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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Sanchez Should Start

With the trade of Matt Morris, it opens up a spot in the Giants starting rotation. With the way the season has gone, and since the team is so far out of the playoff race, I think it makes a lot of sense to let Jonathon Sanchez take Morris' spot for rest of the year. Sanchez showed some potential when he got a few spot starts last year and I think it's time he gets a chance to start this year. He has been pretty inconsistent in the bullpen so far but has always seemed to pitch well when he gets stretched out and gets into a rhythm. I was a little surprised when the Giants sent Pat Misch down to make some starts in Fresno rather then sending Sanchez. Misch had dominated this year in Fresno as a reliever and pitched terrifically in his short time with the Giants in that same role. I don't see the logic in tinkering with Misch, especially when the Giants are in need of bullpen help. I have little doubt that Misch could be doing a better job than Jack Taschner right now and that's what he should be doing. However, whether it's Misch, Sanchez or even Travis Blackley, I really would rather see a young pitcher take the spot rather than Russ Ortiz. Blackley, obtained from Seattle in the Jason Ellison trade, is actually an interesting candidate. He had been pitching pretty well until his latest outing where he got knocked out in the second inning. Prior to that start he was 8-5 and had an era in the low 4's which is pretty good for the offensive rich PCL.

Rajai Davis looked pretty good in his Giants debut on Wednesday night. He brought some energy and a ton of speed. I was most impressed with the play in which he threw out Ramon Martinez by a mile at second from the left-center gap. I thought they had no chance to hold Martinez to a single, but Davis not only has speed on the bases, but he can cover some ground in the outfield and has the best arm I've seen on a Giants' outfielder since Jose Cruz Jr. I didn't expect much out of Davis, but I think with his speed and defensive abilities, he could actually develop into a right handed Dave Roberts with a little more strength. The reports on him coming in were that he had 50+ stolen base potential if given the at-bats and they weren't wrong. I hope he stays up when the Giants call on another pitcher to take Morris' spot and the Giants cut a veteran. I am looking forward to seeing him and Freddie Lewis rooming around center and right in the spacious AT&T Park outfield and I hope to see it sooner than later. Maybe they won't turn out to be anything more than 4th and 5th outfielders, but you have to play them to see what you really have.
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  • At 6:08 PM, Anonymous Christof said…

    Why not have Barry Bond pitch. I sure he can pitch as well as he can hit or play OF these days.

  • At 6:41 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    If only his arm weren't the weakest part of his game.

  • At 6:48 PM, Anonymous Christof said…

    Juice the arm up then! Put a little cream on it!

  • At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Kelsdad said…

    Good idea. The Giants should be doing anything they can to prepare for 2008.

  • At 12:18 PM, Anonymous JuTMSY4 said…

    Exactly...at this point, time to give those young guys some ML experience...what can you really lose...no pressure MLB situations for those guys...plus some great crowds...shit most of the crowds are looking at bonds anyways and not the pitcher...

    I can foresee san fran being part of many waiver wire deals because of their old talent...

  • At 6:03 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    I hope they do J. I can see teams taking interest in guys like Klesko, Vizquel and Feliz if they are exposed to waivers. The guy who I was really surprised to see stay after the deadline was Steve Kline. He has been lights out the last month and it seems like he could help out a contending team in need of left handed relief help.

  • At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Bondsfanatic said…

    Congratulations Barry Bonds!!!

  • At 12:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Before starting Sanchez a coach other than Regetti
    should teach him about pitching. His control is
    bad as his arm angle is all over the ball park. He
    comes side arm on righthanders and more over the top to lefthanders. His curve is different from
    the fastball.

    Get a pitching coach and teach these young pitchers mechanex. Misch could get 5 mpr more
    on his fastball with better mechanex.

  • At 1:20 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    I am not a big fan of Righetti. Though he has nothing to do with Misch's mechanics, I don't like the job he has done with Matt Cain.

    Also, regarding Sanchez's mechanics, that's the whole reason to start him. He's getting 2 innings a week right now and he needs to be throwing more. He has a good arm and he should be stretched out whether it's here or in Fresno.


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