Giants Offense Sputtering
Well, two games are in the books and the Giants have scored a total of 4 runs. I expect the Giants offense to improve over the next few weeks as everybody gets into the mix, but I have been looking at other scores around the league and their have been some big scores. Granted the Giants did open up vs. Jake Peavey who was throwing 96 mph with movement all night long, but game two was against Shawn Estes who should be a #5 starter and the Giants mustered 3 runs barely on a barrage of infield singles and walks. I don't think anyone besides Bonds has even hit the warning track yet with a fly ball. This offense looks very sluggish. Moises Alou and Pedro Feliz are especially concerning. Feliz looks as impatient as ever, and Alou's swing is starting to look like Edgardo Alfonzo's. The Giants open up at home today vs. the Braves and Jorge Sosa, hopefully they put some runs on the board.
The bright spots so far have been the performance by Matt Moriss and the performance by the Giants bullpen. Morris shut down the Padres through 6 1/3 innings in his Giants debut. The Pads never really even threatened. As I've said, I am definetly expecting big things from Morris this year. If he goes 220 innings, there is no reason he won't win 16-17 games with this team. Also the bullpens' performance lead by Scott Munter on Wednesday night was very impressive. Munter got the biggest outs of the game in the 7th and 8th, then former fill-in closer Tim Worell looked as cool and calm as ever recording the final 3 outs, even after a missplayed flyball in the infield. This series vs. the Braves is going to be a very good early challenge. We don't really know what these Giants can do quite yet. They looked bad on day one, a little better the next day, now with a 3 game set vs. one of the best teams in the league, we should get an idea of what this team will do.