Wow... are we really getting into these old ways again? Unable to hit the broad side of a barn if they were swinging a guitar at a beach ball from 5 feet away, the Giants have brought back memories of May and a disturbing lack of offensive production.
Not only this, but we've now been blown out twice by Atlanta consecutively and been quieted in two out of three in Pittsburgh.
It is especially scary what happened on Monday in Fulton County, Georgia. Sanchez gave up three runs-- and he should be able to do that. If every starter gave up three runs, that team should be able to win. It was the bullpen-- namely Sergio Romo and Bobby Howry, that scared the daylights out of me.
This was our rock. Our bullpen turned a leak in the hull into a gaping wound.
Romo is the most concerning to me. Romo has allowed 6 earned runs in his past 2 outings-- AND WAS UNABLE TO RECORD A SINGLE OUT IN EITHER OF THEM.
In his last 4 appearances, he's given up 7 ER in 2 innings, and seen his impeccable ERA rise from 2.77 to 6.59. I like his stuff when it's moving, but this is a "what-have-you-done-for-me-lately" type of world, and he's singlehandedly helped put two games in Atlanta out of reach.
As for out hitting...
WE'VE SCORED 9 RUNS IN OUR LAST 5 GAMES!
And we're not playing in the AL East here. Paul Maholm, Zach Duke, Tommy Hanson, and Derek Lowe are not CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Josh Beckett, and Jon Lester.
With Aaron Rowand out with a contusion and slumping badly (to the tune of 4-42 stretch), we've got some serious water pouring into the boat.
The offensive renaissance the Gyros have enjoyed in late May and June has been due to Rowand's production, and the lack of Manny Burriss and Fred Lewis stinking it up on a regular basis.
Now we've got Lewis back, and John "Eurubiel Durazo T-Rex Arms" Bowker manning right field.
It's scary... especially with Pablo and Bengie hitting a combined .241 with 1 RBI so far on this roadie.
Deep breath everyone.
HAPPY LINCECUM DAY!
If we ever needed it to be Lincecum's turn to pitch, this is it. After The Big Sadowski's 8 ER disaster last night, we need someone to stop the bleeding and get some solid mojo action going.
We'll see how it goes.
DODGER DOUCHEBAG OF THE WEEK:
Jason "Benedict Arnold" Schmidt
Schmidt should be a warning to anyone who willingly signs with the Dodgers after achieving "adored Giant" status. Inevitably karma will kick your ass. On Monday, the artist formerly known as Schmitty, notched only his 2nd win since signing a 3 year, $47 million dollar deal with the jerks in blue. If his shoulder were to re-give out tomorrow, each of his two wins would have cost Frank McCourt $23.5 million dollars apiece.
That makes me smile.
And this picture of Manny getting beaned against Cincinnati also makes me smile.