence, but, his bat is quick. If you get the head out quickly enough, fastballs will hit the homers for you. It was a 3 run shot, too. Those are always an adrenaline rush.

Brandon Crawford went 0 for 4 yesterday, striking out twice. Still, both times he flew out to left, he made some solid contact. Everyday I see a little more that tells me this kid is the real deal. It will get interesting here in a few days when Pablo Sandoval returns. Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy have done their best to let Tejada showcase any skills he has left. There isn't much. He can't field a hard grounder without falling. He doesn't only not hit, but also doesn't walk (which is one of Burrell's last remaining redeeming qualities). His power is zapped. Any ball he hits in the air has none chance of getting out. This is particularly bad for a guy who has orchestrated his entire swing around lift. When Sandoval does return it will almost inevitably be to the bench with Miguel. Then it willl be a countdown to release, which will come, at the earliest, around trade deadline time. Remember that you can still put people on waivers after July 31st. Sadly, I see nobody picking him up, as it doesn't bode well to get cut from a light hitting team for not hitting.

Lynn did an admirable job yesterday. Yes, he gave up 5 runs in 5.1 innings, but 5 innings is all they asked from him. It was his major league debut AND he was pitching on 3 days rest. After the 1st time through the lineup he had it looking like it may be a long night for the Giants hitters. If he can find some consistency like the stuff he had early, you can expect to see him again. He certainly looked like he didn't rattle.

Yes, Huff hit 3 homeruns, but the at-bat I was most impressed with was from Jonathon Sanchez in the 6th inning. He was aided by some poor judgment by Allen Craig and Colby Rasmus, but still. Nobody has improved their hitting more in the span of a year in awhile. At least from what I can remember. People have made big jumps in their batting averages from year to year, but last year and all the years before it we are talking about a terrible hitter who is now a threat. It's almost like he hit that triple last year in the season finale and thought to himself, "That is fuuuuuuuuuun-un!! I gotta figure how to get better at this."

Schierholtz: O for 5. Doesn't matter. Back in the lineup.

List of Giants who may be done: Aaron Rowand, Miguel Tejada, Mark DeRosa, Barry Zito. The 1st three being near sure things. With Zito, a man who can't relieve, and Vogelsong, a man who demands the spot in the rotation, the management has quite the conundrum. I do not envy the decisions that will have to be made, including what may be the largest dump, in terms of what's owed, in Major League history. That last scenario is HIGHLY unlikely, just so you know.

You have to feel bad for a guy like Michael Cleto. Major League debut, 5 runs in 1 inning, hung out to dry by your manager. Nobody warmed up. Not even one pitch in the entirety of the 7th inning. Then La Russa came out to assure him that no relief was behind him. In an odd way, I was glad he came back out and had a 1-2-3 inning in the 8th.

Finally, Brian Sabean is angry. Usually I defend him. Not today. Sabean most likely will - and totally deserves - to be fined. I've already broken down my thoughts and I think it's time to move on. It seem like the team has. They love Posey and it got to them for a few days, but they are professionals and veterans and know they can't dwell. All they have to concentrate on is their 1st place standing and spanking the DBacks the next time they see them. Show 'em who's boss.

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