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SF Giants Rumors / Trade Rumors 2011: Another Slim Victory

June 15th, 2011
The Realistic Giants Fan


No Simple Path to Victory


After The Atlanta Hawks forced a game 7 against the Boston Celtics a few years back in the NBA Playoffs, Zaza Puchulia of the Hawks was interviewed before leaving the court. "Nothing Easy, " he yelled in a thick European accent, "NOTHING EASY!!!" Here it is if you missed it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cQjjvFAf6Q

I think that sums it up. There will be nothing easy. Nearly every game I think about Puchulia's quote. I play him inside my head, hearing him echo in my brain. It allows me to laugh when pulling my hair out seems like the best possible option. If you think about it, though, we more often than not get to see the Giants win. Imagine how frustraing it must be to be the opposing team. The Giants will seemingly do just enough. Like they are doing it on purpose. If they shut your team out, they will only score a couple. If you score 5 they will score 6. Or, maybe it's more like the Giants will score 6 and then tease the other team by letting them score 5. Then, bam, the door gets shut.

The Diamondbacks are scary. Miguel Montero is super scary. His homerun in the 6th was a shot. It was a big boy homerun, as Mike Krukow is fond of saying. Montero will hit 25 homers in a season eventually.

Aubrey Huff worked 2 walks yesterday and, to me, is looking much more confident at the plate. The Giants need him back playing at least somewhat like he did last year. If he could get his bat going, combined with the return of Pablo Sandoval, it would probably be enough to carry the offense. Cody Ross and Nate Schierholtz have been no slouches themselves. They may not be tearing the cover off the ball, but they are holding their own. That would be 4 hitters you could count on in a pinch. Speaking of the latter 2, Ross went 2 for 4, drove in 2 and and scored twice. Schierholtz was baffled by Josh Collmenter's odd delivery in his 1st 3 at-bats. Finally in his 4th at-bat he was able to face someone else - Aaron Heilmann - and he ripped a double to the left center gap.

Brandon Crawford got a couple of hits, but probably will be out of the lineup tonight. The Diamonbacks are going with the left hander Joe Saunders, which gives Bochy the perfect opportunity to slip Miguel Tejada back in there. Bochy likes Crawford. He trusts him to a certain extent...he just trusts "Miggy" more. It's your knee-jerk reaction, I think, when you're a manager. A veteran, for the most part, seems more likely to come through, whether that's actually the case, or not. You have to REALLY play yourself out of the lineup, combined with another guy REALLY playing himself into it. It's happened before. The Giants fanbase is ready to annoint Crawford as the shortstop for the next 6 years. I almost agree with that. If he hits between .230 and .245, that is fine. However, if it dips below .200, the last thing the Giants need is another Eli Whiteside eating up a spot in the lineup.

Chris Stewart should not be the starting catcher. Whiteside is a terrible hitter. Stewart can't hit at all. Stewart being better behind the plate, as I see people claim in the comment boxes all the time, is a complete illusion. You just want a change so bad that you're looking for things Stewart does right and trashing Whiteside when the opportunity presents itself.

They can take the series today, but more importantly, get Madison Bumgarner a win!

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