Mark DeRosa Out for the Season
It shouldn't come as a surprise to most Giants fans, but Mark DeRosa was officially pronounced out for the season and placed on the 60-day DL on Wednesday.
DeRosa hadn't played since May 8th, and when he was playing, you could tell there was something going on with him. He was hitting just .194 with a homer and 10 RBI in 93 at-bats and was really hurting the offense more than he was helping. This has to be a disappointment to the Giants, who added DeRosa on a 2-year, 12 million dollar deal this winter. My thinking at the time was that even though I didn't necessarily like the deal, but in the worst case scenario, DeRosa would be a highly-paid utility guy if the Giants had better options. I certainly didn't envision him getting hurt and missing basically %75 of the season. The addition of Pat Burrell is looking even better now and fortunately for the Giants, I don't think they're going to miss him as badly as they were thinking. Buster Posey's emergence along with the addition of Burrell should help the Giants get by without the versatile DeRosa, even though I was really looking forward to seeing what the Giants lineup would look like when everybody was healthy. The one positive in DeRosa having his wrist worked on now is that he'll have plenty of time to recover and get back to %100 for spring training next year rather than having him repeatedly placed on the 15 day DL and playing through the season in pain.
Interview with NESN: I just completed a brief interview with Boston Red Sox flagship media outlet, NESN. The Giants will be hosting the Red Sox at AT&T Park for 3 games over the weekend and the topics discussed include the upcoming series and even getting into some Barry Bonds discussion. I'm not able to post the full interview here yet, as it will be posted on NESN.com Thursday, but I here is one question from the interview:
NESN: The Red Sox' offense currently ranks 1st overall while, on the other side of the ball, the Giants' pitching ranks 3rd. How do you think they'll match up?
GBB: Well, they'll be in San Francisco, so the Red Sox won't get to use a DH. The Giants' rotation lines up so that Jonathan Sanchez, Joe Martinez and Tim Lincecum will start the three games. With the way Lincecum (3-0, 1.67 era, 24 k's in last 3 starts) and Sanchez (2.90 era and .206 BAA) have, it's tough to bet against the, no matter who they're facing. I say the Giant take 2 of 3.