San Francisco Giants Dropping The Ball So Far This Season

Johnny BransfordContributor IApril 14, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13:  Right fielder Eugenio Velez #8 of the San Francisco Giants dives but can't make the catch on a ball hit by Russell Martin of the Los Angeles Dodgers resulting in a single in the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium on April 13, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 11-1.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)


The young San Francisco Giants squad has run into a few problems recently that I have noticed.

They may be young, but they do have talent. I see Velez as an outfielder taking the spot of Winn in a few years, and Bowker coming up to play as an outfielder. I've been impressed with the play of Fred Lewis, but who knows how long he'll keep it up? Rowand is doing decent, but what is really killing the Giants is the poor ability to hit in the clutch.

For instance, Sandoval comes up with no outs and a runner on second; all he has to do is advance the runner and let Rowand knock him in. But instead, Sandoval strikes out, and then the "Domino Effect" occurs and Rowand and Ishikawa both strike out after Sandoval. It's just the problem with a young team...they don't understand the meaning of one run.

Also, it may be a fluke or whatnot, but the supposed Cy Young greats sure aren't doing their job. Combined, Tim Lincecum, Randy Johnson, and Barry Zito are 0-4 with a 10.23 ERA. And not trying to knock the veteran Johnson, but he no longer has a fastball, and that causes hitters to keep their weight back and crush the ball.

I'm a diehard Giants fan, but I am a little skeptical of Bruce Bochy's coaching. It's obviously a rebuilding year, considering they are already 0-3 against their division. So why not give the young guys a shot, right? Wrong, because since Velez is very inexperienced with this sport, I think they are slowly going to work him into the lineup, but Burriss has his spot on lockdown for now.

And if you didn't know, Velez switched from soccer to baseball only four years ago. Ishikawa, Sandoval, and Lewis have their spots secured too, but the shortstop spot is a little sketchy, and that's it. All the other positions are carved in stone.

Come on, guys, it's the MLB. Don't make a joke out of yourselves.