But I bet the headline made Andy (and a few other fans happy.) Let's face it, some ugly realities Giant fans. Bruce Bochy is not going to win or lose many games for us. The play on the field is going to determine that.
Yes, I have scratched my head over some of Bochy's lineups of late (Bowker batting second?)
But the truth is, even with our "regular" lineup in place, our team—at least on paper—is fair at best. The only way Bochy will win or lose games is with his decisions DURING the game. Sometimes he will make the correct move, sometimes he won't.
My biggest issue with the Giants (and Bochy), is not the lineup itself, but how we play the game.
I mean, we are possibly the least powerful team in the majors, yet I do not see a lot of "small ball" bunting (for a sacrifice or a hit). Many times this year I've seen Molina come up with a man on first with nobody out in a close game, but he is allowed to swing away—rather than sacrifice.
If Bengie were a .300 hitter, or more patient at the plate, I could understand this. But to be honest with you, the only player I would have swinging away in this situation would be Sandoval. Yes I know, Bengie is an RBI man, but he just doesn't hit with enough power to justify swinging away, unless a runner is in scoring position.
We have some speed on this team, yet I don't see many steal attempts. Nor many hit and run plays. I see players held up at third base, rather than challenge an outfielder's arm.
In short, we need to learn how to "manufacture" runs. And that responsibility lies with Bruce and the coaching staff...and players executing.
We are fortunate to have Lincecum and Cain on the pitching staff because the team is likely to win 75-80 percent of their starts. But we need the rest of the staff to step up. We will not win many games 8-0 or 9-1, so we need to win those 4-3 or 5-4 games. And again, this will require Bochy to make saavy moves late in the game.
In short, I am—and probably will remain—a Bochy fan. But unless we change our offensive mindset, or acquire some power, the Giants are going to struggle the rest of the year.
Finishing on a positive note, hey, the Giants are in a funk right now, but I have every confidence that they will break out of it and start playing better. We are still in the thick of the playoff chase and if we make it, with our pitching staff, I don't think too many teams will look forward to playing us in a playoff series.