Skunked again by Cueto
Hard to believe that this is second time that Johnny Cueto's shut out the Giants. Seventh whitewash of the year by far the biggest margin. Cueto's been lights out over the past two months with a 1.46 ERA over 68 innings. Barry Zito vs. Johnny Cueto -- the matchup from hell.
Cueto also closed the Giants down for seven in a 3-0 loss in SF in early June. He's been great from that point on.
This one was kind of vaguely disturbing -- here you have three new guys in lineup (Cabrera, Beltran and Keppinger) and the team looks plain awful. I just can't imagine the starters going out there with any kind of confidence with Barry Zito on the hill, especially once he let in 3 in the first. The box score is brutal today -- singles by Rowand, Keppinger and Beltran and a walk by Belt.
Grant at McCovey Chronicles thinks that Jonathan Sanchez is coming back despite walking lots of people in the minors. Frankly, I'd be far better with that.
In the meantime, there is one benefit to all this -- Giants fans actually know who Gil Meche is (he's the KC Royals pitcher who decided this winter that he'd retire since he could no longer in good conscience take the $12 million guaranteed for this season)