Jonathan Sanchez, the primary player involved in the trade that sent Melky Cabrera to the Giants, was designated for assignment, and the Kansas City Royals essentially replaced him on the roster with the minor-league player acquired in the Cabrera trade — Ryan Verdugo. Verdugo was scheduled to make his major-league debut Tuesday. Read More
Brian Sabean is a cobbler.
He can cobble together a major league roster as well as anybody in the game. Unfortunately, there’s not much romance in cobbling.
Sabean’s trade for Melky Cabrera earlier this week was simply his first pass at chiseling out the most competitive team possible for 2012. On paper, he added a .305 hitter who hit 18 homers and drove in 87 runs. Few Giants fans jumped up and down. Read More
The Giants go on the road and score 13 runs in one game, 15 in another. Then, they return home and it’s the same agony of low-scoring, one-run wins or losses. They scored six runs Wednesday night — but it took them 14 innings.What’s going on here?
Two things: Read More
Goodbye, June. Hello, Barry. The idea (blush) the Giants, figuratively had gone south when in actuality they went east across the Bay Bridge? Sorry.
Journalists, like infielders, botch easy ones. Make that E-C, as in error, columnist.Oh ye of little faith. Oh me of little faith.
“It’s going to have to pick up,” was the concession from Giants manager Bruce Bochy after they lost three in row to the A’s in Oakland. “We know it.” Read More
Lingering fatigue? A postseason hangover?
Suddenly, the Giants’ 2010 World Series championship, so revered last fall, sounds like a party that lasted too long.
All across baseball the warnings are being sounded regarding the toll last year’s World Series run could take on the Giants’ young pitchers one season later. Where did all this pessimism come from? Read More
Dave Righetti’s been around too long to gloat.
Even with four aces in his rotation and an accomplished bullpen, the veteran pitching coach knows the Giants’ 15 postseason games shortened their offseason and lengthened the odds of opponents taking them lightly in 2011. Read More
In the time since the Giants last enjoyed the sweet taste of champagne success, United States Senate terms have begun and ended, newborn infants have walked into first-grade classrooms and Buster Posey went from Georgia high school Player of the Year to linchpin of the lineup of the new NL West champions. Read More
It is a baseball axiom not to get worked up about what happens individually in March, or if a team is out of a pennant race in September. So we exhale after reviewing Tim Lincecum’s spring.
But then how do we react about Jonathan Sanchez?
On Monday, Sanchez struck out 11 in six innings of the exhibition game against the Milwaukee Brewers. What does that tell you? More, the Giants hope, than Lincecum’s rather perplexing statistics. Read More