Bruce Bochy has done some good things for the Giants, especially in 2009 as they're in the playoff race for the first time in five years. However, as much good he has provided for this team, he has tried really hard to make the Giants lose.
First, the pitching has been excellent, but Bochy has come up with a way to weaken the squad. Many games he leaves the starter out too long and after a couple batters get on base at the start of the inning, he then decides to pull them.
This may seem like a great idea for fans watching, but looking back, Bochy has decided to let pitchers continue in the 7th and 8th innings even though they have not had their best stuff in the game and their pitch count is well past 100. This has happened to all the pitchers: Lincecum, Cain, Zito, and especially Jonathon Sanchez.
With the Giants having arguably the best bullpen in baseball, why not hand the ball off when you're winning? And do so at the start of the inning so the relief pitcher can start fresh from the slab and focus solely on the batter.
The question will arise that the reliefs like Affeldt, Miller, and Romo will not be perfect every time, but the group will mostly sit every batter down if not faced with one, two, or even three batters on with a one-run lead.
Offensively, the Giants definitely need some help. Their starting offense should be able to muster enough runs to win if the pitching problem mentioned earlier is done with. That said, Bochy cannot afford to sit his regulars only for much-needed rest in the middle of a chase.
Which brings up my point: Bochy has sat his most dominant 4 hitters the past two games.
Pablo Sandoval, Bengie Molina, Freddy Sanchez, and Nate Schierholtz have all been out of the line-up two games straight. Granted, they have won the previous two against a bad Arizona Diamondbacks team, but they cannot afford to lose with the Rockies playing the 1st place Dodgers.
Not to mention the last two games were won by come-from-behind victories. If they expect to make the playoffs, a playoff-bound team fighting for a spot plays the best players everyday. The Giants have not done so, and consequently, I do not think they can with bogus decisions from the skipper.
Especially when he decides to sit the big hitters on back-to-back games when the two worst starting pitchers take the hill. It's understood that Sanchez and Martinez are not the pitchers who will guarantee a win, so they need all the help they can get.
I can't wait to see a new face in San Francisco come Spring.
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