Midway through June, the Giants remain one of the hottest teams in Major League Baseball.
They’re 8-4 in the month and have been weathering injuries and roster movement with all the coolness of Bruce Bochy sitting cross-legged in the dugout.
The team aced its homestand by splitting with the best team in the American League (Boston Red Sox), taking two of three from the rival Los Angeles Dodgers (only losing to the otherworldly Clayton Kershaw) and sweeping the basement-dwelling Milwaukee Brewers (compiling 42 hits since Monday).
The team flies today to Tampa Bay for a three-game weekend interleague series against the Rays, which spurred lineup questions about who will man the designated hitter position.
Bochy hasn’t cemented a strategy, but he let the media know on Wednesday that he’s been kicking around some ideas.
“I’m thinking,” he said. “I don’t know how I’m going to do it yet. We’ll see how we come out of this [game]. Obviously [Buster] Posey’s going to have at least one DH [game]. We’ll see where they’re at. It could be [Brandon] Belt with his ankle. I don’t know.
“It could be Madison [Bumgarner],” he concluded with a grin.
Good to see Boch having fun with the season — and keeping well-fed the MadBum legend.
Ichiro: A great MLB hitter
Congratulations to Ichiro Suzuki for moving within 23 of 3,000 hits in the major leagues.
At 41 years old, Ichiro is slashing .347/.410/.388 for the Miami Marlins. Impressive numbers, which would undoubtedly be more impressive if he was still playing in Japan.
The A’s have no luck
Add rookie phenom Sean Manaea to the list of pitchers to hit the Oakland Athletics’ disabled list this season.
Manaea originally went down with what was described as a strained pronator muscle in his throwing arm. That is in the forearm, which, when injured, could portend a bigger elbow issue.
But an MRI on Wedensday revealed the injury was “muscular and minor,” according to MLB.com reporter Jane Lee.
Manaea has been a bright spot in an otherwise bleak season for the A’s, and the less time he misses, the better an investment those $5 tickets will be for his starts.