SF Giants News and Notes: Howry Is Terrible and Velez Should Be Cut

D WizzleSenior Analyst IApril 29, 2009

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 26:  Manager Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants watches the spring training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers during a spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium on February 26, 2009 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Giants have split the first two games against the first-place Dodgers, and they have a good chance of winning the series tonight with Tim Lincecum on the mound.

Eric Stults, a lefty, will start for the Dodgers. It will be interesting to see if Travis Ishikawa starts tonight at first base.

Stults does better against right-handed hitters than left-handed hitters but Bruce Bochy started Rich Aurilia over Ishikawa earlier this year against him.

Left-handed hitters are hitting .333 against Stults, while right-handed hitters are batting .255.

Bob Howry was a terrible pick-up by GM Brian Sabean. Howry is now 0-2 with a 4.32 ERA after taking the loss last night against the Dodgers. Howry could be this year's version of Tyler Walker.

Bochy should have Brandon Medders or Justin Miller take Howry's spot as the seventh or eighth inning reliever before Howry blows more games.

I have no idea why Eugenio Velez is on this team. He does not play good defense or hit for power. His biggest strength is his speed, but he has no steals yet. He is currently batting .143. It is hard to steal bases when you can't get on base.

I would much rather see Kevin Frandsen in the majors than Velez.

Is it also time to cut Juan Uribe? Uribe had some good years with the White Sox but has been unproductive in the National League so far. It still might be early but I don't like what I see from him.