San Francisco Giants: Just What the Hell is Offense?
I'll be honest with you, the only reason I'm writing this is because I'm bored as hell and because I haven't written a Giants article in a little less then an eon.
As I sit here and look at this team try to score runs, I cringe. They are dead last in the majors in home runs and are near the bottom in batting average and runs scored. They seem to get shut out in a few straight games and then erupt for 10 runs or more after a shutout stretch so it looks like it all evens out in cumulative numbers.
The players don't hit home runs, they don't hit in the clutch, and I wasn't far off when I proclaimed just after the opening-day loss to the Dodgers that, "This team won't score a run all season long."
I have seen teams struggle with the bat, but never before has a team had to come up with new ways of scoring runs than the Giants have this season.
Let's just look at some ways the Giants have scored runs this season:
1) A walk with the bases loaded;
2) A balk with a runner on third base;
3) A wild pick-off attempt at third base;
4) Striking out on a wild pitch intentionally with a runner on third base;
5) Finally (my favorite, courtesy Randy Winn), stealing second base and, as the throw nears, sticking your head in so the ball deflects off your face and into center field, so you can then round third base and score.
I'm sure there have been more drastic attempts to score that I just haven't seen, because living in New Jersey isn't the best place for a die-hard Giants fan.
I just sit here and think to myself, what if this team had an offense? Yes, the dreaded question that we all ask in one situation or another only to have our dreams dashed by an inconvenient truth (not an Al Gore reference).
What if the Giants had an offense?
What if Barry Bonds was still playing?
Well, put it this way: Iif either of those questions' answers were fulfilled, the Giants would be in first place, and maybe even running away with this division.
They are counting on Aaron Rowand and Bengie Molina to lead the team's offense when they are just complimentary players, perfect compliments to a big bat they don't have, like, dare I say it, Barry Bonds.
The pitching is the only reason to smile and—even though the experts say that, when it comes down to it, pitching wins championships in baseball—the pitching still needs an offense to go with it. That second half of the bargain is something I hope GM Brian Sabean will address in this offseason.
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