Suddenly, the offense doesn't seem to be a problem. The Giants bullpen was stellar. First it was Tim Lincecum, then Matt Cain went the distance against the A's.
I fell for it. The Giants fell for it.
Three days later, the Giants fell back to Earth. The Giants put out Zito, Sanchez, and Lincecum. Three days later, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim had swept the Giants.
Now, the Giants face the AL West leader, Texas Rangers.
The issue does not seem to be the pitching, but rather, it is the hitters that are dooming the Giants' pitching staff.
As of June 18, General Manager Brian Sabean had not decided if they will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline.
The Giants are currently one and a half games behind in the National League Wild Card playoff chase—behind two power hitting teams, the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets, who have yet to hit their stride this season.
On July 3, the Dodgers will get Manny Ramirez back. Not to mention, they currently hold the best record in the Majors—without Manny Ramirez.
Brian Sabean's indecisiveness could have affected the potential trades for Dan Uggla.
Sabean refused to trade Sanchez during the offseason. While the southpaw owns a 2-7 record and a 5.43 ERA through 12 games started, his strikeout to walk ratio had ballooned up to a 3/2 ratio.
Although Sanchez has a high K/IP ratio of 60/61.3, he also owns 61.3 innings in 12 games. The easy math here is, Sanchez averages five innings pitched per game.
It is safe to say that Jonathan Sanchez is not working out as the Giant's No. 5 starter. The Giants have decided for the upcoming Monday, they will skip Sanchez's start, and proceed with Tim Lincecum, but there will be a need of a fifth pitcher comes Tuesday.
Will the Giants send Pucetas, Alderson, or Bumgarner to the mound?
Leave off Sabean for a bit for his indecisiveness. Remember during the 2007 offseason when the rumors of Lincecum or Cain for Alex Rios? Sabean would either be missing a 2008 Cy Young winner, or a 9-1 pitcher for this year.
As far as the bat or bats the fans would love to acquire, who is there for the Giants to trade away?
The first step is to acquire a power-hitting second baseman. The Giants have already tried with Emmanuel Burriss, but fine defensive plays at AT&T park does not translate to hitting.
The solution seems to be Dan Uggla. The Giants can trade away Randy Winn, who is seemingly a Type-A free agent after the season, and the Marlins would have a compensation draft-pick when Randy gets picked up by another club, or they can use him to fill their void in left field.
This would enable them to move Hanley Ramirez down from the lead-off spot, and put him as a clean-up hitter.
As seen this past weekend against the A's, Nate Schierholtz can man the right field with a cannon. Nate hits for average, and plays a fine right field for one of the toughest parks in the National League, not to mention, he is very controllable.
Emmanuel Burriss will also be automatically traded to Marlins to replace the void of Dan Uggla.
The Giants will not give up any pitching as their philosophy, and they will own a righty who can have 25-30 home runs a year, with a potential of 100 RBI. Dan Uggla will be controlled for the next two years, and this will have sufficient time for Angel Villanola and Buster Posey to develop, and be in deep contention in 2011.
The Giants should also acquire Andruw Jones from Texas. In a small sample size of playing in the ballpark at Arlington, Jones hit seven home runs, 17 RBI in just 114 at-bats.
Jones is playing in Texas, but he would come cheap when Josh Hamiliton returns from the disabled list. If Andruw Jones does not perform well, the Giants can always opt to go back to either Fred Lewis or Andres Torres.
Andruw also has the experience and familiarity with majority of the pitchers in the National League. He has also performed well at AT&T Park.
The new Giants lineup:
Edgar Renteria (SS) (R)
Nate Schierholtz (RF) (L)
Andruw Jones (LF) (R)
Dan Uggla (2B) (R)
Pablo Sandoval (3B) (S)
Bengie Molina (C) (R)
Aaron Rowand (CF) (R)
Travis Ishikawa (1B) (L)
Edgar Renteria has the experience to lead-off, which would work out perfectly. Nate Schierholtz hits for average and will excel in the No. 2 spot.
Andruw Jones, Dan Uggla, Pablo Sandoval are simply interchangeable in the lineup. This will automatically bump "Big Money" Bengie Molina with two average speed guys behind him, who both hit for average also.
The Giants are indeed a bat or two away from contention. My suggestion, Dan Uggla and Andruw Jones
It is too early for Angel Villanola and Buster Posey's arrival. Be patient.