Saturday, April 26, 2008

The non-Zito Giants

The Giants pitching -- except for Zito -- has been seriously good of late, with Sanchez and Wilson combining for a damn fine 3-1 win tonight. The SF Chron's Henry Schulman notes the Giants have scored a total of seven runs in this three-game winning streak while allowing two.

The Orange and Black are now 11-8 in games that Zito didn't pitch and 0-5 in games he did. I say that's enough reason to fire Sabean right there; imagine if the Giants had spent $126 million on someone who could actually perform (let's just say Vlad for the hell of it). There's also the stupidity of how Sanchez has been handled for the past two years. And there's the pathetic offense with the lowest number of runs scored in MLB. The pitching stats show the Giants with a 4.01 ERA -- 10th best in MLB -- that's been elevated thanks to Zito. Barry has a 5.61 ERA.

But enough Sabean bashing, with the team now projected to go 74-88. The top of the 9th says it all --

Cincinnati - Top of 9th
Jonathan Sanchez pitching for San Francisco
B Phillips hit for J Burton.
B Phillips homered to left.
R Freel singled to left.
B Wilson relieved J Sanchez.
J Hairston struck out looking.
R Freel to second on fielder's indifference.
K Griffey Jr grounded out to second, R Freel to third.
E Encarnacion fouled out to first.


Anonymous Brian said...

I think it's pretty well accepted at this point that ownership forced Sabean to sign Zito...not that there aren't plenty of other reasons Sabean should be fired.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Big D said...

Brian -- perhaps it's accepted if you mean that Sabean apologists like Bruce Jenkins are taken at their word.

We're going to have to agree to disagree on this. I won't accept the notion that Sabean is blameless on the Zito signing. What kind of GM with a 10-year tenure would have no input on such a major transaction? It's simply not credible.

12:34 PM  

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