Playing offseason poker
Sabean is pretty good at not telegraphing what he plans to do ahead of time, other than rely heavily on veterans.
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It seems like most Giants fans understand the obvious impact of the loss of Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez and the struggles of Aubrey Huff and Andres Torres, but it doesn’t seem like anyone ever mentions how much the Giants miss what Burrell did last year.
You know what position produced the highest OPS on the team last year? Left field. Burrell may have spent only four months with the Giants, but he had 18 homers — including seven that gave the Giants a lead — and a .872 OPS. (In almost the same playing time, the deified Posey hit 18 HRs with an .862 OPS.)
Before Burrell showed up, the Giants averaged 4.1 runs per game. After, it was 4.4. (Posey came around the same time, so it was a double boost.)
Why has no one missed Burrell this year? Either his value last year was underrated or Giants fans — in a rare show of realism — never expected much out of him in 2011. If it’s the latter, I’m not sure why the same people who seemed to be so blind to Aubrey Huff’s career trajectory would be so skeptical of Burrell’s though. (Maybe it was that postseason performance.) I happen to think it’s the former. Burrell wasn’t as warm and fuzzy as Huff or Posey, so Giants fans clung more to them and overlooked what Burrell did.
Beltran tripled, homered and singled twice, and all his swings were smooth and easy, as originally advertised. With his two-run homer in the third and run-scoring single in the fifth, he matched his August homer and RBI output, accumulated in 16 games.
"He's doing everything possible to get out of here," one Giants player said of Rowand earlier this week.
Simply put, no team can win 2 out of every three games with four regular players batting .230, including two full-time players below .200. No pitching staff can overcome the relentless string of zeroes this offense has put up.
Tejada was a disaster. The difference between him and 2010 Juan Uribe had to be worth ten wins. Rowand has been a disaster since he was signed to that bloated, undeserved contract. Cutting ties with him is an admission of failure. At this point, the team should seriously consider cutting ties with Zito, contract be damned. He cannot contribute anything if he continues pitching, so what’s the point of keeping him around? Either way, getting rid of Rowand and Tejada is worthless at this point; they’ve already made 600 outs between them, 600 outs that cannot be gotten back.
Keep it going. Don’t tell me there’s a reason to keep Gary Brown in the minors. Don’t give me that bullshit. Bench Huff and Torres (completely lost seasons by both players), bring up Brown, play Pill, play Belt, get some youth, get some fire on the field. 2011 is all but over. Let’s get on with 2012.