Bonds The Only Bright Spot Early
I know you can't get too up or down after the first two games of the season, but if it hadn't been for Bonds' brilliance in the first couple games, this team would give optimism to nobody. In the midst of the 0-2 start and the sketchy managing by Bruce Bochy, Barry Bonds has looked as good as he has in 4 years. I haven't seen him make a catch like the one he made in Wednesday's game in a long, long time. After seeing him steal a base with ease on opening day, then coming back and running down that ball is a sign that this guy feeling good as well. And Bonds' swing on the opposite field jack off Chris Young was a little off balance, but that reminded me of the Bonds of pre-2005. It looked so effortless for him just to flick the ball out of the ballpark the opposite way, off balance or not. If the first two games are any indication of what kind of year he's going to have, than we are in for another Barry Bonds' type season. He may not hit 40 home runs, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him hit .330 with 30 jacks. The only other positive that I can think of taking out of the first couple games was Armondo Benitez's outing. No, it wasn't a save situation, but Benitez's arm looks the best that it has since he put on a Giants' uniform. He didn't have a perfect ninth, but his pitches had life and you could tell that he wasn't an easy at bat for the Padres' hitters. The Giants aren't as bad as they have showed in their first two games. They looked a lot better Wednesday night than they did on opening day so let's see if they can turn it into a W on Thursday. It would be a nice confidence builder for everyone if Matt Morris can be the stopper tonight.