SF Giants Reality

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Happy Birthday George Kontos! Just a smidge late-it was June 12th

San Francisco Giants fans have some hard truths to face. I count three big ones. They are (in no particular order): 1–the Giants haven’t been very good so far this season, 2–we’re not getting any better and 3–our win percentage is below .400, not good, not good at all. In fact, only the Phillies are in worse shape. The good news is we’re right on San Diego’s heels.

I have asked myself the question “what happened?” over and over again.

Even the guys are getting tired of it. When Brandon Crawford made the third out in the fifth inning with a swinging strike during Wednesday’s game, he tossed his bat aside and yanked his batting equipment off–you could tell he was clearly frustrated.

Does this mean I’ve lost the faith? Does this mean I’ve stopped believing? No and absolutely not. It only means I am preparing myself for the worst, while still hoping for the best.

Like most Giants fans have lately, I’ve come up with a wish list of trade possibilities. The odds of us getting an interesting player or two at the trade deadline are growing smaller right alongside our win percentage—a player being traded at the deadline is usually traded to a contender. The Giants aren’t near contention. But a girl can dream. Here’s my wish list:

  1. Gerritt Cole, starting RHP for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He’s 26 years old. He’s enjoyed a fairly decent career. He’s had some struggles this season and last season, but–according to the pundits–is still on track to be a great pitcher. I like him. He’s Brandon Crawford’s brother-in-law. He’ll fit right in.
  2. Andrew McCutcheon, outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He’s won awards: NL MVP, Golden Glove, Silver Slugger; he’s a five-time NL All∗Star outfielder, and the list goes on. He hasn’t put up great numbers in a couple of years. He’s perfect for us. It’s like Cody Ross, Pat Burrell and Michael Morse all rolled into one.

We have about a snowball’s chance in hell of getting either one of these guys, but a girl can dream, right?

I know what you’re thinking, when Madison Bumgarner returns–and he’s on track or ahead of schedule–what will we do with another starting pitcher? I have an answer for that. We’re gonna need one. Ty Blach should stay in the rotation–he’s earning his stripes. And although I hate to see him go, Johnny Cueto is probably leaving. Matt Moore will find his spots, gain more control–hopefully sooner rather than later–and pitch like he usually pitches at AT&T, no matter where we’re playing. Jeff Samardzija could use run support, otherwise he’s been pretty good. Matt Cain bounced back for awhile, but it looks like his salad days are behind him. Maybe he’ll thrive in the bullpen.

Add Cole to Bumgarner, Blach, Moore and Samardzija, and you’ve got a helluva starting rotation.

The big question would be where to put McCutchen. Move Denard Span to left and put McCutchen in center? Move Hunter Pence to left and put McCutchen in right? or just stick McCutchen in left because he’s the new kid. I don’t know the answer. I came up with the idea, let someone else figure out what to do with him.

Anyway, it’s all just conjecture and guess work on my part, nothing based on credible baseball knowledge. Besides, I hear we have some decent  prospects coming up and manager Bruce Bochy was impressed with the recent draft picks.

It doesn’t matter whether we end this year with a a bang or a whimper, our future looks bright.

I still believe.

Toni Cecchetti

14 June 2017

 

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