Sunday, June 19, 2011

Can't anyone hit the damn ball?









Yet another fine pitching performance goes down the drain thanks to the popgun offense. You know you're in trouble when the biggest hit of the day -- Aaron Rowand's RBI double -- comes from a guy who's essentially staving off being DFA'd every time he gets a hit. The rest of the offense was a walk by Nate and singles by Sandoval, Huff, Ross and Burriss.

Andrew Baggarly of the Merc-News just tweeted that Brian Sabean's actively seeking help for the offense. John Perricone of Only Baseball Matters says it's time to make a move.

Readers of this blog know that I was strenuous about calling for Carney Lansford to be fired as batting coach during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Color me unimpressed with the job that Hensley Meulens has done with this team. There's gotta be someone else who can do better.

It's the 4th loss in a row for the Gmen -- matching the April 21-24 stretch, where the Braves swept the Giants in San Francisco, culminating in a 9-6 nightmare loss. Rowand got a two-run double in that game, too. And it was also his only hit.

3 Comments:

Anonymous hilarie said...

What in the world makes you think a hitting coach in MLB has even the slightest influence?

You think a coach is gonna change Rowand's bowlegged brokeback stance? Shave milliseconds off Huff's reaction time? Infuse Crawford with power?

Focusing on a coach's powers of persuasion is a red herring. Focus on the hitters. They know what happens when they do what they do. They keep doing it.

They go into the batting cage, hear and learn to do what they should do. Then they come to the plate and do what they always do.

They know. They can't do. Theory-practice gap.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Big D said...

Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Hilarie. We're going to have to agree to disagree.

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