Let me start this post by saying Ugh.
It’s hard to wash that taste out of your gullet. That bitter flavor you might be experiencing is the taste of getting swept by the Evil Ones, the Dodgers. I once heard someone say “When it rains, it pours” sage advice is one thing, but this feels more like nuclear fallout than any precipitation. I haven’t smashed the glass that encases the emergency button just yet but I’ll be damned if I’m not holding that hammer in hand already. Heck, I’ve got two hammers and a power drill.
For the 2nd straight start Barry “Cha-ching!” Zito pitched poorly. Zito’s final smoldering line of twisted wreckage looked something like 6.0 ip, 9 h, 8 r, 8 er, 3 bb, 4 so. The Giants are looking like a team that is already tired from nearing the end of the season and not one that’s just getting started. Luis Gonzalez hit 2, count ‘em 2, longballs in today’s defeat.
This is the same Gonzalez whose power production has dropped steadily since his 2001 campaign. Yet he hits two in one game against the Giants? What’s next, Juan Pierre not sucking? I feel as if my tiny baseball world is coming apart at the figurative seams. My only hope is that this madness goes full circle and the Giants enter bizzaro world and start winning. As tight as the NL West is supposed to be this year, the Giants can’t afford to drop games like these against division rivals.
I’m not asking for much really. Just a win here and a win there. But this 1-5 start is the worst start for the G’s since 1967 and 1980. The Giants continue to struggle with situational hitting. Omar grounds into a DP in the second with the sacks packed. Walking away from a bases loaded scenario with 0 runs scored is hard to do. We’ve heard the stories about Zito being a slow starter and one look at his career stats verifies that claim. Zito has a career ERA of 5.00 in April and March. Outside of today though, the pitching has been decent, but the offense just hasn’t clicked yet.
I know it’s early. I know that. We’ve got over 150+ games left in the season but my question to you, the reader, is when do you start to panic about this team? They just look lost right now. Some questionable managing moves and really poor hitting has dug the Giants a early hole. A hole they must start making a effort to climb out of soon if they wan’t to get some good mojo going. Maybe the upcoming road trip will do the Giants some good because this homestand has been horrific.
Comment Starter: Time to panic yet? Or is it “too early”? For the love of god, someone please assure me!
- The ray of light know as Tim Lincecum pitched quite well in his debut game for AAA Fresno. Tim went 5 strong innings while striking out 8 and walking 3 batters. He only gave up 2 hits.
- In other Fresno news Nate Schierholtz continues his hot start by hitting his 3rd homerun in just 3 games. I like Nate a good bit and believe he’s a good candidate for a break out year in Fresno. Keep your eyes peeled, he might be patrolling the outfield at Mays Field someday soon.