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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Giants Go Quietly In Opener

Barry Zito's second opening day start as a Giant looked a lot like his first on. Zito struggled through 5 innings giving up 4 runs and 8 hits as the Giants were shut out for the second consecutive opener. Zito was around 83 mph with his fastball and although his curve is a big one, it's so slow that hitters can re-adjust at the plate and still be effective against the pitch. It looks like it's going to be another long season for Zito if he's around 82-83 mph on the fastball without much command. It's not like anybody can be too surprised with the outcome of Monday's game, but I think that Giants fans were expecting a little more life out of this team. The so called "warrior spirit" and "swagger" they supposedly now carry, didn't translate to much and the Giants looked identical to last year, minus Barry Bonds. We also didn't see the youth movement that was promised, as Brian Bocock and Jose Castillo were the only players in their twenties to start yesterday.

Now that the opener has passed, I really hope Bochy gets back to his plan of playing the younger players. After the springs they had, I don't see any reason why Eugenio Velez and Fred Lewis shouldn't be starting. Lewis should get the call in left field tonight, but the Giants appear tentative to let Velez play a defensive position for 9 innings. I know he isn't a very good third basemen, but with Cain and Lincecum (fly-ball/strikeout pitchers) scheduled to go today and tomorrow, I wouldn't mind letting him get his feet wet at third over the next few days. I don't see Velez pushing Durham and his 7.5 million dollar price tag to the bench yet, so if the Giants want their most explosive player in the lineup, they need to find a spot for him. I'm also looking forward to seeing Ort get some action. He struggled this spring but has started swinging well over the last week or so. If I were pushing the buttons, here's how I'd fill out the lineup for the final two in LA:

lf Lewis
3b Velez
rf Winn
cf Rowand
2b Durham
c Molina
1b Ortmeier
ss Bocock.
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  • At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am beginning to hate Bochy and his favoritism for the vets. He's like Baker, but even a little worse. I want Ron Wotus managing this team as they try to get younger, not old man Bochy.

  • At 3:58 PM, Blogger Infield Single said…

    Hard to know why Bochy does what he does (and I suppose if I did, I could be a manager, too). But if I'd had my way (and, I suspect, if a lot of Giants fans had ditto), the veterans would have gotten a good day's rest while the kids played ball. If the result was a day filled with goofy, mistake-filled baseball, so be it; at least we could suppose the rooks were learning something from their flubs. As it is, I'm not sure just what the lesson was yesterday. But hey . . . it's a long season, right?

  • At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The sad thing is, the Giants knew bonds wasn't going to play forever and yet the giants chose not to develop any position players. Yes, they've had some good pitchers as of lately, but how many busts have we had for position players?

    To name a few
    1. Dante Powell
    2. Jacob Cruz
    3. Todd Linden
    4. Tony Toracto
    5. Aurturo Mcdowell
    6. I need a life!!!

  • At 5:32 PM, Anonymous Sj-hypocycloid said…

    Hmmm...not that I am advocating his return, but I wonder if Peter Magowan is rethinking his Bonds position?

  • At 7:22 PM, Anonymous Niteowl049 said…

    Magowan did nothing to replace Bonds except add Rowand and they lost Felix so that almost gets them back to square one.

  • At 1:16 AM, Anonymous Niteowl049 said…

    Not that Felix is as good as Rowand since Rowand is better player but in the big picture there is not a whole lot of difference.

  • At 1:41 AM, Anonymous RollingWave said…

    Talent > Swagger


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