Team Brought Back to Reality In Arizona
There were, however, a few positives to take out of this series. Matt Cain had another 1 hit performance, although it wasn't his best start of the year. Barry Zito also had another quality start Friday night, but the offense couldn't support his 7 inning, 3 run outing. The offense struggles have been in no part due to Barry Bonds. The dude continues to rope the ball, even with the limited amount of pitches he is seeing. He was walked a total of 6 times over the weekend, and only started two of the games. Bonds raised his average to .362 and has a ridiculous 1.353 OPS. I know it's only April, but can you say, MVP? Randy Winn also flashed some power this weekend and it looks like he is finally slipping out of his early season slump that had him right around .200 for the season's first 3 weeks. Winn added about 30 points to his batting average over the weekend and hit his first home run of the season. If Winn can get going, it would help this offense out tremendously. With Rich Aurilia starting to cool off, the offense needs other guys to start stepping up. I think it would be wise for Bochy to consider swapping Randy Winn and Omar Vizquel for a while to see if it can spark some action at the top of the lineup. Winn showed what he was capable of when the Giants picked him up in 2005. While I don't think he's as good as he showed then, I do think he is better than he showed last season. If Winn keeps doing what he did this past weekend, he may end up finding himself in the 3rd spot sooner or later.