Giants' Dissapointing 2011 Comes to End
They had a commanding lead in this division at the all-star break, and it looked like they were all but certain to return to October play and get to defend their championship, even having lost 2 key players in Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez. They made a couple of additions before the deadline, and all the sudden, the team tanked. I don't know what exactly went wrong in the final two months, but I don't believe it was a chemistry issue. What I think happened to this team, is that they just hit a wall. After that big run last year, and everything that happened this season, I think the first half took a lot out of them, and players who were having bad years seemed to be getting worse. They never really had a ton of offense all year, but when they were winning, they were getting the clutch hit, and playing tremendous defense behind their rock solid pitching staff, but there's only so long that formula will work with a sub-par offense. After everybody got healthy and the infusion of youngsters like Brett Pill and Brandon Belt allowed tired vets to rest a bit, we saw some life in this team. Beltran showed what he could do when healthy as he finished the season on a tear, but I just don't see the Giants throwing big money at him after the way they finished the season. Had they made the playoffs, it would have been a much more likely scenario, but I believe we've seen the last of Beltran in the Orange and Black. Just hoping the trading of Zach Wheeler doesn't come back to bite this team too badly in the end.
They did finish the year with a loss, but it came in a series win over Colorado, so it was good at least to see the team fighting even though they were out of it. I still don't know why Bochy was intent to keep trotting Torres out to center field and place him in the leadoff spot when there were other younger options available, but I really don't know why he put Torres back there in the first place when Cody Ross got hurt. Why this team was playing any veteran besides Carlos Beltran and Pablo Sandoval regularly was beyond me, but Bochy still managed to get some young players like Connor Gillaspie and Brett Pill some long looks, both of whom I see very much in the roster mix heading into 2012. However, on the mound, Eric Surkamp finished the year of in less than spectacular fashion after his quality two-start debut in the bigs, and I no longer pick him as the favorite for the #5 rotation spot next spring, and this team will either need Jonathan Sanchez to return to form, or go grab another starter in free agency, cause they don't have a bunch of depth there that is ML ready right now. We'll be breaking down the season in a much more specific basis in the next few posts before we get ready to dip into the offseason and explore on what the Giants can and will do to improve themselves. Just wanted to get up one last post for the 2011 regular season, a year that can't be labeled as anything other than an all-around disappointment for San Francisco.