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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Giants Exposed in Opener

Barry Zito made his highly anticipated Giants' debut Tuesday, but the start of the '07 season looked a lot like how the '06 season ended. The Giants where shut down from start to finish by Jake Peavy and the Padres, losing 7-0. The only hits they got off Peavy where a check swing single by Barry Bonds, a swinging bunt by Dave Roberts and a line drive single for Ray Durham that probably would have been an out at any other park in the bigs. Mike Cameron was playing Durham to pull and wasn't able to get to what would have been a routine out at a straight away defense. The team as a whole looked very stale. Pedro Feliz fumbled a routine grounder that could have been a double play to end an inning. After the Feliz mishandle, Barry Bonds' lack of range in left field was exposed when he let a line drive fall in front of him, one that 90% of big league outfielders will make. The season is barely a day old, and I have already disagreed with a few of Bruce Bochy's moves. I know Rich Aurlia is a fan favorite in San Francisco, and he's a solid player, but to have him hitting 5th in the lineup vs. a guy like Jake Peavy is just asking for trouble. Ryan Klesko should have started the game today and he should get most starts at first base vs. right handed pitching. Again, I like Aurilia, but having him, Bengie Molina and Pedro Feliz hitting all in a row is a gift to right handed pitchers with any kind of breaking ball. Finally, the bullpen looked like it is indeed going to be a problem again, just like last year, and the year before, and the year before. You'd think the Brian Sabean would have figured something out by now, it's not like the Giants are a team without resources.

There aren't many positive things I can say about this game. You know an opening day doesn't go good when the only positive things the announcers can talk about was how great the opening ceremony was. Ray Durham made a few nice defensive plays at second base that probably saved a couple runs, and those where the plays of the game as far as the Giants where concerned. Zito wasn't all that bad and I didn't agree with the move to take him out after the 5th. However, he surely didn't look like a 126 million dollar pitcher. His stuff was very average today. The curve wasn't all that great, he hung a lot of them up in the zone. His best out pitch today was his change up. The thing I worried about the most watching Zito's start was the guys' velocity. He was around 80-86 mph all day with his fastball and most of them where closer to 80. I knew Zito wasn't a power pitcher, but I did expect him to be more in the 87-90 range than what he showed Tuesday. I hope his velocity increases at least by a few mph as the season moves on. If he is going to be at 83 mph with his fastball all year, he's going to have to be perfect with his command.
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  • At 9:15 PM, Anonymous Bball3345 said…

    Those two plays by Durham were great plays, but I agree that was really all that Giants' fans should be excited about, which isn't a good thing.

    Also, you have to admit Bonds looked much, much healthier than he has in quite a long time. That is what Giants' fans should really be excited about.

  • At 9:32 PM, Blogger TC said…

    No doubt, Bonds looked good today. That stolen base is an indication that he's feeling good as well. The challenge will be to get Aurlia and Durham, or whoever hits behind him, going so he will see pitches to hit. The guys behind Barry scare absolutely nobody at this point.

  • At 10:08 PM, Blogger allfrank said…

    Jesus Christ, people, it was fucking Jake Peavy. When the guy is on, nobody can hit him.
    Give him credit, he made them look awful. Bona fide #1 starters will do that. He did the same thing to us last year.
    Durham will definitely hit. I agree, tho, that Klesko should have started. His GIDP was pretty sell hit.

  • At 12:07 AM, Blogger TC said…

    allfrank, I agree to an extent, Peavy has to get a lot of credit for what he did Tuesday. But that doesn't change the fact that the bullpen gave up 4 runs in 4 innings and looks like it is going to be a major problem again this year. And I don't care what pitcher they face, a 4-5 of Durham and Aurilia is way below league average. By no means am I writing this team off, just frustrated that these very blatant question marks weren't given more attention over the winter.

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  • At 11:53 AM, Anonymous Angels Fan said…

    As much as I hate Barry, he did look good today. He look more like his old MVP self than he has in years (even without blasting a HR). It will be interesting to see if he can keep it up for 161 more games.


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