There’s some huge pregame news today coming from the Giants:
Perhaps Jonathan Sanchez’s problems aren’t all in his head. Or perhaps the Giants found a creative way to give Sanchez a two-week break without compromising their roster.
In a surprising move, the Giants just placed Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list with left biceps tendinitis. Barry Zito, who will start Game 2 of a doubleheader Tuesday at Wrigley Field, was activated from the DL and will take Sanchez’s place on the roster.
I have very skeptical feelings about this move. The reasons why are pretty much laid out perfectly by Chris in a post earlier today:
If the Giants seek to rest their bullpen by replacing Sanchez with Zito, they are shooting themselves in the foot. It just doesn’t show up in the numbers.
If I’m being honest, though, I guess I have some mixed feelings, too. The Giants know Jonathan Sanchez (the person) better than any of us. Maybe they figure this move will in fact hurt them in the short term, that Barry Zito isn’t really the better option, but a mental break and perhaps some cleaning up of his mechanics will help him in the long run. Maybe.
I have to hope that this is the case. I have to hope the Giants don’t think Barry Zito is somehow a better starter simply because Sanchez’s starts look so frustrating, so unsuccessful. I don’t love the move, but I also don’t necessarily see it as a disaster. If I were to play the devil’s advocate, I’d note that Sanchez was sent to the bullpen in 2009 after a similar stretch of utter manager-maddening starts, only to come back and no-hit the San Diego Padres. That happened, and here’s the proof.
If the Giants, on the other hand, just think that Zito is the better starter, will give them a better chance to win, will save the bullpen significantly, and be the guy to “stabilize” the number two spot in the rotation for the rest of 2011, I’m pretty sure they have the wrong guy.
All that said, I sure wish the Giants’ creative ways with their pitching staff, which, bullpen included, is perhaps best in all of baseball, would carry over to their working on the offense, which is frankly the most pathetic unit in baseball.
Speaking of the offense, here’s today’s potent lineup.