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Monday, June 16, 2008

Home Woes Continue

The Giants now sit alone as the team with the worst home record in baseball as their early June surge has died out here in the middle of the month. If they were just a .500 home team, they would be within a game or two of the first place D-Backs. After their last road trip, the team looked like it was making some progress, but they got home to AT&T Park and got swept by their cross-bay rival, Oakland Athletics. They have now lost their last 5 series' at home The bats once again went into hibernation for the three game set against Oakland as they couldn't come up with any clutch hits and only scored 4 runs in the series. They now site at 13-22 at home for the year and after getting within 5 games of the first place D-Backs, the Giants are once again 7 back and 10 games below .500. One positive was getting Kevin Corriea back into the rotation. Although he didn't pitch particularly well in his first start since returning from the disabled list, I am expecting good things from KC from here on out. He gave up 5 runs over 5 1/3 innings, but was pitching brilliantly until giving up some runs in 6th inning. Getting Corriea back also pushed Misch down to Fresno which is good thing. Misch has looked a little out of his element since he was called up back in May and hopefully he gets right down in Fresno.

Contrary to Misch, Emmanuel Burris has not looked out of his element in the bigs so far and he's getting more and more playing time. The speedy shortstop continues to be an offensive force as he's reached base in all but 2 of the games he's started this year. He's hitting .296 with 13 runs and 6 stolen bags. Him and Omar Vizquel have had roughly the same number of at-bats and Burris production has blown Omar's out of the water so far. I like Omar as much as anyone, and even when he's not hitting, he's still fun to watch master the shortstop position but he's 41 years-old and he's starting to show his age. He hasn't had a multi-hit game since May 21st and he just isn't much of a factor at the plate anymore. Burris is earning at least a 50-50 share in PT, if not more, with the way he's played in part time duty. I'm not sure that Burris is the answer at shortstop going forward into the future with this club, but right now, he's their best option. I would really like to see Bochy start fielding a lineup that features the younger players playing together, something like this:

LF Fred Lewis
SS Manny Burris
CF Aaron Rowand
C Bengie Molina
1B Jon Bowker
RF Brian Horwitz
2B Travis Denker
3B Jose Castillo
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  • At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Tej8722 said…

    Yeah, but how about that 41-year old stealing home? I never would have thought Omar could do it...

  • At 12:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Huge games for Lewis and Bowker tonight. The rookies have been impressive for the Giants this season. I can't wait to see Buster Posey. I've been watching him on ESPN in the College WS and he looks awesome. I could see him starting by 2010 for them when Bengie Milina retires.

  • At 8:51 PM, Anonymous perry said…

    Where did this Jon Sanchez guy come from? I'm a Tiger's fan and I never heard of him before tonights game. He looks good.

  • At 9:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    yeah, they should be using that lineup a lot seeing that they're 10 games below .500, they couldn't do much worse could they?

  • At 11:12 AM, Blogger Nick said…

    What about this?

    Lewis LF
    Winn RF
    Durham 2B
    Molina C
    Rowand CF
    Bowker 1B
    Burris SS
    Denker 3B

    Why dot we play Durham at 2nd till his stock rises enough to trade him and in the mean time make Travis Denker our everyday third basemen, I am sick of the lethargic Jose Castillo.

    We should definitely play Burris much more at short and Bowker all the time at first.

  • At 12:01 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    That's a good point Nick, but I just don't see Durham's stock rising enough to warrant that. We'll see, because no matter how many games back they are, Bochy still prefers to play the veteran.


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