It appears that everyone’s premonitions regarding Mark Sweeney as the odd man out are materializing. In a San Jose Mercury article aptly titled ‘Sweeney unlikely to stay a Giant‘ we learn that Sweeney was not a part of a team meeting involving the veterans. The other rumor is that Sweeney was placed on waivers this week but no one claimed him. I’ve heard nothing but good stuff about Sweeney as a person but his pinch hitting numbers from 2006 just don’t bode well for him (.205/.295/.256). The biggest surprise from the Mercury article is the following quote:
A club source said the Giants are so intent on keeping outfielder Jason Ellison and first baseman Lance Niekro, both of whom are out of options, that they are resigned to starting the season with just an 11-man pitching staff. Even with the extra position spot, there doesn’t appear to be room for Sweeney at the end of the bench.
I don’t think anyone saw this coming, the possibility of keeping both Ellison and Niekro is one that escaped me as well. The Giants have reportedly been shopping Ellison as of late but with no takers. A 11-man pitching staff would limit the bullpen to 6 pitchers. We know for sure that Benitez and Kline will be there but who else? You’ve got to wonder if Brian Wilson is pitching his way back to Fresno? His line today of (.1 IP 3H 5R 2BB) might be enough to make the Giants believe that he needs more work. I expect the bullpen to resemble something like Benitez, Kline, Correia, Chulk, Wilson(?), and Hennessey(?). The more I think about the pen the uneasier I become.
Brian Sabean should strap on his dumpster diving gear because it might be time to start divin’ for some relief.
I just finished my first Philip K. Dick book today and I’m anxiously looking forward to reading more of his work. I read We Can Build You and completely enjoyed it. I really fell in love with the book, lots of humor twisted with future concepts of what exactly it is to be human. And plus, any book that has a robotic Abe Lincoln is a-ok with me. Any other PDK fans out there? Any recommendations as to what I should look into next?