San Francisco Giants: Breaking Down Jonathan Sanchez

Rocky YipContributor IMay 26, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 14: Jonathan Sanchez #57 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the New York Mets during a Major League Baseball game on May14, 2009 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

On a Monday afternoon, I decided to leave work early in order to catch the Giants on TV.

Jonathan Sanchez, I'm sorry, but you have to go.

6'2", 189 lbs., left-handed, and hard-throwing Jonathan Sanchez, who currently holds the fifth spot in the San Francisco Giants' rotation, is 2-4, 4.60ERA, 43 IP, 43 K, and it doesn't sound so bad after all. 

Here are the worst lines you might want to know:

31 BB—He has pitched 43 innings thus far in eight starts.

43IP in eight starts—He's averaging a little more than five innings per start.

27 years old—Matt Cain, 24.  Tim Lincecum, 24.

With RISP, opponents are batting .261, with 14 RBI.

Sanchez features four pitches: fastball, slurve, change-up, and slider.  His most effective pitch is his fastball. 

I totally cannot imagine how he prepares every game. At 27 years old, he's not exactly a prospect anymore. 

Every game he will have one inning that will doom him.  Just like today, he struck out the side to open the first inning. Then the next thing you know, in the sixth inning he allowed the first four runners to reach without recording an out.

Without a locked-in arm slot, Sanchez has no idea where the ball will end up. The Giants need a change.

From my previous post, I have broken down the reason why I believe trading Sanchez and Lewis for Dan Uggla would work. I would think with this past start, this will give more hope to the Marlins to have an eye open to Jonathan Sanchez.

Sanchez can still be very productive being the third or fourth starter, but his chances for being an ace are almost over. 

I'm sure all the rumors looming that the Giants will attempt to acquire Nick Johnson played a difference to Travis Ishikawa, and his 4-4 performance on Monday surely helped his chances to give the Giants a second thought prior to acquiring Nick Johnson. 

Will Sanchez respond to the speculations just like Travis Ishikawa?

Sadly, I do not believe having Sanchez is better than having Dan Uggla. 

I'm not interpreting Uggla will be the impact bat the Giants absolutely need, but a sub-par pitcher like Sanchez will only pile up more losses for the San Francisco Giants.

As originally proposed, Dan Uggla for Jonathan Sanchez and Fred Lewis would be a great idea.