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Monday, June 25, 2007

Schierholtz Helps Carry Giants

The Giants moved back within 10 games of .500 after they took the last two vs. the Yankees at AT&T Park. It was actually the most exciting baseball I've seen the Giants play in over a month. I think having the Yankees in town lit a little bit of a fire under the Giants' and the old legs and bats showed a little bit of life over the weekend. I am also getting more impressed by Nate Schierholtz the more I watch him. Not only did he win a game with a base hit on Saturday, but he came up with a crucial sac fly, behind in the count vs. Roger Clemens, a spot where many Giants have failed all to often this season. Schierholtz hasn't shown much power at all since his promotion, but he puts the ball in play a lot, and his batting average is showing it. The exciting thing about Schierholtz is that he seems to be more polished with the bat at the big league level than Ortmeier and Lewis, and he's 3 years younger. I think his power will come with time, but the thing I like about him is he is coming up with clutch hits in big situations. For now, I would really consider getting him in the lineup as much as possible if I were Bochy. I know it would be quite an expensive platoon, but I wouldn't mind seeing Dave Roberts and Randy Winn share center field for a while to give Schierholtz 100-150 consistent at bats.

I'd like to take part of this post to give my condolences to Rod Beck's family and friends after his tragic death over the weekend. I have many memories of Beck on the field and even had the opportunity to talk with him a few times over his years with the Giants. He was never a guy who left any of his fans unsatisfied and would never hesitate to sign an autograph or have a conversation with someone. The best memory I have of Beck on the field is when he struck out Greg Vaughn of the San Diego Padres to clinch the 1997 NL West division title (Pictured). It sent the Giants to the playoffs for the first time since '89, and there was an atmosphere at the 'Stick that I will never forget in my life. Thanks for the memories Shooter, and rest in peace.
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  • At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Romiezzo said…

    Nate Schierholtz is a pretty good rookie, since getting called up in mid June, especially for his age at 23. He's getting off to a great start in his first 9 games with a .379 Batting Average and a .406 OBP. First Fred Lewis with the cycle, and now Nate Schierholtz is surprising everyone with how good Giants rookies can be. I agree with you on Bruce Bochy. Give rookies chances because the veterans sure aren't winning ball games for the club today.

  • At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Tyrone Briggs said…

    This kid's dad is probably younger than Clemens.

  • At 11:07 PM, Blogger lzrdking98 said…

    Bochy is a dog shit manager. He should be fired. As go Bochy, as go the Giants. There was no reason to pull Lincecum from tonight's game. He had only thrown 115 ptches. He had thrown minimal pitches in the 7th. Finally, his fastball was still topping 95. He still had pop in his arm. Bochy is a micromanager. Just because you have guys in the pen to use as setup guys and closers, doesn't mean you have to use them. Let lincecum go out in the 8th inning. If he gives up a walk or a hit, then entertain the idea of pulling him. Bad move Bochy, your lucky you won the game. POS

  • At 11:37 PM, Blogger allfrank said…

    You're completely wrong - Bochy probably should have pulled Lincecum after the 6th.
    I'm also a big fan of Schierholtz, but he dogged it tonight after he booted a ball in RF - and Cruz took advantage and went to second. If he'd hustled, Cruz would have been on first. Of course, if Winn had hustled too (actually, I don't think it was lack of hustle as much as a bad initial read) there would have been one out, runner on first - and Correia probably doesn't get into the game.

  • At 11:56 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    Your right Frank, I was surprised to see Lincecum in the 7th, but seeing what Bochy has to work with in the bullpen, I understand why he did it. And Yes. I support Schierholtz but he did dawg it on the bobble tonight.

  • At 8:05 PM, Blogger lzrdking98 said…

    Mr. Allfrank. I would like to hear your opinion as to why I am wrong. When it comes to Baseball. I am never wrong. Lincecum should not have been pulled. He did not have an elevated pitch count, he still had good velocity and he had a good final inning. No reason to pull him. Bochy will be gone. Let the kid pitch. Jesus, when I played professionallly, pitch counts would go to 160 or 170. Bunch of pansies.

  • At 11:52 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

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  • At 12:01 AM, Blogger Trevor said…

    King, first off, I appreciate your insight and I also wish starting pitcher's would start being stretched out further, but if you followed the Giants, you'd know that Bochy want's to go the the bullpen about as much as he wants to walk on nails. Second, if you think stretching a 23 year old kid out in a game when your team is 10 games below .500 is a good idea, then start thinking a little harder. I actually have no beefs with the way Boch has used his staff, you can't blame him because Sabean designed a horrible bullpen.

  • At 8:39 PM, Anonymous nightowl049 said…

    Nate Schierholtz may get more playing time once the Barry Bonds Circus leaves town. That is problem with this team....It is all Barry...Barry...Barry...you hardly hear a word about Pedro Feliz because he is probably a team player unlike Bonds who is too good to have his photo taken with the riff raff on the rest of the team.


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